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Cityscape: Taxi!

by George Bodarky, Morlene Chin, Veronica Volk, Alana Holbrook
Loïc Lagarde, Flickr

The New York City taxi is an iconic automobile with a rich social history, and some of the men – and women – that get us from point A to point B have seen a lot along the way. This week's Cityscape is all about the taxi -- from personal stories of cab drivers, to high tech cabs, to taxis doubling as photography studios.

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: November 14

by Jeff Coltin
Lou Reed

Martin Pulaski, flickr

Lou Reed’s family and friends are hosting a gathering at the Lincoln Center Terrace from 1-4 today.  It’s open to the public and billed on his Facebook page as “no speeches. no live performances, just Lou's voice, guitar music & songs - playing the recordings selected by his family and friends.”

Morning Brief: November 13

by Jeff Coltin
One WTC

Anthony Quintano, flickr

Take that Chicago!  The Second City’s earned its nickname once again as the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat has decided that One World Trade Center is the tallest building in the U.S. The 1776-foot WTC beat out Chicago’s Willis (formerly Sears) Tower when the Council decided that its 408 foot spire was indeed that, and not an antenna. One WTC’s now officially the third tallest building in the world, behind Burj Khalifa in Dubai and the Makkah Royal Clock Tower Hotel in Mecca.

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