Ho, Ho, Ho…

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It is a little-known fact that the Broadsheet is written, edited, and distributed by elves. (Have you ever noticed that it seems just to appear in your lobby, but you’ve never actually seen it being delivered? This is because elves are second-cousins to leprechauns, but that’s a story for another day.) In any case, we […]

December 21

A policeman walks away from the cockpit of the 747 Pan Am airliner that exploded over and crashed into Lockerbie, Scotland

1826 – American settlers in Nacogdoches, Mexican Texas, declare their independence, starting the Fredonian Rebellion. 1879 – World premiere of Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House at the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen, Denmark. 1907 – The Chilean Army commits a massacre of at least 2,000 striking saltpeter miners in Iquique, Chile. 1919 – American anarchist Emma […]

Generation Gap

Power Struggle: The bid to landmark an 1880s electrical generating facility began in 1977 and finally bore fruit in December, 2016.

Lower Manhattan has a new landmark: the 1888 Excelsior Power Company Building, at the corner of Gold and Fulton Streets. Described by the American Institute of Architect’s Guide to New York as, “a lusty Romanesque Revival brick monolith,” the structure boasts a storied past. It was commissioned by Martin Brown in the early years of […]

Quay to the Future

This view from the south shows Pier 25 (with existing features omitted) in the foreground and West Street in the background. At the left of Pier 26 is a protected wetlands area that will welcome wildlife but be off-limits to human visitors. Suspended above this zone (with the blue rings in the center) is a triangular, elevated walkway, surrounding a netted area where guests can lounge or play. Moving right, the design calls for sand dunes on the south side of the pier and an elevated deck on the north side, with lounge steps connecting the two. To the right of these, athletic play fields (in orange) with give way to a forested glade with shaded walkways.

Lower Manhattan is on the verge of gaining a another great public space, thanks to the Hudson River Park Trust (HRPT). Pier 26, along the Hudson River waterfront in Tribeca (between North Moore and Hubert Streets), is currently a blank slate. Apart from providing homes for the City Vineyards wine bar and the Downtown Boathouse […]

December 16

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714 – Pepin of Herstal, mayor of the Merovingian palace, dies at Jupille (modern Belgium). He is succeeded by his infant grandson Theudoald while his wife Plectrude holds actual power in the Frankish Kingdom. 1431 – Hundred Years’ War: Henry VI of England is crowned King of France at Notre Dame in Paris. 1773 – […]

Lifeline for Pier 40

Pier 40, which serves as a vital recreational facility for local youth sports leagues, is in danger of falling into the Hudson River -- but will be bailed out by a plan to redevelop the St. John's Terminal building (visible behind the pier).

On Thursday, the City Council approved a deal that will bring a massive capital infusion to Pier 40 — a recreational facility considered vital by youth athletic leagues serving Lower Manhattan — which has been slowing falling into the Hudson River for decades. Located at Houston and West Streets, Pier 40 has been suffering from […]

December 15

Sitting Bull was shot and killed in 1890, fearful that he would help lead the growing Ghost Dance movement aimed at restoring the Sioux way of life.

1161 – Jin-Song wars: Military officers conspire against the emperor Wanyan Liang of the Jin dynasty after a military defeat at the Battle of Caishi, and assassinate the emperor at his camp. 1778 – American Revolutionary War: British and French fleets clash in the Battle of St. Lucia. 1791 – The United States Bill of […]

How Lower Manhattan Voted: Clinton vs. Trump

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It will come as no surprise that in the recent presidential election, the Democratic ticket of Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine won by comfortable margins throughout Lower Manhattan. In this regard, Battery Park City is representative of much of Downtown. In the neighborhoods six election districts (or “precincts”) that lie south of Vesey Street, a […]

December 14

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"Science cannot solve the ultimate mystery of nature. And that is because, in the last analysis, we ourselves are a part of the mystery that we are trying to solve."

557 – Constantinople is severely damaged by an earthquake. 835 – Sweet Dew Incident: Emperor Wenzong of the Tang dynasty conspires to kill the powerful eunuchs of the Tang court, but the plot is foiled. 1287 – St. Lucia’s flood: The Zuiderzee sea wall in the Netherlands collapses, killing over 50,000 people. 1542 – Princess […]

Demography In Action: The Kids Are All Right

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(Editor’s Note: This is part an occasional series that will seek insights about life in Lower Manhattan by looking at statistics available from the Data2Go.NYC website, by Measure of America — a nonpartisan, non-profit project of the Brooklyn-based Social Science Research Council. This installment focuses on statistics about young people.) If you were poised to […]