The '9' has arrived!

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A 500-pound, 7-foot-tall numeral 9 arrived at a Manhattan dock Wednesday, brought by a New York Waterway ferry. It was then driven to Times Square to complete the 2009 sign that will ring in the new year two weeks from now with the dropping of the famous ball.

Organizers of the New Year's Eve party were on hand to add the 9 to its colleagues: 2, 0 and the other 0.

Last year, the 8 for the 2008 sign came by subway from the Bronx factory where it was made. Like many commuters, it had to change trains in midjourney, transferring from a "6" train to the "N/R" line.

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