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Over a million people packed into Times Square to ring in 2007. The weather probably encouraged even more people to wait and party for hours. Mayor Bloomberg, clad in his festive American flag sweater, pushed the button to released the Times Square ball with ten members of the armed forces. One woman who traveled from Venice, Italy to celebrate in Times Square told the AP, "This is the center of the universe. There is no other place to be."

Seven thousand pounds of confetti (and word-fetti) was dumped onto the streets, and in its usual impressive display of coordination, the Department of Sanitation was able to sweep everything away by morning, thanks to 80 workers. Thanks, DOS!

Dick Clark hosted the his ABC festivities with Ryan Seacrest. Clark, who counted down to 2007, seemed a lot better than he did at the Emmys and last year's New Year's celebration. You go, Dick!

We hope you had a happy and safe New Year's, whether you were partying till dawn or celebrating at home. (Here are some past Gothamist posts about hangovers, 1, 2.) To a wonderful 2007, everyone!

Photograph of Times Square revelers by Tina Fineberg/AP