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Volume 2, No. 15  Jan. 30, 2015

Quote of the day: 
"Community-based programming is absolutely essential in North Cove Marina."
     - Letter to Battery Park City Authority chairman Dennis Mehiel signed by five elected officials who represent Lower Manhattan.    
* Pols pressure Battery Park City Authority to guarantee community programs at North Cove
* Letter to the editor: Paean to Queen Mary, ship and model
* Seaport Museum's Queen Mary model to be a centerpiece of Long Beach celebration 
* Bits & Bytes: Smaller apartments, more perks; Expedited vote for new NYS Assembly Speaker
* Downtown Bulletin Board: BPC Chamber networking; TimeBank registration; Blood shortage
* Community Board 1 meetings: Week of Feb. 2
* Calendar: Week of Jan. 26

PARKING: Alternate Side Parking Regulations have been suspended for Saturday, Jan. 31, to facilitate snow removal. Payment at parking meters remains in effect throughout the City.

COMMUNITY BOARD 1 FULL BOARD MEETING: Community Board 1's full board meeting, scheduled for Monday, Jan. 26, was postponed. It has been rescheduled for Feb. 5. Check for updates on this and other breaking news.

WEATHER INFORMATION: For current weather information, click here.
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Part of the ceiling of the Cunard building, now a Cipriani restaurant at 25 Broadway. Jan. 28, 2015. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer) 



North Cove Marina with the Honorable William Wall clubhouse and the remnants of Michael Fortenbaugh's sailing school, as they looked on Jan. 2, 2015.
(Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Despite widespread community opposition and reservations expressed by local elected officials, the Battery Park City Authority has awarded a 10-year contract for the management of North Cove Marina to Brookfield Property Partners and its "operator," IGY Marinas. But the politicians are not content to let the matter rest.

On Jan. 29, they fired off a letter to BPCA chairman, Dennis Mehiel, asking for a meeting to discuss "the public amenities offered at the North Cove Marina."

In the letter, they say that "community-based programming is absolutely essential at North Cove."

Brookfield has limited experience in marina management. IGY Marinas owns marinas in the Caribbean, Central and South America and New York City that exclusively cater to luxury yachts. This is of concern to the politicians.

The letter to Mehiel was signed by New York State Senator Daniel Squadron, U.S. Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Borough of Manhattan President Gale Brewer, City Councilmember Margaret Chin, and Sheldon Silver, who is still Speaker of the New York State Assembly and will continue to represent the 65th Assembly District after he is replaced as Speaker.

"It is our understanding that the Manhattan Sailing School offered a number of popular public amenities, including: junior sailing programs with scholarships; communal sailing allowing amateur sailors to board vessels being operated by more experienced sailors; community access to the Honorable William Wall - a two-story waterborne clubhouse; and membership in a sailing club of which many community members took advantage," the elected officials said in their letter.

"It is imperative that these programs and level of accessibility be maintained by the new Marina operator. In light of the extremely strong community interest in this issue we look forward to meeting with you and your team at the earliest possible convenience."

The letter stated that Sen. Squadron's office would help arrange a meeting.

It remains to be seen how, or if, the Battery Park City Authority will respond.

- Terese Loeb Kreuzer

Letter to the editor
Cunard's ocean liner, Queen Mary, has been berthed in Long Beach, Calif. since her retirement in 1967. She serves as a hotel, event venue and visitor attraction.
(Photo: Courtesy of Queen Mary)

To the editor:
(Re: "Seaport Museum's Queen Mary loaned to Long Beach ship," DPNYC, 1/28/15): As a frequent visitor to the Cunard Building at 25 Broadway, I saw this model, along with other models of Cunard liners, in an impressive company display. I also visited the ship at various times, finding my way to places not open to passengers. Departing on her transcontinental passage to California, the Bassett-Lowke model of Queen Mary will once again take center stage as a superb example of model-making workmanship.

RMS Queen Mary was the culmination of nearly a century of successful Cunard transatlantic service. She was the first ship designed to exceed 1,000 feet, the first liner to cross the Atlantic in under four days and likely the only vessel to have a poem, "Number 534," by John Masefield, dedicated to her before she was named. Her miniature twin intricately captures Queen Mary's stately bearing and reflects her distinguished career.  

It is encouraging to learn that the model may return to the museum in the coming years, however
remote the possibility. Her return to New York would be fitting, as the model may be the ship's last link to the city that the people of Britain and America considered to be her second home.  

