Watching Them Grow

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You’re never too young to learn that the ground is what sustains us all, and over the past decade and a half, groups of two-to-five year olds from the Battery Park City Day Nursery have been planting, watering and caring for flowers and herbs at the Liberty Community Garden. Commenting of this year’s crop, administrative […]

ART DOWNTOWN

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Fred Gutzeit’s work can be best described as being in line. He shapes his paintings as an elegant expression of movement around the picture plane. The colorful paintings are based on the initials of friends and colleagues, which transcend into a lively story within every frame. In his own words, Gutzeit describes his work as […]

May 31

Henry Ford and his son Edsel drive the 15 millionth Model T off the assembly line, the last Model T ever created, in 1927.

455 – Emperor Petronius Maximus is stoned to death by an angry mob while fleeing Rome. 1578 – King Henry III lays the first stone of the Pont Neuf (New Bridge), the oldest bridge of Paris, France. 1669 – Citing poor eyesight, Samuel Pepys records the last event in his diary. 1790 – The United […]

‘Unacceptable On Almost Every Level’

A rendering of the proposal by developer Trans World Equities to build a nine-story apartment building on Canal Street, between Church Street and Broadway.

Community Board 1 (CB1) is pushing back hard against a developer’s plan to erect a large apartment building in the midst of the Tribeca East Historic District. At 312-322 Canal Street (between Church Street and Broadway, Trans World Equities wants to construct a nine story residential tower designed by architect Paul A. Castrucci. Although the […]

May 30

Jean Froissart's Chronicles depicts King Richard II
meeting the rebels from the Peasants' Revolt in 1381.

AD 70 – Siege of Jerusalem: Titus and his Roman legions breach the Second Wall of Jerusalem. Jewish defenders retreat to the First Wall. The Romans build a circumvallation, cutting down all trees within fifteen kilometers. 1381 – Beginning of the Peasants’ Revolt in England. 1431 – Hundred Years’ War: In Rouen, France, the 19-year-old […]

EYES TO THE SKY May 30 – June 11, 2017

This image of solar active regions in the corona is a composite of 23 separate images from the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (designed by a team led by Leon Golub at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory) on NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory. The images span the period of January 11, 2015 to January 21, 2016. They were taken through a filter at the wavelength of 171 angstroms, which shows gas at about 1.5 million degrees Fahrenheit. The composite reveals the zones of latitude on the Sun where active regions are most common during the active part of the solar cycle.
Image credit - NASA/SDO/AIA

I first glimpsed the image above as the cover design for astrophysicists Leon Golub and Jay Pasachoff’s latest book, The Sun, to be released around the time of the summer solstice. Lingering with the photograph, its burning radiance and swirling movement seems to convey the formative, essential light at the beginning of our planet’s history. […]

Glick Sponsors Legislation to Make Voting Mandatory

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Assembly member Deborah Glick is sponsoring a bill in her house of the State legislature that would, if enacted, make voting compulsory, with failure to show up at the polls subject to a $10 fine. “The United States has some of the lowest voter turnout rates compared to any other advanced democratic countries in the […]

May 24

Igor Sikorsky and hat flying his helicopter

1607 – 100 English settlers disembark in Jamestown, the first English colony in America 1626 – Peter Minuit buys Manhattan 1689 – The English Parliament passes the Act of Toleration protecting Protestants. Roman Catholics are intentionally excluded. 1798 – The Irish Rebellion of 1798 led by the United Irishmen against British rule begins. 1813 – […]

FleetWeek Begins Today

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Eleven U.S. Navy (USN) and Coast Guard ships, and one Royal Canadian Navy ship, will arrive in New York Harbor at 8 a.m. today. This Parade of Ships marks the start of the 29th year of Fleet Week New York, which has been held almost every year since 1984. During the weeklong celebration, New Yorkers […]

You’ll Like the Cut of Their Jib

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North Cove Marina and Brookfield Place will formally launch their summer season this afternoon with free sails, a community boat naming, and live music — plus arts and crafts. The festivities begin on the waterfront plaza at noon when guests will be invited (on a first-come, first-served basis) to go on a two-hour sail on […]