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Lelisa Desisa Wins Men’s Title at the 2018 New York City Marathon. Mary Keitany Wins the Women’s Race.



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Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia won the men’s race in the New York City Marathon on Sunday, with a time of 2 hours 5 minutes 59 seconds, surging ahead of two other runners near the finish in Central Park. Mary Keitany, one of the fastest female marathon runners ever, won the women’s race with a time of 2:22:48, her fourth victory in the event and the second-fastest time on this course.

Desisa, 28, won his first New York City Marathon, defeating Shura Kitata, 22, also of Ethiopia, and Geoffrey Kamworor, 25, of Kenya, the defending champion and the prerace favorite. The runners ran the second-, third- and fourth-fastest times on the course.

The race, with more than 50,000 participants winding 26.2 miles through all five boroughs, unfolded in buttery fall sunshine on a cool, breezy morning that brought out hundreds of thousands of spectators.

Keitany, 36, of Kenya, made her sixth appearance in the New York City Marathon. She became only the third person to win the race four times.

She came in second last year but won in 2014, 2015 and 2016. She beat Vivian Cheruiyot, 35, of Kenya, who ran 2:26:02 and Shalane Flanagan, 37, of the United States, who came in third with a time of 2:26:22, faster than the time she ran to win last year’s race.
In the wheelchair division, Daniel Romanchuk of the United States upset the defending men’s champion, Marcel Hug of Switzerland, by one second in 1:36:21. Manuela Schar of Switzerland won the women’s race, her second victory in the event.

Keitany’s time was 17 seconds off the women’s course record, held by Margaret Okayo of Kenya with a time of 2:22:31 set in 2003.

Keitany joined Grete Waitz as the only women to win the New York City Marathon four times. Waitz, a Norwegian, won the race nine times from 1978 to 1988.

Keitany was back where she feels most comfortable in the marathon’s women’s race — far, far ahead of the rest of the pack. She ran alone as soon as she hit Manhattan and only accelerated her pace as she ground toward the finish, beating Cheruiyot by more than three minutes.

The top women’s finishers from Kenya were chased by an all-star roster of American distance runners, who worked together to challenge Keitany but could not match the pace she set, as it dropped by nearly a minute per mile in the second half of the race.

Keitany finished second to Flanagan in the marathon last year. In her last victory, in 2016, she pulled away at the half-marathon mark and beat her next challenger by three and a half minutes.


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Google planning to expand New York City offices: report




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Google is planning to expand its New York City office buildings to add space that could accommodate more than 12,000 new workers, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

The move would bring the total number of Google jobs in the city to 20,000, according to the Journal.

The tech giant is getting close to leasing or buying a large office building in the city’s West Village neighborhood and expanding its existing space in Chelsea Market. The planned West Village office, a 1.3-million-square-foot building, would accommodate 8,500 workers while the planned Chelsea Market expansion of 300,000 square feet, along with its plans for 250,000 square feet of office space at Pier 57, would be able to accommodate 3,500 workers, the Journal reported.

Google currently employs more than 7,000 workers in the city. It opened its first New York office building there in 2000.

A Google spokeswoman declined to comment on the West Village building but said the company is planning to expand a location in Chelsea Market to include a public garden, community space and water taxi landing.

The plans come as Amazon considers splitting part of its massive North American headquarters expansion between New York City and Crystal City, Va.

Amazon last year launched a high-profile search for the location that would host its next North American headquarters, asking city governments to submit proposals as it weighed options across the continent. Amazon, in January, announced a list of 20 finalists, which included Northern Virginia and New York City.

The planned expansion of Google’s New York City presence and the possibility of the city landing one of Amazon’s headquarters could provide a boost to the area’s tech industry, which its political leaders have long hoped to expand.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo earlier this week said he hoped for Amazon to come to the city, quipping that he would name himself “Amazon Cuomo.”

Amazon is expected to announce its final decision soon.


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Rockefeller Christmas tree cut down at upstate NY home




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The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree has been cut down in upstate New York and is being readied for transport to Manhattan where it will be erected this weekend.

Rockefeller Center’s publicist says the 72-foot-tall (22-meter) Norway spruce was cut down Thursday morning at the home of Shirley Figueroa and Lissette Gutierrez in Wallkill.

That’s about 65 miles (104 kilometers) north of New York City.

The tree will be hoisted onto a 115-foot-long (35-meter) flatbed trailer for the trip to Rockefeller Center in midtown Manhattan.

It is set to be erected Saturday, and then be decorated with 50,000 LED lights and a Swarovski crystal star.

The tree will be lit in a televised ceremony Nov. 28 and remain on display until Jan 7.

Throngs of tourists visit the tree each year.


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Commemorative, Limited-Edition Merchandise Revealed for ‘Mickey: The True Original Exhibition’ Opening November 8 in New York City




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Disney announced today more details surrounding the ‘Mickey: The True Original Exhibition,’ which opens on Nov. 8 in New York City, including commemorative merchandise and unique experiences brought to life by exhibition sponsors, including Google Home, Beats by Dr. Dre (Beats) and Brooklyn-based creamery Ample Hills Creamery.

To commemorate this one-of-a-kind experience, the Mickey: The True Original Exhibition will feature Mickey’s Maker Shop, a retail store that will offer exhibition-branded merchandise, timed product drops throughout the run, select pieces from 90th anniversary ‘True Original’ capsule collections currently available at retail, and custom products personalized on-site. The shop will be open to the public; exhibition tickets are not required for entry. Highlights of the shop include:

‘Mickey: The True Original Exhibition’ Collection– The retail store feature a collection celebrating Mickey’s transcendent impact on popular culture and art with a diverse assortment of exhibition-themed apparel, souvenirs and stationery products. Guests will find Mickey ear hats featuring chapters in Mickey’s story and the exhibition logo, which can be customized on-site. Additionally, women’s, men’s and kid’s T-shirts and fleece, notebooks, totes, lanyards and pen sets will be available for purchase. The store will also offer high-end collectible items from exhibition artists like James Jean.

