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Morning Brief: December 26

by Jeff Coltin
inside a movie theater

ljguitar, flickr

What better day to kick back and watch a movie than the cloudy day after Christmas?  As usual, lots of films in the busy Christmas season are set in New York City, including American Hustle, Anchorman 2, Inside Llewyn Davis as well as The Secret Life of Walter Mitty andThe Wolf of Wall Street, which were just released yesterday.

Morning Brief: December 24

by Jeff Coltin
Silent Night Lyrics

Jason A. Howie, flickr


Those celebrating Christmas Eve tonight would be wise to celebrate with the classic Christmas song “Silent Night”—it’s the song’s 195th birthday, first performed in 1818 at the Church of St. Nikolaus in Oberndorf, Austria.  Not into it? Just stick with a Silent Night.


Partly cloudy skies, high of 40 degrees. Stays partly cloudy tonight, low of 24 heading into Christmas morning [Full forecast].


The White House has extended the deadline to apply for health insurance on after a last-minute swarm of sign-ups [NY Times].

Those close to the situation say New York City’s finally settled the lawsuits over 2004 arrests at the GOP convention [NY Times].

De Blasio’s named Alicia Glen as Deputy Mayor of housing and economic development, sure to be a big focus of the mayoralty [WNYC].


No games tonight

Knicks snuck by Orlando 103-98

And Nets fell to Indiana 103-86

Rangers beat Toronto in shootout 2-1

Islanders crushed Detroit 3-0

And Devils fell to Chicago 5-2


Baby Dee & Little Annie @ Joe’s Pub

Harlem Gospel Choir @ B.B. King Blues Club & Grill

Soulfarm @ Highline Ballroom


On this day in 1865, the Ku Klux Klan was formed.

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Afternoon Brief: December 23

by Jeff Coltin
Santas in Grand Central

Bennett 4 Senate, flickr

Today’s the last day to responsibly shop for Christmas gifts.  If you really want to get in the Christmas spirit, hit up the Union Square or Grand Central holiday fairs.  Tomorrow is their last day open.

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

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.

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