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Volume 2, No. 3  Dec. 23, 2014
Quote of the day:
"If you had told me a year ago that I would have a retail store this year, I would have laughed."
        - Judith Puckett-Rinella, owner of Whisper, a new boutique on Fulton Street in the South Street Seaport

* Seaport Shopping: Chic boutiques open on Fulton Street
* Seaport Shopping: Handmade and haimish at Bowne Stationers 
* Letters to the editor: North Cove Marina should remain a community resource
* Bits & Bytes: Cuomo inauguration at WTC; Calatrava dissed by colleagues; PATH reopens
* Some New Year's Eve options on New York harbor
* Downtown Bulletin Board: Westside Commuter Ferry; Community Board applications
* Community Board 1: Special meeting of Landmarks Committee on Jan. 5, 2015
* Calendar: Week of Dec. 22

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Macarons for sale in the South Street Seaport. Dec. 21, 2014  (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer) 


South Street Seaport
Judith Puckett-Rinella, founder and owner of Whisper, in her new shop at 8 Fulton St. (Photos: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Three boutiques have opened on Fulton Street in the South Street Seaport in the last few weeks, all of them their owners' first ventures into bricks-and-mortar retailing after selling from successful websites.

"If you had told me a year ago that I would have a retail store this year, I would have laughed," said Judith Puckett-Rinella, president of Whisper, which sells an assortment of limited edition items including jewelry, furniture, photographs, pottery, decorative metalwork, handbags, valises and vases. "I'm primarily an e-commerce store," she said, "but it's nice to build something with my own hands and have a physical manifestation of the website."


Puckett-Rinella started Whisper after having been the photography editor at T: The New York Times Style Magazine, and most recently, at Vanity Fair. Her website says that "Whisper is Puckett-Rinella's unique way of delivering to discriminating collectors the kind of highly curated, personally recommended excellence she has spent her whole career cultivating."

Copper bowls at Whisper.

Shoppers will find items that range in price from $15 for a Mystic Knotwork Monkey Fist paperweight to $11,000 for a sculpture made from elk horns. At the entrance to the store is a Christmas tree decorated with feathers near vitrines holding purses and handbags by Clare Vivier (a navy suede bowler bag is $420, a black crocodile zip wallet is $200). Nearby are gleaming copper bowls by New England Copperworks ($15 for a 2.5" bowl to $220 for a 12" bowl). There are painted pottery bells, an assortment of colorful candles, roomy bags, wall hangings, and handmade stools.  


Whisper opened at 8 Fulton St. a little more than a week ago with a lease of just over a year.  


Next to Whisper at 4 Fulton St. is Lisa Sun's boutique, Project Gravitas. Sun makes what she calls
Lisa Sun of Project Gravitas.
"confidence-boosting" clothing for women. "When I was 22, my boss told me I didn't have enough gravitas and to go buy a new dress," she recalled. "So we sell products that give people confidence. Our core product is the perfect dress. We use Italian fabrics made in New York with our 'shapewear secret.'"

The dresses and skirts are constructed from slimming fabrics cut to diminish or conceal any figure flaws. The garments are fabricated in a factory on 38th Street.

Sun, a former partner at McKinsey & Co., the global management consulting firm, has been selling online since July 2013. Her Fulton Street boutique is a pop-up that opened around two weeks ago. She stocks 28 styles of dresses plus "cruelty-free" jackets and handbags designed by Cornelia Guest that look as though they are made of leather but that are actually made of synthetic materials.

"The garments in the store are just try-on pieces," said Sun. "Everything gets fulfilled from the online site."

Skirts start at $175 and dresses cost $275 to $450. The jackets are $295 to $375.

Aurora James of Brother Vellies.
The third of the new Fulton Street boutiques is called Brother Vellies. It stocks handmade shoes from Kenya, South Africa and Namibia that range in price from $195 to $1,450 (for shoes made from South African crocodile).

Aurora James, the owner, said that she had "
always been inspired by African culture and wanted to find a way to empower people on the continent."

After selling from a website for two years, she brought her inventory of around 30 different styles of shoes into the Seaport space. 

