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Volume 1, No. 139  Nov. 6, 2014
Quote of the day:
"If I don't try to do the very best that I can,...the gods will be disappointed with me. So I have that feeling of always trying to make a piece to the best of my abilities."  
        - Lee Yazzie, a renowned Navajo jewelry maker, whose work is featured in the National Museum of the American Indian's exhibit, "Glittering World: Navajo Jewelry of the Yazzie Family" 

* New leadership for Battery Park City Parks Enforcement Patrol
* Navajo jewelry at the National Museum of the American Indian
* Bits & Bytes: Bricks and mortar for Jack Erwin; Gibney Dance; Brooklyn Bridge accident
* Hear all of "Moby-Dick" at a Moby-Dick marathon, Nov. 14-16
* Downtown Bulletin Board: South Street Seaport forum; Stockings With Care; Lilac fundraiser
* Community Board 1 meetings: Week of Nov. 10
* Calendar

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Canstruction at Brookfield Place. Some of the city's leading architectural and engineering firms build sculptures out of canned food that is later donated to City Harvest to feed hungry people in New York City. Nov. 6, 2014.  (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer) 



Capt. Paige Lener. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Paige Lener, newly appointed captain of the Battery Park City Parks Enforcement Patrol, had only been on the job one week when she showed up at a Community Board 1 Battery Park City Committee meeting on Nov. 4 to introduce herself.

Actually, she told the committee, this was not her first time in Battery Park City. She had been on the Parks Enforcement Patrol staff for one week prior to Sept. 11, 2001 and remained in Battery Park City for the succeeding year.

"My memories were bad," she said. She added that she was in awe of how much had changed since then.

"Most of this neighborhood wasn't built then," said Anthony Notaro, chair of the CB1 Battery Park City Committee.

Lener, who replaces Capt. Edwin Falcon, said that this time around, after just one week on the job, she was learning where the trouble spots are and trying to head off some potential trouble.

She said that she had been meeting frequently with officers from the First Precinct, including its commanding officer, Capt. Brendan Timoney. The Parks Enforcement Patrol, under Lener's  jurisdiction, patrols Battery Park City's 32 acres of parks. The First Precinct is responsible for everything else.

Notaro said that there have been complaints about Teardrop Park, including pot smoking and noise.

"It's kind of a hot spot right now," he said.

"That's a great place to go," Lener responded. "There are a lot of nooks and crannies."

Tammy Meltzer, a member of the committee, said that there had also been pot-smoking on West Thames Street and by the basketball courts near the Rector Street bridge.

Asked how she would deal with this and other issues, Lener replied, "Our main goal should always be to correct the condition. It doesn't always have to be with a summons. It doesn't always have to be with an arrest. You want compliance. Some people don't always know what the rules are."

Lener had previously been a citywide property sergeant, policing in areas with a higher incidence of crime than in Battery Park City.

She sees her mission in Battery Park City as "community policing."

"I'm in neutral," she said. "We don't want to be aggressive. We're dealing with kids. These are children. They're little babies. We're not dealing with 30-year-old men who are breaking the law."


Looking ahead, she said she was concerned about the vendors who live off the tourists in Battery Park migrating into Battery Park City, especially after Pier A opens. "That's something I want to speak to Capt. Timoney about when we get closer to an opening day," she said. "My thought about it is that I want to stop it before it begins."


Notaro invited Lener to continue to attend CB1 Battery Park City Committee meetings. She said that she would. 


- Terese Loeb Kreuzer 




A bracelet by Raymond C. Yazzie, on display at the National Museum of the American Indian as part of an exhibit called "Glittering World: Navajo Jewelry of the Yazzie Family." (Collection of Leota and Phil Knight. Photo: Sam Franks)
Beginning next week, some of the display cases at the National Museum of the American Indian at Bowling Green will be resplendent with jewelry of superb craftsmanship. An exhibit called "Glittering World: Navajo Jewelry of the Yazzie Family" will present the work of the celebrated Yazzie family of Gallup, New Mexico.

Raymond, Mary Marie and Lee Yazzie in front of their grandparents' hogan, built in the 1890s near Gallup, N.M. Their mother was born in that hogan. (Photo: Kiyoshi Togashi)

Lee Yazzie and his younger brother, Raymond, work with silver and gold inlaid with stones. They have won every major award in their field. Their sister, Mary Marie, makes outstanding jewelry that combines fine bead and stonework. Silver beads are handmade by other sisters.

But it is not just the work itself that is compelling. Like many Native Americans, the Yazzies have a deeply felt connection with the land where they live, with their cultural traditions and with the spirits that guide them and inspire them.

In a video that accompanies the exhibition, Lee Yazzie says of his work, "I see a lot of these things three-dimensionally at times. I almost see - I can see the blueprint in my mind. I always think that, if I don't try to do the very best that I can, I won't be able to receive those assignments. The gods will be disappointed with me. So I have that feeling of always trying to make a piece to the best of my abilities."

