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New Yorkers can watch NY1’s coverage outdoors on grand scale televisions at three landmark Manhattan locations

Release Date: 01/14/2009

Time Warner Cable is uniting New Yorkers to view history in the making by hosting live telecasts of NY1’s coverage of the Presidential Inauguration at three outdoor landmark locations in Manhattan – Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building Square in Harlem, Father Duffy Square in Times Square and Foley Square in lower Manhattan.  Additionally, over 1,000 customers are being invited to gather at the world famous Apollo Theater for an exclusive live viewing.  Grand-scale televisions will be positioned at each location where New Yorkers can watch NY1 for wall-to-wall coverage of Inauguration Day starting at 10 AM.
“On Election Day in New York City, the sense of community was omnipresent.  By partnering with NY1 for this historic ceremony, thousands in New York City can similarly pause and together, watch it at key viewing locations throughout Manhattan,” stated Howard Szarfarc, Executive Vice President, Time Warner Cable’s NYC Region.  “This is a unique opportunity to gather New Yorkers for this turning point in history.  It’s especially meaningful to host an event for our customers at the legendary Apollo Theater,” added Szarfarc.

“New Yorkers can stand with one another and watch history being made,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “I hope that New Yorkers and visitors watch the Inauguration from these viewing sites and create special memories that will last a lifetime. Our first president was inaugurated in lower Manhattan 220 years ago, and now another special inauguration day can be celebrated in New York City. Thanks to Time Warner Cable, the Parks Department, and the City’s Street Activity Permit Office for making these special viewing opportunities happen.”

“Parks are places of shared experience, where communities come together, and where New Yorkers have long gathered in times of shared happiness or grief,” said Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe. “Tuesday’s inauguration of Barack Obama will be a historic day for our nation, a day that will be watched by hundreds of millions of people around the world. Parks is proud to partner with Time Warner Cable to telecast this monumental event to the public in our parks at Foley Square and Duffy Square.”

Along with three outdoor live telecasts for the public, Time Warner Cable is inviting over 1,000 customers to view the live inauguration telecast on NY1 at the Apollo Theater.  Customers can sign up for complimentary tickets on the company’s website on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last —  Time Warner Cable officials will welcome the 1,000+ crowd as together they view the live telecast of the Inauguration of the 44th President of the United States on NY1.

“We are very proud to partner with Time Warner Cable to bring this event to the Apollo.  The Apollo Theater has long been considered a town hall for the people of this community, and we are honored to be able to take part in this monumental time in our nation’s history,” said Jonelle Procope, President & CEO, Apollo Theater Foundation.

The outdoor telecasts are made possible through the support of the Office of Mayor Bloomberg, the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation and the NYS Office of General Services.

“NY1 is synonymous with New York City, and that’s why we’re bringing NY1’s live, in-depth coverage of this day through outdoor and indoor platforms throughout the City,” said Szarfarc.

NY1 special coverage includes:

  • 6 AM — Inauguration Day live reports from the five boroughs and Washington D.C.
  • 10 AM — Wall-to-wall coverage of the Inauguration ceremony, historical analysis and the Inaugural parade.
  • Live reports from the Apollo Theater, Times Square and The State Office Building in Harlem.
  • Reactions from students at PS 11 in Brooklyn.
  • Anchors Pat Kiernan and Roma Torre at the newsdesk. 

“This is a great opportunity for New Yorkers to share in the sentiment with others, and NY1 will be there every step of the way,” said Steve Paulus, Regional VP and General Manager, Time Warner Cable, local news division.

About Time Warner Cable’s New York City Region
Time Warner Cable’s New York City Region serves over 1.4 million customers in four NYC boroughs (Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island and western Brooklyn), Mt. Vernon, Hudson Valley (Orange, Sullivan, Ulster Counties and parts of Dutchess, Greene and Delaware Counties) and Bergen and Hudson Counties, New Jersey.  Visit

Time Warner Cable is the second-largest cable operator in the U.S., with technologically advanced, well-clustered systems located mainly in five geographic areas — New York State (including New York City), the Carolinas, Ohio, southern California (including Los Angeles) and Texas. As of September 30, 2008, Time Warner Cable served approximately 14.7 million customers who subscribed to one or more of its video, high speed data and voice services, representing approximately 34.2 million revenue generating units.

About New York 1 News
NY1 News, a division of Time Warner Cable is available to more than two and half million subscribers on channel 1 on the following cable systems: Time Warner Cable of New York and New Jersey (serving Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island and portions of Brooklyn), Bergen and Hudson Counties in New Jersey, parts of Westchester and the Hudson Valley and Cablevision Systems of New York City (serving the rest of Brooklyn and the Bronx).  It can also be seen on channel 122 on Time Warner Cable Rochester, channel 111 on Time Warner Cable Syracuse, channel 1011 on Time Warner Cable
Binghamton and channel 515 on Time Warner Cable Albany as well as being shown on closed-circuit television in the state capitol.  NY1 News is available on the World Wide Web at

About the Apollo Theater
Celebrating its 75th Anniversary Season in 2009-10, the Apollo Theater is one of Harlem’s, New York City’s, and America’s most iconic and enduring cultural institutions.  Since introducing the first Amateur Night contests in 1934, the Apollo Theater has played a major role in the emergence of innovative musical genres including jazz, swing, bebop, R&B, gospel, blues, soul and hip-hop.  Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, Sammy Davis, Jr., James Brown, Bill Cosby, Gladys Knight, Luther Vandross, D’Angelo, and countless others began their road to stardom on the Apollo’s stage. Based on its cultural significance and architecture, the Apollo Theater received state and city landmark designation in 1983 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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