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Volume 1, No. 64  May 12, 2014

Quote of the day:
"We know that visiting the museum for the first time will be an emotional experience."- Joe Daniels, president and CEO of the September 11 Museum, and Alice Greenwald, its director, explaining that there would be American Red Cross and FDNY counselors available during the Dedication Period.

* Thursday dedication of Sept. 11 Museum opens old wounds
* BPC Parks Conservancy launches 2014 season with 'Go Fish'
* Spring migration: Black-crowned night heron, warblers
* Bits & Bytes: J&R auction; Taste of Tribeca; Sell Battery Park City? Citizen Preparedness
* Community Board 1 meetings: Youth & Education; Tribeca; Quality of Life
* Downtown bulletin board: Many choices for May 15
* Calendar

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The shells of some of the creatures that live in New York harbor. May 10, 2014.
(Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)


A wreath left at the Police Memorial in Battery Park City bore a note praising the "selfless devotion" of the policemen who died on Sept. 11, 2001.
(Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

The National September 11 Museum will be dedicated on Thursday, May 15, but it would be incorrect to call this a celebratory occasion.

On Monday, Joe Daniels, president and CEO of the museum, and Alice Greenwald, its director, sent out an email saying, "We know that visiting the Museum for the first time will be an emotional experience, and we want to ensure that your visit is as comfortable as possible. To that end, support from the American Red Cross and FDNY counselors will be available."

The scab over 9/11 memories and its aftermath is thin. It won't take much to rip it open.

Some of the grief and pain has already been expressed as anger. Most recently on Saturday, May 10, a convoy carrying three coffin-sized military transfer cases arrived at the memorial at 7 a.m. to place nearly 8,000 unidentified remains in a repository between the memorial pools. The members of a few dozen 9/11 families watched the transfer. Some of them said they accepted it. Others had black gags over their mouths to protest. They felt that the fragments of their loved ones were becoming part of a tourist attraction.

Another controversy involving a film entitled "The Rise of al-Qaeda" swirls around the opening.  According to the few who have seen the six-minute-long film, it condenses the complex history of the Middle East into catch-all phrases such as "Islamism" and "jihadism" that the museum's Interfaith Advisory Group and others fear will tar all Muslims. According to an article in the Huffington Post ("9/11 Museum Controversy Rooted in Bypassing Government Guidelines," 5/5/14), when the Interfaith Advisory Group finally saw the film in December 2013, they were "shocked."

"The issue remains at an impasse," says the article. "The museum's leadership and spokespersons have rejected all media and civil rights organization requests to view the film before the museum's opening on May 21." Nor will they amend the film, the article says.

This is not likely to be an issue that will go away after the museum opens. The National September 11 Museum is a tinderbox. Emotions are high and still fresh. Many visitors to the new museum are not likely to be "comfortable" even with the ministrations of the American Red Cross and FDNY counselors or the refreshments at a 24-hour "Pop-Up Community" at Greenwich and Cortlandt Streets that will be open during the Dedication Period from May 15 to May 20.

In their email describing plans for the opening, Daniels and Greenwald say, "If you have any questions prior to your visit, you can contact us at or call (212) 857-0155."

- Terese Loeb Kreuzer



Catch-and-release fishing in the Hudson River. (Photos: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

May 10 wasn't a lucky day for catching fish, but it was a very lucky day for weather. The sun shone brightly all morning and into the early afternoon as the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy presented "Go Fish" in Wagner Park - a festival of fishing, art and music with a dollop of education tossed in. Shortly after most people packed up and went home, it began to rain. That was fine.

It was too early in the season for the big fish to show up, who might take the bait dangled at them from numerous fishing poles, one of the master anglers explained. Come back in the fall for that. But it wasn't too early to learn how to bait a fishing rod or to see pictures of the more than 200 fish that live in the Hudson River. There were shells from New York harbor to inspect, birds to watch and materials with which to get very messy gluing and painting boats. And there was music from folksinger Tom Chapin and his friends, which inspired some impromptu dancing.

In addition to the numerous classes that it organizes from early spring to late fall, the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy presents festivals and community festivities. "Go Fish" was the first of the season.

This summer, there will be four family dances with ethnic music, a boffo celebration on June 8 called "Almost Summer" with music, storytelling and art, three more "Go Fish" events in September and October and a River & Blues Festival. In addition, there will be public art tours, river swims, storytelling "for all ages," the popular Sunset Singing Circle on Fridays during May and June and the Sunset Jam on the Hudson (a drumming circle) in July and August.

