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Volume 1, No. 103  Aug. 11, 2014
IN THIS ISSUE

Quote of the day:
"The biggest problem was smoke inhalation. Some people were taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation." - Independence Plaza North resident Diane Lapson on a fire that occurred there on Sunday.
* Gov. Cuomo signs law to address school overcrowding
* Bits & Bytes: FiDi is hot; Fire at Independence Plaza North; Trinity's Julian Wachner
* Downtown pols going to Israel this week to show support
* Letter to the editor: Howard Hughes' expurgated "vision" for the Seaport
* Sailing on the South Street Seaport Museum's schooner Pioneer
* Calendar

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The "supermoon" on Aug. 10, 2014. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)


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GOV. CUOMO SIGNS LAW TO ADDRESS SCHOOL OVERCROWDING       
A school bus on West Street. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
 
For years, the New York City School Construction Authority (SCA) has seemed deficient in math skills. Somehow, the SCA couldn't seem to keep up with the reality of neighborhoods bursting with young children for whom there weren't enough seats in their local public schools.

But with legislation signed on Aug. 11 by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the SCA will have to start doing its population math in a different way.

New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and State Senator Daniel Squadron announced that legislation they sponsored to help address the severe overcrowding problem in New York City schools requires the SCA to collect population data and use this information in connection with the authority's five-year educational facilities capital plan. It requires the SCA and the New York City schools chancellor to account for how future population growth might affect continued overcrowding.

Speaker Silver noted that, "In my own Lower Manhattan community, families spend anxious months with their children on waitlists that can run over 100 names only to find classrooms filled to the brim and schools far over their capacity. In Queens and other parts of our city, children sit in makeshift trailers year after year because their schools have no space for them. This cannot continue. We have an obligation to give our children the highest quality education possible and that means smaller class sizes."

"For five years I've pushed my bill to require the City to use better data - like births and building permits - so planning for schools reflects the changing needs of communities," said Squadron. "Better information, a focus on neighborhoods, and more transparency will mean better, less crowded schools for more school kids."

Squadron acknowledged that, "Good planning alone won't solve overcrowding, but it will make it a lot more likely that good decisions are made for the future, and that classrooms will be there when families need them."

Eric Greenleaf, professor of marketing at the Stern School of Business at NYU, and also a member of Speaker Silver's School Overcrowding Task Force, expressed his belief that the "new emphasis on using neighborhood-level data, and more useful data, such as building permits for new apartments and houses and mapping recent births, will help the Department of Education forecast enrollments more accurately, build needed schools in a timely manner, and alleviate school overcrowding."

The law authorizes the SCA to enter into agreements and work with New York City's office of City Planning and Departments of Health and Mental Hygiene, Buildings and Housing Preservation and Development to access relevant data and render any services required in order to create uniform, student population projections for a minimum of five years to be used in the creation and implementation of the SCA's five-year capital plan, as well as school sitings.

It also requires the SCA to publicly respond to issues raised at Community Education Council (CEC) hearings on both school sitings and in response to the capital plan, including why alternative recommendations were or were not incorporated into the final plans and how any changes made to the proposed plan resulted from issues raised at hearings.

Members of Community Board 1 greeted the new law with cautious optimism.

"The signing of the law to reduce overcrowding in New York City schools could not come at a more needed time for Lower Manhattan," said CB1 chair, Catherine McVay Hughes. "Addressing school overcrowding has been a top priority in CB1 for some time. This makes for a much better planning policy. A big thank you to Speaker Silver, Senator Squadron and Governor Cuomo."
 
Tricia Joyce, chair of CB1's Youth & Education Committee, called the new law "a great first step and a significant achievement. I do hope that these new requirements breed timely action in terms of not only determining the need, but in the funding, siting and building of new school seats concurrent with population growth and residential development," she said.

Paul Hovitz, co-chair of the Youth & Education Committee, said that the law was
"certainly good news." But, he said, "Now, we need to see movement toward positive projection of our seat needs and action to address them. In particular, we were promised 1,000 seats for CB1. As of now, just 456 are funded and not yet sited."

