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To the lighthouse

On this date 225 years ago, Aug. 7, 1789, the first United States Congress was meeting at Federal Hall at the corner of Wall and Nassau Sts., and President George Washington marked his 100th day in office by signing into law the Lighthouses Act of 1789, “for the establishment and support of lighthouses, beacons, buoys and public piers.”

To the lighthouse

On this date 225 years ago, Aug. 7, 1789, the first United States Congress was meeting at Federal Hall at the corner of Wall and Nassau Sts., and President George Washington marked his 100th day in office by signing into law the Lighthouses Act of 1789, “for the establishment and support of lighthouses, beacons, buoys and public piers.”

Today in history: The first televised president

April 30, 1789: At New York's Federal Hall in lower Manhattan, George Washington was sworn in as the first president of the United States. Washington was a reluctant president. At the age of 57, he wanted to stay retired. But he feared political factions were tearing the nation apart, and agreed to serve. Show More Summary

Hundreds of 'Restore the Fourth' NSA Protestors March in New York City

Approximately 300 protestors demonstrating against the National Security Administration's surveillance programs marched three miles from New York City's Union Square south to Federal Hall onThursday. The march was one of 50 such protests organized in cities across the country The Restore the Fourth protests originated on Reddit less than a month ago. Show More Summary

Today in history: April 30

April 30On this day. 1789: At New York's Federal Hall in lower Manhattan, George Washington was sworn in as the first president of the United States. Washington was a reluctant president. At the age of 57, he wanted to stay retired. But he feared political factions were tearing the nation apart, and agreed to serve. Show More Summary

Washington's 101 Year Inaugural Anniversary Dinner At Delmonico's

The inauguration of George Washington as the first President of the United States took place on April 30th, 1789, when he took the oath of office at Federal Hall in Manhattan. Following the ceremony, Washington dined alone at home (Martha wasn't even there!), but 101 years later an anniversary dinner commemorating the event took place at Delmonico's restaurant. [ more › ]

The AP Showcases Photos Of Presidents At Federal Hall

This year, we have a presidential election, which makes it the perfect time for the Associated Press to share its photographs of presidents at Federal Hall. In its exhibit, The American President, the AP is featuring over 80 photographs showing presidents from John F. Kennedy to Barack Obama. [ more › ]

Daily Links – April 30, 2012

Today is April 30th. On this date in 1789, the United States had its first Presidential Inauguration, on the balcony of Federal Hall on Wall Street in New York City. During his address to congress after the ceremony, President Washington...Show More Summary

More OWS Arrests, Staggering Police Presence At Federal Hall

Ten Occupy Wall Street protesters were arrested near the New York Stock Exchange yesterday as the demonstrators continue to occupy a segregated "First Amendment Rights Area" on the stairs of Federal Hall. Shortly after the arrests, the U.S. Park Police released a six-page set of regulations for the protesters sitting on federal property. [ more › ]

More Occupy Wall Street Protesters Arrested Down by Federal Hall

Yesterday afternoon, seven Occupy Wall Street demonstrators were arrested for stretching out on the sidewalk across from Federal Hall and blocking pedestrian traffic. If only they'd stayed inside the cubicle-sized "First Amendment Rights Area." [NYDN] ... More »

Livestream: Arrests Possible as NYPD, National Park Service Move on Occupy Wall Street

An order against Occupy Wall Street has been signed by the superintendent of the National Park Service in Washington, DC. The order is likely to result in the removal of protesters, who have been demonstrating on the Federal Hall steps on Wall Street. Show More Summary

Feds Issue OWS Some Rules For Federal Hall, At Least One Arrest So Far

The National Park Service may have clarified where Occupy Wall Street protesters may occupy—a handy "First Amendment Area" on the steps—but now it seems like the feds and NYPD just want OWS out: Ryan Devereaux Tweeted, "Financial District locked down w/ #ows on the steps of Federal Hall. 'They're about to all be arrested,' says a cop." [ more › ]

Occupy Wall Street Protesters Asked to Kindly Stay in the ‘First Amendment Rights Area’

When the NYPD all of a sudden decided Occupy Wall Street's new sidewalk sleepovers were illegal, protesters moved down the block to Federal Hall (and got arrested there too). Once the first capitol building of the United States, the landmark is now a museum run by the National Park Service, ... More »

Park Service Map Now Shows "First Amendment Area" For OWS At Federal Hall

Aw, how sweet of the National Park Service to set up a little "First Amendment Rights Area" on the steps of Federal Hall! This new map on the official website shows how the Park police are doing their best to accommodate our nation's annoying "free speech" laws. Show More Summary

NYPD Divides Federal Hall Steps, Barricading Occupy Wall Street To One Side

Since Occupy Wall Street protesters were removed from their sidewalk sleeping space across the street from the NYSE, they have relocated themselves to the steps of Federal Hall several feet away. The situation has devolved into a strained tug-of-war between the demonstrators and the NYPD and the U.S. Show More Summary

So Where's That Occupy Wall Street Comeback? [Occupy Wall Street]

There were no drums when I visited Occupy Wall Street's small protest on the steps of Federal Hall on Wall Street Monday. It was in keeping with the current tenor of the movement, which seems dangerously quiet for what is supposed to be a massive spring resurgence. More »

Wall Street Protest Begins, With Demonstrators Blocked

``As it turned out, the demonstrators found much of their target off limits on Saturday as the city shut down sections of Wall Street near the New York Stock Exchange and Federal Hall well before their arrival''

David Rittgers: Federal Hall Monitors on Patrol

In the case of Kenneth Wright, someone may have lied on student loan paperwork, so federal investigators converged to kick in a door and keep a family in the back of a cruiser for hours when they could have simply knocked and served the warrant. Ridiculous.

The First State of the Union Address

“A little after noon on January 8, 1790, George Washington climbed into his cream-colored coach and rode off to Federal Hall behind a team of four snow-white horses.  In its sparsely worded style, the Constitution mandatd that the president, from time to time, should give Congress information about the state of the Union, but it [...]

"99ers" To Rally On Wall Street For Unemployment Benefits

Named such because 99 is the maximum number of weeks for unemployment payouts in the states with the highest unemployment rates, job hunting "99ers" will take to the streets outside Federal Hall on Thursday to demand that Congress broaden unemployment benefits to include them. Show More Summary

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