<![CDATA[NBC New York - The Scene]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcnewyork.com/entertainment/the-scene http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/4NY_Horizontal.jpg NBC New York http://www.nbcnewyork.comen-usWed, 07 Dec 2016 19:10:56 -0500Wed, 07 Dec 2016 19:10:56 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Target Reissues Menorah Recall Over Fire Hazard Concerns]]> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 12:55:26 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/menorah11.jpg

With Hanukkah several weeks away, Target is reminding customers it has recalled thousands of menorahs because they post a fire hazard.

The clear acrylic menorahs, sold in Target stores nationwide from October 2015 through December 2015 for about $20, can melt when the candles burn, Target says. The company said it has received eight reports of the menorahs melting, including three reports of fire. No property damage or injuries were reported.

The 2,600 menorahs were originally recalled in May, but if customers still have them, they should toss them before the holiday or return them to Target for a full refund. 



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<![CDATA[Where to Catch the Fireworks Across the Tri-State]]> Mon, 04 Jul 2016 03:50:58 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/fireworks+watch.jpg

If you're looking for the best place to watch fireworks this year, you won't run out of options. And if you can't watch the show in person, you can catch it live on your phone.  

For the third year in a row, the "Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular" will be on the East River, making for great spots across three of New York City's five boroughs (and on TVs everywhere on NBC). But there will also be some pretty great displays in other parts of the city and throughout the tri-state. 

Despite all the options, revelers will face crowds as tens of thousands look to the skies. Here are some of the area's best places to see the displays:

Brooklyn

  • Brooklyn Bridge Park, DUMBO: This is considered the “golden spot” for seeing the display, offering breathtaking looks of the fireworks and the lit-up Manhattan skyline. It’ll get crowded quickly, so be sure to get there early.
  • Brooklyn Heights and the Brooklyn Bridge Promenade: Another couple of spots that offer sweeping views of the Macy’s display, but you’ll have to stand.
  • Berry Park, Greenpoint: The venerable watering hole off McCarren Park features a roof deck that should offer great views of all the barges. You’ll need to buy a drink to stay for the display, but the bar has a wide selection of German and Belgian brews and a fully stocked bar.
  • Fornino Pizza, Brooklyn Bridge Park: This pizza shop offers sweeping views of lower Manhattan that should make for a great fireworks display. Tickets for the roof deck are already sold out.
  • Brooklyn Grange, Greenpoint: The sprawling rooftop farm offers spectacular views of both Manhattan and the fireworks display. Tickets have already sold out.
  • The Ides Rooftop Bar at the Wythe Hotel, Williamsburg: There’s a $25 cover charge, and doors will open at 7:30 pm.
  • Grand Ferry Park, Williamsburg: The waterfront park in tony Williamsburg is sure to be crowded, but you should get a great look at the fireworks coming off of barges near midtown.
  • MCU Park, Coney Island: You won’t be able to see the Macy’s spectacular from the Cyclones’ park, but the stadium will be shooting off fireworks after the team’s game against the Williamsport Crosscutters. You should also be able to see that display from other parts of Coney Island.

Manhattan

  • South Street Seaport: The Manhattan attraction has been voted the best viewing spot in the city. Like the popular spots in Brooklyn, get there early to assure a spot.
  • The Battery: You should be able to catch the Macy’s spectacular and the Freedom and Fireworks Festival in Jersey City
  • FDR Drive: How often can you say you got to walk on the FDR? There will be several entry points along the highway, which should offer some unique views.
  • East River Park, Lower East Side: The large park should be another great place to see the display.
  • Circle Line: Another fireworks cruise option. Tickets start at $149 a person and boats board at Pier 83 starting at 5:15 p.m.
  • NY Water Taxi: This sightseeing cruise service is offering a couple of cruise options. Tickets start at $199.

Queens

  • Gantry Plaza State Park, Long Island City: One of the few places in Queens to catch the fireworks, so get there early.
  • Flagship Farm, Long Island City: This rooftop party will include music from DJ Mickey Perez and food from Butcher Bar. Tickets are $75 and still being sold.
  • Z Rooftop Bar, Long Island City: The bar near the Queensboro Bridge should offer some great views of the northernmost fireworks barges.

Staten Island 

  • Richmond County Bank Ballpark: Catch the Staten Island Yankees and a show for $9-$18.

New Jersey 

  • Liberty State Park, Jersey City: A huge carnival with some concert acts will precede a fireworks show with the backdrop of the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan.
  • Hoboken, Weehawken and other towns: Get away from the New York City crowds, and still catch some great displays.
  • Atlantic City: Fireworks will be shown on the Boardwalk and Marina District starting at 9:30 p.m.
  • Long Branch: A huge, all day family friendly festival with music, food, and fireworks at 9 p.m. 
  • Wildwood: Fireworks will be shown on the beach starting at 10 p.m.
  • Point Pleasant Beach: Fireworks will be shown at Jenkinson's Boardwalk.
  • East Rutherford: Bring the family to State Fair Meadowlands for a carnival, live entertainment and evening of spectacular fireworks. The fair will begin at 2 p.m., and tickets cost $11 for adults and $9 for children.  
  • Camden: Fireworks will be shown at Camden Waterfront Freedom Festival at 6 p.m.
  • Seaside Heights: Head to Seaside Heights for an evening of fireworks on the oceanfront at 9:30 p.m.
  • Margate City: Celebrate Independence Day with a beach fireworks display at 9 p.m. 

Long Island, Westchester and the Hudson Valley

  • Jones Beach: Finish off a day at the beach with a fireworks display. 
  • Several towns will be offering their own fireworks displays, so check your town’s Facebook and Twitter pages.



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<![CDATA[Top 10 Places for Child-free Dating Revealed]]> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 12:48:01 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/217*120/date-generic-couple.jpg

Looking to date but not procreate? Move to Queens. 

Of 500 large locales analyzed by Match.com, the outer borough has the highest percentage in the country of single people ages 18 to 45 who don't have kids and don't want them in the future, according to a new study by the dating website and real estate company Redfin. 

Single people don't need an extra bedroom or rooms for their offspring, so the study also looked at the market for one-bedroom homes in the locations that ranked tops for child-free singles who want to stay that way. 

Queens came in third-cheapest at $250,000. 

Here's the rest of the top 10 spots in the country for child-free singles, according to Redfin and Match: 

2. Portland, Oregon (average price for a one-bedroom home: $298,526) 

3. Kirkland, Washington (average price for a one-bedroom home: $285,000) 

4. Pasadena, California (average price for a one-bedroom home: $459,000) 

5. Fort Collins, Colorado (average price for a one-bedroom home: $204,900) 

6. Seattle, Washington (average price for a one-bedroom home: $504,950) 

7. Aurora, Colorado (average price for a one-bedroom home: $118,000) 

8. Jersey City, New Jersey (average price for a one-bedroom home: $317,000) 

9. Santa Cruz, California (average price for a one-bedroom home: $394,300) 

10. Portland, Maine (average price for a one-bedroom home: $329,450) 



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<![CDATA[This New York Restaurant Was Named Best in America]]> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 11:58:48 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/gettyimages-620171728+%281%29.jpg

New York eatery Blue Hill at Stone Barns has been named Restaurant of the Year by food publication Eater.

The Pocantico Hills restaurant topped the list of Eater's "38 restaurants that defined dining in 2016".

After a year of travel, tastings and careful deliberation Eater restaurant editor Bill Addison named chef Dan Barber's restaurant the best in the country, and served the accolade with generous  praise.

"Stone Barns isn't just an exquisite fine-dining restaurant serving magnificent tasting menus; it's an experiment, a laboratory, a learning center, and a model for the future of agriculture," Addison said.

Blue Hill also has an outpost in Manhattan, but Addison said the Pocantico Hills restaurant was particularly special, partly due to its location.

"On the train or in a car, the city falls away, mile after mile, until finally you turn down the farm’s long, winding driveway, where the surrounding lushness tunes your mind and senses for the feast ahead," he said.

Three other New York eateries also made the list. 

Cosme, a Mexican restaurant in an old strip club space in Flatiron was listed as one of Addison's "most relevant" restaurants, while Momofuku Noodle Bar in East Village made the list for the third year in a row.

Brooklyn pizza joint Roberta's also made the list for a third time.



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<![CDATA[Our 10 Most Liked Instagram Photos of 2016 ]]> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 12:17:32 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Ilovenybrcrop.jpg As we say goodbye to 2016, we take a look back at our most popular Instagram photos on our @nbcnewyork page. Check out 10 awesome shots, from photos of the noble Lady Liberty, to the changing colors of the season liked by our loyal Instagram followers.

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<![CDATA[Ballerina Misty Copeland Launches Dancewear Line ÉGAL]]> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 09:15:08 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-527358950.jpg

Ballerina Misty Copeland, who is known for breaking body stereotypes in the dance world, has launched her line of dancewear apparel.

The prima ballerina has often spoken publicly about her career-long struggle to find dancewear designed for women who have busts, hips and thighs. It from that void that Copeland says ÉGAL Dance was born.

ÉGAL Dance features designs inspired by Copeland's personal style and a desire to provide dancewear that is "truly supportive, appealing and flattering to a variety of body types."

