A giant, illuminated number "16" arrived in Times Square yesterday to remind us that yet another year has gone by and what did we even do during all of that time?

Every December a new numeral rolls through town, a visual ticking down of our brief yet seemingly inexorable time here on earth: 8, 13, 15, pour me another martini.

And now "16," beaming bright with hundreds of 9-watt energy efficient Philips LEDs, has arrived via flatbed truck. It stands 7-feet-high, and for now is still grounded—we're told that 16 is "resting for a few days" before finishing its journey to One Times Square.