<![CDATA[NBC New York - The Scene]]>Copyright 2017https://www.nbcnewyork.com/entertainment/the-scene http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/4NY_Horizontal.jpg NBC New York https://www.nbcnewyork.comen-usMon, 18 Dec 2017 09:31:07 -0500Mon, 18 Dec 2017 09:31:07 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[See What's on the Menu for the 75th Golden Globe Awards]]> Sat, 16 Dec 2017 00:21:12 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Golden+Globes+11.jpg The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards are on the way and of course there is food involved.

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<![CDATA[Friday Is Free Shipping Day for Hundreds of Retailers]]> Fri, 15 Dec 2017 08:31:17 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/package-delivery.jpg

Online retailers are bringing some much-needed relief for late shoppers: free shipping.

Friday is the 10th annual Free Shipping Day. More than 960 retailers, including Macy's, Nordstrom, Amazon, Kate Spade and ASOS, are offering the service with guaranteed delivery by Christmas Eve. Many of the participating retailers are also offering additional deals and sales.

The complete list of all participating retailers can be viewed here.

Deals and guidelines vary from company to company, and free shipping is only guaranteed for items that are currently in stock and may exclude certain purchases.

FedEx and UPS are gearing up for last-minute cyber purchases and have advice for frantic consumers on their websites. FedEx encourages preparation and planning to ensure a stress-free delivery and even has a hotline for consumers to keep tabs on their packages. FedEx and UPS also have holiday calendars that explain the last days to order so the gifts arrive by Dec. 24. 



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<![CDATA[Deion Sanders' Texas Mansion Going Up for Auction: See Inside]]> Wed, 13 Dec 2017 21:56:51 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/deion-sanders-house-montclair-+%282%29.JPG Chateau Montclair, the former home of former Dallas Cowboys player Deion Sanders, is up for auction Thursday. The 29,000-square-foot Prosper home, which boasts nine bedrooms, 10.5 baths and a master closet larger than most North Texas homes (3,000-square-feet), has no reserve price and will go to the highest bidder.

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<![CDATA[5 Staycation Ideas in New Jersey This Holiday Season]]> Wed, 13 Dec 2017 11:02:30 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/235*120/skilodge.PNG

There's no need to leave New Jersey to experience the perfect winter getaway.

The Garden State has plenty of places to unwind and celebrate the winter season. 

These 5 New Jersey getaways will meet your staycation goals:

Escape to a luxurious resort 

Whether you are planning a romantic couples weekend, a fun family get-together or a relaxing retreat with your best friends, Crystal Springs Resort is a great place to escape this winter. You can participate in morning yoga, take a wine tour, go on a hike or head to the golf course.

Plan a ski trip 

Head to Moutain Creek and hit the slopes. Not a skier? No problem. Anyone can enjoy the snow tubing park. Online tickets cost $25 and up.

Hang out with wolves

Switch up your daily routine and take a Wolf Watch Tour at the Lakota Wolf Preserve, where you will observe and learn about the endangered species in their natural surroundings. Not your typical day in New Jersey--you will be surrounded by four different packs of wolves. Take advantage of the opportunities to take incredible wildlife and wolf photos and video and enjoy a scenic nature hike. The tour costs $15 for adults and is $7 for ages 11 and under.   

Celebrate the season outdoors 

For a winter wonderland staycation, head to the Great Swamp Outdoor Nature Center, and enjoy both the classic and unique seasonal activities offered. Connect with nature and get active with year-round hiking trails and enjoy bird-watching, holiday events, and a Maple Sugaring Festival. Admission is free.

Pretend it's summer with water fun

No need to fly to an island to enjoy time in the water. Spend the day at CoCo Key Water Resort, an indoor water park with a ton of family-fun activities. An online day pass for the park starts at $19.99.


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<![CDATA[Photos: Inside Elvis and Priscilla Presley's Honeymoon Home]]> Wed, 13 Dec 2017 14:16:51 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/knbc-elvis-presley-palm-springs-home-tn.jpg Elvis Presley's honeymoon hideaway in the Southern California desert is back on the market.

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<![CDATA[Toddler's Distress Signal From Mall Santa's Lap Goes Viral]]> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:47:18 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/kerry-spencer-santa.jpg

A mother in Utah taught both of her children to sign using American Sign Language before they could speak. What she didn't expect was for her son to use his skill to communicate that he really didn't enjoy sitting in Santa's lap.

Kerry Spencer told "Today" Parents that she didn't see Samuel's ASL sign for "help" until after the photo was taken.

Her family has been laughing about the picture for years, but this year the Stevenson University professor, now living in Maryland, decided to tweet the photo. It's now gone viral, being retweeted thousands of times.

Spencer told "Today" that, strictly speaking, the sign is "mispronounced." The thumb should be up, not sideways.

"Babies learning to sign often mispronounce words, but it is the sign he always made when he needed help," she said 



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<![CDATA[2 Must-Have Products for Holiday Party Prep]]> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:17:54 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/Screen+Shot+2017-12-12+at+8.57.39+AM.png

These items were hand-picked by Conair, which compensated "New York Live" for the segment. NBC has affiliate relationships, so we may get a small share of the revenue from your purchases. Items are sold by the retailer, not by NBC.

Trying to find the perfect tools to make life easier ahead of all those upcoming holiday parties? "New York Live" contributor Ashley Bellman meets with fashion expert Brooke Jaffe, who shows us some of Conair’s latest products from Target and Bed, Bath & Beyond. Watch the video above and visit the links below!

1. GS38 Turbo ExtremeSteam 
www.target.com

2. Infiniti Pro by Conair 3Q Compact Styler 
www.bedbathandbeyond.com

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<![CDATA[Watch: National Zoo Pandas Tumble and Play in the Snow]]> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:23:28 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/166*120/5372165463_c280e3e589_z.jpg

After a weekend filled with snowflakes, hibernating and binge-watching - it's back to the daily grind.

Getting some Monday motivation is never easy, but there's one thing that may get you into better spirits: Pandas.

The first snowfall of the season brought more than 2 inches to the Smithsonian National Zoo in Northwest D.C.

Giant panda Mei Xiang showed off her athletic abilities by tumbling down a snowy hill.


And on Sunday, the zoo posted this video of a red panda and giant panda Bei Bei.

Now, don't you feel better?



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<![CDATA[See Inside the $2.5 Million ‘Saturday Night Fever’ House]]> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:25:40 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/saturday+night+live+house.jpg The Bay Ridge house from the iconic disco film “Saturday Night Fever” is up for sale.