Raymond Yazzie says in the video, "You're never going to be a master in the time that you work on what you make because we all learn something new every day. We teach ourselves something new every day. To be called a 'master,' you have to realize that you have mastered every technique there is in your lifetime. Between Lee and I, we have an understanding about being called a 'master.' You know, we appreciate people calling us that, but I don't think in our lifetime, we will ever call ourselves 'masters.'"

The humility is real and all the more remarkable because the work is so finely wrought.

Jewelry making has long been an important part of the lives of Southwest Native peoples. During the last 50 years, Native jewelers in the Southwest - Navajos in particular - have created a contemporary aesthetic that draws on traditional materials and reflects the persistence of cultural values.

"Glittering World" features almost 300 examples of contemporary jewelry made by several members of the Yazzie family. With historic pieces from the museum's collections, the exhibition places Navajo jewelry-making within its historical context of art and commerce, illustrates its development as a form of cultural expression, and explores the meanings behind its symbolism.

"Glittering World: Navajo Jewelry of the Yazzie Family" opens on Nov. 13 with a panel discussion with Lee, Raymond, and Mary Marie Yazzie, moderated by Lois Sherr Dubin, curator of the exhibit and author of its catalog. Place: The Diker Pavilion at the National Museum of the American Indian, One Bowling Green. Time: 5:30 p.m. The panel will be followed by a reception and book-signing in the museum's rotunda. To RSVP for the reception, email or call (212) 514-3750.

The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and on Thursdays until 8 p.m.; closed December 25. Admission is free.

The exhibit runs through Jan. 10, 2016. For more information, click here.

- Terese Loeb Kreuzer


Bits & Bytes
Tei Blow, performing in "The Art of Luv (Part 1") 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)

"E-commerce firm Jack Erwin to open TriBeCa store,"
Crain's New York Business, 11/6/14. "Another virtual retailer is jumping into the physical realm," says Crain's New York Business. "Jack Erwin, the men's footwear brand that launched online late last year, is opening a brick-and-mortar store in TriBeCa at 10 Hubert St." Crain's goes on to say that, "These days, brick-and-mortar is practically a must for a growing digital brand. Likened to the billboards of Times Square, a physical location provides more advertising to passersby and potential customers than e-commerce alone." For the complete article, click here.

"A Study of Opposites," New York Times, 11/6/14. "Gina Gibney hasn't so much resuscitated the site formerly occupied by Dance New Amsterdam as transformed it," says The New York Times. "At the first installment of DoublePlus, a performance series at her newly christened Gibney Dance: Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, the sleek space was as much a draw as the art. For Ms. Gibney's first creative stroke, she, along with Craig Peterson, the director of programs and presentations, have selected established artists to program shared bills. The first, organized by Annie-B Parson, pairs the choreographer Audrey Hailes with the multimedia group Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble. For Ms. Parson, the program is about opposites: Ms. Hailes's earthy, body-based work against the ensemble's formal coolness." For the complete article, click here.

"Cargo ship strikes Brooklyn Bridge," New York Post, 11/7/14. "A cargo ship hit the Brooklyn Bridge on Friday night when its light tower clipped the iconic span," the New York Post reported. "The ship - which is named 'Rainbow Quest' - was cruising on the East River when its light tower struck the bridge at about 11 p.m., according to cops. Police stopped traffic so they could inspect the structure for damage." For the complete article, click here.

"Vogue's Chicest Hoarder Moves Downtown: Inside Hamish Bowles's 54 Packing Crates," Vogue, 11/6/14. "Fifteen: the number of years Vogue has called 4 Times Square home. A certain International Editor at Large [Hamish Bowles] spent that era popping in and out of the office between jet-set trips around the globe," says Vogue. Then it came time to move to 1 World Trade Center. Vogue describes what that move entailed for Mr. Bowles. For the complete article, click here.

"Indian-infused Tribeca spot White Street runs hot and cold," New York Post, 11/6/14. Chef Floyd Cardoz's new restaurant, White Street, in Tribeca, is expensive, but, says the New York Post, "For all its many pleasures, 'modern-American' White Street raises questions. Can a menu be too finicky for its own good? Are guys cool who dress for a classy room in shirts unbuttoned almost down to their navels? Can we trust a place two months old when Cardoz already has his eye on launching a restaurant in India? Heavily hyped White Street's owners include media bigs Dan Abrams and Dave Zinczenko. Their nightly packed 200-seater occupies a former armory." For the complete article, click here.

