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Volume 1, No. 96  July 25, 2014

Quote of the day:
"It's interesting going down because you tend to go much faster than going up, not just because it's downhill, but there's motivation to reach the bottom." - John Miller, head of the NYPD's intelligence division, on his climb to the top of the Brooklyn Bridge in an effort to get a lead on who replaced its U.S. flags with white flags. 

* Hudson River fishing in Lower Manhattan
* Bits & Bytes: Google maps Liberty Island; Brooklyn Bridge flag mystery; Condé Nast
* Letter to the editor: Greenmarket update: PATH market is closed, relocation sought
* In the farmers' markets: Week of July 21
* Calendar

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Historic Battery Park. July 12, 2014. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

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Fishing at Pier 25 in Hudson River Park. (Photos: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

On New York City's western flank, but not usually visible, is another world, as complex in its structure as the man-made world that soars above tiny Manhattan island. This other world, the Hudson River, is populated by fish, plants and minute animals as well as by the occasional mammal. (Harbor seals have been known to show up in the river and there have been newsworthy whale sightings from time to time.)

A program on Pier 25 in Hudson River Park provides a glimpse of what's happening on Manhattan's doorstep. On Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and on Mondays from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., weather permitting, the Hudson River Park Trust provides rods, reels, bait and fishing instruction. For those who are interested, it also provides information about river ecology and the many species of fish that live in the river.

The Hudson River, carved out by glaciers and as much as 200 feet deep in places, flows from Lake Tear of the Clouds in the Adirondack Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean. But twice a day, high tides from the ocean push back against the currents.

More than 210 species of fish have been recorded in the river, 50 of them in the lower Hudson, where it empties into the Atlantic. The river is both salt and fresh as far north as Troy, N.Y. - a distance of 150 miles - which helps explain the large number of marine animals that can live in the Hudson. Some, like American eels (Anguilla rostrata), spawn in the ocean and swim to freshwater to mature. Others, like American shad (Alosa sapidissima), live in the ocean and come to fresh water to spawn.

In addition, the river happens to be at a junction between cold water and warm water ranges, which means that some tropical fish reach New York City while fish that prefer Arctic waters sometimes venture this far south.

Among the tropical fish are spotfin butterfly fish, banded in black with brilliant yellow fins. Gag groupers (Mycteroperca microlepis) are another tropical stray, less colorful than the butterfly fish but equally interesting. They commonly weigh 10 to 20 pounds and live in harems. The largest and most aggressive female can switch sexes if no male is available.

For more insights into Hudson River fish, the River Project on Pier 40 maintains both an informative website and a marine biology field station.

In addition, several times a year, the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy sponsors an event called "Go Fish" during which master anglers teach fishing skills. The fish caught during this program are placed briefly in tanks and then thrown back into the Hudson, presumably having learned to be wary of prey on hooks. The next "Go Fish" program will take place on Sept. 20.

Aside from these educational programs, fishing is legal along the Hudson River, but anglers 16 and older have to register with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and obey the rules. They have to do with the size of fish that can be caught, which kinds of fish are protected because they are endangered and where and when fishing can take place. There are specific instructions for the tidal Hudson River.

An annual license costs $25 for New York State residents, 16 to 69 years old, and $5 for those 70 or older.

The Hudson River is cleaner than it has been in years, but its sediments still contain an array of toxins that have accumulated over many decades. In fact, according to the River Project, the Hudson is the second most contaminated large estuary in the United States.

The New York State Department of Health publishes an advisory as to which fish can be eaten in limited quantities, and which fish should not be eaten at all because of contamination with PCB's, cadmium and dioxin.

- Terese Loeb Kreuzer

A fisherman in Battery Park City with an eel that he had just caught in the Hudson River.

Bits & Bytes

Liberty Island. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
"Google to Offer Close-Up View of Liberty Island," New York Times, 7/24/14. "On Wednesday, Google took its first step toward putting Liberty and Ellis Islands on the maps, Google Maps with Street View, that is," says The New York Times. "While Street View's immersive 360-degree maps have been available for most of New York City since 2007, Liberty Island and its neighbor, Ellis Island, have never been mapped using the technology. Getting access to Liberty Island, which is run by the National Park Service, is complicated, and it had taken time to work through the process." For the complete article, click here.

