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Volume 1, No. 115  Sept. 8, 2014
Quote of the day:
"It's almost like a reunion to be here. This is the team that worked for more than a decade to pass this bill." - Rep. Carolyn Maloney on the crowd assembled for a press conference to urge the reauthorization of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.

SEPT. 9 is PRIMARY ELECTION DAY. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
* The fight for 9/11 health care and compensation continues
* Catching up with Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer: Part 2 - her trip to Israel   
* Bits & Bytes: 1 WTC opening is delayed; Denny's for drinks; Old-time Chinatown
* Police Memorial's electrical system still not repaired
* Downtown Bulletin Board: 9/11 commemorations; Citizen preparedness; Fire Safety Forum
* Community Board 1 meetings: Week of Sept. 8
* Calendar

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9/11 workers at a press conference urging reauthorization of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. Sept. 8, 2014  (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer) 


Mayor Bill de Blasio addressing a press conference urging the reauthorization of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. (Photos: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

There were many familiar faces in the crowd assembled at a press conference on Sept. 8 to urge the reauthorization of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act - a bill that provided medical care for sick and injured 9/11 responders and community members and a related bill providing financial compensation for people who became ill because of toxins from Ground Zero.

After years of struggle, the bill passed Congress on Dec. 22, 2010, good for five years, not for 10 as its backers had requested. Now, the fight will resume. The World Trade Center Health Program will expire in October 2015 and the Compensation Fund in October 2016 unless Congress provides more money.

"It's almost like a reunion to be here," Rep. Carolyn Maloney observed of the crowd at the press conference. "This is the team that worked for more than a decade to pass this bill."

Sen. Gillibrand with Reps. King, Maloney and Nadler.
Packed into the plaza in front of 7 World Trade Center were most of the politicians who had fought for the Zadroga bill in Congress - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Rep. Maloney, Rep. Jerrold Nadler and Rep. Peter King. Also present were union leaders, representatives of the police and fire departments and people who were critical to the bill's passing - John Feal, a first responder who lost half his foot at the World Trade Center site and who brought busload after busload of people to Washington, D.C. to lobby for the bill, and Catherine McVay Hughes, now chairperson of Community Board 1, who was on those buses for trip after trip.

James Zadroga's father, Joseph, was at the press conference. James Zadroga, for whom the bill was named, was the first police officer whose death was attributed to his service at Ground Zero.

Joseph Zadroga rode those buses to Washington. In the crowd were some of the people who rode the buses with him. They hadn't seen each other in almost four years, but after what they had been through together, they hadn't forgotten each other.

But some people were missing. Some have died. Some were too ill to be there. "Heroes who walked the halls of Congress simply to force their government to do the right thing, are gone," said Sen. Gillibrand.

There are now more than 30,000 Sept. 11 responders and survivors who have an illness or injury caused by the attacks or their aftermath. Most of them have more than one illness. It has now been definitively established that more than 60 kinds of cancer were caused by 9/11 toxins.

Among the 2,900 people diagnosed with 9/11-related cancer, more than 800 are members of the New York Fire Department and more than 550 are with the NYPD. To date, more than 70 firefighters and 60 NYPD officers have died from 9/11-related illnesses.

In the crowd at the press conference was a man in a wheelchair holding a sign saying "I am 9/11 clean-up worker." There were people with respirators, people leaning on canes.

The people who are being helped by the James Zadroga Act come from every state and live in 431 of the 435 Congressional districts in the country. "Too many of them face a health crisis that will far outlast the program's expiration date," said Gillibrand. The backers of reauthorization are asking that the Act be extended for 25 years to see these people through their possible life spans.

New to the fight this year was Mayor Bill de Blasio. He referred to his own father and to his wife's father getting assistance from the GI Bill when they returned from serving in the military during World War II. "There was no question," he said. "Why is there a question for the brave men and women who served under the most adverse circumstances after an attack on our country? Why is there a question about them getting what they deserve?  There should be no question. There should be no debate. This should be simply a march to action. Let's get our Congress to do the right thing and support our heroes."