"The ÉGAL woman is looking for high-performance, functional dancewear that is fashionable, durable and most importantly, helps them to achieve their movement goals," says Copeland. "We have shared our garments with both professional and recreational dancers, and early feedback has shown that dancers from dance forms including ballet, modern, contemporary, jazz, and Broadway, have an overwhelming need for this type of leotard."

ÉGAL Dance's initial launch is comprised of the brand's capsule collection including leotards, crop tops, a skirt and a warm-up tunic. Copeland's dancewear line is available exclusively online at www.egaldance.com.

Copeland made history last year as the first African-American woman promoted to principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre.

Reaching the pinnacle of success as a dancer was only the beginning. The world-renowned ballerina has been able to forge a career outside the dance world with her trailblazing accomplishments, a rare feat for someone from the dance world. In addition to various endorsement deals and TV appearances, the 33-year-old has published two New York Times best-selling books, was the subject of a documentary, appeared on Broadway, named one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people and was recently honored with her own Barbie doll.



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<![CDATA[Working Class Tale 'Sweat' Will Transfer to Broadway]]> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 15:04:11 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/SweatBroadway.jpg

"Sweat" -- the acclaimed new drama about floor workers at a steel plant in Reading, Pennsylvania, and how they cope with changes in American manufacturing -- will transfer to Broadway this spring after a sold-out run at The Public Theater.

Performances begin March 4, 2017 at Broadway's Studio 54. Opening night is set for March 26.

Co-commissioned by Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Arena Stages, the tale comes from Pulitzer winner Lynn Nottage ("Ruined") and will mark her Broadway playwriting debut. Direction comes from Kate Whoriskey ("The Miracle Worker").

The entire cast from the Public Theater is expected to reprise their performances on Broadway. A performance schedule will be announced in the coming weeks.

"America needs 'Sweat,'" Public Theater Artistic Director Oskar Eustis said in a statement. "No piece I know captures in such brilliant and absorbing particulars the drama and fury of Americans who feel left behind in our new economy. We need to listen to these voices with openness and compassion; Sweat allows us to do just that, in a brilliantly theatrical way."

"Sweat" runs at The Public Theater through Dec. 18. 

Tickets for the Broadway engagement go on sale Dec. 9 via Telecharge.com, by calling 212-239-6200, or the Studio 54 Box Office (254 West 54th Street). Ticket prices will range from $59 - $149.



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<![CDATA[ Broadway's 'Dear Evan Hansen' Delivers Letter-Perfect Notes]]> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 08:28:36 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/BenPlattRachelBayJonesDearEvanHansenBway.jpg

On paper, it's hard to believe the stunning and original new musical "Dear Evan Hansen" would work as perfectly as it does.

Now open at Broadway's Music Box Theatre after an acclaimed run at the Second Stage Theatre last spring, it tells the story of an anxiety-driven teen named Evan Hansen who pretends to be best friends with a stoner boy at school after the loner commits suicide.

Creating a web of lies and false documents to prove their bond, Evan rides his manipulation to popularity among his peers, a surrogate relationship with the boy's family, a romantic relationship with the boy's sister — and even internet stardom.

Rarely has there been a protagonist so morally flawed. Evan's not murdering people like Sweeney Todd did, of course. But the way in which the 17-year-old unintentionally preys on the vulnerable and tricks those on social media into believing his hero narrative, you'll want to hate Evan for his corruption.

But the fact that you don't hate him — and in fact, root for him — has a lot to do with star Ben Platt's gut-wrenching performance.

In the hands of another actor, Evan could easily play as a self-absorbed geek. But the 23-year-old "Pitch Perfect" alum so supremely embodies Evan's anxieties and complexities, you can't help but relate. It's a raw, full, and frighteningly realistic performance unlike any seen — and one that will surely propel Platt to stardom. (Start prepping that Tony speech now, Ben). 

Platt's brilliance can be seen clearly throughout, but it's in numbers "Waving Through a Window" and "Words Fail" where he truly shines. The first gives Platt the opportunity to showcase his rich tenor and his character's "outside looking in" mentality, while the latter finds a tearful and fragile Platt allowing Evan to face the realities of his own inner demons — and doing the unthinkable: forgiving himself.

Bring tissues. They'll come in handy there, and in a few other spots throughout the show.

Platt won't be the only one receiving acclaim for "Dear Evan Hansen." Songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul have written one of Broadway's most exciting and catchy new scores. The songs are reminiscent of those from piano-driven singer songwriters like Ben Folds, yet each tune sounds fresh and authentic to its character. (The cast album releases Feb. 3, 2017, and you'll want it immediately).

Pasek and Paul are also the writing team behind the lyrics to the new Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling musical film "La La Land," which is poised to be a major Academy Awards contender. After a string of critically-acclaimed musicals like "Dogfight" and a handful of tunes for NBC's "Smash," the duo have clearly delivered a one-two punch here. 

Much love should also be thrown towards book writer Steven Levenson, who has done wonders crafting a story filled with characters and dialogue that expertly avoids the cliché. (It's loosely based on a real experience Pasek had in high school). As the piece races towards its inevitable conclusion, Levenson finds surprises along the way while never failing to explore his characters' often-conflicting emotions.

Broadway veterans Michael Park ("Tuck Everlasting"), Jennifer Laura Thompson ("Footloose"), Laura Dreyfuss ("Hair"), and Mike Faist ("Newsies") are strong anchors the musical's cast of eight, while newcomers Will Roland and Kristolyn Lloyd give memorable debuts. There's not a false note given by any of them.

"Pippin" standout Rachel Bay Jones is especially good as Evan's mom Heidi — a well-intentioned single mom who struggles to say the right thing and connect with her son between shifts working as a nurse's aide and studying to be a paralegal. Jones delivers a masterfully delicate and grounded performance. When she finally breaks through to Evan, in the showstopping "So Big/So Small," it's Jones who will break your heart.

Director Michael Grief, of "Rent" and "Next to Normal," has done a remarkable job at managing the show's many messages. With the aid of set designer David Korins ("Hamilton"), he interweaves social media into the story in a smart way (it brings the show's anthem "You Will Be Found" to new heights, for one). Choreography by Danny Mefford ("Fun Home") is understated, but effective.

What's so profound about "Dear Evan Hansen" is how it exposes its audience to the things we hate the most about ourselves, and reminds us all that we're worthy of loving ourselves in spite of them. The false identity Evan creates might allow him to feel like he belongs more than he ever did as himself, but it's ultimately a futile effort. Our dear Evan Hansen will only ever feel love from others once he learns to love the ugliest versions of himself. Bravo.

“Dear Evan Hansen,” at the Music Box Theatre, 239 W. 45th St. Tickets: $69 - $175 Call 212-239-6200 or visit DearEvanHansen.com.



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<![CDATA[When the Guards Look Away: Silly Photos at The Met]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:50:27 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/crop+for+cover.jpg Sometimes, we just can't help ourselves. Despite our best intentions, visiting the museum -- with all its nakedness and drama -- can bring out our silly sides. This is what happens when the guards look away at one of New York's cultural jewels -- The Metropolitan Museum. ]]> <![CDATA[De Niro's 'A Bronx Tale' Musical Doesn't Hit ]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 19:25:48 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ABronxTaleReview.jpg

Nostalgia, when used properly in a new musical, can feel like a warm hug and a slap in the face at the same time. It can simultaneously remind you the best things about a time period, while waking you up to how much the world has or hasn't changed since. Think "Hairspray," "The Color Purple" or even "Ragtime."

But when done poorly, the trend can come off tired and cliché. Like a bad cover of a great song on a reality singing competition, it can feel like a watered-down version of what once was — and make you question the purpose of the story as a whole. 

Unfortunately, that's the feeling evoked throughout "A Bronx Tale" — the musical staging of Chazz Palminteri's often-told, '60s-set story now open at Broadway's Longacre Theatre. Despite the best efforts of its cast and creative team, this once-exciting story comes across stale and banal. 

It's a shame too, because "A Bronx Tale" has assembled some truly talented folks to help give life to its story — about a mob boss who takes a young boy under his wing, and an interracial relationship that threatens to cause a neighborhood war.

There's music and lyrics from Alan Menken and Glenn Slater — the team behind stage adaptations of popular films "The Little Mermaid," "Sister Act" and "Leap of Faith." A book adaptation from Palminteri himself. And direction from four-time Tony winner Jerry Zaks (of "Guys and Dolls," another gangster tale), who staged a non-musical version of the show on Broadway in 2007.

And then there's Zaks' co-director, Robert De Niro. The two-time Oscar winner made his big picture directorial debut with the 1993 film adaptation, and makes his stage directorial debut here.

It's unclear how he and Zaks worked together. One might expect that Zaks moved the action during the show's bigger musicals numbers, while De Niro lent his expertise to its book scenes, though neither components are strong enough to match either director's skill.

Menken and Slater's doo-wop and Motown-style tunes don't do them any favors. As a whole, the score feels far too vanilla and somewhat forgettable. (Menken's "Little Shop of Horrors" score — set in a similar time period — is far more catchy).

There is one bright spot throughout, and that's actor Nick Cordero as Belmont Avenue's reigning gangster Sonny (played by Palminteri in previous incarnations of the story). Cordero's gruff tone and non-nonsense demeanor captivates whenever he's on stage — and will make you wish his character was given the chance to reveal more of his internal motivations.