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<![CDATA[Legendary Toy Store FAO Schwarz to Get New Home in Midtown]]> Fri, 08 Dec 2017 14:12:28 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-56273259.jpg

Two years after it closed its famed location on Fifth Avenue, FAO Schwarz is reopening a new store in the heart of Midtown, according to reports.

The iconic toy store will be moving to a new space at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, about eight blocks south of its old location at the General Motors Building on Fifth Avenue, the Commercial Observer reported.

FAO will occupy the 19,000-plus-square-foot space currently home to the NBC Experience Store. NBC is headquartered at Rockefeller Center.

The new store will span the ground floor and mezzanine level at Rockefeller Center, according to the Commercial Observer. Details of the “long-term” lease haven’t been revealed, but the store is set to open in fall 2018. 

FAO was at its 61,000-square-foot flagship location for decades before closing its doors in the summer of 2015. The Fifth Avenue location was featured in many Hollywood movies, including “Big” and “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.”

ThreeSixty Group, a provider of branded consumer products to the nation’s largest retailers, announced in 2016 that it had acquired FAO from Toys “R” Us.

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<![CDATA[21 NY, NJ Restaurants Land on List of the Best in America]]> Fri, 08 Dec 2017 17:00:35 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/upland2.jpg It's no secret that the New York area is home to some of the best restaurants in the country, so it should come as no surprise that nearly one quarter of the top 100 are right here in the region.

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<![CDATA[7 Great Holiday Gifts Under $100 for Just About Anyone]]> Fri, 08 Dec 2017 14:55:43 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/nyl+fri.jpg

These items were hand-picked by "New York Live" contributor and style expert Lilliana Vazquez. NBC has affiliate relationships, so we may get a small share of the revenue from your purchases. Items are sold by the retailer, not by NBC.

Trying to find the perfect gift for just about everyone in your life? You're in luck, because style expert and "New York Live" contributor Lilliana Vazquez has some unique finds under $100 that you don't want to miss. 

From stocking stuffers, to cozy clothes to beach blankets and Bento boxes, here are some great gift ideas. Watch the video above and visit the links below!

1. For the Kids: Cozy and cute beanie, PJs, socks and slipper options for the kiddos from Old Navy, $5-$15
www.oldnavy.com

2. For Him: Limited Edition Box -- The New Gentleman, from Birchbox, $58
www.birchbox.com

3. For Your Coworker: Sugarfina Bento Boxes from Sugarfina, starting at $25
www.sugarfina.com

4. Stocking Stuffer: Stowaway Cosmetics Desk to Dinner Set, $89 ($112 value), from Stowaway Cosmetics
www.stowawaycosmetics.com

5. Give Back Gift: Assorted beach blankets from Fiestas for Siestas, starting at $43.50
www.siestasforfiestas.com

6. For Your BFF: Assorted holiday gift sets from Sigma Beauty, starting at $15
www.sigmabeauty.com

7. For Your Neighbor: Introvert 10x10 board from Letterboard Company, $48
www.letterboardcompany.com.com 



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<![CDATA[Magazine Names the 10 Best Restaurants in Westchester County]]> Thu, 07 Dec 2017 16:04:44 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/160*120/rivermarket+heyyhermana+instagram.jpg For the first time ever, Westchester Magazine has ranked the best restaurants in Westchester County.]]> <![CDATA[Hey, Bargain Hunters! 10 Extra Special Deals for December]]> Thu, 07 Dec 2017 07:57:31 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/holiday+shopping3.jpg

These items were hand-picked by WalletHub. NBC has affiliate relationships, so we may get a small share of the revenue from your purchases. Items are sold by the retailer, not by NBC.

There are holiday shopping deals ... and then there are the actual deals.

Retailers across America continue to offer bountiful discounts in the post-Black Friday, pre-Christmas craze, but just because a sign says "20% OFF!!!" doesn't mean the price is actually a bargain. 

Personal finance site WalletHub tracked various item categories for more than a year in order to identify the most heavily discounted merchandise in December compared with the rest of the year, and one category stood out: laptops.

WalletHub also broke out the best deals by product category, from jewelry to furniture, and handpicked 10 special deals for bargain hunters.

They are, in no particular order:



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<![CDATA[Top 10 Winter Holiday Destinations for NJ Families Revealed]]> Wed, 06 Dec 2017 12:12:34 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/park+city+UT+homeaway.jpg The holiday season is officially upon us -- and many New Jerseyans are taking the opportunity to get away.

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<![CDATA[Engrave, Stack & Style for the Holidays at Monica Vinader]]> Wed, 06 Dec 2017 10:23:34 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/120617-NYL-MONICA_VINADER_V3_WEB-LXTV_WEB_Setting_2012_1200x675_1110594627977.jpg

These items were hand-picked by jewelry company Monica Vinader, which compensated "New York Live" for the segment. NBC has affiliate relationships, so we may get a small share of the revenue from your purchases. Items are sold by the retailer, not by NBC.

Picking the perfect holiday gifts can be stressful, but lucky for you, jewelry company Monica Vinader has some unique items for friends, family or that special loved one. Watch the video above and visit the links below!

1. Riva Hoop Cocktail Ring: This cocktail ring is a contemporary way to wear diamonds. It shines beautifully alone or paired with other jewelry from the Riva collection.
www.monicavinader.com

2. Fiji Friendship Bracelet: This iconic friendship bracelet is an essential piece and the perfect gift for friends.
www.monicavinader.com

3. Nura Large Teardrop Pendant: Perfect for engraving, this organic, teardrop-shaped pendant in 18ct Rose Gold Vermeil measures 27.5mm x 20.5mm
www.monicavinader.com

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<![CDATA[Top 10 Winter Holiday Destinations for NYC Families Revealed]]> Wed, 06 Dec 2017 10:14:02 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/los+angeles+CA+homeaway.jpg As millions of visitors flock to the city during the holiday season, New Yorkers look to get away from the hustle and bustle.]]> <![CDATA[Bride: UPS Lost My Dream Dress Weeks Before the Wedding]]> Wed, 06 Dec 2017 10:58:09 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/120517+lost+wedding+dress.jpg

Just weeks before a Virginia woman's wedding, UPS lost the dress of her dreams -- but it looks like this story now has a happy ending. 

Elementary school teacher Mashaell Abedy couldn't believe her luck when she found a deeply discounted lace gown by her favorite bridal designer at a boutique in California.


