The sun sets over the West Side of Manhattan near the Canal Street headquarters of Gay City News on Monday, December 20, the eve of the winter solstice and the coldest day in New York City since February. Even for the advent of winter, the temperatures were unusually cold, with wind chills dipping below zero. Perhaps in a nod of the hat to the silver lining that days begin to get longer this week, temperatures rebounded to unseasonably mild temperatures as New York prepared for Christmas Day.

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