EYES TO THE SKY October 31 – November 13, 2016

Equinoxes, solstices and cross-quarter days are all hallmarks of Earth's orbit around the sun. Halloween is the fourth cross-quarter day of the year. Illustration via NASA

Due to a trick of clock time, it’s possible to treat yourself to apparitions of ancient mythic characters that appear in the starry heavens every morning this week from as late as 6:30am to 7:00am. Figures drawn by the stars stand out in the darkness closer to 6:30, while the brightest stars in those constellations, […]

Today in History

The 1916 route map of the Lincoln Highway.

475 – Romulus Augustulus is proclaimed Western Roman Emperor. 1517 – Protestant Reformation: Martin Luther posts his 95 Theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg. 1861 – American Civil War: Citing failing health, Union General Winfield Scott resigns as Commander of the United States Army. He was a United States Army general […]

Farewell to a Friend: Ruth Ohman

Ruth Ohman (1930 - 2016)

At the October 25 meeting of Community Board 1, chairman Anthony Notaro was reviewing recent developments in Lower Manhattan, when he said, “last Thursday, Ruth left us…” At that point, the normally unflappable Mr. Notaro paused, and then added, in a quieter voice, “and that’s all I can say.” As a photo of Ruth Ohman […]

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312 – Battle of the Milvian Bridge: Constantine I defeats Maxentius, becoming the sole Roman emperor in the West. 456 – The Visigoths brutally sack the Suebi’s capital of Braga (Portugal), and the town’s churches are burnt to the ground. 1492 – Christopher Columbus discovered Cuba on his first voyage to the New World. 1886 […]

Wallow in the Hallows


There will be both tricks and treats for Halloween celebrants of all ages throughout the weekend of October 29 and 30, as well as on the day itself. Battery Park City residents planning to escort little goblins on Monday (October 31), between 5:00 and 8:00 pm should begin browse www.BPCBlockParty.com/Halloween. That’s where lists of addresses […]

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City Hall subway station

312 – Constantine the Great is said to have received his famous Vision of the Cross. 1275 – Traditional founding of the city of Amsterdam. 1553 – Michael Servetus was a Spanish theologian, physician, cartographer and was the first to correctly describe the function of pulmonary circulation. He participated in the Protestant Reformation and was […]


State Senator Daniel Squadron (right) and Battery Park City Authority chairman Dennis Mehiel (left), shown here at the Authority's September board meeting, discuss Squadron's months-long push to allow public comment at BPCA board meetings. That quest bore fruit on Wednesday, as the agency announced a policy that will permit residents to speak directly to the board of the agency that governs the community.

To the editor, While it is obvious that community representatives needed to applaud this breakthrough, I consider it too little too late. If the process for announcing and clarifying this decision was accurately described in this Broadsheet article, clearly, the BPCA Board and staff are nervous and uptight about public discussion of resident concerns. It […]

Reprieve for a Public Refuge


The Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) has decided against enclosing the arcades along South End Avenue to create new retail space. At Tuesday night’s meeting of Community Board 1 (CB1), Gwen Dawson, the Authority’s vice president for real property, said, “as a result of the feedback process to date, we’ve heard substantial concern about filling […]

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Happy Birthday, Hillary

740 – An earthquake strikes Constantinople and the surrounding countryside, causing destruction to the city’s land walls and buildings. 1774 – The first Continental Congress adjourns in Philadelphia. 1775 – King George III of Great Britain goes before Parliament to declare the American colonies in rebellion, and authorizes a military response to quell the American […]