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. On this week's Cityscape we’ll talk about the history of the Times Square ball drop and learn about 19th century New Year’s traditions. We’ll also take a look back at some great music writing with The New Yorker critic Alex Ross.

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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. On this week's Cityscape, we're looking back at Christmases past in New York City, and exploring the origins of some of the city’s long standing holiday traditions.

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From the astrological map on the ceiling of Grand Central Terminal to the Empire State Building, New Yorkers have many reasons to look up. But, on this week’s Cityscape, we’re peering down. We’ll look into the history and art of manhole covers, as well as check out the artwork within the New York City subway system.

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The Bronx is bursting with Latin flavor. In fact, according to the 2010 census, Hispanics make up 53.5% of the borough's population, up from just over 43% a decade ago. On this week's Cityscape, we're exploring Latino history and culture in the Bronx.

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New Yorkers are known for being blunt -- they’re not afraid to speak their minds or express an opinion -- whether it be about the weather or world politics. On this week's Cityscape, we’ll delve into two new books that tap into the wisdom of some of the city’s most noteworthy residents.

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