After the press conference, Rep. Maloney provided an answer to the mayor's question.

"There's a big competition over funding," she said. "People from other states want to spend the money on other things. We have to remind them of the sacrifice and that they have to take care of people."

She added that if there should be another attack on this country, people would be reluctant to step in and help as they did after 9/11 if they thought it would cost them their health and possibly their lives without the government backing them up and providing for their families.

Later this month, Senators Gillibrand and Charles Schumer of New York will introduce the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act in the Senate, and Reps. Maloney, Nadler and King will introduce it in the House.

- Terese Loeb Kreuzer

For a video of Rep. Jerrold Nadler explaining why he thinks that reauthorizing the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act is a "moral imperative," click here



Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer with Nir Barkat, Mayor of Jerusalem.

(This is the second article based on an interview with Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer that took place in her office on Sept. 3. The first article in Downtown Post NYC, 9/5/14, dealt with Brewer's views on the South Street Seaport.)

When Gale Brewer announced that she was going to go to Israel, she got emails, pro and con but was undeterred by negative remarks. She has been to Israel many times starting in 1994 when she arrived three days after the Allenby Bridge between the East and West Banks of the Jordan River opened. She was also there in December 2002 during the second intifada, when she and those with whom she was traveling were the only guests at the 233-room King David Hotel.

She left for Israel on Aug. 18 and returned to New York City on Aug. 20. Brewer, who is not Jewish, paid for the trip herself.

The trip was arranged by COJO (the West Side Council of Orthodox Jewish Organizations) and Face of Israel. Her purpose, she said, was "to be supportive of COJO and the Israeli people." She said that the trip would give her "a better sense of the toll" of the current crisis and that she would actively encourage New Yorkers to continue to schedule trips to Israel. 

Brewer's day and a half in Israel included a meeting with Nir Barkat, the mayor of Jerusalem, a visit to an iron dome installation in the desert and meetings with economists and politicians. It also included a middle-of-the-night retreat to the stairwell of the King David hotel when a warning siren sounded.

"Most people slept through it because it wasn't right there," she said. "There were only around six people in the stairwell in our area. Of course, some of the rabbis ran into their friends so they spent an hour talking in the stairwell - people they haven't seen in years - somebody from Paris, somebody from London. It was fascinating for me."

Mayor Barkat told Brewer that he wants Jerusalem "to feel like the regular, everyday Jerusalem and not victimized. He wants economic development to continue. It's like 9/11 when we wanted New York to have the economy buzzing again."

There are difficulties - and not just because of missiles from Gaza. An economist with the Bank of Israel told Brewer that Israel is challenged because of having
no trading partners in the immediate vicinity. "That makes it difficult for Israel to be stable economically," Brewer said. "It makes it hard to be a thriving country. They have to find other markets." 

Brewer said that one of the most memorable parts of the trip was a visit to an iron dome installation around 45 minutes outside of Jerusalem. She said it wasn't what she expected.

"The first thing you see when you go up a hill is a white tent like you might see at a street festival with a couple of young soldier look-outs. Then you keep driving, just a few yards and there are more tents and four shipping containers. And you think, 'this is the iron dome?' You do see one big missile-looking thing, but it doesn't look too impressive. It's up on stilts. It doesn't even look like a missile."    


Soldiers in one of the shipping container structures watch TV monitors day and night. If they see a missile coming from Gaza, they can push a button and shoot it down.


"They only knock it down if it's going to be in an area that's populated," Brewer said. "If it's going to fall in the open desert, they don't waste a missile on it. While we were there, after we had had lunch, they did shoot one down. We could hear it and we could see a white line like a plane going by. I don't know where it landed. We also saw a very large pipe which is both for the rocket and the missile, and one of the reasons they have the sirens is that if this thing is going to fall, it could fall on you. It's not so much because of the explosion."


