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Volume 1, No. 141  Nov. 14, 2014
Quote of the day:
"Life is about good food, good friends and chasing your dreams."  
        - Lucia Liu, who quit her marketing job to become a full-time candy maker 
* Out to See showcases local artisans and entrepreneurs
* Bits & Bytes: Southbridge Towers still on hold; Lohan moving to FiDi; WTC window washers
* Letters to the editor: Future of the South Street Seaport
* Downtown Bulletin Board: Battery Conservancy seeks gardening volunteers
* Canstruction sculpture exhibit at Brookfield Place
* Community Board 1 meetings: Week of Nov. 17
* South Street Seaport Museum: Printing and bookbinding workshops at Bowne Printers
* Calendar

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Artisanal chocolates from Luluosophy, available at Out to See, an art and crafts fair in the South Street Seaport this weekend and next. Nov. 9, 2014. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer) 


South Street Seaport
Emily Webster, CEO and co-founder of Tangeez, watching a boy assemble a stack of Tangeez lights in the Melville Gallery at the South Street Seaport during the
Out to See festival. (Photos: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
Just as the South Street Seaport itself has crawled back to life after having been devastated by Superstorm Sandy, some of the artisans who are selling their wares in the Seaport this weekend and next at the Out to See festival, are exemplars of courage, grit and persistence.

Take Emily Webster and Mustafa Bagdatli, for instance, who have a business called "Tangeez," a shortened form of "Tangible Lights," which sort of describes what they're selling. These are lights that can be hooked up in varying configurations and that change color depending on how they're assembled. They're fascinating, they're fun, and although this was not the original intention, they may even be useful if the power goes out.

Webster, an architect by profession, and Bagdatli, a website designer, spent four years developing Tangeez. "We made 25 prototypes," said Bagdatli. "There were production issues." But they kept going because when they took their prototypes to local fairs, they found that people liked them.

Now things are really looking up for their enterprise. Their lights are featured on the home page of New York's Next Top Makers, a business development program for New York City entrepreneurs. A Kickstarter campaign in September 2013 netted them $51,000. They figured out how to make their lights rechargeable, and they found a manufacturer in South Dakota who is churning them out.

Webster and Bagdatli are selling their lights in the Melville Gallery at 213 Water St. during Out to See.
Lucia Liu and her associate, Levine Ching, of Luluosophy.
At a neighboring table, Lucia Liu is selling her artisanal chocolates. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in marketing, and that's what she was doing for American Express when, in March 2014, she entered a chocolate contest conducted by Smorgasburg, the Brooklyn food and flea market. The contest was decided by popular vote. She won. The prize was a stall at Smorgasburg on an ongoing basis.

On March 27, 2014, she quit her job at AmEx to become a full-time candy maker. "It's been crazy!" she said of this turn in her life.

She learned her new profession by taking two classes at the Culinary Institute and by watching candy-making videos on YouTube. "Jacques Torres was my teacher," she jokes.

She designed the packaging and branding for her confections, which she makes in a restaurant kitchen before it opens. That means that she's at the stove between 6:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Liu calls her business "Luluosophy."

"It's based on my philosophy," she said. "Life is about good food, good friends and chasing your dreams."

Recently, someone from the Park Hyatt on West 57th Street called her up and said they would like to feature her chocolates in their spa. Of course, she said yes.
Wares from By Brooklyn. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
Next to Liu in the Melville Gallery are wares from a shop called By Brooklyn. Everything in the store at 261 Smith St. is Brooklyn made. There are hand towels from Brooklyn decorated with charming drawings of the Brooklyn Bridge, condiments, soaps, stationary, books and more.

The founder of By Brooklyn, Gaia DiLoreto, had been working in corporate finance for 12 years when she decided she'd had enough of that. She opened her store in Carroll Gardens in April 2011. Since then, she has sold the products of hundreds of local crafts people.

Also in the Melville Gallery for Out to See are another spunky duo - Elena Liao and Frederico Ribeiro. Liao graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a major in economics and communications. Ribeiro is a chef. They launched their business, "Te Company," in December 2012, selling oolong - a semi-oxidized form of tea, midway between green tea and black tea, in beautiful packages that make terrific gifts.