"I never imagined I would find a dress like this," she said. "I've been obsessed with this designer since I was an undergrad."

As soon as Abedy put on the Zuhair Murad gown, she started to cry.


The plan was for the boutique to make alterations and ship Abedy the gown. But it never arrived.

The online tracking for Abedy's dress showed it crisscrossed the country for nearly a month. It started out in California on Nov. 9, made its way to Virginia on Nov. 20 and then was declared lost. The record showed it then was shipped back to California, then to Maryland. Then, on Dec. 4, it was in Illinois.

Abedy estimates she spent two hours per day trying to track down the dress.

"I'd been getting the runaround," she said.

If UPS could find the dress in their Illinois facilities, she volunteered to fly out to get it herself.

"I'll go pick it up. I'll do your job for you," she said.


The good news is that Abedy got the $5,500 gown insured. The bad news is she said she can't find the same dress anywhere at this same sale price.

"I remain hopeful that I'll get it by my special day. We'll see," she said.

On Tuesday evening, after News4 called UPS, Abedy said she finally got the news she had been waiting for: she said a UPS manager apologized to her and said the dress would arrive in Virginia that night.

The manager promised to personally make sure the dress got to her as soon as possible and even offered to pay for any last-minute alterations. 


On Wednesday morning, a UPS manager personally delivered the gown -- in a battered cardboard box -- to Abedy's parents' home in Fairfax. 

Congratulations to the happy couple!



Photo Credit: Courtesy of Mashaell Abedy
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<![CDATA[7 Unique Holiday Gifts to Satisfy Just About Everyone]]> Tue, 05 Dec 2017 12:24:50 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/holiday+gift+ideas.jpg

These items were hand-picked by "New York Live" contributor Ashley Bellman. NBC has affiliate relationships, so we may get a small share of the revenue from your purchases. Items are sold by the retailer, not by NBC.

Picking the perfect holiday gifts can be stressful, but lucky for you "New York Live" contributor Ashley Bellman found some unique deals you don’t want to miss.

From the best beauty buys to animal art any pet owner will love, here are some great gift ideas to satisfy just about everyone in your life. Watch the video above and visit the links below!

1. Style Pro Makeup Brush Cleaner and Drier - $49.99: It cleans and dries brushes in seconds.
www.styltom.com

2. Brandless DIY Beauty Bundle -- $18: Everything at this online store is $3! You can buy one of their bundles like the DIY Beauty Bundle that has ingredients for homemade scrubs and moisturizers.
www.brandless.com

3. SelfMade -- $50 per month and up: Have a team of professional photo editors at your fingertips. If you aren’t Photoshop savvy or don’t have a fancy camera, this app can truly transform your cellphone pictures tailored to your liking. Whether you want to perfect the holiday card photo or family pictures, or better your social media platform/brand, SelfMade has something for everyone.
www.selfmade.co

4. Framebridge Instagram Mini -- $39: Once you have your perfect photos, you can upload them from your feed or phone and this site will print, custom frame and ship you photos that are 11x11-14x14 with a mat, 5.5x8.8 without.
www.framebridge.com

5. Pop Your Pup -- $119.99 and up for canvas: Take a photo of your cat or dog and have it turned into a pop art wrapped canvas or put it on clothing.
www.popyourpop.com

6. Essential Oil Starter Kit -- $53.34: From relaxation to alleviating bug bites or burns, essential oils are a great natural cure. This two-pack essential oil starter kit (one for you and one for someone else) lets you start with the basics and highlights the unique benefits of each oil. 
www.doterra.com 

7. Yoga Collection -- $69.33: The Yoga Collection, also from doTERRA, features three oils designed to enhance life and yoga practice.
www.doterra.com 



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<![CDATA[How to Pick the Perfect Christmas Tree]]> Sat, 02 Dec 2017 11:00:02 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Produce_Pete_Christmas_Trees.jpg

Produce Pete explains how to pick the perfect tree and how to care for it when you get home.

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<![CDATA[Jane Fonda Parts Ways With Her Swanky Beverly Hills Pad]]> Fri, 01 Dec 2017 23:11:48 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/knbc-jane-fonda-beverly-hills-house-tn.jpg The two-time Oscar winner says she and her partner Richard Perry browsed through more than 30 houses before they purchased the two-story home in the celebrity-rich enclave of Trousdale Estates.

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<![CDATA[WATCH LIVE: Rockefeller Center Tree Cam]]> Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:48:32 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/rockefeller-tree-plaza-cam-1129.jpg

Watch a live feed of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree around the clock. And, if you missed it, check out some of the best photos from the lighting party below.

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<![CDATA[For $250M, You Could Buy T. Boone Pickens' Texas Ranch]]> Wed, 29 Nov 2017 21:18:27 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/188*120/_MG_0845_A.jpg Famed oilfield wildcatter, financier and corporate raider T. Boone Pickens is selling his prized ranch, which covers more than 100 square miles in the Texas Panhandle, for $250 million.

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<![CDATA[Rihanna's Beautiful NYC Penthouse for Sale for $16.95M]]> Thu, 30 Nov 2017 16:16:49 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/rihannas+bed+cropped.jpg See inside Rihanna's New York City penthouse as it goes up for sale.]]> <![CDATA[Giving Tuesday: What to Know Before You Donate]]> Tue, 28 Nov 2017 20:57:59 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/giving+tuesday+page.png

As thousands prepare to give on Tuesday, officials are warning holiday donors to make sure they aren’t giving their money to scams.

The Better Business Bureau urged donors to research charities before giving to make sure their funds are going to trustworthy organizations.

Here are some tips the consumer watchdog group has offered if you’re looking to donate money to a good cause this Giving Tuesday or holiday season:

Watch out for name similarities. When charities seek support for the same cause, their names are often similar. Before you give, be sure you have the exact name of the charity to avoid a case of mistaken identity.

Avoid on-the-spot donation decisions from unfamiliar organizations. The holidays bring a higher frequency of donation requests outside public locations. Don't succumb to pressure to make an immediate giving decision. Responsible organizations will welcome your gift tomorrow as much as they do today.

Be wary of emotional appeals. Marketers have been known to exploit the holidays to make emotional pleas to donors. Always research to verify that your selected charity operates ethically.

Avoid charities that don't disclose. Although participation is voluntary, charities that don't disclose any of the requested information to BBB WGA raise a critical red flag for donors. Visit Give.org to find out if your selected charity is nondisclosure.

