If you hadn’t realized it yet, today is November 11th, 2011, a date the aligns all six of its calender numbers (excluding the millennium and century). Since we would like to appease whatever crazy cult out there believes the world is going to end today, we look to see what past centuries have done to memorialize this special occasion.
On September 11, 2001, The Observer’s reporters worked to capture the dazed reactions of the city’s residents.
At approximately 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 11, at the intersection of West and Greenwich streets, a line of vehicles was forming: fire trucks, ambulances, dump trucks, tow trucks, city buses. Outside this convoy of city vehicles, city officials, police Read More
On September 11, 2001, The Observer bumped Michael Jackon’s birthday party from the cover to grapple with a painful new era for the city.
Spared the bombs and sieges that scarred nearly every other world capital in the 20th century, New York on Sept. 11, 2001, suffered the most catastrophic attack on American territory since Read More
Back in September, Brandon Holley replaced Kim France as editor in chief of Lucky. Today The New York Times wonders what Holley’s background in alt women’s magazines (Jane) and corporate women’s blogs (Yahoo’s Shine) means for the watery shopping mag. Probably good things!
But the most interesting line Read More
“We divided it up into categories,” said the historian Kenneth T. Jackson on Tuesday night. “Dance, the Bronx, skyscrapers — we had maybe 40 or 50 different categories, and we found somebody who was an expert on each one.”
Mr. Jackson was talking about New York. Dividing it up into categories was how he went Read More
Long before Steven Slater’s wild ride down the escape chute, there was bus driver William Cimillo. Cimillo, as the Times tells us, made Slater look like a rank amateur:
A Bronx bus driver fed up with the daily annoyances and nonsense of it all, Mr. Cimillo, 38, climbed behind the wheel of Read More
Condé could well leave 4 Times Square, marking the end of the neighborhood as we’ve known it.
VIEW SLIDESHOW > A BRIEF HISTORY OF 4 TIMES SQUARE Read More
In Harper’s, Lewis Lapham provides some historical context for the sins of Tiger Woods:
If not as “irresponsible and selfish,” how else to characterize the behavior of Julius Caesar and Henry VIII, of Presidents Bill Clinton and John F. Kennedy? Why else do men seek wealth and power if not to seize Read More