Will ‘Firefly Lane’ Return for Season 3 on Netflix?

Warning: Major spoilers for Firefly Lane Season 2 ahead.

Netflix dropped Part 1 of Firefly Lane‘s two-part sophomore season today, and fans who’ve sped through the nine episodes have a lot of questions.

Season 2, Part 2 — which will consist of seven episodes — premieres in 2023. But because Part 1 ended on several major cliffhangers, fans can’t help but to wonder if there’s enough time to tie the story together in a satisfying way, or if there’s hope for Firefly Lane Season 3.

The drama, based on novels by Kristin Hannah, follows Kate Mularkey (Sarah Chalke) and Tully Hart’s (Katherine Heigl) friendship over the course of 30 years. With help from flashbacks starring Ali Skovbye as Young Tully and Roan Curtis as Young Kate, we see the dynamic duo share ups, downs, romances, heartbreaks, trauma, and celebrations throughout the decades. But if you breezed through Season 2’s first nine episodes, you know that they end with Tully and Kate’s lives in complete disarray. (Spoilers incoming!) The two aren’t on speaking terms anymore, Tully is headed to Antarctica for a new career opportunity, and Kate just learned she has aggressive Stage 3 breast cancer.

Can all of those bombshells be successfully explored and resolved in just seven episodes? Or will Firefly Lane return for Season 3 on Netflix? Read on to see if Season 2 if truly the end for this moving series.

Sarah Chalke in 'Firefly Lane'
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Will There Be a Season 3 of Firefly Lane on Netflix?

As noted, though we’re only nine episodes into Season 2, there’s still so much for Firefly Lane to sort out before the series ends. So does that mean there will be a Season 3 of Firefly Lane? Sadly, no. The plan is still to conclude the series with Season 2, which is supersized to be 16 episodes total. On October 3, 2022, Netflix announced that Season 2 would be the end of Firefly Lane‘s streaming road, and nothing has changed since the announcement. The streaming platform even included a minute-long preview of Season 2, Part 2 at the end of Episode 9 to let fans know that “The Final Chapter” would be available to stream on June 8, 2023.

Hannah’s book series, which inspired the show, only consists of two novels: Firefly Lane and Fly Away. So it makes sense that the Netflix series would only last two seasons. And if the show stays true to the book — particularly with regard to Kate’s fate — then we fully understand why the show would end with Season 2.

In Season 2, Episode 9, Kate learns she has a “rare and very aggressive” form of Stage 3 breast cancer. And in the book series, she unfortunately dies from the disease. Since the core of Firefly Lane has always been Kate and Tully’s relationship, the show just wouldn’t be the same without one of the Firefly Lane girls. Though we’ll have to wait and see to find out Kate’s fate in the Netflix series, you can rest assured that the show will wrap with Season 2, Episode 16 next year.

The first nine episode of Firefly Lane Season 2 are currently available to stream on Netflix.

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Everybody wants to look their absolute best at the slew of holiday parties they’re attending this fall. Between that and maintaining your oral health, it’s crucial to take care of one of the first things people will notice about you: your smile. Manual toothbrushes are simply not cutting it anymore. While lots of companies try and peddle every possible whitener to you, an electric toothbrush takes the cake.

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Toothbrushes and flossers are kind of the dark horse of self-care: they are so effective and under-appreciated. Having a bright, healthy smile not only boosts your confidence and impresses your dentist, but it can also reduce your risk for dental issues down the road. With 4.3 out of 5 stars on Amazon, this device is as good as it gets. The kit comes with a sonic toothbrush and 4 toothbrush heads that vibrate at a powerful 38,000 sonic motions per minute.

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LSU vs. Georgia predictions: SEC Championship picks and betting offers

Our college football betting writer brings you his best LSU vs. Georgia predictions and picks for their SEC Championship Game showdown, which is live Saturday on CBS at 4 p.m. ET.

No. 1 Georgia (12-0, 8-0), champion of the East division, is almost certainly going to the College Football Playoff regardless of what happens in this game.

No. 14 LSU (9-3, 6-2), champion of the West division, saw its CFP hopes vanish when it plummeted from No. 5 in the CFP rankings after a 38-23 loss to unranked Texas A&M last Saturday.