On the way back to Jerusalem, the group with which Brewer was traveling gave a ride to a 21-year-old woman from Australia who is one of the commanders of the iron dome. She told them that the entire base can be picked up and moved in three hours.


"That's brilliant in my book," Brewer said. "I think this iron dome is brilliant and the whole mechanism of alerting the public. They're defending themselves brilliantly. Their technological and  organizational ability - it's always been part of their DNA, but I was just really impressed with it."   


More problematic in some ways is the criticism that Israel faces. "Anti-Semitism is rampant," Brewer said. "It's in Europe. It's in the United States. Israel doesn't have a lot of friends. They need friends. I've always been a friend. The anti-Semitism isn't new. It went underground for a while but now it's bubbling up." 


 - Terese Loeb Kreuzer


Bits & Bytes
1 World Trade Center and 7 World Trade Center. (Photos: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

"Port Authority delays 1 World Trade Center opening as project takes more time, money than expected," Daily News, 9/6/14. The opening of 1 World Trade Center has again been delayed, the Daily News reports, although "the frame is finished, the glass is up and the observation deck on the 72nd floor seems tourist-ready. But work is still under way, and it's hard to know precisely when those doors will open to the public and what the final bill will be." The Port Authority now says that the "1,776-foot office tower - dubbed the tallest in America - will open 'later this fall.'" It is not only behind schedule but billions over budget. "The new World Trade Center was originally supposed to open in 2006, then 2011, then 2012," says the Daily News. "Last Sept. 11, the Port Authority promised it would be ready by 'early 2014.'" For the complete article, click here.

"A Grand Slam Idea (With Drinks, of Course)," New York Times, 9/8/14. Denny's is a restaurant chain "famous for serving pancakes any time, day or night," says The New York Times. The Denny's that just opened at 150 Nassau St. also serves Tommy's Margarita - "a mix of 100 percent agave tequila, fresh lime juice and agave syrup that is considered a purer expression of the margarita, one that showcases the spirit." This is one of several items on the craft cocktail menu. "There's also a healthy selection of spirits available by the glass," The Times observes. "As one bewildered customer said the other night, 'I didn't expect Denny's to be the spot for whiskey.' Denny's isn't the first restaurant chain to try to co-opt modern mixology, but its attempt may be the most sophisticated to date. Remove the company logo, and the cocktail menu wouldn't look out of place at some of the more casual cocktail bars that have opened lately in Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan. The taste of the drinks would pass muster as well." For the complete article, click here.

"A Stretch of Mott Street Remembered," Voices of NY, 9/8/14. "Manhattan's Chinatown has witnessed many changes over the last century," says Voices of NY. Some of that history is recounted in an article that appeared in the September 1 China Press and was subsequently translated into English. "In the very beginning, New York's Chinatown had only three streets: Mott, Pell and Doyers," says this recap of Chinatown's history. "A turn onto Mott Street led to what was known as the 'world's most famous' Chinese restaurant, located at 7-9 Mott St., on the left side of the block. Opened in 1897, Port Arthur Chinese Restaurant operated until 1974 and is among Chinatown's earliest eateries." It had "an ornately decorated façade, which was considered a Chinatown landmark. The interior hall was elegantly appointed, with intricately and delicately carved teakwood furniture specially ordered from Canton. Electric fans hung high from the ceiling, and Chinese lanterns, one of which had large characters of Port Arthur's name carved into it, also furnished the surrounding space. It was all rather spectacular." For the complete article, click here.

