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Almila, Carolyn & Amelia

Carolyn: “Eating food in my house by myself.”

Amelia: “Watching the ball drop with tourist friends, and making fun of them.”

Almila: “Same old family stuff.”

To celebrate the new year, I walked around Manhattan and asked people to tell me their New Year’s Eve plans.



“I’ll be selling 2013 sunglasses. Let’s hope the bag’s empty when the clock strikes 12.”



“I’m an opera singer – a stratospheric coloratura – so I like singing. Romance without codependence too.”



“My life is boring because I live in New Jersey. I’ll stay at home with my fiancé, cook dinner, have sex.”



“Playing with my cats.”


Lisa, Shai & Meir

Lisa: “We’ll visit the family who hosted us through Hurricane Sandy.”


Lucas & Gabriel

Lucas: “I’m from Brazil, but will stay in New York. I’ll go somewhere warm and dry.”

Gabriel: “I’ll be on a plane to Rio.”



“I’d love to get the fuck out of town. But I have neither the money nor the friends to make that happen.”


“Drinking – not champagne but cheap wine. In Iceland we set off fireworks.”



“Shooting fireworks on a rooftop.”


Marie, Fred, Ella & Emily

Fred: “This New Year’s Eve we’ll pack for a ski trip to Colorado.”

Emily: “It’s a vacation from our vacation.”



“Everybody comes to my house. Son, daughter, all the family. We play cards.”


Jeff & David

David: “We’re going to a punk show in Brooklyn.”

Jeff: “Blanche Blanche Blanche with Merchandise.”



“Sleep.” (conveyed by his nanny)



“A private party at Grand Central. I’m hosting my own party the day before. I’m buying groceries.”



“Getting drunk with friends – dancing all night; ordering food.”



“It’s my first New Year’s Eve in New York. Maybe I’ll go to Times Square?”



“My plans are always last-minute.”


Shannon & Lisa

Shannon: “She has plans.”

Lisa: “Oops, I thought you had plans.”



“To be alive. To be alive.”


Previously: Recipes.

Jon Cotner has made slideshows for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the winter holidays. He can be found on Twitter.


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