Lower Manhattan’s Local News
Preservation, Renovation, Elevation,
and a Donation
Seaport Structure Reborn as Flood-Proof Food Emporia as Owner Celebrates with Support for Local Charity
The South Street Seaport’s historic Tin Building reached a milestone on Wednesday, when the last and highest structural beam was placed (after being ceremonially signed by dozens of well-wishers) within a reconstructed edifice, following an unprecedented, years-long effort to preserve it. This included meticulously dismantling the 1907 building, removing it from the site, and rebuilding the pier and deck beneath, then bringing the pieces back for reassembly.
All of which was made necessary by two, parallel imperatives. First, the building could not (as a legally protected landmark) be demolished, although a 1995 fire had left it literally a shell of its former self, with much of its namesake tin replaced by a fiberglass façade designed to replicate the original look. (More damage was inflicted by 2012’s Hurricane Sandy.) And second, reconstructing the 53,000-square-foot building triggered regulations that mandated it be lifted out of the flood plain occupied by Pier 17, on which the Tin Building rests. But raising the structure by the requisite six feet would have meant bumping its façade into the viaduct of the nearby FDR Drive, so it also needed to be moved about 30 feet eastward, out over the East river.
This project involved the meticulous cataloging, storage, repair and refurbishment of some 300 pieces from the original building for historical reference and re-use. The reconstruction plan required sign-off from the City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission and the State Historic Preservation Office, because the site lies within overlapping historic districts designated by City Hall and Albany. Much of the exterior fiberglass was replaced by newly replicated elements crafted to match the original design and materials, such as sheet metal cladding, pilasters, cornices, bulkheads, doors and windows. (Additionally replaced were the roof and much of the legacy flooring, which were also lost in the 1995 fire.) Among the original pieces brought back were the steel canopy that adorns the western side of the building.
The sum of all this effort has been to restore a long-vanished grandeur to the original, neo-Classical design, in which the corrugated metal façade evoked the industrial labor that took place within, while decorative two-story sheet metal pilasters evoked a nobility of purpose that reconciled ancient values with modern vitality and ambition.
The massive undertaking was managed by Howard Hughes Corporation (HHC), which has been designated by the City to redevelop the South Street Seaport neighborhood. Saul Scherl, HHC’s president for the New York region, observed that, “today’s topping-out brings us one step closer to the vision for a fully-reconstructed historic Tin Building. One that honors its unique identity and history, while offering expanded public access to the East River waterfront and adding to the resiliency of the Seaport neighborhood.”
HHC’s vision for the revitalized Tin Building centers around a partnership with celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, who opened the highly regarded Fulton seafood restaurant on Pier 17 in May. His plans for the Tin Building, however, are an order of magnitude more ambitious. Slated to open in 2021, the entire three-story building will be given over to a food hall and fish market, inspired by the South Street Seaport’s past as the busiest commercial and maritime center in the world. On a more personal level, the Tin Building will also evoke Mr. Vongerichten’s own history: When he first came to New York as a young chef in 1986, and began to establish a culinary reputation that would eventually span the globe, “I used to buy fish for my restaurant at the Fulton Fish Market, in this building,” he recalled.
In that sense, the Tin Building has come full circle. Although the Fulton Fish Market (which functioned as a wholesale agora starting in 1835) decamped for the Hunts Point section of the Bronx in 2005, the surrounding community has never lost touch with its nautical culture and legacy.
“Food and community go hand in hand,” Mr. Scherl observed. “Joining the dining options at Pier 17 and throughout the Seaport, Jean-Georges’ new food market is designed to bring people together and to be a real community mainstay. It’s a place where residents, workers and visitors can come throughout the day to grab a quick bite, enjoy a meal with friends, shop for fresh fish and produce, and much more.”
HHC also chose Wednesday’s “topping-out” event to honor and offer support to the Bowery Mission, a Lower Manhattan non-profit that provides food, medical services and employment assistance to New York’s working poor, along with homeless men, women, and children. As Mr. Scherl presented a check for $5,000, David Jones, the Bowery Mission’s chief executive officer, said, “it is an honor to be a part of this restoration and renewal of the Tin Building, because restoration and renewal is what we’ve been about since the 1870s. We’re celebrating our 140th year by working with Howard Hughes Corporation, who have been inviting us in, and have sent teams down to our mission, serving food. Our ultimate aim is not merely to provide food and shelter, but to see individuals leading lives of independence and dignity.”
