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Volume 1, No. 131  Oct. 15, 2014
Quote of the day:
"The entire state was beaten by people who live in this tiny neighborhood." 
        - New York State Senator Daniel Squadron, as he presented a proclamation from the New York State Senate to each girl on the two Downtown Little League girls' softball teams that won New York State championships this year. 

* Southbridge Towers privatization battle continues
* Bits & Bytes: Fairway may break lease; Zelda tributes; 1980s New York; Brooklyn Bridge locks
* Archtober in Lower Manhattan
* Julia Wolfe's 'Steel Hammer' at the Winter Garden in Battery Park City
* Downtown Bulletin Board: South Street Seaport forum; Anti-fracking town hall;  Lilac fundraiser
* New York State Senate proclamation honors Downtown Little League girls' softball teams
* Community Board 1 meetings: Week of Oct. 20
* Calendar

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South Cove in Battery Park City. Oct. 16, 2014. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer) 



Southbridge Towers. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Wally Dimson, president of the board of directors of Southbridge Towers, Inc. sent a letter to all the shareholders of its 1,651 apartments on Oct. 15 taking issue with assertions that there is an "investigation" of the recent vote to privatize the Mitchell-Lama subsidized co-op.

The nine-building complex opened in stages, beginning in 1969. Because of government subsidies, shareholders were able to buy their apartments for as little as $5,000 and to pay monthly fees that were one-quarter to one-fifth of the going rates for comparable housing in Manhattan. Now, on the open market, those apartments are estimated to bring a half a million dollars each, and more.

"Plain and simply," Dimson wrote to the shareholders, "there is no investigation of the election taking place either by DHCR [Division of Housing and Community Renewal] or any other governmental agency. In addition. there has not been a formal protest lodged with Honest Ballot Association [which administered the voting] or DHCR that alleges that any specific violations occurred."

In order to take the co-op to market rates, those in favor of privatization needed 1,072 votes. The vote to go private garnered 1,082 votes, some of them cast by proxy.

Dimson continues his email to shareholders by acknowledging that, "because of the closeness of the vote, DHCR is now doing a due diligence review of the voting and counting procedures." He refers to "additional information" that DHCR requested of the Honest Balloting Association. He says this was submitted.

"It is expected that the DHCR review will be completed within the next few days and that the Attorney General will approve the voting amendment shortly thereafter," Dimson says.

Will that be the end of the matter? Maybe not, Dimson acknowledges. "A court challenge may be forthcoming after the administrative review is completed," he says.

Paul Hovitz, a Southbridge Towers shareholder and head of a group called the Shareholders Association, countered the Dimson email by sending out one of his own.

"Our Shareholders Association contested the vote results the night the polls closed," he wrote. "As a result of that contest, and letters from the attorney engaged by the Southbridge Towers Cooperators for Mitchell Lama, DHCR ordered that 'the voting machines and proxies be secured' for in-depth review. This would seem to comprise an investigation by the pure definition of the process. A letter from that attorney to the Attorney General resulted in the AG agreeing to delay any continuance of the reconstitution process until DHCR completes its 'investigation.' Mr. Dimson can spin this any way he wishes. These are the facts."

Hovitz said in a telephone interview that shareholders opposed to privatization have already amassed a kitty to mount a possible legal challenge to the vote.

"Stay tuned," he wrote in his email. "This is far from over."

Dimson, meanwhile, also seems to be girding for a fight. "Please be assured that the board is prepared to undertake whatever action is needed to see that the rights and interests of the overwhelming majority of shareholders who voted in favor of the amendment are protected," he wrote in his email of Oct. 15.

"Please be further assured that we will continue to provide you with accurate and truthful information in a timely manner about any further developments."

- Terese Loeb Kreuzer


Bits & Bytes

255 Greenwich St. in Tribeca where Fairway was to have opened a supermarket.
(Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

"Fairway Shopping Around Manhattan Lease," Commercial Observer, 10/14/14. "Fairway supermarket chain may have gained attention for its expansion tear and accolades as a specialty retailer, but the company is looking to bail on at least one of its leases in Manhattan," says the Commercial Observor. "The lease in question is at Jack Resnick & Sons' 255 Greenwich Street in the Financial District with other Fairway lease transactions possibly facing the same fate." Fairway's reason for wanting to get out of the lease, according to the article, is that it lacks the money to build. "Fairway took a 52,242-square-foot, two-story space at the 14-story office tower at 255 Greenwich Street that spans the full block bound by Greenwich Street, Park Place, Murray Street and West Broadway. The building is adjacent to the World Trade Center site, National September 11 Memorial & Museum and Tribeca. The store is slated to be the first Fairway location in Lower Manhattan and the 16th Fairway food store in the tri-state area when it opens next year, according to Fairway's website." For the complete article, click here.

