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Volume 1, No. 122  Sept. 24, 2014
IN THIS ISSUE
Quote of the day:
"I believe one of the reasons we have such an unhealthy food system is because food production and distribution has become more and more disconnected from our daily lives."- Robert LaValva, founder of the New Amsterdam Market, commenting on the demise of the Washington Market, once the largest wholesale produce market in the world.
 
* Trinity Wall Street gears up for 2014-2015 music season
* Letter to the editor: Lessons from the history of the Washington Market 
* Bits & Bytes: Fines for landlords; Funds for Gibney Dance; New program director at Asphalt Green; Saks Fifth Avenue coming to Lower Manhattan
* Downtown Bulletin Board: Downtown Dining Fest; Old Seaport Street Fest; Citzen preparedness
* Battery Park City Block Party: Sept. 27
* Calendar

NOTE: The Howard Hughes Corporation has postponed the presentation of its South Street Seaport plans to the Seaport Working Group. That was supposed to occur on Sept. 29. Now the tentative date is Oct. 8. As of now, Community Board 1 still expects to hold a special meeting of its Landmarks Committee (with members of the Planning and Seaport/Civic Center Committees in attendance) on Oct. 22 to discuss the Howard Hughes plans. And as of now, Howard Hughes is scheduled to appear before the Landmarks Preservation Committee on Nov. 18 to get a ruling on its proposals.

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South Street Seaport Museum ships.  Sept. 19, 2014. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer) 



 

TRINITY WALL STREET GEARS UP FOR 2014-2015 MUSIC SEASON   
 
Julian Wachner conducting the Choir of Trinity Wall Street. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)



























As darkness envelops the old stones of St. Paul's Chapel, the warmth of candlelight and the smell of incense create a cozy cocoon within. St. Paul's, built in 1766 at Broadway and Fulton Streets, is the setting for Trinity Wall Street's Sunday evening music service, Compline by Candlight - a tradition begun several years ago to create a meditative break from the week's preoccupations.

This autumn, the Compline series features a different piece each Sunday from William Byrd's "Cantiones Sacrae," sung by the Grammy Award-nominated Choir of Trinity Wall Street and conducted by Trinity's music director, Julian Wachner, whenever he's in town. (He's in San Francisco at the moment, making his San Francisco Opera debut conducting "Partenope," an opera by George Frideric Handel.)

In the spring, Compline will focus on work by Rachmaninoff. The services begin at 8 p.m.

Compline is just one offering in the wonderful and mostly free music program at Trinity Wall Street. The new season ranges from Baroque masterpieces and New World spirituals to premieres of new works. Most of the performances take place in St. Paul's Chapel and in Trinity's main church at Broadway and Wall Street.

Trinity's popular Bach at One series showcasing the composer's cantatas begins on Oct. 1. The next day, Oct. 2, music lovers can return to Trinity for Concerts at One with a performance of Mahler's "Symphony No. 4" (arranged by Klaus Simon) and the New York premiere of Wachner's "Chamber Symphony," performed by the New Orchestra of Washington under conductor Alejandro Hernandez.

On Oct. 31, Trinity will present special Halloween and All Saints Day concerts, including a showing of the 1925 silent film, "The Phantom of the Opera," with live organ and choral improvisation, and a prelude in which members of the Choir of Trinity Wall Street add their individual instrumental talents to their vocal expertise. The festivities begin at 5 p.m.

December has long brought performances of Handel's "Messiah" by the Choir of Trinity Wall Street and the Trinity Baroque Orchestra. This season, Wachner will lead the ensembles in the Messiah at Trinity Church (Dec. 17, 19 and 21) and at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall (Dec. 18).