Liao, who was born in Taiwan, grew up drinking tea. Té Company's teas also come from Taiwan. Until it closed in June 2014, Liao and Ribeiro sold their tea at the New Amsterdam Market. They started out with five kinds of tea. Now they sell 16 varieties. Their tea is available at Martha Stewart American Made and on their own Té Company website.

These are just a few of the interesting vendors at Out to See. In addition visitors will find music, art and food. Out to See continues in the South Street Seaport on Sunday, Nov. 16 and Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 22 and 23. For more information, click here.

- Terese Loeb Kreuzer

Elena Liao of Té Company at the Melville Gallery during Out to See.


Bits & Bytes
The future of Southbridge Towers is still on hold. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

"Divided by a Windfall,"
New York Times, 11/14/14."Most New Yorkers would look upon the good fortune of the residents of Southbridge Towers with envy," says The New York Times. "They paid, on average, $17,500 for their Lower Manhattan apartments, many with stunning East River views. The average maintenance fee in the middle-income development in the financial district near South Street Seaport is $620 a month. And soon, their fortunes could soar even higher. In late September, after a contentious eight-year debate, shareholders voted to leave Mitchell-Lama, the affordable housing program that has provided them with decades of low-cost housing. The decision paves the way for residents to sell their apartments at market rate and reap profits in the high six figures." If privatization goes through - and it is not certain that it will -  "the 1,651-unit complex near the Brooklyn Bridge would be the largest Mitchell-Lama co-op in Manhattan to privatize at a time when the city is struggling to hold onto its dwindling stock of affordable housing," says The Times. For the complete article, click here.

"New listing at glitzy Tribeca condo could break downtown record,"
Daily News, 11/13/14. "A massive $51 million Greenwich St. penthouse will hit the market this week - and at that asking price, it would be the most expensive apartment ever sold south of Canal St.," says the Daily News. "Even if it fails to come close, it'll still likely break the mark set in 2009, when a penthouse apartment at 145 Hudson St. sold for $30.55 million. The new triplex, at 443 Greenwich St., sits atop an existing red-brick landmark building dating back to the 1800s, formerly used as a factory by book-binding and steel-wool companies. The building is being converted to condominiums by the real estate company Metro Loft Management, with the help of architecture and design firm CetraRuddy." For the complete article, click here.

"Lindsay Lohan is planning move to Financial District after starring in London play," Daily News, 11/13/14. Lindsay Lohan, "who is currently treading the boards in 'Speed the Plough,' has inked a deal to rent a $2 million apartment at the W Downtown Hotel & Residences at 123 Washington St. with her sister Ali," says the Daily News. "The 700-square-foot pad has spectacular views of the Statue of Liberty and luxury finishes, including a shower with a floor-to-ceiling window overlooking the river." For the complete article, click here.

"Prince William, Kate to visit New York next month," Crain's New York Business, 11/14/14. Guess who's coming to Lower Manhattan? "British royal officials say Prince William and his wife, Kate, are traveling to the United States next month on a trip that includes visits to the National September 11 Memorial and an NBA basketball game. The visit, from Dec. 7 to 9, will be based in New York, although William will travel to Washington, D.C. on his own on Dec. 8 to attend a conference against the trade in illegal wildlife parts." For the complete article, click here.

"Window Washers, in Trouble at World Trade Center, 'Just Grabbed On'," New York Times, 11/14/14. "When Juan Lizama and Juan Lopez went to work cleaning windows on Wednesday morning, they were prepared. Before they descended from the side of 1 World Trade Center, they had secured not only themselves to the rigging but also all of their equipment," says The New York Times. "So when a malfunction left the men stranded 827 feet in the air, they quickly calmed down - after an initial jolt of panic - and got control of the situation. They were rescued, but since then, they have endured a frightening experience of a wholly different kind: the news media circus." For the complete article, click here.

Letters to the editor
City Councilmember Margaret Chin, New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and New York State Senator Daniel Squadron at the standing-room-only public forum on Nov. 10 to discuss the future of the South Street Seaport. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
To the editor:
Re: "Crowd at South Street Seaport Forum hears elected officials insist that developer Howard Hughes 'respect' guidelines," DPNYC, 11/11/14.) At the town meeting about the South Street Seaport on Monday night, Christopher Curry, EVP of The Howard Hughes Corporation, said that he had no new information about Hughes' Seaport development plans. But The Howard Hughes Corporation's mandatory filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission on the same day leads me to one of two conclusions:

Either Mr. Curry is ill-informed by his own company based on his off-the-cuff response about Seaport development or Mr. Curry did not want to advertise how profitable HHC's investment has proven to be in its sweetheart deal forged with EDC (New York City's Economic Development Corporation) -  so much so that HHC is therefore going to be even more aggressive in trying to appropriate additional public land for private use. 