Cordero received a Tony nomination for playing another role originated by Palminteri — in 2014's "Bullets Over Broadway" — showing he does good gangster.

Bobby Conte Thornton, who narrates the story as Sonny's now grown-up protege Calogero, makes a fine Broadway debut, though his character sadly doesn't get much to do until Act II (a sweet but pitchy Hudson Loverro plays a younger version of Calogero earlier). Thornton is forced to rush the musical through its entire racial subplot without much time to breathe, a disappointment since he shows hints of depth that would have been lovely to see explored.

The stunning Ariana DeBose (of "Hamilton" fame) does the best she can as Calogero's love interest, Jane. But as only one of two female characters given names and speaking roles in the show, her role is written remarkably thin. 

Set designer Beowulf Boritt has been featured for weeks now on a television commercial for HP Spectre x360 and Windows 10, showing off his creations for "A Bronx Tale." They're beautiful to see in person. But like his commercial, that joy only lasts about 30 seconds.

"A Bronx Tale" has had many incarnations in its history — a one-man show, a movie, a play, and now a musical. This last version is by far its most ambitious (it comes to New York after a tryout in New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse last winter). But it's also a harsh reminder that some stories don't need reinvention. 

“A Bronx Tale,” at The Longacre Theatre, 220 W 48th St. Tickets: $50-$187. Call 212-239-6200 or visit abronxtalethemusical.com.



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<![CDATA[Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Live Cam ]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 09:50:19 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/rock+tree+ap.jpg

Watch a live feed (above) of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree around the clock. 

The 94-foot tall, 14-ton Norway spruce with 50,000 multicolored lights will be lit every day from 5:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. until Jan. 7, except for Christmas Day, when it will stay lit for 24 hours.

The holiday tradition started in 1931. This year's tree came from the backyard of Angie and Graig Eichler in Oneonta in the northern foothills of New York's Catskill mountain range. 

After the holidays, it will be milled into lumber for Habitat for Humanity.



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<![CDATA['Jersey Boys' Found Liable for Copyright Infringement ]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 13:01:38 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/JerseyBoysCast.jpg

It's scheduled to wrap up its decade-long run on Broadway this January, but the drama depicted on stage in the Tony-winning musical "Jersey Boys" is nothing compared to what happened Monday behind the scenes. 

A federal jury in Nevada found the show's writers, director and producers liable for copyright infringement, attributing 10 percent of the musical's success to an unpublished biography by author Rex Woodard, NBC 4 New York confirmed.

The book was about Four Seasons band member Tommy DeVito, whose story -- along with the story of band-members Frankie Valli, Bob Guadio and Nick Massi -- is depicted in the documentary-style musical.

In the show, each of the Four Seasons gets his own turn at telling how the 1960s-era supergroup came together, and the secrets behind hits like "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Walk Like a Man" and "December, 1963." 

Its writers Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice told The Washington Post in 2009 that they individually interviewed each band member when crafting the musical, including Devito, who they said told them "Don't listen to those guys. I'll tell you what really happened."

But the Nevada court appears to have felt differently. While the jury did not indicate which parts of the autobiography were copied, Forbes reported Judge Robert C. Jones did identify 11 similarities between Woodard's manuscript and Brickman and Elice's book. That included dialogue between songs, character development and some scene descriptions.

Woodward had been hired by DeVito in 1988 to ghostwrite his still-unpublished memoir, "Tommy DeVito -- Then and Now." The two men had agreed to split profits for the book, but Woodward died in May 1991 of lung cancer before lining up an agent and publisher.

After "Jersey Boys" opened on Broadway in November 2005, Woodward's widow, Donna Cortbello, hired lawyers to look into publishing her late-husband's manuscript, Forbes reported. The copyright for the material was registered to DeVito in January 1991, though she was able to amend the registration to have Woodward listed with DeVito as a co-author.

She then opened suit on the "Jersey Boys" team for developing the derivative work. The suit included "Jersey Boys" scribes Brickman and Elice, as well as director Des McAnuff and producers from Dodger Theatricals. 

Daniel M. Mayeda, co-counsel for the defendants, maintained his client's innocence to The Wall Street Journal.

"You can’t own historical events," he said. "A lot of things that are similar are facts, names and characteristics of personalities …I f you are talking about the same subject matter, they are going to have similarities." 

A spokesman for the show told NBC 4 New York, "'Jersey Boys' certainly plans to appeal the decision, and has no further comment at this time."

The damages have not been determined. According to numbers provided by the Broadway League, "Jersey Boys" has grossed more than $549 million on Broadway since its opening.

The musical plays its final performance on Jan. 15 after 4,642 shows at the August Wilson Theatre. It is the 12th-longest running show in Broadway history, has also toured the country and was adapted into a 2014 film by director Clint Eastwood.



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<![CDATA[Santa's North Pole Home Listed on Zillow]]> Wed, 30 Nov 2016 21:31:27 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/p_f_Outside_024.jpg Popular real estate marketplace company Zillow added a new property listing to their website just in time for the holidays -- Santa Claus' North Pole house. Maison Krin is described as a "toy-lover's paradise nestled on 25 idyllic acres at the North Pole -- perfect for spirited reindeer games." The company priced the home using "comparable homes in remote locations" and "applying a Santa premium," they said in a press release.

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<![CDATA[Napoleon Dynamite and Pedro Reunite for Burger King Ad]]> Wed, 30 Nov 2016 19:25:46 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/212*120/nd51120735.jpg

Napoleon Dynamite and Pedro are back…for Burger King, that is.

Jon Heder and Efren Ramirez reunited for a commercial for Burger King’s limited-time offering of cheesy tots.

The commerical plays off of Napoleon's love for the cafeteria side dish in the movie. 

"Whoa, are those cheesy tots?” Heder as Napoleon asks Ramirez, before requesting to try one.

He then takes a handful of tots, including one out of Ramirez’s hand, for himself.

“Dang it, those are good,” Heder says.

“Fans have been craving the return of Cheesy Tots for some time now,” Burger King president, North America Alex Macedo said in a statement. “So we wanted to give loyalists a holiday surprise after we heard so many of their requests. Now they’ll be able to warm up to these cozy cheese and potato bites this holiday season.”



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<![CDATA[Dazzling Rockefeller Tree Lighting Is Tonight! What to Know]]> Wed, 30 Nov 2016 18:30:51 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/rockefeller+center+tree+2016_before+lighting.jpg

The Rockefeller Center tree is set to be illuminated Wednesday in a festive ceremony, but spectators should expect some security restrictions, be aware of street closures and prepare for possible rain.

NBC will broadcast “Christmas in Rockefeller Center” from 7 to 9 p.m.

WATCH LIVE: Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting

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Crowds are expected to form in the early afternoon and police say drivers should expect heavy traffic and avoid the vicinity of Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.

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Police also say the following roads will be subject to closures from 3 p.m. until after the lighting ceremony: 48th, 49th, 50th, and 51st streets between Fifth and Sixth avenues.

Spectators are urged to use mass transit to attend the event. Umbrellas, backpacks and large bags are prohibited, police said.

The tree will be lit every day from 5:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. until Jan. 7., except for Christmas Day, when it will be lit around the clock for 24 hours.

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Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker, and Hoda Kotb will co-host the broadcast, and there will be live performances from Neil Diamond, Sarah McLachlan, Tori Kelly and the Radio City Rockettes. Additional performances are expected from Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Dolly Parton, Tony Bennett, Josh Groban and Jordan Smith.

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The 84th annual holiday celebration will feature a 94-foot tall Norway spruce from Oneonta. The spruce is between 90 and 95 years old and weighs 14 tons. Approximately 50,000 lights on 5 miles of wire will adorn the tree and the Swarovski Star that sits atop the tree features energy-efficient LED bulbs.

After the tree is taken down, it will be milled into lumber for Habitat for Humanity.

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Follow NBC 4 on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat (NBCNewYork) for exclusive behind-the-scenes video and photos from the lighting ceremony.

Here are some historical facts about the Rockefeller Center Tree:

• 1931 – Construction workers building Rockefeller Center put up a Christmas tree, the first-ever Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree.

• 1933 - First formal Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting Ceremony. The tree was decked with 700 lights in front of the eight-month-old RCA Building.

• 1936 - Two trees, each 70 feet (21.3 m) tall, were erected. For the first time the Lighting Ceremony included a skating pageant on the newly opened Rockefeller Plaza Outdoor Ice Skating Pond.

• 1942 - Three trees were placed on Rockefeller Plaza, one decorated in red, one in white and one in blue to show support for our troops serving during World War II.

• 1949 - The tree was painted silver, to look like snow.

• 1951 – The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree was lit for the first time on national television on the Kate Smith Show.

• 1966 - The first tree from outside the United States was erected. It was given by Canada, in honor of the Centennial of its Confederation. This is the farthest distance a tree has traveled to Rockefeller Center.

• 1980 - For the 50th Anniversary of Tree Lighting, a 70 foot-tall (21.3 m) Norway Spruce came from the grounds of the Immaculate Conception Seminary of Mahwah, N.J. Bob Hope participated in the Lighting.

• 1999 – The largest tree in Rockefeller Center history, 100 feet tall (30.5 m), came from Killingworth, Conn.