The BBB also notes that it offers in-depth evaluations and charity reports at Give.org.

Giving Tuesday was launched in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y in New York City. GivingTuesday.org lets you search for local organizations here.



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<![CDATA[Beware Store Makeup Samples That May Harbor Harmful Bacteria]]> Mon, 27 Nov 2017 13:46:31 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/tester-makeup.jpg

Contracting the herpes virus from sampling lipstick at a cosmetics store, as one woman has filed a lawsuit alleging happened to her, is "absolutely possible," according to a dermatologist who spoke to "Today" national investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen.

"You can catch the herpes simplex virus from an inanimate object such as lipstick," Dr. Whitney Bowe said.

The Rossen Reports team went undercover at three popular stores, collecting samples of makeup testers with sterile swabs, then sending them to a certified microbiology lab for testing. At all of the stores, some samples came back with harmful bacteria, including E. coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae, two types of bacteria normally found in the intestinal tract that are expelled with feces.

"You could literally be applying and smearing someone else's fecal matter directly onto your lips," Bowe said.

Sephora told NBC News "the health and safety of our clients is our foremost priority" and their "testers are regularly sanitized, replaced and replenished.” They also said they follow "best practices in our stores" and "offer many other ways for clients to test products.” Ulta said, “The health and safety of our guests is a top priority … We encourage and support sanitary trial by offering items like cleansers and disposable makeup applicators....”



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<![CDATA[How to Watch the Rock Center Tree Lighting Wherever You Are]]> Mon, 27 Nov 2017 14:49:06 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/rock+center+tree+lighting.jpg

The iconic Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree will be lit for the first time this year on Wednesday, Nov. 29. 

The 75-foot tall, 12-plus ton Norway spruce from the home of Jason Perrin in State College, Pennsylvania, will be illuminated at the end of a two-hour TV special featuring live performances by some of music's biggest stars.

Thousands of spectactors are expected to crowd walkways near the Plaza to witness the dazzling event -- and you can watch it all live at home on NBC or on the go via NBC Live starting at 7 p.m. ET.

You can livestream the Rockefeller Center tree lighting on NBCNewYork.com on your desktop or laptop computer or your mobile device by clicking on this link (http://www.nbcnewyork.com/live). You can also watch the coverage on our free app -- download it from iTunes here or from Google Play here. All you need is your TV service provider’s username and password.

What is a TV service provider?
A TV service provider is a company you pay to get your television service, such as a cable, satellite or a telecommunications company.

Why am I being asked to sign in?

TV service providers play a key role in delivering our content through emerging technology platforms, like the web and mobile devices. It's through the support of pay TV service providers that we're able to bring live as well as on demand entertainment and news shows to subscribers at no additional cost.

Do I have to create a new account?

If you already have a username and password from your TV service provider, you do not need to create a new account — just verify your account information. If you have not previously set up an account with your provider, you'll need to create a new account. Please contact your TV service provider to learn more. If you're not currently a customer with a TV service provider, you'll need to become one to access the full range of NBC programming.

How do I verify my TV service provider account? 
Select your TV service provider from the list. When asked, enter your account username and password; it's most likely the same information you use to log on to your account to pay your bill online. Don't forget to check "remember me" to avoid having to sign in each time you come back. 

What if I've forgotten my username or password?

Most TV service providers offer a simple way to retrieve or reset your password online. Please contact your provider to learn more.



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<![CDATA[St. Nick Trick: USPS Lets Kids Get Replies Mailed From Santa]]> Mon, 27 Nov 2017 10:54:58 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/156628983-Santa-Claus-Replies-to-Letters.jpg

Want to give your kids a little extra Christmas magic this year?

Now you can have a reply sent with a postmark from the North Pole to their letter to Santa Claus, through the U.S. Postal Service's Letters From Santa program.

Here's how it works: Kids write their letter to Santa and put it in an envelope, which they can address to Santa Claus at the North Pole. A parent opens the letter and writes a personalized response — the USPS recommends writing it on the back — mentioning their accomplishments from the year like good grades or community service participation.

They put that letter in another envelope and address it to the child, making sure to put the return address as "Santa, North Pole" and adding a first-class mail stamp.

That goes into a larger envelope (the Post Office recommends priority mail flat rate) and send that to:

North Pole Postmark
Postmaster
4141 Postmark Drive
Anchorage, AK 99530-9998

Keep in mind that it all needs to make it to Anchorage by Dec. 15 to be back in time for Christmas.

Read more about the program on this USPS web page.



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<![CDATA[10 American Women Who Have Become Royalty]]> Mon, 27 Nov 2017 12:08:54 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/american+princess.jpg Kensington Palace announced the engagement of American actress Meghan Markle and Prince Harry early Monday. With the globe abuzz over planned royal nuptials in the spring, here's a look back at 10 other American women who have become princesses (or queens), according to Town & Country magazine.

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<![CDATA[Lines Down NYC Street for Pornhub's Fashion Store Opening]]> Fri, 24 Nov 2017 17:58:44 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/PORNHUB+DEBUTS+SOHO+-+15554104_WNBC_000000018786536.jpg

New York's Wooster Street is home to some of the world's most coveted luxury fashion brands. But a line down the street on Friday wasn't to get into Moschino or Céline; it was for the fashion pop-up store of a pornography website.

Located in the heart of SoHo — a New York shopping destination — the temporary store sells an array of street wear, books and select gifts.

The line down the street outside the store Friday indicated at least a novel interest in the retail options, although the opening had also promised meet-and-greets with performers from the website.

"I wouldn't really recommend buying the apparel here, but I would recommend stopping by because it's unique and cool," one shopper said.

"But I don't know how great it is to walk around with a big Pornhub logo on your shirt," he added.

In a retail climate where some brick-and-mortar stores are struggling to keep their doors open in the face of online competition, it's unique to see a website opening a physical shop, shoppers pointed out.

A customer who gave her first name as Gill was checking out the store Friday with her friend and boyfriend.

She had heard of the opening on Chinese social media, and said she liked the clothing options on display. "It's really rare to hear of a website opening a pop-up store," she said.

Other shoppers said they were drawn to the pop-up through curiosity. 

Pornhub's debut retail store opened on Black Friday and will run through to Dec. 20. Visitors to the shop must be 18 or older.

