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Volume 1, No. 56  April 23, 2014

Quote of the day:
"If you offer a rat the choice between chicken and lobster or moldy bait, they won't go for the bait."- Caroline Bragdon, a research scientist with the New York City Department of Health's Division of Veterinary and Pest Control Services on why proper garbage disposal is essential for rat control.

* Seaport Working Group nears end of its deliberations
* Community Board 1 gets expert advice on rat control
* Bits & Bytes: $1.2 billion WTC deal tabled; Telepan Local panned; Affordable housing crisis
* Letter to the editor: Southbridge Towers offering plan
* Downtown bulletin board: Garden volunteers needed; Seaport panel; Community Awards event
* Calendar

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"Jackie O" by Aggie Kenny and "The Times Square Bomber: Faisal Shahzad" by Elizabeth Williams, part of a show called "Courtroom Illustrations" at the World Trade Art Gallery,
74 Trinity Place, through May 2. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

South Street Seaport

Community Board 1 chairperson, Catherine McVay Hughes, updating CB1's Landmarks Committee on the activities of the Seaport Working Group. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

At Community Board 1's Landmarks Committee meeting on April 22, CB1 Chairperson Catherine McVay Hughes indicated that the Seaport Working Group was nearing the end of its deliberations on the future of the South Street Seaport.

Hughes is a member of the committee composed of elected officials, community stakeholders, Community Board 1 members and representatives of The Howard Hughes Corporation and the New York City Economic Development Corp. that was convened to advise on how the Seaport should be developed. The Howard Hughes Corporation, which has a long-term lease on much of the Seaport, has proposed building a 50-story-tall luxury tower on the site of the New Market building, an idea that was criticized by many members of the Lower Manhattan community.

Howard Hughes also proposed moving the landmarked Tin Building and making other changes to the historic structure of the South Street Seaport.

Catherine McVay Hughes told CB1's Landmarks Committee that the next meeting of the Seaport Working Group, which will take place on Thursday, April 24, will consist of a walking tour of the Seaport. This will be followed by a presentation by the Howard Hughes Corporation. Then, the Working Group will begin to formulate its "final principles."

"We don't know yet if 'final principles' will be one meeting or an open-ended situation," said McVay Hughes. "It's a work in progress."

At the CB1 Landmarks Committee meeting, Howard Hughes presented its architectural plans for the Fulton Market building, which dates from 1983 and has a landmarked exterior. Howard Hughes has already gutted the Fulton Fish Market stalls that were once a feature of the South Street and Beekman Street sides of the building. HHC plans to install an eight-screen movie theater in the building, which is scheduled to open in the fall of 2015.

Christopher Sharples of SHoP Architects showed plans that would create a façade of glass-walled shops on the lower floor of the Fulton Market building where once, on the Fulton Street side, there was a restaurant with outdoor seating and on the South Street side, the row of fish market stalls that were subsequently used by the Fulton Stall Market.

The CB1 Landmarks Committee approved the plans, which will now go to the City Landmarks Preservation Commission for a hearing scheduled for April 29.

- Terese Loeb Kreuzer


Caroline Bragdon, a research scientist in the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, explaining the habits of rats and how to control the rat population.
(Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Independence Plaza North, the site picked for Community Board 1's "Rat Academy" on April 17, was not a random choice. IPN is on a street with rats and next to a park with rats. The City's Rat Information Portal verifies this fact by depicting IPN and neighboring Washington Market Park in bright red compared with the yellow used for relatively rat-free blocks. (To see the Rat Information Portal, click here.)

On Feb. 28, several IPN tenants and some members of Community Board 1 had taken a walk along Greenwich Street with Caroline Bragdon, a research scientist in the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, to look for rats.

"It was the coldest morning!" said Diane Lapson, who lives at IPN. "Really below freezing and so no physical rats were present because it was also daytime - but the holes and abandoned baiting boxes were present along with rat droppings and other signs. It was creepy indeed."

The group especially noticed evidence of rats around a pizza store, a deli, an empty lot and a school.

