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Volume 2, No. 10  Jan. 15, 2015
IN THIS ISSUE
* Governors Island starts to gear up for 2015 summer season   
* Bits & Bytes: NYC's first 38 landmarks included 13 in Lower Manhattan; Pier A; PATH train
* Letters to the editor: Praise for Audubon/New York Water Taxi cruise coverage
* Downtown Bulletin Board: Community Board applications due now; Electronics recycling
* Community Board 1 meetings: Week of Jan. 19
* Calendar: Week of Jan. 12

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People listening to a concert at the Winter Garden in Battery Park City. Jan. 15, 2015.
(Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer) 


 

GOVERNORS ISLAND STARTS TO GEAR UP FOR 2015 SUMMER SEASON
Governors Island. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Though Governors Island is currently immobilized under a crust of ice and snow, plans for the summer season are under way. The island, which is only 800 yards from Lower Manhattan and even closer to Brooklyn, will be open daily from May 23 to Sept. 27.

Registration for use of the sports fields opened on Jan. 15. School and youth groups and adult leagues from neighborhoods across the city are eligible to apply to use the fields. Priority is given to applications from youth leagues.

The island has two natural turf ball fields that can be easily configured for Little League baseball and adult softball or for soccer and other field sports. 

Fields are open when the Island is open to the public. On weekdays, the hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. On weekends the Island will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Island is accessible by ferries that run from Lower Manhattan daily and from Brooklyn on Saturdays and Sundays.

The two baseball/softball fields can be used simultaneously. Each baseball/softball field contains a clay infield with full back stops and bleacher seating for 84. Fields are available for morning games, beginning at 10 a.m. and afternoon games, beginning at 2 p.m. Bases and striping are provided. Goals are provided for soccer. 

Applications to use the fields are available on The Trust for Governors Island's website. The permit process will be open until March 1.

There is a $26 non-refundable permit fee. Groups can apply for as many dates as they wish. Once the permit process is closed, The Trust will let groups know if they have secured field space and the dates and times at which they can use the fields.

Fields can be used free of charge by all youth and school groups. For adult leagues, the usage fee is $50 an hour.

For more information about the Island and the sports field permits, click here.

- Terese Loeb Kreuzer




Bits & Bytes
NYC'S FIRST 38 LANDMARKS; PIER A; PATH TRAIN SERVICE REPRIEVE
The Federal Reserve Bank of New York at 33 Liberty St. was built between 1919 and 1924 in the style of a Florentine Renaissance palazzo. It was designed by the architectural firm of York and Sawyer with decorative ironwork by Samuel Yellin. Fifty years ago, when the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission was formed, the Federal Reserve Bank was among the 38 landmarks designated in the LPC's first year. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
























"Mapping New York City's First 38 Landmarks,"
Curbed.com, 1/15/15. "In April of 1965, Mayor Robert F. Wagner signed into law legislation that would give way to the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, an entity that has diligently served to protect the city's historically significant structures - or, depending on how it's looked at, thwart new development - since its formation," says Curbed.com. "In the 50 years since its founding, the LPC has ruled on thousands of buildings and historic districts; in its first year alone it designated 38 structures and the Brooklyn Heights Historic District." Curbed.com looks back at "the landmarking decisions the commission made immediately following one of the city's great losses: the demolition of Penn Station." Interestingly - but not surprisingly - 13 of the 38 landmarks designated in the LPC's first year were in Lower Manhattan. They included Castle Clinton, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Federal Hall National Monument, the National City Bank Building, Fraunces Tavern, India House, the J.P. Morgan Building, the James Watson House, the John Street United Methodist Church, the New York County Lawyers' Association, the old New York Evening Post building (on Vesey Street), the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House (now occupied by the National Museum of the American Indian), and St. Peter's Church. For the complete article, click here.

"Envisioned for Decades, a Revival of a Manhattan Pier Is Complete,"
New York Times, 1/14/15. "Battery Park City was supposed to have obliterated the picturesque Pier A at the tip of Manhattan, whose clock tower - pealing the time in ship's bells - is believed to have been the first permanent World War I memorial erected in the United States," says The New York Times. "Instead, the Battery Park City Authority wound up rehabilitating the structure as part of a 25-year deal with Peter Poulakakos, a prominent downtown restaurateur. Now, for the first time in many years, the public is welcome on the pier. Less than 300 feet out on the water, it feels as if you are in the middle of New York Harbor, aboard a vessel with a keel of solid granite that has been anchored in bedrock for 130 years." For the complete article, click here.

