The plaque reads, “to commemorate the battle of Harlem heights, won by Washington’s troops on this site, September 16th, 1776″
Have you ever seen this plaque on the math building at Columbia University? Located on Broadway around 118th Street, the plaque commemorates the battle of Harlem Heights during the Revolutionary War, which served as a serious morale boost and allowed the patriots to keep northern Manhattan.
General George Washington arrived at Harlem Heights in September of 1776 to find that the British had invaded Manhattan around Kip’s Bay (currently the area around E 34th Street), and that they now controlled southern Manhattan. The patriots still had a hold at the north, but the British were approaching soon.
When we received this news from the New Museum yesterday, we all collectively went WHAT?! From January 22nd to April 6th, the fifth floor of the museum will be turned into the inside of a spaceship. You heard that right….SPACESHIP. The press release for the exhibit, entitled “Museum as Hub,” states:
The 13th Street Repertory Company located at 50 West 13th Street
In our ever changing city, there are increasingly few places that we can say have stayed the same. At The 13th Street Repertory Company, artistic director Edith O’Hara has been doing just that since she moved to New York from Idaho in 1972. Constructed in the late 1700′s, the townhouse that houses the Company has a history as an underground railroad site, with a trap door in the basement floor.
Standing beside a mountain range of U-haul trash bags, Franklin Joshua is trying to shake off the burning. Rubbing alcohol pools into centimeter-deep crevices in his palms. But it’s the best way he knows how to get clean—vital after hours of rummaging in vast networks of garbage. Joshua, 53 and homeless, scavenges from a dump on 11th Avenue and 23rd Street, avoiding bags stuffed with shrink-wrapped Christmas ornaments never hung, in favor of perfume bottles, women’s shoes, and anything that glints.
If you’re reading this, it may already be too late. When news broke that California’s Department of Public Health had halted production of Huy Fong’s legendary Sriracha sauce for the remainder of the year, our world changed. We changed, New York.
The ‘tomorrow’ we face will not be pleasant. Uncontrollable fires in the streets and subways will replace their equivalent in our mouths. Uncooked pork & chive dumplings will remain frozen through the winter. Shaky alliances will form, and enemies will be made. Worse yet, there is little any of us can do to stop it.