- Terese Loeb Kreuzer


 


 

Bits & Bytes
FIDI IS HOT; FIRE AT IPN; REGUS AND BROOKFIELD STILL PALS; TRINITY'S JULIAN WACHNER; STALLED SITES IN LOWER MANHATTAN

 
Julian Wachner applauding mezzo-soprano Virginia Warnken for her performance of Benjamin Britten's "Phaedra" at Trinity Church. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
























"The Financial District Gains Momentum," New York Times, 8/8/14. After noting that the area south of Chambers Street, all of which the author of this article chooses to regard as the "financial district" had gone through some hard times, the writer cheerfully reports that, "Residents, many of them families, are streaming downtown, even if the neighborhood no longer offers the discount it once did. This winter, prices edged above the average for all of Manhattan for the first time.
The area has about 43,000 residents, according to census figures compiled by Andrew A. Beveridge, a sociology professor at Queens College, which is almost double the population in 2000, when it was 23,000." For the complete article, click here.

"8 hurt, including firefighter, in smoky TriBeCa high-rise fire," pix11, 8/10/14. A fire at Independence Plaza North's 310 Greenwich St. building erupted on Sunday evening. "Eight people, including a firefighter, were hurt in a smoky blaze at residential high-rise in Manhattan's TriBeCa neighborhood," says pix11. The fire started around 8:40 p.m. and was under control by 10:25 p.m. For the article, click here. Diane Lapson, who lives at IPN, said, "We are waiting to hear the complete story. We were told the fire was in the hallway, not in apartment 5B where they originally said it started. The biggest problem was smoke inhalation. Some people were taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation." Lapson said that in September, Community Board 1 is planning to host a forum on fire safety and what to do in case of a fire. "We need it more than ever now," she said.

"Trinity Wall Street's Music Director Considers Himself a 'Composer Who Conducts'," Wall Street Journal, 8/11/14. "In New York's classical music scene, [Julian] Wachner, 44 years old, is best known as a conductor and music director at Trinity Wall Street, the downtown church where he has created an ambitious music program, focusing on early and Baroque music, new commissions and festivals of works by composers like Stravinsky and Britten," says the Wall Street Journal. "But the problem with his success at Trinity, he has found, is that it overshadows the reason he took the job in the first place." Wachner says that he thinks of himself as "a composer who conducts" and "everything else in life was to support that habit." The label Musica Omnia, which is distributed by Naxos, is about to release a three-disc set of Wachner's compositions. "The album showcases a range of forms and styles, from symphony to oratorio to choral works, performed by the Choir of Trinity Wall Street and Novus NY, the Trinity-based contemporary music ensemble founded by Mr. Wachner." For the complete article, click here.

"Regus and Brookfield kiss and make up," Crain's New York Business, 8/8/14. "It appears there are no hard feelings between Regus, the city's largest provider of office space to small tenants, and Brookfield Office Properties, the landlord Regus just sued for $10 million," says Crain's. "Regus, which leases blocks of office space, subdivides it and then sublets it to small businesses and entrepreneurs in need of temporary or individual workspaces, has signed a 23,000-square-foot lease at 1 Liberty Plaza, the large office tower owned by Brookfield across the street to the east from the World Trade Center site. The deal comes after Regus accused Brookfield and American Express, which co-own the nearby office building at 200 Vesey St., of denying its tenants access at the tower and forcing them to pass through tedious security measures to gain entry to their space." Regus abandoned that space before signing on at 1 Liberty Plaza. For the complete article, click here.

"Seizing on stalled sites," The Real Deal, 8/1/14. "With land prices skyrocketing, cranes dotting the skyline and new projects launching almost daily, it may seem like development in New York City is firing on all cylinders. And it is," says The Real Deal. "But, surprisingly, there are still hundreds of stalled developments throughout the five boroughs. In fact, the city Department of Buildings identifies more than 530 locations on its 'Stalled Sites' list which it started up in 2009 during the recession. Work on those sites was halted and has never resumed - either because of financial distress or because of another problem, whether it be construction violations or legal wrangling. However, rather than a lifeless list of dead properties, the list has become a handy tool for some of the city's savviest real estate investors - including Extell Development, Toll Brothers and Fortis Property Group - to pick over in their efforts to find distressed development sites to go after." The Real Deal named the five largest of the stalled sites in Manhattan. Two of them are in Lower Manhattan: One of them is at 112-114 Chambers St. in Tribeca, two four-story mixed-use buildings erected more than 150 years ago. The other is a building at 96 Greenwich St. in the Financial District. Once home to the Pussycat Lounge, the building dates from the end of the 18th century. For the complete article, click here.

