Nicholas Horrock has been a writer and journalist for three decades including stints on The New York Times, Newsweek Magazine, United Press International and the Chicago Tribune. He was the editor in charge of a New York Times team that won the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for a series of articles on the U.S. immigration crisis called “The Tarnished Door.”
Horrock became an expert on national security and military affairs. He covered seven wars from the Vietnam conflict through the 2003 invasion of Iraq and has traveled throughout the world. He holds journalism awards for investigations of wrongdoing by the Central Intelligence Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation and has written extensively on terrorism, espionage and public corruption.
In a book entitled “The Contrabandistas,” Horrock detailed a major drug smuggling operation from Paraguay to New York. Horrock is currently working on a history of the U.S. response to the threat of a biological weapons attack. He covered the anthrax attacks in 2001 for Untied Press International and has tracked the FBI investigation and scientific developments over nearly a decade.
Horrock and his wife, Diane Henry, also write novels and expect to publish “A Sleepless Night,” in 2011. Writing as Henry Horrock they published a Washington thriller called “Potomac Fever” and an earlier novel on drug smuggling called “Blood Red, Snow White.”
Site could embrace restaurants, hotels, movies.
In 2007, MidAtlantic Realty Partners, a veteran Washington area real estate developer, bought 17 acres of land from the Pulte Group for $70 million. MRP’s plan was to develop Potomac Yard’s Land Bay G, the third largest parcel in the city’s concept of Potomac Yard and what Alexandria planners saw as a “Town Center” — a place with restaurants, stores, movies, offices and hotels could serve the giant residential neighborhood being developed next door by the Pulte Group.
Increased density would help pay for new Metro station.
Third in a three-part series about Potomac Yard development.
After delays, construction on 164-acre part to finish by 2020.
Second in a three-part series about Potomac Yard development.
Creating an urban development, one land bay at a time.
First in a three-part series about Potomac Yard development.
From Native American settlements to gentrified neighborhoods.
If you stand on the roof of a high rise apartment build in North Alexandria, you can get a sense of the extraordinary flatness of the Potomac Yard. You can see the Washington Monument and the Capitol dome across a skyline unbroken by anything but the occasional lifting off of a plane from Ronald Reagan Airport. To the left are the high rise buildings of Crystal City, but they are manmade break in the flat land which runs from the Potomac River south to below Old Town before a ridge of any significant height changes the contour of the country side.