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Morning Brief: November 19

by Jeff Coltin
Mets field

Peter Bond, flickr

The Mets are going to some serious lengths to create some offense—or maybe, more modest lengths? In any case, right field fence is being moved in anywhere from 3 to 11 feet for next season. And General Manager Sandy Alderson thinks it’ll help the hitters psychologically as they swing for the fences. The Post reports that the new dimensions would mean 17 more Mets home runs last year, based on where balls landed.

Morning Brief: November 18

by Jeff Coltin
Mickey in Times Square

ChrisGampat, flickr

By Disney lore, today’s Mickey Mouse’s 86th birthday, having debuted in the cartoon short Steamboat Willie on this day in 1928. Anybody who’s walked through Times Square recently knows Mickey is still alive and well—there is almost always one or more costumed Mickeys looking for tips. Those characters have been all over the news this year as the City Council weighs a bill that would require the characters to carry licenses. If some advocates have their way, Mickey will spend his 86th year speaking out against it on the steps of City Hall.

Morning Brief: November 18

by Jeff Coltin
Mickey in Times Square

ChrisGampat, flickr

By Disney lore, today’s Mickey Mouse’s 86th birthday, having debuted in the cartoon short Steamboat Willie on this day in 1928. Anybody who’s walked through Times Square recently knows Mickey is still alive and well—there is almost always one or more costumed Mickeys looking for tips. Those characters have been all over the news this year as the City Council weighs a bill that would require the characters to carry licenses. If some advocates have their way, Mickey will spend his 86th year speaking out against it on the steps of City Hall.

Morning Brief: October 24

by Jeff Coltin
Bellevue Hospital

Bellevud Hospital, Jeffrey Zeldman/flickr

Just days after Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio held a press conference saying the state would be prepared to handle an Ebola case, it’s happened—a doctor who recently returned from treating patients in West Africa is now being treated at Bellevue Hospital for the disease.

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.

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