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From New Yorkers to Tourists With Love

by Stephanie Kuo
Times Square

vagueonthehow, flickr

For many New Yorkers, there are a few key places to avoid at all costs during the holidays – like Rockefeller Center or Herald Square. But the most famous – or the infamous to the locals – is Times Square, where many will agree some of the worst acts of tourism occur.

NYC Council Speaker Bids Farewell to the Chamber

by Associated Press

Mat McDermott, flickr

The City Council leader who had hoped to become New York City's first female and first openly gay mayor says she's leaving the council honored and proud to have served in it.

Christine Quinn reflected Thursday on her eight-year tenure as council speaker. She spoke ahead of its final meeting this year. She and many colleagues leave office Dec. 31.

Quinn was a leading Democratic mayoral candidate early in this year's race. She ultimately placed third in the primary, won by now Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio.

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

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