Bragdon returned to explain what to do about the problem. "Rats live well with people," she observed. They need food, water and shelter, and people amply supply all of their needs. When rats are comfortable and well fed, they reproduce rapidly. Seven litters a year of eight to 12 babies are typical.

"The secret of rat control is garbage management," Bragdon said. Rats like to live near their food source - no more than 200 feet away - and they will drag food back to their nests.

Open mesh garbage cans don't provide much rat protection, she said. "Rats have extremely strong teeth. They can chew through concrete." Trash needs to be securely bagged and placed outside as close to pick-up time as possible. "In areas where garbage is a problem, ask for more frequent pick-ups," she suggested.

Bragdon said that, "Rats use scent to navigate their world and find food and each other. They defecate and urinate wherever they go." She said that washing down sidewalks with a 10 percent bleach solution was helpful as was spritzing the inside of garbage bags with bleach.

Poison, she said, was not usually an effective solution for a rat infestation. "We bait all the time," she said, "but the bait competes with other food sources. If you offer a rat the choice between chicken and lobster or moldy bait, they won't go for the bait."

Another problem with poison is that it can sicken or kill animals that eat rats, such as dogs, cats and hawks.

"We don't want to encourage anyone to put a ton of poison out," said Bragdon. "It's best if it's used strategically." Better, she said, to deny the rats water, food and a nice place to live. Destroying their burrows is helpful, she said, but it has to be done repeatedly.

Rats are not just unsightly. They carry diseases, some of them serious, and some of them, such as Hantavirus, often fatal. People can become infected through contact with rodent urine, saliva or feces.

Bragdon said to call 311 to report a rat problem. She said that initiates a job ticket and an inspection, but the complaint has to be specific, with an address.

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer at Community Board 1's "Rat Academy." (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
Part way through Bragdon's presentation, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer walked in. Brewer used to represent the Upper West Side of Manhattan in City Council - and her district was one of the most rat-infested neighborhoods in the city.

Bragdon worked with Brewer to address the problem. It turned out that filling tree pits (where rats nested) with Stalite, a non-toxic material used in gardening and construction, was helpful. The rats didn't like it.

"We love this woman!" Brewer said of Bragdon.

If only there were more like her. Bragdon and her boss are the only two people in the Health Department assigned to chase down rats and educate the public about rodent management.

- Terese Loeb Kreuzer


Bits & Bytes  

There are now a record number of homeless people in New York City, according to a report just released by NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

"Port Authority tables $1.2B WTC deal," Crain's New York Business, 4/23/14. The latest on 3 World Trade Center is that the Port Authority board voted today to defer a decision about the building. "Locked in an unusually contentious and public debate about whether to commit more than $1 billion to back the construction of a soaring new office and retail tower at the World Trade Center site, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Wednesday postponed its vote on the project to May," says Crain's New York Business. "The delay puts off by another month a decision by the Port Authority whether to pledge $1.2 billion as a financial guarantee that would allow developer, Silverstein Properties, to raise the financing necessary to proceed with construction of the 53-story, 2.8 million-square-foot building known as 3 World Trade Center. The vote was postponed because negotiations with Silverstein Properties were not finalized, according to Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye." For the complete article, click here.

"Powerful pols urge green light for 3 WTC,"
Crain's New York Business, 4/22/14. As discussion rages over whether the Port Authority should subsidize developer Larry Silverstein so that he can build 3 World Trade Center, New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver weighed in. "Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D., Manhattan), sent letters to the Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye in recent days, as well as governors Andrew Cuomo and Chris Christie, who control the bi-state agency, and Port Authority board members. Mr. Silver urged all to back the new tower," says Crain's New York Business. According to Crain's, Silver co-authored the letter with Councilwoman Margaret Chin, whose district encompasses the downtown area. State senator Daniel Squadron also signed the letter. For the complete article, click here.

