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New York, New York. The name luxuriously repeated by Frank Sinatra and later rejuvenated by Jay-Z evokes images of the city's guilty nightlife, where everyone who hustled and bustled all day finally let their vices loose. It's the lifeblood of our weekends in this hedonist metropolis, when bars, clubs or wherever it is you found yourself at 2am on a Friday are lined with partygoers, all looking for the right scene to drink the night away in.
However, there are several nights when this lifeblood can go bad; those select few days of the year when New York's nightlife turns against you. These are the times when a subset of hours in a day are strictly dedicated to partying, leading to mass confusion and hysteria. To name a few: Halloween, St. Patrick's Day, SantaCon and, most notably and timely, New Year's Eve.
The last day of the year rises above the rest for one sole reason: exposure. It's seriously the one night when all of the country is watching New York; at midnight, millions of eyes are set on that damn ball in Times Square. As a result, thousands upon thousands of people flock to the streets to ring in the new year and we'll have to deal with the repercussions. This isn't meant to sound nativist but, shit, you'll need to know what you're getting into.
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