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Volume 1, No. 138  Nov. 4, 2014
Quote of the day:
"The goal is to create students that are striving to understand difficult concepts, rather than going through the motions of school." 
        - Peter Malinowski, director of the Billion Oyster Project, which will plant a billion oysters in New York Harbor by 2034 and develop an academic curriculum that is based on the harbor restoration work 

* Downtown Alliance to run Pier A visitors' center
* A billion oysters for New York Harbor
* Bits & Bytes: Admiration for 70 Pine St.; Pearl Paint building sold; On the Town
* Election Day in Lower Manhattan: Who won
* Downtown Bulletin Board: BPC Boot Camp; Stockings With Care; Lilac fundraiser
* Downtown book launch: "Rebuilding a Dream"
* Community Board 1 meetings: Week of Nov. 3
* The River Project releases its fish
* Calendar

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"Light Cycles" by Anne Militello at Brookfield Place's Winter Garden . Nov. 3, 2014. 
(Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer) 



Pier A as it looked in August 2014. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

The lights are on inside Pier A - the last 19th century pier in New York City - but the restaurants on the pier at the southern end of Battery Park City are still not open.

 "I don't have an exact day for the opening, but I will have one soon," said Peter Poulakakos, whose company, HPH, is one of the developers of the pier. "It will probably open within weeks," he told Community Board 1's Battery Park City Committee on Nov. 3.

In the meantime, he lifted the curtain slightly on what's going to happen inside Pier A.

Immediately inside the front entrance, there will be a 1,000-square-foot visitors' center that will be operated by the Alliance for Downtown New York. It will be open seven days a week, eight hours a day, with the exception of major holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

The Downtown Alliance currently operates kiosks in the South Street Seaport, at Bowling Green and at 7 World Trade Center. Last year, according to Taina Prado, director of government and community relations for the Downtown Alliance, these kiosks served 1.2 million visitors and distributed nearly 500 pieces of collateral on behalf of Lower Manhattan attractions and museums.

They've had many kiosks in the area but they never really had a home," said Poulakakos. "Now they have one and I think it's well deserved for all the work that they've done since 1995."

The vistors' center will be equipped with three iPads that will be programmed with information about Lower Manhattan. There will be a large TV screen with updated information. Staff from the Downtown Alliance will circulate among visitors to answer questions.

One side of the visitors' center will house a coffee bar, as an additional amenity for visitors.

Jeff Mihok, a member of Community Board 1, asked Poulakakos whether there would
be curated historical displays in the visitors' center. He had been under the impression that there would be.

George Calderaro, another CB1 member, said that he had arranged several meetings with the South Street Seaport Museum to see if some of the museum's collection could be installed in the visitors' center.  


"Apparently that didn't come to pass," Calderaro said.  


Poulakakos said that this might still happen. His partner, Danny McDonald, is working on this aspect of the visitors' center.  


"He's very committed to that and wants to make sure that that happens," said Poulakakos. "At the same time, we have to start somewhere."  


Although the opening of Pier A is apparently imminent, there was still no word from Poulakakos or from the public relations firm that represents Pier A about exactly what would be on the menu, how much it would cost, and who would be in charge of the kitchens.


Nor was anything said, though the question was asked, about whether the entire 28,000-square-foot pier would open at once, or whether it would open in stages.


Prado said that the Downtown Alliance hoped to open the visitors' center by Dec. 1.


Did that mean that the visitors' center might open before the rest of the pier?


"Probably not," Poulakakos said.  


- Terese Loeb Kreuzer 




 Ariel Ron, a junior at the New York Harbor School, on Pier 15 in the South Street Seaport holding an oyster shell with spats (young oysters) clinging to it.
(Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
The smell of oysters permeated the air on Pier 15 in the South Street Seaport. The odor was pungent, briny and distinctive. "That's nothing," said Charles Guillot-Marquet, a junior at the Urban Assembly New York Harbor School. "You should smell it when we have hundreds of oyster shells from restaurants!"

The students from the New York Harbor School collect these shells, clean them and use them as foundation reefs in the harbor, giving other oysters something to which they can attach as they breed.