Enlivening the weeks following Christmas, Trinity's Twelfth Night Festival runs from Dec. 26 to Jan. 6. This year, it will include Handel's "Saul," and will feature such guest artists as Gotham Early Music Scene (returning with "The Play of Daniel") and the Grammy Award-winning "Roomful of Teeth." Trinity then hosts the Prototype Festival at St. Paul's Chapel (Jan. 10-15), collaborating on Winter's Child with HERE and Beth Morrison Projects.

In collaboration with the Argentinian Embassy and local consulate, on Feb. 21 at Carnegie Hall, the Choir of Trinity Wall Street, the Trinity Youth Chorus and NOVUS NY, Trinity's contemporary music ensemble, join forces with the Grammy Award-winning Washington Chorus and the Choristers of The National Cathedral to perform two 20th-century masterworks from the Americas. Wachner will conduct the program, which pairs Ives' "Symphony No. 4" with Alberto Ginastera's "Turbae ad Passionem Gregorianam."

According to the renowned choral director, Robert Page, who premiered "Turbae" in the early '70s, Ginastera considered this to be his culminating and most important work. In this performance, Trinity Wall Street reintroduces Ginastera's masterpiece to New York City in anticipation of the composer's 2016 centenary.

Highlights in the spring include, on March 12 at Trinity Church, the world premiere of Jeff Myers' "Requiem Aeternam" by the Jack Quartet with soprano Martha Cluver. On April 3, Wachner leads the Trinity Baroque Orchestra and the Choir of Trinity Wall Street in Bach's "St. John Passion" at Trinity Church. And Trinity presents "By the Waters of Babylon: A Celebration of the Power of Black Music in America" from May 7 to May 10, including a portrait of composer Trevor Weston, a program featuring Duke Ellington's "Sacred Service," a concert of spirituals featuring Stanley Thurston and a special performance by star vocalist Bobby McFerrin with the Choir of Trinity Wall Street.

For more information about Trinity Wall Street's music programming, click here. (Note: the website is not up to date, but it does include information about Wachner and the Choir of Trinity Wall Street as well as a current calendar.)

- Terese Loeb Kreuzer


 

Letter to the editor
LESSONS FROM THE HISTORY OF THE WASHINGTON MARKET  
 
Pamela Clarke Torres, who sells fruit at the Tribeca Greenmarket. Her family has had an orchard in Milton, N.Y. for almost 200 years and used to sell produce at the Washington Market, pictured in photographs on the fence behind her. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)




























To the editor:

(Re: "Tribeca Greenmarket manager shows Washington Market pix," DPNYC, 9/22/14.)
As researched by Jay Ledoux and reported in your article, Washington Market and its Market District grew to enormous size and the vendors and dealers in both the public market and the privately owned buildings offered an incredible array of foods from the region and also imported from the world over. 

At one time, Washington Market was the world's largest wholesale produce market. Throughout Tribeca were also dealers of butter, eggs and cheese. The impact of the Washington Market lingered on long after it was moved away. I still remember that in the 1980's my parents were part of a "cheese buying club" and once a month one of them would travel from Princeton N.J. to a warehouse in Tribeca where they would pick up several hundred pounds of imported cheeses for the club.  I'm sure that warehouse is now the home of some hedge-funder!

As you reported, the original Washington Market was built by the City of New York in 1812, fronting Washington Street between Fulton and Vesey Streets, with wings running down Fulton and Vesey to the Hudson River waterfront on West Street. This was during the era when public markets were considered municipal functions, in the way that police, fire departments, parks, sanitation, and other city services are viewed today.  

Each neighborhood took pride in its own public market, designed to feel like a "people's palace" for the procurement of wholesome, fresh foods.  When the residents at the east end of Fulton Street, along the East River, saw what an attractive market had been built on the west side, they demanded an equivalent venue of their own, and mounted a petition campaign and other efforts which resulted in Fulton Market being constructed by the City in 1821 (on Front Street between Fulton and Beekman, with wings running down Fulton and Beekman to the East River waterfront on South Street).