"For a Harlem renaissance, fill in the river," Crain's New York Business, 9/7/14. In an opinion piece in Crain's New York Business, Charles J. Urstadt, a former state housing commissioner, chairman of the Battery Park City Authority from its inception to 1979 and BPCA vice chairman from 1998 to 2010, suggests filling in the Harlem River. "It would create hundreds of acres of development space in Manhattan," he says. Urstadt says that the Harlem River is actually a tidal estuary that was dredged, straightened and connected to the East River in 1904. "Railroad and highway construction later spurred a flourish of industry along the river, but this was mostly over by the Great Depression," he recounts. He believes that if the river were filled in, it would create thousands of construction and permanent jobs. "Filling in the Harlem River, which is seven miles long and on average more than 400 feet wide, while leaving room for a beautiful stream in the center, would create 400 to 800 acres of land-four to eight times the size of Battery Park City. Planners would have a free hand to dream big about the kinds of development New York needs most." For the complete article, click here.

The Police Memorial in Battery Park City as it looked on July 30, 2013.
 (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Almost two years after Superstorm Sandy knocked out the electricity in the New York City Police Memorial located near North Cove Marina in Battery Park City, the pumping system for the memorial's pool still has not been repaired. However, on Sept. 8, workmen were preparing the pool for a temporary infusion of water. During ceremonies marking the 13th anniversary of the World Trade Center attack, the pool will look more or less normal. Then, it will be drained again.

The Battery Park City Authority, which maintains the memorial, plans to install a new electrical system on Kowsky Plaza, high above the pool, where the electricity would be safer from storm damage. At the BPCA Board of Directors meeting on July 30, 2013, the repair of the Police Memorial was discussed. D'Onofrio General Contractors Corp. had submitted a bid to make the repairs at a cost of $532,000.

At that time, BPCA chairman Dennis Mehiel suggested that the repairs not be made until after the end of the 2013 hurricane season. "I would just feel like a moron if we finish this thing on Oct. 15 and on Nov. 1 we had 12 feet of water," he said.

He asked if the equipment could be housed permanently above ground between Nov. 1, 2013 and Aug. 31, 2014. Gwen Dawson, senior vice president of asset management for the BPCA, told Mehiel that this was feasible. Dawson also said at that time that the BPCA was cleaning and resetting every stone in the memorial pool.

More than a year later, some of the stones are still out of place and the electrical system repairs have not been done.

The broken electrical system also once powered the Kowsky Dog Run and Pumpkin Park on the plaza above the Police Memorial.

- Terese Loeb Kreuzer

Downtown bulletin board
Col. Trevor Jackson of the New York National Guard holding up a backpack like ones that will be given to each family that attends the Citizen Preparedness Training on Sept. 30, 2014 at PS 276. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Lower Manhattan Community Remembers 9/11:
Get together with neighbors at the Manhattan Youth Downtown Community Center on the evening of Sept. 11 to share memories of 9/11 and to listen to music played by the Tribeca Chamber Players. Refreshments will be provided by chef David Bouley. The gathering this year will honor the memory of Rev. William Grant, who worked with Manhattan Youth for many years to organize 9/11 commemorative events that helped the community heal. The event begins at 7 p.m. with music, including Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings. At 7:30 there will be conversation and refreshments followed by music at 8:15 p.m. including the Andante from Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21, played by Nate Andersen. Admission is free. Manhattan Youth suggests a $10 donation to the 9/11 Memorial. Reserve a free ticket by clicking here.

Community evening at 9/11 museum: Free tickets will be available to the National September 11 Museum on Wednesday, Sept. 10 for  9/11 families, 9/11 rescue and recovery workers, active duty first responders, 9/11 survivors, and Lower Manhattan residents and business owners. The tickets will be valid from 5 p.m. to closing time.

To reserve free tickets to the Museum for that evening, click here or call (212) 266-6211.  Reservations are available on a first-come, first-served basis. A limited number of walk-up tickets will be available the day of for stakeholders at the Museum ticket windows. Photo identification will be required to verify your selected affiliation.

