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Volume 1, No. 142  Nov. 17, 2014
Quote of the day:
"We believed in not giving up even after something as devastating as Sandy." 
        - Linda Marini, co-owner with her husband, Claudio, of Da Claudio, a new restaurant in the Financial District

* Howard Hughes finally to present its South Street Seaport proposals
* Two years after Superstorm Sandy, Da Claudio opens in the Financial District
* Bits & Bytes: 23 Wall St. still empty; BPC's newest condo; New FiDi hotel; 346 Broadway clock
* Letter to the editor: From Seaport Working Group participant: 'The Smell Test'
* Downtown farmers' markets: Hunkering down for the winter, some markets remain open
* Downtown Bulletin Board: TriBattery Pops seeks musicians; Battery Park City boot camp
* Community Board 1 meetings: Week of Nov. 17
* Calendar

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A reception after a forum on historic preservation presented by Tribeca Trust at the New York Academy of Art. Nov. 15, 2014. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer) 

South Street Seaport

Howard Hughes Corporation executives, vice president of development Adam Meister and executive vice president Christopher Curry, at a Community Board 1 Seaport/Civic Center Committee meeting on Nov. 18, 2014 at which CB1 was discussing the possibility of moving a Howard Hughes high-rise tower to Pier 14, which is just outside of the South Street Seaport historic district. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer) 
On Nov. 19 at 5 p.m., the Howard Hughes Corporation will present its proposals for South Street Seaport development to the Seaport Working Group. The meeting will be held in the office of Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer at 1 Centre Street. The meeting is closed to the public.

Immediately after the meeting, at 7:30 p.m., Save Our Seaport has called an "emergency meeting" to discuss the Howard Hughes proposals. Several members of Save Our Seaport are also members of the Seaport Working Group. The SOS meeting will take place at St. Margaret's House, 49 Fulton St., in the conference room. All are welcome to attend.

The Seaport Working Group consists of elected officials, members of Community Board 1, South Street Seaport residents and business owners and other Seaport stakeholders. After four months of meetings, the SWG drew up guidelines and principles for South Street Seaport development.

The SWG's role is advisory, not binding. Neither The Howard Hughes Corporation nor the New York City Economic Development Corporation, landlord for much of the Seaport, has to adhere to the Seaport Working Group's guidelines. 

- Terese Loeb Kreuzer 


Downtown dining
Linda and Claudio Marini in their new restaurant, Da Claudio, which opened on Nov. 14 at 21 Ann St. in the Financial District. (Photos: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
At 3 p.m. on Nov. 14, Linda and Claudio Marini got the phone call they had been waiting for. They had received their certificate of occupancy for Da Claudio, their restaurant at 21 Ann St. in the Financial District. At 6 p.m. that day, they opened their doors to their first customers.

It had been two years and 16 days since Superstorm Sandy had demolished their former restaurant - Barbarini - on Front Street in the South Street Seaport. Their partners in Barbarini, Stefano Barbagallo and Adriana Luque, decided to stay in the Seaport and rebuild at their former location. The Marinis wanted out.

"When Sandy devastated our location, it was very important for us to move to higher ground," said Linda Marini. "We did not want to go through that experience again."

She said it had been a difficult two years. Even though they were staying in Lower Manhattan, because they had decided to move, no rebuilding money was available to them.

"We had to put our apartment, our life savings, our life insurance, our kids' education funds - all - into this project as collateral," Linda Marini said. "
We did it because we believed in not giving up even after something as devastating as Sandy.  I also wanted to fight for small businesses. I grew up in the city and saw so many small businesses that really make the city unique and I see fewer and fewer of them these days. It's really difficult to operate as a small business and you throw in a traumatic experience like Sandy that crippled us - it was very difficult."

Shrimp and linguini.
She said that she and Claudio also wanted to reopen because they had "a lot of loyal employees that we needed to find a home for. Not everyone could hang out for two years, but the core staff did and that was very important for us."

Many customers who loved Barbarini have kept tabs on how Linda and Claudio were doing with their new venture and showed up as soon as the doors opened. Linda said it was "heartwarming."

