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Morning Brief: July 28

by Jeff Coltin
Citi Bikes

Phil Roemer, flickr

That rumor mill wheel keeps turning for Citi Bike.  But the Times reports that the bike share system is reaching a deal for a new operator, and that could mean expansion into Queens, north in Manhattan, and east in Brooklyn.  Bronx biking will be but a dream for even longer.


Morning Brief: July 17

by Jeff Coltin
Seeger's banjo

Jim, the Photographer, flickr

The five-day Seeger Fest kicks off at Hudson River Park tonight in Manhattan.  The festival honors folk singer and activist Pete Seeger, who passed away earlier this year at age 94 and his long-time wife Toshi, who passed away in 2013.  The WFUV favorite will be honored by admirers as diverse as Harry Belafonte, DJ Kool Herc, and the punk band Anti-Flag.  More info here.

Morning Brief: July 16

by Jeff Coltin
Madison Square Park

Jeffrey Zeldman, flickr

Yesterday’s planned performance of the New York Philharmonic at Van Cortlandt Park was rained out, but for those still looking for a bit of piano in the park can find it at Madison Square Park in Manhattan tonight.  Famed French jazz pianist Jacky Terrasson plays in a quartet there from 7-8:30.  Admission is free.

Morning Brief: July 15

by Jeff Coltin
Van Cortlandt Park

Rich Mitchell, flickr

Bronxites (and anybody who wants, really), will be treated to some beautiful music from the New York Philharmonic in Van Cortlandt Park tonight—but only if the weather holds up.  A planned show for Central Park last night was rained out, so classical music fans will be praying for a dry evening.  If it happens, it’ll be 8-9:30.  Enter from Broadway, near 251st as the site is north of the ball fields.  Entrance is free.



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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