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Volume 1, No. 133  Oct. 20, 2014
IN THIS ISSUE
Quote of the day:
"I come from a long line of squirrels, and we just love the material world." 
        - Fritz Karch, co-author with Rebecca Robertson of "Collected: Living with the Things You Love," about why he is a collector. 

* North Cove bidding is attracting big marina operators
* South Street Seaport author writes about collecting
* Bits & Bytes: Movie streaming; Apartment concerts; Food and wine pairings at Hudson Eats
* Downtown Bulletin Board: South Street Seaport forum; Anti-fracking town hall; College fair
* Letters to the editor: Taste of the Seaport and Peck Slip Park
* Community Board 1 meetings: Week of Oct. 27
* Calendar

For breaking news, go to www.DowntownPostNYC.com

Food at the book launch for "Collected: Living with the Things You Love."
Oct. 15, 2014. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer) 


 

NORTH COVE BIDDING IS ATTRACTING BIG MARINA OPERATORS

North Cove Marina. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

By this Friday - Oct. 24 - at 4 p.m. the bids will have been submitted to the Battery Park City Authority for the next operator of North Cove Marina. Michael Fortenbaugh has been managing it for the last 10 years and is in the running, but, he says, "I don't think the competition could get any bigger for us than it is now."

Brookfield Office Properties, owner of the complex of buildings surrounding the marina, is expected to put in a bid. Representatives of Suntex and Island Global Yachting, both large operators with marinas on the New Jersey side of the Hudson River, among many other facilities, attended the bidders' conference and presumably will be making proposals.

Suntex runs the 520-slip marina at Liberty Landing offering transient docking, 24-hour fueling, full-service maintenance and a marine store. Island Global Yachting runs the Newport Yacht Club and Marina, which has 154 berths, including 12 for mega-yachts. 

The Battery Park City Authority will be deciding who gets the next 10-year contract. The BPCA is under the jurisdiction of New York State.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is a good friend of Andrew Farkas, heir to the Alexanders Department Store fortune and owner of Island Global Yachting. Although at one time Farkas and Cuomo were fierce enemies, they patched up their differences. Farkas has contributed substantially to Cuomo's political campaigns, and according to a New York Times article ("Bond with Past Foe is Fodder for Attack on Cuomo," 10/14/10) Cuomo was employed by Farkas for three years between political races, a job that "paid [Cuomo] more than $2.5 million."

In this David and Goliath competition, Fortenbaugh does have some allies, however. New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver wrote him a letter expressing his "great appreciation for the work you do in managing the North Cove Marina." Silver went on to say, "At North Cove, you have done an outstanding job of bringing people to the water and creating fun and educational programs."

City Councilmember Margaret Chin also wrote a letter of commendation, mentioning the sailing programs that Fortenbaugh has developed, including "free, educational programs for teens." New York State Senator Daniel Squadron praised Fortenbaugh in a letter dated Oct. 21, 2014 for his "focus on community engagement."

"I care deeply about North Cove," said Fortenbaugh, who lives in Battery Park City. "If a resident is upset about something, they can call me personally and I'll fix it."
 
He said that although IGY and Suntex are large owners of many marinas, "neither has near the business that we have in New York harbor. We're the market leader by far. In addition, neither of those other operators does the public programming and the social good that we do. They don't run sailing programs for the public. They don't run a sailing school or junior sailing programs that get kids out on the water."  

 

With the fate of North Cove Marina in the hands of the Battery Park City Authority, Fortenbaugh is stoic about the possible outcome. 

 

"We trust the Battery Park City Authority to look at what we've done and the community support that we have," he said. "No other marina is operating at the quality that we're operating."

- Terese Loeb Kreuzer 
   


 

SOUTH STREET SEAPORT AUTHOR WRITES ABOUT COLLECTING

Fritz Karch and Rebecca Robertson at a book launch party for the book that they co-authored: "Collected: Living with the Things You Love." Behind them are some of Robertson's vintage magazine purses. (Photos: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

"I come from a long line of squirrels, and we just love the material world," said Fritz Karch, former editorial director of collecting at Martha Stewart Living and owner of an antique store called the Tomato Factory in Hopewell, N.J.

With co-author Rebecca Robertson, also an alumnus of Martha Stewart Living where she was decorating editor, he was explaining the genesis of their newly published book, "Collected: Living with the Things You Love."

The occasion was a book launch party on Oct. 15 at Pasanella & Son Vintners, 115 South St. Robertson is married to Marco Pasanella, owner of the wine store. That night, the spacious shop was crowded with friends, colleagues, family and fans for the party, where some of the Karch and Robertson collections were displayed among the wine bottles.

