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The Times Square Ball is a time ball located in New York City’s Times Square. Located on the roof of One Times Square, the ball is a prominent part of a New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square commonly referred to as the ball drop, where the ball descends 141 feet in 60 seconds down a specially designed flagpole, beginning at 11:59:00 p.m. ET, and resting at midnight to signal the start of the new year. In recent years, the festivities have been preceded by live entertainment, including performances by musicians.
The event was first organized by Adolph Ochs, owner of The New York Times newspaper, as a successor to a series of New Year’s Eve fireworks displays he held at the building to promote its status as the new headquarters of the Times, while the ball itself was designed by Artkraft Strauss. First held on December 31, 1907, to welcome 1908, the ball drop has been held annually since, except in 1942 and 1943 in observance of wartime blackouts.
The ball’s design has been updated over the years to reflect improvements in lighting technology; the ball was initially constructed from wood and iron, and lit with 100 incandescent light bulbs. The current incarnation, designed by Harlem-based architectural lighting firm Focus Lighting, features a computerized LED lighting system and an outer surface consisting of triangular crystal panels. These panels are produced by Waterford Crystal, and contain inscriptions representing a yearly theme.
Steve Martin has a flair for surreal comedy — a style that suits “Meteor Shower,” his new play about the existential mischief caused one night in 1993 when a deluge of meteors rains down on the boutique city of Ojai, Calif. Before this singular night is through, two married couples will have gotten under each other’s skins, so to speak, and undergone major character transformations.
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Beth Stern and friends, including Coco Austin and her daughter Chanel Nicole, and animal advocate and award-winning author Jill Rappaport, hosted the Bash for the Bulldogs to benefit Long Island Bulldog Rescue at NYU Kimmel Center’s Rosenthal Pavilion. All proceeds from the event go to help, heal and home abandoned, abused, neglected and injured or ill English Bulldogs. Long Island Bulldog Rescue was founded in 1999 by Laurette Richin, and serves nine states in the Northeast United States, as well as Southeast Canada. Their mission is to help English Bulldogs through education, prevention, intervention and adoption. They fulfill their mission by helping, healing, and homing abandoned, neglected, abused, or released English Bulldogs. Long Island Bulldog Rescue has directly helped more than 10,000 families protect and save more than 3,500 English Bulldogs. LongIslandBulldogRescue.org
This year’s lineup may have been the most jam-packed with superstars yet, as the night began with one-man-show Ed Sheeran and ended with Taylor Swift, seeing the likes of Camila Cabello, The Chainsmokers, Demi Lovato, Sam Smith and Niall Horan (and many more) in between. With a total of 14 all-star performers taking the stage throughout the night — along with a slew of surprise guests — the show felt like Christmas came a couple weeks early.
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LUCCIOLA, the new Italian restaurant on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, pays homage to the city of Bologna with its cuisine and its cinematic history in a unique and exciting atmosphere.
The restaurant takes inspiration from the film “Festa di Laurea,” (Graduation Party), for its dishes, atmosphere, and the overall concept. This incredible space reflects the nostalgic and romantic mood of Bologna that was depicted, especially the famous courtyard scene where the simple illumination was reminiscent of fireflies. LUCCIOLA (firefly in Italian), is located down the street from Central Park. 621 Amsterdam Ave
Taylor Swift, Sam Smith, Camila Capello, Ed Sheehan, Niall Horan, Halsey, G-Eazy, Demi Lovato & Logic rocked New York’s Z100 Jingle Ball concert at Madison Square Garden. The annual event lasted a full 5 hours.
Swift closed the nearly five-hour concert in Manhattan, strutting from left to right as she sang “Shake It Off,” “Blank Space” and the latest hits off her new album, “reputation.”
“Well, thank you New York,” she yelled after she kicked off her set with the thumping “ . . . Ready for It? ”The venue, full of teenagers, their parents and the in-between, transformed into a colorful dance party when Swift sang “Shake It Off.” She closed the night with “Look What You Made Me Do,” performing dance moves in a loose black top, black shorts and blonde bangs.