John Purroy Mitchel in Same League as Washington & Hamilton

July 6 is the centennial of the tragic death of John Purroy Mitchel, Mayor of New York City and U.S. Army officer in World War I. His life is well documented but there is one fact I’m still working on. I believe that only George Washington and Alexander Hamilton have more monuments and memorials in New York City than Mitchel. If this is in fact true, then Mitchel is the No. 3 most-remembered man in Continue Reading →

Why Is There No U.S. Flag, Battery Park Conservancy?

There has not been a U.S. flag in Battery Park next to the World War II memorial for six months. The Battery Park Conservancy, who is supposed to be maintaining the park, has not repaired the broken rope on the flagpole. It is dragging its heels on correcting this problem. I’ve been tweeting about this issue for several weeks. The Battery Park Conservancy has said they are studying what to do. I am saying today Continue Reading →

Sad Demise of Dorothy Parker’s Uncle on the Titanic

The sinking of the RMS Titanic 103 years ago next month is a milestone never forgotten. The disaster also had a huge impact on the life of Dorothy Parker, who lost her uncle in the tragedy at sea, an event that in some small way contributed to the declining health of her father. Reading the stories about the Titanic and the aftermath in New York City, it’s not hard to picture an 18-year-old Dorothy Rothschild Continue Reading →