Monday, July 4, 2016


Fraunces Tavern is a national historic landmark,at the corner of Broad  and Pearl Streets. The location played a prominent role in history before, during and after the American Revolution, serving as a headquarters for George Washington.
Fraunces Tavern on July 4th 2016
George Washington's farewell to his officers
After British troops evacuated New York on Nov. 25th 1783, the tavern hosted a week later, an elaborate "turtle feast" dinner on December 4, 1783, in the building's Long Room for U.S. Gen. George Washington where he bade farewell to his officers of the Continental Army
 to inform them that he will be resigning his commission and returning to civilian life.

Washington was not out of the public spotlight for long.  In 1789, he was coaxed out of retirement and elected as the first president of the United States, a position he held until 1797.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

ILLUSTRATED EVENTS: Mary Kay Vyskocil Sworn in as a U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge

ILLUSTRATED EVENTS: Mary Kay Vyskocil Sworn in as a U.S. Bankruptcy Co...: NEW YORK--( BUSINESS WIRE )--Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP announced today that Mary Kay Vyskocil was sworn in by the United Sta...

Judge Mary Kay Vyskocil being sworn in by Honorable Cecelia G. Morris, Chief Judge of the SDNY Bankruptcy Court.

Sunday, June 26, 2016


The Battery Fair  celebrated the long-awaited opening of the Battery Oval: 87,000 square feet of Kentucky bluegrass, surrounded by 38 trees. (The sod on the magnificent lawn was laid in 2015, but needed a year to take root.) The Oval was equipped with 300 new chairs, shaped like flowers.

This Fair was a  two-day marketplace that featured more than 90 artisinal vendors, selling organic products (such as fish, flowers, fruits and vegetables, grain, herbs, and meat), many of them locally sourced, and all of them small-batch purveyors who are defining alternative, sustainable systems of natural production without compromising taste and beauty.
The vision behind the Fair is ( Warrie Price, pictured) to showcase innovations in agriculture, horticulture, food, and craft; to emphasize the connections between food production and plant production; and to support and connect small batch entrepreneurs in the Northeast region. For more information, please browse:

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Sheldon Silver sentenced to 12 years for corruption schemes

New York Daily News sketch by Jane Rosenberg
Former State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was sentenced Tuesday to 12 years in prison for using his vast power to line his own pockets with $5.3 million.
Manhattan Federal Court Judge Valerie Caproni slammed the adulterous Lower East Side Democrat as one of the most crooked elected officials the state has ever seen.
“Silver's corruption cast a shadow over everything he has done," Caproni said

To view entire NY Daily News story, link here 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Village Voice on the downtown Assembly race: great illustration by Victor Juhasz

For as long as most New Yorkers can remember, our state government has been a dark and corrupt place, a foreboding swamp swathed in a noxious miasma. Good ideas that made their way inside quickly became lost, bogged down, entangled, eventually sinking below the surface, never to emerge. The creatures that thrived in this dark realm were well adapted to life in the shadows, gorging on kickback schemes and poorly regulated campaign donations,blocking any effort to drain the fetor. Among the greatest monsters of them all was Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who, having built an impregnable political machine on Manhattan's Lower East Side, choked the dreams of popular governance without fear of consequence.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Happy Easter: City Hall Park/Jacob Wrey Fountain

  • Architect: Jacob Wrey Mould ( he designed bridges in Central Park)
  • Description: Square pool with candelabrum at each corner; central column consisting of circular basin with umbrella above, surmounted by fixture
  • Materials: Pool and column (except for fixture)--granite; Candelabra, fixture--bronze
  • Dimensions: Pool L: 30' W: 30'; Basin Diameter: 10'; Column H: 15' (all approximate)
  • Cast: 1872
  • rededicated by Mayor Giuliani 1999

 In 1999 a $34.6 million project fully restored the park, adding a central walkway and gardens and replacing pavement with grass and trees.  The Mould fountain with its original granite base was returned to the park with a reconstructed centerpiece and lighting fixtures.  A circular tablet at the southern end of the park was added to educate visitors about the history of the site.  At the park’s rededication, Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani called the renovation “a final gift from the 20th century to New Yorkers of the 21st.”

More on the fountain

Monday, February 29, 2016

Bar and Gallery Space To Open in Seaport Space Closed Since Hurricane Sandy

Bar and Gallery Space To Open in Seaport Space Closed Since Hurricane Sandy: Artists Loft plans to serve drinks and small bites while being an active gallery space, an owner said.

 Artists Loft, a bar and gallery space at 181 Fulton Street, is set to open by May.

Artists Loft, a bar and gallery space at 181 Fulton Street, is set to open by May.

DNAinfo/ Irene Plagianos
SOUTH STREET SEAPORT — On tap at this new Seaport bar: art for sale.

Loft, at 181 Front St., is planning to serve drinks and small bites,
while also being an active gallery space, said co-owner Harry Young..

Friday, January 1, 2016


Times Square morning after New Year's Eve
with 1 World Trade in background.
Happy New Year 2016!