June 29

Construction of the Interstate Highway System, which started in 1956.

1194 – Sverre is crowned King of Norway. 1534 – Jacques Cartier is the first European to reach Prince Edward Island. 1613 – The Globe Theatre in London burns to the ground. 1659 – At the Battle of Konotop the Ukrainian armies of Ivan Vyhovsky defeat the Russians led by Prince Trubetskoy. 1786 – Alexander […]

Downtown’s Edifice Complex Poised to Get Worse

A 2016 rendering illustrates the scale of the proposed tower, which will be more than double the height of any surrounding structure, and will top out at more than 1,400 feet - higher than One World Trade Center.

The developer that spent nearly $400 million to acquire adjoining lots in the Seaport District in 2016, along with hundreds of thousands of square feet of air rights, has received demolition permits for two structures at the site. This may indicate that the construction of a new “super-tall” tower, which could surpass One World Trade […]

Today in History

The Stonewall Riots of 1969, a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations by members of the LGBT community against a police raid that took place in the morning of June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn, in Greenwich Village.

1776 – Thomas Hickey, Continental Army private and bodyguard to General George Washington, is hanged for mutiny and sedition. 1841 – The Paris Opera Ballet premieres Giselle in the Salle Le Peletier. 1846 – Adolphe Sax patents the saxophone. 1855 – Sigma Chi fraternity is founded in North America. 1859 – The first conformation dog […]

Grief and Tragedy in Battery Park City

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Stories in yesterday’s BroadsheetDAILY leave me so laden with grief and anger that words are difficult. First, the person who died in the water. This tragedy is a testimonial to the stupidity of the governing entities in Battery Park City. I know exactly what Denise Rubin describes from my calls to *311*, (fortunately, not 911) […]

That Dog Don’t Hunt

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.

The City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC), which often ignores or contradicts the advisory opinions of local community boards, appears to agree with Community Board 1 (CB1) on the question of a new building proposed for Canal Street, between Church Street and Broadway. That’s where developer Trans World Equities wants to construct a nine-story residential tower […]

Can God Afford to Rent in Lower Manhattan?

The last 10:30 am Sunday mass at St. Joseph's, held on June 25, comes after years of grassroots organizing by parishioners to save the Chapel.

The only house of worship in Battery Park City is winding down operations in anticipation of shutting entirely later this year. St. Joseph’s Chapel, located within the Gateway Plaza apartment complex, has been buffeted by exorbitant rent increases that the leadership of St. Peter’s Parish in the Financial District (of which the Chapel is an […]

June 26

Supporters of same-sex marriage celebrate outside the courthouse in 2015 after the Supreme Court rules that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marriage.

221 – Roman emperor Elagabalus adopts his cousin Alexander Severus as his heir and receives the title of Caesar. 699 – En no Ozuno, a Japanese mystic and apothecary who will later be regarded as the founder of a folk religion Shugendō, is banished to Izu Ōshima. 1407 – Ulrich von Jungingen becomes Grand Master […]

EYES TO THE SKY June 26 – July 9, 2017

Jay and Naomi Pasachoff look through partial-eclipse filters before the annular phase of the solar eclipse they observed from Réunion Island in the Indian Ocean on September 1, 2016.
Photo courtesy of Jay M. Pasachoff

Everyone in the United States will experience, at minimum, a partial eclipse of the Sun on August 21, 2017. In Lower Manhattan, a partial eclipse will be visible. The following short animations reveal the astronomy, wonder and mystery behind a total eclipse of the sun. These animations introduce what has been described as the most […]

One Step Closer…

Daniel Squadron

After years of quixotic effort and false starts, a bill that would guarantee Battery Park City residents multiple seats on the board of the agency that governs them, the Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) has passed the State Senate. An identical bill also passed the State Assembly, and the measure now goes to the desk […]