• 2004 – The Swarovski-designed star became the largest star to ever grace the tree.

• 2007 – For the first time, the tree was lit with energy-efficient LEDs. They draw a fraction of the power that had been traditionally required by the tree, reducing energy consumption from 3,510 kwH to 1,297 kwH per day, saving as much energy as a single family would use in a month in a 2,000 square foot (185.8 m²) home. Hundreds of solar panels atop one of the Rockefeller Center buildings help power the new LEDs.

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<![CDATA[NYC Holiday Windows Are Officially Unveiled ]]> Wed, 23 Nov 2016 11:06:39 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_614618445677+resized.jpg

NYC is spreading holiday cheer per usual this year with elaborate decorations. All the big flagship stores lining Fifth Avenue have unveiled their annual holiday window displays. The department stores taking part in the celebratory decor will keep their display live through the first week of January. Here is where the dazzling windows at Macy's, Bloomingdales, Saks Fifth Avenue and more are located. 

Lord & Taylor: The public can head over to the corner of Fifth Avenue and E. 39th Street to check out Lord & Taylor's 2016 window display. 

Bergdorf Goodman: The luxe department store's windows take viewers to a faraway land. Join the fun at 754 Fifth Ave. 

Barneys New York: Fabulous holiday windows from Barneys come to life at the Madison Avenue location (660 Madison Ave.) and the Downtown flagship store (101 7th Ave.). 

Macy's: Perhaps the most highly anticipated holiday windows of all ... Macy's Herald Square revealed a series of windows that encourage love, togetherness, magic, giving and more. 

Bloomingdales: Stroll on by 59th Street and Lexington Avenue for flawless windows at Bloomies. 

Saks Fifth Avenue: This year's display, "Land of 1000 Delights," is described as "an enchanting landscape of colorful candy and festive fashion." Saks' windows operate daily from 5 p.m. until 11 p.m. every 10 minutes. Get there before the display's last day on Jan. 6! 



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<![CDATA[Street Closures for Macy's Thanksgiving Parade ]]> Thu, 24 Nov 2016 06:59:34 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/chelsea-5-crop.jpg

Millions of spectators are expected to line the streets Thursday to watch the 90th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and millions more are expected to watch it on NBC.

In order to accommodate the parade, many streets will be closed across Manhattan. The Department of Transportation released the following information:

On Thursday, the following streets will be closed from 9 a.m. until noon:

 

  • 6th Avenue between 59th Street and 34th Street
  • 7th Avenue between 33rd Street and 40th Street
  • Columbus Avenue between 81st Street and 77th Street
  • Central Park West between 86th Street and east side of Columbus Circle/59th Street
  • 81st Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue
  • 76th Street and 77th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue
  • 71st Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue
  • 68th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue
  • 62nd Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue
  • 59th Street between Columbus Circle and 6th Avenue
  • Broadway between 59th Street and 58th Street
  • 40th Street between 7th Avenue and 8th Avenue
  • 36th Street to 39th Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue
  • 35th Street between 6th Avenue and 8th Avenue
  • 34th Street between 5th Avenue and 8th Avenue
  • 33rd Street between 6th Avenue and 10th Avenue

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<![CDATA[Holiday Windows Bedazzle, Light Up Fifth Avenue ]]> Mon, 28 Nov 2016 16:08:12 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/penguins+holiday+window+2016.png New Yorkers can always count on one thing during the holiday season: holiday windows. See photos here.

Photo Credit: Kirsten Kovats]]>
<![CDATA[Spend a Little Time with 'Sweet Charity' ]]> Sun, 20 Nov 2016 19:55:57 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/SweetCharityMain.jpg

Sutton Foster—with her innocent smile and bewildered eyes—may well have been born to play Charity Hope Valentine, the naive dance hall hostess of “Sweet Charity,” the Cy Coleman-Dorothy Fields musical with a seriocomic book by Neil Simon.

Is there an actress more adept at toggling between hopefulness and heartbreak with just the bat of an eyelash?

The New Group’s “Sweet Charity” is a bittersweet, but sublime revival that begins with Foster—in a blonde wig likely to be the only controversial element of this production—being robbed and pushed into a fountain. Let that ruin her day? Not this “taxi dancer,” who’s used to being kept off kilter by “the fickle finger of fate.”

Leigh Silverman, who directed Foster in “Violet,” takes us through all the steps of the classic musical, which is marking its 50th anniversary.

“Big Spender,” with its sequin-bedecked quintet of hoofers, would look at home on the larger stage of Studio 54. A jubilant take on “If My Friends Could See Me Now” has us cheering for Foster as she gallivants through a wealthy suitor’s apartment.

Shuler Hensley (“Oklahoma!” etc.) is very good as Oscar, the sad and awkward neurotic who befriends Charity when they’re stuck in an elevator. She calms him down, and he returns the favor a few scenes later, when they’re trapped on the Parachute Jump at Coney Island.

Could he be the man Charity is waiting for? If you know “Sweet Charity,” you know the answer, so let’s just allow that somehow, Hensley makes it still come out of the blue.

Joel Perez gets to show more range here than in the recent “Fun Home,” portraying a quartet of characters, among them narcissistic movie star Vittorio Vidal, and Herman, the hard-bitten owner of The Fandango Club, where Charity has toiled for 8 years.

Asmeret Ghebremichael and Emily Padgett play off each other famously as dancers in the wistful “Baby, Dream Your Dream.” “Where Am I Going?” closes “Sweet Charity” on a tender note that brought Foster and the company an ovation, and makes for a gut-wrenching reminder that this is no happy-go-lucky tuner.

Joshua Bergasse (“On the Town”) has choreography duties—this work is new, but he has talked about “purposeful homages” to original choreographer Bob Fosse. Perched above the audience is a six-woman orchestra on guitar, bass, cello and so on. The setting is intimate and minimalist.

The last time “Sweet Charity” had a major run in New York was in 2005, starring Christina Applegate, who broke her foot during out-of-town tryouts but rallied to a Tony nomination. Producers are said to be mulling a Broadway transfer for Foster, if it can be worked around her shooting schedule on TV’s “Younger.”

“Sweet Charity,” through Jan. 8 at The Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 W. 42nd St. Tickets: $95-$175. Call 212-279-4200.

Follow Robert Kahn on Twitter@RobertKahn



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<![CDATA[‘Hamilton’ Cast Addresses Pence at Show; Trump Responds]]> Sun, 20 Nov 2016 02:43:08 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_16324192926168-Pence-Hamilton-wave.jpg

The cast of Broadway’s “Hamilton” spoke directly to Vice President-elect Mike Pence as he sat in the audience after a show Friday night, saying they hope the production inspired him to govern in a way that protects a diverse America -- a statement President-elect Donald Trump took issue with on Twitter Saturday morning.

"Vice President-elect Pence, we welcome you and truly thank you for joining us here tonight at Hamilton, we really do," said actor Brandon Victor Dixon, who plays Aaron Burr, with the cast assembled behind him.

"We, sir, we are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us, our planet, our children, our parents, or defend us and uphold our unalienable rights, sir," said Dixon.

"But we truly hope this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us," he continued. "We truly thank you for sharing this show, this wonderful American story told by a diverse group of men, women of different colors, creeds and orientation."

The audience clapped and cheered as Dixon spoke. 'Hamilton' creator Lin-Manuel Miranda responded online later in the evening that he was proud of Dixon and the cast.

"Proud of @HamiltonMusical. Proud of @BrandonVDixon, for leading with love. And proud to remind you that ALL are welcome at the theater," he tweeted.

Trump responded to the cast on Twitter Saturday morning, claiming they “harassed” Pence.

In another tweet, Trump demanded the cast apologize for the statement. 

Dixon responded to the President-elect on Twitter, writing he appreciated Mike Pence listening to the cast's message and told Trump that "conversation is not harassment."

Pence also drew boos from the audience before the show as he was taking his seat in the theater.

Video posted to social media shows the audience at the Broadway show reacting boisterously as Pence walked into the theater with Secret Service in tow.

"Here's Pence getting booed as he gets to his seats at Hamilton," tweeted an audience member who captured the loud reaction on video.

Ron Rawlings, who was visiting from Dallas, Texas, later told NBC 4 New York, "Everything was calm, and then we heard almost a hysterical booing, went on for a long time. As my daughter and I stood up to see what was going on, we saw Vice President-elect Pence coming in."

"It was the most gross display of disrespect I've ever seen. It was awful," Rawlings continued.

Rawlings said of Pence's reaction: "He was very dignified, and there were a couple of people that showed support, he acknowledged them. He took his seat, he was very kind, he was very gracious."

Hannah Blau, visiting from Columbus, Ohio, said, "Some people were clapping, but the boos were overwhelming." She added that she thought it was "cool" that "people are still vocalizing their opposition."

"I thought LeBron Game 6 in Boston was the emotionally charged performance until this Hamilton performance with Mike Pence in audience," tweeted Noah Coslov, a digital sports editor.



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<![CDATA[Where to Watch the Macy's Balloon Blow-up Thanksgiving Eve]]> Wed, 23 Nov 2016 19:05:37 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/preparan-desfile-macys-010.JPG

Each year, the giant balloons for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade come to life as parents and children marvel in amazement the night before the spectacle. 