Guests could admire a vitrine full of lustrous mother-of-pearl boxes and curios, a wall hung with antique pie plates, a clothes line strung with vintage dish towels from the 1950s to the 1970s and shelving holding translucent plastic purses, each one decorated with a magazine cover neatly curled inside.

Robertson said that she collects because "it's a passion, it's a memory. It's in my blood. It's something that I've been doing since I was a little kid. My parents would wake me up and drive me out to flea markets."

 

In addition to the vintage magazine purses, her collections include vintage bar ware, mother of pearl, inkwells, compacts, and boxes. "It goes on and on," she said.   
 

Karch said that he collects because, "I often find that when you look backwards, you see amazing craftsmanship, ingenuity and quality of material that's almost extinct and obsolete in the modern world and I find it beautiful."

  

His collections are varied and encyclopedic. "I can tell you that two things I don't gravitate towards are single-edged weaponry and dolls," he said. "I like chairs of any size. I like flatware a lot."  

   

Robertson describes their book as "a celebration of collecting," with ideas about what to collect, how to display collections and how to care for and store them.

 

Both of the authors acknowledge that divestment is part of the picture. "Interestingly," said Karch, "both of our partners are minimalists. Being with a complete opposite creates an interesting contrast and it's almost like you have a referee to keep you in check."

  

He is also glad that he has a shop where he can share his finds with the next generation of collectors.    

 

But he keeps on buying. "The pursuit of the unknown is a great motivator," he said.

 

- Terese Loeb Kreuzer 

 

"Collected: Living with the Things You Love" was published by Harry N. Abrams on Oct. 14, 2014. 352pp List price: $40. Marco Pasanella says on the Pasanella & Son Vintners website that the collections installed for the book launch party are still on display in the shop. He invites people to stop by and have a look. 



 


Bits & Bytes
MOVIE STREAMING; WOOLWORTH CONDO INTERIORS; CONCERTS IN DOWNTOWN APARTMENTS; FOOD & WINE PAIRINGS AT HUDSON EATS
On Wednesdays from Oct. 23 to Nov. 20, there will be free food and wine pairings at Hudson Eats. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

"Lions Gate, Tribeca to offer movie streaming," Crain's New York Business, 10/21/14. "Lions Gate Entertainment Corp., the studio behind Hunger Games, will start a subscription video service with Tribeca Enterprises, becoming the latest traditional producers to put their films online," says  Crain's New York Business. "Tribeca Short List will offer Lionsgate and Tribeca movies starting in the first half of 2015 for an undisclosed subscription price, the companies said Monday in a statement. Lions Gate, based in Santa Monica, Calif., and New York-based Tribeca, known for the film festival founded by Robert De Niro, will contribute titles and seek movies from around the world." For the complete article, click here.

"More Looks, Details Revealed For Woolworth Building Condos," Curbed.com, 10/20/14. "The highly anticipated Woolworth Building condos still aren't on the open market, but the full website has launched for the Alchemy Properties development, revealing a few more renderings and details," says Curbed.com. The website, much like the teaser site, focuses heavily on the building's history, incorporating historic photos alongside renderings of the 34 new homes, which will start at $3.875 million, with the pinnacle, a mind-boggling seven-level penthouse, asking a record $110 million." For the complete article with photos, click here.

"Tiny Concerts at Coffee Tables Near You," New York Times, 10/20/14. Sofar Sounds is a five-year-old company that puts on free concerts in people's homes. On Tuesday, Moses Sumney, a singer-songwriter and guitarist from Los Angeles "will perform at its first official showcase as part of the CMJ Music Marathon, the annual five-day festival that runs through Saturday in New York City," says The New York Times. "In keeping with Sofar tradition, the exact address of the venue - a downtown loft - will be revealed only to registered attendees, and even then only at the last minute. The full lineup is also kept secret, something of a stretch for a festival that is based on building attention for buzz bands." The Times goes on to explain that, "With over 1,300 artists from around the world gigging in clubs and bars in Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn, CMJ is a mad feat of scheduling, queuing, and ticket or badge shuffling." Among other places, to date, concerts have taken place in Tribeca apartments and at the digs of "the founders of the Fishs Eddy boutique, Julie Gaines and David Lenovitz," who "have twice hosted shows in their top-floor Battery Park duplex apartment with sweeping views of the Hudson." For the complete article, click here.

Free food and wine pairings at Hudson Eats: Every Wednesday from Oct. 23 to Nov. 20, food vendors from Hudson Eats at 200 Vesey St. in Brookfield Place will offer free food and wine pairings in collaboration with Vintry Fine Wines, a store in Battery Park City's Goldman Sachs Alley. The kick-off on Oct. 23 features wine and cheese, with the food coming from Little Munster, Skinny Pizza and Black Seed Bagels. Subsequent events will offer charcuterie and wine (from Mighty Quinn's and Umami Burger on Oct. 30), chocolate and wine (from Olive's and Sprinkles Cupcakes on Nov. 6), seafood and wine (from Dig Inn, Tartinery and Blue Ribbon Sushi on Nov. 13) and spice and wine (from Dos Toros, Chopt and Num Pang). Registration is required. To register, click here. Time: 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.




