Swedish Midsummer Festival in Wagner Park Celebrates the Solstice

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On Friday June 22nd, Battery Park City Parks hosted the Swedish Midsummer Festival, a celebration of the summer solstice. Thousands of Swedes and Swedes for a Day, not unlike St. Patrick’s Day, danced traditional Swedish folk dances with Barnklubben Elsa Rix, a children’s dance club, and joined in lively dance around the Midsummer pole. There was wreath […]

Today in History June 29

Paul Klee ~ Senecio
1922 oil on canvas
"A line is a dot that went for a walk."

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. 1776 – First privateer battle of the American Revolutionary War fought at Turtle Gut Inlet near Cape May, New Jersey 1874 – Greek […]

Gateway Tenants’ Association Summer Solstice Get Together

Board members of the Gateway Tenants' Association

On the evening of June 20th the Gateway Tenants’ Association held an informal gathering for all Gateway tenants.   The new board members welcomed the crowd of old and new members and made for a pleasant evening with refreshments served in Gateway Plaza’s ‘backyard’ over looking the Hudson. While there was no formal program, chair […]

Letters

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To the editor,   Re: “The Parting of Waters” The BroadsheetDAILY Thursday, June 28th The BroadsheetDAILY reported on the second stage of the BPCA resiliency plan to protect a baseball field and Asphalt Green – which it calls a “community center” stating “The third and fourth parts of the plan will seek to protect the […]

Call It ‘Decongestion Pricing’

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Seen from Lower Manhattan, the Verrazano Bridge is a necklace of lights twinkling on the horizon, eight miles away. But a new analysis of traffic patterns concludes that charging tolls in both directions on that span — instead of levying motorists only as they enter Staten Island, but not as they leave — would divert […]

Today in History June 27

Juan Trippe

1542 – Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo claims California for Spain 1743 – War of the Austrian Succession: Battle of Dettingen: in Bavaria, King George II of Britain personally leads troops into battle. The last time a British monarch would command troops in the field. 1833 – Prudence Crandall, a white woman, arrested for conducting an academy […]

Duty Is In the Eye of the Beholden

390 Greenwich Street:
Annual taxes of $23.8 million

A new analysis of the highest property taxes in America finds that five buildings in Lower Manhattan are among the 100 highest levied in the nation, and contribute a combined total of more than $100 million in tax revenue. The report, by real estate blog CommercialCafe.com, finds that Downtown property with the greatest tax burden is […]

Today in History June 25

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Custer by Mathew Brady 1630 – Fork introduced to American dining by Gov Winthrop. It was about tine. 1638 – Lunar eclipse is first astronomical event recorded in the American Colonies 1667 – Dr Jean-Baptiste Denys, French doctor, performs first blood transfusion 1798 – US passes Alien Act allowing president to deport dangerous aliens 1868 […]

Two Steps Forward

BPCA Board members Anthony Kendall and Martha Gallo

Elected officials and community leaders are reacting to the appointment of two community residents to the board of the Battery Park City Authority(BPCA) by Governor Andrew Cuomo in the last 48 hours of the Albany legislative session that has now ended. In the final days of the session, Mr. Cuomo designated Martha Gallo, an insurance […]