Though some BPC Parks Conservancy programs entail a fee, all of these activities are free. For more information, click here or stop by the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy office at 75 Battery Place and pick up a brochure.

- Terese Loeb Kreuzer

Downtown birds
A black-crowned night heron taking a nap. (Photos: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Children were screeching in the nearby playground. A family just back from a weekend in the country unloaded its car. A young woman stood on top of a table with a crew around her, taking her picture. The black-crowned night heron in a tree near the Irish Hunger Memorial in Battery Park City slept through it all. He (or she - black-crowned night herons look similar except for their size - the males are bigger) hunt at night, and it wasn't time to get up.

After awhile the bird opened one eye and then lazily untucked its head from under its wing. It scratched, it yawned, it preened its feathers, fluffing them with its thick, dark bill. Almost no one noticed that it was there even though the leafless trees provided no camouflage.

Black-crowned night herons are among the many birds that pass through Battery Park City at this time of year, on their way from their winter habitats to their breeding grounds in the north. Many of them travel thousands of miles. The black-crowned night heron spends its winters in Mexico, Central America and the West Indies.

They fish by standing completely still at the water's edge and pouncing. They will also eat small mammals and birds, reptiles and frogs.

They are sociable birds. They like to nest in colonies and will take care of any chick in the nest, whether their own flesh and blood or not.

These birds are more than two feet tall. Their migration is remarkable, but even more remarkable in some ways are the migrating warblers that stop in Battery Park City. They are five or six inches tall. Many of them spend their winters in South America. The black-and-white warblers are among the earliest to arrive. One of them was foraging on the ground on May 10 much to the delight of a band of birders, while a yellow warbler perched in a plum tree nearby.

- Terese Loeb Kreuzer

Yellow warbler. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)


Bits & Bytes  

Part of Battery Park City, as seen from the Hudson River. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

J&R auction

All of the inventory of J&R, the music and electronics store, will be auctioned on May 13 and May 14, cash or certified check only, at 1 Park Row. Approximately $1 million in merchandise will be auctioned off, including current electronics in original boxes and store stock. The auction will include computers, laptops, notebooks and tablets, computer accessories, laser printers, digital cameras, SLRs, lenses, camera cases, memory cards, tripods, LCD TVs, home theater systems, audio equipment, headphones, small appliances, and more. Inspection begins at 9:30 a.m. on the day of the sale. The auction begins at 11:30 a.m. For more information, click here.

Taste of Tribeca

2014 marks the 20th anniversary of Taste of Tribeca, an outdoor culinary festival featuring signature dishes from renowned Tribeca chefs, a family-friendly Kids' Zone, a comprehensive wine tour and live entertainment provided by City Winery. Most of Downtown's critically acclaimed restaurants participate. The proceeds go to support the arts and enrichment programs at public schools PS 150 and PS 234.

Advance tickets start at $45 for six "tastes" from any participating restaurant (with a $3.47 booking fee). On the day of the event, tickets are $50.

The Festival takes place on May 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 pm on Duane Street (between Greenwich and Hudson Streets) in Tribeca. 

Among the participants are Tribeca Grill, Walker's, Bouley, Bubby's Tribeca, The Bubble Lounge, Duane Park Patisserie, Gigino Trattoria and The Odeon.

For those who want to sample wine, Taste attendees can stroll through Tribeca's many well-stocked wine shops. Stores on the wine trail will be pouring some of their most popular wines. 

For a list of participating restaurants, click here. To purchase tickets, click here.

"Riches lie beneath Battery Park City," Crain's New York Business, 5/11/14. In an op-ed piece in Crain's, Charles Urstadt, the first chairman of the Battery Park City Authority (1968-1979), argues that it's time for the BPCA to disappear. "Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to create affordable housing. Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants him to do it without raising taxes," Urstadt says. "There is a way to realize both objectives while saving taxpayers more than $15 million per year, lowering government debt and trimming the public payroll. While City Hall and Albany joust, a Golconda mine sits in front of them: Battery Park City, which is run by an authority that should no longer exist." Urstadt references the fact that the City could buy Battery Park City for $1, which is true, so long as the city buys the Authority's liabilities as well as its assets. "Now that the development of Battery Park City is complete, the authority - a state public-benefit corporation that consumes millions of dollars annually in operating overhead - is no longer needed," says Urstadt. (As some Battery Park City residents will point out, development of BPC may be complete, but construction in Battery Park City is far from complete. The BPCA is currently shoring up the 46-year-old piers under Battery Park City, for instance, and continuing to repair the extensive damage from Superstorm Sandy. Urstadt, it should also be mentioned, once argued forcefully that South Cove should be filled in and a skyscraper erected there in order to maximize revenue.) For the complete Crain's article, click here.