Charles Deroko

From the editor:
In John Masefield's poem, referenced in this letter, Masefield, the poet laureate of England, described the Queen Mary at her launch in 1934 as "a rampart of a ship,/Long as a street and lofty as a tower,/Ready to glide in thunder from the slip/And shear the sea with majesty of power."

To read the whole poem, click here.

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Queen Mary on the Hudson River in Lower Manhattan at the end of her maiden voyage from Southampton, England to New York City. She left Southampton on May 27 and arrived in New York City on June 1, 1936. At 9:03 a.m., Queen Mary passed Ambrose lightship, crossing the North Atlantic in 4 days, 5 hours, 46 minutes at an average speed of 29.133 knots. She was 42 minutes behind the Normandie's record. She would beat the Normandie and take the Blue Riband in August of that year.
(Photo: Courtesy of Queen Mary)

The South Street Seaport Museum's model of the Queen Mary as it looked on Jan. 21, just before it was moved into a crate for transportation to Long Beach, Calif., where it has been installed as the centerpiece of a model gallery on Cunard's iconic ocean liner. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

There will be a big party in Long Beach, Calif. on Feb. 5, and the South Street Seaport Museum's 21-foot-long model of the Queen Mary will be a guest of honor. This year, Cunard, builder of the Queen Mary ocean liner, is marking 175 years since Samuel Cunard staged the first transatlantic crossing from England to the United States, inaugurating scheduled mail service to the United States and changing ocean travel forever. The Queen Mary, which crossed the Atlantic over 2,000 times while in service and is now a permanent hotel and museum in Long Beach harbor, is commemorating 80 years afloat.
On Feb. 5, Cunard's newest ship, Queen Elizabeth, will call on Long Beach for the first time. Queen Elizabeth will sail into Long Beach harbor (around 40 miles south of Los Angeles) at approximately 7 a.m, and leave the port at approximately 6 p.m., preceded by a whistle exchange salute with the Queen Mary, and fireworks display.

Enhancing the Queen Elizabeth's visit, and in recognition of the Queen Mary's 80 years of public life, a new Ship Model Gallery will be dedicated on the Queen Mary in a private ceremony at 11 a.m. Located on the Promenade Deck, the model gallery will open to the public at 12:30 p.m., and will house many important ship models. It is the first phase of the Queen Mary's announced plans to create a world-class maritime museum and learning center aboard the ship.

The South Street Seaport Museum's model of the Queen Mary will be the centerpiece of the model gallery, which also includes large models of some of the world's greatest ships - Titanic, Lusitania, Normandie - along with contemporary Cunard liners, Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and QE2. Some 15 ship models will debut, with others on the way.

During Cunard's star-studded history, the iconic Queen Mary epitomized the golden age of ocean travel. She also served as a British Royal Mail Ship (RMS) and as a troopship during World War II. Winston Churchill credited the Queen Mary and the original Queen Elizabeth with ending World War II one year early as they carried over 1.5 million troops between them.

Many of the grand ocean liners of the 1930s, '40s and '50s have been destroyed or stripped of their finery. On the Queen Mary, much of this remains. Guests who overnight in one of the ship's 346 staterooms are surrounded with the original paneling and Art Deco details that made the ship the epitome of luxury in its time.

- Terese Loeb Kreuzer

A stateroom on the Queen Mary. (Photo: Courtesy of the Queen Mary)


Bits & Bytes

70 Pine St., an office-to-rental apartment conversion, is loaded with perks.
(Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
"New York's New Rentals: Smaller Apartments, More Perks," New York Times, 1/23/15."Developers of large rental buildings have stuck to a formula over the past several years: Keep apartments small; go big on amenities. Now, with a surge of rentals coming to market, some developers are pushing this formula to the max, tweaking apartment sizes and piling on the perks," says The New York Times. "More than 13,000 new rental apartments are expected to open their doors in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens this year, according to Citi Habitats, one of the city's largest rental brokerage firms. In Manhattan, the anticipated 4,900 apartments in 34 new rental developments represent a 25 percent increase from the 2009 peak, when 3,918 rental units opened for leasing." One of the buildings specifically mentioned in the article is 70 Pine St., "a conversion of the former headquarters of the American International Group in the financial district. Developed by Rose Associates, a major city landlord, and DTH Capital, the landmark Art Deco tower will have 612 rentals above a new extended-stay hotel called Q&A, with leasing to begin in the spring. In addition to a long list of amenities including a screening room in a former bank vault and a two-story La Palestra gym with a two-lane bowling alley, there will be a restaurant and lounge on the top three floors of the 66-story tower." For the complete article, click here.

