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Another impressive sister is the Kotelnicheskaya apartment building (1 Kotelnicheskaya Naberezhnaya), which housed the Communist elite in decades past and now includes some of the city’s priciest real estate, even if its infrastructure is in need of an upgrade. A second apartment building, Krasnaya Presnya Tower at Kudrinskaya Square, once housed Soviet aviation elite. Two more of the Stalin Gothic buildings are hotels (Hotel Ukraina, 2/1 Kutuzovsky Prospekt; and Hotel Leningradskaya, near the Leningradsky Train Station at 21/40 Kalanchevskaya Ulitsa).
The crowds of mostly young revelers in the square are so dense that few of them notice the freezing temperatures. In St. Petersburg, the biggest fireworks are shot over the Neva River across from the Hermitage. Back at home, many families celebrate well into the night, or go outside to set off their own small firecrackers. The first day of the year is a day of rest and lots of leftovers. If you visit Moscow or St. Petersburg over New Year’s, be sure to check in advance online or through your travel agent for special holiday events at your hotel.
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