Way back in March, forty-one Thursdays ago, we started this series with the arrival of Henry Hudson, pre-New York, pre-New Amsterdam. Today we reach the end of the first four hundred years; with the dropping of the ball tonight, let the next four hundred begin!
2000--The Yankees win their fourth World Series in five years.
2000--The population exceeds 8 million for the first time.
2000--The new Rose Center Planetarium opens at the American Museum of Natural History.
2001--The World Trade Center is attacked by terrorists using hijacked airplanes.
2002--The removal of 1.7 million tons of debris from the World Trade Center is completed.
2002--The Austrian Cultural Forum, one of my favorite new buildings, opens.
2003--Subway tokens, which replaced nickels in 1948, are sold for the last time in April.
2004--The newly expanded MoMA opens.
2004--The new Time Warner Center opens and begins the decade's transformation of Columbus Circle.
2006--Suspension is published!
2006--The Hearst Tower, my other favorite newcomer, opens.
2006--7 World Trade Center opens, the first (and only) building to be rebuilt at Ground Zero by the end of decade.
2008--Bear Stearns fails but is purchased by JP Morgan Chase. In September, Lehman Brothers collapses and the world economy teeters on the brink.
2009--Having won the World Series in 2000, the Yankees will not win a single World Series during the Bush years. The year Bush leaves the White House, the Yankees win. (It's pointed out by Ari Fleischer, Bush's first press secretary, that the Yankees won during the administrations of Kennedy, Carter and Clinton, but not Nixon, Ford, Reagan or the Bushes. The last Republican president who saw a Yankees championship was Eisenhower.)
Sources: The Historical Atlas of New York City by Eric Homberger; New York: An Illustrated History by Ric Burns and James Sanders, with Lisa Ades; The Encyclopedia of New York City, edited by Kenneth T. Jackson; Blue Guide New York by Carol von Pressentin Wright, Stuart Miller, and Sharon Seitz; Inside the Apple by Michelle and James Nevius; New York 2000: Architecture and Urbanism from the Bicentennial to the Milennium, by Robert A.M. Stern, David Fishman, and Jacob Tilove.