Harpoons, part of a whale's skeleton, photographs and other objects and memorabilia connected with the 19th-century whaling industry on display in the historic lighthouse in Stonington, Conn. (Photos: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
On Nov. 14, 1851, Harper and Brothers published a novel of more than 600 pages by a best-selling author, Herman Melville. His book was called "Moby-Dick or The Whale." It still lays claim to be "the great American novel," though as with all lasting works of fiction, it is solidly grounded in fact.

Melville's previous work, "Typee" and "Omoo," had sold well. "Moby-Dick" was a flop. Melville spent the last years of his life working as a customs inspector on the docks in Greenwich Village. His novel was "re-discovered" decades after its author's death in 1891.

A passage from the opening pages of "Moby-Dick," inscribed on a building on Front Street in the South Street Seaport.
"Moby-Dick" begins in Manhattan, where Melville was born and where he lived for many years. It is only fitting then, that the second biennial three-day reading of "Moby-Dick" should be here.

The free, marathon reading will take place on Nov. 14, 15 and 16 in three different venues. It begins on Friday, Nov. 14 at the Ace Hotel New York. Saturday's reading will be at the South Street Seaport Museum and Sunday's at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe.

The "Moby-Dick" marathon was organized by Amanda Bullock, Polly Duff Kertis and Molly Rose Quinn.

Nov. 14: Place: Ace Hotel, 20 W. 29th St. Time: 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Nov. 15: Place: South Street Seaport Museum, 213 Water St. in the Melville Gallery. Time: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Nov. 16: Place: Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, 126 Crosby St. Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, click here.

- Terese Loeb Kreuzer

Downtown bulletin board
Some of the 19th-century buildings on Front Street in the South Street Seaport. A public forum on the future of the Seaport will take place on Nov. 10.
 (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

South Street Seaport public forum: Save Our Seaport (SOS), the City Club of New York and the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliances 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.

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.


A helicopter hovering above a ferry from Manhattan to Governors Island this past July. On Governors Island, the drone of helicopters interrupted the tranquility every few minutes. Helicopter tourism in Lower Manhattan will be discussed at CB1's Planning Committee meeting on Nov. 10. (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. 10: Planning Committee
* Updates by Lusheena Warner, Assistant Vice President, Government and Community Affairs, NYC Economic Development Corporation
   a.       East River Esplanade Signage & Logo
   b.      Neighborhood Game-Changer Investment Competition
   c.       Helicopter Tourism in Lower Manhattan
* Anti-fracking initiatives - Update by Sarah Diaz, Community Liaison, Assemblymember Deborah Glick and possible resolution
* West Thames Street Pedestrian Bridge - Update & resolution
* Maintaining affordable housing stock in Community District 1 - Discussion

Nov. 11: Office Closed - Veteran's Day

Nov. 12: Tribeca Committee
* 99-100 Franklin St., application pursuant to section 72-21 of the Zoning Resolution for a Board of Standards and Appeals variance to allow construction of two mixed-use residential and commercial buildings on a single zoning lot - Resolution
* 11 Sixth Ave., application for enclosed sidewalk cafe for Eleven Food and Beverage Corporation - Resolution
* 67 Reade St., application for restaurant wine and beer license for New Sun Café Japanese Cuisine Inc. - Resolution
* Worth Street Reconstruction Project - Preliminary presentation by New York City Department of Design and Construction

The following notices have been received for renewal, upgrade, or transfer of wine and beer or liquor licenses:
* 132 Reade St., application for renewal of restaurant liquor license for Forge Restaurant LLC
* 77 Worth St., application for renewal of restaurant liquor license for RBC Bar Inc. d/b/a Atera

Nov. 13: Landmarks Committee 
* 56 Warren St., application for replacement of bluestone pavers - Resolution
* 60 Collister St./157 Hudson St., application for one-story addition to five story building - Resolution
* West side of West Broadway between Warren and Murray Streets - Discussion

CALENDAR: Week of Nov. 3
Carol Willis, founder and director of the Skyscraper Museum in Battery Park City. The museum's current exhibit is called "Times Square: 1984." Willis will lead a curator's tour of the exhibit on Nov. 12 at 3 p.m. For more information, click here.
(Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
Nov. 8: Gibney Dance 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. 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: At Poets House, award-winning poet J.D. McClatchy discusses the relationship between his poetic practice and his work as a librettist, followed by a reading of "The Leopard," McClatchy's libretto for a new opera based on the 1958 novel by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa and currently in development at American Opera Projects. McClatchy is joined by the opera's composer Michael Dellaira for a post-reading talk. Libretto reading directed by James Robinson. "The Leopard" will be Michael Dellaira's third opera with J. D. McClatchy. Place: Poets House, 10 River Terrace. Time: Discussion at 3 p.m. Reading at 4:30 p.m. Tickets: $10; $7 (students and seniors); free to Poets House members. 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
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, and on Nov. 6, chocolate and wine from Olive's and Sprinkles Cupcakes. There will be 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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