First Night in Oneonta

By Michelle Costanza

January 1, 2013 Updated Jan 1, 2013 at 12:35 AM EDT

Oneonta, NY (WBNG Binghamton) People filled the streets of downtown Oneonta to ring in the New Year.

Originating in Boston in the 1970's, the concept of First Night has brings communities together to celebrate the New Year in an alcohol-free environment.

A First Night event was held here in the Southern Tier on Monday evening, drawing huge crowds to Oneonta.

The event is centered around arts and culture, and was praised for many different reasons.

"It's a time to experience the arts and entertainment without any concerns about alcohol or violence," said author Alice Lichtenstein.

Mayor Miller commented on the versatility of the evening. He said "There's something for everybody at First Night--if you like jazz, if you like classical music, if you like dance."

Over 75 cities across the nation held a First Night event this year.

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