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Volume 1, No. 43  March 24, 2014

Quote of the day:
"This is a beautiful, local farmers' market - thriving, busy, authentic, original, stimulating."  - Diane Harris Brown, a member of the Seaport Working Group, describing the New Amsterdam Market on South Street

* Seaport Talk: Seaport Working Group and Seaport charrette
* September 11 Museum to open on May 21
* How to keep smartphones from being stolen
* Bits & Bytes: WTC Museum to get victims' remains; 5 Beekman Place on the market
* Community Board 1 full board meeting
* Calendar

Masthead photo: Gateway Plaza in Battery Park City. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

South Street Seaport     
During the Seaport charrette, maps were distributed and participants were invited to mark them with places in the Seaport of historic or continuing interest and to fill out cards describing why these places were important. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)


Talk about the South Street Seaport continues.   


On March 20, the Seaport Working Group met for the fourth time to talk about the Seaport. This group is composed of elected officials, Community Board 1 representatives, community stakeholders and members of The Howard Hughes Corporation, which has a long-term lease on parts of the Seaport, and the New York City Economic Development Corporation, the Seaport landlord.


The meeting took place in the office of New York State Senator Daniel Squadron. As in previous sessions, no press was present and a statement was issued after the meeting. It said:


"The Seaport Working Group continued its discussion of the important issues to consider in the development of the South Street Seaport area. We began with an introduction of the new facilitator, Jonathan Martin, Ph.D. AICP, full-time professor of Urban Planning in the Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment at Pratt Institute. We then heard a presentation from the South Street Seaport Museum about the history and current status of the piers, property spaces, and historic ships. Last, the Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability gave a presentation about resiliency challenges and regulations."

The next meeting will take place on Thursday, March 27 at 5 p.m. in the offices of the Economic Development Corporation.


Many things about these deliberations aren't clear. Apparently, how long they will go on has not been discussed. Nor has it been discussed as to how recommendations will be made when the Working Group gets to that point. Will each person on the committee have one vote? Will some votes count more than others? This is unknown.


Moreover, it has been said from the beginning that the recommendations of the Working Group are advisory, not binding.  


The Catch & Release pavilion under the FDR Drive. 

On Saturday, March 22, there was more talk about the Seaport, this time from the AIGA/NY Design Relief group that installed the "Catch & Release" pavilion this past winter under the FDR Drive near John Street.  That pavilion was outfitted with ropes and pulleys to which people attached cards on which they wrote their thoughts and thanks to those who had helped them during and after Superstorm Sandy. The idea was to create an outlet that people could use to say what had not yet been said - or as the Design Relief people said, "to make the invisible visible."


The talk on Saturday revolved around the idea of "placemaking," introduced and explained by Susan Silberberg, the keynote speaker at a charrette held at Pace University. Her speech described ways that communities have seized the initiative to make "great public places," often doing so with little or no money.  


Susan Silberberg.

She mentioned traditional public places such as the Athenian agora (marketplace) and the New England town green. "Industrialization fractured the bond between people and public places," she said. "When you lose your public places - your meeting places - you lose your sense of who you are."  


She advocated a "bottoms-up" approach to placemaking, instead of a "top-down" approach imposed on the community.  


But what do you do, inquired Michael Kramer, who is a member of the Seaport Working Group, "when the city has decided that they want to privatize our district and hand it over to Howard Hughes, who is a developer - who is developing Pier 17?  We've reacted - the Community Board has passed lots of resolutions, Save Our Seaport has done petitions. We've done a Town Hall meeting. Where does placemaking come in after the fact?"


Silberberg confessed that she didn't know much about the specifics of the Seaport situation.  


She said that it was necessary to ask, "What does the city want out of this? Why are they doing this?

Then you have to say, is there any alternative that we can possibly put together that would meet what the city needs? Because if you go in there without that worked out, particularly in tough economic times, it's really, really hard. You have to wear a business hat. You have to figure out, what are we offering? And that's going to mean compromise most likely."

She said that she would advise looking for a different developer - "fighting fire with fire."