A lot of the shoes have soles made from recycled tires. "We like to use recycled products whenever possible," said James. "This is something that the people of Kenya have been using for a very long time. They make a fantastic sole."  


The South African shoes, she said, have rubber soles.


Brother Vellies opened at 4 Fulton St. in the Seaport the day after Thanksgiving and has a lease good through mid-January, however the lease might be extended to May if James and her landlord, The Howard Hughes Corporation, agree.

In addition to the Fulton Street boutiques, Howard Hughes has brought in several retailers on Front Street. They include Christian Benner Custom (a New York City-based fashion designer who specializes in custom leather apparel) at 189 Front St. and
Skin Gym Face Fitness ("the newest trend in skin care through facial exercise") at 192 Front St. The Rialto Jean Project at 206 Front St., selling hand-painted, used jeans for around $245, opened as a pop-up store in early September for what was supposed to be a one-month stay, but is still there. 


Although it was supposed to be open daily, the Fulton Stall Market at 207A Front St. appears not to be there - at least for the time being. An emailed inquiry as to when it might return was not answered.  


- Terese Loeb Kreuzer 


The Rialto Jean Project at 206 Front St.





Robert Warner, proprietor of Bowne & Co. Stationers, part of the South Street Seaport Museum. (Photos: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
The heavy wooden door of Bowne & Co. Stationers at 211 Water St. creaks open, bringing a momentary rush of cold air into the cozy interior of the brick-walled shop. Robert Warner, the proprietor, issues his usual greeting to his new customers. "Welcome," he says in a mild voice. He tells them that the shop is part of the South Street Seaport Museum, and thanks them for visiting.

Arrayed on tables and counters in the front of the store are an assortment of intriguing items: brightly colored journals, colored pencils, boxes of watercolor paints, sketch books, multicolored glitter in little jars, inks for writing, wrapping paper, note cards, puzzles, calendars, wooden boxes, books about the South Street Seaport and about ships, holiday decorations, postcards with photographs of old New York and a stereopticon equipped with photos of New York City as it looked more than a century ago, now to be seen again in three dimensions. 

Some of Bowne's antique letterpresses.
Behind them, in the back of the store, are presses for letterpress printing. Ali Osborn, Bowne's resident printer, is using one of them - a clamshell press from 1901 - to print cards that he designed bearing a line from one of Emily Dickinson's poems. Many of the cards for sale in the shop were designed and printed at Bowne using its extensive collection of antique presses and typefaces.

Bowne & Co. Stationers is New York's oldest operating business under the same name. Bowne & Co. was established by Robert Bowne in 1775. He is remembered with an oil painting that still hangs near the front of the shop. The business flourished as a financial printer throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, its fortunes tied into the growing importance of Wall Street as the nation's financial capital. 

Much of the merchandise in the shop - all of it selected by Warner - reflects the store's origins as both a print shop and an outgrowth of the shipping that brought goods from all over the world to the South Street Seaport.

Almost everything in the store is modestly priced. Journals, some of them handmade, cost $5 to $31. Ink is $5 to $7. Letterpress printed notecards are $5. The stereopticon is $34.95. One of the most expensive items is a flask with two matching shot glasses in a wooden box, all of them decorated with anchors and the words "Down the Hatch." That costs $64. Museum members get a 10 percent discount. The proceeds help to support the South Street Seaport Museum.

Warner chats with his customers. "I think people like to come here because we're making something here," he offered.

Maybe. Or maybe it's for other reasons. The store smells of incense. It is softly lit with nautical-style lamps that hang from the beamed ceiling. Said one weary shopper as she settled into the chair by the front door, "This feels like home."

Bowne & Co. Stationers and Bowne Printers are open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. They will be closed on Christmas and New Year's Days. For more information, click here.

- Terese Loeb Kreuzer

Letters to the editor
Siofra Neary, director of the Manhattan Sailing School, in North Cove Marina.  
(Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer) 

Several people wrote letters to the editor about Michael Fortenbaugh's management of North Cove Marina. His 10-year contract with the Battery Park City Authority is scheduled to expire at midnight on Dec. 31, 2014, and the BPCA has asked him to hand over the keys. 
To the editor:
North Cove is truly a treasure for all New Yorkers. The sailing school has created a tremendous learning environment for children and adults alike. After the tragedy of 9/11, the Manhattan Yacht Club helped rejuvenate the Battery Park City area. Don't mess with a great thing!! The last thing lower New York needs is another area that is no longer for the people of New York.