Citizen Preparedness Training Program
A "Citizen Preparedness Training Program" sponsored by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, other elected officials and Community Board 1 takes place on Monday, May 19 at 6 p.m. in the Southbridge Towers Community Room, 90 Beekman St. Through this program, approximately 100,000 New Yorkers will be provided with the tools and resources to prepare for emergencies and disasters, respond accordingly, and recover as quickly as possible to pre-disaster conditions. Trainings participants (one per family) will receive a free Citizen Preparedness Corps Response Starter Kit. Participants must register in advance at or by calling (212) 681-4605.

Delury Park Spring Planting
The Friends of Delury Park at Fulton and Gold Streets are planning an Arts and Crafts Fair on Friday, May 16 and Saturday, May 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  All proceeds will go to the upkeep of the park. In addition, in conjunction with the Parks Department, there will be a Spring Planting Day on May 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The rain date for both is Sunday, May 18. Volunteers are welcome! For more information, click here.

Weekend work at Hugh L. Carey Tunnel
One tube at the Hugh L. Carey Tunnel will be closed from 9 p.m. Friday, May 16 through 5 a.m. Monday, May 19 as part of the project to replace the tunnel's original 1950s-era electrical switches and feeder cables.

The remaining tube will have one lane heading into Manhattan and one lane into Brooklyn. Motorists are advised to expect delays and use an alternate route if possible.

The work includes replacing the tunnel's 1950's electrical system, which provides the necessary   electrical power to run the tunnel's ventilation, lighting, drainage and communication systems.


Paul Diaz-Larui, foreman of the Community Center at Stuyvesant High School, in the gym that is used for badminton. The Community Center will be discussed on Tuesday at CB1's Youth & Education Committee. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

All Community Board 1 meetings take place at 49-51 Chambers St., Room 709, unless otherwise noted, and start at 6 p.m. Bring photo ID to enter the building. All are welcome.

May 13: Youth & Education Committee
* Community Center at Stuyvesant High School - Presentation by Robin Forst, Vice President, BPCA
* Changes affecting charter schools in the NY State budget for fiscal year 2014-2015 - Resolution

May 14: Tribeca Committee
* Bogardus Garden public design workshop - Update by Anne Patterson, Board Member, Friends of Bogardus Garden
* 60 Hudson St. - Update by Shaun Mooney, Director of Infrastructure, Colliers International
* Hudson River Park safety - Update by Bob Townley and resolution
* Presentation on sidewalk cafe application approval process by Michael Levine, CB1 Land Use Consultant
* 353 Greenwich St., application for liquor license for Dahlia's Mexican Restaurant Inc. - Resolution
* 179 West Broadway,  renewal application for a sidewalk café license for West Broadway Management, LLC d/b/a Landmarc - Resolution
* 78 Reade St., application for a sidewalk café license for Balcony Café Inc. - Resolution
* Tribeca Trust Plaza for a Day Program in Finn Square on Friday, June 13 and Saturday, June 14, 2014 - Presentation
* 71 North Moore St., application for renewal of sidewalk cafe for No Moore Oysters LLC d/b/a Smith & Mills - Resolution
* 396 Broadway, application for hotel restaurant liquor license for Bridgeton 396 Broadway Fee LLC d/b/a TBD - Resolution
* 61 Reade St., application for alteration of liquor license to add sidewalk cafe for 61 Reade Pizza Inc. d/b/a Tre Sorelle - Resolution
* 61 Reade St., application for sidewalk cafe for 61 Reade Pizza Inc. d/b/a Tre Sorelle - Resolution
* 59 Reade St., new sidewalk café application for 59 MACT Corp., d/b/a Maxwells - Resolution
* 325 Church St., application for renewal of sidewalk café license for 325 Church St. Company LLC d/b/a Saluggi's
* 130 West Broadway, new sidewalk café application for WB Duane Japan Partners Inc. d/b/a Sushi of Gari Tribec
* 31 Walker St., new sidewalk cafe application for Anejo Tribeca LLC