DOWNTOWN POLS GOING TO ISRAEL THIS WEEK TO SHOW SUPPORT

A wall in Bushwick. Almost one-quarter of the population of Brooklyn is Jewish.
(Photo: Halley Choiniere)

New York State is home to more than 1.7 million Jews -  the largest Jewish community in the world outside of Israel. Around 1.54 million Jews live in the New York City metropolitan area.

Perhaps because of this, New York State and New York City politicians from both sides of the aisle are going to Israel this week to show their support for Israel. The delegation, headed by New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo, will leave New York City on Tuesday, Aug. 12, returning on Aug. 14.

Accompanying Cuomo will be Senate Majority Co-Leaders Dean Skelos and Jeff Klein, and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who represents the 65th Assembly District in Lower Manhattan.

A statement from the governor's office announcing the visit said that it is to reaffirm "the State of New York's support in light of the continued threat of attacks by Hamas and other terrorist organizations."

In Israel, the group will meet with Israeli leaders and visit Israelis affected by the fighting.

"Friends stand together in times of crisis, and I am proud to lead this bipartisan delegation to Israel to reaffirm our friendship and support," Cuomo said. "New York has always had a special relationship with Israel. As Hamas and other terrorist organizations continue to threaten Israel, now is the time to deliver that message of solidarity in person."

Skelos spoke of "unconditional support for Israel's right to defend itself against Hamas-led attacks and to take whatever action they deem necessary to protect their people from the brutal tactics of homicide bombers."

The Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in Battery Park City. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
Senate Co-Leader Jeffrey D. Klein identified himself as the grandson of Holocaust survivors and said "the State of Israel is not only personally sacred to me but a beacon for the values and rights inherent in a Democracy which I hold dear."

Silver, who has visited Israel many times, said that he has been a "lifetime supporter of Israel."

"I cannot overstate the importance of this trip," he said. "I am proud that many New York businesses were started [in Israel] and I believe it is essential that the Empire State's leaders express our solidarity with Israel and its people, especially during these difficult times."

In addition to Governor Cuomo and the legislative leaders, the New York delegation will include Mortimer B. Zuckerman, Executive Chairman of Boston Properties, Publisher of the Daily News, and Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of U.S. News and World Report, as well as members of the Governor's family: Kenneth Cole, CEO of Kenneth Cole Productions, Inc. and husband of Gov. Cuomo's sister, Maria; Neil Cole, CEO, President and Chairman of the Board of Iconix Brand Group, Inc.; and Howard S. Maier, Chairman Emeritus of the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County.

Separately, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer will be going to Israel, leaving on Sunday, Aug. 17 and returning on Aug. 19.

"As an elected representative in New York City I believe it is my duty to observe firsthand when a crisis affects so many of my constituents as well as our city, state and country as a whole," she said. "By witnessing events and meeting directly with the relevant individuals I am in a better position to understand the complexities of the situation in the Middle East and to lend meaningful support."

Brewer will be traveling with the Council of Jewish Organizations of the West Side and will be paying for the trip herself.

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams will also be part of this delegation. The borough of Brooklyn is nearly one-quarter Jewish. Most of the city's Jewish Russian immigrants live there and almost all of the city's ultra-Orthodox. 

On July 31, Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), who represents the west side of Manhattan and parts of Brooklyn, and Congressman Peter Roskam (R-IL) introduced a Congressional resolution condemning growing anti-Semitism abroad.

The Museum of Jewish Heritage in Battery Park City is constantly guarded by the NYPD. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
"We must unequivocally condemn all forms of anti-Semitism and reject attempts to justify anti-Semitic hatred or violent attacks as an acceptable expression of frustration with political events in the Middle East or anywhere else," said Nadler. "Already in 2014 alone, in Jewish communities across the world, we have seen increased incidents of murder at Jewish sites, violent attacks and death threats against Jews, as well as gun violence, arson, graffiti, and other property desecration at Jewish places of worship. We must condemn these acts in the strongest possible terms and do all that we can to prevent the spread of anti-Semitism."

