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Volume 1, No. 137  Oct. 31, 2014
* Nov. 10 forum will break long silence on the South Street Seaport
* In memorium: Galway Kinnell
* Bits & Bytes: Trinity Wall Street apartments; Downtown Alliance's new tech center; Conde Nast
* Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 4: Candidates on the ballot
* Downtown Bulletin Board: Out to See; BPC Boot Camp; Stockings With Care; Lilac fundraiser
* Community Board 1 meetings: Week of Nov. 3
* Calendar

NOTE: Tuesday, Nov. 4, is Election Day. The polls in New York City are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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Roqui Jones, 2, at Vince Smith Hair Experience on Halloween. Oct. 31, 2014. 
(Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer) 



The corner of Beekman and Front Streets in the South Street Seaport.
(Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

The silence surrounding the future of the historic South Street Seaport has been deafening. The Howard Hughes Corporation, which has long-term leases on parts of the Seaport, has postponed appearances to present its development proposals to Community Board 1's Landmarks Committee and CB1's full board as well as to the city's Landmarks Preservation Commission. No new dates have been set.

There have been some indirect indications that HHC is still intent on building a high-rise tower on the South Street Seaport waterfront, despite widespread community opposition to this idea. But nothing about this has been clearly stated in almost a year.

Now, a public forum on Nov. 10 on the future of the South Street Seaport promises to provide some insight into where things stand and where they might be going.

The forum is being sponsored by Save Our Seaport, the City Club of New York and the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance. Speakers will include New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, New York State Senator Daniel Squadron, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and City Councilmember Margaret Chin.

They will be followed by a panel of distinguished experts. April Bloomfield, who is considered one of the best chefs in New York City, will talk about the old Fulton Fish Market and the need for a public market in the Seaport. Bloomfield was an ardent supporter of the New Amsterdam Market that set up on South Street under the FDR Drive until it closed permanently in June of this year. Although she is a star in the culinary world, she cared so much about the New Amsterdam Market that she, herself, showed up there in April 2011 during an Oysterfest, and served her spectacular oyster pan roast to hundreds of eager customers.

Capt. Jonathan Boulware, interim president of the South Street Seaport Museum, will talk about the museum and the waterfront. The museum's galleries at 12 Fulton St. have been closed for the most part since Superstorm Sandy knocked out the electrical system in the museum's buildings on Oct. 29, 2012, but the museum occupies three buildings on Water Street that have remained open. The museum owns several ships that are berthed at Piers 16 and 15, but has been saying for several years that it can't maintain all of them, and will have to divest some of them. Boulware will undoubtedly talk about the prognosis for the museum.

Gary Fagin, co-founder of the Seaport Community Coalition and co-chair of SeaportSpeaks, a group of South Street Seaport stakeholders that met in 2006 to create and disseminate a plan for the Seaport, will talk about the South Street Seaport Historic District.

The forum will include the world premiere of a film, "South Street Seaport: Voices for a New Future."

The forum will be held in the Spruce Street School auditorium, 12 Spruce St. starting at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, however, seating is limited. To RSVP, click here or call (347) 6-PIER16.

- Terese Loeb Kreuzer


Galway Kinnell, reading Walt Whitman's "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry" during Poet House's annual fundraising walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. June 8, 2009.
(Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

The death of poet, essayist, translator and teacher Galway Kinnell on Oct. 28 at the age of 87 was noted with a photo on the front page of The New York Times and with a long obituary. In its first sentence, the obituary mentioned Kinnell's Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award, heady recognition for any poet.

But to many residents of Lower Manhattan and to lovers of Poets House, domiciled since 2009 in Battery Park City, Kinnell was not an august and remote figure. He was the beloved centerpiece of Poets House's annual fundraising walk across the Brooklyn Bridge.

After traversing the bridge - a distance of just over a mile - the walkers would go to Fulton Ferry on the Brooklyn side, and there they would find Kinnell. As the sun set over Manhattan, he would recite Walt Whitman's "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry," with its precise, uncanny and evocative description of the scene behind him.

"Flood-tide below me! I see you face to face!//Clouds of the west-sun there half an hour high-I see you also face to face," he would intone, as the East River raced seaward, reflecting the orange light of the setting sun.

Kinnell's reading on one such occasion is preserved on the Poets House website. The recording was made on June 9, 2008.

A few years later, on June 11, 2012, Kinnell was still at his post, channeling Walt Whitman. That year, Poets House honored him with its Elizabeth Kray Award and had one of his poems beautifully typeset and printed in an edition of 300 copies by Small Fire Press to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Poets House.