Fifty-foot versions of Grover, Charlie Brown and Mickey Mouse are pumped up with helium and held down by large nets to ensure they don't escape before a big day of festivities. Last year's inflatable guests include Hello Kitty, Angry Bird's Red and the nutty squirrel from Ice Age, Scrat.

If you'd like to see how the magic happens and get a sneak peak at some of the fun balloons, head to the Upper West Side on Wednesday, Nov. 23. The hot-air characters can be viewed at 77th Street and 81st Streets between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.

To see the balloons when they're near-fully blown up, it's best to show up closer to 9 p.m.

Leave the car parked, public transportation is the most efficient way to get there. Take the B or the C train to the 81st St./American museum of Natural History station. 

The NYPD has issued the following list of street closures for the balloon inflation: 

Beginning at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, November 23rd, 81st Street and 77th Street from Central Park West to Columbus Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic. The balloon inflation can be viewed by pedestrians from 3 p.m. until 10 p.m. on 81st Street and 77th Street from Central Park West to Columbus Avenue. Pedestrians are advised to enter the viewing area from the West side of Columbus Avenue at 79th Street.

At 1 p.m. the following street will be closed to vehicular traffic:

 

  • West 79th Street between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues

 

Additional vehicular traffic closures at 3 p.m. are as follows:

 

  • West 76th Street between Columbus and Central Park West Avenues
  • West 77th Street between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues
  • West 78th Street between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues
  • West 80th Street between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues
  • West 81st Street between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues
  • Central Park Transverse Road at Central Park West and West 81 St. (Both Directions)

 

After 10 p.m., 81st Street and 77th Street from Central Park West to Columbus Avenue as well as Central Park West from 59th Street to 86th Street will be closed to all traffic.

The 2016 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will hit the streets from 9 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Nov. 24. More than 8,000 participants are expected to stroll through Herald Square, with over 50 million viewers watching from the streets or at home with family. 



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<![CDATA[Michelin Releases 2017 Guide to New York's Best Restaurants ]]> Thu, 17 Nov 2016 14:45:03 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/187*120/LeBernardinHalibut.jpg

Michelin-starred restaurants are no longer exclusive to downtown Manhattan — 12 Brooklyn eateries and a Harlem sushi spot made the cut for the 2017 MICHELIN Guide New York.

Five Manhattan restaurants, such as the Flatiron District's Eleven Madison Park and Jean-Georges on the Upper West Side, received an elite three-star rating. Included in the five was Le Bernardin, a French bistro in midtown that received its eighth Top Food award in the 2017 Zagat Guide.

Harlem got its first-ever Michelin starred restaurant with Sushi Inoue, which opened last July on Lenox Avenue. The sushi restaurant offers four omakase options from famed Japanese chef Shinichi Inoue.

A new two-star selection is Aska, one of the 12 Brooklyn restaurants to receive a spot in the red guide after renovating and relocating to a more spacious kitchen in Williamsburg. The Scandinavian eatery previously attained a one star in the 2015 edition.

Chelsea's La Sirena and Ushiwakamaru were two of 12 new one-star eateries to grace the new edition of the Michelin Guide. Though it missed the mark for Zagat's 2017 list, Scandinavian restaurant Agern managed to make the cut.  

If you're someone who goes postal for pasta, check out Faro, the new one-star addition in Bushwick that serves a twice-weekly pasta menu and a regular rotation of American and Italian a la carte options. 

A total of 77 New York restaurants received a coveted Michelin star rating in the 2017 edition.



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<![CDATA[Sudeikis Seizes the Day in 'Dead Poets Society' ]]> Thu, 17 Nov 2016 13:21:34 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/DeadPoetsMain.jpg

“Saturday Night Live” vet Jason Sudeikis makes a convincing stage debut as an unorthodox New England prep school teacher in the world premiere of “Dead Poets Society,” a new play based on the popular film. It’s just opened at the Classic Stage Company.

I cherish the 1989 movie, which starred Robin Williams as a teacher at, and alumnus of, Welton Academy—or, “Hell-ton,” as generations of students have sarcastically called it. Aside from Williams, the film was an early showcase for the skills of Robert Sean Leonard, Ethan Hawke and Josh Charles.

You have to feel for an actor who would dare follow in Williams’s footsteps as John Keating, a colorful academic who encourages his students with a cry of “Carpe diem!” Sudeikis turns out to be an excellent fit, not mimicking the late comedian, but bringing his own mischievous charm and wicked wit to the part.

This production is written by Academy Award winner Tom Schulman, and adapted from his own screenplay.

Director John Doyle, the CSC chief and respected Sondheim interpreter, has, as is his way, stripped down “Dead Poets” to the essentials. The set at the tiny CSC is a wall of books as backdrop, and not much else. The schoolboys remove books from the shelves to form chairs … when they’re not ripping out pages, on the advice of their teacher.

The half-dozen actors portraying Keating’s malleable charges perform double-duty as ushers, distributing programs before the start of the 2-hour show. We meet them as they, and then Sudeikis, whistle and sing Welton’s school song.

The students eventually reanimate the poetry-worshiping society of the title, an old club they learn about when they find the yearbook from Mr. Keating’s graduating class. “Full membership required a lifetime of apprenticeship,” Mr. Keating explains, when the boys press him. “The living were simply pledges.”

The two teens around whom most of the story turns are Neil Perry (Thomas Mann), whose stern father (Stephen Barker Turner) becomes furious when his son takes an interest in acting; and Todd Anderson (Zane Pais), a stuttering, withdrawn lad whose personality emerges when Mr. Keating introduces him to Whitman and the like.

Mann and Pais both bring sensitivity to the stage. Cody Kostro is equally on point as their rebellious classmate Charlie Dalton, who will later adopt the personality of “Nuwanda,” painting an Indian symbol for virility across his chest. The main villain of the story is headmaster Paul Nolan (the excellent David Garrison, a CSC regular).

So many properties these days get a stage treatment because producers know some patrons will buy tickets just because something is familiar. In this instance, “Dead Poets Society” stands on its own as an effective work of drama, even for a generation of audiences who may have no idea what preceded it.

“Dead Poets Society,” through Dec. 18 at CSC, 136 E. 13th St. Tickets: Extremely limited. Call 866-811-4111 for inquiries.

Follow Robert Kahn on Twitter@RobertKahn



Photo Credit: Joan Marcus]]>
<![CDATA[Tiffany Is NOT Canceling Its Iconic 5th Ave Holiday Display]]> Thu, 17 Nov 2016 11:52:32 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/tiffany+near+trump+tower.jpg

The iconic annual holiday display at Tiffany & Co's flagship Fifth Avenue location will continue to awe passersby and shoppers this season, contrary to a published report that erroneously said the light show was canceled amid new security protocol in the area near the president-elect's home and office.

A spokesman for the designer jewelry company told NBC 4 New York Monday's window unveiling event was canceled, but the holiday show will go on.

"Our iconic Fifth Avenue flagship store windows, which feature sparkling vignettes of New York City at the holidays, are now on display and available for all to see," Tiffany & Co. spokesman Nathan Strauss said. "Our façade will also be illuminated as planned."

The store tweeted photos of the display Wednesday.

Located steps from Trump Tower, outside which scores of protesters have marched and gathered since the election, Tiffany & Co. has been in the heart of the new security zone created to protect President-elect Donald Trump. 

Police officers manning metal barricades have been asking visitors and shoppers where they are going before they could get onto the Trump Tower block, and some retailers, including a shoe store on nearby 56th Street, fear the security surge will drive customers away.

Tiffany & Co. encourages shoppers to access its store via the 57th Street entrance while the Fifth Avenue barricades remain in place. In the meantime, it remains open for business with regular hours. 

The jewelry store's legendary window display has been around for decades. This year's display features a picnic in Central Park, a vignette of Rockefeller Center with its majestic tree and a silhouette of a Manhattan skyline that floats along the Hudson River. 



Photo Credit: NBC 4 New York
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<![CDATA[Molly Ringwald in U.S. Premiere of 'Terms of Endearment']]> Wed, 16 Nov 2016 21:37:07 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/EndearmentMain.jpg

I see two things Off-Broadway’s new “Terms of Endearment” has in common with its cinematic predecessor, the 1983 Oscar winner for Best Picture: Both star strong, funny women with auburn hair … and both feature a guy doing a great Jack Nicholson impersonation.

One-time teen movie queen (and later best-selling author) Molly Ringwald leads the cast as pushy, affection-starved mom Aurora Greenway in the “Terms” now having its U.S. premiere at 59E59 Theaters, after stops in Europe and the Middle East. It’s the role immortalized on screen by Shirley MacLaine.

And then there’s Jeb Brown, an original cast member of Broadway’s “Beautiful,” here as Aurora’s pot-bellied astronaut neighbor—and love interest—Garrett Breedlove. OK, so the movie starred the actual Jack Nicholson, but you get the point. Nicholson’s a fun guy to emulate, and Brown gives a good performance that, nonetheless, feels familiar.

With a script by Dan Gordon, adapted from Larry McMurtry’s book, “Terms” takes the points of highest emotional intensity from its source material, and strings them together, without the quiet interludes the film used to help us ease into the characters. In that sense, it evokes last year’s quirky Broadway take on Stephen King’s “Misery.”