Timed Product Releases- On select Saturday mornings from November 10 – February 10, the exhibition will release products including pin sets, Medicom Be@rbricks, and Funko collectibles. Quantities vary and will only be available while supplies last. Follow @MickeyTrueOriginal on Instagram for the latest updates on limited-edition product releases.

‘The True Original’ 90th Anniversary Capsule Collections- The store will feature select pieces from anniversary collections with ‘true original’ brands including rag & bone, New Era Cap, Vault by Vans, Sugarfina, TASCHEN, Polaroid, and more. Products from exhibition sponsors will also be available, including Mickey Mouse-themed accessories for Google Home devices and Mickey Mouse-branded Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones.
As previously announced, the rag & bone X Disney Mickey Mouse collection will be worn by Disney cast members working the Exhibition.

Customized Products- Inspired by Mickey’s spirit of creativity and originality, Mickey’s Maker Shop will feature a lab-like retail experience that allows guests to customize souvenirs to commemorate their visit. Using special patches and embroidery, guests will be able to personalize a variety of items including T-shirts, hats from New Era Cap and Mickey Mouse ear hats.
The retail store is open Tuesdays – Sundays from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. (closed Mondays). Exhibition tickets are not required to access the shop. A limited number of items from the collection will be available for purchase on when the exhibition opens on November 8.

“We can’t wait to open the doors to ‘Mickey: The True Original Exhibition’ and invite our Guests into this truly spectacular experiential world,” says Ken Potrock, President, Consumer Products Commercialization; Disney Parks, Experiences, and Consumer Products. “This is just the beginning as we create immersive experiences that bring our consumers closer to the characters, products and content they love.”

Additionally, details of official Exhibition sponsors have been revealed, including interactive moments featured throughout the experience brought to life by Google Home, Beats by Dre and Ample Hills Creamery. Moments elements include:

With the help of Google Home, exhibition guests will be invited to join in a special game show with Mickey Mouse and his friends. Each player will be paired up with one of Mickey’s friends (Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Donald, Daisy) as their pal to answer trivia questions about Mickey’s adventures over the years. Fans who aren’t able to attend the exhibition can still play the game with Mickey and friends using Google Home. Just say, “Hey Google, play Mickey’s Game Show” to get started.

Following the launch of Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones – Mickey Mouse’s 90th Anniversary Edition, Beats will continue to celebrate Mickey and his influence on the artist community with integration into the Exhibition lounge. Designed by Beats, the space will showcase imagery and videos from the collaboration’s campaign featuring talent including Anne-Marie, Lil Yachty and more, shot by famed Polaroid photographer Maripol.

Brooklyn-based and family-owned ice cream maker Ample Hills Creamery will share complimentary scoops of birthday cake ice cream from their Disney Mickey Mouse Collection. Guests can sample two out of the three flavors. Serving Confetti Celebration, a sweet cream ice cream with chunks of colorful confetti cake, ribbons of yellow buttercream frosting and yellow Mickey-shaped white chocolate truffles filled with tangy lemon cream and Triple Chocolate Surprise, a chocolate malted ice cream with chunks of chocolate fudge cake, swirls of dark chocolate buttercream frosting, and Mickey-shaped white chocolate pieces filled with fudge. All flavors are available to purchase online and in Ample Hills scoop shops.

As the official mobility team for the exhibition, Alexander’s Mobility Services, an interstate agent for Atlas® Van Lines, provided safe, on-point delivery of exhibition components including new original artworks based around Mickey Mouse.

About “Mickey: The True Original Exhibition”
Commemorating Mickey Mouse’s 90th anniversary, this one-of-a-kind exhibition will include historic and original artwork, interactive multi-sensory experiences, photo opportunities galore and Disney magic around every corner. Running from November 8, 2018 – February 10, 2019, ‘Mickey: The True Original Exhibition’ will be open Tuesday-Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 60 10th Avenue, New York. Tickets are available for $38 per person at With selected time slots already selling out for its November debut, guests are encouraged to plan early.

For more on the exhibition and behind-the-scenes content, visit and follow @MickeyTrueOriginal on Instagram with #MickeyTrueOriginal.

About Mickey Mouse 90th Anniversary Celebration
Since his big-screen debut in Steamboat Willie on November 18, 1928, Mickey has become the global ambassador for The Walt Disney Company. The 90-year celebration of Mickey includes new brand and product collaborations spanning fashion, food, consumer electronics, toys, accessories and more, a star-studded special on ABC airing November 4, a new season of Mickey Mouse animated shorts on Disney Channel, and more.

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About Disney Parks, Experiences, and Consumer Products
Disney Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products is the business segment of The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) that brings the magic of Disney’s stories, characters and franchises into the daily lives of families and fans around the world to create memories that last a lifetime. The company’s iconic travel and leisure businesses include six resort destinations in the United States, Europe, and Asia; a top-rated cruise line; a luxurious family beach resort in Hawaii; a popular vacation ownership program; and an award-winning guided family adventure business. Disney’s global consumer products operations include the world’s leading licensing business; the world’s largest children’s print publisher; Disney Store locations around the world; and the shopDisney e-commerce platform. These experiences are created by Walt Disney Imagineering, the innovative force responsible for overseeing the segment’s world-class products and experiences — from immersive lands to interactive toys, and everything in between.


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