The poem, called "Wait," is about fatigue, and death and the allure of life.

"Wait," Kinnell wrote. "Don't go too early.//You're tired. But everyone's tired.//But no one is tired enough.//Only wait a little and listen://music of hair,//music of pain,//music of looms weaving our loves again.//Be there to hear it, it will be the only time."

- Terese Loeb Kreuzer

To read the entire poem called "Wait," click here. For The New York Times obituary, click here.

Poets House will be holding a commemorative event in honor of Galway Kinnell on a date yet to be determined. Check the Poets House website for more information. Poets House is located at 10 River Terrace and is open from Tuesday to Saturday.


Bits & Bytes
Move-in day at 1 World Trade Center finally arrives. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

"Trinity to erect apartment towers," Crain's New York Business, 11/3/14. "For just over three centuries, Trinity Church has cautiously managed the 215 acres of downtown Manhattan it received from Britain's Queen Anne, turning it from productive farmland to industrial and office space," says Crain's New York Business. "In the next few weeks, the Episcopal church - whose property arm, Trinity Real Estate, oversees the 5.5 million square feet of office buildings it owns on the western fringe of SoHo in an area called Hudson Square - will try something new. It will venture into the high-stakes game of residential development. Led by Jason Pizer, who took over as chief executive four years ago, Trinity will build as many as four luxury residential towers there, as well as one partially residential property near Wall Street. The shift could throw open the door of its $3 billion real estate portfolio to a new era of unprecedented profits. But it could also expose it to more risk, especially given Trinity's ranking as a mere novice in the residential game." Crain's notes that, "Trinity's first step will come before the year-end, when it selects a partner to help rebuild its 25-story headquarters on Trinity Place. The building is across the street from Trinity's landmark church and linked to its famous cemetery - the final resting place of Alexander Hamilton, among others - via a pedestrian bridge. Work converting the office building to a sleek, 44-story Pelli Clarke Pelli-designed tower, topped by luxury residences, will begin next year." For the complete article, click here.

"State dollars go to build new 'headquarters' for trendy lower Manhattan firms,"
New York Business Journal, 10/30/14. "In the last three years, a land rush of modern tech and media firms have migrated into [Lower Manhattan] in search of cheap rents and new office space," says the New York Business Journal.  "Eager to keep the spigot open, development advocates are building the trendy, in-demand firms their own headquarters. The Alliance for Downtown New York, with help from $2.5 million in state economic development funds, will build a new 'Lower Manhattan HQ' at 150 Broadway, the group announced Thursday. The 12,500-square foot meeting, event and social gathering space for the tech and media professions will be open by next spring." For the complete article, click here.

"Condé Nast Moves Into the World Trade Center as Lower Manhattan Is Remade," New York Times, 11/2/14. "For two days last weekend, moving trucks shuttled a total of 2,800 orange crates crammed with files, photographs and books from a Times Square office tower downtown to the tallest skyscraper in North America, 1 World Trade Center," says The New York Times. "It was the first wave in the migration of what will be 3,400 editors, writers and advertising executives at 18 magazines from Condé Nast moving to the World Trade Center, confirming both the long-awaited reconstruction of the complex and a shift in the culture downtown. As the first 175 employees enter the lobby of the 104-story tower on Monday morning, they will be settling into a remade neighborhood no longer dominated by investment banks. Technology firms, advertising agencies and media companies have moved downtown as the number of financial institutions has declined. Luxury retailers, like Brooks Brothers, Saks Fifth Avenue, Salvatore Ferragamo and Tiffany & Company, have opened shops. The residential population has swelled to 61,000 from practically nothing." For the complete article, click here.

"Finally, Tenants at One World Trade Center," Wall Street Journal, 11/2/14. "Louis Medina, a security guard at One World Trade Center, couldn't control his emotions as he thought about Monday, the first day at work for the skyscraper's first group of office workers, 175 employees of publishing giant Condé Nast," says the Wall Street Journal. 'Even 10 years from now, my son will ask me or my daughter will ask me, and I will be like, 'I was there when the building opened [and] my job was to protect the building,' " said Mr. Medina, before succumbing to tears. 'A lot of people don't get a chance to be a part of history even if it is a small part.' Mr. Medina's passion represents just one of the layers of meaning surrounding the reintroduction of daily office life on the site where more than 2,700 people lost their lives in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. For many, Monday's milestone is largely economic, evidence of the continuing reinvigoration of lower Manhattan. And for Condé Nast, the move from Times Square to One World Trade Center symbolizes a corporate pivot toward the digital future for the company that produces the New Yorker, Vogue and Vanity Fair." For the complete article, click here.