Citizen Preparedness training at PS 276: Sign up now for a Citizen Preparedness training program to be held at PS 276, 55 Battery Place in Battery Park City on Tuesday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m.  The program will provide instruction in how to prepare for emergencies and disasters, what to do when they happen and how to recover as quickly as possible. Training participants will receive a free Citizen Preparedness Corps Response Starter Kit (one per family) containing such supplies as an AM/FM radio with batteries, a flashlight, a first aid kit, a face mask, safety goggles, an emergency blanket and more. The program is being sponsored by New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, New York State Senator Daniel Squadron, New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, City Councilmember Margaret Chin and Community Board 1. All participants must register in advance. To register, click here.

Battery Park City Block Party planning:
Plans are under way for the 13th Annual Battery Park City Block Party, which will be held on Sat., Sept. 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the esplanade just south of North Cove Marina. As usual, there will be vendors, food, a talent show and games for kids. "Talent" of all kinds is welcome. To participate, email Vicki Winters at Volunteers to set up and break down the Block Party and to keep it working smoothly are needed. Contact Tammy Meltzer at to find out more and to volunteer. Bob Townley, executive director of Manhattan Youth, is coordinating the children's rides and activities. He is looking for an assistant who could become the supervisor next year. For more information, email

Fire Safety Forum for highrise buildings
: In the aftermath of several news-making fires in high-rise apartment buildings in the last few months, Community Board 1 is hosting a fire safety forum on Thursday, Sept. 18. One of the recent fires took place on Aug. 11 at Independence Plaza North. Eight people were injured in that fire. The fire safety forum is being presented in partnership with the Independence Plaza North Tenants Association, the New York City Fire Department and the Borough of Manhattan Community College. Place: Borough of Manhattan Community College, 199 Chambers St., Richard Harris Terrace. Time: 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Free and open to the public but space is limited. RSVP to


  School bus on West Street. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer) 

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

Sept. 9: Landmarks Committee
* 456 Greenwich St., application for elevator and stair bulkhead - Resolution
* 184 Duane St.. application for penthouse enlargement - Resolution
Sept. 9: Youth & Education Committee - 6 p.m.
            Location:         49-51 Chambers Street, Room 501
* High School of Economics and Finance - Presentation by Jonathan Krellenstein, NYC Teaching Fellow - Cohort 24
* Community Education Programs - Presentation by Rev. Lauren R. Holder, Senior Program Officer, Community Engagement, Faith In Action, Trinity Wall Street
* Support for WTC Pediatric Study Proposal "Early Identification of WTC Conditions on Adolescents" - Resolution
* 4th Grade ELA scores of our local schools, presentation by Tom Goodkind
Sept. 10: Tribeca Committee
* 105 Reade St., application for corporate change for Sazon Inc. - Resolution
* Application to transfer restaurant liquor license for 90 Chambers St. to Kaede Japanese Cuisine, Inc. - Resolution
* 20 Warren St., application for a liquor license for an entity to be formed by Joseph Crotty - Resolution
* 285 West Broadway, application for alteration of liquor license to extend operating hours for Haus - Resolution
* 281 West Broadway, application for renewal of sidewalk café license for Pepolino's - Resolution
* 67 Murray St., application for liquor license for Kinjo Inc. d/b/a Gunbae - Resolution
* 281 West Broadway, application for renewal of sidewalk café license for Pepolino's - Resolution
* Schematic Geometric and Landscape Design for NYC DDC Bogardus Plaza Project HWPLZ012M - Presentation by Signe Nielsen from Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects, PC
The following notices have been received for renewal, upgrade, or transfer of wine and beer or liquor licenses or sidewalk cafe permits:
·         275 Greenwich St., application for restaurant liquor license for Chipotle Mexican Grill of Colorado, LLC
·         200 Chambers St. a/k/a 206 West Street, application for renewal of restaurant liquor license for Palm NY Downtown LLC

CALENDAR: Week of Sept. 8
For the seventh year, Motorexpo returns to Brookfield Place with a display of late model cars. The exhibit is open through Friday, Sept. 12 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
 (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)


