Top Holiday Traditions of the Town Hall staff
At Town Hall, we love participating in special holiday traditions. We’re particularly excited about our Holiday Show, Gotham Holiday Swing!
However, since we have to wait until December 17th to see it, we came up with a list of other NYC traditions that bring us holiday cheer:
1) Go to the MoMA store for beautiful & unique holiday cards.
2) Dash across the street to Bryant Park for a little ice skating magic!
3) Parents draw straws: one in line at Macy’s Santaland while the other takes the kids to check out the Puppet Theater Show!
4) For a more adult tradition: head up to the King Cole Bar in the St. Regis Hotel for a milk punch. (a tip originally picked up from food writer Jane Lear)
5) Embrace the beauty of Grand Central Station - we love this year’s light show!
6) Swing by the American Museum of Natural History to check out their Origami Holiday Tree.
7) Get a zipcar and tour Dyker Heights for the best Christmas Lights in Brooklyn (or perhaps all 5 boroughs?)
8) Marvel at the Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden.
9) Cross the Brooklyn Bridge to DUMBO for Jacques Torres Hot Chocolate and a brisk stroll on the Brooklyn Heights Promenade.
10) Pick up last-minute gifts and ornaments at the Union Square Holiday Market!
We hope you’ve found some fun ideas for your NYC holiday! If you have any traditions to share, please comment! We’re always looking for a beautiful day in our city. We hope to see you December 17th, and until then, have a wonderful holiday season!
World War II Soldiers gather to listen to America’s Town Meeting of the Air, broadcast live from Town Hall from 1935-1956. This often-controversial program was known for its audience participation and for being among the first radio programs to utilize call-in discussions with listeners. Guests included Norman Thomas, Pearl Buck, Carl Sandburg, and Langston Hughes, among many others.
The Quoteable Neil deGrasse Tyson
We’re excited to welcome Neil deGrasse Tyson back to The Town Hall stage with Startalk Live tonight! To prepare you for this excellent evening, we’re sharing a couple of our favorite quotes:
"Yes, we are part of this universe- we are in this universe, but perhaps more important than both of those facts is that the universe is in us. When I reflect on that fact, I look up - many people small because they’re small and the universe is big - but I feel big because my atoms came from those stars." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9D05ej8u-gU
And of course, from today on our Facebook feed in response to the question: “How did Snoopy manage to fit so much stuff inside his dog house?”
“Like the TARDIS in Doctor Who, and Mary Poppins’ bag, the Snoopy’s Dog House is bigger on the inside because it accesses a fourth dimension not visible on the outside. Like shoving something into a flat square (which is 2D) and a 3D person lifts it upwards out of the 2D plane. To 2D people, the object does not look like it should fit. But anything fits when you have access to a higher dimension.” -NDTyson
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Town Hall Jazz Albums
The Blue Note Jazz Festival is quickly approaching! Here are a few more of our favorite jazz albums recorded live here at Town Hall.
The Thelonious Monk Orchestra at Town Hall (February 28, 1959)
Thelonious Monk introduced a new band at this iconic performance. Having previously been known as an outstanding leader of smaller bands, Monk was joined by ten musicians at his Town Hall show.
Nina Simone at Town Hall (September 15, 1959)
This celebrated album showcases Nina Simone’s impeccable skills as both a singer and a pianist, and is widely considered as some of her very best work. In 2006, Simone’s daughter performed a tribute concert at Town Hall honoring her mother.
Catch the Joshua Redman Quartet, Buika, Chucho Valdes and the Afro-Cuban Messengers, and Wayne Shorter this summer at the Blue Note Jazz Festival here at Town Hall!
Jazz at albums recorded at Town Hall
Town Hall has a long history of legendary jazz performances. Many of the greats played Town Hall—from Monk to Billie to Bird to Coltrane to Ella—and recorded classic albums here. Check out our first installment about Jazz at Town Hall after the jump, and check out the Blue Note Jazz Festival, with special performances throughout June at Town Hall!
On January 5, 1958, internationally known opera singer Betty Allen made her New York recital debut at Town Hall. Allen was part of the first wave of African American opera singers to appear on the world’s most prominent stages, aiding the breaking down of racial barriers in the operatic community.
On February 27th, 1923, the influential pioneer in modern dance, Ruth St. Denis, performed at Town Hall. Check out that costume!
Photo by Surnami.
Igor Stravinsky - one of the greatest composers of the 20th century - performed at Town Hall on December 20, 1959 with Samuel Barber, Aaron Copland, Lukas Foss and Roger Sessions.