"One Plate, Two Plates, Small Plates All," New York Times, 4/22/14. If you're a fan of ascerbic food writing, you will probably enjoy Pete Wells' take on Telepan Local in The New York Times. Bill Telepan, the chef/owner of the Tribeca restaurant, probably didn't enjoy it. "Telepan Local, which Mr. Telepan opened on Greenwich Street in early January with Joel Javier as chef de cuisine, offers most of the drawbacks of small-plates eating and almost none of the advantages," says Wells. "As at so many of these restaurants, the dishes at Telepan come out whenever, they land wherever, and you have no idea if you're going to get too much food or too little. The meal unfolds, or unravels, on tables built in Nicaragua from dark and white slats of wood approximately cobbled together. They are the size of the ones in cocktail lounges where, in another era, people had Manhattans and mixed nuts while waiting to be moved to the dining room." Wells goes on from there, among other things, comparing Telepan Local unfavorably with Red Lobster. For the complete article, click here.

New data on affordable housing crisis: New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer released a report on April 23 indicating that the median apartment rent in New York City increased by 75 percent since 2000 while real incomes declined by 4.8 percent. According to the report, housing affordability decreased for renters in every income group during this period, with the harshest consequences for poor and working New Yorkers earning less than $40,000 a year. Nearly 360,000 apartments renting for $400 to $1,000 per month (in 2012 dollars) disappeared during the 2000 to 2012 period. The real median rent jumped from $839 to $1,100 in that same period, a 31 percent increase. The report addresses what Stringer calls "the crushing affordability squeeze on low-income working families" and "the alarming increase in homelessness." It also addresses the "special housing needs of the elderly and disabled." For the complete report, click here.

"Eataly to 'ciao down' at 4 World Trade Center," New York Post, 4/23/14. Question: Will there be enough plump pocketbooks in Lower Manhattan for all the high-ticket restaurants and stores now on their way? "Eataly is taking a bite out of the World Trade Center," the New York Post reports. "The Westfield Group, which controls all the retail space at the WTC, has lined up the famed Italian marketplace for the base of 4 World Trade Center, along with a host of big names.
Apple, Canali, Hugo Boss, John Varvatos, Mont Blanc and Breitling have all signed deals for the WTC's main hall, according to sources. The John Barrett Salon, Tiffany's, Tom Ford and Armani have either signed or are close to signing leases for other space in the complex. Westfield, which completed its $1.4 billion purchase of the retail spaces, is now likely to move its '3/15/15' opening to later that summer, sources said." Meanwhile, Brookfield Place, just across that eight-lane alley called "West Street" is also awash in food stores and pricey, name-brand retailers. For the complete article, click here.

"Brookfield's $250M development rocks downtown," New York Post, 4/21/14. In an article that is mostly accurate, the New York Post describes the 37,000-square-foot food venue coming in the fall to Brookfield Place. "HPH restaurant group partners Peter Poulakakos and Paul Lamas will soon launch Le District, a French-themed marketplace and eating zone adjoining the Winter Garden's south side at the foot of 225 Liberty St. (the previous 2 WFC), with a mind-boggling 1,000 seats indoors and outdoors," the article says. "And the ground floor of Le District sits directly beneath a second mammoth venue, Hudson Eats - a 35,000- square-foot noshing zone that landlord Brookfield is racing to complete. Its 14 high-end 'fast-casual' counters of such foodie faves as Blue Ribbon Sushi and Dos Toros Taqueria will serve 600 diners. In addition, there will be five freestanding restaurants along Brookfield Place's northern Vesey Street boundary." For the complete article, click here.

"J&R finds partner to redevelop sites next to closed store," The Real Deal, 4/21/14. J&R, the iconic computer and music store, is moribund but not dead. "L+M Development Partners is pairing up with the owners of J&R Music and Computer World to redevelop the retail properties on the same block as the iconic but now-closed electronics store," says The Real Deal. "The Ron Moelis-led L+M committed to a joint venture that will put together a proposal for the future development of 31 Park Row, and likely 23 Park Row, in Lower Manhattan. The store at 1-15 Park Row was shuttered last week after 43 years in business. J&R founders Joe and Rachelle Friedman plan to seek retail partners to redevelop that site. At this time, L+M's role will not extend to the main site of the flagship store." At the present time, J&R's electronics are sold online via and the J&R website. For the complete article, click here.