LSU vs. Georgia picks

  • LSU to cover +17.5 @ -110 at BetMGM
  • Cover under 10 points in the first quarter @ +105 at BetMGM
  • Under 51.5 total points @ -110 at BetMGM

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LSU vs. Georgia prediction and analysis

LSU wasn’t expected to be here. The Tigers were thought to be rebuilding in former Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly’s first season. Still, Arizona State transfer Jayden Daniels blossomed as a dual-threat quarterback, and the defense got better as the season went along before taking a step back against Texas A&M.

Georgia was expected to be here. The defending national champion was No. 3 in the AP preseason poll and has seemed destined for a return trip to the CFP all season long. Stetson Bennett, MVP of the CFP Championship Game last season, has continued to excel as the offense’s triggerman. The Bulldogs have the No. 4 defense in the country, and only once has Georgia won by less than two scores this season.

Stetson Bennett of Georgia
Stetson Bennett of Georgia
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LSU +17.5

The Tigers’ trademark this season is bouncing back. They lost their season opener against Florida State, then won four games in a row. They lost to Tennessee, then won five games in a row.

LSU will bounce back again and play much better than it played last week. It might not be good enough to win, but it will be at least enough to keep the game closer than the betting line suggests.

Daniels’ ability to run and throw will keep the Bulldogs off balance, limit Bennett’s opportunities and produce enough points to cover the spread.

LSU vs. Georgia pick: LSU to cover +17.5 @ -110 at BetMGM

Betting on College Football?

Under 10 first-quarter points

LSU has a habit of starting slowly on offense. In fact, in all but one SEC game the Tigers have seen the opponent score first. So don’t look for the Tigers to score much, if at all, in the first quarter, though they might move the ball enough to possess the ball more than the Bulldogs.

In Georgia’s narrowest victories – Missouri (26-22), Kentucky (16-6), Tennessee (27-13) and Kent State (39-22) – it has had trouble with slow starts and converting red-zone opportunities into touchdowns.

LSU vs. Georgia pick: Under 10 points in first quarter @ +105 at BetMGM

Under 51.5 total points

LSU has overcome its slow starts offensively, with the exception of the loss to Tennessee and picked up the scoring pace as the games have gone along. But the Tigers won’t be able to break out against the Georgia defense to the degree that they were able to against Mississippi State, Florida, Ole Miss and Alabama.

The Bulldogs periodically will stall in the red zone and settle for field goals. They also have had had trouble with turnovers in their lower-scoring games.

Both defenses will play well. Both offenses will be better at gaining yards and kicking field goals than they will be at getting the ball in the end zone.

It will be a hard-fought, defense-oriented, close ball game in which the final score falls short of the over-under line.

LSU vs. Georgia pick: Under 51.5 total points @ -110 at BetMGM

LSU vs. Georgia odds

Odds courtesy of BetMGM. Correct at time of publishing and subject to change.

Team Spread  Moneyline Total Points 51.5
LSU (+17.5)  -110 +625 Over   -110
Georgia (-17.5)   -110 -1000 Under -110
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French President Macron has surprise meet with Elon Musk in New Orleans

French President Emmanuel Macron took a meeting with Elon Musk during his tour of the French-founded New Orleans late Friday.

“In accordance with our ambition to decarbonize and reindustrialize France and Europe, I discussed today with @elonmusk on future green industrial projects, in particular on the manufacture of electric vehicles and batteries,” Macron said in a tweet while sharing a photo of himself and the new Twitter boss in a one-on-one conversation.

 French President Emmanuel Macron (top left) was present when Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards (bottom right) sign a memorandum to promote and carry out cooperative activities related to Climate change.
French President Emmanuel Macron (top left) was present when Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards (bottom right) sign a memorandum to promote and carry out cooperative activities related to Climate change.
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Musk replied that “It was an honor to see you again. Looking forward to exciting plans in France!”

In a follow-up statement, Macron also said he pressed Musk on content moderation on Twitter — something the free-speech-loving billionaire has loosened since he bought the social media platform on Oct. 27.

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French President Emmanuel Macron walks alongside New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell and officials through the historic French Quarter in New Orleans.
French President Emmanuel Macron walks alongside New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell and officials through the historic French Quarter in New Orleans.

French President Emmanuel Macron spoke about the relationship between Louisiana and France at the New Orleans Museum of Art.
French President Emmanuel Macron spoke about the relationship between Louisiana and France at the New Orleans Museum of Art.

“Transparent terms of use, significant reinforcement of content moderation and protection of freedom of expression: Twitter must make the effort to comply with European regulations,” Macron said

The French leader said Musk assured him Twitter would continue to participate in the Christchurch Call, a collection of governments, online service providers, and civil society groups which combat terrorist and violent extremist content online.