She didn't realize that there are leases in place in the Seaport going back to 1981 that give The Howard Hughes Corporation (successor to the Rouse Company and to General Growth Partners) certain rights in the Seaport, and that those leases had been augmented by the Economic Development Corporation within the last few years.

When Diane Harris Brown, another member of the Seaport Working Group, got up to speak, she praised the New Amsterdam Market, which she described to Silberberg as "exactly the kind of placemaking that you saluted. This is a beautiful, local farmers' market - thriving, busy, authentic, original, stimulating." She said that Howard Hughes "has no respect as far as I can tell for the authentic character of the place.  We have in place, between the South Street Seaport Museum and the New Amsterdam Market, we have many of these wonderful placemaking orgnizations doing their darndest to preserve the integrity of the [Seaport] site. I don't know if another developer would even have the opportunity to come in at this point, but I thank the community for everything they've done."


Following Silberberg's presentation, there was a charrette, with maps of the Seaport unfurled on  tables and the people clustered around each table invited to put dots on the map to indicate places in the Seaport that they particularly treasured. They filled out cards describing those places.


Joanne Gorman, one of those who attended, said that Silberberg's talk made her think in terms of how placemaking would apply to the Seaport - "in particular what the community can do to take more control over this 'place'. Right now, for better or worse, The Howard Hughes Corporation is doing all the public 'placemaking'.  Their signage is everywhere; they are occupying and taking control of all the public spaces - the Fulton plaza being the most visible example."


Some specific ideas came out of the discussions around the tables: the need to activate Peck Slip while it is still under construction and ways to remove some of the construction disarray near the Brooklyn Bridge.    


"There is a plaque that commemorates the site of George Washington's first presidential mansion underneath the Brooklyn Bridge at the intersection of Pearl and Dover streets near an entrance to the FDR Drive," said Community Board 1 chair, Catherine McVay Hughes, who attended the charrette. "However, it is hidden with the fences and construction. It is time again to see what can be done under and near the Brooklyn Bridge to clean it up and to make it an inviting place instead of one to avoid and one that collects trash."


Though that wouldn't address the overarching question of how the Seaport should be developed, it would at least be an improvement.  


And so the talk continues.



- Terese Loeb Kreuzer
Diane Harris Brown speaking at the talk and charrette on March 22 about the South Street Seaport. She is director of educational and community programming for the James Beard Foundation and is a member of the Seaport Working Group, as is Michael Kramer, sitting behind her. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)


9/11 memorial 

 A photo taken on Sept. 11, 2011, when the memorial pools opened.
(Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

The National September 11 Memorial Museum will open to the public on Wednesday, May 21, preceded by previews from May 15 to May 20. During that time, the museum will be open 24 hours a day, in tribute to the thousands of Ground Zero rescue and recovery workers who worked around the clock in the aftermath of 9/11.


The preview will be open to family members whose loved ones were killed in the attacks of September 11, 2001 or February 26, 1993, to 9/11 rescue and recovery workers who participated in the response at the World Trade Center, Fresh Kills Landfill, the Pentagon, or Flight 93 crash site, to active duty first responders from agencies that lost members in the 9/11 attacks, to survivors of the 9/11 attacks and to current lower Manhattan residents or business owners, or those who were residents or business owners of lower Manhattan during the 9/11 attacks, living or working below Canal Street.  


The previews will be free, but reservations will be required. After the museum opens, the entry fee will be $24.  


A ceremony within the museum will begin the Dedication Period on Thursday, May 15. Since the capacity for the ceremony is limited, the museum is holding a lottery for all members of the above groups who are interested in attending the ceremony.

For an application to attend the ceremony or to enter the museum during the dedication period, reserve your free ticket(s) by clicking here.   


Joe Daniels, president and CEO of the 9/11 Memorial and Alice M. Greenwald, director of the Memorial Museum, will attend Community Board 1's full board meeting on Tuesday, May 25 to make a presentation about the museum and to answer questions. The meeting will be held at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, 199 Chambers St. at 6 p.m. All are welcome to attend.  


- Terese Loeb Kreuzer 



First Precinct 

On cellphones in Grand Central Terminal. (Photo: Jay Fine)


The young woman on the No. 1 subway train was standing very close to seated passengers, with her blue and white iPhone clearly visible in her coat pocket. One of the passengers spoke to her. "Better put that away, in an inside pocket, if you have one!" he said. The woman thanked him and said she was visiting from Ohio, where iPhone theft was not much of a problem.


