Today in History April 30

Robo Man. Maybe this is where we all went wrong.
Watch this footage promoting artificial intelligence and smoking. "And he's only 2 years old"

311 – Emperor Galerius legally recognizes Christians in the Roman Empire 1492 – Columbus is given royal commission to equip his fleet 1789 – George Washington inaugurated as first president of US 1803 – US doubles in size through Louisiana Purchase ($15 million) 1808 – First practical typewriter finished by Italian Pellegrini Turri 1859 – […]

EYES TO THE SKY April 30 – May 13, 2018

There are Millions of Asteroids in the solar system, usually found in the Asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, however those that pass the Earth are called Near-Earth objects

     The Northeast Astronomy Forum (NEAF) is a magnet for amateur astronomers, professionals and those simply curious about astronomy and space exploration. Over Earth Day weekend, which included worldwide Astronomy Day, April 21, I was one of thousands who streamed along the paths to NEAF venues on the Rockland Community College campus, an hour northwest […]

Arterial Concerns


Tomorrow (Tuesday, May 1) evening, the Battery Park City Committee of Community Board 1 (CB1) will host a review and update about plans for improving pedestrian safety and traffic flow on South End Avenue. Because these plans have under development for several years, and some versions of the proposed design have been controversial, community leaders […]

April 25

Jane Jacobs

1449 – Anti-pope Felix V resigns 1507 – Geographer Martin Waldseemuller first used name America 1684 – Patent granted for thimble 1792 – Guillotine first used in France, executes highwayman Nicolas J Pelletier 1850 – Paul Julius Reuter, use 40 pigeons to carry stock market prices 1859 – Ground broken for Suez Canal 1861 – […]

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

GPTA members Marc Gorman, Steve Kessler, Sarah Cassell, Gail Vinisky, with President Karlene Wiese and Rosalie Joseph

The board of the Gateway Plaza Tenants Association (GPTA) has been almost entirely reconstituted since residents stood for election last October, with a new slate of community leaders and activists taking the helm. The Association’s new president is Karlene Wiese, who is backed up by first vice president Rosalie Joseph and second vice president Honey […]

April 24

Designed in the neo-Gothic style by Cass Gilbert it was originally to be a 420 feet tall but eventually built to a height of 792 feet tall. Meant to serve as the headquarters of Woolworth's business empire, it cost 13.5 million to build and was completed in 1912. At the grand opening celebration, President Woodrow Wilson flipped a switch in Washington D.C. to turn on the lights to what was then the tallest building in the world, only to be surpassed in 1930 by the Chrysler Building and 40 Wall Street. There was once an observation deck on the 57th floor that closed in 1941.

1184 BC – The Greeks enter Troy using the Trojan Horse 1066 – Halley’s Comet sparks English monk to predict country will be destroyed 1800 – Library of Congress established with $5,000 allocation In 1800, as part of an act of Congress providing for the removal of the new national government from Philadelphia to Washington, […]

Battery Park City Wayfinding Signage Survey


The Battery Park City Authorityis in the process of developing new wayfinding signage, intended to guide motorists, bicyclists, transit users, and pedestrians along and through streets (in concert and coordination with existing New York City street signage), sidewalks, public spaces, and transition points across Battery Park City’s 92-acres.    This process will result in the […]

9/11 Advocacy That Makes All the Difference


Turley, Hansen & Rosasco, LLP is a law firm that focuses exclusively on representing Downtown residents and workers impacted by exposure to toxins in the air after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. As they seek financial compensation and medical care for their clients, the firm is emerging as one of the leading advocates […]

April 23

William Shakespeare
"Away, you starvelling, you elf-skin, you dried neat's-tongue, bull's-pizzle, you stock-fish!"
(Henry IV Part I - Act II, Scene iv)

1597 – William Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor is first performed, with Queen Elizabeth I of England in attendance. 1635 – Oldest US public institution, Boston Latin School founded 1838 – English steamship “Great Western” crossing Atlantic docks in NYC 1861 – Robert E. Lee named commander of Virginia Confederate forces 1900 – First […]

Where Landmarks Are Plentiful, But Development Enroaches

A map compiled by the Municipal Art Society shows more than 100 sites in Lower Manhattan where owners or developers have sought permissions to alter legally protected landmarks.

One of the more obvious ways in which Lower Manhattan is being radically transformed before the eyes of people who live here is the proliferation of new buildings. A less apparent, but still significant, driver of the ongoing local metamorphosis is the rate at which older buildings — in some cases, historic — are being […]