It is apparent that Mr. Curry serves his company well. But the disservice to those of us who live, work and pay taxes in the neighborhood and who have the most to lose if the Seaport development of public land is allowed to further line the coffers of a private company merits much closer scrutiny. 

That the SEC filing and the town meeting happened on the same day are merely coincidence. But Mr. Curry's recent appearance and comments are not and therefore lead me to believe the latter of the two conclusions  - that Mr. Curry et al have repeatedly, consistently and purposely demonstrated that neither he nor his firm are dealing with us, the taxpayers and residents of the community, in good faith.  Shame on y'all!

Jeanine Bianco
FiDi resident

To the editor:
Is anyone really surprised that the very same day of the Seaport Forum, at which Christopher Curry said nothing substantive, though he was, as always, elaborately polite, the Hughes Corporation's SEC filing indicated business as usual?
Or that the Economic Development Corporation did not see fit to send a representative to the forum, though it did send an equally polite, if vague, e-mail acknowledging its existence?
The two drivers of a misguided, thoroughly discredited plan clearly still do not get the message, or perhaps they just prefer to pretend they do not: we will no longer tolerate business as usual down here. No more pushing through development without environmental reviews, no more secret sweetheart deals where no new bidders need apply, no more conveniently overlooking landmark laws.
It is clearly going to be a long, grinding battle ahead, before this message takes root. A large, and growing, citywide constituency will be there to keep fighting until it does.
Rona Kluger
Seaport resident

From the editor:
The email from the EDC to which Rona Kluger referred in her letter to the editor, is pasted below. It arrived at the Monday South Street Seaport Public Forum minutes before it began:

Dear Save Our Seaport, the City Club of New York and the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance,
The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) recognizes the importance of the South Street Seaport area to Lower Manhattan as well as its contribution to the cultural, historic, and economic fabric of New York City.
NYCEDC, in partnership with elected officials and Manhattan Community Board 1, formed the Seaport Working Group, to develop principles and guidelines for the redevelopment of the Seaport. Over the summer, the Seaport Working Group shared its recommendation with the community at an open house that was attended by over 100 people.
Since the Seaport Working Group released its guidelines and principles, we have been working with the Howard Hughes Corporation (HHC) to propose a holistic project that both addresses the recommendations developed by the group and serves the needs of the Seaport community. We are committed to our participation in the Working Group and anticipate reconvening in the coming weeks for HHC to present a revised plan.
We appreciate continued discourse regarding the future of the Seaport and thank Save Our Seaport, the City Club of New York and the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance for hosting this forum. We look forward to continued dialogue with local stakeholders as redevelopment plans for the South Street Seaport area progress.
Ashley Dennis
Chief of Staff, Office of the President


Downtown bulletin board
The Battery Conservancy in historic Battery Park needs volunteers to help plant bulbs so that they will be in the ground before the first frost. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
Battery Conservancy seeks gardening volunteers: Help The Battery Gardeners plant bulbs this month! Bulbs need to be in the ground before the first frost, so the Conservancy welcomes any time you can give while it is still warm. Join the Conservancy from Monday to Friday, Nov. 17 to Nov. 21, 9:30 a.m. to noon. Volunteers will meet at The Battery playground at 9:30 each day. Click here to sign up. For more information email

A sculpture called "Turn It Around" was GACE Consulting Engineers' entry into the 22nd Annual Canstruction competition in which engineering and architectural firms create sculptures of canned food that is then donated to City Harvest to feed hungry
New Yorkers. (Photos: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
Every year for the last 22 years, after a night of frantic activity, sculptures made of canned food have emerged from some of New York City's leading architectural and engineering firms. In recent years, they have been erected at Brookfield Place, where they are this year - for all to admire until they are dismantled shortly after 5 p.m. on Nov. 20. The food will be donated to City Harvest to feed hungry New Yorkers.