"It is here," the man said.


He was right.


In 2013, smartphone thefts accounted for 20 percent of the robberies in New York City, up 40 percent from the year before. And the young woman was wrong. Smartphone thefts, particularly of iPhones, are a national and even an international problem.


According to a press release from New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, "Mobile devices that are reported stolen in the United States and no longer able to access domestic cell networks can be reactivated to work in foreign countries. In Hong Kong, for example, iPhones are worth upward of $2,000 apiece."


Schneiderman, Bronx Congressman José E. Serrano and New York City Police Commissioner William J. Bratton announced legislation on March 3 that was introduced by Serrano in the U.S. House of Representatives requiring a kill switch on smartphones to deter thieves and help end the violent epidemic of smartphone thefts. A similar bill was introduced on Feb. 13, 2014 into the U.S. Senate by Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Mazie Hirono (D-HI).   


In the meantime, the NYPD has issued tips for protecting smartphones from theft and for tracking them if they are stolen.  


The NYPD advises not calling attention to a smartphone and creating an opportunity for a thief to steal it. That would include not leaving it on a restaurant table, not using it while walking or taking public transportation, and not allowing strangers to "borrow" it to get directions.


As soon as you get a new smartphone, says the NYPD, set a hard-to-guess password to protect your device and change it on a regular basis.


If a smartphone is stolen, there are apps available that will remotely track, lock and/or erase the smartphone. "In addition," the NYPD says, "some apps will remote trigger an alarm so people know that smartphone is stolen or take a photo of the thief so you can send it to police. By adding these apps now, in the event your smartphone is stolen or lost, your personal information will be protected."


If you have photos, emails, contacts, videos or anything else that you want to make sure is available should your smartphone be lost or stolen, save the data somewhere else such as on a computer, USB drive or cloud service, the NYPD advises.


Finally, says the NYPD, "If you are prone to losing things, you may want to consider insuring your device through your wireless provider or a third party entity so that if it is lost or stolen, your replacement device is covered."


To get more information about smartphone protection, or about community policing issues, attend the First Precinct's Community Council Forum, held on the last Thursday of every month at 16 Ericsson Place at 6:30 p.m. Capt. Brendan Timoney presides and all are welcome, both to listen and to ask questions. This month, the meeting takes place on March 27. For more information, click here.

- Terese Loeb Kreuzer



Bits & Bytes  

On June 6, 2013, New York State Assembly Speaker received a "Lifetime Achievement Award" from the Gateway Plaza Tenants Association. GPTA president, Glenn Plaskin, made the presentation. On March 21, 2014, Silver was excoriated in a long New York Times article. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)


"World Trade Center museum to receive 9/11 victims' remains," New York Post, 3/23/14. "The city is quietly preparing to move more than 8,000 unidentified body parts to their new resting place in the 9/11 Museum," says the New York Post. "The 'remains repository' will be hidden from view behind a wall engraved with a quote by Virgil: 'No day shall erase you from the memory of time.'" For the complete article, click here.

"'Million Dollar Listing' star to market 5 Beekman condos." The Real Deal, 3/24/14. The gorgeous, Victorian building at 5 Beekman St. was empty for more than a decade, its impressive, nine-story-tall, skylit atrium, walled off. Dating from 1881-1883, this landmark was one of the first high-rise buildings in New York City, built by a self-made, Irish immigrant multimillionaire named Eugene Kelly, who spared no expense. Now the building will again be occupied by multimillionaires. "Douglas Elliman's Eklund-Gomes team, headed by 'Million Dollar Listing' star Fredrik Eklund and John Gomes, will market the condominiums at 5 Beekman Street, one of the Financial District's most hotly-anticipated projects," says The Real Deal. "Allen Gross' GB Lodging is converting the landmarked property, together with an adjacent site on Nassau Street, into a 340,000-square-foot, 287-room hotel along with 68 condos. The hotel is slated to open next year.
Gross bought the 5 Beekman Place building, formerly known as Temple Court, in March 2012 for $64 million." For the complete article, click here. To see photos of the building before renovation, click here.