"Proposal to Eliminate Overnight PATH Service Dropped," Wall Street Journal, 1/14/15. "Port Authority of New York and New Jersey officials have dropped a proposal to eliminate overnight PATH service," says the Wall Street Journal. "In a letter released by New Jersey Democrats, Port Authority Chair John Degnan wrote that the proposal to replace overnight PATH service with buses had been tabled, and any further discussions of the proposed service reduction would only be done with 'detailed study' and consultation with local officials. Mr. Degnan confirmed Wednesday morning the cuts weren't being considered at this time, and never moved beyond the concept phase." For the complete article, click here.


Letter to the editor
PRAISE FOR AUDUBON/NEW YORK WATER TAXI CRUISE COVERAGE
Harbor seals at Swinburne Island in New York City's lower bay.
(Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

To the editor:
(Re: "Audubon cruise spotlights harbor seals and winter birds," DPNYC, 1/12/15.)
I just wanted to tell you how much I loved your coverage of the Audubon cruise, including the excellent pictures of the long-tailed ducks, the great blue heron, and the seals. In addition to having the smartest coverage of the serious issues downtown, you continue to enlarge our sense of New York waterways as an awesome environment, so easily taken for granted.

Caroline Miller

To the editor:
You got some wonderful pictures on the Audubon boat tour the other day. The seals at the water line and the birds moving fast seemed hard to get, but it was a pleasure seeing them on your Downtown Post yesterday. Thanks for sharing them.

Joyce Gold

From the editor:
Thank you for your letters.

Winter Eco-Cruise
s to see the seals and wildlife of New York Harbor take place every Sunday through March 8 (except for Feb. 1). The cruises aboard New York Water Taxi leave from Pier 16 in the South Street Seaport. Tickets: $35 (adults); $25 (children); $105 (family pack of two adults and two children). To reserve a family pack, call 212) 742-1969. For more information or to buy tickets, click here
 
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Downtown bulletin board
COMMUNITY BOARD APPLICATIONS; ELECTRONICS RECYCLING; DOWNTOWN SHOPPING/DINING GUIDE; TRIBECA GREENMARKET
Members of Community Board 1's Landmarks Committee discussing proposals from The Howard Hughes Corporation to develop landmarked parts of the South Street Seaport. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
Community Board applications: Manhattan has 12 community boards, each with 50 volunteer members who serve staggered two-year terms. Community boards represent their neighborhoods on issues such as development, land use, historic preservation, liquor license applications and quality of life. The Office of Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer is currently accepting applications for Manhattan Community Board membership. This year, for the first time, 16- and 17-year-olds are eligible to join community boards. There will be a community board information session just for teens on Friday, Jan. 23, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Municipal Building Mezzanine, 1 Centre St., North Entrance. Registration is required at teenboards.eventbrite.com.
All applications must be received by 5 p.m. on Jan. 30, 2015. For more information and to apply, click here.
 
Tribeca Greenmarket news
: "We have two new farmers for the winter months," says Jay Ledoux, manager of the Tribeca Greenmarket at Greenwich and Chambers Streets. "American Seafood provides fresh, wild-caught fish and shellfish from Suffolk County, N.Y.," he says. "Jersey Farm, who our Wednesday shoppers will know well, has now started coming on Saturdays. They bring pesticide-free kale, collard greens, Brussels sprouts, potatoes, onions, carrots, beets and turnips. Aside from these two, not a lot has changed at the market. We still have two apple producers, chicken, pork, beef, lamb, duck, turkey, dairy, eggs and plenty of baked goods to choose from. We still collect compost and textiles for recycling from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m." The Tribeca Greenmarket is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, click here.

Lower Manhattan Shop Dine Guide (and location of public restrooms):
The 2015 edition of the Lower Manhattan guide to shopping and dining published by the Alliance for Downtown New York has been mailed to many Lower Manhattan residents and is also available by request from the Downtown Alliance's website. The guide is packed with useful information including, among other things, the location of public restrooms. These are located at 60 Wall St. in the atrium; in the Battery Park City library at 175 North End Ave.; in Castle Clinton National Monument in historic Battery Park; at Federal Hall National Monument, 26 Wall St.; at the New Amsterdam Library, 9 Murray St.; in the Solaire on the periphery of Teardrop Park, 20 River Terrace; in the Staten Island Ferry Terminal at South and Whitehall Streets; and in Wagner Park in Battery Park City. For information about how to order the free guide, click here.

