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There’s an episode from the first season of 30 Rock called “Fireworks.” In it, Jack Donaghy, the General Electric executive played by Alec Baldwin, suggests to Liz Lemon, the SNL-esque showrunner played by Tina Fey, that what America needs is more fireworks. This is in line with Jack’s persona on the show--he is a stereotypical rich white man who wants to see America Made Great Again, and fireworks, to him, symbolize everything right about America....
The trick is to get as far away from them as possible. Every Fourth of July, a barge loaded with fireworks--the most expensive, technologically advanced pyrotechnic display that money can buy--weighs anchor in the Charles River, the small snake of water that separates Boston and Cambridge before it bleeds into the Atlantic. It waits between the Longfellow Bridge, the one curving over the Charles like a brick-laid set of salt and pepper shakers lined...
You’ll often hear New Yorkers identify themselves as New Yorkers before Americans, Brooklynites before Americans—probably vegans before Americans. Yes, you know who you are. Perhaps this hesitation to fully embrace Americanness actually results from a disconnect in cultural values (but more realistically, probably from the lack of space here), but it’s true. The high school football, outdoor cookouts, and outwardly zealous American pride so synonymous with “American” culture don’t always burn as bright here. This...
Listen, we know that trekking to Time Square and hurdling together by the masses is a sacred tradition for some New Yorkers  and a rite of passage for New York transplants, but the idea of standing out in the cold to watch a ball drop is actually a terrible one, especially since bars and parties will most likely have a TV with the New Year's Eve celebration on in the background. And if you...

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