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Volume 2, No. 17  Feb. 5, 2015

Quote of the day: 
"PlaySpace will be an international exemplar of playgrounds designed for flood-prone areas."
     - Hope Cohen, chief operating officer for the Battery Conservancy, describing a playground that is being designed for historic Battery Park.             
* Battery Park forges ahead with carousel and Urban Farm 
* Bits & Bytes: Struggle over the South Street Seaport; Howard Hughes sues insurers
* Letter to the editor: Remembering Jordan Gruzen
* Downtown Bulletin Board: State of the Borough forum; CPR training; Blue Smoke brunch
* Community Board 1 meeting: Feb. 5
* African Burial Ground observes African-American History Month
* Calendar: Week of Feb. 2
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.

PARKING: Alternate Side Parking Regulations have been suspended from Feb. 4 to Feb. 7, to facilitate snow removal. Payment at parking meters remains in effect throughout the City.

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Pier 16 showing the South Street Seaport Museum's lightship Ambrose, a rendering of the new shopping mall that The Howard Hughes Corporation is building on Pier 17, the remnants of the old shopping mall and the Brooklyn Bridge. Jan. 11, 2015 (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer) 


Warrie Price, president and founder of The Battery Conservancy in historic Battery Park, was surrounded by people who had helped to build or who had contributed to the SeaGlass Carousel, which was topped off on April 18, 2013. It will open in May 2015. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Though Battery Park at the southern end of Manhattan is cloaked in snow, it is far from immobilized. Work is progressing on many fronts and the staff of the Battery Conservancy - the financial and conceptual force behind many of the 25-acre park's amenities - is getting ready for spring.

For a long time, construction has blocked access to parts of the park, making it impossible to enter or exit the park from the west side. By March 1, the fences along Battery Place will come down. Even before then, the path surrounding the Oval Lawn will be complete.

Because of construction on the South Ferry subway station, trashed by Superstorm Sandy, the park's popular Urban Farm is being relocated from the east side of the park to the north side, near the Labyrinth. Previously the farm was planted only with vegetables. Now there will also be a new Forest Farm, says the Battery Conservancy's bulletin. It will be "the first of its kind in Manhattan - complete with native, shade-loving edible plants and fruit trees." The farm is scheduled to open on April 1.

The Battery's much anticipated SeaGlass Carousel should be ready to open in May, unless there are more weather delays. The topping off for the carousel took place in April 2013 and was on track at that time to open that fall. Picking up the pieces after Superstorm Sandy didn't help the schedule.

The $16 million carousel will house 30 fiberglass fish in a nautilus-shaped shell that will be a backdrop for a programmable sound-and-light show. The nine-foot-tall, iridescent fish will change color, as will the walls of the carousel, simulating a descent into the sea.

The carousel was inspired by the New York Aquarium, once located in Castle Clinton, a national monument dating from the War of 1812, that is one of the focal points of Battery Park. The glass and steel carousel pavilion was designed by WXY, an architecture and urban planning firm whose office is in Lower Manhattan. The fish were designed by the George Tsypin Opera Factory and were built in Montreal by Show Canada, whose clients include the Cirque du Soleil.

Another ambitious project in the park is less far along but should be equally dazzling when it is completed. Frank Gehry had designed a playground for the park, but his plans had to be re-evaluated after Superstorm Sandy to make them more resilient.

Because of the many delays, the Gehry firm has bowed out. Now, BKSK Architects, a local firm that The Battery Conservancy had hired to make the Gehry concept code compliant for the Parks Department, will be leading the design overall. 

"We needed to completely rethink the playground post-Sandy, and the Gehry folks just have too much on their plate for that kind of from-scratch effort," said Hope Cohen, chief operating officer for the Battery Conservancy. 

BKSK is assembling a team that includes engineers that specialize in water management, as well as playground safety.  "PlaySpace will be an international exemplar of playgrounds designed for flood-prone areas," said Cohen.