Twenty-seven teams participated in this year's competition, utilizing approximately 100,000 cans of food. Prizes were awarded for Best Use of Labels, Best Meal, Structural Ingenuity, Most Cans, and Jurors' Favorite. Winners were chosen by a team of judges culled from the architectural, design, and culinary fields. The public was also able to vote on the People's Choice Award via Facebook.
"The Thinker" by CentraRuddy, an architecture and interior design firm.

Some of the more elaborate structures were created by engineering firms whose projects usually include building skyscrapers and transportation hubs and the like. On Canstruction night, the teams are mostly composed of younger staff members, sometimes working under the supervision of an older associate. Canstruction gives them an opportunity to display and hone their design and building skills.

The gravity-defying sculptures are on display in the Brookfield Place Winter Garden and 250 Vesey Street lobby. Admission is free, but visitors are encouraged to donate high-quality, non-perishable foods such as tuna, beans and canned vegetables.

"It is becoming increasingly harder for low-income New Yorkers and their families to put food on the table," said Jilly Stephens, Executive Director of City Harvest. She said that the food would go to City Harvest's network of more than 500 soup kitchens and food pantries across the city.

New York is one of more than 150 cities around the world taking part in Canstruction® International Competition, which has donated more than 25 million pounds of food to local hunger programs since its founding in 1992.

For more information about Canstruction, click here.

The team from Gensler, an architecture, design, planning and consulting firm, created a sculpture called "A Balanced Meal." It depicted a seal balancing a ball on its nose and consisted of 4,035 cans of food, enough to feed 1,243 people.


The ice skating rink installed by The Howard Hughes Corporation on Fulton Street in the South Street Seaport as it looked on Jan. 19, 2014. The ice skating rink reopens on Nov. 15.  (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. 18: Seaport/Civic Center Committee

* Seasonal programming at the South Street Seaport - Update by Lincoln Palsgrove, Marketing Director, Howard Hughes Corporation
The following notices have been received for renewal, upgrade, or transfer of wine and beer or liquor licenses:
* 214 Front St., application for renewal of a restaurant wine license for Calabria Restaurant LLC d/b/a Il Brigante
* 261 Water St., application for renewal of a restaurant liquor license for T Bone Inc d/b/a Mark Joseph Steak House
* 21-23 Peck Slip, application for renewal of an unenclosed sidewalk café license for IDG Seaport Corp d/b/a Acqua
Nov. 20: CB 1 Monthly Meeting
Location: Southbridge Towers, 90 Beekman Street, Community Room at 6 p.m.
Nov. 27: Office Closed - Thanksgiving Day

South Street Seaport Museum
At Bowne Printers, Ali Osborn shows printing workshop students how to carve their designs into linoleum blocks and print them. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
Bowne Printers at 209 Water St. in the South Street Seaport is offering three workshops in the next few weeks that will enable participants to learn about hardcover bookbinding and letterpress printing. Bowne is custodian of some of the South Street Seaport Museum's remarkable collection of antique letterpresses and typefaces, used daily by its resident printers. In the workshop, members of the public will also be able to use these precious remnants of the days when printing was a craft and an art form. - Terese Loeb Kreuzer

On Sunday, Nov 23, guest instructor Lee Marchalonis, a visiting teacher from Parsons School of Design and the Center for Book Arts, will teach fundamental bookbinding and letterpress printing techniques. A variety of antique printing plates from Bowne's extensive working collection, will be available for students to use. They will learn how to print these plates on the shop's Vandercook proofing press to create unique sheets that they will bind into their books. Each participant will take home a book that he or she has sewn, reinforced and finished with an original hard cover. No prior experience is required. All materials are supplied. For ages 16 and up. Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets: $150; $125 (South Street Seaport Museum members). To register, click here.

On Sunday, Nov. 30, Bowne's printers will teach how to print posters from wood type. In this three-hour workshop, participants will collaborate on designing and printing a broadside poster from moveable wooden type. Bowne has a collection of more than 100 fonts that can be used for this project. The first step will be to spell out bold words or phrases and then test print them on a hand-operated proofing press that dates from the 1890s. Next, the class will learn how to arrange and prepare their phrases for printing on Bowne's vintage Vandercook cylinder press. The final step will be to lock up the composition on the press bed and learn about inking, registration, proofing and make-ready. Everyone will get a chance to operate the press. Each student will go home with test prints and three copies of the group's poster. Time: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets: $75; $60 (South Street Seaport Museum members). To register, click here.