Chef Mattia Meneghetti with Claudio Marini.
The chef at Da Claudio, Mattia Meneghetti, had worked at Barbarini. In collaboration with the Marinis, he devised a menu of Italian specialties with a contemporary twist. Produce and meat are locally sourced. Many of the pastas and all of the desserts are housemade.

Da Claudio is open daily. Initially, it will be open for dinner only from 5 p.m. to midnight. In the next few weeks, lunch service will begin. A bar menu will be added, along with take-out, delivery and catering.

We had more than a wind against us. We had a storm against us," Claudio reflected. "It doesn't matter. We made it. We cannot fail."

The artwork on the walls of Da Claudio reflects both the past and the future. Above the open kitchen is a grille that was once inset into the ceiling of Barbarini on Front Street. It was one of the few things that could be salvaged and the only artifact that the Marinis brought with them from their former restaurant.

On another wall hangs a painting done by one of Linda Marini's cousins. It depicts Claudio on a bicycle, waving as though waving to customers in greeting. And on yet another wall is a painting of a woman as superhero. It's labeled "Super Linda."

"That's a painting of me," Linda Marini said.

Linda is strong," Claudio said appreciatively. "If it weren't for her, Da Claudio wouldn't have happened. She has the will and power to never give up."

- Terese Loeb Kreuzer 




Bits & Bytes
23 Wall St., across from Federal Hall, was built by J.P. Morgan. it has been empty for eight years.  (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

"23 Wall Street's iconic building is just a facade,"
New York Post,11/16/14. "It is one of the city's biggest real-estate mysteries: Why does 23 Wall St., the great but neglected downtown landmark, sit empty?" asks the New York Post. "The former home of J.P. Morgan & Co. is the dark and spooky side of foreign investment in New York City: a century-old, historic temple to commerce that has sat rotting for eight years. It stinks enough when alien oligarchs gloom up our skyline with dark windows in condos they'll use once a year. It's doubly foul-smelling when the thumb in our eyes occurs at sidewalk level. The old bank, as well as the ground floors of two adjoining buildings, have 100,000 square feet of precious retail space at the teeming corner of Wall and Broad streets - right across from the NYSE and Federal Hall National Memorial. But the properties have been used mainly for infrequent fashion and TV shoots since a Hong Kong-based company called China Sonangol bought them in 2008 for $150 million." For the complete article, click here.

"A first look at Battery Park City's newest condo," New York Post, 11/14/14. "On the market for waterfront property in Battery Park City?" the New York Post asks. "Get your checkbook ready. River & Warren - a new rental-to-condo conversion that's one of the 'hood's first Hudson River-front offerings in years, according to the project's brokers - will soon add 192 luxe apartments to the local pool." The Post says that, "Sales at the 28-story building are anticipated to launch on Dec. 1 for the two- to five-bedroom homes which span 1,061 to 4,386 square feet, with prices starting at $1.42 million. The priciest and largest property will be a five-bedroom penthouse,with 2,200 square feet of outdoor space, asking over $10 million." For the complete article, with photos, click here.

"29-story hotel coming to vacant FiDi site,"
The Real Deal, 11/17/14. "Los Angeles-based Fit Investment Corporation is bringing a 29-story hotel to the Financial District's 50 Trinity Place," says The Real Deal. "The developer applied for a permit to construct the 72,089-square-foot structure at on the corner of Trinity Place and Rector Street, according to the application filed with the Department of Buildings. Peter Poon is listed as the architect." The building will be 284 feet tall with 188 hotel rooms. For the complete article, click here.

"A Tower Clock in Danger of Losing Its Purpose," New York Times, 11/12/14. "Has the XIth hour arrived for the landmark tower clock at 346 Broadway?" The New York Times inquires. "There has been a lot of commotion lately among neighbors and preservationists over the future of the building, which was purchased from New York City last year by the Peebles Corporation and El Ad Group. They plan to convert it from office and court system use into a high-end apartment building known by its alternate address, 108 Leonard Street. All eyes are on the great four-faced clock that surmounts the building, as they have been since 1898, when the structure was completed to serve as the headquarters for the New York Life Insurance Company, which remained there until 1928." The Times quotes the Landmarks Preservation Commission as having said in 1987, "The clock and clock tower interior, which have not been altered, are a rarity in New York City." But now the clock, which still works, may be doomed by the condo conversion. For the complete article, click here.

