Rowing The Atlantic

Dr. Stein Hoff began his row across the Atlantic on Sunday morning May 15th, 120 years after George Harbo and Frank Samuelsen.

Dr. Stein Hoff began his row across the Atlantic on Sunday morning May 15th, 120 years after George Harbo and Frank Samuelsen. Here’s his facebook link to track his voyage. Day 47, Thursday 30th June. Dense fog again! Gentle breeze from S plus some kind current has pushed us NNE, but the wind seems to […]

June 30


1794 – Native American forces under Blue Jacket attack Fort Recovery. 1805 – The U.S. Congress organizes the Michigan Territory. 1859 – Acrobat Charles Blondin crosses Niagara Falls on a tightrope. 1860 – The 1860 Oxford evolution debate at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History takes place. 1864 – U.S. President Abraham Lincoln grants […]



To my neighbors in BPC, Last week a cyclist named Olga Evgleska Cook was killed by an automobile driver on Chambers Street and West Street. This could have easily been any one of the residents of Battery Park City, or even worse, one of our children, whether on a bicycle or simply walking home. My […]

The Battery Conservancy Opens Battery Oval


The Battery Conservancy opened the lush, green Battery Oval last weekend with the two-day Battery Fair to celebrate the region’s biodiversity. As downtowners and tourists luxuriated in the thick, new grass, 90 purveyors offered their goods for sale at stands around the perimeter of the beautiful new lawn. A mix of locals and tourists browsed […]

Where History Is Recalled By Those Who Participated

The current home of the 9/11 Tribute Center, at 120 Liberty Street, has served the organization since the facility opened in 2006, but growing programs and a burgeoning tally of visitors have made it necessary for the organization to find a larger headquarters.

The 9/11 Tribute Center plans to move from its current headquarters, adjacent to the World Trade Center, to a larger space in the Greenwich South section of the Financial District. The move is necessitated by the growth in the Tribute Center’s exhibits and programs, as well as its swelling roster of visitors. The Tribute Center […]

Rowing The Atlantic

Dr. Stein Hoff began his row across the Atlantic on Sunday morning May 15th, 120 years after George Harbo and Frank Samuelsen.

After just under 45 days at sea we finally passed 1/3 of the 2900 nm in the wee hours of the morning! The rest should be faster, a lot faster, I hope, but nothing here is for granted. With the same speed I will be in about October 1st. Horrors! But with a reasonable 40 […]

June 29

STS-71 Mission (Atlantis) docks with the Russian space station
Mir for the first time.

1194 – Sverre is crowned King of Norway. 1534 – Jacques Cartier is the first European to reach Prince Edward Island. 1613 – The Globe Theatre in London burns to the ground. 1776 – First privateer battle of the American Revolutionary War fought at Turtle Gut Inlet near Cape May, New Jersey 1874 – Greek politician Charilaos Trikoupis publishes a manifesto in […]

Lower Manhattan Has a New High Line

An aerial view of the elevated Liberty Park as it neared completion in recent weeks.

Lower Manhattan’s inventory of uplifting public spaces will increase by one today at 11:45 am, when the new Liberty Park is dedicated and opened. The elevated, one-acre green space (bordered by Liberty, West, Cedar and Greenwich Streets) will connect Battery Park City with the World Trade Center site and the Financial District, spanning a 300-foot […]


This illustration greatly exaggerates the eccentricity - or oblongness - of Earth's orbit, but you get the idea.

On the summer solstice, June 20th, I was out in a canoe on a small pond shortly after sunset, botanizing and birding. The sun sets slowly during the weeks on either side of the solstice; daylight lingers in the sky. It was awhile before dusk, when I began to scan the sky for the brightest […]


Thursday, June 30 Anthem of the Seas Inbound  6:30 am (Bayonne); outbound 4:00 pm; Eastern Caribbean Carnival Sunshine Inbound 7:15 am; outbound 4:30 pm; St. John, N.B., Canada Friday, July 1 Norwegian Breakaway Outbound 4:30 pm; Eastern Caribbean Queen Mary 2 Inbound 5:30 am (Brooklyn); outbound 5:00 pm; Halifax, N.S./Boston, MA Saturday, July 2 Norwegian […]