Sunday, Dec. 7 is the date for the next "Block Party" at Bowne Printers. In a three-hour workshop, resident printer Ali Osborn teaches the basics of carving and printing linoleum blocks. He begins by showing how to sketch out an idea and then transfer it to a linoleum block, where his students gauge away the backgrounds, leaving lines and desired dark places in high relief. Then Osborn brings out ink and rollers so that students can print their blocks by hand. The final step is to arrange everyone's work on the bed of Bowne's vintage Vandercook press and make a poster. Each student goes home with his or her own block, individual prints and one poster of the combined effort. All materials are supplied. There are a maximum of six people in each class. For ages 12 and up. Time: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets: $50; $40 (South Street Seaport Museum members). To register, click here.

CALENDAR: Week of Nov. 10
Hudson Street in Tribeca, with rampant construction. On Nov. 15, Steven Semes and John Massengale will talk about how to design a better New York, with illustrations from Tribeca. Semes presents new arguments about how to maintain a neighborhood's historic character over time, while Massengale will talk about how street design can tame the car and make neighborhoods easier places to walk and shop.
(Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
Nov. 15: 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 second program in the series pairs Daria Fain and Gillian Walsh, as curated by RoseAnne Spradlin. Place: 280 Broadway. Time: 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20; $15 (seniors, class card holders and students). For information and tickets, click here.

Nov. 15: "Glittering World: Navajo Jewelry of the Yazzie Family" opened on Nov. 14 and continues through Jan. 10, 2016. The exhibit includes more than 300 examples of beautifully crafted jewelery, most of it made by the Yazzie family, with some from the National Museum of the American Indian's collection. Through a video, photographs and a handsome catalog, the exhibit shows how the jewelry expresses Navajo cultural values and way of life inspired by a majestic landscape of buttes, mesas and desert. 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.

Nov. 15: The second day of a three-day marathon during which a succession of people will read all 600+ pages of Herman Melville's masterpiece, "Moby-Dick or The Whale." The readings take place in three different venues. 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. Free. For more information, click here.

Nov. 15: Hear renowned architects Steven Semes and John Massengale talk about how to design a better New York. with illustrations from Tribeca. Steven Semes' book, "The Future of the Past:  A Conservation Ethic Architecture, Urbanism, and Historic Preservation," presents new arguments about how to maintain a neighborhood's historic character over time. John Massengale will talk about how street design can tame the car and make neighborhoods easier places to walk and shop. His recent book, "Street Design: The Secret to Great Cities and Towns," is both a manifesto and how-to manual to return streets to people. Place: 111 Franklin St. (New York Academy of Art). Time: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. (with wine and cheese reception afterwards). Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door. To buy advance tickets, click here or go to

Nov. 15: "A Painter and His Poets," an exhibit of the work of George Schneeman at Poets House in Battery Park City, closes on Nov. 15 with a celebration and book launch for "New York School Painters & Poets: Neon in Daylight." Edited by Bill Berkson, Larry Fagin and Allison Power with a foreword by Carter Ratcliff, "New York School Painters & Poets" charts the collaborative milieu of New York City poets and artists in the mid-twentieth century with rare reproductions of ephemera, collecting and reprinting collaborations, paintings, drawings, poetry, letters, art reviews, photographs, dialogues, manifestos, and memories. Place: Poets House, 10 River Terrace. Time: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Free. For more information, click here.

Nov. 15: 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
Nov. 16: Celebrated author Martin Amis talks with Ron Rosenbaum about Amis' newest book, "The Zone of Interest: A Novel," which Publishers Weekly called "brilliant." It offers a searing portrait of life and love in a concentration camp. Place: Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Place. Time: 2:30 p.m. Tickets: $15; $12 (museum members). To buy tickets, click here.  
Nov. 20: On five Thursdays through Nov. 20, food vendors from Hudson Eats at 200 Vesey St. in Brookfield Place have been offering 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, on Nov. 6, chocolate and wine from Olive's and Sprinkles Cupcakes and on Nov. 13, seafood and wine from Dig Inn and Blue Ribbon Sushi. The final pairing will be 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: 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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