Washington Market was torn down in an era when similar "central city" markets all over the country and the world were being destroyed - the most notable (and lamentable) of these being Les Halles in Paris.  As I learned about this moment in history it occurred to me that while the official reasoning was to "remove congestion from the inner city" and "provide modern and efficient facilities for distributors" what was also happening was a shift away from rail and water transport to highways for truck transport. (Les Halles was fed by rail cars as was Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia. Washington Market received food via ships and rail float barges). In other words, moving these markets served the interests of the petroleum industries because trucking is less energy efficient than rail or water transport. I'm not sure if there was a real "conspiracy" behind this but one always has to wonder.

The City had also wanted to move Fulton Fish Market to the Bronx at this same time (the 1950's) but the fish market vendors resisted and had their "connections" and so they clung on, like a barnacle. The Rockefellers also wanted the fish market out of the way because they originally envisioned that area (which was known as "Manhattan Landing") for the site of a future World Trade Center, which they wanted to have closer to the Stock Exchange. But for varying reasons that never happened and it was all shifted over to the west side, and what would have been the Manhattan Landing landfill became Battery Park City.

While it's true that these centralized markets were a site of much traffic, I think "congestion" is in the eye of the beholder. Removing markets to the outskirts of cities also disconnects them culturally, with multiple ramifications and impacts. I believe one of the reasons we have such an unhealthy food system is because food production and distribution has become more and more disconnected from our daily lives. Apparently the quality of food in Paris - a world gastronmic capital - declined precipitously after Les Halles, known as "le ventre de Paris - the belly of Paris," was severed from its site of many centuries.  The site was turned into a universally reviled shopping mall and it remains a gaping hole in the city's fabric, with ongoing attempts to heal it.

The Fulton Fish Market is like nothing else in the world and it preserves that legacy of centralized public markets.  

It would be a sad thing to see it torn down.

Robert LaValva
Founder, New Amsterdam Market

From the editor:
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Bits & Bytes
SAKS FIFTH AVE. IN LOWER MANHATTAN; FUNDS FOR GIBNEY DANCE;
FINES FOR LANDLORDS; ASPHALT GREEN'S NEW PROGRAM DIRECTOR 
 
Gina Gibney, founder and director of Gibney Dance, addressing Community Board 1. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)




























"Hudson's Bay says 'yes' to 485,000 s/f Brookfield space,"
Real Estate Weekly, 9/24/14. Brookfield Property Partners announced that it has signed leases with Hudson's Bay Company totaling 485,000 square fee at its Brookfield Place complex in Lower Manhattan, says Real Estate Weekly. "Details of transactions are as follows: A three-level, 85,000 square foot Saks Fifth Avenue luxury department store will anchor Brookfield Place, Downtown Manhattan's premier luxury shopping destination," says the article. "This is the retailer's second full-line Manhattan location, joining its flagship store on Fifth Avenue and Lower Manhattan's first luxury department store.
Hudson's Bay Company, the parent company of Saks Fifth Avenue, will consolidate its U.S. headquarters at Brookfield Place, with 233,000 square feet at 225 Liberty Street and 166,000 square feet at 250 Vesey Street for a total of 400,000 square feet of office space in the 8.5-million-square-foot complex on the Hudson River." For the complete article, click here.

"$750,000 Grant For Gibney Dance," New York Times, 9/21/14. "The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will contribute $750,000 to Gibney Dance to support its Dance in Process residency program, bolstering an impressive fund-raising year for the organization, which operates a dance company, two dance centers and a community action program for victims of domestic abuse," says The New York Times. "In January, the Agnes Varis Trust announced a $3 million gift that allowed Gibney Dance to take over and renovate a 36,000-square-foot space at 280 Broadway, next to City Hall, that Dance New Amsterdam relinquished when it declared bankruptcy a year ago." For the complete article, click here.

