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Morning Brief: December 6

by Jeff Coltin
Mandela at the U.N.

Tony Cope, Wikimedia

New Yorkers are mourning the death of former South African President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela today.  NBC New York has written on some of Madiba’s connections to the Big Apple.  He visited the city not long after he was released from prison and greeted by a ticker tape parade.  He also visited Ground Zero just two months after 9/11.

Morning Brief: December 5

by Jeff Coltin
Knish!

Jeffrey Beall, flickr

Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights ends tonight at sundown.  While it was a noteworthy Hanukkah for the fact that it started on Thanksgiving (the last time that’ll happen in thousands of years), it was marked for many by an absence of the favored fried square knishes.  While some hoped the knish shortage would end soon, it seems that it’ll be lasting a while.  Until then, the Chosen looking for a potato-ey treat will have to settle for other varieties like the one s

Morning Brief: December 4

by Jeff Coltin
Rock Center Tree Lighting

wolfsavard, flickr

There’s a bit more fanfare when Rockefeller Center lights their Christmas tree than when you plug yours into the wall. Expect big crowds around the plaza for performances by Mary J. Blige, the Goo Goo Dolls, Kelly Clarkson and more. Click here for timing and how to get there.

Morning Brief: December 3

by Jeff Coltin
Union Square Holiday Market

edenpictures, flickr

Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday… they’re all behind us.  But if you still want more shopping, check out the Union Square Holiday Market.  It’s been open for a couple weeks now at 14th St. and Broadway in Manhattan and is chock full of vendors selling everything from hot chocolate to jewelry to dog leashes.

Morning Brief: December 2

by Jeff Coltin
Lincoln Center

Nils Olander, wikimedia

Manhattan’s Lincoln Square neighborhood will be filled wall to wall with wintry well-wishers for tonight’s 14th Annual Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square.  The festival starts at 5:30 with a tree lighting on Broadway and 63rd and continues till 9 all the way up Broadway to 68th with food-tasting, live performances and music.

Morning Brief: November 11

by Jeff Coltin
Vets Day Parade

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kleynia R. McKnight, wikimedia

Get your bugles ready! Manhattan’s 5th Avenue will be the site of the annual “America’s Parade” to honor U.S. military veterans. Veterans Day is held on November 11th each year to mark the day that combat ended in World War 1.

Morning Brief: October 23

by Jeff Coltin
Chemistry Notes

Lee Nachtigal, flickr

Today at 6:02, the date will read 6:02,10/23.  This means nothing to most, but, as any high school chemistry teacher will tell you it’s Mole Day!  The date corresponds with Avogadro’s Number, 6.02 x 1023, or the number of particles in one mole of substance (If you don’t remember chem class, read the Wikipedia). 

Morning Brief: October 22

by Jeff Coltin
Stage Lights

Ruthanne Reid, flickr

134 years ago today, famous New Jerseyan Thomas Edison tested the first practical light bulb. Tonight, New York City’s two mayoral candidates will be duking it out under the bright lights in their second debate.

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