In pre-Colonial times, trillions of oysters lived in New York Harbor, filtering the water and ridding it of pollutants. One oyster can filter up to 50 gallons of water a day. Oyster reefs provided habitat for hundreds of species of fish and invertebrates and helped to protect the salt marshes that ringed the harbor from the fierce onslaught of ocean waves. But New York Harbor's oysters were destroyed by over-harvesting and disease.

Peter Malinowski, director of the Billion Oyster Project, Sam Janis, schools project manager under the NSF grant, and Murray Fisher, founder of the New York Harbor School and president of the New York Harbor Foundation, at a press conference announcing the NSF grant.
(Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
The Billion Oyster Project, launched by the New York Harbor School, is beginning to bring them back.

The New York Harbor School students and some of their oysters were on Pier 15 as part of a press conference on Oct. 30 announcing a $5 million, three-year grant from the National Science Foundation to create a hands-on, marine science and stewardship curriculum for New York City middle school students. The goal is to have a billion oysters living in New York Harbor by 2034 and to enlist middle school and high school students and their teachers in the process of oyster restoration. This will provide numerous opportunities for scientific inquiry and learning.

New York Harbor is "the best possible place for teaching and learning in the entire world," said Murray Fisher at the press conference. Fisher founded the New York Harbor School and is currently president of the New York Harbor Foundation. "The way that we restore New York Harbor and make it the best place for teaching and learning in the city is by developing curriculum and pushing it into the schools," he said.

A consortium of institutions will be engaged in this work under the National Science Foundation grant. Some of them have already embarked on it, even without the substantial funding that the NSF grant now provides.

Peter Malinowski addressing the press conference announcing the NSF grant. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
The partners include Pace University, the New York City Department of Education, Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, the New York Academy of Sciences, the Urban Assembly New York Harbor School and the New York Harbor Foundation, the University of Maryland, the New York Aquarium, the River Project, Smart Start E.C.S. and Good Shepherd Services.

Dr. Lauren Birney, an assistant professor at Pace University, is the lead principal investigator with responsibility for managing the grant, supervising the partners, overseeing the research and maintaining a common vision and progression toward the project's goals.

Twelve middle schools are already participating in the Billion Oyster Project. Teachers volunteered their time to be part of the program, in addition to their other teaching responsibilities. Now, says Birney, training will be more systematic and "robust." It will take place at Pace and in the field, with a stipend and course credit for those who participate. Up to 60 middle schools can be accommodated during the three years of the NSF grant. Like those already in the program, all will be Title 1 schools, meaning that they serve at-risk and low-income students.

Schools will be chosen to participate in the Billion Oyster Project based on teacher interest and capacity, and a supportive administration.

By the end of the three-year grant if not before, Pace expects to have a program in place that will be suitable for roll-out to other New York City schools and to schools outside of New York City.

The New York Harbor School, which was founded 12 years ago in Bushwick, Brooklyn and is now domiciled on Governors Island, has led the way in this work. Students at the school have been restoring oyster reefs for more than four years.

The school offers six career and technical education programs in marine-related fields of which Aquaculture is one. All prepare students for entry-level jobs as well as for admission to college.

"Ever since I was little, I wanted to help make a difference in the world," said Ariel Ron, a junior at the New York Harbor School. Speaking confidently in front of the audience at the press conference, which included New York Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña, Ron went on to say, "When I discovered the Urban Assembly New York Harbor School, I knew it would give me the opportunity to make that dream a reality."

She said that her work in the Aquaculture program had taught her how to "properly care for reef organisms and to value the role that they play in the New York Harbor ecosystem."

After the formal part of the press conference, as she stood on Pier 15, with an oyster in one hand and measurement calipers in the other, she said that she lives in Jackson Heights, Queens, and that she spends two hours a day commuting to and from school. "That's not so bad!" she said.

She hopes to go to college and to continue studies that revolve around animals and organisms in a marine environment.

"At the Billion Oyster Project, we know that authentic, place-based, inquiry-rich learning opportunities do not come at the expense of teaching standards, preparing students for exams or success in college," Pete Malinowski, director of the Billion Oyster Project had said at the press conference. "Rather, it is through these authentic and empowering learning opportunities that we activate young minds and generate curiosity in the classroom. The goal is to create students that are striving to understand difficult concepts, rather than going through the motions of school."