Tributes for Zelda: The Battery Conservancy continues to receive notes and photographs from Zelda's many admirers. The wild turkey, who took up residence in historic Battery Park in 2003, was killed in an automobile accident around three weeks ago. The Battery Conservancy has set up a Zelda tribute page on its website. To see it, click here. In addition, at the Harvest Fest on Saturday, Oct. 18, (noon to 4 p.m.) the Conservancy will have a tribute board where people can post their photos and memories of Zelda.

"Tourists' Photo Treasure Trove Captures 1980s New York City,", 10/15/14. "Dutch tourists Ed Sijmons and his wife Louise visited New York City for two weeks in 1980," says "They came away with rolls and rolls of 35mm film, and had only found the negatives of one. Until this month, when they rediscovered the rest, digitized the entire treasure trove, and put it on Flickr in four sets for the world to enjoy (h/t Jeremiah's Vanishing New York)." The photos are snapshots - not works of art - and they are discolored by age, but they do show a New York City that many people only dimly remember, with a skyline dominated by the Twin Towers, and, in Lower Manhattan, centuries-old buildings, now demolished, a graffiti-covered plaque on the Brooklyn Bridge (plus other graffiti) and glimpses of Chinatown and the Lower East Side. For the complete article, click here.

"Silverstein, Robert A.M. Stern star in comical promo for 30 Park Place," The Real Deal, 10/15/14. In a video in which they bill themselves as "two boys from Brooklyn, New York, with the humblest beginnings," developer Larry Silverstein and architect Robert A.M. Stern crow over 30 Park Place, which is rising now as a Four Seasons hotel surmounted by apartments on a lot just behind the Woolworth Building. When completed, it will not only dwarf the Woolworth Building, but it will be the tallest apartment building in Downtown New York. "Look at what we're going to have, Larry!" The Real Deal quotes Stern as saying to Silverstein "in a new and often rib-tickling video promoting their latest Lower Manhattan project." For the article and video, click here.

"Brooklyn Bridge, Ornamented With Locks, Becomes a Gallery of Commitment," New York Times, 10/15/14. In recent years, the Brooklyn Bridge "long written about; photographed; painted; walked, biked or driven over; and sailed under - has become a gallery for padlocks known as love locks," says The New York Times. "Some are engraved with initials, names and dates. Some have that information inscribed, passionately, with a Sharpie. Some carry little pictures of New York landmarks like the Empire State Building. Some tell nothing about who put them there, or why. But if you can judge couples by their locks, you would think that they were as happy as Ms. [Briana] Swann, 33, an actress and writer who manages the bar at the Gramercy Park Hotel, and Mr. [Donovan] Christie, 31, an actor who is a night doorman there," who affixed their love lock to the bridge last week. For the complete article, click here.

Connection bus lost and found: If you lose something on the Downtown Connection bus - the free shuttle bus that runs daily between the South Street Seaport and Broadway near City Hall - the best way to inquire about it is via the "Contact Us" link on the Downtown Alliance's website. (The Downtown Alliance runs the Connection bus.) Here's the link:



Lower Manhattan as viewed from Jersey City. It is a landscape populated with the work of many of the 20th and 21st centuries most prominent architects.
(Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

In a month-long event that should cause frissons of pleasure in those who like architecture and history, Archtober is in full swing.

The fourth annual Archtober (ärk'tōbər) features architecture activities, programs and exhibitions throughout New York City. The mission is to "focus on the importance of architecture and design in everyday life," according to the Archtober website. "The many participating organizations aim to raise awareness of the important role of design in our city and to build a lasting civic and international recognition of the richness of New York's built environment."

Several of the locations featured in this year's Archtober are in Lower Manhattan. For instance, on Oct. 18, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) is running a tour of Battery Park City that will take in some of its landmarks and discuss them in the context of their architectural lineage.