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<![CDATA[Recipe: Put Your Thanksgiving Leftovers to Good Use]]> Fri, 24 Nov 2017 15:45:33 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/160*120/IMG_05051.jpg

The Thanksgiving feast may be over, but that doesn't mean there isn't any food left to go around.

New York City eatery Made Nice has come up with a recipe for a day-after sandwich that's almost as good as the actual meal.

This is how you can replicate "The Gobbler."

And if you don't have any leftovers left, you can stop by Made Nice Friday before 10 p.m. to pick one up while supplies last.

DIRECTIONS

  • Drizzle olive oil over two thickly cut slices of bread.
  • Toast at 350° for 4 minutes.
  • Shred leftover turkey meat and warm on the stove with gravy over low heat for 3 minutes. 
  • Place stuffing on top of one slice of toasted bread.
  • Top with warm turkey.
  • Finish with cranberry sauce and an extra spoonful of gravy.
  • Place second slice of toasted bread on top and cut in half.



Photo Credit: Noa Halff]]>
<![CDATA[Here's What NYC's $76,000 Thanksgiving Dinner Includes]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 23:22:42 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/most-expensive-turkey-1122.jpg

Think your Thanksgiving spread is going to be extravagant? It's got nothing on one New York City restaurant's turkey day offering.

CNBC reports that The Old Homestead Steakhouse is offering a $76,000 Thanksgiving spread for 10 people, complete with $100 worth of imported oysters, Wagyu beef lollipops that cost $475 per pound, sweet potatoes topped with $1,500 worth of caviar and gravy mixed with a $3,300 bottle of Pappy Van Winkle bourbon. 

But that's not all — the meal also comes with four tickets to the Broadway hit "Hamilton," a $7,500 shopping spree, a two-night stay at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel and a $20,000 watch, so you can always remember the occasion. 

And the meal will, of course, include turkey. If that sounds a little pedestrian, don't worry: The bird is free-range, organic, retails for about $105 per pound and is blasted with $17-per-ounce Italian olive oil and a blend of Middle Eastern spices.

"When you spend $76,000 on a Thanksgiving dinner, you're not just buying dinner," said co-owner Mark Sherry. "You're creating memories."

Sherry adds that two groups have already bought the package, which has been offered at slightly lower price points over the last three years. 

He also told CNBC that the restaurant would offer more traditional Thanksgiving packages that run about $100 per head. 



Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Through the Years]]> Thu, 23 Nov 2017 06:59:05 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/cmscroppedparadetbt.jpg The iconic Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is kicking off the holiday season Thursday for the 91st year in a row.]]> <![CDATA[Holiday Gift Guide: Fun With Tech]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 18:55:02 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/188*120/flexi-cam-translator.jpg

Whether we like it or not, technology finds its way into all parts of our lives. From entertainment to health to home security, electronic devices are there to make things sound better, encourage us to do better, or just go out and have fun.

We’ve got a variety of tech devices that could work for a wide range of people on your holiday shopping list. Unfortunately, there are no jet packs yet, but there is something that will make you feeling as if you are flying in space.

Turtle Beach Stealth 700
When it comes to headsets, there needs to be a balance between performance and comfort for gamers who need something for the long play.

Turtle Beach Stealth 700 puts both together for a powerful headset that you will want to wear for hours. The 700 for Xbox and PC also uses Microsoft’s Xbox Wireless technology to directly connect to the console, which means no more dongles sticking out of the Xbox.

The 50mm over-the-ear speakers provide clear, crisp sounds in games, letting players feel surrounded by the action instead of just what is in front of them. Turtle Beach has a Superhuman Hearing feature that increases important noises in a game like soft footfalls or a weapon reloading.

For comfort, the 700 is outstanding. They are extremely lightweight and have just enough tension not to feel like your head is being crushed.

Blackout Spark
Whether your gift recipient is a streaming pro or just someone who likes to be heard during their podcast, the Blackout Spark SL from Blue is a great microphone that would thrill any gamer or streamer.

The Blackout Spark is designed for a wide range of recording sessions. The microphone pattern is designed to reduce background noise and is the perfect choice for a single speaker. Filters eliminate computer or console noises, while an inhibitor will help keep voices clear during the most intense battles.

If providing a clear and quality listening experience is key for your recordings, the Blackout Spark will upgrade any streaming rigs or home recording studios. For musicians, the Spark works well with acoustic or electric guitars, drums, wind instruments, pianos, and bowed instruments. Experiment with placement to get the best results.

It has an XLR connector, so you’ll need something to connect directly to a computer. The Icicle converts the XLR to a USB and acts as a pre-amp for the Blackout Spark. It works with Mac and PC computers without hassle, and it doesn’t require driver installations.

Security Cameras With Flair
It seems everyone wants to know what’s going on in their house when they aren’t there. From home security to detect threats to keep an eye on the family pet, internet cameras are becoming more prevalent. But which to choose?

If you want something a little secretive while standing in plain sight, the Canary All-in-One looks like a simple black cylinder but packs a wide range of sensors to keep you in the know about the conditions inside your home.

There is a high-definition camera to capture any movement, an air monitor that lets you know what the temperature and air conditions are like, and a remote-activated siren to frighten unwanted visitors away.

There is no physical installation involved. Just set the Canary on a shelf or table, plug in the power, connect to the internet, and you are done! The companion app lets users watch live with their camera and record video when something happens. It also lets people call for help from the app if they see a situation in their home.

If you want something a little more whimsical, the Minion Flexi Cam provides live video streaming, night vision to catch those nocturnal activities, two-way audio and motion sensor capabilities. However, it also brings a Minion into your house, complete with catch phrases and a bright yellow face.

The camera is small and unassuming. If not for the bright yellow cover, it could very easily be overlooked. However, the look of a Minion isn’t nearly as much fun as the voice of a Minion.

You can have the camera say one of the Minions’ many famous catchphrases from their movies with the push of a button. If you have your own saying, use the microphone’s filter to make your own voice sound like a Minion.

While obviously useful as a security camera, the motion detection can be tuned to record only pet movements. The night vision function also spies on your pets’ activities while you are sleeping.

The flexible mount allows for multiple viewing angles from one location. All monitoring is done through a smartphone app for peace of mind even when away from home.

Vertical Mouse
The trend toward vertical desks was intended to help with posture and alleviate back issues caused by sitting so much. Why not apply that to your computer mouse?

Evoluent offers the VerticalMouse 4, the perfect gift if you know someone who is on the computer and complains about wrist or arm pain. The design of the mouse puts the forearm in a neutral position instead of a twisted position for a normal mouse.

