Don’t forget Kwanzaa! The Apollo Theater is Harlem hosts its annual Kwanzaa celebration tonight featuring song, dance, and celebration of African American culture.
What better day to kick back and watch a movie than the cloudy day after Christmas? As usual, lots of films in the busy Christmas season are set in New York City, including American Hustle, Anchorman 2, Inside Llewyn Davis as well as The Secret Life of Walter Mitty andThe Wolf of Wall Street, which were just released yesterday.
Dreaming of a white Christmas? Whether or not there’s snow outside your house, you can at least crunch the numbers behind it in an interesting graphic from WNYC.
Those celebrating Christmas Eve tonight would be wise to celebrate with the classic Christmas song “Silent Night”—it’s the song’s 195th birthday, first performed in 1818 at the Church of St. Nikolaus in Oberndorf, Austria. Not into it? Just stick with a Silent Night.
Partly cloudy skies, high of 40 degrees. Stays partly cloudy tonight, low of 24 heading into Christmas morning [Full forecast].
NEED TO KNOW
The White House has extended the deadline to apply for health insurance on Healthcare.gov after a last-minute swarm of sign-ups [NY Times].
Those close to the situation say New York City’s finally settled the lawsuits over 2004 arrests at the GOP convention [NY Times].
De Blasio’s named Alicia Glen as Deputy Mayor of housing and economic development, sure to be a big focus of the mayoralty [WNYC].
No games tonight
Knicks snuck by Orlando 103-98
And Nets fell to Indiana 103-86
Rangers beat Toronto in shootout 2-1
Islanders crushed Detroit 3-0
And Devils fell to Chicago 5-2
ON STAGE TONIGHT
Baby Dee & Little Annie @ Joe’s Pub
Harlem Gospel Choir @ B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Soulfarm @ Highline Ballroom
On this day in 1865, the Ku Klux Klan was formed.
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Today’s the last day to responsibly shop for Christmas gifts. If you really want to get in the Christmas spirit, hit up the Union Square or Grand Central holiday fairs. Tomorrow is their last day open.
New Yorkers are mourning the death of former South African President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela today. NBC New York has written on some of Madiba’s connections to the Big Apple. He visited the city not long after he was released from prison and greeted by a ticker tape parade. He also visited Ground Zero just two months after 9/11.
Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights ends tonight at sundown. While it was a noteworthy Hanukkah for the fact that it started on Thanksgiving (the last time that’ll happen in thousands of years), it was marked for many by an absence of the favored fried square knishes. While some hoped the knish shortage would end soon, it seems that it’ll be lasting a while. Until then, the Chosen looking for a potato-ey treat will have to settle for other varieties like the one s
There’s a bit more fanfare when Rockefeller Center lights their Christmas tree than when you plug yours into the wall. Expect big crowds around the plaza for performances by Mary J. Blige, the Goo Goo Dolls, Kelly Clarkson and more. Click here for timing and how to get there.
Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday… they’re all behind us. But if you still want more shopping, check out the Union Square Holiday Market. It’s been open for a couple weeks now at 14th St. and Broadway in Manhattan and is chock full of vendors selling everything from hot chocolate to jewelry to dog leashes.