"Tribeca Mixed-Use Building Sells for $8.5M," Commercial Observer, 4/22/14. Apparently, years of construction on Chambers Street have not been good for property values. "Claude Castro LLC has acquired 90 Chambers Street in Tribeca from 90 Chambers Street Realty LLC for $8.5 million," according to Commercial Observer. "The building traded for $1.25 million less than its initial asking price in a 1031 exchange. The property is located between Broadway and Church Street and includes five free-market residential units and a ground-level retail unit. One of the building's four-bedroom apartments last rented for $7,795 last year, according to StreetEasy. The building's retail unit, which was occupied by Jerry's Cafe until last September, is currently vacant." For the complete article, click here.

Letter to the editor

Southbridge Towers was built in 1969 as middle-income housing under the Mitchell-Lama program. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

To the editor:
(Re: "Southbridge Towers finally getting offering plan," DPNYC, 4/21/14): If Southbridge Towers privatizes, it will be because the residents (most of them, long term) who live there decide to do so.
New York State law passed by our representatives in Albany allows occupants by a two-thirds vote to determine their destiny and live the American dream of owning your home, with all the rights and advantages of owning real estate equity.

Among these new rights will be: Leave ownership to heirs; sell the apartment at market conservative value from approximately $350,000 to $800,000;  if 62 years old, obtain a reverse mortgage and not only live there free but possibly obtain income till deceased; use the equity for a low-cost home-equity loan; invest or pay off  high-interest debts; renovate the desperately old kitchens and baths as an investment allowed; remove the power of the state agency to control the fate and management of the co-op; remove the Mitchell-Lama limitation of profits the co-op may earn from its rented commercial space (80-20 regulation);  eliminate the notarized affidavit of occupant's tax return information mandated yearly; eliminate illegal, unsupervised sublets by allowing them and charging a monthly sublet fee, freeing owners from facing legal action.

Privatization will eliminate graft and corruption in the transfer of apartments to outsiders. It will represent for the current tenants, who have through their support and efforts for over a half century modernized their development to be proud of  inside and out with many social and support services, an  opportunity to simply own with pride.

If the other Mitchell-Lama (type) co-ops that privatized are an example, the cost of doing so was minimal in the final analysis considering the huge gift we will be choosing by only a positive vote. My financial advisor with more degrees than a thermometer said, "It's like winning the lottery without a ticket."

Seymour Schleimer


Downtown bulletin board   

From May to October, volunteers help to maintain Battery Park City's gardens.
(Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Gardening volunteers wanted:
Battery Park City has 32 acres of parks and gardens. They are tended by the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy, which is renowned for its organic gardening methods. Volunteers are wanted to work alongside the Conservancy's horticulturists on Wednesday mornings from May 7 to Oct. 29, 7:30 a.m. to noon. For more information, call (212) 267-9700, ext. 364.

The Battery Conservancy, which tends 25-acre Battery Park, is also seeking gardening volunteers. Corporate groups are welcome. (Email [email protected] for more information.) Individual volunteers work on Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to noon with The Battery's horticultural team. To volunteer, individuals must fill out a Horticulture Volunteer Form two weeks prior to the requested Tuesday morning date. The Battery Conservancy's volunteer coordinator will confirm the date and time and the horticulture team will meet registered volunteers at the picnic tables inside the playground.

From April through October, The Battery Conservancy offers open volunteer hours at the Battery Urban Farm, where volunteers can learn about edible horticulture and agriculture. Volunteers are welcome on Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. or on the third Saturdays of the month from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (May-September). Projects vary from week to week, and could include weeding, mulching, trellising, path or fence maintenance, moving soil, or working with compost. Third Saturdays also offer Pick-Your-Own at the farm. Click here for more information.

Individuals interested in volunteering at Battery Urban Farm on weekly Wednesdays or monthly Saturdays must fill out a Farm Volunteer Form two weeks prior to appearing at open volunteer hours. Registered volunteers can meet the Conservancy's farm team at the entrance to the farm, located just inside the lawn on State Street between Bridge and Pearl Streets.

Seaport Panel: Who Owns the Waterfront?
In the midst of negotiations about development in the South Street Seaport, a panel with deep knowledge about its past and with great concerns about its future will discuss "Who Owns the Waterfront?" on May 15 at Pace University.