Ringwald isn’t a prickly wisecracker, like MacLaine, but she’s solid here as an opinionated woman too-involved in the life of her daughter (the excellent Hannah Dunne, in the Debra Winger role) and not enough involved in her own affairs.

Ringwald is now roughly the same age MacLaine was during filming, and I’ll admit it made my head spin to see the star of “The Breakfast Club” and “Pretty in Pink” play a grandmother, albeit one who, by design, is untraditionally youthful and full of zest for life.

I enjoyed Brown as the sloppy space musketeer, with all his leering, heavy breathing and slouching. Because Gordon's adaptation is so lean, what might have been a dawning awareness that Aurora is worth straightening out for instead comes off in too abrupt a fashion, depriving this adaptation of serious emotional heft at its all-important conclusion.

Dunne, a series regular on Amazon’s “Mozart in the Jungle,” is the performer in the six-member ensemble who strives most for her own interpretation. Her Emma is a realist who would just like her philandering spouse (Denver Milord, as Flap) to come home to her at night. She seems more like a real person than any other major character on stage.

John C. Vennema, as the doctor treating Emma during her illness, seems inclined to make his character a cartoonish villain, which doesn’t do any favors for the 2-hour play, directed by Michael Parva. Endearing? Sometimes. But not a must-see.

“Terms of Endearment,” through Dec. 11 at 59E59 Theaters, 59 E. 59th St. Tickets: $25-$70. Call 212-279-4200 or visit 59e59.org.

Follow Robert Kahn on Twitter@RobertKahn



Photo Credit: Carol Rosegg]]>
<![CDATA[Behold! Hunky NYC Taxi Drivers Strip Down for 2017 Calendar]]> Wed, 16 Nov 2016 16:49:09 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/hunky+cabbie+thumb.jpg The saucy Taxi Drivers Calendar is back for 2017, featuring four returning "all-stars" in a variety of striking poses throughout New York City.

Photo Credit: Shannon Kirkman]]>
<![CDATA[PHOTOS: Capitol Repair Job Is Officially Done]]> Wed, 16 Nov 2016 00:03:54 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/29933581316_1cf484ab85_z.jpg The dangerous rust spots and unsightly scaffolding atop the Capitol dome are now things of the past. After two years of construction, the Capitol's extensive restoration is finally done, officials announced Tuesday. It was the most extensive restoration in more than a half a century.

Photo Credit: Architect of the Capitol]]>
<![CDATA[Classic Oreo Cookies Are Now a Candy Bar]]> Tue, 15 Nov 2016 14:49:41 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/milka-oreo-big-crunch-chocolate-candy-bar-today-161114.jpg

Oreo, the chocolate cookie with white icing, is taking its classic taste to candy shelves.

The brand's first candy bar, a Milka Oreo Big Crunch Chocolate Bar, was released Monday and is available at some retailers nationwide, including Wal-Mart, Kroger, ShopRite and Albertsons, according to a company statement.

It features a layer of crunchy Oreo cookies between two layers of rich vanilla creme, coated in European Milka chocolate candy, according to Oreo's website

“Milka Oreo Chocolate Candy Bars are a natural progression for Oreo,especially with Mondelēz International’s global leadership position in chocolate and Milka being the No. 1 chocolate candy in Europe," said spokesperson Samantha Greenwood.

"The combination of these two global powerhouse brands – both of which are known for their delicious taste – has led to a product line that is unique and truly differentiated in the U.S. chocolate candy category.”

Milka Oreo Chocolate Candy Bar will debut in January 2017. It boasts vanilla cream studded with bits of chocolate Oreo cookies, then coated in Milka milk chocolate. Also, an Oreo Choco-Mix Snack Mix Bag will also be available next year.



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<![CDATA[Norm Lewis and Carolee Carmello Join 'Sweeney Todd']]> Tue, 15 Nov 2016 12:02:59 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/SweeneyToddNormCarolee.png

Tony Award nominees Norm Lewis and Carolee Carmello will step into the off-Broadway immersive revival of Stephen Sondheim's Tony-winning "Sweeney Todd the Demon Barber of Fleet Street," as the show's title star and the pie-making Mrs. Lovett, respectively. 

The production, which takes place in a working pie shop, comes from English theater company Tooling Arts Club -- which first staged the revival in the oldest continuously operating pie show in Britain (Harrington's Pie and Mash Shop) in 2014. 

With just eight actors, three musicians and an audience of just 32, the intimate production received rave reviews and was restaged the spring of the following year with the help of billionaire theater producer Cameron Mackintosh. 

Barrow Street Theatre is now bringing the production to New York --transforming its theatre into a working pie-shop environment in the process. 

Performances begin Feb. 14, 2017 with an opening night set for March 1. 

Original company members Jeremy Secomb, Siobhán McCarthy, Duncan Smith and Joseph Taylor will reprise their acclaimed performances for the first eight weeks of the production, departing April 9. Lewis and Carmello -- as well as Jamie Jackson (as Judge Turpin) and John-Michael Lyles (as Tobias) -- will join April 11. 

The production is now scheduled to run through August 13. 

Directed by Bill Buckhurst, traditional pie and mash will be served prior to the performance. 

The 1979 musical -- which features a score by Sondheim with a book by Hugh Wheeler from an adaptation by Christopher Bond -- was last seen in the Big Apple on Broadway in 2005. That production featured a stripped down staging of the tale, by director John Doyle. Tony winners Patti LuPone and Michael Cerveris starred. 

"Sweeney Todd" was also adapted into a 2007 film starring Johnny Depp and directed by his frequent collaborator Tim Burton. 

For more information on the Barrow Street Theatre's upcoming revival, visit www.SweeneyToddNYC.com.



Photo Credit: Craig Barritt | Jemal Countess]]>
<![CDATA[J.J. Abrams Bringing Hit London Farce to Broadway ]]> Mon, 14 Nov 2016 16:25:57 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/PlayThatGoesWrong.jpg

He ushered in the big-screen reboots of the "Star Trek" and "Star Wars" franchise, and now J.J. Abrams will bring the British farce back to Broadway.

The 50-year-old superstar Hollywood vet will make his first foray into theater, co-producing the New York transfer of the long-running London hit "The Play That Goes Wrong" alongside "Avenue Q" producer Kevin McCollum, among others.

Previews begin March 9, 2017 with an open set for April 2 at the Lyceum Theatre.

"I have been a fan of theater all my life," Abrams said in a statement. "Embarrassingly, I still have every Playbill, from the very first show my grandmother took me to. When I saw 'The Play That Goes Wrong' on the West End, I hadn't laughed that hard — seen something as preposterously absurd or wonderfully hilarious — in ages."

"To be part of the team bringing this inspired comedy to Broadway is a true honor," he continued. "Whatever happens, I’m saving the Playbill."

The show, about a group of clumsy actors trying put on a murder mystery, opened on the West End in 2014 and went on to win the Olivier Award for best comedy. 

It was conceived by writers Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields — who first staged the play in a small theater above a pub in London. Their troupe, the Mischief Theater company, now has three shows running in the West End — including "Peter Pan Goes Wrong" and "The Comedy About a Bank Robbery."

Direction will come from Mark Bell. The original British cast — including Lewis, Sayer, and Shields — is expected to reprise their roles on Broadw



Photo Credit: Alastair Muir]]>
<![CDATA[Groban's Broadway Debut in Illuminating 'Comet' ]]> Mon, 14 Nov 2016 20:06:07 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/CometMain.jpg

Singer Josh Groban makes his Broadway debut in “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812,” a sung-through musical based on an excerpt of “War and Peace.” It’s an interesting choice for the multi-Platinum recording star, because he’s very much part of the ensemble, not its leading man.

“The Great Comet” also will be lauded for its innovative and transformative approach to storytelling: The Imperial has been remodeled so that audiences are nearly experiencing theater in the round, often with actors practically in their laps.

Action may take place in an orchestral nucleus, where Groban can sometimes be found tickling the ivories. Other times, he and his richly-attired castmates roam the curved runways that peel off from that core, inserting cabaret-style chairs smack between two paying guests for a discussion.

Also, there are pierogis.

Provided by the nearby Russian Samovar restaurant and packaged in tiny takeout boxes, the doughy delicacies are tossed into the audience during a wonderful prologue. Later, egg-shaped shakers are distributed to guests, who are expected to provide accompaniment to some of composer Dave Malloy’s Eastern European-sounding melodies.

But let’s go back to that prologue for a moment. It’s effective, and important you listen, or you may be quickly lost. It explains who the main characters are, and directs us to read the synopsis in our Playbill, and to examine the “Family Tree” published on the adjacent side.

In this interpretation of a 70-page excerpt of Tolstoy’s work, we meet wide-eyed Natasha (Denée Benton, of Lifetime’s “UnREAL”), who is tightly wound, in a Juliet-ish kind of way. Natasha is engaged to marry a man we never get to know much about, because she becomes taken with Anatole (Lucas Steele), a roguish playboy.

Also here is slothful Pierre (Groban), a sad man married to the scheming Hélène (Amber Gray, as magnetic as she was in NYTW’s “Hadestown”), who is Anatole’s sister. Myriad talented actors warrant mention, but for space purposes, I’ll just give a shoutout out to the comet of the title, which makes a dazzling appearance in the final song.

