Meditations in an Emergency

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Battery Park City resident Marijo Russell-O’Grady has co-authored a new book that is timely and topical, albeit in a troubling way. With her colleague, Katie Treadwell, Dr. Russell-O’Grady (who holds a PhD in higher education administration) has written, “Crisis, Compassion, and Resiliency in Student Affairs: Using Triage Practices to Foster Well-Being,” a research-driven analysis of […]

Today in History March 29

The Petersburg Tollhouse, on the National Road in Addison, Pennsylvania

The Petersburg Tollhouse, on the National Road in Addison, Pennsylvania 845 – Paris is sacked by Viking raiders, probably under Ragnar Lodbrok, who collects a huge ransom in exchange for leaving. 1792 – King Gustav III of Sweden dies after being shot in the back at a midnight masquerade ball at Stockholm’s Royal Opera 13 […]

Today’s Calendar March 29

Batting practice

Batting practice Downtown Little League   OPENING DAY is April 6th 12NOON Battery Park City Health Workshop  VISION HEALTH 6 River Terrace Technique in Brow Lifting Lunch presentation Q&A 12:30 – 2pm All Seminars are free and open to the public. Seating is available on a first come, first serve basis. Lunch will be served. bpcseniors@gmail.com  212-312 […]

Go Directly to Jail

Jail Design

This schematic details the design and allocation of space that prison-reform advocates hope will make a new jail a more humane detention facility. On Monday, the clock began ticking on the approval process under which a plan by Mayor Bill de Blasio to build a new, high-rise jail in Lower Manhattan may move ahead, or […]

Today in History March 28

Henri Fabre in 1910 with his seaplane, Hydravion

Henri Fabre in 1910 with his seaplane, Hydravion AD 37 – Roman emperor Caligula accepts the titles of the Principate, bestowed on him by the Senate. 1842 – First concert of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Otto Nicolai. 1854 – Crimean War: France and Britain declare war on Russia. 1871 – The Paris Commune […]

Today’s Calendar March 28

Batting practice

Batting practice Downtown Little League   OPENING DAY is April 6 2-3:30PM After Poland  with Author Cheryl Chaffin Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust As a student in Italy in the 1980s, Cheryl Chaffin first discovered the writing of Primo Levi, the eminent Italian-Jewish chemist, poet, and writer of Holocaust testimony. […]

Taking Back the Streets

A rendering of how Bowling Green Park could be expanded if part of Broadway were given over to pedestrians.

A rendering of how Bowling Green Park could be expanded if part of Broadway were given over to pedestrians. The Financial District Neighborhood Association (FDNA) is proposing to reclaim a large swath of Lower Manhattan’s streetscape for pedestrians with a program that would widen sidewalks, take down construction scaffolds, put trash in its place, decrease […]

The Lost Lighthouses of New York Harbor

Light house in New York harbor

In 1914 Charles Gilbert Hine described the view from Grimes Hill, Staten Island: “At night there are within view from here eight lighthouses and two light-ships-the Highland light, the two lights on Sandy Hook, Romer Shoal light, West Bank light, the red flash of Norton’s Point at the west end of Coney Island, and toward […]

Today’s Calendar March 27

This freight car, used to transport victims of the Holocaust, will soon be installed outside the Museum of Jewish Heritage, as part of its upcoming exhibit, "Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away."

This freight car, used to transport victims of the Holocaust, will soon be installed outside the Museum of Jewish Heritage, as part of its upcoming exhibit, “Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away.” 1-2PM Adult Chorus Battery Park City Parks Directed by Church Street School for Music and Art, the BPC Chorus is open to […]

Today in History March 27

Nikita Khrushchev

Nikita Khrushchev 196 BC – Ptolemy V ascends to the throne of Egypt 1513 – Spaniard Juan Ponce de Leon discovers Florida 1625 – Charles I, King Of England, Scotland and Ireland, ascends English throne 1668 – English king Charles II gives Bombay to East India Company 1790 – The modern shoestring (string and shoe […]