Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter 

News and Events
in Lower Manhattan
Volume 1, No. 65  May 14, 2014

Quote of the day:
"It sounded like a freight train."- Lorraine Doyle, district manager for Milford Management, describing the sound of the Twin Towers collapsing on 9/11.

* National September 11 Memorial Museum preview
* Battery Park City in Bloom: Star of Bethlehem
* Bits & Bytes: Clipper City returns; New ferry service; Taste of Tribeca; Citizen Preparedness
* Letter to the editor: End of an era as Lorraine Doyle retires
* Community Board 1 meeting: Quality of Life
* Downtown bulletin board: Many choices for May 15
* Calendar

For breaking news, go to

A black-and-white warbler in Battery Park City. May 10, 2014. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)


On Sept. 11, 2007, a couple sat in the graveyard of St. Paul's Chapel, near the World Trade Center site, as the names of the dead were read. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

The National September 11 Memorial Museum opens tomorrow (May 15) with a ceremony in the Foundation Hall, a vast space that houses the slurry wall and the Last Column - the last steel beam to be removed at the end of the recovery operations at Ground Zero. The dedication ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. and will be shown in its entirety at A simulcast of the ceremony will be provided on the 9/11 Memorial plaza.

The dedication is for 9/11 family members of the victims of the 2001 and 1993 attacks, 9/11 rescuers, first responders, survivors, Lower Manhattan residents and others. The program will be drawn from the museum's exhibitions, including artifacts, videos, recorded audio messages, photos and personal testimonies.

President Barack Obama, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will be among the speakers.

In the meantime, Holland Cotter of The New York Times was afforded a preview of the museum. In an article called "The 9/11 Story Told at Bedrock, Powerful as a Punch to the Gut," New York Times, 5/14/14, Cotter describes what he saw.

"After a decade marked by deep grief, partisan rancor, war, financial boondoggles and inundation from Hurricane Sandy, the National September 11 Memorial Museum at ground zero is finally opening ceremonially on Thursday, with President Obama present, and officially to the public next Wednesday," he writes. "It delivers a gut-punch experience - though if ever a new museum had looked, right along, like a disaster in the making, this one did, beginning with its trifurcated identity.
Was it going to be primarily a historical document, a monument to the dead or a theme-park-style tourist attraction? How many historical museums are built around an active repository of human remains, still being added to? How many cemeteries have a $24 entrance fee and sell souvenir T-shirts? How many theme parks bring you, repeatedly, to tears? Because that's what the museum does. The first thing to say about it, and maybe the last, is that it's emotionally overwhelming, particularly, I expect, for New Yorkers who were in the city on that apocalyptic September day and the paranoia-fraught weeks that followed, but almost as certainly for the estimated two billion people around the globe who followed the horror unfolding on television, radio and the Internet." For the complete article, click here.


Battery Park City in Bloom
Star of Bethlehem. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

The flowers of Star of Bethlehem (Ornithogalum) do look like stars, fallen to Earth, but their scientific name, mentioned by Swedish botanist Carolus Linnaeus (1707-1778), suggests another association. The name literally means "Bird's milk." ("Ornithology" from the same Latin root, is the study of birds). Linnaeus thought these flowers, which grow wild in the Middle East, North Africa and southern Europe, were the "dove's dung" mentioned in the Bible as being eaten during the siege of Samaria (King James version, II Kings 6:25).

There are around 180 species of Ornithogalum. The bulbs from which these flowers grow, have been used as food and medicinally, but are now known to be toxic if ingested.

The plant is sometimes called "Eleven O'Clock Lady." The flowers have a built-in timer and open around 11 a.m. (depending on the latitude) and close up in the evening. Linnaeus noticed that there were a number of flowers that had this property of opening reliably at a certain time of day, regardless of the weather, and suggested that a garden clock could be created from these plants. There were several efforts in the 19th century to create such a clock.

