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James Dean's wrecked Porsche

1399 – Henry IV is proclaimed King of England. 1791 – The first performance of The Magic Flute, the last opera by Mozart, took place at Freihaus-Theater auf der Wieden in Vienna. 1882 – Thomas Edison’s first commercial hydroelectric power plant begins operation on the Fox River in Appleton, Wisconsin. 1888 – Jack the Ripper […]

Unaccompanied Minors

New York University's a cappella singing group, the N'Harmonics, is one of seven world-class vocal ensembles that will perform in Wagner Park on Saturday.

A heptad of undergrad vocal ensembles will harmonize beside the Hudson tomorrow (Saturday, October 1), in Wagner Park, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. The free Dockapella music festival will feature voices that fly without instruments from Columbia, Princeton, Yale, and Brown Universities and Vassar College, as well as ensembles from New York University and the […]

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The Battle of Chaffin's Farm

1227 – Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor, is excommunicated by Pope Gregory IX for his failure to participate in the Crusades. 1717 – An earthquake strikes Antigua Guatemala, destroying much of the city’s architecture and making authorities consider moving the capital to a different city. 1789 – The United States Department of War first establishes […]

Turning the Corner

The former headquarters of J.P. Morgan & Company at 23 Wall Street, vacant for more than a decade, may soon house new retailers.

A neglected local landmark is about to change hands: the former J.P. Morgan & Company headquarters at 23 Wall Street (on the corner with Broad Street) is in contract to be acquired by Manhattan real estate developer Jack Terzi, who specializes in trophy retail properties. Mr. Terzi will purchase the 1913 structure (for an undisclosed […]

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September 28, 2008 Space Exploration Technologies Corp.
SpaceX  announces that Flight 4 of the Falcon 1 launch vehicle has successfully launched and achieved Earth orbit. With this key milestone_ Falcon 1 becomes the first privately developed liquid fuel rocket to orbit the Earth.

48 BC – Pompey the Great is assassinated on the orders of King Ptolemy of Egypt after landing in Egypt. 235 – Pope Pontian resigns. He and Hippolytus, church leader of Rome, are exiled to the mines of Sardinia. 1066 – William the Conqueror invades England beginning the Norman conquest of England. 1538 – Ottoman-Venetian […]

Here We Go Again…

An architect's rendering of one development proposal for the City-owned lot at 137 Centre Street.

The City’s Economic Development Corporation (EDC) is planning to redevelop a publicly owned site in Lower Manhattan, and has pledged to include in the project benefits such as affordable housing and a pre-kindergarten facility. But a close examination of EDC’s approach indicates that both of these bonuses may accrue to communities far removed from the […]

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Ford Model T exiting the assembly line.

1066 – William the Conqueror and his army set sail from the mouth of the River Somme, beginning the Norman conquest of England. 1540 – The Society of Jesus (Jesuits) receives its charter from Pope Paul III. 1590 – Pope Urban VII dies 13 days after being elected the Pope, making his reign the shortest […]

Not Too Tall, Not Too Small…

The condominium tower proposed for 125 Greenwich Street_ shown at center (with the glowing rooftop) was once slated to rise nearly as high as One World Trade Center, then scaled back by almost 40 percent to a height of 841 feet. But based on this rendering,  recently circulated by the project's architect, the building has grown again by several hundred feet, to make it nearly as tall as Four World Trade Center(shown here to the right of - and partially obscured by - One World Trade Center, and left of 125 Greenwich).

The developers of the new super-tall residential tower at the corner of Greenwich and Thames Streets in the Financial District are hinting (but not confirming) that the building will top out at more than 1,000 feet. This would make it taller than the adjacent Four World Trade Center (at 150 Greenwich Street), which tops out […]

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The Kennedy vs. Nixon debate
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46 BC – Julius Caesar dedicates a temple to his mythical ancestor Venus Genetrix in accordance with a vow he made at the battle of Pharsalus. 1087 – William II is crowned King of England, and reigns until 1100. 1493 – Pope Alexander VI issues the papal bull Dudum siquidem to the Catholic Monarchs, extending […]

What’s Up, PAC?

The design by architectural firm REX calls for the cube-shaped Performing Arts Center to be clad in translucent white marble, that will allow natural light to filter through the walls of the windowless building (shown here looking north, with One World Trade Center on the left, and Seven World Trade Center in the center background).

Two more pieces of the puzzle have fallen into place for the long-planned Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center: the project now has a chairperson and a design. The former will be Barbra Streisand and the latter is a breathtaking, translucent marble cube by Brooklyn-based architectural firm, REX. These announcements come on the […]