Auf Weidersehen Peking

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Almost a year ago, on September 6, 2016, the barque Peking pushed off from South Street Seaport for one last time to begin her final trip home to the land of her birth, Hamburg Germany. Eased out into the slack tide of the East River and assisted by a few tugs and many well wishers, […]

June 23

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1532 – Henry VIII of England and Francis I of France sign a secret treaty against Emperor Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor. 1611 – The mutinous crew of Henry Hudson’s fourth voyage sets Hudson, his son and seven loyal crew members adrift in an open boat in what is now Hudson Bay; they are never […]

All Aboard: Upstairs, Downstairs

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Discover the world aboard the Great Liners, where Third Class immigrants endured tough voyages in cramped lower decks while First Class American passengers traveled in luxury, in the South Street Seaport Museum’s new exhibition, open June 23. Millions: Migrants and Millionaires aboard the Great Liners, 1900-1914 explores the dynamic between First and Third Class as
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POETS HOUSE

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“Look how many of us there are!” exclaimed Sharon Olds. By “us,” the esteemed poet meant poetry lovers. It was June 12, and 600 poetry fans had just strolled together across the Brooklyn Bridge in the annual Poetry Walk sponsored by Poets House. Ms. Olds stood before them-the Brooklyn Bridge, the East River and the […]

Old Seaport Alliance Gala

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It was June 6, but the weather had the feel of early October. It didn’t matter though, as a few hundred neighbors gathered for a night of festive drinks, music, food and fun aboard Wavertree. The Old Seaport Alliance was hosting its second annual gala to raise money for neighborhood improvements. The Old Seaport Alliance, […]

The Parish Notices

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When I first meet Jason Radmacher in the entrance to John Street Methodist Church, I’m struck by two things: his powerful and resonant voice, and the comfort and familiarity he exudes as we walk through the church. I’m expecting him to bring me to a side room for our interview, but instead, he peeks his […]

Watching Them Grow

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You’re never too young to learn that the ground is what sustains us all, and over the past decade and a half, groups of two-to-five year olds from the Battery Park City Day Nursery have been planting, watering and caring for flowers and herbs at the Liberty Community Garden. Commenting of this year’s crop, administrative […]

May 22

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1334 BC – The Macedonian army of Alexander the Great defeats Darius III of Persia in the Battle of the Granicus 760 – 14th recorded perihelion passage of Halley’s Comet 1570 – First atlas ‘Theatrum Orbis Terrarum’ (Theatre of the World), published by Abraham Ortelius in Antwerp with 70 maps 1803 – First free public […]

May 19

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1051 – Henry I of France is married to Anne of Kiev. 1499 – Catherine of Aragon is married by proxy to Arthur, Prince of Wales. Catherine is 13 and Arthur is 12. 1535 – French explorer Jacques Cartier sets sail on his second voyage to North America with three ships, 110 men, and Chief […]

Circumnavigate the Isle of Staten

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This weekend begins a series of boat tours around the Isle of Staten sponsored by the National Lighthouse Museum. Circumnavigate the Isle of Staten and see lighthouses, hidden bird sanctuaries, and ship graveyards. On Sunday May 21, take a late morning Staten Island Ferry across the harbor to St. George terminal on Staten Island and […]