While it might seem a bit weird, the configuration of the buttons makes it very comfortable to use. It is like you are shaking hands with your computer though the VerticalMouse. The six-button design is great for designers or gamers who want to program their mouse for their work.

A small USB receiver plugs into the side of the computer, eliminating wires to the mouse and creating a greater freedom of movement for the user. It is a great gift to show someone you care about their physical well-being.

X-Wing Drone
Any “Star Wars” fan has always dreamed about flying in space in the same T-65 X-Wing fighter that Luke Skywalker used to blow up the Death Star (the first one). Propel’s officially licensed “Star Wars” drones let anyone take control of a X-Wing, TIE fighter, or speeder bike.

Even before you can take to the sky, special packaging majestically plays official music from the movies to herald the arrival of your drone. The box also doubles as a display stand, complete with lighting from below to accentuate the details of the X-Wing.

The power is in the performance of the drone. There are multiple speed settings to get beginners up and running quickly, and hot buttons help pilots before aerial stunts with ease. Auto starting and auto landing help protect your ship during liftoffs and landings.

Pilots can also gather with friends and activate their “weapons” for a virtual dogfight in the sky. Collisions are not encouraged, but the vision of X-Wings and TIE fighters in the air and battling is enticing.

Make sure to adhere to all laws regarding drone flights.

G-Shock S Series Ani-Digi Step Tracker
Fitness watches are moving toward looking more like regular time pieces than outlandish wrist tech. G-Shock offers a new look with upgraded technology to help your gift recipient to be stylish and healthy.

The new S Series Ani-Digi Step Tracker automatically keeps track of steps but also offers different display readouts to help anyone keep on pace. A non-active alert keeps people moving toward their goal.

A hand shift feature moves the clock hands out of the way to provide a clean view of the digital health display. However, it is the G-Shock style that makes this more than just a fitness tool.

The watch is water- and shock-resistant with a bright LED light, dual time, daily alarms, stopwatch and full calendar to 2099. It also has a 3-year battery life to keep you charged.

There are four new colors of mint, pink, white and classic black, each with white face accents, in addition to colors associated with military styles, olive green, tan, and dark grey. Other colors from G-Shock’s past are also available.

Interactive Control Dinosaur
Since the Dinobot characters in the “Transformers” cartoons in the 1980s, the merging of dinosaurs and robots has always been a source of joy for kids and grown-up kids. Robotosaur lets you control the action while also providing some autonomous responses all on its own.

The robot that resembles a Tyrannosaurus Rex stands about 10 inches tall and is ready to command. With its remote control, kids can make it move across the floor with spins, shakes, stomps and tail wags. Built-in sound effects help increase the enjoyment.

However, the Robotosaur can get tired, and it will yawn when it is ready for a nap. While in sleep mode, it snores and lets everyone know that the king of dinosaurs needs its beauty rest.

Powered by two AAA batteries, the Robotosaur is ready to make its presence known while remaining under your control. The fun will not go extinct.



Photo Credit: Tend]]>
<![CDATA[Holiday Gift Guide: From Video Games to Board Games]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 18:32:41 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/185*120/Switch_SuperMarioOdysseyEdition_pkg_01.jpg

This holiday season, buying a gift for a gamer has never been easier while simultaneously being tougher because of all the great choices available. From more powerful video game consoles to mysterious board games, anyone who likes to play is bound to have one of these choices on their gift list.

Bundles that package games and specially designed hardware can make shopping easier, and there are some outstanding games that can provide many hours of entertainment.

There are sure to be Black Friday and holiday special pricing for many of these items. Check with your favorite retailers to see the current costs and availability.

‘Minecraft’ Xbox One S Bundle/Xbox One X
Blocky adventures that are only limited by your imagination await in “Minecraft” for the Xbox One, but what if you really wanted to highlight your enthusiasm for the game? The Xbox One S Minecraft Limited Edition Bundle contains everything needed for the would-be world building, including your very own creeper.

In addition to the game, the bundle contains a specially decorated Xbox One S console with a creeper staring at you from the controller. There is also the Redstone graphics pack, which contains skins and textures to add variety to your building efforts, and a vertical stand for the console to show it off properly.

The game, which was the bestselling game for the Xbox 360, can also be played across platforms, including Windows 10, mobile devices, and soon on the Nintendo Switch, so players can play with their friends no matter what devices they have.

If it is more gaming power you seek, the Xbox One X is the more powerful console available right now. With a built-in 4K Blu-Ray player, premium audio through Dolby Atmos, and faster processing and memory for smoother gameplay, the Xbox One X is the perfect gift for someone who wants their games to look and play the best way possible.

While all Xbox games can be played on the new console, some titles will be optimized to take advantage of the additional console features. In addition, any accessories that worked for the Xbox One will work with the Xbox One X.

‘Destiny 2’
“Destiny 2” packs itself with more content, more choices and more time that you are going to sink into a game that hooks you from the start and never wants to let go. Don’t worry. That’s a good thing.

Instead of Light, players will be trying to increase their power levels through the equipment they acquire. There are many ways of gaining new strength, including new public missions, where players collectively work to defeat a very large and complicated foe.

There are new group missions released weekly, and the planetary challenges change often. The mission beacons are still around, offering bite-sized adventures if you are waiting for the next public mission to arrive.

“Destiny 2” continues to find ways to keep players challenged, interested and engaged. New expansions, available through a separate Expansion Pass, will challenge everyone to dive in.

The game is available on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC.

‘Super Mario Odyssey’ Nintendo Switch Bundle
It has been a long time since everyone’s favorite gaming plumber, Mario, has had a new adventure to explore. “Super Mario Odyssey” has Mario trying to rescue Princess Peach (yes, again) from the clutches of Bowser, who wants to marry her.

The game features various kingdoms for Mario to travel, exploring new areas and making new friends, like Cappy, a spirit that helps Mario capture opponents or find new pathways. The game is only available on the Nintendo Switch, and Nintendo has made it easy to get everything in one package.

The Nintendo Switch bundle contains the console and dock with red left and right Joy-Con controllers, matching the color of Mario’s hat. There is a digital download for the game, and a special red carrying case featuring Cappy looming over a map of the kingdoms.

It is the perfect selection for anyone who loves Mario and has been waiting for the right moment to get the Nintendo Switch console, which was released in March.

‘Tomb of Annihilation’
Not all games are electronic, and some players actually prefer gathering around a table with friends to enjoy some shared adventures.

