DOWNTOWN CALENDAR November 30, December 1 & 2

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30 1PM Fraunces Tavern Museum Guided Tour Guided tour at Fraunces Tavern Museum. Free with admission $7, $14. 54 Pearl Street. http://frauncestavernmuseum.org 1PM Pipes at One St. Paul’s Chapel Featuring the celebrated three-manual Noack organ that was inaugurated in the spring of 2018, these innovative, free programs showcase leading organists and rising stars from […]

Today in History November 30

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American Commissioners of the Preliminary Peace Negotiations with Great Britain - the British officers involved refused to sit for the painting

977 – Emperor Otto II lifts the siege at Paris and withdraws. His rearguard is defeated while crossing the Aisne River by Frankish forces under King Lothair III. 1707 – The second Siege of Pensacola comes to end with the failure of the British to capture Pensacola, Florida. 1782 –  In Paris, representatives from the […]

Welcome to Fête City

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Ready or not, the Holiday Season is now upon Lower Manhattan. Santa Claus is coming to Brookfield Place, now through December 24, from noon to 8:00 pm on Tuesdays through Fridays, 10:00 am to 8:00 pm on Saturdays, and 10:00 am to 6:00 pm on Sundays (closed Mondays, except December 24). Photos are available (for […]

Clemency for Lower Manhattan

A preliminary rendering of the 40-story prison complex that the City had planned to erect at 80 Centre Street -- a proposal that has now been abandoned.

In what could be a major victory for Lower Manhattan community leaders and elected officials, the administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio has backed away from a plan to build a new, 40-story jail on top of a historic government office building at 80 Centre Street. This proposal was part of a broader push to […]

Today in History

Koenig & Bauer's steam-powered printing press

1520 – An expedition under the command of Ferdinand Magellan passes through the Strait of Magellan. 1582 – In Stratford-upon-Avon, William Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway pay a £40 bond for their marriage licence. 1785 – The first Treaty of Hopewell is signed, by which the United States acknowledges Cherokee lands in what is now East […]

Drip, Drip, Drip…

Asphalt Green

The Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) plans to spend $600,000 to fix a leak in the roof of the Asphalt Green community center on North End Avenue. “From the outset there were some problems with leakage into the facility,” explained Gwen Dawson, the BPCA’s vice president for real property at the Authority’s October 29 board […]

Kicked to the Curb, then Brought Indoors

The American Stock Exchange

You can see the building through Trinity Church cemetery as you walk along Broadway, just north of Wall Street. The large letters on the fourteen-story art deco façade identify it as the American Stock Exchange.      From inside the cemetery yard above Trinity Place, relief sculptures show ships, railroads, factories, and farmland that hint […]

Today in History November 26

Canal boat passes over the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

1161 – A Song dynasty fleet fights a naval engagement with Jin dynasty ships on the Yangtze river during the Jin-Song Wars. 1778 – In the Hawaiian Islands, Captain James Cook becomes the first European to visit Maui. 1789 – A national Thanksgiving Day is observed in the United States as proclaimed by President George […]

Second Act in the Cul-de-Sac

Hudson Club

The operators of the Hudson Club, the events venue on West Thames Street that was raided by the NYPD and shut down in July, after allegations of serving liquor without a license, have been issued a court order barring removal of property from the premises, and also banning further sales of alcohol. In the first […]