"Floors filling up fast at 1 World Trade Center," New York Post, 11/18/14. "While downtown detractors try to sell the lie that the district has too much empty space - especially at the World Trade Center - the skyscraper formerly known as the Freedom Tower just goes on making deals," says the New York Post. "In the latest lease at the Port Authority and Durst Organization's 1 WTC, location-based mobile advertising firm xAd has just taken the tower's entire 60th floor with 43,849 square feet. The news comes on the heels of last week's signing of online gaming shop High 5 Games to 87,000 square feet on the 58th and 59th floors." For the complete article, click here.

"Judge Declines to Drop Felony Charges in 1 World Trade Center Jump," New York Times, 11/18/14. "Three sky divers who parachuted off 1 World Trade Center moved a step closer to trial on Tuesday as a judge declined to throw out felony charges against them, saying they had shown a 'callous disregard' for the safety of the community," says The New York Times. "The men - James Brady, 33, Marko Markovich, 27, and Andrew Rossig, 34 - are scheduled to go on trial in January for the stunt in September 2013. Their ability to jump from the new trade tower raised questions about security at a site considered to be a prime terrorist target." For the complete article, click here.


Letter to the editor
City Councilmember Margaret Chin and New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver listening to 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.) As a participant in the Seaport Working Group, I have been impressed with the effort that went into developing the Guidelines and Principles, and feel strongly that the stakeholders in this process should be guided by them through every facet of the future development of the Seaport. The current sweetheart deal between the New York City Economic Development Corporation and The Howard Hughes Corporation does not  'pass the smell test'. Many of our colleagues share this point of view, which I offer to your readers:

The Seaport Working Group was formed earlier this year by the elected officials who represent the district. Comprised of small business owners, residents and other neighborhood stakeholders, our mission was to craft guidelines for responsible development of the Seaport in light of the proposal by the Texas-based Howard Hughes Corporation for a 60-story, luxury tower on public-owned waterfront property, just south of the Brooklyn Bridge.

After 10 weeks of thoughtful deliberation, the Working Group arrived at the draft guidelines (which can be found on the Community Board 1 website), which stated that an alternative should be sought to the tower and any proposal for that waterfront site - a national treasure listed on the National Register of Historic Places - should be contextual with the buildings in the South Street Seaport Historic District. Furthermore, many in the Working Group feel very strongly that all of the public-owned assets within the District, including the Fulton Fish Market Tin Building and New Market Building; Schermerhorn Row; the Museum Block; the Fish Market Stalls on South Street; and Piers 15, 16, 17, 18, and any future piers be retained as public sites and dedicated completely to public purposes as intended since the District's inception in 1968 and the subsequent investment of well over $200 million of public and philanthropic funds to restore and enhance this public site. 

The Howard Hughes Corporation is now revising its plans and will present them to the Landmarks Commission and the Community Board. If Howard Hughes proposes a building of any kind that interrupts the urban fabric and exceeds the height of existing buildings in the South Street Seaport Historic District, they will be utterly disregarding the hours of time and careful consideration that the Working Group spent to develop these guidelines and revealing their contempt for the public process that local elected officials responsibly established.    

We expect more from this Administration. Please support the Seaport community and say NO with us to any tower or other non-contextual development of this irreplaceable city asset. Contact your elected representatives and local media to make your feelings known.

Diane Harris Brown

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Downtown farmers' markets
Winter squash at the Andaz Wall Street Farmers' Market. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
Thanksgiving brings the harvest season to a sumptuous conclusion. This is the time of year when many of Lower Manhattan's farmers' markets close for the season, not to reopen until late spring. Among the Greenmarkets sponsored by GrowNYC, these are closing:

City Hall: Last days are Tuesday, 12/19 and Friday, 12/23; Tribeca: The Wednesday market closes on 12/24. The Saturday market is open year round; Water Street at Coenties Slip closes on 11/20.

