Obama, tree ignite traffic jam

The 74-foot Norway Spruce is lowered at Rockefeller Center.

Expect a Midtown melee Wednesday as President Barack Obama’s visit and the lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree coincide.

President Obama will be in the Big Apple for a series of fundraisers today, including one at the Sheraton Hotel on Seventh Avenue — just a few blocks over from the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree ceremony.

Sam Schwartz, a New York City traffic expert, says that the POTUS and the spruce tree will bring Manhattan to an “absolute standstill” during the “biggest gridlock alert day of the decade.”

Thousands are expected to attend the Rockefeller tree lighting at 9 p.m.

Fifth and Sixth Avenues from 48th Street to 52nd Street will be closed for the commotion from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Michael Buble, Faith Hill, Carol King and Cee Lo Green are expected to perform live at the lighting. Contrary to rumors, Justin Bieber will not be performing live; the ceremony will include a pre-recorded concert by the Biebs.

Let there be lights

Rockefeller Center’s 74-foot Christmas tree will light up at 8:55 p.m. tonight. Spectators can head over to Fifth Avenue between 49th and 50th Street before 7 p.m. to watch the two-hour ceremony.

Follow Emily Anne Epstein on Twitter @EmilyatMetro.


Girl, 10, dies after being pulled from water…

A 10-year-old girl died after being pulled from the waters off Coney Island Beach in Brooklyn on Tuesday night, police said.


NY judge throws out lawsuit by Empire State…

A New York state judge has thrown out a lawsuit in which longtime investors in the Empire State Building claimed they were shortchanged out of hundreds of millions of dollars…


Mysterious white flags appear over Brooklyn Bridge

Two white flags mysteriously appeared over the towers of the Brooklyn Bridge yesterday in place of the American flags that are a traditional fixture.


Judge sets January start for murder trial of…

By Elizabeth BarberBOSTON (Reuters) - Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez will be tried in January for the murder of semi-professional football player Odin…


Don't miss 'Charles James: Beyond Fashion' at the…

Have you been meaning to see "Charles James: Beyond Fashion"? There are only two weeks left to get to the Met and catch this amazing American fashion designer's collection.


Zac Posen talks 'Project Runway' and what it…

We talked to Zac Posen, judge and designer extraordinaire, about the new season of "Project Runway" and what keeps him coming back after three seasons.


'Face Off' contestant David 'DOC' O'Connell sounds off…

David "DOC" O'Connell tells us about getting cast on Season 7 of Syfy's "Face Off," premiering tonight at 9.


PHOTO: Wildlife photographer Marc Mol captures amazing aerial…

This aerial image was taken by photographer Marc Mol who spotted the animals during an air safari in Zambia.


David Tyree hiring has gay rights advocates angry

Former Giants Super Bowl hero David Tyree will re-join the franchise as its new director of player development.


Ben McAdoo's new offense has Giants excited to…

Even Tom Coughlin feels he has a lot to learn about offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo’s new offense, which makes the veteran coach very excited.


MLB Power Rankings: A's, Angels, Dodgers, Brewers lead…

MLB Power Rankings: A's, Angels, Dodgers, Brewers lead pack


2014 NFL season betting odds: Which team will…

2014 NFL season betting odds: Which team will win Super Bowl?


Learn Braille with these gloves

U.S. scientists have designed high-tech gloves to help users understand Braille in a matter of minutes.


5 New Ikea products that will change your…

We round-up the latest must-have products.


Recipe: Wolfgang Puck's Buttermilk French Toast

We recently spent some time chatting with restauranteur/celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck at his Wolfgang Puck American Grille in the Borgata in Atlantic City. Puck wanted…


Go retro with your sneakers

The best of wacky new sneakers.