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George Bodarky

Happy 2012!

Some familiar and unfamiliar New Year's traditions, as well as the best music writing of the last year.

Tonight, a lot people will stay up late to celebrate the New Year in all sorts of ways, including by watching the ball drop in Times Square. But New Year’s celebrations weren’t always as we know them today.

Christmas History and Traditions

People flock to New York City during Christmastime for a variety of reasons, including to see the main attraction--the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. But, when and how did that tradition begin?

From the tree at Rockefeller Center to the elaborate department store holiday window displays, Christmastime in New York City is a big deal. And it’s been a big deal here for a long time. 

Made in New York

We’re spotlighting products made in New York City.

New York City may no longer be the manufacturing capital of America, but a whole lot of stuff is still made in the five boroughs, from soda pop to chocolate to maraschino cherries. 

Ups and Downs

Ups and downs in New York City, including tales from an elevator operator. 

We all experience ups and downs in life – some more than others.  Take Craig Lippman – an elevator operator on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, who quite frankly, has lost track of his ups and downs.

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