Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — We live in a time post-“My Super Sweet Sixteen” where people are raised to believe that their self-worth is directly tied to how expansive their night on the town is. Do you think our forefathers rolled into the White House on NYE in expensive carriages and compared whose wig was the most powdered? No, especially since the White House wasn’t built until 1792, congratulations, no you’re bad at prioritizing what you value when partying and American History.
The “traditional” NYE celebration that much of the U.S. models their celebrations after started in New York City in 1904 when Alfred Ochs, owner of the New York Times suggested that the city celebrate near the site of the NYT’s massive new offices in Longacre Square.
If you’re not familiar with Longacre Square that’s because it doesn’t exist as yet another of Ochs’ suggestions was that the city change the name of its central square to reflect the most dominant building at that location The Times’ new offices. Before Alfred Ochs and his influence, (definitely not bribes), the place to ring in the New Year for New York’s movers and shakers was the luxurious and always flashy Trinity Church.
I’m not putting one way of celebrating over another, after all, everyone knows how much I love $20 sparklers, but when it comes down to it, New Year’s is about getting together with loved ones to celebrate the fact that you’ve made it this far, remember those who haven’t, reminisce about what made this year so great and what’s going to make the next year even better and even in this economy.
Those kinds of things are free.
Vincent Davis II is a Cornell graduate, DJ, and market development specialist in the IT industry. His column appears on the second and fourth Friday of every month. He can be contacted at email@example.comVincent Davis II is a Cornell graduate, DJ, and market development specialist in the IT industry. His column appears on the second and fourth Friday of every month. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org