Today in History January 31

HAM America's first Space Hero

1504 – The Treaty of Lyon ends the Italian War, confirming French domination of northern Italy, while Spain receives the Kingdom of Naples. 1606 – Gunpowder Plot: Guy Fawkes is executed for plotting against Parliament and King James. 1862 – Alvan Graham Clark discovers the white dwarf star Sirius B, a companion of Sirius, through […]

“Confection Defection”


To the editor: In your (BroadsheetDAILY)January 21st article, “Confection Defection,” Matthew Fenton wrote that “But one of the member nations of the G20 is Saudi Arabia. Although this fact has never inspired controversy in any of the dozens of other sites where Candy Nations has been exhibited in the last eight years, a predictable furor […]

To Renovate or Enervate

The existing building at 31 Leonard Street has a blank wall facing West Broadway.

Community Board 1 (CB1) is taking a dim view of a developer’s plan to modernize a trio of historic structures in Tribeca. The buildings are located at the Leonard Street and West Broadway. Because all three buildings (29 and 31 Leonard Street, and 198 West Broadway) fall within the Tribeca West Historic District, they are […]

January 30

1969 - The Beatles last public performance on the roof of
Apple Records in London

1607 – An estimated 200 square miles along the coasts of the Bristol Channel and Severn Estuary in England are destroyed by massive flooding, resulting in an estimated 2,000 deaths. 1649 – King Charles I of England is beheaded. 1661 – Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, is ritually executed more than […]

Don’t-Drink-the-Water Street

The parking lot at 250 Water Street was purchased last June for $180 million by the Howard Hughes Corporation, which may eventually seek to develop the site. In the meantime, the new owners are applying to participate in the State's brownfield cleanup program, after discovering that legacy industrial uses (such as a thermometer factory) have left contaminants in the soil and water.

The square-block parking lot in the South Street Seaport district purchased by Howard Hughes Corporation (HHC) last summer as a development site may be contaminated with multiple toxins. At the January 2 meeting of Community Board 1 (CB1), Manuel Romero, co-chair of that panel’s Land Use, Zoning and Economic Development Committee reported that the site […]

Today in History January 29

1886 - Karl Benz patents the first successful gasoline-driven automobile.

757 – An Lushan, leader of a revolt against the Tang dynasty and emperor of Yan, is murdered by his own son, An Qingxu. 1790 – The first boat specializing as a lifeboat is tested on the River Tyne. 1834 – President Andrew Jackson orders first use of federal soldiers to suppress a labor dispute. […]

The Pace of Change


Lower Manhattan’s Pace University, held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday to unveil the recently completed first phase of a multi-year plan to upgrade its campus: the extensive modernization to its signature Downtown structure, One Pace Plaza (built in 1969), and the adjacent historic structure, 41 Park Row (which dates from 1857). The renovation, which began […]

January 28

In this photo from Jan. 9, 1986 the Challenger crew takes a break during countdown training at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. Left to right are Teacher-in-Space payload specialist Sharon Christa McAuliffe; payload specialist Gregory Jarvis; and astronauts Judith A. Resnik, mission specialist;  Francis R. Scobee, mission commander; Ronald E. McNair and Ellison Onizuka engineer and astronaut.
Image: NASA

814 – Charlemagne dies of pleurisy in Aachen as the first Holy Roman Emperor. He is succeeded by his son Louis the Pious as king of the Frankish Empire. 946 – Caliph Al-Mustakfi is blinded and deposed by Emir Mu’izz al-Dawla, ruler of the Buyid Empire. He is succeeded by Al-Muti as caliph of the […]

‘You Know Best’

Judge Jonathan Lippman: "I hear you, I agree with you. One of the Commission's criticisms of the City is that the [proposed new] jails are out of scale."

The New York Law School, located in Tribeca, hosted a panel discussion on January 18 that featured Jonathan Lippman, who served as Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals from 2009 through 2015, and later headed up the Independent Commission on New York City Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform. That panel’s recommendations — […]

January 25

Mary Tyler Moore

*AD 41 – After a night of negotiation, Claudius is accepted as Roman Emperor by the Senate. *1533 – Henry VIII of England secretly marries his second wife Anne Boleyn. *1765 – Port Egmont, the first British settlement in the Falkland Islands at the southern tip of South America, is founded. *1858 – The Wedding […]