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Historically, How Have New Yorkers Celebrated New Year's Eve?

Early in the ninteenth-century, New Year's Eve was rowdy. To bring in 1828, for example, marauders harassed revelers emerging from fancy-dress balls. From 1879 authorities had gained control of New Year's Eve celebrations, now held in churches, theaters and gymnasiums, away from drunken crowds. In 1904 the New York Times' Adolph Ochs threw the first Times Square bash—an effort to find a spacious place for the multitudes to safely congregate.

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