"A Mad Dash to Points South," New York Times, 7/23/14. "In the last few months, restaurants, blow bars and major fashion labels have been angling for new homes near the World Trade Center, and largely for one reason," The New York Times observes. "Between November and February 2015, about 2,300 Condé Nast employees will be migrating to open floor plans at 1 World Trade Center. Those couple of thousand employees will have pages to fill and expense accounts to use. And these businesses want in. 'With Condé Nast going down there, it's a game changer,' said Nadine Abramcyk, a co-owner of the upscale nail salon Tenoverten. 'To be close to all those employees would be amazing. You want to be, like, the first mover.'" For the complete article, click here.

"NYPD Deputy Commissioner Scales Brooklyn Bridge in White Flag Case," Wall Street Journal, 7/25/14. "The head of the New York Police Department's intelligence division got his own view Friday of the investigation into who replaced two American flags with a pair of whitewashed ones on the Brooklyn Bridge," the Wall Street Journal reported. "Dressed in climbing gear, Deputy Commissioner John Miller was joined by detectives on the NYPD squad investigating the incident as they walked up one of the bridge's cables to the towers. Mr. Miller said the incident, which occurred Tuesday morning, remains under investigation. He said the police have yet to identify any suspects." The Journal quoted Miller as saying about his climb to the top of the bridge, "It was certainly an experience you don't have every day. It's interesting going down because you tend to go much faster than going up, not just because it's downhill, but there's motivation to reach the bottom." For the complete article, click here.

Letter to the editor
The Tribeca Greenmarket on Greenwich Street. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

To the editor:
(Re: "Where to get farm fresh food in Lower Manhattan," DPNYC, 7/23/14) Thank you for your article on farm stands in Lower Manhattan.

The farmers' market just north of the PATH Station had to close due to construction, but we hope to find a home for it at Greenwich and Albany Streets. Everyone from the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, GrowNYC, the Downtown Alliance, the NYC Department of Transportation, NYC Police Department, the Port Authority of NY and NJ to the Mayor's Office have been working on this. This location should be great for both the Financial and Battery Park City residents and workers who want to eat local fresh produce. The CB1 Quality of Life Committee voted a resolution to support this and it goes before the full board for a vote.

Again thank you for covering topics that we care about.

Catherine McVay Hughes
Chair, Community Board 1

From the editor:
Thank you for the correction and the update.

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Tribeca Greenmarket cantaloupes. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

As a new feature in Downtown Post NYC, we will tell you what's available in the Lower Manhattan farmers' markets, week by week.

This week at the Tribeca Greenmarket on Greenwich Street, just north of Chambers Street, you will find peaches, plums, cantaloupes, eggplants, corn, potatoes, peppers, raspberries and blueberries on Wednesdays and grass-fed lamb, peaches, plums, edamame, shishito peppers, bell peppers, okra, many varieties of eggplant, summer squash and corn on Saturdays. 



CALENDAR: Week of July 21
An engine gauge in the wheelhouse of the lighthouse tender, Lilac, built in 1933 and on the National Register of Historic Places. The Lilac is open for tours on Thursdays and on weekends. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
July 26: A documentary feature film, "The Case of the Three Sided Dream," closes the three-night film festival on Brookfield Place's waterfront plaza. It will be preceded by the Aukua Dixon Quartet. "The Case of the Three Sided Dream" revolves around musician Rahsaan Roland Kirk, who, despite being blind, becoming paralyzed, and facing America's racial injustices, did not relent. Adam Kahan's artful and poignant documentary features spectacular performance footage of this dynamic artist. Place: Brookfield Place's waterfront plaza in Battery Park City. Time: Doors
open at 6:30 p.m. Performance: 7:30 p.m. Screening: 8:45 p.m.-10 p.m. Free. For more information, click here. 
July 26: Poets House, a free, 60-000-volume poetry library based in Battery Park City, will have an outpost on Governors Island for two more weekends in July and August. Visitors will be able to settle into one of the historic houses on Colonels' Row and make drawings and write poetry, filling in the outline of a gigantic mural cityscape created by artist Felipe Galindo. The idea is to make a city of poems. There will be writing prompts for those who want them, including a Haiku station where visitors can play with the ancient form via social media applications. Drawings will also be welcome as contributions to the cityscape. When: Saturdays and Sundays, July 26 and 27 and August 2 and 3; Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Where: 406A Colonels' Row, Governors Island; How to get there: Ferries go to Governors Island from South Street in Manhattan and from Brooklyn. Ferries are free on weekend mornings. For the ferry schedule and fare information, click here. 