Daniel Ronan

I worked at North Cove from when it opened in 1989 until 1993. Over the years we worked extremely hard to introduce yachting to the city. It is a very special destination to the international sailor. I am now the Director of Americas for Burgess Yachts and many of our clients use North Cove when they bring their yachts to the city. If North Cove is no longer an option it would be a great tragedy!

Matt Emerson

Walter Cronkite, Overseer of the National Maritime Historical Society, was a lifelong advocate of the need for access to our waters. He was thrilled to see small sailboats and kayaks, recreational and historic boating in New York Harbor. He said what New York City needs for the Harbor is "access, access, access." Our waters are a pathway to the world, to its commerce and culture. They are vital to who we want to be as a society. North Cove has been a mecca for the kind of boating every community needs for itself, a treasure in the metropolis of New York City. The National Maritime Historical Society urges [the community] to save North Cove.

Burchenal Green
President, National Maritime Historical Society

From the editor:
In the most recent developments regarding the future of North Cove Marina, Community Board 1 passed a resolution at its full board meeting on Dec. 18 asking the Battery Park City Authority to rescind its current RFP and to issue a new one, giving more weight in its assessment of potential bidders, to community-based programming. Whether this will happen is unknown. In addition, with the BPCA's permission, Michael Fortenbaugh released his bid for North Cove Marina, and challenged his competitors to do the same so that it would no longer be a "secret" process.

We welcome letters to the editor. Email them to We reserve the right to edit them for clarity and length.

In the 12/17/14 issue of Downtown Post NYC, we published some statements from members of the public regarding The Howard Hughes Corporation's development proposals for the South Street Seaport. If any additional Downtown Post NYC readers want to share their comments to Community Board 1 for publication here, email them to

Bits & Bytes

The Christmas tree in the South Street Seaport is 55 feet tall.
(Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

"Gov. Cuomo to hold inaugural events in New York City and Buffalo,"
Daily News, 12/19/14. "Breaking with tradition, Gov. Cuomo will hold his upcoming inauguration at the World Trade Center site in Manhattan instead of in Albany," says the Daily News. "Sources say Cuomo is considering holding the New Year's Day event at the new One World Trade, though a Cuomo source insisted no final decision has been made. Cuomo will give a speech and then fly to Buffalo for an inaugural day event with his new lieutenant governor, Kathleen Hochul." For the complete article, click here.

"Bring Tracy Anderson's Tribeca Classes Home With You,", 12/19/14."Fitness maven Tracy Anderson, trusted by the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow and J. Lo for her body-shaping powers, is bringing her workouts to living rooms worldwide-as long as the owners of those living rooms are willing to shell out $475," says "As part of her brand expansion and website redesign, Anderson debuted her first live-stream class on Wednesday morning, which will be available for a full week before it's replaced with next week's class." For the complete article, click here.

"Quirky $10,000/Month Tribeca Loft Has 13 Interior Windows,", 12/18/14. "[A] Tribeca loft just hit the rental market asking $10,000 a month," says "The 1,800-square-foot Franklin Street apartment has three bedrooms, 1.5 baths, four skylights, and about 13 internal windows." For the complete article (and photos), click here.

"Santiago Calatrava: The World's Most Hated Architect?" Fast Company, 12/18/14. "At a recent symposium featuring the renowned architects Michael Graves and Peter Eisenman, talk turns to fellow architect Santiago Calatrava," says Fast Company. Neither had a good word to say about their colleague. Graves, "a founding father of Postmodernism and the man who brought high design to Target" lampooned Calatrava with "his best Calatrava impression: 'I will make wings for you and this subway station will cost $4 billion dollars.'" For the complete article, click here.

"The Big Winner in the Rental Home Shortage: Wall Street,", 12/19/14. "Corporate landlords are benefiting from the worst U.S. rental-housing shortage in more than a decade as construction trails demand and more Americans opt to lease rather than buy," says "There's an undersupply of single-family houses and apartments to rent for the first time since 2001, according to an analysis by Frank Nothaft, chief economist at mortgage buyer Freddie Mac, based on available inventory and historic vacancy rates. The deficit in the third quarter was about 350,000, the most in records dating back 14 years." For the complete article, click here.

