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Volume 1, No. 150  Dec. 12, 2014
Quote of the day:
"Last night, the World Trade Center was successfully attacked by a suicide-bombing raccoon."   
        - Graeme Birchall, explaining why his commute from Lower Manhattan to Jersey City was much, much longer than usual.

* Capacity crowd at St. Paul's Chapel for Howard Hughes presentation to Community Board 1
* South Street Seaport Museum reopening lobby at 12 Fulton St.
* North Cove Marina in limbo; Fortenbaugh supporters plan rally
* Letter to the editor: PATH train service to/from World Trade Center shut down by a raccoon
* Bits & Bytes: Conde Nast rats; More humpback whales; Audit slams Citi Bike
* Downtown Bulletin Board: Ferry service to Jersey City; Stockings With Care; Coat drive;
* Community Board 1 meetings: Week of Dec. 15
* Calendar

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The train garden aboard the William Wall in North Cove Marina, Battery Park City. Dec. 11, 2014
(Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer) 


A crowd filled St. Paul's Chapel on Dec. 10 to hear The Howard Hughes Corporation's proposals for South Street Seaport development. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
Despite cold weather with a light snow falling, a crowd estimated at more than 350 people attended a meeting of Community Board 1's Landmarks Committee on Dec. 10 at St. Paul's Chapel to hear a presentation from The Howard Hughes Corporation about its proposals for the landmarked parts of the South Street Seaport. Many people stood outside the church, unable to get in, although it subsequently turned out that there would have been room for them in the church's balcony.

HHC proposes to make alterations to the landmarked Tin Building and to move it closer to the East River. It would extend the East River Esplanade as far as the Brooklyn Bridge and build streets crossing South Street to provide access to a proposed waterfront tower. HHC also wants to demolish the Link Building on Pier 17 and to construct shopping pavilions under the FDR Drive. It wants to erect a canopy on the roof of the Pier 17 shopping mall whose basic structure had previously been approved by City Council.

In addition, it wishes to displace the South Street Seaport Museum from its galleries on Fulton Street in 202-year-old Schermerhorn Row and to use that space to build affordable housing with additional affordable housing built on a neighboring lot on John Street. It proposes to build a 5,000-square-foot pavilion on Pier 16 for the Seaport Museum as an alternative to the Fulton Street galleries. However, the South Street Seaport Museum has not agreed to any of these proposals.

A second Community Board 1 Landmarks Committee meeting will take place in January to discuss these proposals and to issue a resolution.

HHC's proposal to demolish the New Market Building and to erect a 494-foot-tall tower on that site was not discussed except in passing because the New Market Building is just outside of the landmarked district. A proposed middle school was also not discussed because Howard Hughes plans call for it to be located on three floors of the apartment tower.

Those components of the project will be reviewed during a future Community Board 1 meeting when the project goes through the ULURP [Uniform Land Use Review Procedure] process after the New Year. A ULURP is required whenever there is a disposition of publicly owned property, which is what is being discussed in this instance.

After the Howard Hughes presentation on Dec. 10, members of the Community Board made comments and asked questions and then the public was allowed to comment. Because around 80 people had signed up to speak, each person was allotted two minutes, and then only one minute, to comment.

Additional written testimony will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 15. Email it to with the subject line "Seaport Landmarks Testimony."

Downtown Post NYC will publish an issue this weekend primarily devoted to what was said at the CB1 Landmarks Committee meeting and to the comments from the public.

The Howard Hughes Corporation's presentation to Community Board 1's Landmarks Committee  has been posted to the Community Board 1 website. Look for it on the homepage under the link entitled "Howard Hughes Corporation LPC Presentation - Wednesday, December 10, 2014." It is a large file and may take a long time to download. depending on Internet speed.