July 27: Aboard a New York Water Taxi, Gabriel Willow, a naturalist with the New York City Audubon Society, will lead a two-hour ecocruise, "Bridges and Birds," to Hoffman and Swinburne Islands, nesting place for egrets, cormorants and gulls.  (Time: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. leaving from Pier 16 in the South Street Seaport.) On Sunday, Aug. 3, he leads a two-hour cruise to the Brothers Islands in the East River. The next New York Water Taxi/New York City Audubon Society ecocruise to Jamaica Bay takes place on Sunday, Aug. 10, followed by one on Aug. 17. The cruise is three hours long (6 p.m. to 9 p.m.).  For more information and to buy tickets, click here.

July 27: The Friends of the Lower West Side will lead a walking tour of the neighborhood that was sometimes called "Little Syria" because so many immigrants from the Middle East settled there in the 19th century. The tour will take in the former St. George Melkite Church, the Downtown
Community House, some Federal-style town homes, and the few remaining tenements. Leaders Joe Svehlak, an urban historian whose family lived on the Lower West Side in the early 1900s, and Esther Regelson, community activist and current resident, will tell stories of the diverse people who lived together in one of New York's great neighborhood melting pots. They will also talk about the problems facing current residents as they fight to preserve the last significant remaining buildings. A donation of $10 to $20 will help with preservation efforts. Place: Meet inside the Staten Island Ferry Building (South Ferry) at the bottom of the escalators, left side. Time: 10:30 a.m. For more information, call Joe at (718) 855-7354 or Esther at (212) 349-4396 or email

Ongoing: Mackenzie Scott, a singer/songwriter from Nashville who performs under the name "Torres" and High Highs (Jack Milas and Oli Chang from Sydney, Australia) played at the Seaport Music Festival on July 25. The Festival is produced and partially sponsored by The Howard Hughes Corp. Place: Fulton Street at Water Street. Time: 7 p.m. Free. The Festival continues on Friday nights through Aug. 29. For more information, click here.  

: Every Friday through Aug. 22, join a master drummer in Battery Park City's Wagner Park for Sunset Jams on the Hudson. Improvise on African, Caribbean and Latin rhythms. Drums provided, or bring your own. Place: Wagner Park. Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Free. For more information, click here

: "Tugboats: Workhorses of New York Harbor," photographs by John Skelson, are on exhibit aboard the Lilac, a historic lighthouse tender docked at Pier 25, through July 31. Skelson's photographs document the powerful and colorful array of tugs that keep our harbor working. The Lilac is open 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursdays and 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. For more information about the Lilac, click here.

Ongoing: An exhibit in the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's arts center on Governors Island examines a pivotal time in Trisha Brown's early career as an artist and choreographer, as well as a particularly fertile moment for artistic production in New York City. With videos, photographs and installations, "Trisha Brown: Embodied Practice and Site-Specificity" highlights Brown's community of performers and artists, and the Lower Manhattan in which they lived and created. The exhibit shows Brown's investigation of simple movements such as walking or dressing, and the built environment, specifically through performances that took place on buildings inside and out, museum walls, parks, cobblestone streets, and other non-traditional performance spaces. 
The exhibition also bridges the transition in Brown's practice from site- and gallery-based work to proscenium stage work, for which she became well-known throughout the 1980s and beyond. Through Sept. 28. Times: Fridays and Sundays, noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. For more information, click here.

Ongoing: Poets House presents its 22nd annual showcase, a free exhibit featuring all of the new poetry books and poetry-related texts published in the United States in a single year from over 650 commercial, university, and independent presses. Through Aug. 16. Place: 10 River Terrace. Free. For more information, click here.

Ongoing: "From Drills to Drums: Civil War Life on Governors Island." A program for kids, who will see first hand the lives of soldiers, civilians and prisoners on the island in the 19th century. No tickets or reservations required, but large school or day camp groups should call (212) 825-3045. Every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Place: Governors Island. Time: 10:20 a.m. Also at 11:20 a.m. Free.

Ongoing: Hike Through History. The most comprehensive tour of Governors Island National Monument takes in nearly every highlight in the historic district. No tickets or reservations required. Visitors should be prepared to stand for a full 90 minutes and walk a distance of about 1.5 miles. Wednesdays to Sundays. Place: Governors Island. Meet at Soissons Dock. Time: 2 p.m. For more information, click here.
Ongoing: "A Town Known as Auschwitz" is an exhibit of photographs at the Museum of Jewish Heritage tracing the history of a town called "Oswiecim" in what is now Poland, where Jews and non-Jews lived side by side for centuries. When German forces occupied the town in September 1939, they renamed it "Auschwitz" and established a concentration and death camp there. More than 1 million people died at Auschwitz, including 90 percent of the town's Jews. The museum is at 36 Battery Place. For information the exhibit, click here. For information on the museum's hours and admission fees, click here.
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: 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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