- Terese Loeb Kreuzer

For more information about the Billion Oyster Project, click here.

Bits & Bytes
An entrance to the Art Deco building at 70 Pine St., formerly occupied by AIG and now being converted into luxury rental apartments. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

"These 4 projects are shaking up New York City," New York Post, 11/4/14. Manhattan is full of buildings that the New York Post calls "game changers." The Post describes four of these buildings that are scheduled for completion in the next six months, including the former AIG tower at 70 Pine St. "Rose Associates' $550 million conversion of the landmarked former AIG tower into 644 luxury rental apartments is nearly done and the first tenants will move in this winter," says the Post. For the complete article, click here.

"Vornado confirms purchase of Pearl Paint building on Canal St.," The Real Deal, 11/4/14. Vornado Realty Trust has purchased the former Pearl Paint building, says The Real Deal, "marking the firm's second retail acquisition on Canal Street south of Soho."  The Real Deal says that,
"The real estate investment trust, one of the city's largest office and retail players, paid $16.4 million for 304-306 Canal Street, using a 1031 tax exchange mechanism completed over several months, city records show. The 14,000-square-foot, five-story building at 304-306 Canal, between Broadway and Church Street, has about 2,300 square feet on the ground floor. The seller was the Sathue family, who were long-time owners, and the deal first went into contract in June 2014." For the complete article, click here.

"Southern District Kicks Off 225th Anniversary Celebration," New York Law Journal, 11/5/14. "The Southern District of New York launched a celebration of its 225th anniversary Tuesday, looking back on its origins as an admiralty court, its prominent jurists and the cases that made history," the New York Law Journal reports. "Chief Judge Loretta Preska convened a special session of the court at 500 Pearl St., beginning a year of special lectures, presentations, programs and re-enactments of some of the court's most noteworthy trials. The ceremony began with the New York Ancients Fife & Drum Corps entering the ceremonial courtroom, followed by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara and his senior staff, and then by U.S. Marshal Eric Timberman carrying the Silver Oar of the Admiralty, a longtime symbol of the court's maritime history. Preska harkened back to Nov. 3, 1789, when the court convened its first session at the Old Royal Exchange on Broad Street in Manhattan, with Judge James Duane presiding. Duane, the first mayor of New York City following the evacuation of the British, was the first federal judge appointed by George Washington, and the district became the first to sit in the nation following the passage of the Judiciary Act of 1789, earning it the appellation of the 'Mother Court.'" For the complete article, click here.

"Jon Stewart sells Tribeca pad for $17.5M," The Real Deal, 11/5/14. "Daily Show host and budding director Jon Stewart sold two units at 161 Hudson Street for $17.5 million," says The Real Deal. "The sellers of units 9A and 8B are Stanley Monkey Trust, which was set up by Stewart and named after his pets, and trustee Christian McShane." Stewart bought the property nine years ago for $5.8 million." For the complete article, click here.

"Broadway Sailors' New Leading Lady," New York Times, 11/3/14. "Three sailors on a 24-hour furlough in New York City have one thing on their mind, and it isn't seeing the Statue of Liberty. Or at least so goes the story line in 'On the Town,' the 1944 musical currently enjoying a much-lauded Broadway revival," says The New York Times. In the show, the boys plan to visit the Statue but never make it. However, says The Times, "On a recent Friday, the actors playing Gabey, Chip and Ozzie - Tony Yazbeck, Jay Armstrong Johnson and Clyde Alves - decided to see the monument up close. "'Should we do the number?' Mr. Alves said as their ferry, crowded with tourists, pulled away from Manhattan." For the complete article about their trip to the Statue of Liberty, click here.


New York State Senator Daniel Squadron was among the people re-elected by Lower Manhattan voters on Nov. 4.  (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Buoyed by voters from upstate New York, Republicans gained control of the New York State Senate, but otherwise, Democrats prevailed in Lower Manhattan and in state-wide offices. There were three proposals on the ballot (described in Downtown Post NYC, Issue No. 136.) All three of them passed.