“Tomb of Annihilation,” the 5th and latest edition "Dungeons and Dragons" adventure from the talented people at Wizards of the Coast, gives everyone a chance to face a global phenomenon that is forcing the most powerful and influential characters to come face-to-face with their own mortality.

Something or someone has created a curse that will not let dead people be raised and is slowly wasting away those who have been brought back from the dead previously. There will be monsters many players have never faced before, including zombie dinosaurs!

The city of Chult is a beacon of light, color and excitement. The residents are flush with life, enjoying good food and fun. Adventurers will find contact and quests aplenty, but don’t miss the dinosaur races.

The race for the tomb will thrill experienced players but is balanced enough for beginners to also dive in and enjoy solving puzzles, combating enemies and creating their own stories.

‘Middle-Earth: Shadow of War’/’Assassin’s Creed Origins’
Two games, which on the surface appear to be wildly divergent, are exciting tales of triumph, tragedy and legend set in unique environments. However, “Middle-Earth: Shadow of War” and “Assassin’s Creed Origins“ have very similar features, including hours of adventuring fun.

“Shadow of War” is set in the fantasy universe of JRR Tolkien’s stories of hobbits, rings and monsters. “Assassin’s Creed Origins” draws its storyline from some of the most prominent moments in time during Ancient Egypt.

Both games offer open worlds with plenty of room and quests to explore. The main character uses a sword (or some handheld weapon), a bow and the ability to jump from very high places. In one game you can dominate your enemies, while in the other you can assassinate your foes, but each does rely on stealth for its most effect method of fighting.

There is an entertaining and immersive storyline for players to follow, and there are dozens of side quests to complete and items to collect. Memorable enemies will challenge players.

These are not games that will be finished in an afternoon. These are novels in video game format to be savored and enjoyed while you direct the actions. What story do you want to tell?

Both games are available on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC.

‘Call of Duty: WWII’ PlayStation 4 bundle
“Call of Duty: WWII” takes players into some of World War II's most iconic battles. Then, pair that adventure with a limited-edition PlayStation 4 to really show off your interest in historical warfare with a camouflaged console.

The game features historical combat from the Invasion of Normandy on D-Day, Liberation of Paris and Battle of the Bulge. As a member of the U.S. Army’s 1st Infantry Division, you will take part in missions along the Western Front in the European theater.

The gameplay aims to be more realistic with more accurate movement options from real soldiers, and a health system that relies on your squadmates, instead of regeneration, to keep you on your feet.

The limited-edition PlayStation4 has a camo-styled exterior for the console as well as the DualShock 4 controller. Despite the attempts at hiding, the PlayStation4 will stand out and makes for a great conversation starter as well as a powerful gaming device.

The bundle is available now with both the decorated PS4 and the game included.

'Betrayal at Baldur's Gate'
"Betrayal" is a word often used during "Dungeons & Dragons" gameplay. Whether setting up for an adventure or waiting for that rogue to finally go all-in against the party, betrayal makes perfect sense for a brand new board game featuring the thrill of D&D combined with one of the best horror board games ever.

“Betrayal at Baldur’s Gate” puts players into that iconic city to survive the threats and encounters that abound in Baldur’s Gate. It seems pretty straight forward, until an evil turns player against player and changes the dynamic of what survival really means.

Based off the “Betrayal at House on the Hill” gameplay, adventurers will have changing scenarios, monsters, location tiles and more to help them create a singular adventure in the new board game.

Stocking Stuffer
If you need just a little something to accentuate a gift or want to help a gamer, KontrolFreek offers a selection of thumbsticks, grips and accessories for console players. A variety of textures, sizes and comfort are available.

They also have screen protectors for the Nintendo Switch, and grips to wick away sweat during those long, intense gaming sessions. Check out their bundles for deals on multiple products to make holiday shopping easy and inexpensive.



Photo Credit: Nintendo of America]]>
<![CDATA[Widow of Grateful Dead's Longtime Lawyer Auctions Rare Items]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 18:06:47 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/182*120/Grateful+Dead+Banners+1989.jpg The widow of the Grateful Dead's longtime lawyer is auctioning off treasures from their long strange trip with the psychedelic rock-and-roll band.

Photo Credit: Stremmel Auctions]]>
<![CDATA[10 Crucial Tips for Black Friday, Cyber Monday Shoppers]]> Mon, 27 Nov 2017 12:51:09 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-51795374.jpg

Everyone knows Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals sometimes seem too good to be true -- a recent study put the average discount at 37 percent. There are tons of savings to be had, of course, but in some cases, the deals may not be what they seem.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman put out a list of consumer tips for those shopping on Black Friday and Cyber Monday to help protect against fraud.

Here are 10 key tips from Schneiderman's office: 

1. Beware of misleading bargains and added fees. The “sale” price may have been marked up before it was marked down, nullifying the impact of the sale. Often, the touted “sale” price may in fact be significantly higher than the price for that same item later in the season. Also, delivery charges and/or other added costs such as assembly fees are often not reflected in the “sale price.” In many cases, hidden costs like these may negate the value of the sale. 

2. Compare warranty terms. Not all warranties are the same. Make sure you read the terms of any warranty to learn what protections you get and the duration of those protections. This could significantly affect the cost of an item over the long-run. 

3. Know the terms of a layaway plan. The law requires merchants to give a detailed description of the merchandise to be purchased on layaway plans, the total cost of the items including all charges, the duration of the plan, the required payment schedule, the consequences of missing payments, the refund policy and the location (if other than the place of purchase) where the merchandise is being stored. 

4. Check return and refund policies. The law requires all merchants to post their refund policies. A store that fails to do so must give consumers 30 days to get a refund in the manner that the purchase was made. Be especially vigilant of “final sales” or “cash-only -- final sale” notices, as you will have little or no recourse if the merchandise proves to be defective. Some stores will require the original packaging and charge a hefty restocking fee for returned items. 

5. Beware of restricted gift cards. Be sure to read the terms and conditions of gift cards before purchasing. It is illegal to deduct any fees for non-use within 25 months of purchase or to have an expiration date of less than five years from issuance. Use your gift card as soon as possible. If it later appears that your card has expired, or that fees have been deducted, contact the company that issued the card. It may still honor the card or withdraw the fees. 