Electronics recycling:
As of this year (2015) it is illegal to discard electronics in the trash. New York City apartment buildings are eligible to participate in a program that provides them with a free service to pick up and recycle unwanted electronics. Click here for more information. Alternatively, electronics can be dropped off at Goodwill, the Salvation Army, Best Buy, Staples (no TVs) or the Lower East Side Ecology Center. For more information, click here. Working electronics can be donated for reuse at the New York City Stuff Exchange. For more information, click here.

Christmas tree heaven:
Through Jan. 26, the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy is collecting Christmas trees to turn into compost. Battery Park City residents are invited to bring their trees (minus all decorations and stands) to their street corner where BPCPC staff will pick them up daily. Trees will then be taken to Esplanade Plaza to be fed through a chipper.

"Recycling your tree is a great way to help your community by reducing waste, lowering carbon emissions and helping to keep the plants healthy," says the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy on its website. For more information about the tree chipping program, click here. For more information about BPCPC's sustainable composting practices, click here.
 


 
COMMUNITY BOARD 1 MEETINGS: Week of Jan. 19

South Street in the South Street Seaport. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Community Board 1 meetings take place at 49-51 Chambers St., Room 709, unless otherwise noted, and start at 6 p.m. Bring photo ID to enter the building. All are welcome to attend.

Jan. 19: Office Closed - Martin Luther King's Birthday

Jan. 20: Seaport/Civic Center Committee
* South Street Initiative - Presentation by Gina Pollara & Victor Papa
* Rebuilding Brooklyn Banks Skate Park & other active recreation space underneath the Brooklyn Bridge - Discussion and possible resolution
* Thomas Paine Park: Temporary Public Artwork - Presentation by Jennifer Lantzas, Public Art Coordinator, Department of Parks and Recreation and Dee Briggs, Artist
* Howard Hughes Corporation Special Landmarks Meeting on Jan. 5 meeting - Status
* Committee Accomplishments of 2014 for CB1 Annual Report

The following notices have been received for renewal, upgrade, or transfer of wine and beer or liquor licenses and sidewalk cafes:

* 80 Beekman St., application for renewal of restaurant wine and beer license for G.E.N. AND M INC, d/b/a Squire Coffee Shop


CALENDAR: Week of Jan. 12
Mantra Percussion performing at the Winter Garden in Battery Park City as part of the Ecstatic Music Festival. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
Jan. 16: The Ecstatic Music Festival continues with Mantra Percussion playing three new works written by the founding composers of Wet Ink - Sam Pluta, Alex Mincek and Eric Wubbels - to be accompanied by the choreography of Deborah Lohse and the Shakedown Dance Collective. Place: Winter Garden, 230 Vesey St. Time: 8 p.m. Free. For more information, click here.

Jan. 18: In "A World Without Jews," author Alon Confino explores how Germans came to conceive of the idea of a Germany without Jews. He discusses his book with Liel Leibovitz of Tablet Magazine. Place: Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Place. Time: 2:30 p.m. Tickets: $15; $12 (museum members). For tickets and more information, click here.

Jan. 18: Learn about linoleum block printing at a three-hour workshop conducted by Ali Osborn, resident printer at Bowne Printers, a part of the South Street Seaport Museum. Osborn will teach the basics of carving and printing linoleum blocks, including inking and printing by hand. Then everyone's blocks will be ganged up for printing on Bowne's vintage Vandercook press. Each student will go home with his or her own block, individual prints, and one poster of everyone's prints together. All materials supplied. Place: 209 Water St. Time: 2 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Tickets: $50; $40 (museum members). Suitable for apprentices 12 and up. For more information or to register, click here.

Ongoing: Mondays through Wednesdays in January, The Howard Hughes Corporation in partnership with FiDiFamilies.com and sponsor New York Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital invites local families inside the Community Cube at the South Street Seaport. Children will have a chance to partake in music, arts, crafts, film and yoga for kids. For more information, click here.

Ongoing: The Woolworth Building was designed by Cass Gilbert to house the offices of the F. W. Woolworth Company and was the tallest building in the world from 1913 until 1930. With its ornamental gothic-style exterior, it dominated the New York City skyline and served as an icon of American ingenuity with state of the art steel construction, fireproofing and high-speed elevators and it was dubbed "the Cathedral of Commerce." The building is still privately owned and operated, and has long been closed to the public. Tours of its magnificent landmarked lobby featuring marble, mosaics, and murals have only recently been made available and can be taken for 30-minutes, 60-minutes or 90-minutes. Custom and Private tours for groups of 10 - 35 can also be arranged. Place: 233 Broadway. Various times. Tickets: $20, $30 and $45, depending on the length of the tour. For more information and to buy tickets, 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.

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 Feb. 15, 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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Editor: Terese Loeb Kreuzer

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