It's New Year in Times Square; Photo: AP

In our book, 2004 started when the ball at Times Square dropped in New York City.

Cyndi Lauper, Mayor Bloomberg, and guest of honor Shoshana Johnson; Photo: AP

Mayor Bloomberg was joined by Cyndi Lauper and guest of honor, former Iragi POW Shoshana Johnson, in ringing in the New Year; Lauper looks like she's on the confetti diet. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly called 2003 a good year because it was "Another year where we haven't had a terrorist attack here." True, but, eek, what a downer. But thanks for helping secure the city last night, Commissioner Kelly and the rest of the NYPD.

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It's 2004 in NY; Photo: AP