As beautiful as they are, many gardeners are not pleased to see Star of Bethlehem in their gardens. The bulbs reproduce at a vertiginous rate and push out other plants. In fact, Ornithogalum is considered "invasive" in many places.

In Battery Park City, the Star of Bethlehem is growing along the esplanade and in Wagner Park.

- Terese Loeb Kreuzer

Bits & Bytes  

Clipper City. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
Clipper City returns
Clipper City, New York City's only Tall Ship, was displaced by construction from its former moorings at Pier 17 in the South Street Seaport, but now has found a new berth. Beginning on Saturday, May 10, it has been tying up at slips 1 and 2 in the Hudson River at Battery Park.

At 158 feet long, Clipper City needs extra room to dock and to maneuver. Tom Berton, Clipper City's owner, said that everyone at Battery Park has been very accommodating. "We couldn't be more tickled and more excited to be in the park," he said.

The original Clipper City was built in Wisconsin as a cargo schooner just before the Civil War, then rebuilt from the original plans, on loan from the Smithsonian Institution, and recently refurbished. The new, restored Clipper City can comfortably sail with 134 passengers.

The original Clipper City was decommissioned in 1890, but in 1984 naval architects DeJong & Lebet re-built her, with adaptations to meet modern safety requirements. The new Clipper City, a steel-hulled schooner carrying six fore-and-aft rigged sails and two square topsails on two steel masts, was operated as a Baltimore charter vessel for 20 years until falling into disrepair. She was extensively overhauled and refitted and has been sailing in New York harbor since 2009.

A variety of excursions are offered on Clipper City: Daytime sails to the Statue of Liberty, twilight sails, harbor lights sails and sails devoted to jazz, locally brewed craft beers and lobster and beer. There are gay and lesbian sails called "Out@Sea," sails with burlesque performers and special sails for kids. On July 4, Clipper City takes people to see the fireworks preceded by an on-board barbecue.

For more information about Clipper City and to buy tickets, click here.

New ferry service debuts
On Monday, May 19, New York Water Taxi will launch a new ferry service on the Hudson River that will link Pier 84 at West 44th Street and Brookfield Place/World Financial Center in Battery Park City. The service will debut with a free week of rides, coffee and donuts. Paid service will begin on May 26.

From Monday to Friday, ferries will make the 15-minute trip every morning and afternoon, with six trips a day in each direction. Initially, the round-trip fare will be $8. Weekly and monthly passes will become available in the coming weeks.  The first morning ferry will leave Battery Park City at 7:40 a.m. The first afternoon ferry will depart from Battery Park City at 4:45 p.m. The first morning ferry will leave Pier 84 at 8 a.m. with the first afternoon departure at 5:05 p.m.

"Luxe British shop Aspinal finds a home at Brookfield Place," New York Post, 5/13/14. British luxury-goods maker Aspinal of London will be coming to Brookfield Place in Battery Park City, says the New York Post. "The classic leather goods and accessories company that is a favorite of the royal family has signed a lease for just over 1,000 square feet at Brookfield Place. The jewel box-like store has 100 feet of windows overlooking the redesigned Winter Garden at the edge of the Hudson River." For the complete 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.


Letter to the editor

Lorraine Doyle at her desk in the Milford Management office.
(Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

To the editor:
It is with a mixture of regret and anticipation that I have decided to retire on June 1. For 27 years, I have built relationships within Milford Management, in the buildings that I oversee, and among residents and groups throughout this community. It is a measure of my good fortune that -- much as I would enjoy saying goodbye in person to every colleague, client, partner, friend, and neighbor I have come to know -- you are too numerous to reach individually. So please let this message convey how much I have enjoyed working with all of you, how much I will miss you, and how lucky I feel to have enjoyed the honor and privilege of being part of Battery Park City. I will remember my time here fondly, and will always be proud of having contributed to building (and then rebuilding) one of the most wonderful communities anywhere. Thank you, and best of luck to all of you in the years ahead.

