A massive Norway spruce has been lit up in a tradition that ushers in Christmastime in New York City.
Mayor Bill de Blasio flipped the switch Wednesday night to light the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree following a televised extravaganza that featured performances by Diana Ross and Tony Bennett.
The 72-foot-tall tree is decorated with 5 miles (8 kilometers) of multicolored LED lights and a 900-pound Swarovski crystal star. Rockefeller Center has hosted the ceremony since 1931.
Police officers were plentiful, and spectators were funneled through security.
The 75-year-old tree was donated by a couple in Wallkill, 60 miles (100 kilometers) north of the city.
It will remain on display until Jan. 7. Then it will be given to Habitat for Humanity to help build homes.
Get Ready! A ‘New York Undercover’ Reboot Could Be Coming To ABC
Good news 90s TV fans! Dick Wolf’s groundbreaking drama, New York Undercover could actually be returning to TV in the near future.
According to Deadline, ABC, which is currently in the process of reviving Steven Bochco’s critically acclaimed series NYPD Blue, may be looking to add the hip police procedural to its lineup as well.
Recently, Rick Rosen, Wolf’s agent, hinted that his client “is reviving one of his shows from years ago,” which many assume is New York Undercover. Rosen said several networks are bidding on the project, and Deadline writer Nellie Andreeva predicts ABC will be the winner.
New York Undercover premiered on FOX in 1994 and ran for four seasons before airing its final episode in 1999.
The show debuted to praise from both critics and fans alike, thanks to its super diverse cast, which featured two people of color — Malik Yoba and Michael DeLorenzo — as leads.
While both men have has gone on to have a long career full of interesting roles, Yoba said New York Undercover holds a special place in his heart.
“I’ve been a serious lead in thirteen series, and New York Undercover is the most enduring of all of it,” he told ESSENCE back in August. “So that just — you know — speaks to the importance of what type of programming it was.”
Yoba also believes the trailblazing series has even more stories to tell.
“You gotta have the things that people are dealing with and resonating with right now that inspire,” he said, suggesting the reboot could tackle today’s fraught political climate and the tense relationship between communities of color and the police.
While the future of a New York Undercover revival isn’t certain just yet, this is definitely one show we’d like to see on TV again.
WATCH THE NEW CAPTAIN MARVEL TRAILER NOW
“Would you like to know what you really are?” That’s a query posed to Carol Danvers (played by Brie Larson) in the just-released second trailer for next year’s Captain Marvel. And it’s a variation on a question Marvel fans have been asking themselves for the last year or so: Just who is this big-screen Captain Marvel—and what role will she play in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as it readies to enter Phase 4?
Judging by the the new trailer, we at least know that Larson’s character will stay true to her comic-book roots. Her Danvers is an ace military pilot who gets caught up in an intergalactic battle between two species, the Krees and the Skrulls, resulting in her being gifted with extraordinary super-powers. (She also has an extraordinarily cool mohawk-like ‘do, which makes a few quick cameos in the trailer). Captain Marvel takes place in the nineties, as Danvers is back on Earth, trying to make sense of how she got there. “I keep having these memories,” she tells Nick Fury (played by a digitally de-aged, two-eyed Samuel L. Jackson). “Something in my past is the key to all of this.”
We see quite a few glimpses of that past, including her rescue by the Krees—”a race of noble warrior-heroes,” she explains—who find her near-dead and devoid of memory. One of their leaders, played by Annette Bening, explains that Danvers was rebirthed as a Kree, so that she could live “longer, stronger, superior.” That explains why Captain Marvel can shoot bright blue bolts of energy from her hands: It’s Krees’ lightning!
Just how great those powers are, however, is a key question: Captain Marvel finds our hero facing down a new threat led by Talos (Ben Mendelsohn), a pointy-eared Skrull—a guy that can’t get no love from Brie, so a showdown is inevitable. We also see her taking to the subways to beat up an old woman suspected of a Skrull-in-disguise, and taking guidance from Kree mentor, played by Jude Law. But will Captain Marvel posses the kind of near-atomic powers she maintains in the comics—the kind of abilities that could, say, propel her forward in time and take on Thanos? For the Marvel fans who watched many of their favorite heroes vanquished last years by the Snap in Avengers: Infinity War, that’s one of the big head-scratchers of Captain Marvel: Once she finds out who she really is, but will be it enough to save the day?
We’ll know soon enough. Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, the filmmakers behind such revered indie dramas as Half Nelson and Sugar, the supercharged Captain Marvel arrives March 8. That’s less than two months before the long-awaited Avengers: Infinity War follow-up—hopefully titled Avengers: Snap 2 It!—that will also feature Larson flying in for what promises to be more than just a cameo. Hopefully, the big screen ready for two meme-friendly superheroes named Carol.
Holiday tree lighting ceremonies in Central New York
The following is a list of upcoming holiday tree lighting ceremonies throughout Central New York.
The Sherrill Merchant’s Association will hold its annual holiday tree lighting ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m. in Reilly-Mumford Park. Refreshments will be provided.
The village of Hamilton will hold its annual tree lighting ceremony on Friday, Nov. 30, at 6 p.m. on the Village Green.
The city of Oneida will hold its annual tree lighting ceremony in Higinbotham Park on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 5:30 p.m. Santa will arrive via fire truck to take pictures with the kids. The tree lighting will be at 6 p.m. There will be free hot chocolate and live holiday music. The Kallet Civic Center will host Christmas Crafts for Kids at 3:30 p.m., followed by a performance of “The Grinch” by the Guzman Studio and Roots Dance Company at 4:30 p.m., prior to the ceremony in Higinbotham Park.
The village of Wampsville will hold its 11th annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 6 p.m. at the Village Hall, located on North Court Street in the village of Wampsville. Santa will be riding around the village prior to the ceremony on one of the fire trucks. Refreshments will be served in the Village Hall after the lighting ceremony.
The village of Oneida Castle will hold its annual tree lighting on Friday, Dec. 7, at 6 p.m. in the Oneida Castle Park, followed by cookies and cocoa in the village hall with special guest, Santa Claus. A Toys for Tots box will be available for any donations of unwrapped toys. All are welcome to attend and share this Christmas spirit.
The village of Vernon will hold its annual tree lighting and visit from Santa Claus on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 6 p.m.
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