Topics will include the history of the New York City waterfront, historic preservation, waterfront development and the public trust doctrine.

Panelists include Daniel E. Estrin, supervising attorney, Environmental Litigation Clinic, Pace Law School; Andrew Genn, senior vice president of ports and transportation, NYC Economic Development Corp.; Robert LaValva, founder and president of the New Amsterdam Market; and Roland Lewis, president and CEO of the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance. The moderator will be Jason J. Czarnezki, Gilbert and Sarah Kerlin Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law, Pace Law School.

Date: May 15. Time: 7 p.m. Place: Lecture Hall North, Pace University, One Pace Plaza. Free, but space is limited. RSVP to [email protected].

Manhattan Youth: Downtown Community Awards 2014 Event
At its annual Community Awards event, this year on May 15, Manhattan Youth honors seven people for their commitment to education in the Lower Manhattan community. The honorees are
Wendy Chapman, for her advocacy on behalf of children and education, and Michael Clark, Frank DiOrio, Derick Henry, Jose Velez, James Willie and David DiGiacomo, for their stewardship of the PS 89/IS 289 physical plant through 9/11, Hurricane Sandy and every school day, and their commitment to the community's children.

Invited guests include Mayor Bill de Blasio, Hon. Sheldon Silver, Hon. Scott Stringer, Hon. Gale Brewer, Hon. Daniel Squadron, Hon. Deborah Glick, Hon. Margaret Chin, and Community Board 1 Chair Catherine McVay Hughes.

Proceeds from the event will help Lower Manhattan working families obtain after-school and summertime childcare services of the highest quality regardless of their ability to pay. Manhattan Youth provides nearly $500,000 in childcare subsidies to families each year in addition to $500,000 in free programming, and has been the leading provider of after-school childcare, summer camp, recreation and enrichment programming in Lower Manhattan since 1986.

The Community Awards Event will take place at the Manhattan Youth Downtown Community Center, 120 Warren St.

The evening will begin with a cocktail reception at 7 p.m. featuring the piano stylings of Nate Andersen followed by an awards ceremony at 7:30 p.m., a buffet dinner and live music. The Manhattan Youth Players of IS 276 will present "It's a Hard-knocks Life" from their recent production of "Annie."

Click here for tickets to the event or contact Jim Hopkins at (212) 766-1104 ext. 232, or by e-mail [email protected]. Ticket prices start at $150.


CALENDAR: Week of April 21
Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 24 celebrates New York City landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty.  (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
April 24: Poets House celebrates poetry with "Poem in Your Pocket Day." Throughout the day, Poets House staff and volunteers will distribute pocket-sized poems written by budding poets from neighborhood elementary schools, inspired by local landmarks, in recognition of the upcoming 50th anniversary of the NYC Landmarks Preservation Law. At 4 p.m., join Tina Chang (Poet Laureate of Brooklyn) and Paolo Javier (Poet Laureate of Queens), the young pocket-poets and their families, and other special guests for an afternoon of readings and fun! Bring a poem of your choice to share, or find one at Poets House. A great after-school event for families and poetry lovers of all ages, and a festive culmination of Poets Houses' year-long work with local school children. Free. Poetry reading: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

April 26: At Poets House, a panel discussion and reading in conjunction with the exhibition "A Painter and His Poets: The Art of George Schneeman," the first major retrospective of the artist's collaborative paintings, collages, prints, and books. 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Poetry Reading with Michael Brownstein, Larry Fagin, Alice Notley, Maureen Owen, Harris Schiff, Anne Waldman and Lewis Warsh, introduced by Bill Berkson. 5 p.m.-6 p.m. Panel Discussion with Bill Berkson, Larry Fagin, Alice Notley, Maureen Owen, Peter Schjeldahl, and Anne Waldman, moderated by Ron Padgett. Place: 10 River Terrace. Time: 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Fee: $10, $7 (students and seniors), free to Poets House members. For more information, click here.