Downtown bulletin board
SOUTH STREET SEAPORT FORUM; ANTI-FRACKING TOWN HALL;
CUNY COLLEGE INFORMATION FAIR
Some of the buildings of the historic Seaport. These are on Water Street and are part of the South Street Seaport Museum. (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.

CUNY College Information Fair: City University of New York invites high school students, college students and adult learners to a college information fair on Nov. 16. Attendees will receive one-on-one counseling and information on academic and honors programs, adult and continuing education, financial aid and scholarships and citizenship and immigration services. Refreshments will be served. The fair is being co-sponsored by New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, New York State Senator Daniel Squadron and City Councilmember Margaret Chin. Place: Seward Park Educational Campus, 350 Grand St. (enter on Ludlow Street). Time: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. For more information about CUNY, 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.



 

Letters to the editor
TASTE OF THE SEAPORT AND PECK SLIP PARK

Children playing on Peck Slip. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

To the editor:
(Re: Photo of children playing in the newly opened Peck Slip Park, DPNYC, 10/17/14): How nice to see Peck Slip used as a gathering place for the neighborhood, and to see kids playing there. It highlights the lack of open play space on Downtown's east side. The Imagination playground is great but limited - really more for younger kids, and if the water feature is off, it's just about the blocks. For real playgrounds with swings, ball fields, basketball courts, water features like Teardrop Park, and gathering/picnic spaces, families need to cross the West Side Highway to get to Battery Park City.

Let's hope that this critical need is addressed as the East River waterfront is redesigned.

Jacqueline Goewey

To the editor:
(Re: "Taste of the Seaport fundraiser draws crowds to Seaport," DPNYC, 10/17/14): Thanks for the article. It was a super successful event thanks to all the vendors, the 47 participating restaurants (from the Seaport and FiDi) and the parent volunteers. This was the first year that the Peck Slip school was involved in the event.

I was on restaurant committee. This was the first time this event expanded into FiDi. Our restaurant zone was south of the Brooklyn Bridge and east of Broadway. We wanted to include our schools' entire business community and school zone.

Stacey Vasseur

GETTING READY FOR HALLOWEEN: Part 2
A family posing for a portrait at Vince Smith Hair Experience's Halloween party in 2013. Photos cost $25, with the proceeds donated to Save the Children. Vince Smith will be hosting a party again this year to raise money for Save the Children.
(Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)































Make your plans now for Halloween. Here are some Downtown options:

Trinity Church: On Friday, Oct. 31, Trinity Wall Street is hosting its annual Hometown Halloween event. From 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., families with children are invited to trick-or-treat in the Trinity Churchyard, one of the oldest in Manhattan, as kids interact with historical characters from New York City's past. There will be hot apple cider and a photo booth - plus a drawing to win an iPod shuffle and iBoo speakers. From 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Trinity will screen the silent film "The Phantom of the Opera" (1925) while master improviser Justin Bischof creates a creepy musical backdrop live on the organ. Enter to win a year's supply of movie tickets! *Note the time change; event was previously scheduled for 5 p.m. Place: Trinity Church at Broadway and Wall Street. Free.

Brookfield Place Halloween Party:
On Oct. 26, the Winter Garden in Battery Park City will be peopled by fierce and fantastic beings who will strut down a runway on the Costume Catwalk and have artist Sean Kenney take their pictures for posterity at the Freaky Photo Op Mosaic Wall. Terrifying Temporary Tattoos will be available at the Face Painting Parlor. Carmelo the Science Fellow will be making water disappear in his Spooky Science Lab. At the Magic Stage, there will be storytelling, magic tricks and performances by The Toys & Tiny Instruments band. The Pixel Academy will provide a virtual reality environment. The Drumkin Patch will feature video games while 3D scanning will provide opportunities for transformation. When the costumed beings get hungry, they can Dine and Trick o' Treat at Hudson Eats among stilt walkers and zombie clowns. The celebration will conclude with a costume parade. Place: 220 Vesey St. Time: Noon to 3 p.m. Free.

Stories for all ages:
Under the auspices of the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy, master storyteller Julie Pasqual will tell stories in Teardrop Park on Oct. 25. Her program is called "Just a Little Scary and is just in time for Halloween. Time: 11 a.m. to noon. Free.

