If you’ve heard a series of loud explosions over the last hour, don’t panic. Twitter users initially worried that the electric grid may have blown in lower Manhattan again, but the loud noises are actually due to a series of controlled detonations reportedly orchestrated by the FBI.
According to NBC News, the “FBI says they will help US Parks police safely explode damaged explosions after #Sandy 6X over next 30 minutes on Ellis Island.” ABC and MSNBC’s Contessa Brewer also reported the incident.
Plants and animals aren’t the only things that are endangered—buildings are, too! Or so says the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
And although the number of endangered historic buildings is nowhere close to the whopping 2,000 endangered plant and animal species, endangered anything is never a good thing, which is why the Trust releases a list of the top 11 endangered historic buildings each year.
Since the annual list was started 25 years ago, only seven New York sites and buildings have been classified as endangered—thanks to the city’s Landmarks Law, in part—though that seventh was just added this year.
ERICA: “Uhm…did we actually just do that? Like, it’s now official? A done deal?” Greg quietly asked me after we had been staring at each other in stunned silence for a few minutes.
“Yep,” was all I could manage in response.
Greg and I just signed our contract today on our new apartment in Read More
Nowadays, when auction prices for paintings by the modern masters, both American and European, are zooming into the stratosphere and even the work of some quite mediocre modernists enjoys a lively market and fetches amazingly flattering reviews in the mainstream press, the old controversies over the influence of the European avant-garde on American art seem Read More
Zap! Battery Park to Get
Much-Needed Recharging Battery Park, the largest open public space in downtown Manhattan and one of the city’s most historic areas, is undergoing a renaissance of sorts. The park’s 200-year-old Castle Clinton, built before the War of 1812, is scheduled for a long-overdue face-lift that will restore it to the grand Read More