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all photos: Dakota Fine, Mike Danko, Shauna Alexander, Ben Droz & onomonomedia photo booth (see the full set of those on our flickr here)

Dear All,

Last Friday we threw the biggest party (ever? – 3000 people in their festive best stampeded through the Newseum door) and we would like to THANK YOU all for coming. Autorock and Smudge provided some absolutely amazing tunes on the main floor and the silent disco level, respectively (THANK YOU). Dakota Fine (BYT’s chief photog) took all the photos and Erik Loften made the fantastic holiday card animation for the jumbotron installation (THANK YOU). Tad Daly gave a “Christmas at Ground Zero” speech at the Documentary Theater (THANK YOU). Pocket Gays were exemplary naughty elves (THANK YOU).  And Legba lorded over them with finesse as Spider-Claus (SPANK YOU). The Onomonomedia photobooth took 285 photos of 1000s of you (THANK YOU). BYT interns worked non-stop to make sure you were checked in, braceleted and ushered into the space (THANK YOU). There was a dance circle and glowstick limbo (THANK YOU). Newseum allowed us to stay open an extra hour to make sure everyone got their party on despite that initial door bumrush (THANK YOU). Vitaminwater kept everyone hydrated and was in charge of the silent disco experience (THANK YOU). Smirnoff kept those cocktails in and out of elevator bars flowing (THANK YOU). By Saturday morning blog posts were trickling in and there were SEVERAL missed connections for people in red tops, green pants etc on craigslist (THANK YOU).

We will hopefully be back at the Newseum in the summer (early check-ins, no coat checks, no funny money, elevator AND balcony bars) BUT IN THE MEANTIME: ENJOY THE 1000S OF PHOTOS our dedicated photo staff took of the night (THANK YOU) and yes, we’re doing a NYE party (casually this time around)


Lets listen to Duck Sauce’s “Barbra Streisend” while we look at them (a song that spawned a million dance circles)




A little bit of video taken from the night…

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Erik Loften (BYT creative director extraordinaire, and creator of the video you saw on the Jumbotron) in 3-D!!!:
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Mike Danko:

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