- Terese Loeb Kreuzer


The South Street Seaport Museum's lobby at 12 Fulton St. is reopening to the public this weekend. Last week, Maria O'Malley, the museum's collections manager, showed some of the artifacts now on display to students from an NYU Urban Design class.
  (Photos: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
The South Street Seaport Museum's galleries at 12 Fulton St. have been closed to the public since April 2013 because of damage to the building's electrical system caused by Superstorm Sandy, which hit on Oct. 29, 2012. But this weekend, the lobby of the 12 Fulton St. building is reopening with displays about the historic Fulton Fish Market, photographs from the museum's collection and other artifacts.

The museum's collections manager, Maria O'Malley, said that this weekend will be a "soft opening." In the coming weeks, additional items will be put on display and there will be docents who will talk to visitors about the Schermerhorn Row buildings and about the museum's collections.

The museum owns and cares for thousands of artifacts that support its mission to interpret the story of New York as a world port and as the founding port city of America. The collections include ship models, paintings, scrimshaw, 19th-century tattoo art, intricate rope work, navigational instruments, and many objects related to trade from the Seaport itself, including those from the Fulton Fish Market, the coffee and tea industry, and letterpress printing, which supported the growth of New York as a financial powerhouse. An archival collection includes ship plans, passenger manifests, photographs, ships' logs, and a maritime library that focuses on the founding and growth of the Port of New York.

- Terese Loeb Kreuzer

An exhibit in the South Street Seaport Museum's lobby at 12 Fulton St. includes artifacts from the Fulton Fish Market.

The William Wall in North Cove Marina.  (Photos: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Holiday lights are twinkling on the William Wall, the Manhattan Sailing Club's clubhouse in North Cove Marina. On the Willie Wall's upper deck, a room-sized display of trains has been set up as it has been almost every year since 2005, the first holiday season after Michael Fortenbaugh and his firm, North Cove Marina Management, Inc., won the contract to manage the Battery Park City marina. Children and their families have already come to see the trains clack around the tracks, with whistles blowing as they pass through dioramas showing the harbor with the Statue of Liberty and old-fashioned village scenes.

But this year may be the last for these festivities.

Fortenbaugh's 10-year contract to manage the marina expires on Dec. 31 and it seems probable that another bidder has won the Battery Park City Authority's assent to take over the marina. If so, this would not be official until the BPCA board of directors votes on the search committee's recommendation, which the board was unable to do at its December meeting in the absence of a quorum. 
The Battery Park City Authority has issued a statement that says, "Because there is no extension provision in the contract, we have proposed an interim measure. BPCA will assume operation of the marina, including all maintenance and insurance costs, on 1/1/15. To provide for continued operation of the Manhattan Sailing School and Yacht Club until there is a Board decision on the RFP, BPCA has offered a 60-day lease to North Cove Marina Management, Inc. at a substantially discounted per foot rate for any boats North Cove Marina Management, Inc. docks at the Marina.  In addition, the Manhattan Sailing School classroom will dock at no cost. Our Board is expected to vote on the 10-year contract for a marina operator at its January meeting."

Fortenbaugh doesn't know what to make of this. He said that he has not received any offer of a 60-day extension in writing.  "It was just verbal and we are not sure exactly what they are offering," he said in an email. "I do not think they have offered an extension of our license. I thought they were terminating our license and just offering us an opportunity to keep boats at the marina for a discounted amount for the 30- or 60-day period. Also, we do not understand why they are doing this. When we asked if they would put this in writing so we could understand exactly what they were offering, they said no, that this was a negotiation, not an offer."

Fortenbaugh does not know for a fact who his competition is. It has been rumored that it includes Brookfield Office Properties, owner of Brookfield Place, which borders the marina, and Andrew Farkas, owner of Island Global Yachting, and a substantial contributor to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's campaigns. The Battery Park City Authority is a State agency, ultimately reporting to Cuomo.

Downtown Post NYC's request to the BPCA for a list of the bidders was met with the reply that it would be necessary to obtain that list via the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL). A FOIL request can take weeks to process.

Fortenbaugh said "secrecy" is part of the problem. "The decision of who gets the marina can have a huge impact on the community," he observed. "We do not think this decision should be made behind closed doors. We think the proposals should be opened up to the public so the community can see what changes might be made and make comments and have input on the future of their own community."