“We will work with Twitter to improve the protection of children online. Elon Musk confirmed it to me today. Let’s better protect our children online,” Macron said.

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No girlfriend! Spielberg’s classmates reveal fictions in ‘Fabelmans’

Steven Spielberg doesn’t attend his high-school reunions. After seeing his autobiographical coming-of-age film “The Fabelmans,” it’s easy to understand why.

Drawn from the director’s real-life teen years, the new movie depicts Sam Fabelman — Spielberg’s alter ego, played by Gabriell LaBelle — getting beaten up, enduring anti-Semitic slurs from jeering jocks and feeling brutally alienated.

According to Phil Pennypacker, a classmate of the director’s from Saratoga High School in Saratoga, Calif., a lot of that was true —only it wasn’t the jocks who went after Spielberg.

“There was a group who were car-club type people; they wore distinctive jackets and drove power cars,” Pennypacker, 75 and living in San Jose, Calif., told The Post. “As I’ve heard it, one or two of those people flipped pennies at Steve and called him ‘Jew boy’ … The anti-Semitic action was despicable.”

The director has said that, while at Saratoga High School in Northern California, he was "smacked and kicked" and, as portrayed in the movie, bullied with anti-Semitic taunts.
The director has said that, while at Saratoga High School in Northern California, he was “smacked and kicked” and, as portrayed in the movie, bullied with anti-Semitic taunts.
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Classmates recall Spielberg being a talented member of the newspaper staff.
Classmates recall Spielberg being a talented member of the newspaper staff.
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Classmate Michael Augustine, a former antiques dealer now living in Portland, Oregon, said he was a friend of Spielberg’s. “People covered their mouths and coughed ‘Jew boy’ as Steve walked by,” he told The Post. “I commented that he should ignore it. But humor was the only way to survive.

“Steve had the greatest sense of humor and was one of the smartest people I knew. He had a total sense of irreverence. Mad magazine was it for him.”

The movie is inspired by Spielberg's growing up in Phoenix, Arizona, and Saratoga, California.
The movie is inspired by Spielberg’s growing up in Phoenix, Arizona, and Saratoga, California.
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As seen in the new movie — which is already tipped as an Oscar contender — Spielberg’s family moved from Phoenix, Ariz., to Saratoga in 1963, during his junior year.

“I got smacked and kicked,” he told the New York Times in 1993, sharing high school memories that led to spilled blood on two occasions. “It was horrible.”

As in real life, the director's alter ego — Sam Fabelman (Gabriel Labelle) — began making films at a young age.
As in real life, the director’s alter ego — Sam Fabelman (Gabriel Labelle) — began making films at a young age.
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The smack-down depicted in the movie, which results in a bloody nose, is administered by jocks who accuse Sam Fabelman of killing Christ. Another classmate, Pete Fallico, who went on to become a jazz DJ in San Mateo, Calif., remembers the bloody nose.

“The person who I heard had bloodied his nose was a troublemaker,” said Fallico, 75, adding that the likely perpetrator is now deceased. “He took five years to get through high school. So he was older than the rest of us.”

Former classmate Phil Pennypacker remembers Spielberg being bullied by members of a car club.
Former classmate Phil Pennypacker remembers Spielberg being bullied by members of a car club.
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Likewise, Pete Fallico recalled a troublemaker who bloodied Spielberg's nose.
Likewise, Pete Fallico recalled a troublemaker who bloodied Spielberg’s nose.
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Fallico isn’t sure it was related to Spielberg being Jewish, though: “If you showed weakness, people picked on you.”

In the movie and in interviews, Spielberg makes himself out to have been the only Jew in the school. He told the website Berhman House that, at Christmas time, while the rest of his family’s block was ablaze in holiday illumination, their home had “nothing a but a porch light on.”

Former pom pom girl Midge Firenzi remembers Spielberg being "not a jock and not a nerd."
Former pom pom girl Midge Firenzi remembers Spielberg being “not a jock and not a nerd.”

Augustine recalls an air of “bitterness” tinged with dry humor about it all. “I asked him what Hanukkah was like, and he responded, ‘You light candles and drink wine. Then you light more candles and drink more wine.’ I told him that there had to be more to it than that. And he said, ‘I hope so.’”

Saratoga classmate Midge Firenzi, 75, who describes herself as a “pompom girl” in high school, told The Post: “There were very few Jewish kids in the school. Maybe there were three or four [out of 276 students] in our class. The school was very WASPy. Almost everyone was blond-haired and blue-eyed.

