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The Best Bet


Though lighting one up is technically illegal in New York State, few traditions ring in the New Year like the snap-crackle spectacle of wire sparklers. But unlike the ashy boxed variety smuggled in from over-the-border gas stations, these blazing sticks ($13.50 for eight at Catbird, 219 Bedford Ave., nr. N. 5th St., Williamsburg; 718-599-3457) come hand-twisted in pretty, party-favor-ready metallic tissue paper. Their golden sparks burn clean, ensuring your hands—and evening clothes—stay soot-free. Plus, they’re food-safe: The squatter, star-shaped versions ($13.50 for four) make festive toppers for whatever midnight sweets you may have in store.


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