Winter Solstice ‘Christmas Star’: When To Look Up In NYC

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NEW YORK CITY — There’s no question: What happens in the sky the night of the winter solstice is sure to bring some joy in a year when it’s been hard to find in New York City. Jupiter and Saturn will dance in a planetary conjunction, lining up perfectly to create the illusion of a “Christmas star.”

The two bright planets have been visible in the evening sky for the past several nights as they move closer together, culminating on the night of Dec. 21, the winter solstice.

But if the solstice and the “great conjunction” of Jupiter and Saturn aren’t enough to get you outside, the Ursid meteor shower will offer a show of shooting stars at the same time.

The National Weather Service forecasts partly cloudy skies over New York City Monday evening and Tuesday morning.

The last time Jupiter and Saturn were this close together was in 1623, according to NASA. As the two giant planets traveled together across the sky, Jupiter caught up to and passed Saturn in the astronomical event known as the “great conjunction.”

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Forest Hills Holiday Lights Will Shine On !

The annual holiday lights are back on Austin Street and Continental Avenue.

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FOREST HILLS, QUEENS — The holiday lights that decorate a busy commercial strip of Forest Hills each winter are back.

Holiday lights are now setting Austin Street and Continental Avenue aglow, a week earlier than planned, according to Forest Hills Chamber of Commerce President Leslie Brown.

The Forest Hills Property Group, Cord Meyer Development Company, Ridgewood Savings Bank, Crescent Properties and an anonymous restaurant owner all chipped in nearly $10,000 combined to keep the lights on, according to Brown.

“It is so important to have some shining lights in Forest Hills to support our local businesses and to be a symbol of hope during the pandemic,” Brown said in a prepared statement.

In 2017, the Forest Hills Chamber of Commerce was unable to raise the thousands of dollars needed to fund the holiday display.

It had threatened to be the first winter in more than two decades that Austin Street would have no holiday lights, DNAinfo reported at the time.

Concert promoters at the Forest Hills Stadium picked up the tab that year and the winter after that, according to the Forest Hills Post.

Last year’s lights were supported by concert production group Madison House Presents, also through the Forest Hills Stadium, and City Council Member Karen Koslowitz.

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Blake Shelton to Play Forest Hills Stadium, Tickets Go on Sale This Week

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The platinum-selling country music artist Blake Shelton will be performing at Forest Hills Stadium this summer.

Shelton has been added to the venue’s summer 2020 lineup and will perform on June 18.

His concert with include hits from his most recent No. 1 album, Fully Loaded: God’s Country.

Shelton’s hit song “God’s Country” was the second most-streamed country song released in 2019. The smash hit became Shelton’s 26th No. 1 on country radio, where it remained for a multi-week run.

Shelton is one of many musicians listed as part of Forest Hills Stadium’s 2020 season.

The season includes The Lumineers with CAAMP and Diana DeMuth on June 13; a reformed Bright Eyes with Japanese Breakfast and Lucy Dacus on June 20; and Halsey with blackbear and PVRIS on July 15 and 16.

Tickets to Shelton’s concert will go on sale to the public on March 6 at However, American Express Card Members are able to purchase tickets before the general public starting March 2.

Tickets to all stadium events will be available for purchase without service fees at the Forest Hills Stadium box office, located just outside of the stadium on Burns Street, every Friday from noon to 8 p.m.

Tickets can also be purchased at Williamsburg’s Rough Trade (located off of the Bedford Ave stop on the L train) during box office hours, which are noon to 6 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.


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