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NYC Daily Roundup 12/07: NYPD holds toy giveaway in Times Square, Kemba Walker addresses future with Knicks & more news

Anthony Payero

By Anthony Payero

(NEW YORK) Hello, fellow New Yorkers! Today is Tuesday, Dec. 7, and there's still time to complete your Christmas shopping.

It is another mild day in the city, with the weather peaking at 45°F with no rain in sight. Sunset will take place at 4:27 p.m. as temperatures will dip into the high 30s after 5 p.m.

Here are the top news stories for this Tuesday:

1.) NYPD officers hand out toys in Times Square

The New York City Police Department played a role in spreading holiday cheer on Monday as officers distributed several gifts to children. The giveaway was accompanied by live music, Santa Claus and several officers nearby to help hand out gifts.

"We want to make sure people know Times Square is safe," NYPD Community Affairs Bureau Chief Jeffrey Maddrey said. "We want to make sure people have a good time too. Be safe and have a good time."

2.) Kemba Walker speaks on exiting Knicks rotation

New York Knicks guard Kemba Walker spoke to the media on Monday ahead of their game against the San Antonio Spurs. Walker, who was removed from the playing rotation by head coach Tom Thibodeau, has not played since Nov. 26.

“It was tough, obviously, because as a competitor, I love to play basketball,” Walker said on Monday. “I love to be on the court. This is the first time this has happened to me in my career, pretty much on any level. But at the end of the day, I have respect for coach Thibs and the decision he made."

3.) How to catch Broadway performances at Hudson Yards and Columbus Circle

There are free performances throughout Manhattan until Dec. 16, according to AMNY. The performances can be seen at Columbus Circle, with shows including “Jagged Little Pill” and “Trevor: A New Musical" on Dec. 9.

On Dec. 13, there will be performances from “Moulin Rouge,” “Mrs. Doubtfire,” and “Girl From The North Country.” On Dec. 16. “Mrs. Doubtfire,” “Moulin Rouge” and “Come From Away” will bring the performances to a close.

“We are proud to support the arts and bring these iconic and captivating Broadway performances to Hudson Yards and The Shops at Columbus Circle,” said Stacey Feder, Chief Marketing Officer, Hudson Yards. “This series is a celebration of Broadway’s long-anticipated return and we are thrilled to be able to offer New Yorkers free weekly performances from Tony-award winning classics and anticipated new productions and The City.” 

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