Benton, as the ingenue, nicely captures the wide-eyed optimism of youth. (The role was originally played during an off-Broadway run by Philippa Soo, whose subsequent gig was as the title-character’s wife in “Hamilton”).

As noted: This isn’t a Josh Groban concert. He sings some -- notably in the first-act aria “Dust and Ashes” -- and plays piano and accordion. When he is singing, that voice carries through the theater with operatic power and clarity.

Steele is charismatic as the cocky hedonist, haughtily tearing through scenes like a Disney prince off his meds.

“The Great Comet” isn’t a show during which you can close your eyes, because you’ll miss something, be it a kaleidoscopic flash of Paloma Young’s costumes, or an elaborate dancing celebration that would fit right in during Motel and Tzeitel’s post-wedding fete in “Fiddler on the Roof.”

Malloy’s original score is heavily influenced by Russian folk and classical music, and then underlined with powerful electro-pop. It manages to feel relevant to the Moscow setting, though at times I’ll admit to finding some of it inaccessible.

The director is multiple Obie-winner Rachel Chavkin, who also helmed “Hadestown.”

“The Great Comet” team has managed something unusual for Broadway, an intimate and affecting musical that can’t really be said to have populist appeal. I imagine you’d experience it differently depending on your seat, and possibly every time you might attend. Bravo.

“The Great Comet,” with an open-ended run at the Imperial Theatre, 249 W. 45th St. Ticket: $59-$169. teelcharge.com, or call 212-239-6200.

Follow Robert Kahn on Twitter@RobertKahn



Photo Credit: Chad Batka]]>
<![CDATA[Kristin Chenoweth's Irresistible Love Letter to Broadway ]]> Thu, 10 Nov 2016 18:02:55 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ChenowethBroadwayConcert.jpg

Good luck not falling in love with Kristin Chenoweth in her new one-woman concert, now playing through Nov. 13 at Broadway's Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.

The Tony-winning pint-sized powerhouse — known for her roles on stage in "Wicked" and "On the Twentieth Century," and on screen in "Glee" and "Pushing Daisies" — will warm your heart in her pitch-perfect show. It's a perfect venue to show off her charismatic personality, quick-witted sense of humor, and killer pipes.

In fact, the 48-year-old soprano has never sounded better as she works her way through a nearly two hour-set — accompanied by a six-piece band led by music director Mary-Mitchell Campbell on the piano.

Her radiant voice shines on songs from an eclectic catalog of choices. Broadway classics like "Bring Him Home" and "I Could Have Danced All Night" come to life with her signature operatic high-notes, while she stunningly reinvents pop songs like Don Henley's "The Heart of the Matter" and country tunes like Dolly Parton's "Little Sparrow" — the latter surrounded in an intimate performance by her band.

"Wicked" staple "Popular" is brought out, too — as an instructional guide for President-Elect Donald Trump (who didn't win the popular vote, in this case). "Thank Goodness," from the same show, is a tender, heartfelt closer.

A mashup of Willie Nelson's "Always on My Mind" and Stephen Sondheim's "Losing My Mind" is a show highlight. "A House Is Not a Home" and "Smile" will both bring tears to your eyes.

She looks stunning throughout, wearing head-to-toe custom designs from "Project Runway" winner Christian Siriano. One look — a sexy pink sequined hot-pants romper — even inspired one fan in the audience to tell her, "You are so hot, Kristin." Her delightful response? "You're not gay, are you?"

There are surprises along the way — including a special guest each night brought up on stage to chat with Chenoweth and sing a duet. Renee Fleming, Alan Cumming, Lea Delaria, Sierra Boggess, Norm Lewis, and Jason Robert Brown are just some of the names who have popped up so far.

A rotating selection of local youth choirs also guest in the show each night, backing Chenoweth for two numbers — Sandi Patty's "Upon This Rock" and Lady Antebellum's "I Was Here." They're dedicated to LGBT rights and Chenoweth and Campbell's charity initiatives, respectively.

Direction comes from Richard Jay-Alexander — a concert veteran whose recent credit includes Barbra Streisand's latest tour and a previous world tour for Chenoweth. Here he brings out the best in the Emmy winner — keep the staging simple, the interludes poignant, and the song selection tight.

Chenoweth returns to TV on Dec. 7 in NBC's "Hairspray: Live" — but try to catch her on Broadway first. It's an evening you won't regret.

“Kristin Chenoweth: My Love Letter to Broadway," through Nov. 13 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 205 W 46th St. Tickets: kristinonbroadway.com or call 877-250-2929.



Photo Credit: Walter McBride]]>
<![CDATA[Election Day Freebies and Deals]]> Tue, 08 Nov 2016 13:07:43 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/voting-booths-generic.jpg

Americans head to the polls on Tuesday and can come away with more than an "I Voted" sticker. National brands will offer Election Day freebies and deals. Check out some of the specials.

Krispy Kreme
Show your "I Voted" sticker at participating locations and get one free doughnut of your choice. 

7-Eleven
Customers with the 7-Eleven mobile app can get a free coffee of any size at participating stores.

California Tortilla
After casting your vote, enjoy free chips and queso with any purchase at California Tortilla. All you need to say is one of the secret passwords: "I vote for queso," "Make queso great again" or "I'm with Queso."

Bob Evans
The restaurant is offering 30 percent off any dine-in or carryout order after 2 p.m. Get the special coupon here.

Great American Cookies
Show your "I Voted" sticker at participating shops and get one free cookie.

World of Beer
The tavern wants voters to "come together over a pint of common good." Mention the offer to your server on Nov. 8 and receive your first beer for $1.

Uber
Need a ride to the polls? Uber has an in-app feature that helps you find your polling place and lets you request a ride to the location. First-time customers can use the promo code VOTETODAY for $20 off the first ride.

Zipcar
In an effort to #DRIVEtheVOTE, more than 7,000 Zipcar vehicles are free for members to use from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Tuesday. The cars are available in hundreds of cities, towns and college campuses and can be reserved on Zipcar's website or mobile app.

Gold's Gym
Work off Election Day stress with free entry to your local Gold's Gym. Bring your valid "I Voted" sticker on Nov. 8.

eBay
Stock up on candidate figurines, campaign buttons and more. Until Nov. 9, bid on patriotic items in eBay's Cast Your Vote 2016 event.



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<![CDATA['Sweat,' at The Public, Exposes Waning American Dream]]> Thu, 03 Nov 2016 18:32:47 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/SweatMain.jpg

“Sweat” -- a New York premiere from Pulitzer Winner Lynn Nottage (“Ruined”) -- is an anxiety-inducing drama about floor workers at a steel plant in Reading, Pennsylvania, and how they cope with changes in American manufacturing.

Most scenes are set in a rundown bar, where the workers gather after each grueling shift. The bar has a neon “Yuengling Lager” sign in one window. I happened to see “Sweat” the same day the owner of the Pennsylvania-based craft brewery made headlines for endorsing GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.

I mention that minor detail because it underscores how timely and frustrating Nottage’s play, first produced at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, really is: The story here -- of oppressed workers, class rage and corporate bean-counting -- is suspenseful, but hardly new, and certainly a fixture of our daily election season media diet.

“Sweat” is bookended by scenes set in 2008, in which two young men, Chris and Jason (Will Pullen and Khris Davis, both excellent), are having difficulty adjusting to life after release from prison. Most of the play, directed by Kate Whoriskey, is a flashback set eight years earlier, that explains how the young men got into trouble in the first place.

Chris and Jason have mothers on the line at Olstead’s, the fictional Berks County mill that’s a fulcrum for the narrative. The young men also work there themselves: Olstead’s is a stand-in for the paternal employer who so many generations of Northeasterners grew up assuming would just always be there, with job security and, then, a pension.

The flashback introduces us to the boys' mothers, friends for nearly 30 years. Cynthia (Michelle Wilson) and Tracey (Johanna Day), have settled into a routine of exhausting days at the plant and nights at the bar, and all of it is thrown into chaos when it becomes clear the owner of the business is looking to the union for tradeoffs.

Day’s stubborn and xenophobic character represents the Reading locals who pine for the days of the prosperous main street and immigrants of only German (or other white) extraction. The actress (“Proof”) gets one note to hammer away on, but manages to slide enough warmth into her performance to keep from being the caricature the script represents her as.

As Cynthia, Wilson is determined to make the most of the small opportunities for advancement available to her. She convincingly depicts a woman torn between loyalty to her friends and helping them to adjust to new realities none of them can alter.

Also in the heated milieu are Stan (James Colby), a former line worker who took over the local bar after an injury ended his career, and Oscar (Carlo Albán), the Colombian barback who represents the kind of laborer some Americans feel their livelihoods threatened by.

All the characters are honorable people who want to put in an honest day's work and be respected accordingly, though they're given varying degrees of likability. “Sweat” is a remarkably nimble and lucid drama, and for that reason alone I’m probably guilty of having expected profound wisdom -- instead, it left me more upset than enlightened. All these good questions, with no easy answers.

“Sweat,” through Dec. 4 at The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St. Tickets: $85 and up. Call 212-967-7555.

Follow Robert Kahn on Twitter@RobertKahn



Photo Credit: Joan Marcus]]>
<![CDATA[Apartheid-era 'Master Harold' Resonates at Signature Center ]]> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 13:22:10 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/HaroldMain.jpg

South African-born playwright Athol Fugard returns to Signature Center, his longtime New York home, to direct an elegant revival of his autobiographical and still-resonant Apartheid-era drama “Master Harold … and the Boys.”