James Winans, the Bowery Misson’s chief development officer, added, “we believe we are making new progress in the fight against homelessness. The support of Howard Hughes will ensure that the Bowery Mission meets the immediate needs of many more New Yorkers experiencing homelessness during Thanksgiving. Howard Hughes’ financial and volunteer support is also helping New Yorkers make progress toward restoration and independent living.”
Mr. Jones concluded by noting that the donation from HHC will enable the Bowery Mission to serve more than 3,000 additional free meals to people in need during the upcoming holidays.
Mr. Scherl added, “we’re fortunate to be part of the Seaport and Lower Manhattan community and have made it a priority through HHC’s Seaport Cares initiative to support local nonprofits, education, community events, and the arts. We are looking forward to volunteering for the third year in a row at the Bowery Mission’s annual Thanksgiving dinner, a ‘give back’ that also reflects our commitment to social impact initiatives and corporate social responsibility.”
Nadler Sponsors Legislation to Make Lower Manhattan Heliopolis No More
Support is building among decision-makers to heed a decade long call by Lower Manhattan community leaders to enact a comprehensive ban on non-essential helicopter flights in New York’s airspace.
On October 26, Congressman Jerry Nadler was joined on the steps of City Hall by fellow federal legislators Nydia Velazquez and Carolyn Maloney, as well as Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and State Senator Brian Kavanagh, along with a coalition of activists and community leaders, to announce a new proposed law — the Improving Helicopter Safety Act of 2019. To read more…
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Gotham Girls Winter Futsal League & Formativo Training
Gotham Girls F.C. – the only NYC all-girls soccer club
is running our Winter Futsal League for girls ages 7 to 16.
(Our foundational development soccer – Formativo – is available for girls ages 7-10). Our dedicated coaches ref the fun, active 50-minute 4v4 indoor futsal games, and provide coaching to develop girls foot skills and knowledge.
Dates are December 7/8 – March 21/22.
Games are on Saturdays or Sundays (depending on age)
at PS276 and PS234 gyms.
Cost is $210 for 12 games.
To register for Winter Futsal or Formativo, please go to http://gothamgirls.org.
Indie Craft Fair Tomorrow
Judy Sklover is one of those Battery Park City pioneer women who is devoted to the neighborhood, and in particular to the young folk. Director of administration and parent liaison at the Battery Park City Day Nursery for the first two-thirds of every weekday, she races to PS/IS 89 each afternoon to lead after-school activities for Manhattan Youth.
Last year, realizing that many of her friends led artistic lives, she decided to organize a craft fair that showcased some of their work. It was a huge success, and she promised both vendors and shoppers that she would do it again. This Saturday, November 16, Judy is presenting her second annual Indie Craft Fair, with double the number of vendors, 11am to 4pm, at 6 River Terrace. We managed to catch Judy as she was flying by, to ask a few questions.
So how did this Indie Craft Fair come about?
The second annual Indie Craft Fair will be held on Saturday, November 16, 11am to 4pm, at 6 River Terrace, located just north of the Irish Hunger Memorial in Battery Park City
If You Think Your Voice Doesn’t Matter in the Climate Movement Then You Need to Read This
To the editor:
Just a month into the school year and virtually every student across the world is asking themselves the same question: can youth protest really make an impact on the climate crisis?
Dedicated activists of the movement fiercely argue yes, whereas others believe that students can strike all they want, but ultimately the people in power dictate our fate, and they aren’t listening. This worry encapsulates a primary concern young people have with respect to the climate movement, and is one of the deciding factors on attending events such as the September 20th climate strike. If we cannot vote, how can we have control in politics? Which will benefit my future more; making a protest sign or doing homework? If my teacher will count it as an absence, is it worth it? I’m just one person, how can I make a difference? If the answers to all of these questions are “no, I cannot make change,” then how come an estimated four million people from 125 countries marched on September 20th? What was in it for them and why did they think their words could effectuate change?