The Staten Island ferry terminal Greenmarket remains open year round on Tuesdays and Thursdays, as do the Greenmarkets at Bowling Green (Tuesdays and Thursdays) and the market at Albany and Greenwich Streets (Tuesdays).

According to Jay Ledoux, who manages the Tribeca Greenmarket, some farmers will be leaving the Tribeca Saturday market, with the exact date dependent on the weather. He says that these include:
Lani's: organic, specialty greens. Usually stays into December.
Lebak: cut flowers and vegetables. Confirmed leaving after Thanksgiving
Blue Moon: wild, seasonal fish. Usually leaves end of December/early January. American Seafood takes over.
Stokes: herbs, flowers, vegetables. Leaves sometime after Thanksgiving/early December. "We'll have another vegetable farmer come in," says Ledoux.
Valley Shepherd: artisanal sheep and cow's milk cheese. Unsure about date

Ledoux says that through the winter, many products will still be available at the Tribeca Greenmarket. Among them will be honey, maple syrup, bread, baked goods, grass-fed beef, pork and lamb, heritage breed duck, turkey and chicken, eggs, cheese, milk, ice cream, yogurt, smoked meats, pickles, some hardy greens such as kale, root vegetables, winter squash and wild-caught fish and shellfish.

Elsewhere in Lower Manhattan, the Fulton Stall Market at 207A Front St. remains open through the winter, with vendors that (according to the Fulton Stall Market website) currently include Bambino's Ravioli (pasta and sauces); Rooftop Salt (flavored salt); La Crepe C'est Si Bon (sweet and savory crepes); Dave's Natural Foods (gluten free and raw dessert products); Gluten Free Dessert Kitchen (cakes, cookies, quiche); Akuva i-Africa (spices and sauces); Woops! (macarons and cookies) and B5 Line NYC (jewelry).

According to The Howard Hughes Corporation, which sponsors the Fulton Stall Market, during the holidays, the market will have all-natural syrups from P&H Soda Co., jams from Anarchy in a Jar and hot cider.

The Fulton Stall Market is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Andaz Wall Street Farmers' Market, which has brought Lower Manhattan the excellent produce from Z Food Farm in Lawrenceville, N.J. closes for the season on Nov. 20. The market has been open on Thursdays at 75 Wall St.

Downtown bulletin board
Tom Goodkind conducting the TriBattery Pops at a Fourth of July concert. The Pops is seeking musicians for its 2015 season. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
Musicians wanted for the TriBattery Pops: Lower Manhattan's volunteer big brass band is looking for musicians for the 2015 season. The music, says conductor Tom Goodkind, "will be mostly pop from the 1960s and we have gigs lined up in some big clubs as well as the Little League and 4th of July" The season runs from April to July, with practice from January to May.

"This is our 12th season and 12th album," says Goodkind. Recognizing that the members have jobs and other commitments, Goodkind says, "We only practice two Friday nights a month and play only on weekends - six dates, and you'll wind up on a great album." For more information, call the Church Street School for Music and Art at (212) 571-7290 or email Goodkind at For more information about the TriBattery Pops, click here.

Boot Camp fitness class in Battery Park City:
Battery Park City Parks Conservancy's latest adult fitness program, Boot Camp, with instructor, Alan Courtenay, takes place on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. Boot Camp is a structured fitness class designed to help participants reach their fitness goals such as weight loss, toning or preparation for a full/half marathon. The classes are adaptable for all fitness levels and utilize a variety of equipment and training methods. The instructor strives to keep all workouts interactive, fun and exciting. Equipment used includes bands, rope, ladder, TRX, viper, and kettle-bells. Alan Courtenay is the CEO/Founder of NYC Boot Camps and recipient of the High Impact Trainer of the Year award. Register now! Tailor the schedule to your needs. With each package you can come to any session:
    *    $264 for a package of 12 classes  through Dec. 19
    *    $396 for a package of 18 classes through Dec. 19
There will be no classes on Nov. 26 and Nov. 28 and no refunds for missed classes. Place: 6 River Terrace. Time: 6:15 a.m. to 7:15 a.m. To register or to get more information, call (212) 267-9700 x363, or email

