The Copacabana nightclub returned to New York on Saturday night with dancing, music, passion and fashion in Hell’s Kitchen. W42ST was on hand to record the evening — which included a marriage proposal.

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The Copacabana on W51st Street this evening. All photos: Phil O’Brien

The entrance of the new location on W51st Street between 11/12th Avenue was adorned with a flag and the customary red carpet. Inside, patrons danced the night away. As the evening drew on, Jamaal Thomas got on stage to propose to his girlfriend Saki — she accepted!

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Jamaal Thomas got on stage to propose to his girlfriend Saki.
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There was entertainment as well as dancing.
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Dancers enjoying the opening night.

The evening was hosted by the legendary owner John Juliano and nightlife impresario Ruben Rubin Cabrera.

Long-time Copacabana owner John Juliano,.91, watched from the side of the dance floor.
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Early in the evening, the dance floor began to fill up.

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