"PATH's Exchange Place and World Trade Center resume weekend service after Sandy repairs,", 12/19/14. "PATH's Exchange Place and World Trade Center stations reopen this weekend after nearly a year without weekend service because of Superstorm Sandy repairs and signal upgrades," says an article in "The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey says approximately 280,000 square feet of metal tunnel surfaces and equipment were cleaned of salt residue left by Sandy and corroded metal was replaced." For the complete article, click here.

"It Takes More Than a 'Charlie Brown Christmas Tree' to Boost Business: New York City Developers and Neighborhood Businesses Use Holiday Trees to Attract Crowds," Wall Street Journal, 12/19/14. "Laurence Cadieux-Pilon and Simon Bouchard must be Christmas-tree experts-they're from Quebec, after all," says the Wall Street Journal. "So the tourists' pronouncement was a bit surprising: The best holiday tree in New York, they said, isn't the 85-foot giant at Rockefeller Center or even the 60-foot Norway spruce in front of the New York Stock Exchange. No, it's the red-bowed colossus spreading its branches at the South Street Seaport. According to the Wall Street Journal, Ms. Cadieux-Pilon said that she liked the all-white lights and Mr. Bouchard was pleased because "It's not crowded like the Rockefeller tree." For the complete article, click here.

"Public has embraced gorgeous new World Trade Center," New York Post, 12/21/14. "Yogi Berra's eloquent observation, 'Nobody goes there any more, it's too crowded,' applies to the new World Trade Center," says the New York Post. "The only ones staying away are smarter-than-thou pundits who have no idea what they're talking or writing about. A visit to the WTC reveals gazillions of people swarming over every walkable square foot. They stroll over as much of the 16 acres as construction and security barriers allow, gaze up at the skyscrapers, photograph loved ones and, yes, touch the 9/11 victims' names engraved around the memorial pools. It's a wonder, because the new WTC is barely half-finished and large sections remain impassable. The two completed office buildings are as yet little occupied. Stores, restaurants, and the 100th-floor observatory won't open until next year." For the complete article, click here.

   New Year's Eve fireworks, Jan. 1, 2014. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
New Year's Eve can be a jolt, reminding us in no uncertain terms how quickly time passes. But somehow, being on the water on New Year's Eve softens the blow. Water, after all, flows seamlessly from streams to rivers to the ocean just as our hours and days and weeks flow into each other.

Several cruise lines ply New York harbor on New Year's Eve, with food, music and dancing. At midnight, most people are out on deck to watch the fireworks. Then there's more music and dancing until around 1 a.m. or a little after, when the boats return to their docks.

Though several of the cruises listed below say that they are nearly sold out, there's still time to line up a ticket. - Terese Loeb Kreuzer

Classic Harbor Line requests your company aboard its yacht, Manhattan, "in your finest formal wear" for New Year's Eve. The yacht is a luxurious replica of boats from the early 20th century that used to carry plutocrats from their estates along the Hudson River to their offices in Manhattan. For $346 a person, you can "Enjoy a short champagne/sparkling wine tasting class at boarding to set the celebration in motion," enjoy passed hors d'oeuvres, listen to a live jazz trio and watch the midnight fireworks. Beer, wine, soda and water are included in the price. Moet Champagne is available for purchase. The yacht leaves from and returns to Chelsea Piers at W. 22nd St.  For more information, click here.

New York Water Taxi has a New Year's Eve cruise for families. It includes a dinner buffet and a Champagne toast at midnight. In addition, there is a cash bar for beer and wine. For the kids, there are Wii games, party favors and noisemakers. Everyone is welcome to dance! Tickets: $200 (adults); $125 (children, 3-12 years old); $600 (two adults and two children). The boat leaves from Pier 16 in the South Street Seaport, with boarding between 9:05 p.m. and 9:20 p.m. For more information, click here.