Puppy Parade:
The 13th annual Battery Park City Puppy Parade starts at noon on Oct. 25. Pups and their owners will meet at the South Cove arbor on the Battery Park City esplanade and parade north to the North Cove Marina. There will be prizes for the best costume (for large breeds and small breeds); the best owner and dog combo; the best dog team costume; and a tail-wagging contest for small and large dogs. The puppy parade is sponsored by Le Pet Spa and the BPC Dog Association. The rain date is Oct. 26. Check www.bpcdogs.org if the weather looks bad or call Le Pet Spa at (212) 786-9070. To join the BPC Dog Association, email bpcdogs@rundog.com.

Howlin' Halloween: Celebrate on Oct. 26 at Fulton and Front Streets in the South Street Seaport. Howlin' Halloween, hosted by FiDi Families, will begin at 11 a.m. with a concert by Music for Aardvarks. At 11:30 a.m., there will be free photos at a photo booth and a mini-pumpkin decorating station. Insomnia Cookies, GoGo squeeZ and Bitsy's Brainfood will provide treats. There will be raffle prizes and costume parades for kids and pets. Time: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Charity photo shoot at Vince Smith Hair Experience: For the second year, Vince Smith Hair Experience at 300 Rector Place is throwing a Halloween party and photo shoot to benefit Save the Children. On Oct. 31, stop by the salon to get a professional portrait of yourself, your kids and your pets in costume for a $25 donation.

Last year, Vince Smith raised more than $1,000 to benefit three communities aided by Save the Children. "They do amazing work," he said. "They give children a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. When disaster strikes they put children's needs first. They advocate for and achieve large-scale change for children. They save children's lives."
  
Come in costume and have your photo taken, or just stop by for some refreshments and make a donation. Place: 300 Rector Place. Time: 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, call (212) 945-1590.



COMMUNITY BOARD 1 MEETINGS: Week of Oct. 27

A renewed liquor license for Ambrose Hall in the South Street Seaport was discussed at Community Board 1's Seaport/Civic Center Committee meeting on Oct. 21.
  (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. 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 MAN01@cb.nyc.gov. Place: National Museum of the American Indian, 1 Bowling Green, Diker Pavilion, 1st floor. Time: 6 p.m.

Oct. 28: CB1 Monthly Meeting - 6 p.m.
Location:         The National Museum of the American Indian
                        1 Bowling Green
                        Diker Pavilion for Native Arts and Cultures, 1st floor
 
            Guest Speakers, John Haworth, Senior Executive, National Museum of the American Indian in New York and Dorothy Dougherty, Programs Director, National Archives at New York City
          
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 MAN01@cb.nyc.gov.
 

CALENDAR: Week of Oct. 20
Tour guide, Joyce Gold, on Pearl Street at the site of Nieuw Amsterdam's City Hall, holding a photograph of the current Upper West Side building of Shearith Israel, the Sephardic synagogue founded in Lower Manhattan by the first Jewish settlers of Nieuw Amsterdam. Among her tours is one entitled "Jews of Colonial New York."
 (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
























 
 



Oct. 22: Bach at One. The Choir of Trinity Wall Street and Trinity Baroque Orchestra perform the cantatas of Johann Sebastian Bach, this week, Cabanilles Tiento in the Second Tone, BWV 105 & BWV 109. Place: St. Paul's Chapel, Broadway and Fulton Street. Time: 1 p.m. Free.

Oct. 23: The Marco Polo Festival History Colloquium is part of the annual Marco Polo Festival celebrating the Chinatown and Little Italy Historic District. From taro to tiramisu, confections have evolved through the creative direction of two popular dessert parlors in the Museum of Chinese in America neighborhood: Ferrara Bakery & Cafe (since 1892) in Little Italy, and Chinatown Ice Cream Factory (since 1978) in Chinatown. Ernset Lepore, owner of Ferrara Bakery & Cafe and Christina Seid, owner of the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory, will discuss business ownership in this multicultural neighborhood. Dessert sampling to follow. Place: Museum of Chinese in America, 215 Centre St. Time: 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Tickets: $15; $10 (seniors and students). RSVP required. To RSVP, click here.

Oct. 23: Learn how to design and print a broadside poster from movable wood type at Bowne Printers. The workshop will also teach about inking, registration, proofing, make-ready and the physical origins of leading and character spacing. Workshop participants must be 16 or older. Place: Bowne Printers (part of the South Street Seaport Museum), 209 Water St. Time: 6 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Tickets: $75; $60 (museum members). For tickets, click here.

Oct. 23: Concerts at One presents professional vocal and instrumental performances of music by emerging and established artists. This week: Works by Bach, Handel and Palestrina performed by West Point Artists, Craig Williams, organ; William Owens, trumpet. Place: Trinity Church, Broadway at Wall Street. Time: 1 p.m. Free.

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  

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. 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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