Fortenbaugh has received hundreds of letters in support of his application to continue to run the marina. In addition, a group of his supporters has set up a website called Save North Cove!

They say on the website, "The future of North Cove should be made in the best interests of the local community, not a giant real estate company who sees North Cove as nothing but another source of revenue, not a political fundraiser who is credited with helping raise $45 million in a recent statewide campaign. There should be transparency in the decision-making process. The bids for the marina should be released so that the public can see them. The Community Board and other stakeholders should have input. The people of Battery Park City should have a voice in how their own waterfront is managed, and whether they will still have access. Your opinion should count. The Marina belongs to you, not the special interests."

Fortenbaugh's supporters are planning a rally on Dec. 15 at 6 p.m. in support his application. It will be held on the southern flank of North Cove Marina.

- Terese Loeb Kreuzer

Letter to the editor
PATH train service at the World Trade Center. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
To the editor:
Last night, the World Trade Center was successfully attacked by a suicide-bombing raccoon. I was affected. Below are the details.

The kamikaze raccoon stepped on a wire and created a localized power outage in downtown Jersey City, which caused the Port Authority to suspend all subway service (i.e. the PATH system) between New York and New Jersey. This even included the part of the system that goes from Midtown to Hoboken, where the power outage had no impact.

I was stuck in Lower Manhattan when all this happened, so I tried to get a ferry from the World Trade Center to downtown Jersey City, which is where I live. What a mess. NY Waterway was not honoring PATH tickets, so there was an enormous line waiting to buy a ticket at the counter (note: there are no vending machines). Their online system was overwhelmed, so you could not buy a ticket with a smart phone. There was no heat. There were no police present and no attempt at crowd control. Thus there was no priority given to people with children or pregnant women.

There was a second long line waiting to get on the ferry to Paulus Hook in downtown Jersey City.  To their credit, NY Waterway did put on an extra boat and moved people as fast as possible, and their crews were very professional. Meanwhile the Liberty Landing ferry (also going to downtown Jersey City) came and went all but empty because there was no way for people to buy a ticket to get on that boat.

Finally, NY Waterway started to honor PATH tickets, which got rid of the ticket line (the rumor was that they had run out of tickets to sell). But they forgot to tell the crew on the ferry, which meant that they would not load anybody for a minute or two. There was now just one big, tight crush of people waiting to get on a ferry to Jersey City. Everybody was well behaved, but it was totally the wrong way to manage such a crowd.

Here is a link to a story on the power outage:

Graeme Birchall

From the editor:
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Bits & Bytes
New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer's audit of Citi Bike showed that the bikes have not been properly inspected and maintained. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

"Woman apparently jumps to her death from Financial District building, while another leaps from SoHo building in presumed suicide," Daily News, 12/13/14. "Two women died Friday after plummeting from Manhattan buildings just two miles apart from each other," according to the Daily News. "A 44-year-old woman fell to her death from a luxury residential building at 15 Broad St. at Wall St. - in the heart of the Financial District - around 10:15 p.m., officials said. She apparently jumped, police sources said." For the complete article, click here.

"City's Second-Oldest Cast Iron Building Reborn As Four Condos,"
The Real Deal, 12/10/14. "Developer Knightsbridge Properties is in the midst of converting the second oldest cast iron structure in New York City from rentals into high-end condos," says The Real Deal. "The conversion of the 1857 building on Reade Street between Church Street and West Broadway is being led by WORKac and includes an addition to the five-story building of one full floor and a mezzanine as well as the total restoration of the original facade led by preservation architects CTS Group." For the complete article, click here.

"No Smooth Sailing at Meeting on Seaport,", 12/11/14. "More than 350 turned out to hear a presentation from the Howard Hughes Corporation about its plan to redevelop the South Street Seaport site, where it leases land from the city," says "The developer hopes to erect a 42-story luxury high rise tower, and would also build 50 to 60 units of affordable housing at an off-site location. The sliver-style skyscraper was originally proposed at 52 stories, but the company reduced the proposed height as a concession to opponents. However, opponents say the skinny high rise would still be too tall, and out of step with historic neighborhood." For the complete article, click here.

