Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting 2012: New Jersey Spruce Lights Up Manhattan


NEW YORK — An 80-foot Norway spruce that made it through Superstorm Sandy was transformed into a beacon of shimmering glory Wednesday when New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and others turned its lights on at Rockefeller Center.

Thousands of onlookers crowded behind barricades on the streets that surrounded the center during the traditional tree-lighting ceremony for the Christmas holiday season. A video screen projected an image of the tree for those who did not have a direct line of sight.

“It makes me want to sing and dance,” said Zuri Young, who came several hours early with her boyfriend to watch the lighting for the first time. Continue reading “Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting 2012: New Jersey Spruce Lights Up Manhattan”

Brooklyn Book Festival 2012 Features Karl Ove Knausgård, Granta, Ishion Hutchinson And More

At this point New Yorkers know Brooklyn’s reputation as the land of literary magazines, or as the Guardian called it, “a writers’ mecca.”

Therefore, it’s no surprise more than 280 authors and swarms of bibliophiles are gathering in the borough to celebrate one of the most prominent literary events of the year: the 2012 Brooklyn Book Festival. Continue reading “Brooklyn Book Festival 2012 Features Karl Ove Knausgård, Granta, Ishion Hutchinson And More”

Dumbo Arts Festival 2012 Preview: Superhero, Codex Dynamic, And Inverted Sky

If the crisp, cool air hasn’t already got you excited for the upcoming fall season, here’s a preview of one of New York’s most exciting events, the 16th annual Dumbo Arts Festival, where from September 28th to the 30th, more than 500 artists from around the world will showcase a wide range of installations and interactive performances.

The three-day neighborhood takeover will utilize everything from storefronts to building exteriors as mediums to display the festival’s unique exhibits. Continue reading “Dumbo Arts Festival 2012 Preview: Superhero, Codex Dynamic, And Inverted Sky”

BIG APPLE BABIES

NYC Baby Names: Isabella, Jayden Most Popular Names For Third Straight Year.

For the third straight year, Isabella and Jayden reign as the most popular baby names in New York City.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Health Commissioner Thomas Farley announced the list of New York’s top names for tots on Tuesday and said more than 600 Isabellas and more than 800 Jaydens were registered in 2011.

Bloomberg added, “A baby born in New York City has a life expectancy 2.5 years longer than the national average in no small part due to our bold public health initiatives. This means we can expect to see many of the very popularly named Isabellas and Jaydens – like these two little ones with us today – more than 80 years from now.” Continue reading “BIG APPLE BABIES”