The director only went to Saratoga High, in Saratoga, California, for his senior year.
The director only went to Saratoga High, in Saratoga, California, for his senior year.

“Steve was suspect,” Firenzi, now a pilates instructor in Cambria, Calif., said. “‘Who is this guy? He’s not a jock and he’s not a nerd.’”

But the future Oscar winner stood out as a member of the student newspaper, the Saratoga Falcon. Fallico remembers him writing snappily about sports, and Pennypacker, who was the front page editor, admired Spielberg’s top-notch photography: “He took pictures at the football games and got great action shots.”

Spielberg was a sports writer for the school's Saratoga Falcon newspaper.
Spielberg was a sports writer for the school’s Saratoga Falcon newspaper.

A key plot point in the second half of the movie is Sam getting hot and heavy with a girlfriend, Monica (Chloe East), who hopes to convert him to Christianity. That may be pure Hollywood fiction, though: No one interviewed by The Post remembers Spielberg having a girlfriend.

On the other hand, the the movie’s climax rings true to Saratoga classmates.

After Spielberg filmed the senior class's "Ditch Day" (above) -- just like in the movie -- it went mysteriously missing years after he became famous.
After Spielberg filmed the senior class’s “Ditch Day” (above) — just like in the movie — it went mysteriously missing years after he became famous.

In “The Fabelmans,” Sam gets sweet teenage redemption when he volunteers to film Ditch Day, where the seniors skip school and head to the beach for fun and sun. When he unveils the movie at a school dance, everyone loves it — except for two of the bullying jocks. One, Logan, is confused as to why Sam would make him look good; the other, Chad, is furious that the film portrays him as bumbling, tipsy and striking out with girls. When the latter attacks Sam, Logan comes to the young filmmaker’s defense and punches out Chad.

“The most vivid memory I have of Steve is him filming us on the beach,” Fallico recalled of what Saratoga students called Cut Day. “He showed us setting up umbrellas and running around in the sand. Steve sped it up like the Keystone Cops. At times, he focused on waves coming in. We later wondered if that what was when he got the idea for ‘Jaws.’”

While Sam Fabelman's girlfriend tries to convert him to Christianity, Spielberg's classmates don't recall him ever having a girlfriend in high school.
While Sam Fabelman’s girlfriend tries to convert him to Christianity, Spielberg’s classmates don’t recall him ever having a girlfriend in high school.
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Added Pennypacker: “For people who didn’t know Steve, watching that film was a lightning bolt moment.”

The movie became a staple of class reunions but mysteriously disappeared after the 2005 get-together. Pennypacker, who went on to become a lawyer and California Superior Court judge, suspects the footage was snatched by someone who recognized its value as a collectible.

"The Fabelmans" depicts Sam getting attacked and in fights, which classmates say really happened to Spielberg.
“The Fabelmans” depicts Sam getting attacked and in fights, which classmates say really happened to Spielberg.

But Fallico wonders if there is more of a Spielbergian plot twist at play. “It’s my assumption that he sent someone down to the high-school office and confiscated the film. He would not want it in the wrong hands. How much do you think it would sell for on eBay?”

As “The Fabelmans” winds down, audiences see college-age Sam living in Hollywood, applying for jobs in the film business and being rejected. Decades after high-school graduation, during a visit to Universal Studios, Pennypacker came across something that shows the scene being pretty true to life. 

Michelle Williams and Paul Dano play versions of Spielberg's parents in the film.
Michelle Williams and Paul Dano play versions of Spielberg’s parents in the film.
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On display is a rejection letter addressed to Spielberg’s father’s home at the time. Written days after his high school graduation, the note reads: “It is unlikely that there will be opportunities for summer employment on the lot.”

But Pennypacker remembered Spielberg proving to be a star even before “Jaws” and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”

“He went to Cal State Long Beach for college, came back that summer and, in the school cafeteria, showed a movie he made,” Pennypacker said, although he doesn’t recall the subject matter. “Everyone who saw it went nuts. We all thought he was on his way.”

Nonetheless, Pennypacker added, “He hates our guts. I wrote him a letter when we had our fifth- and tenth-year reunions. He didn’t respond. I think [high school] was a difficult time in his life. I guess he wants to turn the page and leave it behind.”