In this era, young activists have been the catalyst for change. The March for Our Lives movement demonstrated how youth leaders of change can affect politics, similar to the youth climate movement. Prior to the March for Our Lives movement, states such as Florida had some of the weakest gun laws, but youth protesters were diligent in making politicians hear their voices. Not only did these youth activists change the conversation about guns, but they convinced their home state of Florida to take action for gun safety, passing 67 total gun safety bills. The March for Our Lives movement may be one example, but it is proof that modern day youth protests will not be silenced in the face of policies and adults, and the climate movement is a continuation of this.
The climate movement has given way to strong youth leaders to control the conversation and make their voices heard. Xiye Bastida-Patrick is a senior at Beacon High School who has been a powerful voice who has inspired others. She described her first experience speaking out against climate change as a revelation in how she can change lives: “When I realized that the things I said as a young person actually affected others’ perception and habits, I realized that I needed to use that voice to enact change.” She hopes that from this change others can grow an inspiration and passion for activism, just as she herself has: “I think that the beautiful thing about this movement is that we can inspire people to become activists. I was inspired by my parents, and I know that I have inspired others.”
When I asked her what she would tell youth who are unsure of the power of their voice she said she would respond by saying that “Because of our strike on May 3rd New York City declared a climate emergency [….].” What is special about this movement is that is specific to youth because it affects our future, and we strike to tell the government that changes need to be made in the core systems of our society. Xiye argues that “we are not telling governments and industries that we are striking because we don’t want straws anymore.” We are striking because no one else will, and our future is in our own hands.
In August of 2018 a 15 year old girl from Sweden sat alone outside of Swedish parliament during school and demanded the government hear her words. A little over a year later she spoke to world leaders in New York City at the UN Climate Action Summit; and her words will echo forever into history: “You are failing us. [….] And if you choose to fail us, I say: We will never forgive you. We will not let you get away with this.” Greta Thunberg is one out of millions of youth across the world who have put their education at risk to march for our home. If the politicians won’t fight for it it is our duty to make them fight. Our youth is not a hindrance, rather it is a strength, and as Xiye said “When youth speak up to protect our rights, it’s because we’re right[….]” From the March for Our Lives Movement movement to the climate march, youth are taking charge across the world, and if we all recognize that our voice matters and that protesting has an impact, then the world will be forced to listen.
Amina Castronovo is a sophomore at Beacon High School in Manhattan, she grew up in Lower Manhattan and attended the Salk School of Science for Middle School and P.S. 150 for elementary school. Photo credit: Amina Castronovo
CB1 Endorses Plan to Ease Downtown Traffic with Toll Modification Miles Away
Community Board 1 has weighed in on a proposal to change a decades-old tolling policy on the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge, which may have a significant benefit for traffic congestion in Lower Manhattan. Although the bridge is eight miles away from Lower Manhattan, its tolling regimen is a significant contributor to Downtown traffic patterns. To read more…
November 15, 2019
Pärt and Poulenc
St. Paul’s Chapel
This concert features iconic works of two of the most compelling and influential composers of the 20th century: Arvo Pärt and Francis Poulenc. The monumental work Passio by Arvo Pärt is a meditative setting of texts from the Passion according to St. John and is considered as the apotheosis of his writing. Poulenc’s masterpiece Figure Humaine, written in Nazi-occupied Paris in 1943 to poems of Paul Éluard, is perhaps the ultimate Poulenc musical statement. Dedicated to Pablo Picasso, in what is known as Poulenc’s most challenging choral work, the piece embodies great suffering and oppression, juxtaposed with the hope for freedom from tyranny.de at all. 54 Pearl Street.
Steven Amedee Gallery
Jefferson Hayman : New Amsterdam
Exploring themes of nostalgia, common symbols, and memory, Jefferson Hayman invites the viewer to partake in the narrative process that is both intimate and deeply personal.
Each photograph is handcrafted as a silver gelatin, platinum or pigment print, capturing a delicacy in tonality reminiscent of early Pictorial photography as well as the subsequent modernism movement’s refined interplay of light and shadow.
Entitled New Amsterdam, this exhibition will focus in part on Dutch inspired still lives as well as images of the once Dutch colony New York City.