"Humpback whales increasing in New York City waters," BBC News, 12/10/14. "New York City has not only seen more tourists in recent years, but more humpback whales have also been spotted near its shores," says BBC News. "Whale-watchers have spotted the species in the Atlantic within a mile of the Rockaway peninsula, part of New York's borough of Queens. This year alone, 106 humpbacks have been spotted - and experts say there are at least 19 different kinds." For the complete article, click here.

"Rats Are Winning Their War on Condé Nast Staffers," NY Magazine, 12/12/14. "Upon arriving in their new offices at One World Trade Center last month, Condé Nast employees were greeted by rats who left droppings everywhere, nibbled on couture, and reportedly made Vogue editor Anna Wintour refuse to enter her office unless it had been deemed rodent-free by an underling," says NY Magazine. "Now the Daily News reports that the rats are gaining ground. Citing the Daily News, NY Magazine says, "They've 'taken over' more offices, staffers are banned from eating at their desks, and Wintour doesn't even want to enter the building." For the complete article, click here.

"Audit slams Citi Bike's oversight," Crain's New York Business, 12/12/14. "The operator of the Citi Bike program failed to adequately inspect equipment or station functionality, according to an audit released by Comptroller Scott Stringer Friday," and cited by Crain's New York Business. "According to maintenance data from NYC Bike Share, which took over operation of Citi Bike this fall, only 28% of bikes were inspected in November 2013, 34% in December 2013 and 38% in January 2014. The company's contract with the Department of Transportation requires that 100% of bikes undergo a complete maintenance check at least once per month, Mr. Stringer noted." For the complete article, click here.

"Pink Stone moving ahead with 51-story FiDi tower," The Real Deal, 12/12/14. "Richard Ohebshalom's Pink Stone Capital is moving along with a 51-story, 429-unit tower in the Financial District that seems destined to be a residential rental building, according an application filed today with the Department of Buildings." For the complete article, click here.

Downtown bulletin board
Lower Manhattan as viewed from the Paulus Hook ferry terminal in Jersey City.
(Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
Weekend Jersey City ferry service to continue: This winter, NY Waterway will continue weekend ferry service between Paulus Hook in Jersey City and the World Financial Center terminal in Lower Manhattan. Ferries will operate every 15 minutes from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The trip across the Hudson River takes six minutes. The weekend fare will be $4 each way. Children five and under ride free when accompanied by an adult.  Weekend service is included for monthly pass holders.  There is a $1 bike surcharge. There are ticket windows at the Paulus Hook and World Financial Center ferry terminals. E-tickets also are available on the free NY Waterway App, available at, which allows customers to show their ticket on a hand-held device. Ferry service between Paulus Hook and the World Financial Center also operates Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 9:36 p.m.

The Billybey Ferry Co., which also operates the weekday service between Paulus Hook and the World Financial Center, contracted with the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey to provide weekend service stating in March, when the Port Authority shut the PATH on weekends to repair damage to the infrastructure from Hurricane Sandy. In nine months, this weekend ferry service averaged 6,000 passenger trips per day. For more information, call (800) 53-FERRY or go to, or

Stockings With Care:
Stockings With Care, the charity co-founded by Battery Park City resident Rosalie Joseph to provide holiday gifts for homeless children, is entering the home stretch of its 23rd annual drive. Stockings with Care is a 501c(3) not-for-profit organization run by volunteers, who shop for gifts and wrap them, a massive undertaking that involves several days of work. Stockings With Care gets wish lists from around 1,500 children and provides at least one thing that the child has requested.  Volunteers who sign up to be "Santas" shop for specific children. In addition, donations are gratefully accepted. Stockings with Care drives have benefited over 40,000 children since 1992. For information on how to donate and/or how to volunteer to wrap gifts, click here.