"Assembly Dems push for expedited vote on new speaker," Capital New York, 1/30/15. "Members of the Assembly's Democratic conference had planned to vote for a new speaker on Feb. 10, but Carl Heastie's rapid ascent in the now two-way race will likely result in an expedited vote," says Capital New York. "Members are expected to be in Albany on Monday to vote on a resolution that will begin the process of replacing current speaker Sheldon Silver. While the conference agreed on the Feb. 10 date earlier this week, the resolution will say it has until Feb. 10 to vote for a new speaker, said Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes of Buffalo." For the complete article, click here.

"Carl Heastie set to lead Assembly as first black speaker," Crain's New York Business, 1/30/15."New York Assemblyman Carl Heastie of the Bronx, a former budget analyst, is poised to become the chamber's next speaker after winning a Democratic battle to replace Sheldon Silver," says Crain's New York. "Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle of Rochester, considered a leading contender, threw his support behind Mr. Heastie on Friday. He joined almost all the New York City Democratic delegation, which controls more than one-third of the 150-member Assembly. Mr. Heastie, 47, would be first black lawmaker to hold the post, one of the most powerful positions in the state." For the complete article, click here.

"Permits Filed for Conversion of 180 Water Street Into 601-Unit Apartment Building, Financial District," YIMBY, 1/28/15. "In 2013, Emmes Realty paid $151 million (or $330 per square foot) to acquire the 25-story black modernist tower, built in 1971, at 180 Water Street, on the east side of the Financial District," says New York YIMBY. "Now, the owner is seeking to continue a decades-long trend towards housing in the Financial District, with a filing with the Department of Buildings today to convert the tower into 601 apartments, likely rentals. The conversion comes just as 180 Water is about to lose its sole tenant, the city's Human Resources Administration, to 4 World Trade Center. The application, submitted by Avinash K. Malhotra Architects, calls for converting all but 10,500 square feet of the building's 457,000 square feet of usable space into apartments. The first floor would have retail space, but aside from that, the entire tower would be residential, with 20 apartments per floor." For the complete article, click here.

Downtown bulletin board
A meeting of the Battery Park City TimeBank, which is hosting an information and enrollment session on Feb. 4.  (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
Asphalt Green Battery Park City Summer Day Camp: Enrollment is now open for Asphalt Green's summer day camp for children ages 4 ½ to 15 years old. Asphalt Green at 212 North End Ave., has programs for age-specific groups: Pee Wee Camp (4 ½ - 6 years),  Junior Camp (6-8 years), Senior Camp (8-13 years) and Counselors in Training (14 - 15 years). Camp is in session from June 29 to Aug. 21, with five separate sessions. The fee to attend for the entire eight weeks ranges from $5,750 to $6,250, depending on age, however, scholarships are available. Scholarship applications are being accepted through Feb. 13, 2015. Click here for directions on how to apply. Asphalt Green is holding monthly open houses through May to introduce the camp program and staff. The next open house is on Feb. 5 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Click here for more information.

Blood shortage: The snowstorm has created a shortage in New York City's blood supply, says Mayor Bill de Blasio. He is asking healthy New Yorkers to donate blood. The procedure takes less than one hour and "It's not painful," he said. "You will get a free basic medical exam, and most importantly, you can help save many lives." For more information or to sign up to donate, call (800) 933-BLOOD (2566) or go to

TimeBank registration: TimeBank is a community project for people of all ages (4 to 100) who assist one another in many ways. Members give what they can, when they can (never any pressure) and request what they need. No money changes hands. Each hour of service earns an hour of service from someone else. Among its activities, Battery Park City TimeBank has a weekly tai chi class and a Foodies cooking club. Members help each other, one on one, as needed. They also prepare lunches for a local food program and meet up as walking partners. Battery Park City TimeBank is hosting information and enrollment sessions on Feb. 4 at 3:30 p.m. and again at 6 p.m. at 200 Rector Place, Liberty Court Health Club (top floor community room). Light refreshments will be served. For more information about TimeBank, which is a non-denominational program funded by the Archdiocese of New York, click here.
BPC Chamber: BPC Chamber is a not-for-profit business networking group founded in late 2014 by Battery Park City residents, David Spencer and Rosalie Joseph. It is focused on the Battery Park City business community, which has more than 200 small businesses that operate from storefronts and home offices. Its main purpose is to help its members develop new business and solidify existing business. It also acts as a clearing house for information about new developments in the neighborhood and serves as a central group to represent the BPC business community. Anyone with a Battery Park City-based business is welcome to become a member. The next meeting will take place on Feb. 3 at The Palm Restaurant, 206 West St. (between Chambers and Warren Streets) at 7 p.m. For more information, email or