Tribeca Holiday Craft Fair seeks vendors: Manhattan Youth is organizing and sponsoring the 1st Annual Tribeca Holiday Craft Fair on Dec. 12 and Dec. 13 - a marketplace to promote the talents and resources within the Lower Manhattan community. Manhattan Youth invites vendors of jewelry, ceramics, bags, T-shirts, toys, novelty items and more to sign up for a table. Visitors will be able to shop, hear music and eat quality foods, while supporting a good cause. 30% of income from all sales will be donated to Save The Children's emergency efforts in West Africa. Booth Fee: $25  for one day or $40 for two days. Vendor applications will be accepted through Nov. 19. Applicants will be notified by Nov 21. For vendor information, click here. For the vendor application form, click here. Place: Manhattan Youth Downtown Community Center, 120 Warren St. in Tribeca. Time: Dece. 12, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Dec. 13, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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


Christopher Curry, EVP of The Howard Hughes Corporation, making a presentation on Nov. 18, 2014 to Community Board 1's Seaport Committee about construction
on Pier 17. (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. 20: CB 1 Monthly Meeting
Location: Southbridge Towers, 90 Beekman Street, Community Room at 6 p.m.

I. Public Session
   Comments by members of the public (6 p.m. to 7 p.m.) (1-2 minutes per speaker)

II. Business Session
* Adoption of October 2014 minutes
* Chairperson's Report - C. McVay Hughes
* District Manager's Report - N. Pfefferblit

III. Committee Reports
A) Planning Committee J. Galloway
* Newsstand application, S/W/C Dey Street & Broadway - Resolution
* West Thames Street Pedestrian Bridge - Resolution
* Anti-fracking initiatives - Resolution
* Report on updates by Lusheena Warner, Assistant Vice President, Government and Community Affairs, NYC Economic Development Corporation

a. East River Esplanade Signage and Logo
b. Neighborhood Game-Changer Investment Competition
c. Helicopter Tourism in Lower Manhattan

B) Landmarks Committee R. Byrom
* 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
* 1 White St., application for storefront renovation, handicapped access ramp and bulkhead and rooftop garden - Report
* East side of West Broadway between Warren and Murray Streets - Report

C) Tribeca Committee E. Lewinsohn/ J. Ehrlich
* 99-100 Franklin Street, BSA application - Resolution
* 11 Sixth Avenue, application for enclosed sidewalk cafe for Eleven Food and Beverage Corporation - Resolution
* The Washington Market School Block Party street activity application for Duane Street between Church Street and West Broadway on Saturday, May 9, 2015 - Resolution
* 67 Murray St., application for liquor license for Kinjo Inc. d/b/a Gunbae - Resolution
* 313 Church St., application for renewal of liquor license - Resolution
* 67 Reade St., application for restaurant wine and beer license for New Sun Café Japanese Cuisine Inc. - Report
* Worth Street Reconstruction Project - Report

D) Financial District Committee R. Sheffe
* 68-74 Trinity Place/103-109 Greenwich St., BSA - Resolution
* 55 Broadway, application for renewal of a special permit that facilitated certain public space improvements at 55 Broadway - 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 H.E. MGMT at Staten Island Ferry Inc., d/b/a Brass Tap Beer - Resolution
* Double Decker Tour Buses on Broadway - Report
* Governors Island - Report
* World Trade Center Campus Security Plan - Report
* Manhattan By Sail - Report

E) Youth & Education Committee T. Joyce
* School Zone Maps - Report
*  Speaker Silver's School Overcrowding Task Force Meeting - Report
* Peck Slip School classroom dividers - Report

F) Battery Park City Committee N. Segarra
* Pier A Visitors Information Center - Report
* BPC Parks Enforcement Patrol - Report
* Manhattan by Sail - Report
* Tunnel to Towers Foundation street activity permit application for Vesey Street between West Street and North End Ave. Sunday, September 27, 2015 - Report