Donate winter coats at Poets House:
Poets House at 10 River Terrace in Battery Park City is a donation site for the New York Cares Coat Drive. Donated coats go to New Yorkers in need. Bring your coats to Poets House during regular library hours (Tuesday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or when you attend an event. For more information about the coat drive, click here. For more information about Poets House, click here.

Lower Manhattan photography contest: The Downtown Alliance is sponsoring a contest of photos depicting the holidays in Lower Manhattan. The grand prize winner will receive a two-night weekend stay for two at the W New York with a retail value of up to $800, a $50 gift card to Century 21 Department Stores, and two $50 gift cards totaling $100 to Delmonico's Restaurant. The contest began on Nov. 24 and will end at 11:59 p.m.on Jan. 4, 2015. It is open to legal residents age 18 and older of the United States, its territories and possessions. Employees of the Downtown Alliance and members of their immediate families are not eligible. The winner will be selected by the Downtown Alliance staff on or about Jan. 5, 2015. To enter, email your holiday photos of Lower Manhattan to For more information, click here.

Nominations due for the Municipal Art Society's 2015 Brendan Gill Prize: Time is running out to submit nominations for the 27th Annual Brendan Gill Prize, MAS's signature award honoring art and culture in New York City. The Gill Prize, which includes an endowed cash award, is awarded each year to the creator of a specific work: a book, essay, musical composition, play, painting, sculpture, architectural design, film, or choreographic piece that best captures the spirit and energy of New York City. The nominee may be an individual or a group, a renowned artist or an emerging talent - the Gill Prize strives to bring attention to the constellation of artistic experiences that enrich contemporary urban life. All works submitted for consideration must have been produced and completed in 2014. The award celebrates a singular contribution or project, rather than a lifetime of achievement.  The winner will be selected by the Brendan Gill jury, a group of nine experts intimately involved in the city's arts and literature. The winner of the 2015 Gill Prize will be honored at a ceremony and reception during the MAS Annual Meeting this spring. Submit your nomination form via email to before Dec. 16, 2014. If preferred, hard copies with background material can be mailed to MAS at 488 Madison Ave., Suite 1900, New York, NY, 10022, Attention: Phyllis Cohen. For more information, click here.


Capt. John Boulware, interim president of the South Street Seaport Museum, with Urban Design students from NYU in the museum's Schermerhorn Row premises. Boulware will make a presentation to CB1's Seaport/Civic Center Committee on Dec. 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 noted. All are welcome to attend. Bring photo ID to enter the building.
Dec. 15: Seaport/Civic Center Committee  
* Brooklyn Bridge Rehabilitation Project - Update by Hasan Ahmed, NYC DOT Director of East River Bridges
* South Street Seaport Museum - Update by Capt. Jonathan Boulware, Interim President
* Brooklyn Bridge improvements - Discussion & possible resolution
  a. Rebuilding active recreation space underneath the bridge
  b. Repairs to the Frankfort Street staircase
* South Street Seaport development - Update
* Context of future Seaport development - Presentation by City Club of New York
* 25 Bridge St., application for a new tavern liquor license for Emmconn Rest. Corp. d/b/a Whitehorse Tavern - Resolution
* 22 Peck Slip/251 Water Street, application for a liquor license alteration for Hedgie LLC d/b/a The Hideaway Seaport - Resolution
* 22 Peck Slip/251 Water Street, application for a new unenclosed sidewalk café license for Hedgie LLC d/b/a The Hideaway Seaport
* 21-23 Peck Slip, application for renewal of an unenclosed sidewalk café license for IDG Seaport Corp d/b/a Acqua - Resolution

Dec. 15: Quality of Life Committee
* Lower Manhattan Construction - Update by NYC DOT

Dec. 18: CB 1 Monthly Meeting at 6 p.m.
              Location: Gibney Dance, 280 Broadway (entrance at 53A Chambers)

Dec. 25: Office Closed - Christmas Day

All documents relating to the above agenda items are on file at the Community Board 1 office and are available for viewing by the public upon written request to