Lorraine Doyle
Milford Management

From the editor:
When Lorraine Doyle came to Battery Park City in 1987, the Milford buildings, Liberty House and Liberty Terrace, had opened on Rector Place but Liberty Court still had a construction elevator on the outside. Liberty View had not yet been constructed and buildings that Doyle later managed for Milford were not yet in its portfolio. She was one of the people who helped to build Battery Park City, and after 9/11, helped it recover.

She described the sound of the south tower collapsing. "It sounded like a freight train," she said. For 11 days following the attack, she and other members of the staff, didn't leave. Her praise is effusive for "the dedicated supers who stayed in the neighborhood and the members of the building staff that were able to get back into the neighborhood," to help.

She remembered, among other things, the lack of food. The Red Cross delivered sandwiches and cold coffee "but the best thing," she recalled, "was when a dinner cruise ship moored in the yacht basin. Restaurants from the downtown area, that were closed due to the attacks, got together and prepared meals for the people working in the area. It was sad to see the weary workers sit down, exhausted, but good to see the looks on their faces once they realized they were getting a tasty meal."

Recalling that time, she said that she and the others felt that they had a responsibility. "These were people's homes," she said.  She spoke of the fear and uncertainty of those days - not knowing what might happen next.

She pulls a bag out from under her desk and opens it. It contains an air-purifying respirator. She says she will take it with her.

Doyle's office at Milford Management looks out over Battery Place. Passersby wave at her when they see her through the large window.

She says that she has mixed feelings about leaving. Having tended Battery Park City for so long, part of her is here, she says, but her family in Connecticut "is having too much fun" without her. She has a husband, children and grandchildren. She has been staying in Battery Park City during the week and going to Connecticut only on weekends.

She says that she wants to teach her grandchildren to sew, as her mother taught her. She might open a small business making herbal gelato, for which she is renowned by those who have tasted her recipe. She might volunteer at a hospice. When her mother went to hospice, Doyle noticed that no one came to see some of those who were there, and that made her sad.

She will surely continue to take care of people because that's what she does, that's who she is.

Thank you.


On May 15, CB1's Quality of Life Committee will get a construction update from the NYC Department of Transportation. (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 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   

A natural beach just north of Pier 17 on the East River. On May 15, a panel at Pace University will discuss, "Who owns the waterfront?" (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
Ali Osborn will lead a block printing workshop at Bowne Printers on May 17.
(Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
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 16: Folksinger Terre Roche leads the Sunset Singing Circle in Battery Park City. Share rounds and folk songs. No experience necessary. All ages welcome. Place: Wagner Park. Time: 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Free. For more information, click here.

May 16: Gelsey Kirkland Ballet's Sleeping Beauty. With choreography by Marius Petipa and music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, this enchanting fairy tale ballet was first performed in 1890 at the Marinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. It is the epitome of dramatic storytelling in the classical tradition. With lavish sets and costumes, this staging of the full-length production explores the well-known highlights of this ballet: the opulence of the royal court, the fairies' magical realm, the haunting vision scene, the Prince's boat journey through the thorny forest, and the miraculous kiss that awakens Princess Aurora from the curse of her century-long sleep. The role of Princes Aurora was one of the hallmarks of Gelsey Kirkland's stage career, and once again she is passing on this classical treasure to a new generation of dancers. Also on May 17 at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and May 18 at 1:30 p.m.. Where: Pace University's Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, 3 Spruce St. Time: 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $25-$59. To buy tickets, click here.

May 17: Taste of Tribeca is 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. Place: Duane Street (between Greenwich and Hudson Streets). Time: 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. To purchase tickets, 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.

Downtown Post NYC is emailed Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. 
To subscribe, click here

Editor: Terese Loeb Kreuzer

We welcome comments, questions and letters to the editor. Send them to

To advertise, email

Previous issues of Downtown Post NYC are archived at

All articles and photographs in Downtown Post NYC are copyrighted and
may not be reprinted or republished without written permission.
© 2014