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UFC Fight Night predictions: Kung Fu fighting Kevin Holland vs. Stephen Thompson

UFC Fight Night predictions have hit December here in 2022. Unfortunately, there are only three cards left before we break for the holidays, and a return hits in mid-January.

So let’s take advantage while we can. Especially with the future of UFC betting seemingly uncertain, thanks to Ontario’s shocking decision to ban MMA betting. Today we get the treat as they travel to Orlando, Florida, for a massive 14-fight card.

Ending the year on a hot note starts now.

UFC Fight Night Orlando predictions

Kevin Holland vs. Stephen Thompson

A Kung Fu fighter battles a kickboxer in the main event when Kevin Holland faces Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson. Holland has typically lost with his poor grappling, showcased by an easy submission loss to Khamzat Chimaev and decision losses to Marvin Vettori and Derek Brunson.

Kevin Holland poses on the scale during the UFC Fight Night
Kevin Holland poses on the scale during the UFC Fight Night
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Thompson is mostly a point fighter at this point of his career, using his kicks hoping to carry his way to decision. Expect this one to be primarily a chess match on the feet, but if it goes to the ground, Holland would actually have the advantage, despite his poor history on that side.

The official pick here is Holland’s moneyline up to -170. At the time of writing, FanDuel has Holland at -158, a very fair line. Thompson is past his prime, and we haven’t really seen Holland outclassed on the feet. Frankly, Holland could have Thompson beat everywhere. BetRivers and Barstool Sportsbook have an amazing line on Holland by submission at +1100, whereas the rest of the market sits at +600. Target this one as a value spot, as Holland loves going for submissions and is a legitimate black belt in jiu-jitsu, but moneyline is the official play for 1.56 units.

Holland vs. Thompson pick

Holland moneyline -156 (FanDuel)

Tai Tuivasa vs. Sergei Pavolvich

Just a certified banger in the heavyweight division where two strikers with crazy power face off. Tai Tuivasa has the power of god in his hands, nearly knocking out heavyweight title contender and undefeated kickboxer Ciryl Gane. Tuivasa isn’t the better technical striker, but will always have the opportunity to land one shot on the chin for the win.

Tai Tuivasa of Australia knocks down Ciryl Gane of France
Tai Tuivasa of Australia knocks down Ciryl Gane of France
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Getting Tuivasa at +190 is a solid moneyline play, but he is really just a knockout or bust option. Back Tuivasa by knockout only, and expect this one to be over by the second round. Play Tuivasa by knockout on Barstool Sportsbook at +235, down to +215, before you start targeting method and round props.

Tai Tuivasa vs. Sergei Pavolvich pick

Tuivasa by KO/TKO +235 (Barstool Sportsbook)

Kyle Daukaus vs. Eryk Anders

On the prelim card, a potential snooze-fest takes place in the middleweight division. Eryk Anders is a former football player for the Alabama Crimson Tide and did a short-stint with the Cleveland Browns before moving on to the UFC. He has alternated between light heavyweight and middleweight in his career.

He matches up with the more skilled, albeit low-volume, Kyle Daukaus. Daukaus typically looks to lock up that brabo choke which has been used to submit the likes of Jamie Pickett and several others. With Daukaus having the clear edge on the feet, I’d expect that to be where the fight plays out.

Daukaus may look for those front headlock submissions like usual, but that’s not a good method here, as Anders has never been choked out before and basically has no neck. Think Ilir Latifi but 40 pounds lighter; you get Anders.

Anders is tough as nails and should look to get top control in grappling exchanges. Bet this one to go to a decision at -132 or better on FanDuel.

UFC Fight Night pick

Fight goes to decision -132 (FanDuel)

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This vision for brand-new Penn Station is what NYC dreams are made of

One month ago, I wrote a column praising London and its leaders for the blue-sky thinking that led to the historic preservation of the beautiful new Battersea Power Station. Once a derelict industrial plant, it is now a multipurpose miracle of shops, parks and Apple’s European headquarters, all breathing fresh life into the city.

I also lamented that, when it comes to dreaming big, New York City has run out of steam. We can’t even finish rebuilding the World Trade Center, let alone transform a decayed, machine-age structure into a gleaming modern gem for vibrant public use.

Not long after, I heard from Brooklyn-based architect Alexandros Washburn, a passionate lover of the city who was Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s head of design. He’s long advocated for “rebuilding Penn Station as the magnificent cathedral it was,” as he wrote in a 2021 essay.

Washburn told me he has a Big New York Idea. He has even drawn up the plans. They are so inspiring I wanted to share them with you, here in these pages.