Thursday, November 14th, 2019 6pm – 9pm
Steven Amedee Gallery 41 N Moore Street in Tribeca
EYES TO THE SKY
November 12 – 24, 2019
Transit of Mercury yesterday, Venus and Jupiter meet on the 24th
Mercury, the smallest planet in our solar system – slightly larger than Earth’s moon – and closest to the Sun, was observed – through telescopes – crossing the Sun yesterday, November 11. Even if you observed the little planet transiting the Sun in real time, it is worth watching NASA’s phenomenal two minute time-lapse film that shows close-ups of the Sun during Mercury’s May 9, 2016 transit. Click here to view. The next Transit of Mercury visible in its entirety from our location will be in 2049.
Cruise Ships in New York Harbor
Arrivals & Departures
Friday, November 15
Inbound 6:15 am; outbound 4:30 pm
Saturday, November 16
Anthem of the Seas
Inbound 5:30 am (Bayonne); outbound 3:00 pm
Port Canaveral, FL/Bahamas
Many ships pass Lower Manhattan on their way to and from the Midtown Passenger Ship Terminal. Others may be seen on their way to or from piers in Brooklyn and Bayonne. Stated times, when appropriate, are for passing the Colgate clock in Jersey City, New Jersey, and are based on sighting histories, published schedules and intuition. They are also subject to tides, fog, winds, freak waves, hurricanes and the whims of upper management.
CLASSIFIEDS & PERSONALS
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SEEKING FREE-LANCE PUBLIC RELATIONS PROFESSIONAL OR SMALL PR FIRM
Work with well-reviewed author of five E-books, developing and implementing outreach strategies. Includes writing, placement, research, new outlets and on-line advertising. Savvy social media skills a must. Downtown location.
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Today in History
1533 – Francisco Pizarro arrives in Cuzco, the capital of the Inca Empire.
1777 – American Revolutionary War: After 16 months of debate the Continental Congress approves the Articles of Confederation.
1915 – Winston Churchill resigns from the Government, and soon commands the 6th Battalion of the Royal Scots Fusiliers on the Western Front.
1920 – First assembly of the League of Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.
1926 – The NBC radio network opens with 24 stations.
1943 – The Holocaust: German SS leader Heinrich Himmler orders that Gypsies are to be put “on the same level as Jews and placed in concentration camps”
1959 – The murders of the Clutter Family in Holcomb, Kansas were discovered, inspiring Truman Capote’s non-fiction book In Cold Blood.
1966 – Project Gemini: Gemini 12 completes the program’s final mission, when it splashes down safely in the Atlantic Ocean.
1971 – Intel releases the world’s first commercial single-chip microprocessor, the 4004.
1979 – A package from Ted Kaczynski begins smoking in the cargo hold of a flight from Chicago to Washington, D.C., forcing the plane to make an emergency landing.
1985 – A research assistant is injured when a package from the Unabomber addressed to a University of Michigan professor explodes.
2006 – Al Jazeera English launches worldwide.
2012 – Xi Jinping becomes General Secretary of the Communist Party of China and a new seven-member Politburo Standing Committee is inaugurated.
1708 – William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham, English soldier and politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1778)
1887 – Georgia O’Keeffe, American painter and educator (d. 1986)
1891 – W. Averell Harriman, American businessman and politician, 11th United States Secretary of Commerce (d. 1986)
1891 – Erwin Rommel, German field marshal (d. 1944)
1906 – Curtis LeMay, American general and politician (d. 1990)
1908 – Carlo Abarth, Italian engineer and businessman, founded Abarth (d. 1979)
1925 – Howard Baker, American lawyer, politician, and diplomat, (d. 2014)
1926 – Thomas Williams, American author and academic (d. 1990)
1929 – Ed Asner, American actor, singer, and producer
1932 – Petula Clark, English singer-songwriter and actress
1941 – Daniel Pinkwater, American author and illustrator
1226 – Frederick of Isenberg, German nobleman (b. 1193)
1280 – Albertus Magnus, German bishop, theologian, and philosopher (b. 1193)
1630 – Johannes Kepler, German astronomer and mathematician (b. 1571)
1945 – Frank Chapman, American ornithologist and photographer (b. 1864)
1978 – Margaret Mead, American anthropologist and author (b. 1901)
1998 – Stokely Carmichael, Trinidadian-American activist (b. 1941)
Governors Island Caps a Banner Season; Faces Momentous Decisions in 2020
Governors Island has recently concluded a record-breaking season, and faces a year of both expanded amenities and milestone decisions in 2020, according to a recent discussion at Community Board 1.
