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.
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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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.
Manhattan’s Lincoln Square neighborhood will be filled wall to wall with wintry well-wishers for tonight’s 14th Annual Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square. The festival starts at 5:30 with a tree lighting on Broadway and 63rd and continues till 9 all the way up Broadway to 68th with food-tasting, live performances and music.