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All About Eve

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The penultimate year of the millennium is about to dawn, making partying like it’s 1999 especially poignant on December 31. Whether you’re clinking Veuve Cliquot or V8, shivering in Times Square or tripping the light fantastic elsewhere on the sidewalks of New York, you join a hoary tradition that has cheered Gothamites for 300 years.

Wry toast: New Year’s Eve, 1937

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Clock and roll: the St. Moritz Hotel, 1939

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Plastered of Paris: Les Champs Élysées, 31 décembre, 1962

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