"City Council approves bill to create public registry of bully landlords," Daily News, 9/24/14. "The City Council approved a bill Tuesday that would create a public registry of landlords who bully tenants," says the Daily News. "The legislation, which passed 49-0, also would double the maximum fine for harassing tenants, to $10,000." For the complete article, click here.

The bill was co-sponsored by City Council Member Margaret Chin, who represents Lower Manhattan, and Jumaane D. Williams, who represents parts of Flatbush, East Flatbush, Flatlands and Canarsie in Brooklyn. When a landlord physically or psychologically threatens or intimidates a tenant or withholds building repairs or others services in an effort to get the tenant to leave, this is considered tenant harassment. In addition to fines, landlords found guilty of bullying tenants will have their names and the addresses of their buildings published on the Department of Housing Preservation & Development's website.

Asphalt Green gets new program director: Asphalt Green has announced the appointment of Jeffrey H. Ward, as the organization's new Chief Program Officer. He replaces Paul Weiss who has become the athletic director of The George School in Bucks County, Pa. Ward will be responsible for all programming at Asphalt Green Battery Park City as well as at Asphalt Green's uptown campus on East 90th Street.  He will be re-evaluating all of Asphalt Green's current programs in the next several months.

Ward is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Columbia University. Most recently, he consulted for a wide range of clients involved in athletics as a principal with Casco Bay Associates.  Formerly, he was Ashmead White Director of Athletics at Bowdoin College where he built a nationally acclaimed athletic department.  Prior to Bowdoin, he was an athletic administrator and coach at Brown University, Columbia University, and the United States Military Academy at West Point. He was also a member of the State of Maine Commission on Sports Done Right and has chaired the Brunswick, Maine Recreation Commission for over a decade.




Downtown bulletin board
DOWNTOWN DINING FESTIVAL; OLD SEAPORT STREET FEST;
FREE SENIOR SWIM; VCF ENROLLMENT; CITIZEN PREPAREDNESS


Erik Bottcher, Special Assistant for Community Affairs in the office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, talking to Community Board 1 about the upcoming Citizen Preparedness Training forum on Sept. 30.  (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Lower Manhattan Dining Festival returns: After a three-year absence, Lower Manhattan will welcome back "Dine Around Downtown" on Sept. 30. More than 40 downtown restaurants will have food for sale on Chase Manhattan Plaza (between Liberty and Pine Streets, Nassau and William Streets) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The food festival is expected to draw 15,000 visitors.
 
The Food Network's Aarti Sequeira, host of "Aarti Party" and "Food Network Star" winner will serve as the event's celebrity guest host.  
 
Dine Around is being co-presented by Fosun International and the Alliance for Downtown New York. In addition to local restaurants, the event will have two guest participants from Shanghai, China: Lubolang Restaurant and Nanxiang Steamed Bun Restaurant.

For more information, including a complete list of restaurants, click here or go to #dinearounddowntownnyc/

Old Seaport Street Fest:
The Old Seaport Alliance is throwing a party on Sept. 27 from noon to 10 p.m. Come to Peck Slip plaza for live music, food, art performances, free yoga and more. For more information, click here.

Free senior swim:
Seniors can swim for free at the Downtown Community Center, 120 Warren St. from Monday through Thursday, 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. The Community Center offers aerobic water classes for seniors on Mondays and Thursdays at 12:45 p.m. To register, click here or call Lily at (212) 766-1104, ext. 221.

Deadline near to enroll in Sept. 11 Victim Compensation Fund:
If you were diagnosed with a 9/11-related eligible cancer before Oct. 12, 2012, you may be entitled to compensation from the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. Registration preserves your right to file a claim in the future (before the VCF ends on Oct. 3, 2016). Registration is not the same as filing a claim and you are not required to file a claim even if you have registered. Register online at vcf.gov by Oct. 12, 2014. For more information click here or call VCF's toll-free helpline at (855)-885-1555 (or 855-885-1558 for the hearing impaired).

