October 25

SS Principessa Mafalda

285 – Execution of Saints Crispin and Crispinian during the reign of Diocletian, now the patron saints of leather workers and shoemakers. 1812 – War of 1812: The American frigate, USS United States, commanded by Stephen Decatur, captures the British frigate HMS Macedonian. 1927 – The Italian luxury liner SS Principessa Mafalda sinks off the […]

The Fine Print

Maryanne P. Braverman, a volunteer with Battery Park City Seniors, discovered that Asphalt Green is required to provide up to 35 hours per week of community usage at its facility in Battery Park City.

Research by a community leader has discovered that the agreement between the Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) and Asphalt Green requires the operator of the athletic facility on North End Avenue to provide services to the neighborhood that have not been forthcoming. Maryanne P. Braverman, one of the volunteers with the Battery Park City Seniors […]

October 24

Annie Taylor and her barrel

1260 – Chartres Cathedral is dedicated in the presence of King Louis IX of France.  Constructed between 1194 and 1250, is the last of at least five which have occupied the site since the 4th century. The majority of the original stained glass windows survive intact, while the architecture has seen only minor changes since […]

Cloister Shuck

The facade of 200 Water Street. Under a plan opposed by Community Board 1, as well as City Council member Margaret Chin and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, the open colonnade shown in the foreground will be absorbed into new retail space, while several hundred square feet of the outdoor plaza will be turned over to seating for an outdoor cafe, and the three open-air rectangular spaces (center,  on the second level above the street) will become new, market-rate apartments.

Elected officials are voicing opposition to the plan by a real estate developer to privatize more than 4,700 square feet of public amenity space at 200 Water Street. In an October 20 letter to the City Planning Commission, City Council member Margaret Chin and Manhattan Borough president Gale Brewer wrote that they, “have serious concerns […]

October 23

Wall Street Crash of 1929  " $100 Will Buy This Car"

42 BC – Liberators’ civil war: Second Battle of Philippi – Mark Antony and Octavian decisively defeat Brutus’s army. Brutus commits suicide. 425 – Valentinian III is elevated as Roman emperor at the age of six. 1812 – Claude François de Malet, a French general, begins a conspiracy to overthrow Napoleon Bonaparte, claiming that the […]

Mart May Depart


Residents of Battery Park City’s south neighborhood may soon have to walk farther for bargains like the Tuesday senior discount offered by the Gristedes supermarket. The grocery story has been a fixture for decades on South End Avenue, with locations at West Thames Street and another in the Gateway Plaza complex. But a marketing presentation […]

October 20

1968: Lady Jacqueline Kennedy marries Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis.

1720 – Caribbean pirate Calico Jack is captured by the Royal Navy. 1803 – The United States Senate ratifies the Louisiana Purchase. 1827 – In the Battle of Navarino, a combined Turkish and Egyptian fleet is defeated by British, French, and Russian naval forces in the last significant battle fought with wooden sailing ships. 1910 […]

Should Downtown Be the New Amazon Basin?


On Thursday afternoon, the administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio submitted to Amazon.com its initial proposal for the giant online retailer and technology firm to locate its so-called HQ2 (a second corporate headquarters) in New York City. Working through the City’s Economic Development Corporation (EDC) — the agency that negotiates strategic partnerships designed to foster […]

Calling All Survivors


The World Trade Center Health Program will host a forum on Saturday (October 21), where Lower Manhattan residents with questions about how their health may have been — or may yet be — impacted by the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. (If you are unable to attend the Research to Care 9/11 Community Event […]

October 18

Regency TR-1 The first practical transistor radio.

320 – Pappus of Alexandria, Greek philosopher, observes an eclipse of the Sun and writes a commentary on The Great Astronomer (Almagest). 1009 – The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, a Christian church in Jerusalem, is completely destroyed by the Fatimid caliph Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah, who hacks the Church’s foundations down to bedrock. 1081 – […]