Zephyr, a yacht that can hold up to 600 passengers, will have a dinner buffet and two cash bars. Champagne at midnight is included. Tickets: $250. After Dec. 22, $300 per person. Zephyr leaves from and returns to Pier 16 in the South Street Seaport, departing at 10 p.m. For more information, click here.

Hornblower Hybrid dinner menu, Dec. 31, 2013.
The Hornblower Hybrid offers a cocktail at boarding, gourmet hors d'oeuvres, a seated four-course dinner, a premium open bar, a Champagne toast at midnight and an on-board DJ. Tickets: $490. The boat leaves from Pier 40, 353 West St. at 9:30 p.m. For more information, click here.

The Hornblower Infinity is a 210-foot-long yacht that can hold up to 1,200 people. On New Year's Eve, there are a variety of packages, starting at $187 a person. That one includes a premium open bar, a dinner buffet, a Champagne toast at midnight, party favors, and dancing to a live DJ. The least expensive package is standing room only (that is, no table seating) but other packages are available that include table service. Boarding begins at 8 p.m. The cruise departs from Pier 40 at 9 p.m. and returns at 1 a.m. For more information, click here.

Downtown bulletin board
Since May, the Westside Commuter Ferry has been linking midtown Manhattan with the World Financial Center ferry terminal.  (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
Westside Commuter Ferry: New York Water Taxi's Westside Commuter Ferry, which has been running between Pier 84 at West 44th Street and the World Financial Center ferry terminal, will not operate between Dec. 24 and 26. It will reappear for a few days, but the last day of service for the season will be Wednesday, Dec. 30. It will be back again in the spring. The rush-hour commuter service started in May 2014 with three round trips each way, morning and evening. The ride took 15 minutes and cost $4.50 for a single ticket, with weekly and monthly passes available. For more information, click here.

Community Board seeks new members:
Community Board 1 has been much in the news lately because of the negotiations with The Howard Hughes Corporation over South Street Seaport development. CB1 is one of 12 community boards in Manhattan. Each is composed of 50 volunteer members serving staggered two-year terms. For anyone wishing to serve on the community board, now is the time to apply.

Planning and reviewing land use applications such as those affecting the South Street Seaport are among a community board's most important responsibilities, but community boards are also responsible for monitoring the delivery of city services such as sanitation and street maintenance and for making recommendations for each year's city budget.

Community Board 1 has played a major role in advocating for more school seats, for monitoring the incessant construction in Lower Manhattan with its attendant problems, and for making recommendations to the Landmarks Preservation Commission on proposed changes affecting Lower Manhattan's many historic buildings.

Community Board members are officially appointed by the Manhattan Borough President. Half of the board members are selected unilaterally by the Borough President, and half with the nomination of the City Council members who represent the district. In Community District 1, that would be Councilmember Margaret Chin.

The Borough President must ensure adequate representation from different geographic neighborhoods in the district and must consider whether each community's constituencies are represented.

Applications to serve on the community board must be received at the Manhattan Borough President's office before 5 p.m. on Jan. 30, 2015 or postmarked with that date. The address is Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer, ATT: Paola Liriano, 1 Centre St. South, 19th floor, New York, NY 10007.

For more information, and to apply, click here.

Battery Park City CERT:
The Battery Park City Emergency Response Team (CERT) will offer a new series of training classes starting on Monday, Jan. 5. The BPC CERT was the first FEMA-trained team in New York City and now has more than 500 trained responders.

The CERT team is seeking new members who are interested in learning important skills to help in an emergency. The 10-week course covers subjects such as search and rescue, fire suppression, medical triage and first aid, traffic and crowd control, radio communication and more.

Each class meets for three hours once a week. Classes are held in the Community Room at West Thames Street and the esplanade starting at 6:30 p.m.

