Today in History February 8

Mary, Queen of Scots

1587 – Mary, Queen of Scots, is executed on suspicion of having been involved in the Babington Plot to murder her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I. 1590 – Luis de Carabajal the younger is tortured by the Inquisition in Mexico City. 1693 – The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, is granted a charter […]

‘Xin Nian Kuai Le’

Brookfield Place will offer traditional Chinese music and dancing, along with numerous other Lunar New Year festivities, this weekend.

By now, most of us have heard that the current Lunar New Yearcelebration is inaugurating the Year of the Pig, the 12th sign in the Chinese Zodiac. What fewer people realize, however, is that there are five Years of the Pigin the 60-year cycle observed throughout East Asia — because each of the 12 annual […]

Being Vigilant about the View

An architect's rendering for the new Blockhouse Restaurant, proposed for publicly owned land beneath the FDR Drive.

The Howard Hughes Corporation plans to build a large new restaurant under the FDR Drive, near the intersection of John and South Streets, in the South Street Seaport neighborhood. At its January 22 meeting, Community Board 1 (CB1) debated two resolutions to authorize this proposal. The first resolution, which considered whether to grant the new […]

‘Make Changes’


Here are the last words of Patrick Turner, aged 16: “So much pressure is placed on the students to do well that I couldn’t do it anymore. There is never a moment to brake. Finals have pressured me immensely, along with a lot of other people. I want you to know that my parents were […]

February 5

Miners and their wives posing with the finders of the nugget, Richard Oates, John Deason and his wife.

*AD 62 – Earthquake in Pompeii, Italy. *1597 – A group of early Japanese Christians are killed by the new government of Japan for being seen as a threat to Japanese society. *1852 – The New Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia, one of the largest and oldest museums in the world, opens to the […]

Debate Over Proposed Seaport Brownfield Remediation

250 Water Street

Re: “Don’t-Drink-the-Water Street” (BroadsheetDAILY Jan. 30, 2019) To the editor: Residents in the neighborhood are resisting by making their objections known to allowing the Seaport 250 Water LLC, an entity owned by the Howard Hughes Corporation (HHC), to begin brownfield remediation on the property they designate as 250 Water Street (aka 304 Pearl Street). HHC’s […]

Perjurious Promises about Penitentiary Plaza

The plaza in front of the Manhattan Detention Complex was originally promised to the Lower Manhattan community as public space -- a pledge that was ignored and forgotten after the City obtained local agreement to build the facility.

Lower Manhattan residents have one more reason to be skeptical about any assurances from City Hall regarding givebacks to the community in exchange for acquiescing to a large new jail at the site of the current Manhattan Detention Complex (MDC). At the January 22 meeting of Community Board 1 (CB1), district manager Lucian Reynolds recounted […]

February 4

Betty Friedan, American author and activist
February 4 - 1921 ~  February 4 2006

*960 – The coronation of Zhao Kuangyin as Emperor Taizu of Song, initiating the Song dynasty period of China that would last more than three centuries. *1555 – John Rogers is burned at the stake, becoming the first English Protestant martyr under Mary I of England. *1703 – In Edo (now Tokyo), all but one […]

EYES TO THE SKY February 4 – 17, 2019

February 5, 2019, one-hour before sunrise. 
 Image: Judy Isacoff, Starry Night

Every day, a ball of fire crosses the sky.             This bizarre reality was so flabbergasting in ancient times that people could relate to it only with worship. The Aztecs and Egyptians were far from alone in regarding the Sun as a god. The Persians, Incas, and Tamils (of southern India) also elevated the Sun to […]

Appellation Rail

Fulton Street Hub

Question for Big Apple Trivia Buffs: What does New York have only six of, although it might be due for a seventh? The answer was the focus of a discussion at the January 22 meeting of Community Board 1, where Transportation Committee Reggie Thomasnoted that, “Pace University’s assistant vice present of government and community relations, […]