The buildings on the tour include Brookfield Place and the Winter Garden (Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects), Goldman Sachs headquarters (Pei Cobb Freed), Museum of Jewish Heritage (Kevin Roche), Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park (Olin with Machado & Silvetti), Teardrop Park (Michael Van Valkenburgh), South Cove Plaza, and the Irish Hunger Memorial. The tour will also point out schools by Cooper Robertson and Dattner Architects, and residential towers by a host of architects, including Pelli Clarke Pelli, Gruzen Samton, Ennead Architects, Ulrich Franzen, Robert A. M. Stern and Charles Moore. Time: 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Tickets: $30; $20 (AIA members). For more information on this tour, click here.

On Oct. 22, the South Street Seaport Museum will open its 12 Fulton St. galleries for a special tour of the two "old hotels" that occupied the Schermerhorn Row buildings in the 19th century. The two hotels  - Roger's Dining Salon and the Fulton Ferry Hotel - left behind faded wallpaper, partitioned rooms where the guests slept, the stairway they used for access, the laundry room and more. Of the two, the Fulton Ferry Hotel is the most famous thanks to Joseph Mitchell's piece for the New Yorker, published in his book "Up in the Old Hotel." Mitchell along with Louis Morino, owner of Sloppy Louie's, ascended the elevator shaft located at 93 South St. to discover the remains of the old, boarded-up hotel on the upper floors of the building. It was a haunting journey into a past that is still there and as evocative as ever. Time: 6 p.m.-7 p.m. Tickets: $15; $12.50 (South Street Seaport Museum members). For tickets, click here.

On Oct. 25, architectural historian Matthew Postal will lead a walking tour that starts in City Hall Park and
heads north to New York City's largest concentration of Civil War-era buildings. This once leading retail corridor is populated with ornate Italianate-style structures of masonry and cast iron that housed the era's fashionable shops and large commercial establishments. Passing into the Tribeca and SoHo Historic Districts, Postal will point out Manhattan's earliest department store, photographer Mathew Brady's portrait studio, and the 1857 E.V. Haughwout & Company Store Building, a splendid cast iron edifice that was once frequented by First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln. The group will meet at the south entrance to City Hall Park, where Park Row meets Barclay Street. Time: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tickets: $25; $20 (students and seniors). For more information or to buy tickets, click here.  

In addition to these land-based tours, there are several in the remaining days of the month that will take participants for excursions in New York harbor aboard the South Street Seaport Museum's 1885 schooner, Pioneer, or on Classic Harbor Line's yacht Manhattan, which circumnavigates Manhattan with an architect from the American Institute of Architects on board to talk about the built landscape.

- Terese Loeb Kreuzer  


Downtown Arts
John Schaefer introducing Julia Wolfe's "Steel Hammer" at the Winter Garden.
(Photos: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Julia Wolfe, one of the founders of Bang on a Can, is a gracious, warm, unassuming woman who
happens to be a musical genius. On Oct. 14, John Schaefer, host of WNYC's "New Sounds" and "Soundcheck" introduced a performance of Wolfe's "Steel Hammer" at the Winter Garden in Battery Park City by saying that he had first heard the piece four years ago and it had made a profound impression on him. "It was the best thing I heard all year," he said.

"Steel Hammer" is loosely based on the songs and legends surrounding John Henry, the proud, determined man of little or no education, who wanted to be "a steel-drivin' man" and who ended up pitting his strength against a steam drill.

The story is universal and tragic, and Wolfe makes it more so by enlarging its folk-song origins. The opening of "Steel Hammer" is set to open tone harmonies that suggest church music of the Middle Ages. The three women vocalists sing, "Some say he's from" and then pause for a couple of seconds before uttering the next phrase, as though the story were being pulled from memories of a distant past.

Bang on a Can All-Stars.
The remarkable musicians of the Bang on a Can All-Stars performed the piece, using wooden bones, whose rustling and rubbing sounded like water, mountain dulcimer, banjo, and more traditional orchestral instruments - piano, drums, cello, bass, clarinet, saxophone and harmonica. At times, the musicians put their instruments down and clapped and tapped out rhythms using their hands and feet.