"Japanese Mega-Lounge Megu Appears to Have Suddenly Gone Under,", 10/30/14. "Both outposts of the 10-year-old Kobe slinging clubstaurant seem to have gone dark," says "By all indications, Megu, the behemoth of a Japanese restaurant/lounge, is no longer operational. A tipster who had a private event scheduled at the Tribeca outpost writes in that the restaurant cancelled it at the last minute this week, with a staff member explaining that Megu had 'closed for good.' Calls to both that location and to Megu Midtown in the Trump Tower go unanswered, and the restaurant no longer exists on OpenTable. Facebook fans are also reporting that it's permanently closed." For the complete article, click here.



U.S. Congressman Jerrold Nadler, seen here speaking at a press conference in favor of reauthorizing the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, is among the people up for re-election on Tuesday, Nov. 4. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

On Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 4, New York City voters will be electing a New York State governor, lieutenant governor, comptroller and attorney general and other candidates for federal, State and City offices. In addition, there will be three proposals on the ballot that were described in Downtown Post NYC, Issue No. 136.

Here's a list of the candidates that Lower Manhattan voters will see on their ballots.

Governor and Lieutenant Governor:
* Andrew M. Cuomo/Kathy C. Hochul (Democratic, Working Families, Independence and Women's Equality parties)
* Rob Astorino/Chris Moss (Republican, Conservative and StopCommonCore parties)
* Howie Hawkins/Brian P. Jones (Green party)
* Steven Cohn/Bobby K. Kalotee (Sapient party)
* Michael McDermott/Chris Edes (Libertarian party)

New York State Comptroller:
* Thomas P. DiNapoli (Democratic, Working Families, Independence, Women's Equality parties)
* Robert Antonacci (Republican, Conservative and StopCommonCore parties)
* Theresa M. Portelli (Green party)
* John Clifton (Libertarian party)

New York State Attorney General:
* Eric T. Schneiderman (Democratic, Working Families, Independence and Women's Equality parties)
* John Cahill (Republican, Conservative and StopCommonCore parties)
* Ramon Jimenez (Green party)
* Carl E. Person (Libertarian party)

Representative in Congress - 10th Congressional District:
* Jerrold L. Nadler (Democratic and Working Families parties)
* Ross Brady (Conservative party)
* Michael J. Dilger (Flourish party)

State Senator - 26th Senatorial District:
* Daniel Squadron (Democratic and Working Families parties)
* Wave Chan (Republican party)

Member of the Assembly - 65th Assembly District:
* Sheldon Silver (Democratic and Working Families parties)
* Maureen Koetz (Republican party)

Member of the Assembly - 66th Assembly District:
* Deborah J. Glick (Democratic party)
* Nekeshia Woods (Republican party)
* Alexander R. Meadows (Progressive party)

Justice of the Supreme Court - 1st Judicial District (Vote for 2)
* Milton A. Tingling (Democratic party)
* Kathryn E. Freed (Democratic party)

Judge of the Civil Court - County, New York (Vote for 2)
* Louis L. Nock (Democratic party)
* Arlene P. Bluth (Democratic party)

On Nov. 4, polls are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. To locate your polling place, go to or call (212) 886-2100.


Downtown bulletin board
On Halloween, dozens of people had their pictures taken at Vince Smith Hair Experience in Battery Park City to raise money for Save The Children. Donations are still being accepted. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Boot Camp in Battery Park City: On Nov. 3, the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy is launching an adult fitness program, Boot Camp, with instructor Alan Courtenay. The classes are for all fitness levels. Courtenay tries to keep all workouts interactive, fun and exciting. The equipment used in the class includes bands, rope, kettle-bells and more. Alan Courtenay is the CEO/Founder of NYC Boot Camps and recipient of the High Impact Trainer of the Year award. His professional career in fitness training and management spans more than eight years during which he has trained adults of all ages and physical conditions. He taught physical education to children with the New York Department of Education for the prior five years. To pre-register, call (212) 267-9700, ext. 363, or email Dates: Nov. 3 to Dec. 17, 2014. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Time: 6:15 a.m. to 7:15 a.m. Place: 6 River Terrace. Cost: $264/package of 12 classes; $396/package of 18 classes. To pre-register, call (212) 267-9700, ext. 363, or email Pre-registration is required. Click here for more information.

