Titanic Memorial in New York City

17 August 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, New York City Reading Time:  6 minutes

© Luiz Eduardo Bettega/cc-by-sa-4.0

© Luiz Eduardo Bettega/cc-by-sa-4.0

The Titanic Memorial is a 60-foot-tall (18 m) lighthouse at Fulton and Pearl Streets in the Financial District of Lower Manhattan in New York City. It was built, due in part to the instigation of Margaret Brown, to remember the people who died on the RMS Titanic on April 15, 1912. Its design incorporates the use of a time ball.   read more…

Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village

17 January 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, New York City, Palaces, Castles, Manors, Parks Reading Time:  5 minutes

Washington Square Arch © Jean-Christophe BENOIST/cc-by-3.0

Washington Square Arch © Jean-Christophe BENOIST/cc-by-3.0

Washington Square Park is a 9.75-acre (39,500 m²) public park in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Lower Manhattan, New York City. One of the best known of New York City’s public parks, it is an icon as well as a meeting place and center for cultural activity. It is operated by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (NYC Parks).   read more…

20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks

11 September 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Museums, Exhibitions, New York City Reading Time:  36 minutes

© 9/11 Memorial and Museum

© 9/11 Memorial and Museum

The September 11 attacks, often referred to as 9/11, were a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks by the Wahhabi Islamist terrorist group Al-Qaeda against the United States on the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001.   read more…

Beaver Building in New York City

16 August 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, New York City Reading Time:  5 minutes

© flickr.com - Tony Hisgett/cc-by-2.0

© flickr.com – Tony Hisgett/cc-by-2.0

1 Wall Street Court (also known as the Beaver Building and the Cocoa Exchange) is a residential building in the Financial District of Manhattan in New York City. The 15-story building, designed by Clinton and Russell in the Renaissance Revival style, was completed in 1904 at the intersection of Wall, Pearl, and Beaver Streets.   read more…

Little Italy in New York City

5 April 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, New York City Reading Time:  9 minutes

Colour-changing Little Italy sign on Mulberry Street at Broome Street © Jameschecker/cc-by-sa-4.0

Colour-changing Little Italy sign on Mulberry Street at Broome Street © Jameschecker/cc-by-sa-4.0

Little Italy is a neighborhood in Lower Manhattan in New York City, once known for its large Italian population. It is bounded on the west by Tribeca and Soho, on the south by Chinatown, on the east by the Bowery and Lower East Side, and on the north by Nolita. In 2010, Little Italy and Chinatown were listed in a single historic district on the National Register of Historic Places. Little Italy, by this point, was shrinking rapidly.   read more…

CBGB Bowery on the Bowery in Downtown Manhattan

18 November 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, New York City Reading Time:  11 minutes

CBGB club facade in 2005 © Adicarlo/cc-by-sa-3.0

CBGB club facade in 2005 © Adicarlo/cc-by-sa-3.0

CBGB was a New York City music club opened in 1973 by Hilly Kristal in Manhattan‘s East Village. The club was previously a biker bar and before that was a dive bar. The letters CBGB were for Country, BlueGrass, and Blues, Kristal’s original vision, yet CBGB soon became a famed venue of punk rock and new wave bands like the Ramones, Television, Patti Smith Group, Blondie, and Talking Heads. From the early 1980s onward, CBGB was known for hardcore punk.   read more…

West Village in Manhattan

31 May 2017 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, New York City Reading Time:  16 minutes

West Village © flickr.com - heathbrandon/cc-by-sa-2.0

West Village © flickr.com – heathbrandon/cc-by-sa-2.0

The West Village is a neighborhood in Manhattan in New York City. Largely thought to constitute the western portion of the larger Greenwich Village neighborhood within Lower Manhattan, the area is roughly bounded by the Hudson River on the west and Sixth Avenue on the east, extending from West 14th Street south to West Houston Street. The Far West Village extends from the Hudson River to Hudson Street. Bordering neighborhoods are Chelsea to the north, Hudson Square – officially designated in 2009 – and the South Village to the south, and the East Village to the east. The neighborhood is primarily residential, with a multitude of small restaurants, shops, and services. Residential property sale prices in the West Village neighborhood are some of the most expensive in the United States, typically exceeding US$2,000 per square foot ($22,000/m²) in 2016. The neighborhood is distinguished by streets that are “off the grid”, being set at an angle to the other streets in Manhattan. These roads were laid out in an 18th-century grid plan, approximately parallel or perpendicular to the Hudson, long before the Commissioners’ Plan of 1811 which created the main street grid plan for later parts of the city. Even streets that were given numbers in the 19th century to make them nominally part of the grid can be idiosyncratic, at best. West 4th Street, formerly Asylum Street, crosses West 10th, 11th and 12th Streets, ending at an intersection with West 13th Street. Heading north on Greenwich Street, West 12th Street is separated by three blocks from Little West 12th Street, which in turn is one block south of West 13th Street. Further, some of the smaller east-west residential streets are paved with setts (often confused with cobblestones), particularly in Far West Village and the Meatpacking District. This grid is prevalent through the rest of Greenwich Village as well. Beginning in the early 1980s, residential development spread in the Far West Village between West and Hudson Streets, from West 14th to West Houston Streets, resulting in the area being given its own name.   read more…

Canal Street in Manhattan

9 September 2016 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, New York City Reading Time:  8 minutes

Canal Street, at the corner Baxter Street © Pacific Coast Highway/cc-by-sa-3.0

Canal Street, at the corner Baxter Street © Pacific Coast Highway/cc-by-sa-3.0

Canal Street is a major east-west street in Lower Manhattan, New York City, running from East Broadway between Essex and Jefferson Streets in the east, to West Street between Watts and Spring Street in the west. It runs through the neighborhood of Chinatown, and forms the southern boundaries of SoHo and Little Italy as well as the northern boundary of Tribeca. The street acts as a major connector between Jersey City, via the Holland Tunnel (I-78), and Brooklyn, via the Manhattan Bridge. It is a two-way street for most of its length – from West Street to the Manhattan Bridge – with two unidirectional stretches between Forsyth Street and the Manhattan Bridge. Early in the 20th century, the jewelry trade centered on the corner of Canal Street and Bowery, but moved mid century to the modern Diamond District on 47th Street. In the 1920s, the Citizens Savings Bank built a notable domed headquarters at the intersection’s southwest corner which remains a local landmark. The portion of Canal Street around Sixth Avenue was New York’s principal market for electronics parts for a quarter-century after the closing of Radio Row for the building of the World Trade Center.   read more…

World Trade Center Transportation Hub in New York City

1 August 2016 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Architecture, House of the Month, New York City Reading Time:  8 minutes

© flickr.com - massmatt/cc-by-2.0

© flickr.com – massmatt/cc-by-2.0

World Trade Center is a terminal station in Lower Manhattan for PATH rail service. It was originally opened on July 19, 1909, as Hudson Terminal, but was torn down, rebuilt as World Trade Center, and re-opened July 6, 1971. Following the September 11, 2001 attacks, a temporary station opened in 2003. This station serves as the terminus for the Newark – World Trade Center and Hoboken – World Trade Center routes. The main station house, the Oculus, opened on March 4, 2016, and the terminal was renamed the World Trade Center Transportation Hub, or World Trade Center for short.   read more…

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