February 28. Today in History

February 28, 1953: James Watson and Francis Crick announce to friends that they have determined the chemical structure of DNA

202 BC – Liu Bang is enthroned as the Emperor of China, beginning four centuries of rule by the Han dynasty. 1784 – John Wesley charters the Methodist Church. 1827 – The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad is incorporated, becoming the first railroad in America offering commercial transportation of both people and freight. 1849 – Regular […]

In Search of Stability

This map shows the locations of 21 buildings in Lower Manhattan that contain a total of 5,213 rent-stabilized apartments, as documented by research from CB1's Housing Subcommittee.

The Housing Subcommittee of Community Board 1 (CB1) has updated its list (see below) of rent-stabilized apartments in Lower Manhattan, and documented that there are currently 5,213 such units within the district, which is a collection of neighborhoods encompassing 1.5 square miles, bounded roughly by Canal, Baxter, and Pearl Streets and the Brooklyn Bridge. This […]

February 27

Boris Nemtsov

1594 – Henry IV is crowned King of France. 1812 – Poet Lord Byron gives his first address as a member of the House of Lords, in defense of Luddite violence against Industrialism in his home county of Nottinghamshire. 1860 – Abraham Lincoln makes a speech at Cooper Union in the city of New York […]

Piering Into the Future

The Pier 2 proposal would feature a new marina, vertical plantings along the outside walls, and hundreds of units of affordable housing.

A pair of proposals to remake the Hudson River waterfront with large new projects envisions transforming the Battery and the site currently occupied by Pier 40 with futuristic innovations like drone landing pads and open plazas designed to be flooded. Although neither plan is likely to be built anytime soon (if ever), they both emphasize […]


Elisa de la Roche

Neighbors Elisa de la Roche Occupation: Actress Elisa de la Roche has lived in Lower Manhattan for over 30 years. She has been acting, singing and dancing since she was a teenager. Now though March 18 she is appearing in a new play downtown “Three on a Match” at IATI Theater at 64 East 4th Street. […]

February 26


1616 – Galileo Galilei is formally banned by the Roman Catholic Church from teaching or defending the view that the earth orbits the sun. 1815 – Napoleon Bonaparte escapes from Elba. 1876 – Japan and Korea sign a treaty granting Japanese citizens extraterritoriality rights, opening three ports to Japanese trade, and ending Korea’s status as […]



The National Museum of the American Indian, at Bowling Green in the Alexander Hamilton Custom House, is undergoing a transformation. For many years, exhibitions centered on the vast amount of Native American artifacts that were collected more than a century ago by George Gustav Heye who, like many others, saw a complex civilization disappearing as […]



The 9/11 Tribute Museum will mark the 25th anniversary of the first attack on the World Trade Center by honoring teachers who create inspiring lessons to educate students.  For the past 11 years, the 9/11 Tribute Museum has honored teachers from across the United States for the innovative lessons they have created to introduce students of all ages to the […]

Something Scott’ll Give

Stringer: "One of the proposals I have is to put $40 million in annual surpluses that the City receives from the Battery Park City Authority, and give it to NYHCA to address their capital needs and massive maintenance backlog."

On a Sunday radio talk show, City Comptroller Scott Stringer renewed his 2014 call to dedicate a portion of excess revenue generated by the Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) to New York’s crumbling low-income housing infrastructure. The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), “is in crisis,” he said. “People who live in NYHCA have weathered […]

February 23

Rent's Due: The US pays Cuba around $4,000 a year for the use of Guantanamo Naval Base.

532 – Byzantine emperor Justinian I orders the building of a new Orthodox Christian basilica in Constantinople – the Hagia Sophia. 1455 – Traditional date for the publication of the Gutenberg Bible, the first Western book printed with movable type. 1861 – President-elect Abraham Lincoln arrives secretly in Washington, D.C., after the thwarting of an […]