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"The essential trend of New Year's Day in Manhattan is philosophical and psychological. The average New Yorker wakes up with the positive feeling that a squadron of tiny air planes is racing around a course roughly marked off by the back of the head and the pit of the stomach; he concocts a mixture calculated to tone down the constant droning of the motors of the said air planes, and then he ponders on the strange custom that sends an ordinarily civilized population into bacchanalian hysteria on the night of December 31 of each year."
L.S.B. Shapiro, The Montreal Gazette