If interested in participating, call Sidney Baumgarten at (212) 432-2428 or email him at

Boot Camp:
The Battery Park City Parks Conservancy is offering Boot Camp fitness classes, one in the morning from 6:15 a.m. to 7:15 a.m. and the other, in the evening from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Both are taught by Alan Courtenay, a Certified Personal Trainer and weight management coach. Classes are for all fitness levels. They utilize bands, ropes, ladders, trx, viper and kettle-bells. The morning sessions meet on Mondays and Wednesdays at 6 River Terrace. The evening sessions meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Community Center at Stuyvesant High School. Fee: $176 for eight sessions (discounted to $150 for members of the Community Center who attend the evening sessions). For more information and to register, call (212) 267-9700, ext. 363 or email


Pictures of Schermerhorn Row on Fulton Street as it looked in 1928. The Howard Hughes Corporation showed these images as part of its presentation to Community Board 1's Landmarks Committee on Dec. 10, 2014. HHC proposes to convert Schermerhorn Row, now the home of the South Street Seaport Museum, into affordable housing. Schermerhorn Row, built between 1810 and 1812, has been called New York City's first World Trade Center. At the time, it was one of the most expensive structures in the city and was purpose-built to serve as commercial offices and warehouses.

Dec. 25: Office Closed - Christmas Day

Jan. 5, 2015: There will be a special meeting of Community Board 1's Landmarks Committee to discuss The Howard Hughes Corporation's proposals for South Street Seaport development and to vote on a resolution that will be presented to the City's Landmarks Preservation Commission. The meeting will be held at the National Museum of the American Indian, 1 Bowling Green, in the Diker Pavilion, starting at 6 p.m. The public may attend but will not be allowed to participate in the discussion.

The topics to be considered in the resolution include:
1. Tin Building: relocation and one-story addition
2. Pier 17 western edge/removal of headhouse
3. Pier 17 canopy and mechanical screen
4. Pedestrian canopy
5. Demolition of the Link Building
6. Construction of pavilions and lighting under FDR Drive
7. East River Esplanade
8. New building on Pier 16
9. Schermerhorn Row and new building on John Street
10. Wayfinding dynamic signs

CALENDAR: Week of Dec. 22
Broadway, looking south toward Times Square. The Skyscraper Museum's exhibit, "Times Square 1984: The Postmodern Movement" describes what happened 30 years ago, when the future of Times Square was uncertain. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
Dec. 24:  Trinity Wall Street presents "Christmas Eve Community Carol Sing with Brass and Percussion." at St. Paul's Chapel. Place: St. Paul's Chapel, 209 Broadway, (at Fulton Street).  Time: 1 p.m.-2 p.m. Free. 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.

Dec. 25: Joshua Nelson and the Kosher Gospel Choir return to the Museum of Jewish Heritage with their rousing fusion of Hebrew tunes rendered in the style of gospel music. Place: 36 Battery Place. Time: 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Tickets: $35; $25 (students and seniors); $20 (members). For more information and to buy tickets, click here.  


Dec. 26: The Art Studio Tribeca hosts the Friday Night Live Art Party every Friday. The event, which is open to the first two dozen registrants, features food, champagne, and a chance to work with an artist on a collaborative art piece. Guests can purchase tickets starting at noon on the day of the event. Place: 368 Broadway. Time: Doors open at 9 p.m. and close at 10 p.m., although the party itself goes until 2 a.m. Tickets: $10. For more information, click here.


Dec. 26: Trinity Wall Street kicks off its Twelfth Night Festival with Bach's complete Orchestral Suites played by the Trinity Baroque Orchestra and the Trinity Scholars. Place: St. Paul's Chapel, 209 Broadway. Time 6 p.m. Free. The Festival continues through Jan. 6, 2015, with a variety of programs, some of them, free and others requiring tickets.  For more information, click here


Dec. 28: and Kids Club THIRTEEN present "Skate with Arthur." This event - part of the Seaport's Character Skate program - will also feature complimentary giveaways. Place: Fulton Street in the South Street Seaport. Time: 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Tickets: $10 (half off to residents living in zip codes 10038, 10004, 10005, and 10007, with valid ID). For more information, click here.


Ongoing: The Jewish Art Salon presents "Lashon Hara: On the Consequences of Hate Speech." This exhibit examines the power of words, both within hate speech and as "a catalyst for salvation" The exhibit features several mixed media textile works by Robin Atlas. Place: The Anne Frank Center USA (44 Park Place). Time: Tuesdays through Saturdays (except holidays), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets: $8 (adults); $5 (students and seniors 65 and over); Free for children ages 8 and under.

Through Feb. 27, 2015. For more information, click here.  


Ongoing: 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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