Among the candidates for which Lower Manhattan residents could vote, here are the winners:

Governor and Lieutenant Governor:
Andrew M. Cuomo/Kathy C. Hochul (Democratic, Working Families, Independence and Women's Equality parties)

New York State Comptroller:
Thomas P. DiNapoli (Democratic, Working Families, Independence, Women's Equality parties)

New York State Attorney General:
Eric T. Schneiderman (Democratic, Working Families, Independence and Women's Equality parties)

Representative in Congress - 10th Congressional District:
Jerrold L. Nadler (Democratic and Working Families parties)

State Senator - 26th Senatorial District:
Daniel Squadron (Democratic and Working Families parties)

Member of the Assembly - 65th Assembly District:
Sheldon Silver (Democratic and Working Families parties)

Member of the Assembly - 66th Assembly District:
 Deborah J. Glick (Democratic 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)

For a complete listing of New York City election returns from, including the numbers of votes cast for each candidate and the percentage breakdown for winners and losers, click here.

Downtown bulletin board
The landmarked lighthouse tender, Lilac, berthed at Pier 25 in Hudson River Park. A fundraiser for the historic ship will take place on Nov. 12. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Boot Camp in Battery Park City: On Nov. 3, the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy launched 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.

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.

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.

 Downtown book launch

Affordable housing is so scarce in New York City that every unit that becomes publicly available receives thousands of inquiries. Andre Shashaty, president of the nonprofit Partnership for Sustainable Communities (PSC), which he founded in 2009, has written a book about the problem. Called "Rebuilding a Dream," it is subtitled "America's new urban crisis, the housing cost explosion, and how we can reinvent the American dream for all."

On Thursday, Nov. 6, Two Bridges Neighborhood Council, the Partnership for Sustainable Communities, the New York Housing Conference and the New York State Association for Affordable Housing are hosting an event to celebrate the launch of his book. Vicki Been, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, will interview Shashaty about "Rebuilding a Dream."

In the book, he says that there is a housing crisis throughout the United States. But all is not lost. He cites recent, successful, mixed-income developments that have completely transformed formerly deteriorated neighborhoods despite an overwhelming lack of resources to solve the problem.

The book launch will be held in the Two Bridges Urban Renewal Area, which illustrates both the affordable housing problem and an example of a creative resolution. The area consists of six affordable housing sites, all successful, built between 1975 and 1997, immaculately maintained and still affordable. However, five of the six government financing programs that built Two Bridges have been eliminated.

Copies of "Rebuilding a Dream" will be available for purchase at the event. The book can also be purchased by contacting Carol Fung, or by calling (415)-453-2100, ext. 302.

Place: Two Bridges Senior Apartments, 80 Rutgers Slip (near South Street and the East River Drive) in Manhattan. Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Free, and open to the public, but an RSVP is required. To RSVP, call Wilson Soo at (212) 566-2729 or email him at


Leslie Koch, president of the Trust for Governors Island, made a presentation to CB1's Financial District Committee on Nov. 5.  (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. 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

A Lion's Mane jellyfish in the Hudson River at Battery Park City. July 2014
(Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Since 1986, The River Project, a marine biology field station and laboratory for estuarine research based at Pier 40, has been collecting fish and invertebrates in Hudson River Park. Fifty species representing 42 genera, 33 families, and 15 orders of fishes have been collected and temporarily installed in The River Project's tanks for further study.

In the fall during a special event called "Release of the Fishes," the fish are returned to the Hudson River. Each visitor may release a cupful of fish. There will be refreshments and a chance to observe The River Project's permanent residents: an oyster reef and some seahorses.

Release of the Fishes takes place on Nov. 6. Place: South walkway of Pier 40 at Houston and West Streets. Time: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Free. For more information, click here.

CALENDAR: Week of Nov. 3
Audrey Hailes performing "Death Made Love to My Feet" at Gibney Dance, a newly opened teaching and performance facility at 280 Broadway. A six-week series called "DoublePlus" inaugurates Gibney Dance's performance schedule.
(Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
Nov. 6: 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. The series opens on Nov. 5 with "The Art of Luv (Part 1)"  created and performed by the Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble and "Death Made Love to My Feet," choreographed by Audrey Elaine Hailes and performed by Hailes, Jasmine Coles and Alison Kibbe. Through Nov. 8. Place: 280 Broadway. Time: 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20; $15 (seniors, class card holders and students). For information and tickets, 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
Thursdays through Nov. 20: Every Thursday  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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