October 16

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1590 – Carlo Gesualdo, composer, Prince of Venosa and Count of Conza, murders his wife, Donna Maria d’Avalos, and her lover Fabrizio Carafa, the Duke of Andria at the Palazzo San Severo in Naples. 1843 – Sir William Rowan Hamilton comes up with the idea of quaternions, a non-commutative extension of complex numbers. 1847 – […]

TODAY’S CALENDAR October 11

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1PM Tour the Battery NYC Parks Learn about Battery Park’s rich history, many important landmarks and monuments, the Seaglass Carousel, 195,000 square feet of beautiful perennial gardens designed by renowned Dutch garden designer Piet Oudolf, and so much more! Meet at the Netherland Monument. FREE  www.thebattery.org 2PM Fraunces Tavern Museum Guided Tour Free with
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TODAY’S CALENDAR October 10

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10AM Drawing in the Park  Battery Park City Parks  Paint in watercolor, or use pastels, chalk, and charcoal to capture the magical vistas of the Hudson River and the unique landscape of South Cove. An artist/ educator will help participants of all levels with instruction and critique. Materials provided. FREE. South Cove. www.bpcparks.org 11AM Alexander […]

Chin Rails about Jail

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City Council member Margaret Chin is raising a broad range of concerns related to the plan, currently being pushed by the administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio, to build a new, 40-story prison in Lower Manhattan. In a letter sent to City Hall on Monday, Ms. Chin objects first to what she sees as a […]

‘Egrets, We’ve Had a Few…’

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Downtown dweller Patrick Sheldon was the first of several readers to report on Lower Manhattan’s newest celebrity resident: an as-yet-unnamed Great Egret. Spotted for the first time at a paddle-board race at North Cove Marina on September 25, this majestic creature was seen stalking a mouse. (Egrets, like all herons, subsist on fish, frogs, and […]

Today in History September 7

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1571 – Thomas Howard, 4th Duke of Norfolk, is arrested for his role in the Ridolfi plot to assassinate Queen Elizabeth I of England and replace her with Mary, Queen of Scots. 1776 – According to American colonial reports, Ezra Lee makes the world’s first submarine attack in the Turtle, attempting to attach a time […]

Today in History September 6

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1492 – Christopher Columbus sails from La Gomera in the Canary Islands, his final port of call before crossing the Atlantic Ocean for the first time. 1620 – The Pilgrims sail from Plymouth, England on the Mayflower to settle in North America. (Old Style date; September 16 per New Style date.) 1642 – England’s Parliament […]

Today in History September 5

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1666 – Great Fire of London ends: Ten thousand buildings, including Old St Paul’s Cathedral, are destroyed, but only six people are known to have died. 1698 – In an effort to Westernize his nobility, Tsar Peter I of Russia imposes a tax on beards for all men except the clergy and peasantry. 1774 – […]

A Competitive Edge

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There are eight elite public high schools in New York City that admit students based on their score on the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT).   More than 27,000 middle schoolers will take this test in the fall, but fewer than one in five will earn a coveted seat at one of the schools, […]

Today in History September 4

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476 – Romulus Augustulus, last emperor of the Western Roman Empire, is deposed when Odoacer proclaims himself “King of Italy”, thus ending the Western Roman Empire. 1260 – The Sienese Ghibellines, supported by the forces of Manfred, King of Sicily, defeat the Florentine Guelphs at Montaperti.  1282 – Peter III of Aragon becomes the King […]