Donations for Save The Children at Vince Smith Hair Experience: For the second year, Vince Smith Hair Experience at 300 Rector Place gave a Halloween party and photo shoot to benefit Save the Children. On Oct. 31, people stopped by the salon to get a professional portrait of themselves, their kids and their pets in costume for a $25 donation. Smith raised around $800 on Halloween, but is still accepting donations for Save The Children. "They do amazing work," he said. "They give children a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm." If you want to donate to Save The Children, go to Vince Smith Hair Experience at 300 Rector Place. It's open Tuesday to Sunday. For more information, call (212) 945-1590.

Stockings With Care: The Christmas holiday is a joyful time for many children but not for those in homeless shelters or whose families are struggling to buy necessities and have nothing left over for presents. In 1992, Battery Park City resident Rosalie Joseph, a casting director, and producer Tom Fontana started an organization called "Stockings With Care" (SWC) to bring some holiday happiness to these children. SWC works with several agencies that help families in crisis. The children make their wish lists, and social workers provide SWC with the name, gender and age of each child along with their wishes. Individual donors (aka "Santas"), corporations and an army of volunteers come together to purchase and wrap the gifts. They are then delivered anonymously to the parents before the holidays, ensuring parental dignity and creating holiday magic for the kids.

Last year over 1,000 children woke up to a miracle on Christmas morning. In the last 22 years, more than 40,000 children have benefited from Stockings with Care.

There are many ways to help with Stockings With Care. One way is to come to the SWC fundraiser on Monday, Nov. 17 at the Hudson Station Bar and Grill (440 Ninth Avenue between 34th and 35th Streets) from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Celebrities will be tending bar, with all proceeds going to Stockings With Care. The cover charge is $30 in advance; $40 at the door. The bartenders are contributing all of their tips to Stockings With Care.

Among the bartending celebrities will be Josh Lucas( Mysteries of Laura, Sweet Home Alabama), Nikki M. James (Tony Winner for Book of Mormon, Les Miserables), Orfeh (Legally Blonde, Saturday Night Fever), Andy Karl (Rocky, Legally Blonde, Jersey Boys), Natalie Toro (A Tale of Two Cities, Les Miserables), Laz Alonso (Mysteries of Laura, Southland, Avatar), Janina Gavankar (Mysteries of Laura, True Blood, The L Word), and Max Jenkins (Mysteries of Laura, Breaking Upwards).

For more information about the celebrity bartending event, and to buy tickets, click here. You must be at least 21 years old to attend this event.

For more information about Stockings With Care, including how to donate, how to become a "Santa" and how to help with the enormous job of wrapping thousands of presents, click here or
email or call (917) 991-5975. Presents will be wrapped on Dec. 11 through Dec. 14.

Asphalt Green Battery Park City expanding Pilates program: Due to overwhelming demand, Asphalt Green Battery Park City has launched a major expansion of its Pilates program, including eight dedicated Pilates Reformer classes each week. The new class schedule started on Oct. 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. Mary Habstritt, museum director and president of the Lilac Preservation Project, writes that, "Our friends at Schott NYC have donated one Classic Melton Wool Naval Pea Coat for our silent auction." She adds that, "While trying to buy tickets or donate, some of you have emailed about the unfortunate credit card glitch we are trying to resolve between Paypal and Eventbrite. If you are experiencing this difficulty, please reserve your tickets via email to, and mail a check, in advance of the event, to: Lilac Preservation Project, 80 White St., New York, NY 10013." Time: 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Tickets: $50; $25 (Lilac volunteers); free to those who formerly served on the ship. For more information, click here.



On Nov. 3, CB 1's Battery Park City Committee will hear about the plans for a visitors' center in Pier A. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

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

Nov. 3: Battery Park City Committee
Location: River House, 6 River Terrace; 6 p.m.
* Tunnel to Towers Foundation street activity permit application for Vesey Street between West Street and North End Ave. Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015, 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. - Resolution
* Pier A Visitors Information Center - Update by Taina Prado, Director of Government and Community Relations, Downtown Alliance and Peter Poulakakos, the Poulakakos Group
* BPC Parks Enforcement Patrol - Update by Captain Edwin Falcon
* Manhattan by Sail - Update by Thomas Berton, President regarding Pier A for Clipper City and North Cove Marina for Shearwater
* Use of BPCA affordable housing funds in Lower Manhattan - Discussion and possible resolution

The following notices have been received for renewal, upgrade, or transfer of wine and beer or liquor licenses or sidewalk cafe permits:
* 102 North End Ave., application for renewal of restaurant liquor license for Conrad New York Hilton
* 345 South End Ave., renewal of restaurant liquor license for 301 South LLC d/b/a SouthWest NY/Black Hound
* North Cove, application for renewal of liquor license for Manhattan Yacht Club Inc.