Downtown deals: The Downtown Alliance website has a section listing "deals" in Lower Manhattan. These range from discounted hotel rooms to food and drink offers at places such as Smörgås Chef Restaurant on Stone Street and North End Grill in Battery Park City. Flowers are discounted by 10 percent at City Blossoms, 62 Trinity Place. Brand name and generic cold items and vitamins are discounted at the Battery Park Pharmacy, 327 South End Ave. The deals change frequently. To see what's on offer, click here.


The promenade around Pier A and a view of the Hudson River from the second floor of the building. On Feb. 3, CB1's Battery Park City Committee will discuss water-related uses of Pier A with representatives of New York Water Taxi.
(Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

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

Feb. 3: Battery Park City Committee -  6 p.m.
          Location: Battery Park City Library, 175 North End Ave.
* Brookfield Place - Update about retail plans and construction by David Cheikin, Senior Vice President, Leasing, New York Region, Brookfield Office Properties
* Water-related uses at Pier A - Discussion with Brian McCabe, Chief Operating Officer and Matthew Washington, Director of Communications and Government Relations, New York Water Taxi
* Review of map of public pay telephones in CB1
* Overview of the 2015 capital plan by Gwen Dawson, Senior Vice President of Asset Management and Robin Forst, Vice President of External Relations, Battery Park City Authority
* 250 Vesey St., ground level #107b and second floor #202, application for restaurant liquor license for L'Atelier NYC LLC - Resolution
* Announcement of change of location of future Battery Park City Committee meetings

The following notices have been received for BPCA permit requests:
* MS Society/NYC LeadDog Marketing Group, Inc. Sunday, April 19, 2015
* National 9/11 Memorial/NYC LeadDog Marketing Group, Inc. Sunday, April 26, 2015

Feb. 4: Financial District Committee
* Maiden Lane Pavilion and signage designs - Update by Abraham Merchant, President and CEO of Merchants Hospitality - Possible resolution
* Battery Maritime Building, PDC Sidewalk proposal - Possible resolution
* Pace University Community Needs Assessment Student Study - Presentation by Michael Levine, CB1 Land Use Consultant
* 4 World Financial Center, Store #102, application for a restaurant liquor license for entity to be formed by Jose Garces - Resolution
* 11 Park Place, application for a wine and beer liquor license for AAA Pizza Corp. d/b/a Little Italy Pizza - Resolution
* 1 World Trade Center, 34th and 35th floor, application for a wine and beer liquor license for Restaurant Associates, LLC - Resolution
* Street activity permit for Bowling Green Association on Monday, Oct. 12, 2015 from 12 p.m.- 10 p.m., Whitehall Street between Stone Street and Water Street, Broadway between Morris Street and Stone Street, and Broadway between Liberty Street and Morris Street - Resolution
* Street activity permit for Veteran's Day Festival - IND Plaza Tenants Association co-sponsored event on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015 from 12 p.m.-7 p.m., Broadway between Liberty Street and Battery Place - Resolution
* Street activity permit for Sons of Italy Freedom Block Party on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015 from 12 p.m.-7 p.m., Liberty Street between Broadway and Trinity Place - Resolution
* Street activity permit for First Police Precinct Explorers Block Party on Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015 from 12 p.m.-7 p.m., Liberty Street between Broadway and Trinity Place - Resolution
* Street activity permit for ZIUA USA - Romanian Day Festival on Sunday, May 10, 2015 from 12 p.m.-7 p.m, Broadway between Liberty Street and Battery Place and Whitehall Street between Stone Street and Water Street - Resolution
12) Street activity permit for Chabad of Wall Street Community Fair on Monday, May 25, 2015 from 12 p.m.-7 p.m, Liberty Street. between Broadway and Trinity Place - Resolution
13) Street activity permit for Seaport Community Coalition on Sunday, Aug. 1, 2015 from 12 p.m.-7 p.m, Water Street between Fulton Street and Broad Street - Resolution
14) Review of Map of Public Pay Telephones in CB1

