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Morning Brief: October 21

by Jeff Coltin
Katrina Bowden in Oscar de la Renta

Katrina Bowden in Oscar de la Renta, The Heart Truth/flickr

Famed fashion designer Oscar de la Renta has passed away at 82 after a long battle with cancer. Much can and would be said about where he went with fashion, but it should also be noted where he came from. De la Renta was from the Dominican Republic, and was probably the most prominent Dominican-American in this country for years—foreshadowing the growing influence of the islanders in NYC.

Morning Brief: October 21

by Jeff Coltin
Katrina Bowden in Oscar de la Renta

Katrina Bowden in Oscar de la Renta, The Heart Truth/flickr

Famed fashion designer Oscar de la Renta has passed away at 82 after a long battle with cancer. Much can and would be said about where he went with fashion, but it should also be noted where he came from. De la Renta was from the Dominican Republic, and was probably the most prominent Dominican-American in this country for years—foreshadowing the growing influence of the islanders in NYC.

Morning Brief: October 20

by Jeff Coltin
Lincoln Center

Lincoln Center, Fabio Sola Penna/flickr

The controversial opera “The Death of Klinghoffer” will open tonight at the Metropolitan Opera after months of protests and threats. The opera is about the 1985 hijacking of a passenger liner and some, including the daughters of deceased real-life subject Leon Klinghoffer—claim it’s anti-semitic. The Post reports that the NYPD—both in uniform and plainclothes—will have a heavy presence at Lincoln Center to keep things running smoothly.

Morning Brief: September 22

by Jeff Coltin
High Line Park

David Berkowitz, flickr

The High Line—that creative park built on top of old elevated train lines on Manhattan’s west side—is finally done! Gothamist has some pictures of the new stretch, which goes all the way north to the 31st Street. But New York Mag warns us that even this part of the park is impermanent.

Morning Brief: September 8

by Jeff Coltin
iPhone 5c

John Karakatsanis/flickr

Consumer tech-giant Apple is all set to launch the latest iPhone on Tuesday in Cupertino, California. Rumor has it they may drop a new “smart watch” as well. But while some techies are going wild following the rumor mill, most people seem to not even be able to tell the difference. Like in 2012 when Jimmy Kimmel Live tested people on the street about the “new” iPhone they were holding.  

Morning Brief: August 28

by Jeff Coltin
Ronald Reagan

Bill Fitz-Patrick, flickr

President Obama wore a tan suit at yesterday’s White House press conference. Seeing Obama in anything other than a dark suit really threw off a lot of political wonks. Luckily, website Fusion posted a history of presidential tan suits. Maybe Obama was just trying to get in his light colors before Labor Day?

Morning Brief: August 28

by Jeff Coltin
Ronald Reagan

Bill Fitz-Patrick, flickr

President Obama wore a tan suit at yesterday’s White House press conference. Seeing Obama in anything other than a dark suit really threw off a lot of political wonks. Luckily, website Fusion posted a history of presidential tan suits. Maybe Obama was just trying to get in his light colors before Labor Day?

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