"With clear evidence of increasing incidents and expressions of anti-Semitism throughout the world, it is important that we speak out against this hatred," said Roskam. "The United States must continue to play an essential role in shining a spotlight on the ugly resurgence of anti-Semitism, as well as all forms of religious discrimination."

- Terese Loeb Kreuzer



 

 
Letter to the editor
HOWARD HUGHES' EXPURGATED 'VISION' FOR THE SEAPORT 

Fulton Street in the South Street Seaport on Aug. 10, 2014.
 (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
  
To the editor:
(Re: "Bits & Bytes: A different vision for the Seaport," DPNYC, 8/6/14): Thanks to the Downtown Post for pointing out the response from the Howard Hughes Corp. in the New York Times to an Op-Ed piece published on Aug. 1 in The Times that criticized Howard Hughes. If you're following the battle over the redevelopment of the South Street Seaport, it's a perfect demonstration of the company's evasive and deceptive modus operandi.

In the Op-Ed article, ("The War on New York's Waterfront") Paul Greenberg, Ronald Lewis and Joan K. Davidson argued that HHC's shopping-mall-and-high-rise-luxury-apartments vision for the Seaport is bankrupt from a civic standpoint.

Philip St. Pierre, the Howard Hughes executive who responded in a letter to the editor of the Times ("Revitalizing the South Street Seaport"), assured readers that the company has already brought vitality back to the district - apparently a reference to the temporary stage, food trucks and shipping containers in front of empty storefronts. Then he mentions the "complete transformation of Pier 17, a world-class shopping and dining destination that will offer breathtaking open space, including a rooftop performance venue."

As for the rest of the project: "While plans are still being finalized as part of an unprecedented community input process, our vision includes restoring the historic Tin Building, finishing the East River Esplanade, and rebuilding an active waterfront with a new marina, revitalized museum and world-class food market."

Notice what's missing in this "vision"? No mention of the 50-story apartment tower on the pier, now the site of the New Market Building, that Hughes proposes to demolish. This is despite the fact that, as the Downtown Post has just pointed out (DPNYC, 8/8/14), the Hughes Corp.'s Aug. 7 filing with the SEC makes it clear that a new high-rise is still in the plan.

This has been the company's strategy all along: mention repeatedly all the things they're going to do for the "community" and profess great affection for the Seaport, while pushing their plan through the permit process piecemeal, minimizing all mention of the offending tower until it seems (or is) too late to stop it.

It would be a travesty if the "unprecedented community input" the company is now touting - a reference to the Seaport Working Group, formed to combat the secrecy of the planning and deal-making process with the New York City Economic Development Corp., the Seaport's landlord - has absolutely no effect on the Hughes Corp.'s plans other than to be used to improve the company's PR.

Caroline Miller

From the editor:
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SAILING ON THE SOUTH STREET SEAPORT MUSEUM'S PIONEER
 
The "supermoon" of Aug. 10 rising above Brooklyn, as seen from the Pioneer.
 (Photos: Terese Loeb Kreuzer) 




























"This ship is not a replica," said Capt. Kirsten Johnsrud as she greeted the passengers on the South Street Seaport Museum's schooner, Pioneer. for a sail around New York harbor to watch the "supermoon" of Aug. 10. "It was built in 1885 and parts of it, not the whole thing but parts, are 129 years old."

Though Coast Guard regulations decree that the welcoming talk include an indication of where to find the life jackets, Johnsrud said that it was highly unlikely that they would be needed, and they weren't. The Pioneer is a sturdy vessel, she said, typical of coastal schooners that were the delivery trucks of their day. Pioneer was built in Marcus Hook, Pa., to carry sand, and because Marcus Hook was the center of the country's iron shipbuilding, Pioneer was equipped with a wrought-iron hull. She is the only iron-hulled American merchant sailing vessel still in existence. 

With the help of some of the passengers, the sails were raised and Pioneer began to glide down the East River as the historic perigee moon rose over Brooklyn - a faint, orange disk at first and then a huge orb of brilliant orange. Some large yachts and party boats passed by with music blaring, but that seemed the wrong mood for such an awesome sight as this uncommon moon. On the Pioneer, some people stared at it in silence. Others raised their cameras, trying to record the moon's rapid ascent from the horizon to a place high in the bowl of the sky.
The Statue of Liberty as seen from the Pioneer.