Set in 1950, in a Port Elizabeth tea shop, “Master Harold …” was the first of Fugard’s plays to premiere outside his native country, where it was initially banned. The story depicts the friendship between two black men, who work at the shop, and a young white boy, whose parents employ them.

On a grander scale, the story is about institutionalized racism.

“Master Harold” originally landed on Broadway in 1982, with Danny Glover as impetuous busboy Willie. Glover graduated to the role of paternal stand-in and headwaiter Sam in a revival two decades later.

This time, the three stars are Leon Addison Brown (“Misery”) as Sam; Sahr Ngaujah (“Fela!”) as Willie; and Noah Robbins (“Brighton Beach Memoirs”), as the title character, the coming-of-age white teen who has been brought up around the older men and has yet to cement his own notions of race and class division … though he’s coming closer.

Hally’s real father, a drunk, is in the hospital, and though Hally won’t admit it, the good medical care isn’t the main reason he hopes the old man will stay there. The rainy afternoon’s events are set in motion when Hally’s mom calls. Sam thinks she’s bringing Hally’s father home from the hospital.

Throughout “Master Harold …,” Hally will misdirect his anger at his father onto the two men who’ve tended to his emotional needs in ways the boy can’t even always recall. Fugard’s drama is slow to unreel, but builds to a confrontation audiences will find absorbing, no matter that Apartheid ended a decade after the play’s debut.

Brown is compassionate and believable as the pensive, centered Sam, who in a famous anecdote about kite flying manages to characterize both the largest issues of the era and the uniquely personal relationship he has with his de facto charge.

Ngaujah, as the more mercurial Willie, has nice chemistry with counterpart, particularly when the talk turns to ballroom dancing, Willie’s escapist hobby.

In Robbins’ interpretation, Hally is never very likable, coming off as a young Napoleon from the start. Because his Hally is such a brat, the play is denied a larger sense of any escalating ferocity within the boy. That said, I appreciated the way the actor depicted his shock at the racist words coming from his own mouth after he verbally targets Sam.

There’s some hopeful irony in listening to Hally and Sam talk figuratively about a social revolutionary who might change the country. For audience members who have followed developments in South Africa, “Master Harold” is a snapshot of how social progressives were thinking, before they could ever imagine a day when Apartheid would end.

“Master Harold … and the Boys,” through Dec. 4 at The Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 W. 42nd St. Tickets: $35 and up. Call 212-244-7529.

Follow Robert Kahn on Twitter@RobertKahn



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<![CDATA[Where to Watch the Votes Come in on Election Night]]> Tue, 08 Nov 2016 17:08:57 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/election_party.jpg

On Nov. 8, voters and politicians all over the country will be watching closely to see if Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump will become the 45th president of the United States. Clinton will be watching from the Jacob Javits Center. Trump will be at the Hilton in midtown. 

Where will you be on election night? We have gathered a list of the biggest watch parties you can join in NYC.

Carroll Gardens, between Clinton St. and President St., is the ultimate block watch party. Grab a snack and head over to the Brooklyn cross streets to hang out with voters and watch the polls from a projector equipped with sound from 7 p.m. -10 p.m.

Littlefield, 622 Degraw St., rounded up a cast of comedians to calm all your Election Night nerves. For $10-$15, you can see comedian Aparna Nancherla perform live. The event starts at 7:30 p.m. but doors open at 7:00 p.m. so head over early to get a good seat.

Village Pourhouse, 64 3rd Ave., viewers can sip on delicious specialty libations such as the Donald Drumpf and Secret Server for $8 from 8 p.m.-11 p.m. Whack at Trump or Clinton pinatas for a chance to win prizes such as a tanning salon gift certificate in honor of The Donald, or snap a selfie with one of the Trump or Hillary masks they are giving away.

Campeon, 9 East 16th Street, is a Union Square bar that will host a Red, White & Blue Election Night Party by giving away free T-shirts to the first 200 people to purchase a drink. It offers $3 bottles of Budweiser, $3 cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon and free American flags from 9 p.m.-11 p.m.

E's BAR, 511 Amsterdam Ave., features unique cocktails in party colors aptly dubbed The Hillary made with gin, lemon, violet liquor and club soda and The Trump with gin, lemon, cranberry and club soda for $9. Watch the votes come in for the next president from 5 p.m.-close.

Mary O's, 32 Avenue A, is an Irish pub that offers a full bar to calm election night nerves. Admission to the party is free, however there is a $20 minimum for food and drink.

Repair the World, 808 Nostrand Ave., is hosting Kegs with a Conscience: Election Watch Party. The Brooklyn bar will have a keg and an assortment of food to keep you entertained.

Q.E.D. - A Place to Show & Tell, 2716 23rd Ave., has a $12 ticket fee that includes food from Andrew and Frank's and entertainment hosts on site to "provide witty banter, prizes and emotional support." Grab your tickets soon because the Queens event hosted by Rory Scholl and Mike Gregorek, has limited seating. Tickets will be available for $17 after Oct. 31. 

Distilled, 211 West Broadway, is hosting the Election Night Pantsuit Party. Tickets range from $30 to $50. The ticket includes three election night drinks, including a selection of bespoke patriotic cocktails and delectable snacks. Your best formal attire is recommended.

The Bell House, 149 Seventh Street, is throwing The Gist and Trumpcast Election Night Extravaganza hosted by podcasters Mike Pesca and Jacob Weisberg. Viewers have an opportunity to share some laughs with comedians as well as chat with influential thinkers and writers about the election night showdown. Tickets are $30.

Stout NYC, 60 East 41st Street, is throwing a watch party for young professionals to meet up called Our Voices, Our Election: Mix and Chat Election Watch Party hosted by WomenWerk. Stout NYC offers a variety dining options such as salads, burgers, seafood, pizza and a wide array of Irish Whiskeys. 

El Original, 735 10th Ave., will be the ultimate party stop for a stressless election night. The Tex-mex restaurant will be airing the coverage with election night games, live band karaoke, food and drink specials.

The Greene Space, 44 Charlton Street, is where you can find the Political Party With Keli Goff: Election Night Party. The $20 admission fee includes live coverage, analysis from witty, clever and funny experts, a chance to play politically inspired bingo and answer trivia questions to win public radio prizes and one complementary drink.

Revolution Mill Holdings Inc., 25 Broadway, will be throwing a free watch party filled with snacks, drinks and real-time election coverage. Tickets can be reserved in advance.



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<![CDATA[Taco Bell Giving Out Free Tacos Wednesday Thanks to World Series ]]> Wed, 02 Nov 2016 10:23:47 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/taco-bell-doritos.jpg

If you’re in the mood for a free taco this afternoon, you’re in luck. And you have the Cleveland Indians to thank for it.

As part of their “Steal a Base, Steal a Taco” campaign during the World Series, Taco Bell is offering customers a free Doritos Locos Taco from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, while supplies last.

The fast food giant said they would offer the free treat if someone stole a base during the first two games of this year’s Fall Classic between the Indians and the Chicago Cubs. When Cleveland’s Francisco Lindor came up with a stolen base in Game One, everyone became a winner.

It’s the sixth time the company has done this promotion in conjunction with Major League Baseball. Taco Bell has also given away free tacos during the NBA Finals when the visiting team won a game.

No purchase is required, but Taco Bell says it will deny service to anyone they believe is double dipping for the snack.



Photo Credit: Bloomberg via Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Twin Sisters, 3, Realize One Is Older Than the Other]]> Wed, 02 Nov 2016 20:49:54 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/twins+older+youtube.jpg

A pair of adorable twin sisters from New Jersey delighted in learning that being identical meant they get to look alike — but their reactions quickly diverged when they learned one inevitably had to be the older twin.

The parents of 3-year-old Ava and Alexis, from West Orange, posted video on YouTube last week showing the conversation the girls' mother had with them about what it meant to be a twin. 

"Lexi, what do you think being identical twins means?" the girls' mother Ami is heard asking.

"Adordable!" Alexis replies. 

The girls hug each other as Ava explains that it means they have the same birthday. 

"It also means you look alike," their mother tells them, and the sisters look closely at each other and grin as they confirm that they indeed resemble each other. 

But when their mother tells them that Ava is one minute older, Alexis promptly starts crying.

"But I want to be older!" Alexis says.

"I'm just one minute older," Ava tells her mournful sister, grabbing her chin as she tries to comfort her. "I'm just one minute older, that's it." 

But the tables quickly turn when the girls realize that Alexis is actually the taller twin, by about a half-inch.

"I'm bigger than Ava!" Alexis announced proudly as Ava begins to cry.

Then it's Alexis' turn to hug her sister. 

Ava and Alexis' mother Ami told NBC 4 New York the girls have always been very competitive but that they're also "naturally very affectionate with each other." 

The twins were born six weeks early, weighing 3 pounds, 9 ounces and 3 pounds, 6 ounces, according to their parents. Since they came home at around four pounds, life for dad Justin and mom Ami has been "chaotic but wonderful." 

The family loves going to the park and the playgrounds, and they especially enjoy the Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange.



Photo Credit: YouTube.com/JKMcClure
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