first_imgConfetti fell, fireworks boomed and TV cameras rolled as a massive crowd in New York’s Times Square said goodbye to a dizzying year dominated by a bitter presidential election and gave a full-throated cheer to the prospect of a better 2017.A sea of revelers that stretched for blocks hugged and kissed after watching the drop of a glittering crystal ball signal midnight.“Everything is going to be new. I just want to find happiness this year and leave all the bad things behind,” said Maria Raimilla, of Richfield Park, N.J., just after midnight.Lori Haan, from Tucson, Ariz., and her husband were on their first trip to New York. She said she’s looking forward to 2017.“This is a great start to the new year,” she said. “We are doing something new and exciting, and I hope that it’s a theme for the rest of the year.”last_img read more

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