Julia Wolfe acknowledging applause after the performance of "Steel Hammer" at the Winter Garden.
Wolfe said after the performance that the creation of a work like this is a collaboration between the composer and the musicians. Since she was creating sounds and effects that had not been used before in the way she used them, she had to hear them, and then modify them. She said this is an ongoing process.

A CD of "Steel Hammer" was recorded in November 2011 and February 2012, and is very much worth hearing - though it was not precisely the same as the Winter Garden performance.

And the next time "Steel Hammer" is performed, it will again be the same but different - but the same in that, as Schaefer rightly said, it will be memorable.

"Steel Hammer" was the first night of three evenings of music under the rubric "New Sounds Live" presented by Arts Brookfield. All of the concerts were free.

- Terese Loeb Kreuzer

Downtown bulletin board
The engine room of the landmarked lighthouse tender, Lilac. There will be a fundraiser for the Lilac Preservation Project on Nov. 12.  (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

South Street Seaport public forum:
Save Our Seaport (SOS) and the City Club of New York are co-sponsoring a South Street Seaport Public Forum on Nov. 10 with the latest news about the Seaport. New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and City Councilmember Margaret Chin will be among the speakers. There will also be updates about the South Street Seaport Museum, the waterfront, the Historic South Street Seaport District and bringing back a public market. The audience will be able to question the panelists and give input about next steps for the Seaport. Place: The Spruce Street School, 12 Spruce St. Time: 6 p.m. Seating is limited. To RSVP, click here.

Anti-fracking town hall meeting: New York State Assemblymember Deborah J. Glick invites you to an anti-fracking town hall meeting on Oct. 29. A panel discussion will explore the effects of hydraulic fracturing on our water and food sheds, and strategies for keeping fracking out of New York State permanently. Speakers will include Walter Hang, President, Toxic Targeting, Inc.; Erin Heaton, Anti-Fracking Activist; Assemblymember Deborah J. Glick. Place:
John L. Tishman Auditorium, University Center, 63 Fifth Ave., Room U100; Time: 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Free and open to the public. Event Cosponsors: Community Board 1, Community Board 2, Community Board 3, Community Board 4, State Senator Brad Hoylman, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Councilmember Corey Johnson, Councilmember Rosie Mendez, Bleecker Area Merchants & Residential Association, Downtown Independent Democrats, Downtown Progressive Democrats, Stonewall Democrats of New York City, Village Independent Democrats, Village Reform Democratic Club.

Community planting day at Bowling Green Park:
Get your hands dirty this Saturday, Oct. 18
at Bowling Green Park. Everyone is invited to help plant thousands of tulips at the Fall Community Planting Day from 10 a.m. to noon. Tools and gloves wiill be supplied by the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation. There will also be refreshments and activities for kids. The event is co-sponsored by Con Edison, WilmerHale, the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, New York City Council Member Margaret Chin, Community Board 1 and Whole Foods.

Asphalt Green Battery Park City expanding Pilates program: Due to overwhelming demand, Asphalt Green Battery Park City is launching a major expansion of its Pilates program, including eight dedicated Pilates Reformer classes each week starting October 27, with plans to grow the number of classes to over 15 per week in the coming months, adding a second room dedicated to Pilates. New equipment is also being added that will allow Asphalt Green to offer a wide array of classes and help accommodate various populations ranging from teens to the elderly. The programs will be geared to athletes, pre- and post-natal moms and populations with injuries as well as to casual fitness enthusiasts. For members, the new Pilates Reformer classes cost $45 for one class or $400 for a 10-session package. For non-members, the cost is $55 for one class or $500 for a 10-session package. For more information, click here.

Fundraiser: The Lilac Preservation Project, custodian of the landmarked lighthouse tender, Lilac, berthed at Pier 25 in Hudson River Park, is holding a cocktail fundraiser on Nov. 12 at Circle Rouge, 241 West Broadway. Proceeds from tickets and a silent auction will help to maintain the ship. Time: 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Tickets: $50; $35 (early bird price through Oct. 20); $25 (Lilac volunteers); free to those who formerly served on the ship. For more information and to buy tickets, click here.