"Icahn to Get 3 Additional Seats on Herbalife Board," New York Times 3/24/14. Herbalife may be of continuing interest in lower Manhattan because hedge fund investor, William Ackman, has bet $1 billion that the company will fail, and has done everything in his power to make that happen. (See the New York Times, "After Big Bet, Hedge Fund Pulls the Levers of Power," 3/9/14). Ackman is also the chairman of The Howard Hughes Corporation, which has a long-term lease on parts of the South Street Seaport. In today's news, The Times reports, "Herbalife's biggest defender is getting a bigger presence on the board. The besieged health supplements company said on Monday that it had renegotiated its agreement with Carl C. Icahn, allowing its biggest shareholder three additional seats on the board, which would bring his representation to five seats. Shares of Herbalife surged 6.8 percent in morning trading." The Times quotes Icahn as saying, "We remain resolute in our commitment to the long-term success of Herbalife." For the complete article, click here.

"They Kept a Lower East Side Lot Vacant for Decades," New York Times, 3/21/14. A long article in The New York Times slammed New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver for allegedly conniving with his protégé, William E. Rapfogel, then a recent college graduate who ran his own Jewish newspaper, to keep a swath of the Lower East Side from being rebuilt to preserve the Jewish identity of the neighborhood. "Their battleground was some 20 barren acres along the southern side of Delancey Street, where, in 1967, the city leveled blocks of rundown apartment buildings," says The Times. "More than 1,800 low-income families, largely Puerto Rican, were sent packing and promised a chance to return to new apartments someday. Now, nearly 50 years later, the land is still a fallow stretch of weed- and rat-ridden parking lots, though in the waning days of the Bloomberg administration, the city announced that the land would finally be developed into a complex called Essex Crossing, to include retail markets, restaurants, office and cultural space. And new apartments." According to The Times, "an extensive review of the archives of four mayors and more than two dozen interviews show Mr. Silver and Mr. Rapfogel diligently working behind the scenes to promote specific plans and favored developers. Mr. Rapfogel made clear that the goal was to maintain the area's Jewish identity, seemingly at the expense of other communities." The Times points out that Silver and Rapfogel parted ways last year when Rapfogel, 59, by then head of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, "was arrested and charged in a scheme that had allegedly looted more than $7 million in kickbacks from Met Council's insurance broker over the years. He is due back in court in April. The arrest cast new light on a relationship about which little was known beyond the obvious: Mr. Silver has funneled millions of public dollars to the organization that Mr. Rapfogel led, and he employs Mr. Rapfogel's wife, Judy, as his chief of staff." For the complete article, click here.

Ask Downtown Post NYC: There's an empty store at 325 South End Ave. where Gateway Cleaners used to be. We had heard a rumor that Chipotle was going to move in there, so we asked Chipotle's press rep whether that was true. We got our answer, as follows: "We don't talk about new restaurant openings until we have a lease signed and construction scheduled. Right now we have neither for this location but feel free to check back in several weeks and I can let you know if I have any updates." We'll keep you posted.


On the agenda at CB1's full board meeting: PS/IS 276 in Battery Park City houses a middle school as well as an elementary school, but older siblings of students who can take the school bus are not being permitted by the Department of Education to ride on that bus, even though there's room for them.  (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
Community Board 1's monthly full board meeting takes place on Tuesday, March 25 at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, 199 Chambers St., starting at 6 p.m. All are welcome to attend. The meeting begins with a public comment session at which anyone may speak for up to two minutes.
I. Public Session
Comments by members of the public ( 6 p.m.-7 p.m.) (1-2 minutes per speaker)
II. Guest Speakers
Joe Daniels, President and Alice Greenwald, Executive Vice President for Programs and Director of Memorial Museum, National September 11 Memorial & Museum
III. Business Session
A)    Adoption of February 2014 minutes
B)    Chairperson's Report - C. McVay Hughes
C)    District Manager's Report - N. Pfefferblit
IV. Election of Nominating Committee
Distribution of ballots and voting (ballot box to remain open until 7:15 PM sharp)
V. Committee Reports

