Morning Links: U.N. General Assembly (and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad) in Town; Mayor Bloomberg Does Not Have a Shoe Fetish


The U.N. General Assembly convenes today, with representatives of 192 countries in Manhattan for a week, and the expected Midtown gridlock as a result. Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived yesterday and was met with protests in Central Park, among other places. [CBS]

Ahmadinejad told Christiane Amanpour on “The Week” that eight Iranians being held in the U.S. should be released in response to his country’s “huge humanitarian gesture” of releasing Sarah Shourd. Shourd is now back in the U.S. after 14 months in prison. Her fiance and their friend remain in jail for crossing into Iran while hiking, which they say was an accident. [ABC]

The BP well in the Gulf has been declared “permanently plugged.” Ding-dong, the leak is dead! [CNN]

Mayor Bloomberg has been wearing the same two pairs of shoes to work for 10 years — one tasseled, one penny loafers. “One day he’ll wear one, the next, the other — and when they get worn down, he has them resoled,” said his spokesman, Stu Loeser. [NYP]

A ceremony unveiling a monument in honor of George Steinbrenner will be held tonight at the new Yankee Stadium, prior to a game against Tampa Bay. [ABC]

Judge Jon Blue, the superior court judge overseeing the trial in the home-invasion murder of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her two daughters, is in the hospital at Yale-New Haven, forcing a postponement in the trial until Wednesday. [NYP]

The iconic Peep O-Rama sign has returned to Times Square. [Jeremiah’s]

Did we say, Ahmadinejad is in town? Happy Monday!