G) Seaport/Civic Center Committee J. Fratta/M. Pasanella
* Seasonal programming at the South Street Seaport - Report
* Proposal to consider Pier 14 as an alternative to a high-rise tower in the historic Seaport

IV. Old Business
VI. New Business
VII. Adjournment
Nov. 27: Office Closed - Thanksgiving Day

CALENDAR: Week of Nov. 17
Elizabeth Williams recording the trial of Dominque Strauss-Kahn in drawings on July 1, 2011. Williams will be on a panel at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism on Nov. 19 to discuss courtroom art. (Photo: Courtesy of Elizabeth Williams; Art: Elizabeth Williams)
Nov. 19: Lower Manhattan resident and former Community Board 1 member, Elizabeth Williams, will participate in a panel discussion on the role of courtroom artists in American journalism and law at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. Williams is co-author of a book entitled "The Illustrated Courtroom: 50 Years of Court Art." With artist Aggie Kenny, she will be talking about "The Illustrated Courtroom: 50 Years of Journalism, Law and Art." The discussion, encompassing the ever-present tension between the public's right to know and a defendant's right to a fair trial, will be moderated by renowned attorney Gary Naftalis and will also feature a prominent journalist and senior U.S. District Court Judge Richard M. Berman, who has presided over many headline-grabbing federal court cases in Manhattan, and journalist Diane Dimond. Place: CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, 219 W. 40th St. Time: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Free. For more information, click here.

Nov. 19
: 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. Through Nov. 22. Place: 280 Broadway. Time: 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20; $15 (seniors, class card holders and students). For information and tickets, click here.

Nov. 19: A documentary film, "Karski & the Lords of Humanity," to be screened at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, describes how Polish resistance fighter Jan Karski risked his life to uncover the horrors of the Warsaw Ghetto. The film sheds light on Karski's daring exploits and important legacy 100 years after his birth. Post-screening discussion with director Skawinur Grünberg. Place: 36 Battery Place. Time: 7 p.m. Tickets: $10; $ 7 (students and seniors); $5 (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.

Nov. 21: The Spanish Harlem Orchestra, a two-time Grammy Award-winning salsa and Latin jazz band, comes to the Tribeca Performing Arts Center with authentic, New York-style, hard-core salsa. Place: 199 Chambers St. Time: 8 p.m. Tickets, $45 and $35. For more information (including video clips of a performance) and to buy tickets, click here.

Nov. 21: In conjunction with the exhibit, "Glittering World: Navajo Jewelry of the Yazzie Family" at the National Museum of the American Indian, Emerald Tanner of Tanner's Indian Arts presents a trunk show at the museum featuring works by a host of world-class Navajo jewelers. Also, Nov. 22. Place: National Museum of the American Indian, One Bowling Green. Time: noon to 5 p.m. Free admission. 

Nov. 22: 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. Also, Nov. 23. Time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information on Out to See, click here.

Nov. 22: Joyce Gold, who teaches Manhattan history at New York University, is leading a tour about the Jews of Colonial New York. The first Jewish immigrants to Manhattan arrived in 1654 when their ship was blown off course as they attempted to get to The Netherlands. Peter Stuyvesant, the Dutch Director-General of Nieuw Netherlands (the Dutch colony that included Nieuw Amsterdam) reluctantly allowed the 23 men, women and children to stay, but with considerable restrictions. Among other places, Gold shows where Stuyvesant lived, the site of the first synagogue in North America (now a parking garage), the Minuit Plaza flagpole with its inscription honoring the city's first Jewish residents, and the site of the Jewish ghetto. No reservations necessary. Place: Meet at Bowling Green in front of the National Museum of the American Indian. Time: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets: $20; $15 (seniors). For more information, click here.  

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 at Bowne Printers on Water Street. Bowne is part of the South Street Seaport Museum and owns a variety of antique printing plates that 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. Place: Bowne Printers, 209 Water St. Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets: $150; $125 (South Street Seaport Museum members). To register, click here.

Ongoing: "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. 
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.

Register now: On Sunday, Nov. 30, learn how to print posters from wood type. In this three-hour workshop at Bowne Printers on Water Street, 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. Place: Bowne Printers, 209 Water St. 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

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