At all meetings, additional items may be raised as "New Business"

CALENDAR: Week of Dec. 8
Valentina Guazzoni of Josh Bach with handmade neckties and accessories for sale at the Manhattan Youth craft fair this weekend.(Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
Dec. 13: Gibney Dance continues its series, "DoublePlus," during which 12 emerging artists are being mentored by experienced choreographers. This week, Anna Azrieli and Stuart Shugg will perform work that they developed under the wing of Jon Kinzel. Place: 280 Broadway (entrance at 53A Chambers St.) Time: 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20; $15 (seniors, class-card holders and students). For more information and to buy tickets, click here.
Dec. 13: A holiday craft fair at the Downtown Community Center promotes the talents and resources within the Lower Manhattan community. Twenty three vendors -- including Manhattan Youth teaching artists, parents, members and supporters -- are showcasing jewelry, ceramics, leather bags, home goods, art, holiday ornaments, baby items, pet gifts and more. Visitors can come to shop, hear music and eat, all while supporting a good cause. 30% of all sales will be donated to Save The Children's emergency efforts in West Africa. Place: Manhattan Youth Downtown Community Center, 120 Warren St. in Tribeca. Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free to attend.

Dec. 13: Winter Wonderland Workshop, sponsored by the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy supplies materials and inspiration for adults, teens and children 5 and up to make ornaments, garlands and hand-printed wrapping paper for the holidays. Place: 6 River Terrace. Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets: $15 (includes supplies).

Dec. 14: The National Yiddish Theatre will bring "Songs of Chanukah" to the Winter Garden. Place: Brookfield Place, 220 Vesey St. Time: 12:30 p.m to 1:30 p.m. Free. For more information, click here.

Dec. 14:
"Menorah Madness with Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights" a program for children ages 3 to 10 at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, includes crafts, a family mini-tour and a concert. Place: 36 Battery Place. Time: Crafts from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.; family tour, 1:30 p.m.; concert, 2 p.m. Tickets: $10; $7 (children 10 and under); members pay $7 and can bring up to three children for free, $5 for each additional child. For tickets and more information, click here

Dec. 14:
Trinity Wall Street offers "Scrooge & Marley," its annual staged reading of Israel Horovitz's adaptation of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol." Place: Trinity Church, Broadway at Wall Street. Time: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Free with a $5 suggested donation. A reception with light refreshments follows the performance. For more information, click here.

Through Dec. 24:
The Manhattan Yacht Club's room-sized Holiday Train Garden has seven trains running on different tracks, passing through vignettes of New York City and New York harbor. The train show is accompanied by holiday music and treats. Place: North Cove Marina in Battery Park City, William Wall floating clubhouse. Time:  4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on week nights and noon to 6 p.m. on weekends. Free.

Just opened
: An exhibit at Poets House called "Winter Wedding: Holiday Cards by Poets" is a compendium of imaginative and sometimes touching holiday greetings. The exhibit has been drawn from the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library at Emory University and was curated by Kevin Young and Lisa Chinn. See "Happy Holidays" greetings from Langston Hughes, "Seasons Greetings" from Seamus and Marie Heaney and handmade valentines exchanged by Alice Notley and Ted Berrigan. This exhibition explores the vibrant, often funny, and always fascinating portraits of time, affection and ties of love and friendship. The exhibition is on view during library hours through March 21, 2015. Place: 10 River Terrace. Free. For more information, click here.

Through Dec. 31: After the success of artist Anne Militello's 2013 installation "Light Cycles" in the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place, Arts Brookfield commissioned a new design called "Metamorphosis" featuring a unique palette of colors and light patterns to honor the holiday season. Each night, the installation illuminates the plaza through a harmonious interplay of colors, starting with a gentle flicker of candlelight and transforming into a brighter, more colorful display throughout December. Place: 220 Vesey St. on the facade of the Winter Garden facing North Cove Marina. Time: 7 p.m. to midnight.

: "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.  

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