At the September 17 meeting of the Board’s Waterfront, Parks, & Cultural Committee, Clare Newman, the president and chief executive officer of the Trust of Governors Island, began by noting that, “as everyone knows, we are now open six months of the year, which means you can experience spring summer and fall on Governors Island.”
Quay to the Future
Hudson River Park Trust Hints at Estuarium Partnership with River Project
A discussion at the October 15 meeting of the Waterfront, Parks & Cultural Committee of Community Board 1 (CB1) pointed toward a possible resolution of a question that has remained unanswered for years: Will a highly regarded non-profit that has served Lower Manhattan for decades continue to have a home on the waterfront?
“A Fraudulent Scheme”
FiDi Renters Seek Recompense for Years of Rent Overcharges
In the wake of a June ruling by New York State’s highest court that tenants in Financial District rental buildings had been illegally deprived of rent stabilization benefits, a pair of apartment dwellers is litigating to recoup the money they lost by paying inflated, market-rate rents for years.
In October, Bruce Hackney and Timothy Smith, tenants at Ten Hanover Square, filed suit against their landlord, alleging that the owner’s, “failure to follow rent regulations was part of a fraudulent scheme to deregulate apartments in the building.”
Eighteen Years Later, What about the Children?
Schools Agency Begins Belated Outreach Effort to Former Lower Manhattan Students at Risk of 9/11 Illness
The City’s Department of Education is partnering with the United Federation of Teachers union for an unusual mission: tracking down former New York City public school students who were pupils at Lower Manhattan schools on September 11, 2001 (or in the months that followed) and informing them that their health may be at risk. The project will also seek to put these students in touch with the World Trade Center Health Program and the September 11th Victims Compensation Fund.
In September, the DOE began mailing out the first of more than 19,000 letters to the last known addresses of students who attended schools such as P.S. 89, I.S. 289, P.S. 234, P.S. 150, and Stuyvesant High School, along with dozens of other elementary, middle, and high schools below Houston Street.
Lower Manhattan Forecast: It’s Getting Cloudier
Downtown Alliance and BPCA Expand Free Wireless Coverage by 1.5 Million Square Feet
The Battery Park City Authority and Downtown Alliance have teamed up to bring improved or new free WiFi service to an additional 1.5-million square feet of outdoor space in Rockefeller, Teardrop, and Wagner Parks along the Hudson River in Battery Park City.
The next phase of the project, slated for 2020, will aim to cover large swaths of the Battery Park City’s Esplanade. For more information about free WiFi coverage in Lower Manhattan, please browse: www.downtownny.com/wifi
Click to 30 seconds of morning sounds on the esplanade
A Bridge Too Few
Community Leader Rallies Support to Halt Planned Demolition of Pedestrian Span Over West Side Highway
A Battery Park City resident and community leader is mobilizing support to preserve the Rector Street Bridge, the pedestrian span that is slated for demolition as a newer overpass at nearby West Thames Street (which unofficially opened in September) is gradually integrated into the local streetscape.
Bob Schneck spoke during the public comment session of the Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) board meeting on Tuesday, pointing to a petition drive he has spearheaded, and noting that, “I have collected more than 1,800 signatures by residents who want to keep the bridge. Rector Street lines up with almost every subway line in Lower Manhattan, and ferries on both ends.”
Putting the Tension in Detention
City Council Approves de Blasio Controversial Plan for New Jail Complex in Lower Manhattan; Legal Challenges Likely
The administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio won City Council approval on October 17 for a modified version of its controversial plan to erect a new, skyscraper prison in Lower Manhattan, as part of a wider scheme to close the City’s notorious detention complex on Rikers Island, and replace it with four, large “borough-based jail” facilities-one in each county, except Staten Island.
At the session during which the plan was approved, City Council member Margaret Chin said, “to my constituents-I hear you.
Rents Within Reach for 50 Years
Lower East Side’s Depression-Era Equivalent to Gateway Plaza Preserves Affordability Through 2069
City Council member Margaret Chin has brokered an agreement that will preserve affordability for rental tenants at Knickerbocker Village, a giant apartment complex in the Two Bridges neighborhood, which was built by a public-private partnership in the 1930s.
