Times Square end-of-year preparations in full swing

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New Crystals Installed on Times Square Ball

NEW YORK (AP) — The Waterford crystal ball in Times Square is being worked on in preparation for its glittering entrance into 2016 later this week.

Workers are installing 288 new sparkling Waterford crystal triangles. They are being added to more than 2,100 other crystal triangles to create what's being described as a "Gift of Wonder" design.

The ball is being worked on atop One Times Square at 42nd Street and Broadway.

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Times Square end-of-year preparations in full swing
The Waterford crystal ball is shown atop One Times Square, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, in New York. Hundreds of thousands of people in Times Square are expected to watch the ball drop at midnight Thursday to welcome in the New Year. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 29: Jeffrey Straus, President of Countdown Entertainment and Co-Producer of New Year's Eve and Tim Tompkins, President Times Square Alliance and Co-Producer of New Year's Eve take part in the confetti test as part of the run up to New Year's Eve 2016 celebrations In Times Square at the Hard Rock Cafe on December 29, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 29: New Year's Eve 2016 In Times Square - Confetti Test at Times Square on December 29, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage)
Revelers toss confetti from the Hard Rock Cafe marquis as a pre-New Year's publicity stunt, Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015 in New York's Times Square. Hundreds of thousands of revelers are expected to welcome in the New Year in Times Square. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 29: New Year's Eve 2016 In Times Square - Confetti Test at Times Square on December 29, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage)
Electricians Nick Bonavita, left, and Jason Andrle install triangular crystals into a panel they are installing on the Waterford crystal ball, background, on the roof of One Times Square, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, in New York. Hundreds of thousands of people in Times Square are expected to watch the ball drop at midnight Thursday. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Electrician Jason Andrle installs a panel into the Times Square Waterford crystal ball, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, in New York. Hundreds of thousands of people in Times Square are expected to watch the ball drop at midnight Thursday. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 27: A general view of atmosphere of the Waterford Crystal Installation for New Year's Eve 2016 atop One Times Square at Times Square on December 27, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 27: A general view of atmosphere of the Waterford Crystal Installation for New Year's Eve 2016 atop One Times Square at Times Square on December 27, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage)
The Waterford crystal ball is shown atop One Times Square during a media opportunity, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, in New York. Hundreds of thousands of people in Times Square are expected to watch the ball drop at midnight Thursday to welcome in the New Year. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 27: A general view of atmosphere of the Waterford Crystal Installation for New Year's Eve 2016 atop One Times Square at Times Square on December 27, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 27: A general view of the Times Square New Year's Eve Ball during the installation of 288 new Waterford crystals on the Times Square New Year's Eve Ball at Times Square on December 27, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
The Waterford crystal ball is shown atop One Times Square, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, in New York. Hundreds of thousands of people in Times Square are expected to watch the ball drop down the flagpole, center, at midnight Thursday to welcome in the New Year. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 27: (L-R) Jeffrey Straus, President of Countdown Entertainment and Co-Producer of New Year's Eve, Tom Brennan, Master Artisan, Waterford Crystal and Tim Tompkins, President Times Square Alliance and Co-Producer of New Year's Eve attend the installation of 288 new Waterford crystals on the Times Square New Year's Eve Ball at Times Square on December 27, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
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The custom-designed crystals created by Waterford artisans are built to withstand high winds, precipitation and temperature fluctuations. The ball, a New Year's Eve icon, must be sturdy because it will rest 470 feet above Times Square.

Hundreds of thousands of people in Times Square are expected to watch the ball drop at midnight Thursday.

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This story has been corrected to show that the name of the design is "Gift of Wonder," not "Gift of Imagination."

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