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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.

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