April 26: The South Street Seaport Museum will celebrate the coming of spring and summer with ship tours, wood carving, sail raising, live music, local food, vendors, New York harbor souvenirs, and "living history. There will be a bell-ringing ceremony and remarks at 2 p.m. The 102-year-old barque, Peking, the 1885 schooner, Pioneer, the tugboat, W. O. Decker, and the lightship, Ambrose will be open to visitors as will the Bowne stationery and printing shops on Water Street. Place: Pier 16 in the South Street Seaport and Bowne shops on Water Street. Time: Noon to 5 p.m. (rain or shine). Free. For more information, click here

April 26: The Fraunces Tavern Museum is sponsoring a walking tour of the Lower Manhattan waterfront. Entitled "A Rebellious Brew," the tour, led by Fred Cookinham, will envision New York's 1774 waterfront and discover why the city was so late to revel in patriotic spirit. Fraunces Tavern Museum is at 54 Pearl St. Time: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tickets: $20; $15 (museum members). For more information and to buy tickets, click here.

April 26: Battery Urban Farm EarthFest. Arts and crafts, farm tours, planting workshops, games, and live music to celebrate and encourage food, farming, and sustainability in New York City. Bring a picnic or buy lunch. Raindate, Sunday, April 27. Time: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. For more information, click here
April 26: Leaving from Chelsea Piers, Classic Harbor Line offers Saturday and Sunday morning brunch cruises aboard its luxury yacht, Manhattan, from now through Oct. 12. The cruise of just under three hours, usually circumnavigates Manhattan. Passengers can sit in a cozy, glass-enclosed lounge or position themselves on the outdoor decks. A buffet includes bagels and pastries, fresh fruit, glazed ham, spring mix salad, stuffed quiche, a Belgian waffle station, smoked salmon, and turkey sausages.  One beverage in included (soda, juice, coffee, tea, beer, wine, champagne, Bloody Mary or Mimosa) with additional beverages available for purchase. Cost: $88/person. To buy tickets, click here

April 26: 5K Shad Run and 1.5 mile walk, a fundraiser for The River Project, a non-profit marine-science field-station located on Pier 40. Time: Starts at 8:30 a.m. at Pier 25, at North Moore and West Streets. Participants (dogs welcome) can run or walk along the river where schools of American shad make their annual swim from the ocean upriver to freshwater spawning grounds. 5K run goes to Pier 54 and back to Pier 25. 1.5 mile walk goes to Pier 40. Public education displays continue until 1 p.m. at Pier 40, Houston and West Streets. Fee: $45 (in advance); $50 on April 26. For more information and to register, click here.

April 27: New York State Senator Daniel Squadron's Sixth Annual Community Convention takes place from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Seward Park Educational Campus (Formerly Seward Park High School), 350 Grand St. (Between Ludlow and Essex Streets). The keynote speaker this year will be New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman. Sen. Squadron started holding community conventions in order to be able to hear directly from constituents about issues they were facing and their ideas for solving community problems. There are numerous topic-driven breakout sessions at which everyone has a chance to speak. Transportation: Subways J/M/F to Essex & Delancey or B/D to Grand Street. RSVP: Mauricio Pazmino at (212) 298-5565 or click here.

Ongoing: An exhibit called "Smile! A Photo Anthology by VII" is in the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place. The exhibit of 84 photographs by award-winning photojournalists was drawn from work produced over a period of 30 years in 30 different countries. Place: 220 Vesey St. Time: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Free. Through May 1. The public is invited to add smile photos to the exhibit by following @ArtsBrookfield on Instagram and Twitter and submitting your photo via Instagram and/or Twitter using hashtap #ShareMySmile. Also, answer in a few words, "What makes you smile?" Arts Brookfield will screen and add submissions on a rolling basis.

Ongoing: Poets House in Battery Park City presents "A Painter and His Poets," the first major retrospective show of George Schneeman's collaborative paintings, collages, prints, and books, with portraits of his poet friends, spanning 40 years. "A sort of utopia in the visual field filled with pleasure, quickness and wit" is how Schneeman himself described his collaborative work with poets. Exhibition on view through Saturday, Sept. 20, during regular Poets House hours. Place: 10 River Terrace. Free. For information about Poets House, click here.

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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