Amidst the country fair atmosphere at today’s thoroughbred horse races, it can be easy to forget the sheer amount of history at the country’s racetracks. Many of them are an easy trip on public transit from New York City, including Belmont Track, home of the Belmont Stakes, and Monmouth Park, on the Jersey shore. On Sunday, we made the 90 tminute train ride to Monmouth Park to catch the Haskell Invitational, a $1 million purse featuring the the Exaggerator, the horse than won the Preakness this year and Nyquist, this year’s Kentucky Derby winner.
This November, the Museum of the City of New York will open the exhibit New York at Its Core, using its entire first floor to tells the history of New York from Dutch to today. The Museum will release a series of teasers in anticipation, which has already included an updated short video Timescapes that melds old and new over 400 years of history. The first trailer video was just released at last week’s Uptown Bounce event at the museum. The video showcases an historic item, an apple peeler, to tell the story of the third portion of the exhibit from 1898 to 1912.
Andy Warhol in The Factory. Photo via Phaidon.
Andy Warhol was not only one of the most iconic artists of the 20th century, but an equally iconic New Yorker. Although he died in 1987, the pop artist would have been celebrating his 88th birthday this year on August 6th. In honor of his birthday, here are 10 spots to visit in honor of Warhol.
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The MOL Benefactor, Largest Ship to Ever Arrive in NYC Harbor. Photo by Georgia Ports Authority by Stephen B. Morton.
There have been changes going on to keep New York City’s harbor competitive internationally, particularly with expansion at the Panama Canal. The upgrades in the New York area will have a price tag of $6 billion, according to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and include raising the deck of the Bayonne Bridge nearly 65 feet. Larger ships can now traverse the expanded Panama Canal, carrying 1.5x the previous capacity. The new ship size, dubbed the New Panamax, was developed in direct response to the new dimensions of the locks built in the canal.
On July 7th, with very little fanfare, the MOL Benefactor, the first of the New Panamax ships and the largest vessel to ever visit New York City arrived to the Global Container Terminal in Bayonne, New Jersey. GCT Bayonne is the only metropolitan terminal in the area that can accommodate the New Panamax ships, and as the Waterfront Alliance reported on July 22nd, “All other area terminals either do not have the capacity or would have required the ship to pass under the too-low Bayonne Bridge.”
The Victoria Theatre, photo taken on July 29, 2016, a day after the fire
Last week, a fire erupted inside the historic Victoria Theatre on 125th Street in Harlem. The fire, which began on the first floor, quickly spread to the third floor. Preservationists held their collective breath for a building which began life in October of 1917. Designed by architect Thomas W. Lamb, it was said to be one of the largest and most beautiful theaters in the New York area, built at a cost of $250,000 with a seating capacity of over 2,400.