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‘A Country Christmas,’ TV review

Lifetime isn’t letting any other network — and yeah, Hallmark, that means you — get out to a big lead in feel-good holiday movies. “A Country Christmas,” which is being billed as a Dolly Parton movie, has everything a viewer needs to escape for two hours from this mean old world into a place where the better angels win. Credit ...

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Melissa Mark-Viverito leads fight for NYC Council speaker

Jefferson Siegel New York City Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito aims to succeed Christine Quinn as Council speaker. A fierce behind-the-scenes battle is unfolding in far-off Puerto Rico this weekend over New York City’s second-most powerful political post — speaker of the City Council. The council’s 51 members will soon elect a successor to Christine Quinn, who is set to leave ...

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Lupica: If Dolan wants Knicks afloat, he should listen to coach speak

Ron Antonelli/New York Daily News Mike Woodson (l.) is now coaching Carmelo Anthony and company without the benefit of his starting center, Tyson Chandler, who has a broken bone in his leg. The Knicks aren’t suddenly the Yankees because they don’t have Tyson Chandler the way the Yankees didn’t have Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira for most of the ...

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Raissman: It’s time for Dolan to channel his interests

Howard Simmons/ New York Daily News James Dolan is the center of attention among the latest Knicks drama.  If we were one of the famed Rockettes (there’s a scary thought) we would be looking over our shoulder. James (Guitar Jimmy) Dolan, the proprietor of Radio City, has placed his other dance troupe, the Knicks City Dancers, under creative control ...

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The road from Madonna to Miley

Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for MTV Miley Cyrus has said repeatedly that twerking with Robert Thicke at the VMAs was an out-and-out bid for attention. The media and her fans agree, and can’t get enough of her. Miley, again? Eleven Sundays after the twerk seen ’round the world, the unsinkable Miley Cyrus will appear on the same show as her original ...

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Lupica: As Bill de Blasio takes mayor, we can’t ignore Christie

MIKE SEGAR/REUTERS New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has demonstrated leadership skills that will stand to him if he runs for President in 2016. This is Bill de Blasio’s New York now, the de Blasio who wasn’t so much the Democratic candidate in this election as he was the candidate of the 99 Percent and Occupy Wall Street and Zuccotti ...

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Gonzalez: Promises made to the 99% must be fulfilled

Jeanne Noonan/Freelance NYDN This prescient 99%er may not have known what he wanted, but the change was hoping for will come with Bill de Blasio in City Hall. You knew from the words and the big smiles of the voters leaving PS 72 in East Harlem on Tuesday that a new era was dawning in New York City politics. ...

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Lawrence: ’68 Knick deal had nice ring

Walt Bellamy shows off the talent that Walt Frazier said could have made him best center in the league. Every NBA team wants to make the big trade, the one that has it drinking champagne and raising championship banners. Red Auerbach used to make them all the time in Boston, whether it was stealing Bill Russell from ...

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Bondy: A year later, good vibes are running rampant

EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images Geoffrey Mutai turns a corner as he wins the NYC Marathon. Nothing terrible happened. The wind never grew into a superstorm, the water stayed where it belonged in the rivers and bays. Nobody took a wrong turn. No drawbridge was left unclosed. Nobody of note tripped on the many potholes along the Queensboro Bridge and, thank ...

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Lovett: De Blasio’s pre-K tax gets support in Legislature

AP Photo/Mike Groll/ASSOCIATED PRESS Senate co-leader Jeffrey Klein (D-Bronx) says Bill de Blasio’s plan to use tax hikes on the wealthy to fund universal prekindergarten ‘has a lot of merit.’ ALBANY — On the eve of Tuesday’s mayoral election, Democratic front-runner Bill de Blasio’s push to tax the wealthy to pay for universal prekindergarten has received crucial support in ...

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