On this night as on many others, Pioneer sidled up close to the Statue of Liberty and then backtracked up the East River for a good look at the Brooklyn Bridge. Pioneer sails the harbor six days a week (every day but Monday), two trips a day. The excursions are two hours long. Passengers are encouraged to bring food and beverages with them, and many do.

In addition to these regular sails, Pioneer has some special programming.

On Aug. 17, there will be an "art sail" on the Pioneer. The boat will be full of artists and art students, who will have an opportunity to sketch during the two-hour sail. There will be plenty of possible subjects: live models, the harbor, the shoreline, other boats, and the Pioneer and her crew. "Bring your own materials," say the instructions, "bearing in mind that there will be no place for easels." Extra water, paper towels, a place to keep work till ashore and fixative for those who wish to use it, will be provided. 

The event is being offered in collaboration with Draw-Mania! and the Art Students League of New York. It takes place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and costs $28 for museum members, $32 for students and seniors and $38 for adults.

On Tuesday, Aug. 19, Capt. Don Chesley will offer a "celestial sail" from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. He will describe the significance of the celestial bodies over the harbor that evening and show how to use a sextant to navigate by the stars. Tickets range in price from $10 for children two and under to $45 for adults, with discounts for older children and museum members.

Then, on Wednesday, Aug. 20 and Wednesday, Aug. 27, Pioneer will be dockside at Pier 16 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and open to the public. Visitors will be able to explore harbor ecology with hands-on activities hosted by the museum's educators. They will show how to look for plankton and how to read a harbor chart and will talk about the history of one of New York harbor's most remarkable ships. This program is included in museum admission. 

For more information about Pioneer and to purchase tickets for these and other South Street Seaport Museum events, click here

- Terese Loeb Kreuzer 
 

CALENDAR: Week of Aug. 11
Governors Island is open daily through Sept. 28. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
















Aug. 13
: The Museum of Jewish Heritage's Steven Spielberg film festival concludes with "E.T. the Extra Terrestrial" (1982, 115 minutes), starring Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore and Dee Wallace. Place: 36 Battery Place. Time: Tickets will be available at the box office on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 4 p.m. on the day of the screening. Film starts at 6:30 p.m. Free with suggested donation. For more information, click here.

Aug. 14: See "Au revoir Taipei" at the Seaport Food & Film Festival in the South Street Seaport. Free food served at 7 p.m. while supplies last, followed by a film. Directed by: Arvin Chen. Kai, a lovesick young man, wants to leave Taipei in hopes of getting to Paris to be with his girlfriend. Kai spends long nights in a bookstore studying French where Susie, a girl who works there, begins to take an interest in him. After one extra ordinary night, Kai finds the excitement and romance he was longing for are already right here in Taipei. "Au revoir Taipei" sponsored by: Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York and Taiwan Tourism Bureau. Place: Front and Fulton Streets. Time: Food at 7 p.m., film at 8 p.m. Free. For more information, click here.  

Aug. 17: Board the South Street Seaport Museum's 1885 schooner, Pioneer, for an "art sail." Passengers will be invited to sketch a number of possible subjects: live models, the harbor, the shoreline, other boats, and the Pioneer and her crew. "Bring your own materials," say the instructions, "bearing in mind that there will be no place for easels." Extra water, paper towels, a place to keep work till ashore and fixative for those who wish to use it, will be provided.  The event is being offered in collaboration with Draw-Mania! and the Art Students League of New York. Place: Leaving from Pier 16 in the South Street Seaport. Time: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Fee: $38 (adults); $32 (students and seniors); $28 (museum members). To buy tickets, click here.    

Aug. 17
: Aboard a New York Water Taxi, Gabriel Willow, a naturalist with the New York City Audubon Society, will lead an ecocruise to Jamaica Bay. The cruise is three hours long (6 p.m. to 9 p.m.).  Jamaica Bay, an 18,000-acre body of water that lies between Brooklyn and Queens, teems with wildlife. For more information and to buy tickets, click here.  

Ongoing: The Seaport Music Festival, produced and partially sponsored by The Howard Hughes Corp., continues on Friday nights through Aug. 29. Place: Fulton Street at Water Street. Time: 7 p.m. Free. For more information, click here.  

Ongoing
: 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

  

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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