March 31

The Eiffel Tower.
Named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built it, it is1,063 ft tall, and the tallest structure in Paris. During its construction, the Eiffel Tower surpassed the Washington Monument to become the tallest man-made structure in the world, a title it held for 41 years until the Chrysler Building in New York City was finished in 1930

1146 – Bernard of Clairvaux preaches his famous sermon in a field at Vézelay, urging the necessity of a Second Crusade. Louis VII is present, and joins the Crusade. 1651 – Great earthquake at Cuzco, Peru 1850 – US population hits 23,191,876 1861 – Confederacy takes over mint at New Orleans 1870 – First black […]

LETTERS ~ re: Your Word Is Their Bond

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What an eye-opener this article is!! I have asked the BPCA repeatedly for better information about the bonds that underpin our land, but it takes a bond rating company to elucidate how our bonds really work. So, the reversion of our homes to NY State and to the Bondholders is ultimately why our bonds are […]

Where Little Cable Cars May Someday Climb Halfway to the Stars

An artist's rendering of the first phase of the East River Skyway proposal, which could whisk commuters from Williamsburg to the Lower East Side in as little as five minutes.

The backers of the proposed East River Skyway are expanding their plan to include a phase that would connect Battery Park with Governors Island, and Red Hook, Brooklyn. The project is the brainchild of Daniel Levy, president of the CityRealty website, who first proposed in mid-2016 to build a cablecar network with large gondolas that […]

March 30

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1815 – Joachim Murat issues the Rimini Proclamation which would later inspire Italian unification. 1822 – The Florida Territory is created in the United States. 1841 – The National Bank of Greece is founded in Athens. 1842 – Ether anesthesia is used for the first time, in an operation by the American surgeon Dr. Crawford […]

A Grand Alliance

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The New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS), which oversees the operation of the City’s Business Improvements Districts (BIDs), has completed a report that sheds light on the work of the Downtown Alliance, which covers Lower Manhattan, roughly between between City Hall and the Battery, from the East River to West Street. A […]

March 29

Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, separated by heavy wire screen as they leave U.S. Court House after being found guilty by jury.
photo: Roger Higgins  'New York World-Telegram and the Sun'

502 – King Gundobad issues a new legal code (Lex Burgundionum) at Lyon that makes Gallo-Romans and Burgundians subject to the same laws. 1792 – King Gustav III of Sweden dies after being shot in the back at a midnight masquerade ball at Stockholm’s Royal Opera 13 days earlier. He is succeeded by Gustav IV […]

Surge Protection

An architect's rendering of the new plan to provide for resiliency in Wagner Park, which will focus on barriers formed by a new, sloping lawn that rises to a new building, which follows the contour of Battery Place.

At its March 22 Open Community Meeting, the Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) presented an updated version of its plans to fortify Wagner Park, at the community’s southern tip, from future extreme weather events. The area was the site of serious flooding during 2012’s Hurricane Sandy. The two centerpieces of the plan are a large […]

Earth To Sky: Paintings by Debra Drexler

Drexler’s multi-layered, luminous, large-scale paintings expand the dialog around 21st Century abstraction through their bold compositions and dynamic mark-making.

Commuting between Hawaii and New York, Debra Drexler thrives on living at the edge of two oceans. Hawaii has a unique form of tropical light diffused through blazing skies, resplendent with colors so intense that they can seem almost synthetic. New York has its own urban pulse with twenty-four seven illumination, flashing the frenetic energy […]

March 28

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AD 37 – Roman emperor Caligula accepts the titles of the Principate, entitled to him by the Senate. 193 – Roman Emperor Pertinax is assassinated by Praetorian Guards, who then sell the throne in an auction to Didius Julianus. 364 – Roman Emperor Valentinian I appoints his brother Flavius Valens co-emperor. 1802 – Heinrich Wilhelm […]

Letters

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To the editor: Your BPC Bond article: (BroadsheetDAILY March 27) ‘Your Word is Their Bond’ 1. Additional reason why locals should be in control of the Board 2. Resale value of home-residents should decrease rapidly as 2069 approaches 3. Younger people will not move into BPC since they will have nothing to gain in the […]