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…

Columbia University in New York City

30 June 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, New York City, Universities, Colleges, Academies Reading Time:  8 minutes

The Thinker (Le Penseur) © flickr.com - InSapphoWeTrust/cc-by-sa-2.0

The Thinker (Le Penseur) © flickr.com – InSapphoWeTrust/cc-by-sa-2.0

Columbia University (also known as Columbia, and officially as Columbia University in the City of New York) is a private Ivy League research university in New York City. Established in 1754 as King’s College on the grounds of Trinity Church in Manhattan, Columbia is the oldest institution of higher education in New York and the fifth-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. It is one of nine colonial colleges founded prior to the Declaration of Independence, seven of which belong to the Ivy League. Columbia is ranked among the top universities in the world by major education publications.   read more…

Bank of America Tower in New York City

1 May 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, House of the Month, New York City Reading Time:  8 minutes

New York Public Library Main Branch and Bank of America Tower in the background © Tdorante10/cc-by-sa-4.0

New York Public Library Main Branch and Bank of America Tower in the background © Tdorante10/cc-by-sa-4.0

The Bank of America Tower is a 1,200 ft (365.8 m) skyscraper in the Midtown neighborhood of Manhattan in New York City. It is located at One Bryant Park, on Sixth Avenue between 42nd and 43rd Streets diagonally opposite Bryant Park. The $1 billion project was designed by COOKFOX Architects. Work on the building started in 2004 and it was completed in 2009. The building was appraised in July 2019 at over $3.5 billion, ranking it among the most valuable office buildings in the city. The Bank of America Tower is advertised to be one of the most efficient and ecologically friendly buildings in the world. It is the eighth tallest building in New York City, after One World Trade Center, 432 Park Avenue, 30 Hudson Yards, and the Empire State Building, and the seventh tallest building in the United States.   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…

Cunard Building in New York City

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

Entrance © Tdorante10/cc-by-sa-4.0

Entrance © Tdorante10/cc-by-sa-4.0

The Cunard Building, also known as the Standard & Poors Building, is a 22-story office building located at 25 Broadway, adjacent to Bowling Green Park in the Financial District of Lower Manhattan in New York City. The Cunard Building was designed in the Italian Renaissance style by Benjamin Wistar Morris, in conjunction with consultants Carrère and Hastings.   read more…

New York University

29 October 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, New York City, Universities, Colleges, Academies Reading Time:  7 minutes

Washington Square Park, with its gateway arch, is surrounded largely by NYU buildings and plays an integral role in the University's campus life © Jean-Christophe BENOIST/cc-by-3.0

Washington Square Park, with its gateway arch, is surrounded largely by NYU buildings and plays an integral role in the University’s campus life © Jean-Christophe BENOIST/cc-by-3.0

New York University (NYU) is a private research university based in New York City. Founded in 1831 by Albert Gallatin as an institution to “admit based upon merit rather than birthright or social class”, NYU’s historical campus is in Greenwich Village. The core of NYU consists of buildings that surround Washington Square Park. As of fall 2019, the university has a total of 51,848 enrolled students, including 26,733 undergraduate students and 25,115 graduate students. Undergraduate admissions is highly selective NYU is classified among “R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity”.   read more…

Federal Hall National Memorial in New York City

10 August 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, New York City Reading Time:  11 minutes

George Washington statue © flickr.com - Ken Lund/cc-by-sa-2.0

George Washington statue © flickr.com – Ken Lund/cc-by-sa-2.0

Federal Hall is a historic building at 26 Wall Street in the Financial District of Manhattan, New York City. The name refers to two structures on the site: a Federal style building completed in 1703, and the current Greek Revival-style building completed in 1842. While only the first building was officially called “Federal Hall”, the current structure is operated by the National Park Service as a national memorial called the Federal Hall National Memorial. The current structure, one of the best surviving examples of Greek Revival architecture in New York City, was built as the U.S. Custom House for the Port of New York. Later it served as a sub-Treasury building. The current national memorial commemorates the historic events that occurred at the previous structure.   read more…

Roosevelt Island in Manhattan

8 July 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, New York City Reading Time:  15 minutes

© FEMA - Kenneth Wilsey

© FEMA – Kenneth Wilsey

Roosevelt Island is a narrow island in New York City‘s East River, within the borough of Manhattan. It lies between Manhattan Island to its west and the borough of Queens, on Long Island, to its east. Running from the equivalent of East 46th to 85th Streets on Manhattan Island, it is about 2 miles (3.2 km) long, with a maximum width of 800 feet (240 m), and a total area of 147 acres (0.59 km²). Together with Mill Rock, Roosevelt Island constitutes Manhattan’s Census Tract 238, which has a land area of 0.279 sq mi (0.72 km²), and a population of 11,700. The island was called Minnehanonck by the Lenape and Varkens Eylandt (Hog Island) by New Netherlanders, and during the colonial era and later as Blackwell’s Island. It was known as Welfare Island when it was used principally for hospitals, from 1921 to 1973. It was renamed Roosevelt Island (after Franklin D. Roosevelt) in 1973. Roosevelt Island is owned by the city but was leased to the New York State Urban Development Corporation for 99 years in 1969. Most of the residential buildings on Roosevelt Island are rental buildings. There is also a cooperative named Rivercross and a condominium building named Riverwalk. One rental building (Eastwood) has left New York State’s Mitchell-Lama Housing Program, though current residents are still protected. It is now called Roosevelt Landings. There are attempts to privatize three other buildings, including the cooperative. The FDNY also maintains its Special Operations Command facility at 750 Main St. on the island. Due to its proximity to the headquarters of the United Nations, Roosevelt Island is home to a large number of diplomatic sector employees. At one time these included then-United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan.   read more…

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