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: SEPT. 27       
 
Asphalt Green instructors leading games for kids at the Battery Park City Block Party in 2012. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

The 13th Annual Battery Park City Block Party takes place on Sat., Sept. 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 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. Here's the schedule:

 

On Stage:

11:30 a.m.: Honor neighbors Tammy Meltzer, Deborah DiIorio and Abraham Merchant.

Noon on: Live music and dance, pet parade, demonstrations. 

4:15 p.m.: Gather around for the traditional closing sing-along of "Downtown" and "New York, New York!"

 

In the Marina:  

 Go to the Welcome Table to buy a ticket for a 45-minute-long ride on the Big Toot. Tickets are just $5 and all proceeds go to Wounded Warriers.  

Board the Arabella (North Cove Marina, docked right next to the Block Party) and hang out during the Block Party. Cash bar on board.  

 

In the Kids' Area:  

Rides, games, arts and crafts and sports.

     

On the Plaza:  

Food from your favorite BPC restaurants. Numerous tables of activities and items for sale from BPC residents, businesses and organizations.

Contests:
2:30 p.m.: Bubblegum Blowing Contest. Check in at the Welcome Table to join by 2:15 p.m.
Build a scarecrow. Bring it to the Liberty Community Gsrdens table by 2:45 p.m.
Prizes awarded

  

Electronics recycling:  

Unclutter your home by bringing your unwanted electronics to the block party. The following working and non-working items will be accepted: computers, monitors, printers, scanners, keyboards, mice, cables, TVs, VCRs, DVD players, phones, audio/visual equipment, video games, cell phones and PDAs. For more information, click here or call (212) 477-4022.

 

Community Fundraising for Wounded Warriors

Help raise money for Wounded Warriors' local chapter by baking cookies, loaves or brownies to be sold at our BPC Kids' Table next to the Welcome Table. Drop off your baked goods by 11 a.m. 

 

 



 

CALENDAR: Week of Sept. 22
This is "Open Studio" weekend for artists who have obtained rent-free space via the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Studios in Lower Manhattan and on Governors Island (pictured above) will be open to the public from Sept. 26 to Sept. 28 with free art exhibits, performances and activities. For more information, click here.
(Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
























 
 

Sept. 26: Through Oct. 3, the historic lighthouse tender, Lilac, moored at Pier 25 in Hudson River Park, has been transformed into a Floating Library. The project, created and organized by artist Beatrice Glow, offers opportunities aboard the ship for reading, writing, research, debate and "fearless dreaming." Activities take place almost daily from Wednesday to Sunday, with varying hours. Place: Pier 25 in Hudson River Park. Time: 2 p.m.-7 p.m. Cost: Free. For more information, click here.   

Sept. 26: 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: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets: $12; $8 (students and seniors); $5 (children); free (members). Also, on Oct. 2 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. 27: 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.  Also, 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.

Sept. 28: The Battery Park City Parks Conservancy presents "Wildlife Tales of the City" with naturalist and New York Times contributor, Dave Taft. He will discuss growing up with bats in Brooklyn and watching wild turkeys in Lower Manhattan. He will tell how to look for birds and rare native plants in Battery Park City's gardens. Place: 6 River Terrace in Battery Park City. Time: 2 p.m. Free.

Sept. 28: Compline by Candlelight featuring Byrd's Cantiones Sacrae performed by the Choir of Trinity Wall Street. A meditative musical service in historic St. Paul's Chapel (built in 1766) on Broadway at Fulton Street. Time: 8 p.m. Free. 

 

Last call: 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.  
 
Last call: "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. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday through Sept. 28. Place: Governors Island. Time: 10:20 a.m. Also at 11:20 a.m. Free.

Last call: 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. Wednesday to Sunday through Sept. 28. 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.

Ongoing: "Give Me Liberty," a solo exhibition of new works by Brooklyn-based artist Sylvanus Shaw, is 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



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