Sept. 9: A New York film premiere at the Museum of the City of New York, "Rebuilding the World Trade Center" by artist Marcus Robinson records eight years of work at Ground Zero. Robinson shot time-lapse footage using 13 digital cameras to capture the rise of the tallest building in New York City. "Rebuilding the World Trade Center" (62 mins.) is a story about construction on an epic scale, but above all it focuses on the construction workers, from the site managers to those who dug the building's foundations and the ironworkers who assembled its steel frames. The director and workers in the film will sit down for a conversation with New York Times reporter James Glanz, author of "City in the Sky: The Rise and Fall of the World Trade Center" (2003), following the screening. Place: Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave. Time: 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $16; $12 (students and seniors); free for Museum members. For more information and to buy tickets, click here.

Sept. 9: Motorexpo returns to Brookfield Place in Battery Park City for the seventh year with displays of late model cars from Tesla, Lexus, Cadillac, Ford, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and other manufacturers. The free exibit is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Through Sept. 12. For more information, click here.

Sept. 9: The twelfth Pen Parentis Literary Salon season opens with readings by three critically acclaimed authors: Julia Fierro, author of "Cutting Teeth," David Gilbert, author of the nationally bestselling novel "& Sons," and Mira Jacob, author of "The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing." Additionally, Pen Parentis will present a check for $1,000 to the winner of the 2014-2015 Pen Parentis Writing Fellowship for New Parents, Jess deCourcy Hinds. All four authors will read from their work and then participate in an informal, salon-style roundtable about their writing and personal lives moderated by writer/parents M. M. De Voe and Brian Gresko. Place: Hotel Andaz, 75 Wall St. Time: 7 p.m. Free. (Happy hour specials on beer and wine available.) For more information, click here.

Sept. 10: Sail on the South Street Seaport Museum's historic 1885 schooner, Pioneer, with the museum's interim president, Jonathan Boulware. For South Street Seaport Museum members only. Place: Pier 16. Time: 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Tickets: $35. For more information and tickets, click here. For information on joining the museum, click here.

Sept. 10: "Give Me Liberty," a solo exhibition of new works by Brooklyn-based artist Sylvanus Shaw, opens at the Fraunces Tavern Museum. In this site-specific exhibition, Shaw utilizes images from the Museum's permanent collection, invoking imagery of early American statehood in media ranging from oil on panel to collaged holograms, security envelopes, and other mediums.
Through March 16, 2015. Place: Fraunces Tavern Museum, 54 Pearl St. Museum hours: Mon.-Sat., noon to 5 p.m. Admission: $7; $4 (seniors, students, children 6-8); free (children under 5 and active duty military). For more information, click here.  

Sept. 12
: Go for a walking tour of the historic South Street Seaport with an educator from the South Street Seaport Museum. Place: Meet on Pier 16 at the Visitors Services kiosk. Time: 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tickets: $12; $8 (students and seniors); $5 (children); free (members). Also, on Sept. 19, Sept. 24 and other dates at varying times. For more information and to buy tickets, click here. The ticket price includes admission to the museum's historic ships, Peking and Ambrose.

Sept. 13: The Governors Island Art Fair has filled 100 rooms on Colonel's Row with paintings, photography, sculpture, installations, video, and sound art. Run by artists for artists, New York's largest independent exhibition is in its 7th year. GIAF organizers, 4heads, received proposals from New York and from around the world for this show. Admission is free. Catalogues are available for purchase for $20. Time: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, through Sept. 28. Ferries to Governors Island leave from the Battery Maritime Building (10 South St.) in Lower Manhattan and from Brooklyn Bridge Park's Pier 6 (at the end of Atlantic Avenue, at Columbia Street) in Brooklyn. The ferry ride costs $2 (adults); $1 (seniors). For directions and more information call (212) 673-9074 or 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: "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, Nov. 15, 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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