The building is Penn Station. Even with construction work going on now to improve it, the transit hub remains a subterranean horror show. The endless, ongoing, inch-by-inch “transformation” of entrances and corridors has only made the underground maze harder to navigate than before.

Under architect Washburn’s Penn Station plan, MSG would move out of the complex and be replaced by a classic building with a central towering atrium that inspires awe instead of horror.
Under architect Washburn’s Penn Station plan, MSG would move out of the complex and be replaced by a classic building with a central towering atrium that inspires awe instead of horror.
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Right now, our government’s plan for a “New Penn Station,” if Gov. Hochul gets her way, is to tear down the surrounding neighborhood, destroying hundreds of people’s homes by eminent domain and constructing giant new office skyscrapers in their place. It’s a terrible, corrupt $22 billion scheme nobody wants — unless you’re one of the governor’s wealthy real-estate donors.

Washburn’s idea comes from a different planet.

This street-level green space between Seventh and Eighth avenues would provide a needed breath of fresh air for the nabe.
This street-level green space between Seventh and Eighth avenues would provide a needed breath of fresh air for the nabe.
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A vaulted, glass-enclosed main concourse in the new Penn evokes the original McKim, Mead & White architectural style.
A vaulted, glass-enclosed main concourse in the new Penn evokes the original McKim, Mead & White architectural style.
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His dream is to reflect the style and spirit of the original, beloved McKim, Mead & White masterpiece opened in 1910 that was unconscionably demolished in 1964. More than a much better station, his plan opens up optimistic possibilities for the mostly charmless West 30s between Seventh and Ninth avenues.

The original station’s colossal Concourse would be reconstructed in an airier form, as much as today’s technology allows. It puts the public — not real-estate companies — first, with an open-to-all, street-level lawn as large as Bryant Park and an exciting array of community amenities. It puts the station, the nation’s busiest with 600,000 daily users, ahead of speculative real estate development for which there is little or no demand.

The new building would sit on the site of what’s now Madison Square Garden, whose lease comes to an end this coming June.
The new building would sit on the site of what’s now Madison Square Garden, whose lease comes to an end this coming June.
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Here are just some of the highlights:

  • The monumental, main indoor public space will be above ground and sunlit — a spirits-lifting portal for riders of Amtrak, the LIRR, MTA subways and New Jersey Transit. This triple-vaulted, glass-and-steel train hall, inspired by the old Concourse, would rise between Seventh and Eighth avenues on the site of what’s now the Two Penn office building. (A 1960s warhorse that landlord Vornado Realty Trust has prettied up with a new facade and other upgrades.)
  • Two Penn would be demolished, and its office floors relocated to new office towers built to the site’s north. Removing the tower makes way for construction of a new, block-long Seventh Avenue facade of granite or marble to replicate the original facade.
  • A street-level, green public park will bloom where Madison Square Garden currently stands. Classical pavilions acknowledge the original station, which was modeled on ancient Roman baths. Park-goers and station-users below can glimpse each other through ground-level skylights.
  • Madison Square Garden would move elsewhere. (It’s moved twice before, so there is precedent.) The Garden’s license with the city is up in June 2023. The Dolans, who own the arena, have shown no enthusiasm to relocate their eyesore. But it’s the only hope for a truly new Penn Station. Hudson Yards, which is only half-built, might be just the place for it. The Yards’ developer, Related Companies boss Stephen M. Ross, has tried to woo the Dolans to join the complex.
The fate of the surrounding neighborhood — and homes belonging to hundreds of New Yorkers — near Penn and the Garden remains up in the air, as Gov. Hochul has proposed a $22 billion tear-down project to make way for new office high-rise buildings.
The fate of the surrounding neighborhood — and homes belonging to hundreds of New Yorkers — near Penn and the Garden remains up in the air, as Gov. Hochul has proposed a $22 billion tear-down project to make way for new office high-rise buildings.
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Renovations continue inside Penn, which remains a labyrinthine underground odyssey to traverse for Big Apple travelers and out-of-towners alike.
Renovations continue inside Penn, which remains a labyrinthine underground odyssey to traverse for Big Apple travelers and out-of-towners alike.
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The Garden, of course, is the largest impediment to Washburn’s proposal. But budging the Dolans might not be as impossible as many believe. They were at least open to relocating the Garden to the Farley Building to the west as part of an area redesign plan backed by former Gov. Eliot Spitzer in 2007 — until his hooker scandal, and subsequent resignation, doomed the idea. 