Nov. 4:  Office Closed - Election Day

Nov. 5: Financial District Committee
* Governors Island - Update by Leslie Koch, President of the Trust for Governors Island
* 68-74 Trinity Place/103-109 Greenwich St., application pursuant to section 72-21 of the Zoning Resolution for a Board of Standards and Appeals variance to facilitate the development of a Parish House - Resolution
* 55 Broadway, application for renewal of a special permit that facilitated certain public space improvements at 55 Broadway - Resolution
* World Trade Center Campus Security Plan - Update by Deputy Inspector Kevin Burke, Commanding Officer, NYPD World Trade Center Command
* Manhattan By Sail - Update by Thomas Berton, President, regarding Slip 2 in Battery Park
* 90 Washington St., application for a liquor license for NY Hospitality LLC - Resolution
* 26 Murray St., application for a wine and beer license for Emma 57 LLC, d/b/a Famous Famiglia Pizza - Resolution
* 4 South St., alteration application for a liquor license for HE MGMT at Staten Island Ferry Inc., d/b/a Brass Tap Beer - Resolution

The following notices have been received for renewal, upgrade, or transfer of wine and beer or liquor licenses or sidewalk cafe permits:
* 25 Cedar St., renewal application for a liquor license for Gerasimos Enterprises

Nov. 6: Youth & Education Committee
* School Zone Maps - Presentation by Jeff Sun, Community Planning Fellow, CB1
* Speaker Silver's School Overcrowding Task Force Meeting - Report
* Peck Slip School classroom dividers - Report

CALENDAR: Week of Nov. 3
A mid-18th century map of Nieuw Netherlands, printed in Germany, is in an exhibition called "Designing Lines" at the Fraunces Tavern Museum. It was made by Tobias Conrad Lotter and was based on a map made a hundred years earlier (in 1656) by Nicholaes Visscher. The map is labeled in Latin. At the bottom, it depicts Nieuw Amsterdam. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
Nov. 5: GibneyDance launches its inaugural presenting season at 280 Broadway with "DoublePlus," a six-week series of performances by emerging artists curated by artist/mentors Miguel Gutierrez, Jon Kinzel, Bebe Miller, Annie-B Parson, RoseAnne Spradlin and Donna Uchizono. For information and tickets, click here.

Nov. 5: Bach at One takes place on Wednesdays at St. Paul's Chapel with the Choir of Trinity Wall Street and Trinity Baroque Orchestra performing the cantatas of Johann Sebastian Bach. A devout Lutheran, Bach composed 200 cantatas using both sacred and secular texts. On Nov. 5, hear Bach's "Prelude and Fugue in G Major," BWV 541, BWV 49 "Ich geh und suche mit Verlangen" and BWV 57 "Selig ist der Mann" with Avi Stein, conductor. Place: St. Paul's Chapel at Broadway and Fulton Street. Time: 1 p.m. Free. For more information, click here.   
Nov. 8: During the first four weekends in November, Out to See is transforming the South Street Seaport into a cultural festival and holiday market celebrating New York City makers, designers, artisans, artists, food entrepreneurs and musicians. New Yorkers will be able to shop, attend workshops, get 3D scans and prints and explore cutting-edge retail.Place: Melville Gallery at 213 Water St.; Little Water Street; Front Street; Cannon's Walk and more nearby locations. Time: Weekends in November from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information on Out to See, click here
Wednesdays through Nov. 20: Every Wednesday through 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 featured wine and cheese, with the food coming from Skinny Pizza and Black Seed Bagels. On Oct. 30, guests sampled charcuterie and wine from Mighty Quinn's and Umami. There will be 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 on Nov. 20). Registration is required. To register, click here. Time: 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Free.  
Ongoing: The Skyscraper Museum presents "Times Square, 1984: The Postmodern Movement," on view through Jan. 18, 2015. Times Square today is bright and crowded - a tourist mecca, entertainment district, retail powerhouse and pedestrianized precinct that matches in vitality, both economic and populist, any decade of its storied past. But 30 years ago, the future of Times Square was in limbo - caught between a series of false starts at clean-slate urban renewal by New York City and New York State and an emerging philosophy of urbanism that favored history, preservationist values, electric signs and semiotics, and delirious diversity. Place: 39 Battery Place. Open, Wednesday to Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. Admission: $5; $2.50 (students and seniors). 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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