The following notices have been received for renewal, upgrade, or transfer of wine and beer or liquor licenses or sidewalk cafe permits:
*27 Park Place aka 24 Murray Street, renewal liquor license application for MXK Restaurant Corp.
* 27 Park Place, renewal beer and wine license application for 27 Shinjuku Sushi Inc.
* 52 William Street, renewal liquor license application for Club Quarters/The Bailey
* 88 Greenwich Street, renewal liquor license application for MRM88LLC d/b/a/ Medici 21 Ristorante
* 164 Pearl Street, Store 9, renewal wine and beer license application for Shinju Sushi Inc.
* 80 Beaver Street, renewal liquor license application for 80 Enterprise Inc., d/b/a Killarney Rose Restaurant
* 11 Trinity Place, renewal liquor license application for Blarney Stone

Feb. 5: CB 1 January Monthly Board Meeting - 6 p.m.
           Location: PS/IS 89, 201 Warren St.
(This meeting had been postponed because of the snowstorm.)

CALENDAR: Week of Jan. 26
The Sun Ra Arkestra will be giving a free workshop and performance on Jan. 31 in the South Street Seaport. The workshop takes place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and the performance, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, click here.
(Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
Feb. 1: Pace University presents Douglas Fairbanks in "The Mark of Zorro," a silent film released in 1920, which will be shown with live accompaniment by Ben Model. Fairbanks plays mild-mannered, ineffectual rich man Don Diego Vega who has a secret identity as Zorro, a masked crime-fighter with a secret hideaway in his house. As defender of the weak and downtrodden, he fights oppression and corrupt officials and sword-fights with dozens of soldiers at once. Fairbanks did all his own stunts, co-wrote the scenario, and introduced a new level of fencing and swordplay in movies. Place: Schimmel Center for the Performing Arts, 3 Spruce St. Time: 2 p.m. Tickets: $12; $8 (students). For more information and to buy tickets, click here.

Feb. 4
: Elana Sztokman, author of "The War on Women in Israel: A Story of Religious Radicalism and the Women Fighting for Freedom," talks about her book at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. Sztokman made headlines last fall when an Orthodox man refused to sit next to her on a flight from New York to Israel. Place: 36 Battery Place. Time: 7 p.m. Tickets: $10; $7 (students and seniors); free (museum members). For more information and to buy tickets, click here.

Feb. 4: Irka Mateo (Taino) brings "The Art of Storytelling" to the National Museum of the American Indian with stories, songs and hands-on activities for toddlers on Feb. 4 and with storybook readings for older children on Feb. 5 and Feb. 6. Place: 1 Bowling Green. Free. For times and other information, click here.

Feb. 5: Under the auspices of the the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter (AIANY), historian James M. Lindgren, author of the book, "Preserving South Street Seaport: The Dream and Reality of a New York Urban Renewal District," will trace the complex story of how the South Street Seaport has evolved over the past 50 years. The South Street Seaport District, home to the original Fulton Fish Market and to the South Street Seaport Museum, is one of the last neighborhoods of late 18th- and early 19th-century New York City not to be destroyed by urban development. Lindgren will discuss the efforts of preservationists to protect the area leading to its being designated a New York City Historic District, the many challenges faced by the South Street Seaport Museum, the controversial construction of the Rouse Company's New Fulton Market (1983) and recently demolished Pier 17 mall (1985), and the impacts of 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy. Place: 536 LaGuardia Place. Time: 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $10; free (AIA members). For more information and to buy tickets, click here.

Ongoing: The Battery Park City Parks Conservancy's 2015 Annual Art Exhibition of artwork created in the Conservancy's free art programs such as Figure al Fresco, Elements of Nature Drawing,  Art + Games, and Preschool Art. Place: 75 Battery Place. Time:  The exhibition will be on view weekdays from Jan. 26 to March 27, 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Free.

Ongoing: Mondays through Wednesdays in January, The Howard Hughes Corporation in partnership with 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 lobby of the South Street Seaport Museum at 12 Fulton St. on Schermerhorn Row is open four days a week with interpretive displays and activities. Access to the museum's upstairs galleries is by appointment or for education programs only. For private tours of Schermerhorn Row and its old hotels, email Lobby access: Thursdays to Sundays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Ongoing: The South Street Seaport Museum's lightship Ambrose and its barque Peking welcome visitors Fridays 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. In addition, a guide to the Ambrose can be downloaded from the Internet by clicking here. 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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