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 […]

Teen Training in the Arts

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The Whitney Museum is now accepting applications for its fall, 2018 program, Youth Insights Artists.    The classes, which pair high school students with professional, contemporary artists, run from late September through the end of the year, with the option of meeting on either Wednesday or Thursday afternoons, from 4:00 to 6:30 pm.     The […]

The River Project Honors Oystermen

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Since 1986, The River Project has been working to protect and restore the ecosystem of New York Harbor through scientific research, hands-on environmental education, habitat improvement and innovative waterfront programs. Manhattan Deputy Borough President Matthew Washington served as the evening’s emcee. The annual fundraising event featured an evening of music,
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Today in History July 19

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*AD 64 – The Great Fire of Rome causes widespread devastation and rages on for six days, destroying half of the city. *1545 – The Tudor warship Mary Rose sinks off Portsmouth; in 1982 the wreck is salvaged in one of the most complex and expensive projects in the history of maritime archaeology. *1553 – […]

Today in History July 18

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390 BC – Roman-Gaulic Wars: Battle of the Allia – a Roman army is defeated by raiding Gauls, leading to the subsequent sacking of Rome 64 – Great Fire of Rome begins under the Emperor Nero 1334 – The bishop of Florence blesses the first foundation stone for the new campanile (bell tower) of the Florence Cathedral, […]

Get Thee To the Water

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Brooklyn Bridge Beach Park. It isn’t exactly Coney Island. You probably couldn’t spread more that a dozen or two blankets and that’d be at low tide, because at high tide, it’s mostly under water. But Brooklyn Bridge Beach Park officially opened on July 14 for one day during the Waterfront Alliance’s 11th annual City of Water Day.   The
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