DeLury Square Park Holiday Gift Fair: Friends of DeLury Square Park will hold their second Arts & Crafts Gift Fair at Gold and Fulton Streets as part of the citywide "It's My Parks Day" fall planting. The double festivities will take place on Saturday, Oct. 18, starting at 10 a.m. The Arts and Crafts Fair will feature many handmade items plus jewelry, accessories, baby gifts, ceramics, art work, photography and coffee-table books. All proceeds from the fair will help maintain and beautify the park. Volunteers who wish to help with planting that day can just show up in the park between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Friends of DeLury Square Park meet once a month and welcome volunteers. Anyone who would like to join should email



New York State Senator Daniel Squadron with the Downtown Little League girls' softball teams, who won New York State championships in their age groups and divisions. (Photo: Scott Morrison)

On the Battery Park City ball fields, where two Downtown Little League girls' softball teams fought their way to New York State championships this year, a New York State senator honored their accomplishment.

On Oct. 16, Sen. Daniel Squadron gave a proclamation from the New York State Senate to each of the girls, who ranged in age from 10 to 14. The proclamation was something, he said, that they could "keep forever."

The Downtown Little League Junior softball team (ages 12 to 14) had clinched the New York State championship on July 27 by beating Haverstraw, 7 to 6. On July 28, the DLL 11's softball team had triumphed over Pearl River, 3 to 2, in extra innings, to become the New York State champions in their age group.

The girls were the first New York State champion teams to come from Manhattan. By a show of hands, they indicated that all of them live south of Chambers Street.

"The entire state was beaten by people who live in this tiny neighborhood," Squadron observed. "This is the greatest place to raise a family that you can imagine and we have a real community here."

The girls smiled and applauded in agreement.

- Terese Loeb Kreuzer


Ambrose Hall and the Ambrose Beer Garden on Fulton Street in the South Street Seaport are seeking to renew their liquor licenses and need approval from Community Board 1's Seaport/Civic Center Committee. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Community Board 1 meetings take place at 49-51 Chambers St., Room 709, and start at 6 p.m., unless otherwise noted. All are welcome to attend. Bring photo ID to enter the building.
Oct. 21:  Seaport/Civic Center Committee
* New York Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital - Update by Michael J. Fosina, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
* Peck Slip Park - Presentation by Jason Friedman, CB1 member & possible resolution
* 21 Ann St., application for change in method of operation of a restaurant liquor license for Tre Monelli LLC - Resolution
* 33 Peck Slip, application for a hotel liquor license for 33 Peck Slip Acquisition LLC d/b/a The Jade Hotel Seaport - Resolution
* 19 Fulton St., application for a new restaurant liquor license for B and T Fulton LLC d/b/a Ambrose Beer Garden - Resolution
* 18 Fulton St., application for a new restaurant liquor license for Superspace LLC d/b/a Ambrose Hall - Resolution
The following notices have been received for renewal, upgrade, or transfer of wine and beer or liquor licenses:
·         118 Nassau St., application for renewal of restaurant liquor license for Rest On Nassau, Inc. d/b/a Nassau Bar & Grill
Oct. 28: Public hearing for Community Board 1's capital and expense budget priorities for FY2016: A public hearing on Oct. 28 provides an opportunity for members of the Lower Manhattan community to let Community Board 1 know what their budget priorities are for the district. The board will finalize its priorities during the business session of the meeting following the hearing. Anyone in the community may attend and speak. This is a link to the budget priorities for FY 2015. For more information call (212) 442-5050 or email Place: National Museum of the American Indian, 1 Bowling Green, Diker Pavilion, 1st floor. Time: 6 p.m.

Oct. 28: CB1 Monthly Meeting - 6:00 p.m.
Location:         The National Museum of the American Indian
                        1 Bowling Green
                        Diker Pavilion for Native Arts and Cultures, 1st floor
            Guest Speaker, John Haworth, Senior Executive, National Museum of the American Indian in New York.
A tour of the National Museum of the American Indian will be conducted at 5:15 p.m. prior to the meeting. Please arrive at the ground floor at 5:15 p.m. to attend and RSVP to

CALENDAR: Week of Oct. 13
A family at last year's Taste of the Seaport. This year, the event takes place on Saturday, Oct. 18 as a fundraiser for The Spruce Street and Peck Slip schools.
(Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)


Oct. 17: Celebrate what would have been jazz pianist Thelonious Monk's 97th birthday with a day of free concerts at Brookfield Place showcasing performances by an international lineup of jazz virtuosos. The musicians will once again fill the Winter Garden in Battery Park City with the swinging sounds of Monk, an architect of bebop whose influence can be heard throughout the world. The celebration will kick off with a midday concert featuring Grammy-nominated Elio Villafranca and the James Weidman Trio, both veterans of previous Monk birthday bashes, and will continue in the evening with a three-hour mini-marathon. Place: Winter Garden. Time: 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m., Elio Villafranca, James Weidman Trio. 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Jazz House Ambassadors, David Weiss Sextet, Renee Rosnes Trio, Arturo O'Farrill Sextet. Free. For more information, click here.