The complex bears striking similarities to Battery Park City’s largest residential development, Gateway Plaza. Both boast multiple buildings (12 on the Lower East Side and six in Battery Park City), surrounding a central garden. Each has a similar number of apartments: 1,590 for Knickerbocker Village and 1705 in Gateway Plaza. And the two projects were conceived as bulwarks of affordability.
The Subtle Art of Not Giving A Shoot
Chin Pushes Legislation to Rein in Production Permits
City Council member Margaret Chin is co-sponsoring a package of bills to clamp down on rampant film and television production in Lower Manhattan.
Although the new laws, if enacted, will have City-wide effect, their impact would be especially significant in the square mile below Chambers Street, where dozens of movies and TV shows commandeer local streets (sometimes for days at a time) each year.
Things That Make You Go ‘Hmm…’
Lawsuit Over Similarity Between One World Trade and Architecture Student’s Design Moves Ahead
One thing is reasonably certain: In 1999, Jeehoon Park, then a student at the Illinois Institute of Technology’s College of Architecture, created a design for a very tall building with a large square base tapering to a smaller square top. In Mr. Park’s vision, the square formed by the roof was rotated 45 degrees relative to the one at the ground level, so that the center-points on each side of the quadrilateral below corresponded to the corners of the one above, and vice versa. And instead of four vertical walls, the structure’s facade consisted of eight elongated triangles.
That structure was never built. Or was it?
You Can Hit-and-Run,
But You Can’t Hide
Driver Alleged to Have Run Over Tribeca Pedestrian in May Indicted for Separate Manhattan Traffic Death
The New York County District Attorney’s Office has indicted Jessenia Fajardo, a resident of the upstate town of Walden in two separate incidents involving reckless driving that caused injury to pedestrians. The more serious of these took place on July 19, when Ms. Fajardo is accused of having run a red light on the Upper West Side and then slamming into an elderly couple in a crosswalk. One of these pedestrians, 62-year-old Alfred Pocari, was killed, while the second (whose name has not been released) was seriously injured.
When police took Ms. Fajardo into custody at the scene of the July incident, they discovered that she was also involved in a similar (albeit less gravely serious) incident two months earlier. To read more…
What’s In Store?
Amid a Booming Economy, Lower Manhattan Retail Space Languishes
A new report from City Comptroller Scott Stringer finds that in one Lower Manhattan zip code — 10013, which covers parts of western Tribeca SoHo, and the Canal Street corridor in Chinatown — there are 319 empty retail spaces, comprising almost 300,000 square feet of unused property. To read more…
BPCA’s Public Art Collection Represents Multiple Layers of Value
The Battery Park City Authority, has completed an inventory and appraisal of its public art collection. This is part of a broad effort to take stock of the Authority’s ongoing role as a patron and custodian of pieces that represent an integral thread in the fabric of the community, as evidenced by the fact that space and funding for public art were both set aside decades ago, in the neighborhood’s first master plan, before the first building was erected.
BPCA Puts the Brakes on Conversions of Rental Buildings within Community
Residents of rental apartments in Battery Park City who fear being thrown out of their homes as developers plan to convert those buildings to condominiums can rest a little bit easier, according to the Battery Park City Authority.
At the October 2 meeting of the Battery Park City Committee of Community Board 1, Authority president Benjamin Jones said, “I want to talk about some of the potential condo conversions that people are concerned about. We have been very clear with developers over the last year, and then some, about our position — that we want to preserve the rental housing that exists in Battery Park City.” To read more…
Breaking It Down
Composting Catches on in Battery Park City
You’re probably heard of the farm-to-table movement. Thanks to the Battery Park City Authority’s compost initiative, there’s a burgeoning table-to-earth movement in this Lower Manhattan community.
What happens to the scraps after you’ve dropped them in the bin? How do your apple peels and corn husks turn into rich, beneficial compost?
The Broadsheet set out to investigate. To read more…
Death Came Calling at the Corner of Wall and Broad Streets, in Lower Manhattan’s First Major Terrorist Attack
As the noon hour approached on a fall Thursday morning in 1920, a horse-drawn wagon slowly made its way west down Wall Street toward “the Corner,” the high-powered intersection of Wall and Broad. Its driver came to a gentle stop in front of the Assay Office, where stockpiles of gold and silver were stored and tested for purity. But theft was not his motive.
Cass Gilbert and the Evolution of the New York Skyscraper
by John Simko
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