Now, with so much at stake for New York City, it’s time for our pols and planners to roll up their sleeves, forget the distractions, and embrace the dream.

The current Penn Station and Madison Square Garden stand on the Midtown footprint of the original transit hub, a beloved, sunlit Beaux Arts masterpiece torn down despite outcry in 1964.
The current Penn Station and Madison Square Garden stand on the Midtown footprint of the original transit hub, a beloved, sunlit Beaux Arts masterpiece torn down despite outcry in 1964.
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Washburn proposes that Two Penn (above) be demolished, and its office floors relocated to new office towers built to the site’s north.
Washburn proposes that Two Penn (above) be demolished, and its office floors relocated to new office towers built to the site’s north.

Cutting through this Gordian knot of complexities requires unprecedented cooperation among city agencies, the mayor, the City Council, the Dolan family, Amtrak (which owns the station), the MTA, and, yes, Vornado, the very same developers that Hochul’s boondoggle would favor.

It needs Hochul and the Empire State Development agency to back off their insane plan that would override city zoning and demolish scores of sound buildings and businesses based on fraudulent claims that the area is “blighted” — all to make way for eight new office skyscrapers at a time of record office vacancies.

If Washburn’s plan is realized, riders could gaze through the station’s atrium across a park and see Moynihan Station in the distance.
If Washburn’s plan is realized, riders could gaze through the station’s atrium across a park and see Moynihan Station in the distance.
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Sure, Washburn’s proposal might seem too fanciful, too complicated, to realize. But he argues that both Bryant Park and the all-new High Line prove that civic miracles are still possible when public and private interests join forces for the common good. And he has proposed a timeline that could get it all done by 2029.

The original Penn Station retains a mythic hold on the memories of everyone who knew her. Departing passengers knew a great land lay beyond the Hudson River, and her heroic scale and majesty told arriving riders they were entering the greatest city in the world.

I never got over my childhood awe when I stepped off the LIRR to my first sight of the Concourse and Penn Station’s equally mammoth Waiting Room — both vast enough, as Thomas Wolfe wrote in “You Can’t Go Home Again,” to “hold the sound of time.”

Let’s bring that awe back to New York. This is an occasion to think beyond the minutiae and open our collective imagination to what could be — with both respect for the past and boundless promise for the future.

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Jingle Ball performer Jax is sharing her gifts of singing, songwriting — and sweaters

There will be some pretty cool icebreakers at this holiday concert.

Long Island native Jax will be playing Santa at iHeartRadio Z100’s Jingle Ball — by doling out sweaters she crafted to her fellow performers.

It’s the “American Idol” alum’s first time performing at Madison Square Garden — and meeting some of the notable names in the Dec. 9 musical lineup.

“In efforts to try and make friends, I am really creepy and I made a bunch of ugly sweaters with people’s names on them,” the 26-year-old TikTok sensation, whose real name is Jackie Miskanic, told The Post.

“Demi Lovato’s … it says, ‘It’s beginning to look Lovato like Christmas.’”

There are others on her nice list.

Jax holding Demi Lovato sweater
Jax is gifting her fellow “Jingle Ball” performers, like Demi Lovato, with homemade sweaters.

“I really want to meet Lizzo. She’s on the same label as me, which is cool,” she gushed. “Same with Jack Harlow. I really love him. Kid Laroi, ‘Laroi-Dolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.’”

After the show, the pop star — who has over 12 million followers on TikTok — will likely be at one of her favorite watering holes in the city, Bar Nine in Hell’s Kitchen.

And she will “probably” belt out a karaoke-style version of her hit “Victoria’s Secret.” The anthem promoting body positivity, which she wrote for the girl she babysits for, reached No. 35 on the Billboard Hot 100 list in October.

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A picture of Lizzo performing at the iHeartRadio's Z100 Jingle Ball 2019.
“I really want to meet Lizzo. She’s on the same label as me, which is cool,” Jax gushed.

A picture of Demi Lovato on the red carpet at the 2022 UNICEF Gala at The Glasshouse.
Demi Lovato attended the 2022 UNICEF Gala at The Glasshouse.

Her path to performing at The Garden  — the top of her bucket list — has not been a smooth one. At 18, she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and beat it — twice.

“Multiple doctors told me it was a cold,” she recalled. “I was like, ‘I feel this bump here,’ and they’re like, ‘Ah, swollen lymph nodes.’”