The following notices have been received for renewal, upgrade, or transfer of wine and beer or liquor licenses or sidewalk cafe permits:
* 273 Church St., renewal application for a tavern liquor license for 273 Church Walker Inc. d/b/a Souths Restaurant
* 130 Duane St., application for renewal of restaurant liquor license for Hersha Hospitality Management LP & X & X2 LLC d/b/a The Duane Street Hotel; Metaphor
* 181 Duane St., application for renewal of restaurant liquor license for 181 Duane Ristorannte Inc. d/b/a Manhattan Tribeca
* 353 Greenwich St., application for renewal of restaurant liquor license for Maryann's 353 Mex Inc. d/b/a Dahlia's Fine Mexican Cuisine
* 409 Greenwich St., application for renewal of restaurant liquor license for Wolf of Tribeca Inc. d/b/a Wolfgang's Steakhouse
* 85 West Broadway, application for alteration of liquor license for 85 West Broadway Owner LLC d/b/a Smyth Tribeca
May 15: Quality of Life Committee
* Construction update by Frank Hrubes Director of Construction Coordination, NYC DOT
* Vision Zero - Presentation by NYC DOT representative
* Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal's radon bill - Presentation by Funsho Owolabi, Legislative Director, NY State Assembly
* Heritage of Pride June 2014 events on Pier 26, Hudson River Park - Update by Chris Frederick, Managing Director
* Bellevue Hospital Center - Presentation by Vaylateena Jones, RN, LMHC, CASAC Lower East Side Power Partnership
* Int. 0230-2014 - A Local Law to amend the New York City charter, in relation to vehicle idling restrictions - Discussion
* Fire Safety Forum - Discussion

Downtown bulletin board   

On Sept. 11, 2008, people signed beams that were to be used in the construction of the September 11 Memorial Museum. The museum will open on Thursday, May 15.
(Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

May 15 is going to be a busy day - too busy. For some reason, a lot of events have been scheduled for that day, mostly at the same time. Take your pick.

National September 11 Memorial Museum opens
On May 15, President Obama will help to dedicate the National September 11 Memorial Museum. Although it opens to the general public on May 21, Lower Manhattan residents and business owners, the families of victims, 9/11 rescue and recovery workers, 9/11 survivors, first responders and World Trade Center building partners can visit the museum from May 15 to May 20.

If you are part of one of these groups, you can reserve a free ticket to preview the Museum during the Dedication Period when the museum will be open 24 hours a day. Reservations are required and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Children under the age of 6 do not need tickets for the Dedication Period but the historical exhibition may not be appropriate for visitors younger than 10. Adults accompanying younger visitors should exercise discretion before entering.

Click here for information on the Dedication Period.

When the museum opens to the public, tickets will be $24. For information and to buy tickets, click here.

Manhattan Youth: Downtown Community Awards 2014 Event
An art student at Manhattan Youth. (Photo: Manhattan Youth)
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 Ticket prices start at $150.

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

Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra soirée
On May 15 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., there will be a fundraising soirée for the Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra. It will be held in the South Street Seaport at the home of KCO board members Lynda Davey and Alan Schiffres, overlooking the Brooklyn Bridge. Shir Victoria Levy will perform works by Debussy and Poulenc. KCO board member Sharon Phair Fortenbaugh is co-host for the event. Tickets are by donation starting at $125 a person. Click here for more information or to make a reservation, or call (917) 929-8375 and contribute at the door.

CALENDAR: Week of May 12
Last year's Bluegrass Family Square Dance. This year's dance is on Saturday, May 17.
(Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

May 12
: "Street Scene," a black-and-white film from 1931 is the second in a series of three programs in which James Sanders, author of Celluloid Skyline, will discuss New York City as the scene and backdrop for more than a century of motion pictures.  On May 20, see "An Unmarried Woman." The programs are being presented under the auspices of the Historic Districts Council at the landmarked former Engine Co. 31, Downtown Community Television Center, 87 Lafayette St. (between Walker and White Streets) in Tribeca. Time: 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $10; $5 (Friends of HDC, seniors and students). For more information or to buy tickets, click here.

May 13: At Poets House, poet and performer Tracie Morris presents a seminar on the relationship between sound, onomonpoetics and imagery, demonstrating that form is a continuum that incorporates both the avant-garde and conventional - a source rather than a rulebook for the making and presenting of resounding poems. Place: 10 River Terrace. Time: 7 p.m. Admission: $10; $7 (students and seniors), free to Poets House members. For more information, click here.