A)     Executive Committee     C. McVay Hughes
311 Service - Report2; NY Rising - Report; Manhattan Borough Board Budget Priorities Report; Potential affordable housing sites in CB1 - Report; Community Boards 1,2 and 3 Joint Forum with the State Liquor Authority on Procedures and Enforcement, Tuesday, May 6, 2014  - Report; The After Hours Variance Bill, A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the City of New York, in relation to after-hours work authorization - Resolution

B)      Landmarks Committee      C. Sharples
1)      18 Broad St., application for installation of new door - Resolution
2)      35 Lispenard St., application for storefront alteration - Resolution
3)      Designation Request: 386 Canal St. - Resolution
4)      Designation Request: 67 Vestry St. - Resolution
5)      Designation Request: 84 Walker St. - Resolution

C)     Quality of Life Committee   P. Moore
1)      Concerns regarding radon levels in gas delivered to NYC homes - Report
2)      Lower Manhattan Construction - Report
3)      Coalition for the Homeless - Report
4)      Rodent Academy, April 17, 2014, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. - Report
5)      Fire Safety Forum - Report
D)     Tribeca Committee                 P. Braus
1)      Pier 26 Boathouse - Report
2)      Hudson River Park Advisory Council - Report
3)      Megu, 62-66 Thomas St. - Report
4)      Chambers Street Reconstruction Project - Report
5)      Hudson Street Water Main Project - Report
6)      56 Leonard St. - Report
7)      Spring Studios - Report
8)      85 West Broadway, application for alteration of hotel liquor license for 85 West Broadway Owner LLC & Engolos LLC d/b/a Smyth Tribeca - Report
9)      305 Church St., application for renewal of sidewalk cafe for Los Americanos - Resolution
10)     65 West Broadway, application for alteration of operating hours for 65 West Broadway Restaurant LLC, d/b/a Saleya - Resolution
E)      Financial District Committee                     R. Sheffe
and Youth and Education Committee                  T. Joyce
Traffic safety issues and bus service for P.S. 276 - Resolution
F)      Financial District Committee                            R. Sheffe
1)      The National Parks of New York Harbor - Report
2)      Broadway Reconstruction Project - Report
3)      50 West St. - Report
4)      2nd Annual 9/11 Memorial 5K and Family Day - Report
5)      Hampton Jitney Bus - Report
6)      February 28, 2014 City Council hearing on Int. No. 36 - Report
7)      Governor's Island, King Road, application for liquor license for Salmon East Seven Corp d/b/a Little Eva's - Resolution
8)      8 Liberty Place, application for wine and beer license for 8 Liberty Place INC d/b/a/ Asia Saigon - Resolution
9)      Street permit application by Oysterfest on Saturday, September 20, 2014, on Stone Street between Hanover and Broad Streets, on Mill Lane between South William and Stone Streets, on Hanover Street between Pearl and Williams Streets - Resolution
10)     Street permit applications by Lead Dog Marketing Group Inc. (911 Memorial Family Day Block Party) on Saturday, April 27, 2014, on Greenwich Street between Cortlandt and Liberty Streets - Resolution
G)     Youth & Education Committee                               T. Joyce
1)      CD1 Child Demographics -  Report
2)      Speaker Silver's 2/27 School Overcrowding Task Force meeting - Report
3)      PS343 Manhattan, 1-19 Peck Slip - Report
4)      After-School Program Expansion - Resolution
H)     Battery Park City Committee                                  A. Notaro
1)      Battery Park City Authority - Report
2)      Route 9A - Report
3)      Noise from ferries in Battery Park City - Report
4)      Battery Park City Committee Report - Resolution
5)      22 Battery Place, application for liquor license for Pier A Battery Park Associates LLC - Resolution
6)      Downtown Little League 2014 Opening Day street activity permit application for Warren Street between North End Ave. and West Side Highway Saturday, April 5, 2014, 7:00 am to 12:00 pm - Resolution
7)      Muscular Dystrophy Association street activity permit application for Vesey Street between West Street and North End Avenue, Sunday, July 13, 2014, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm - Resolution
I)         Seaport/Civic Center Committee                             J. Fratta
1)      Pier 17 construction schedule and Seaport area Uplands - Report
2)      South Street Seaport Task Force - Report
3)      Fulton Street Phase 2 - Report
4)      Gibney Dance - Report
5)      Brooklyn Bridge Beach Clean Up - Report
6)      Seaport/Civic Center Committee Liquor License Application Guidelines - Report
7)      36 Peck Slip, renewal application for an unenclosed sidewalk café for Goat Fifty LLC d/b/a Nelson Blue - Resolution
8)      15 Ann St., application for a restaurant wine and beer license for 15 NNA ST. LLC d/b/a Pita Express - Resolution
J)         Planning Committee                                                 J. Galloway
Senior population update  - Report
VI.       Old Business
VII.     New Business
VIII.    Adjournment     