Thanks to her mom’s persistence, she went for an ultrasound and discovered she had 18 tumors, 12 of which were cancerous.

Right after receiving the devastating diagnosis, she had to perform at her first sold-out show — at Webster Hall in the East Village. “And I was like, ‘What’s up New York? … Things are great,’” laughed Jax, who has been cancer-free since 2017.

Jax performed during the   iHeartRadio 106.1 KISS FM's Jingle Ball 2022.
Jax performed during the iHeartRadio 106.1 KISS FM’s Jingle Ball in Nov. 2022.
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After undergoing two surgeries, which included having her thyroid removed, she wasn’t certain her voice would return or be the same.

“I was relearning how to sing and use the muscles in my face and neck,” she said. “When I went to go brush my teeth, I would hit my face with the toothbrush because … when they sliced that twice,” she said, pointing to a scar on her neck, “all the nerves up here kind of shifted.”

During her treatment, she relocated from East Brunswick, N.J., where she moved when she was 11, to Los Angeles, and began writing music.

Through the COVID quarantine, she penned songs from other people’s perspectives and posted them on TikTok.

Jax
The pop star’s hit, “Victoria’s Secret,” reached No. 35 on the Billboard Hot 100 list.

In November 2020, her ballad “Stacy’s Mom from Stacy’s Mom’s Perspective,” an homage to Fountains of Wayne’s “Stacy’s Mom,” went viral overnight.

Jax credits her parents — both Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn natives who will be in the audience at MSG — for their unwavering support. “I’m so happy watching them, cause they’ve seen me go through so much,” she said.

Her father, John, a retired fireman at Engine Co. 276 in Midwood, Brooklyn, was injured on Sept. 11 and had to leave the job shortly after, which she called a “blessing in disguise.”

Singer Jax and her parents John and Jill Miskanic
Jax and her parents, John and Jill Miskanic.

“He basically took on the dadager role,” she said of her father’s involvement in her music. “Driving me to every vocal lesson, every audition, every band practice, lugging amps and equipment around for me and showing up to my open mic nights at random bars, showing his ID so I could get in.”

Jax also created sweaters for her parents to wear at Jingle Ball. For her mom, Jill, a retired middle school teacher at IS 234, in Homecrest, Brooklyn, she made two.

“One says, ‘Look, Mom, I’m playing The Garden,’ with her face on it,” she said.

The other is playfully written in her thick Brooklyn accent, and says, “That’s my dawtuh.”

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Four Sailors Assigned to the Same Virginia Naval Center Have Killed Themselves in the Last Month

Four sailors assigned to the same Naval center in Virginia have killed themselves in the last month.

All of the sailors were at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center (MARMC) at Naval Station Norfolk.

“The most recently deceased of the four, Janelle Holder, was found dead on Nov. 26, according to Lt. Cmdr. Rochelle Rieger, a public affairs officer with MARMC,” The Hill reports. “The three other sailors, Kody Lee Decker, 22, of Virginia; Cameron Armstrong; and Deonte Autry, 22, of Monroe, N.C., died on Oct. 29, Nov. 5 and Nov. 14, respectively.”

According to the report, both the Navy and local authorities are now investigating the deaths.

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“The circumstances surrounding these separate incidents are currently under investigation by local police departments and the U.S. Navy,” Rieger told the outlet.

“We mourn the loss of our shipmates and friends. Our thoughts and our deepest condolences are with these Sailors’ families, loved ones, and coworkers during this extremely difficult time,” she continued. “One suicide is too many and MARMC leadership is taking a proactive approach to support the team, improve mental fitness, and manage the stress of its sailors. We remain fully engaged with our sailors and their families to ensure their health and well-being, and to ensure a climate of trust that encourages sailors to ask for help.”

Kayla Arestivo, a licensed counselor who was brought in two weeks ago, told NBC News that she was “inundated with the amount of hopelessness at that command.”

“Part of it is toxic leadership. The sailors immediately pointed that out,” Arestivo said.

A sailor at MARMC, who was friends with Decker, told NBC that they expect there to be more suicides.

“If he had come to MARMC and they actually acted like they gave a s— and provided resources and followed up, I do not think we would be sitting here having this conversation,” the sailor said.

“More kids are going to lose their parents. More people are going to lose their spouses, unnecessarily,” the sailor said. “It doesn’t need to be this way.”

In April of this year, three sailors at the USS George Washington committed suicide within a week of each other in Newport News, Virginia — about a half an hour from MARMC.

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