The actual opening of “Tough Kid From Brooklyn,” and the life of the man who wrote it, may surprise you.

Dear Santa, Bring Back the Old New York

Tuesday, 23 December 2014 by

Metropolitan Diary: A Christmas wish for the old Schrafft’s, the Pan Am Building, opera without the subtitles and a quiet, uncrowded St. Patrick’s.

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Transit schedules, parking rules and various closings that will take effect on Christmas.

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A Few Tips for Christmas Dinner

Monday, 22 December 2014 by

Metropolitan Diary: In the crush of the holiday season, an Upper West Sider found that gratuities, while thoughtful, simply couldn’t do all the work for him.

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Coverage of the evening news conference and other developments after two police officers were killed in Brooklyn.

Seeking Jews With Christmas Trees

Thursday, 18 December 2014 by

If you are a Jew with a gentile partner who has a story to tell about the first time you agreed to have a Christmas tree, tell it to us.

The Red Jelly Cart

Tuesday, 16 December 2014 by

Metropolitan Diary: A Bronx childhood memory about the change of the seasons, when the ice cream man was replaced by a man selling candied apples or marshmallows.

New York Today: A Saint’s Books in Brooklyn

Wednesday, 10 December 2014 by

Wednesday: The St. Francis de Assisi manuscripts at Borough Hall, rain turns to snow, and female firefighters at City Hall.

Transistor Radios, a Brooklyn Tradition

Tuesday, 09 December 2014 by

Metropolitan Diary: No iPhone for a Brooklyn child of the 1960s, to whom a transistor meant Tom Seaver and the Mets and the Belt Parkway bike path.

New York Today: A Wet Nor’easter

Tuesday, 09 December 2014 by

Tuesday: Steady rain and high winds, the royal couple ends their visit, and life-size gingerbread houses.