CALENDAR: Week of March 24
Fishing in the Hudson River. On Tuesday, the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy will host a talk about the "Remarkable Fishes of New York Harbor."
(Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
March 25: Tuesday Talks at Asphalt Green Battery Park City continue with Jessica Davy presenting "The Romantics," about the music of Beethoven, Brahms, Wagner, Berlioz and others. Davy, a clarinetist, composer and educator, teaches music appreciation classes throughout the tri-state area and has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and Merkin Concert Hall. Place: 212 North End Ave. Time: Noon to 1 p.m. Tickets: $22; $18 (Asphalt Green members). To buy tickets, click here.

March 25:  New York harbor is home to an immense array of marine and freshwater fishes, many of which have recreational, historic and commercial value. Under the auspices of the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy, Dr. Peter J. Park, assistant professor of biology at Nyack College, talks about "Remarkable Fishes of New York Harbor." Place: 6 River Terrace. Time: 1 p.m. Free.

March 27:  "Concerts at One" at Trinity Wall Street present professional vocal and instrumental performances from emerging and established artists playing in a range of styles from jazz to classical. Today hear "Contemporary American Art Song: songs by Chris DeBlasio." Place: Trinity Church at Broadway and Wall Street. Time: 1 p.m. Free. For more information, click here

March 29: Grammy Award-winning artist Kathy Mattea, an American country music and bluegrass performer, presents "Calling Me Home" at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center, 199 Chambers St., at 8 p.m. Tickets: $35-$55. To for more information or to buy tickets, click here.

March 30:  In a series of six Sunday concerts called "Lamentatio," Trinity Wall Street presents  early Renaissance music juxtaposed with contemporary music. The fourth concert features work by Canadian composer Peter Togni, Philip Glass' Symphony No. 3 and Shostakovich's Symphony No. 14 performed by NOVUS NY with Julian Wachner conducting. Place: Trinity Church, Broadway at Wall Street. Time: 5 p.m. Tickets: $25. For more information or to buy tickets, click here. Concerts every Sunday through April 13.
Through March 28: Exhibit of artwork done in classes sponsored by the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy. 75 Battery Place, weekdays, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Free.

Ongoing: "Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage," is at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Battery Park City. The exhibit details the dramatic recovery of historic materials relating to the Jewish community of Iraq in a flooded basement in Saddam Hussein's intelligence headquarters, and the National Archives' ongoing work in support of U.S. government efforts to preserve these materials. Through May 18, 2014. Place: 36 Battery Place. Varying hours. Museum admission fees: $12 (adults); $10 (seniors) and $7 (students). Members and children 12 and under, free. Free admission on Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, click here.

Ongoing: "Defining Lines: Maps from the 1700s and early 1800s" at the Fraunces Tavern Museum. Twenty-seven maps provide a perspective on the evolving nation's place in history. A map from 1804, never before exhibited, shows the U.S. postal routes. Place: 54 Pearl St. Time: Noon to 5 p.m., daily. Admission fees: $7; $4 (seniors, students with ID, children, 6 to 8 years old. Children, 5 and under, free. Active military with ID, free. For more information, click here.
Ongoing: The National Museum of the American Indian is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with free admission. It offers free films, docent-led tours of its exhibitions and tours of its premises, the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, designed by Cass Gilbert. The building, which was completed in 1907, is a National Historic Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. One Bowling Green. Phone: (212) 514-3700. For the museum's calendar, click here.

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