Oct. 18: The 6th annual Marco Polo Festival celebrates the Chinatown and Little Italy Historic District. A procession with giant puppets and lion dancers will wend its way along Grand Street between Mott and Mulberry Streets. It begins in front of 62 Mott St., between Canal and Bayard and then goes down Mulberry Street from Bayard to Grand Street. It will be followed by cultural performances on the Hester Street Stage between Mott and Mulberry Streets. The performances include traditional Chinese and Italian Opera, folk dances, contemporary Chinese and Italian instrumental performances, acrobatics and more. Time: Procession from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Performances until 3 p.m. Free. For more information, click here.

Oct. 18: The Urban Farm at the Battery Conservancy is holding its annual Harvest Fest with games, arts and crafts, music, a bake off and cooking demonstrations. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.  Place: Historic Battery Park. Time: Noon to 4 p.m. followed by square dancing until 6:30 p.m. Free. For more information, click here.

Oct. 18: More than 25 restaurants will participate in the 5th annual Taste of the Seaport, which will bring food, beverages, live music and family-friendly activities to the historic South Street Seaport. Proceeds benefit the Spruce Street School (PS 397) and the Peck Slip School (PS 343). Time: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tickets: $35 for five tastes. $120 for a family pack of 20 tastes. To buy tickets, click here.

Oct. 18: The Paris Cafe in the South Street Seaport celebrates Taste of the Seaport with an After Party. There will be Happy Hour specials from  4 p.m. to 10 p.m. (wine and beer, $4, select martinis $7), traditional Irish music from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and a DJ starting at 7 p.m. until late. Place: 119 South Street. Phone: (212) 240-9797. For more information, click here.

Oct. 19: Circumnavigation of Staten Island with the Working Harbor Committee. Capt. Joseph Ahlstrom, Professor of Marine Transportation at SUNY Maritime College and an expert on Staten Island history and maritime, will provide the narration for the three-and-a-half hour cruise aboard a New York Waterway ferry. It will take in several lighthouses, tug yards, giant shipping terminals and the famous graveyard of ships as well as the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Cash bar on board. Guests are welcome to bring their own food. Place: Departs from Pier 11 at the corner of Wall and South Streets. Boarding begins at 12:45 p.m. Cruise departs at 1 p.m. and returns at 4:30 p.m. Tickets: $55; $45 (seniors, Working Harbor Committee members and kids under 12). For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.

Oct. 19:
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.
Through Oct. 19: Sail New York harbor on the South Street Seaport Museum's landmarked 1885 schooner, Pioneer. Varying times. Place: Pier 16 in the South Street Seaport. Tickets: $38; $28 (museum members); $32 (students and seniors); $20 (children); $5 (children under 2). For more information and to buy tickets, click here.

Through Oct. 25:
"Artist as Witness: 9/11 Responders Watercolors" by Aggie Kenny at the New York City Police Museum. This will be the Police Museum's last exhibit at its current location. The museum will close on Oct. 25. Place: 45 Wall St. Open Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: $5; children, free. For more information, click here.

Through Oct. 31: Artist and photographer Elisa Decker has an exhibit of photographs entitled "Hudson River Park from My Perch" in the office of Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer. Decker took the photographs from her Westbeth apartment, recording the transformation of the landscape through weather and seasonal changes. Place: 1 Centre St., 19th floor (bring photo ID to enter the building). Time: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. For more information, click here.

Weekends through Nov. 2: Art in the Park at Tompkinsville Park on Staten Island is a free ferry ride across New York harbor from Lower Manhattan, and a short walk from the ferry. Food, music and local artists. Oct. 18, Oct. 19, Oct. 25, Oct. 26, Nov. 1 and Nov. 2. Time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information about Tompkinsville Park, 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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