6. Shop only on secure Internet connections. Do not conduct any transaction that involves personal, financial, or credit card information while using an open and unsecured Wi-Fi connection. Be careful not to shop, conduct business or send sensitive or personal information out on these networks because identity thieves often stake out open networks seeking victims. When entering payment information online, you should verify that HTTPS is in your address bar to protect yourself from identity thieves and cyber criminals. URLs that begin with https:// instead of the standard http:// are secured by SSL – an internet security protocol. 

7. Do not be tricked by confusingly similar website and domain names. Pay particular attention to your retailer’s URL when shopping online. Scammers use variants of a known company’s Internet address to try and lure users into visiting fake websites. They often target users through email or social media. Avoid clicking on links from email or social media sites. Watch out for websites with URLs that differ slightly from those of legitimate online retailers, and links that appear genuine but direct your browser to a completely different URL. To ensure safe shopping online, type the URL of your desired retailer directly into your web browser — and watch for typos. 

8. Protect yourself by using credit or debit cards. With the advent of point-of-sale malware and rampant data breaches, identity thieves are increasingly sophisticated -- and dangerous. If you are going to make purchases online, you can best protect yourself from the risks of identity theft and fraud by using credit or debit cards. Determine which is best for you and your purchase needs.

  • Credit: Credit cards generally offer better purchase protection and fraud dispute resolution than other methods of payment. When you use a credit card, you are accessing a line of credit from the issuer. Note that each purchase is essentially a loan you must repay later, often with high interest.
  • Debit: Debit cards are tied directly to your checking account so they’re best used to help avoid credit traps. There is little risk getting into debt with debit cards, but be careful of overdraft charges. Further, if your debit card is lost or stolen, you must report it within two business days to limit your loss to $50. 

9. Be wary of too-good-to-be-true contests and prize promotions. Consumers should be suspicious of any email, messages or posts on social networks promoting giveaways or contests that seem too good to be true, g., free high-value gift cards, tablets, and smartphones. These “contests” are often scams designed to bilk consumers out of money and/or to collect consumers’ personal information for resale. Genuine sweepstakes and contests are commonplace on the Internet, but you should avoid any contest or promotion that requires you to pay money or to perform any sort of financial transaction. Also, think twice before participating in promotions that require entrants to register with multiple third-party websites; often these are ploys to build marketing lists. Promotions that require users to provide more than simple contact information may even be phony or run by scammers who resell consumer information to collect referral fees. 

10. Read the fine print. Broadly worded promotional offers and advertisements often mislead consumers into paying full price for items they believed were on sale. Consumers should carefully examine Internet deals by reading any and all fine print in the promotional materials and identifying the exact brand and model number on sale. Consumers should also avoid bait-and-switch advertisements or promotions that lure consumers with basement prices that are not guaranteed to be in stock. Fine print stating that quantities are limited is a tell-tale sign of this bait-and-switch tactic.



Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Street Closures for Macy's Thanksgiving Parade ]]> Tue, 21 Nov 2017 03:24:39 -0500 https://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:

Formation for the parade will begin at 8 a.m. at the following locations:

West 77th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue

West 81st Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue

Central Park West between West 77th and 86th streets

The parade will begin at 9 a.m. from Central Park West and 77th Street and proceed on the following route:

South on Central Park West to Columbus Circle

South through E/S Columbus Circle to 59th Street

East on 59th Street to Sixth Avenue

South on Sixth Avenue to 34th Street

West on 34th Street to Seventh Avenue (dispersal area)


Additional closures are as follows:

Broadway between 34th and 38th streets - Midnight to 1 p.m.

Seventh Avenue from 34th to 42nd streets - 2 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

34th Street between Sixth and Eighth avenues - 10 p.m. (Wed) to 5 p.m.

59th Street E/B between Seventh Avenue and Central Park West – 2 a.m. to 2 p.m.

59th Street W/B between Fifth Avenue and Central Park West – 2 a.m. to 2 p.m.

35th Street between Fifth and Eighth avenues - 2 a.m. to 4 p.m.

36th Street between Sixth and Eighth avenues - 2 a.m. to 2 p.m.

37th Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenue - 4 a.m. to 2 p.m.

38th Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenue - 4 a.m. to 2 p.m.

8th Avenue between 34th and 40th streets - 4 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Broadway between 38th and 59th streets - 4 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

33rd Street between Seventh and Tenth avenues - 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

39th Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenue - 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

40th Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenue - 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Central Park 65th Street/66th Street Transverse Roads 7 a.m. until conclusion


Please note: From 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. trucks and other large vehicles will not be able to access:

Sixth Avenue between 43rd and 59th streets

Eighth Avenue between 44th and 58th streets

Broadway between 49th and 57th streets

49th, 50th, and 57th streets between Sixth and Eighth avenues

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<![CDATA[SEE INSIDE: Aaron Hernandez's Home Sold for $1M]]> Sat, 18 Nov 2017 13:43:36 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/182*120/a211.jpg Aaron Hernandez's former mansion in North Attleborough, Massachusetts, has been sold for $1 million to a real estate investor. The Boston Herald reports that Arif Khan bought the home for about $300,000 lower than the asking price. The 5,647-square-foot residence includes five bedrooms, six bathrooms, a wet bar, a hot tub, a sauna, a finished basement, a theater room and an in-ground pool.

Photo Credit: Keller Williams Realty]]>
<![CDATA[Popular NYC Pizzeria to Open 5 Locations in New Jersey]]> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:52:24 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/artichoke-basilles-pizza-new-york-ny-artichoke-pizza-610x392.jpg

The wildly popular New York pizza chain Artichoke Basille’s is making its way across the Hudson River.

The company has signed a contract with local developers Premal and Leela Shanghvi to open not one, but five New Jersey locations.

The new eateries will be in Hoboken, Jersey City, Princeton, New Brunswick and Newark.

If you haven’t heard of Artichoke Basille’s, there’s a good chance you’ve seen one of their famous artichoke pizzas on your Instagram feed. The hearty pie features artichoke hearts, spinach, a white cream sauce and mozzarella.

Cousins Francis Garcia and Sal Basille opened the pizzeria, known for its artisan pies, less than 10 years ago.

It has since landed on many lists of the region’s, and America’s, best pizzerias, including this recent one.

Artichoke Basille’s currently has 12 locations; Ten in New York, one in California and one in Miami.

“We’ve always been huge fans of Artichoke Basille’s Pizza,” Premal said. “We’re excited to have the opportunity to bring their creative take on New York pizza to New Jersey.”

The pizzerias are expected to open in late 2018. 



Photo Credit: Courtesy of Artichoke Basille's]]>