May 14: Person, Place, Thing with Randy Cohen and poet Tracy K. Smith will benefit Poets House. "A poem is an opportunity to interrogate myself," says Smith. In this spirit of poetic inquiry, we host the Pulitzer Prize winning author of "Life on Mars" for a live recording of public radio's thought-provoking "Person, Place, Thing," hosted by Randy Cohen, the original Ethicist of the popular New York Times Magazine column. In this twist on the traditional interview show, guests reflect on a person, place, and thing that have influenced their lives. The result is strikingly similar to poetry: potent memories, fresh insights, original stories. This is Poets House's first foray into public radio programming. Smith and Cohen will be joined by musician Jefferson Hamer, winner of a BBC 2 Radio Folk Award. The show will air on WAMC/Northeast Public Radio in early July and will be available as a podcast from iTunes. All proceeds from this low-cost fundraiser benefit Poets House's public programming. Space is limited. Place: 10 River Terrace. Time: 7 p.m. Admission: $30; $25 (Poets House members). For more information, call Joe Fritsch at (212) 443-7920 x12832 or email For more information, click here.

May 17: Bluegrass Family Square Dance, the first "family dance" of the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy's 2014 season, brings the Ebony Hillbillies to Battery Park City, where they will play foot-tapping American bluegrass on traditional string instruments and washboard. Dance caller Eric Hollman leads the square dancing. Come to dance, or just to listen. Place: Esplanade Plaza along the Hudson River at the end of Liberty Street. Time: 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Free.

May 18: The Friends of Bogardus Garden present a Spring Celebration with performances by Modern Martial Arts, dance with Miss Rachel, music by the TriBattery Pops (Tom Goodkind, conductor), kids' activities by Manhattan Youth, Playgarden, Whole Foods, Jemz, Reade Street Prep, and Brooklyn Robot Foundry, face painting, cookie decorating, and children's tumbling. Place: Bogardus Garden (at Chambers and Hudson Street). Time: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. For more information, click here.

May 18: The Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra presents "Pièces de Résistance: Music Celebrating the Polish Spirit" at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. Shir Victoria Levy is the soloist for a haunting violin concerto by Karl Szymanowski. Also on the program are works by Chopin, Mozart and Bach that pay tribute to the musical landscape of pre-war Polish-Jewish life. Place: 36 Battery Place. Time: 2:30 p.m. Tickets: $18; $15 (students, seniors); $12 (members). To purchase tickets, click here.

Reserve now: A three-hour Block Party Workshop on Saturday, May 17 at Bowne Printers (part of the South Street Seaport Museum) will teach participants how to carve and print linoleum blocks. Bowne's resident printer, Ali Osborn, will then use everyone's design to print a poster on Bowne's vintage Vandercook press. All materials supplied. Registration required. $15 non-refundable deposit for materials due by May 14. Place: 211 Water St. Time: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Fee: $50; $45 (South Street Seaport Museum members). For more information or to make a reservation, email or call (646) 628-2707.

Ongoing: An exhibit called "Bright! Color in Three Dimensions" is in the lobby of 250 Vesey St., Brookfield Place. With the advent of digital and commercial technology, it has become easier to take the power of color for granted in two-dimensional mediums. The artists - Justin Adian, Caitlin Bermingham, Benjamin Dowell, Charles Dunn, Juan Fernando Morales, and Courtney Puckett - in Bright! take color to another level by manipulating it into sculptural forms. Whether made of plastic, textile, or paper, the artists use color as a foundation for the entire object, rather than the decorative finish to the piece. Time: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Through June 1. Free.

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: The South Street Seaport Museum's lightship Ambrose and its barque Peking welcome visitors Wednesdays to Sundays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Pier 16 (on the East River at Fulton Street). The Ambrose, launched in 1908,  once guided large ships through the Ambrose Channel into New York harbor. Peking was launched in Hamburg, Germany in 1911, one of the last commercial sailing ships ever built. She was used to carry goods from Europe to South America and to return to Europe with nitrate. The museum's Visitors Services associates explain all of the fascinating details of the ships and their relevance to the history of New York as a port city. Cost: $12 (adults); $8 (students, 12-24 and seniors); $5 (children 2-11); under 2, free. To buy tickets, 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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