- Terese Loeb Kreuzer

Bits & Bytes

Last summer, The Howard Hughes Corporation brought numerous food trucks to the South Street Seaport and allowed them to park in front of - and obscure - the Seaport's historic 19th-century buildings. James M. Lindgren, a professor of history at SUNY/Plattsburgh, is giving a talk on the struggle to save the historic Seaport at the Center for Architecture, 546 LaGuardia Place, on Feb. 5 at 6:30 p.m.
(Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

"Tracing 50 Years of the South Street Seaport's Struggles,", 2/4/15. "The fate of South Street Seaport is up in the air," says James M. Lindgren, a history profssor at SUNY/Plattsburgh and author of "Preserving South Street Seaport: The Dream and Reality of a New York Urban Renewal District" in "The 11-block historic district is Manhattan's oldest neighborhood. It's unique, precious, and endangered. Centered around Schermerhorn Row, built between 1811 and 1812 - which the New York Times called 'the city's original world trade center' - the Seaport is loved for its rich heritage, human scale, and beautiful vistas of the Brooklyn Bridge and East River." Lindgren goes on to explain how the Seaport was nearly destroyed once before, and saved, and how and why it is in danger of being destroyed again by insensitive development. For the complete article, click here.

"Howard Hughes sues insurers over Sandy damage," The Real Deal, 2/4/15. The Howard Hughes Corporation, a developer with a long-term lease on parts of the South Street Seaport, "is suing two of its insurance companies for withholding more than $8.5 million in payouts after Superstorm Sandy," says The Real Deal, citing a suit filed in New York State Supreme Court on Feb. 4. "Howard Hughes claims that two of its eight insurers - Ace American Insurance Company and Torus Specialty Insurance Company - have 'steadfastly thwarted all reasonable attempts to adjust the seaport loss,' according to the suit. Five insurers have paid out the claims and one insurance company denied Howard Hughes' claim. The suit centers on six Seaport buildings, in the district bounded by John Street, Peck Slip, Water Street and the East River. During Sandy, which battered New York in October 2012, water ran into and throughout the buildings, the developer claims in the suit." For the complete article, click here.

"Sheldon Silver's day after," Capital New York, 2/4/15. "The state Assembly session to elevate Sheldon Silver's successor started 40 minutes late, and the former speaker, never known for punctuality or speed, was still a dozen minutes behind," Capital New York reports. "Carl Heastie, the Bronx Democrat picked to replace him, sat in the center of the chamber before rising to the rostrum. Silver quietly walked into the back row along the Capitol's northern wall, between Annette Robinson and an aisle, flanked by a heavy curtain in the two-story chamber. Since he was arrested by federal agents 13 days ago, Silver has remained as inscrutable as ever. But on Tuesday, he was something else: unremarkable. He rocked in his chair and folded his hands, saying only two words - 'Carl Heastie'  - along with 101 other Democrats who fell in line less than a week after they told Silver he had lost their confidence. Silver's reign was nearly 21 years long, a year short of the record for the longest-serving speaker - Oswald D. Heck of Schenectady was in office for 22 years - and, by the account of his colleagues, aides and friends, he lived, breathed and loved his job." For the complete article, click here.

"Ice chunks fall from atop World Trade Center," Daily News, 2/3/15. "Foot-long shards of ice plunged from a pair of World Trade Center towers on Monday, causing panic but no injuries," said the Daily News, citing "officials and witnesses. Ice chunks began falling from 7 World Trade Center and 4 WTC around noon, a Port Authority spokesman said." For the complete article, click here.

Letter to the editor

To the editor:
(Re: "In memoriam: Jordan Gruzen, architect and neighbor 1934-2015, DPNYC, 2/3/15). Thank you for the article and appreciation of Jordan Gruzen - very nicely done. All who knew him will miss him very much.

Gary Fagin
Founder and conductor of the Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra

Donations in Jordan's memory can be made to the Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra. For more information,
click here.

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Downtown bulletin board
Baked eggs sardou at Blue Smoke in Battery Park City, part of the brunch menu that will be served on weekends starting Saturday, Feb. 6. (Photo: Melissa Hom)
Asphalt Green Battery Park City Summer Day Camp: Enrollment is now open for Asphalt Green's summer day camp for children ages 4 ˝ to 15 years old. Asphalt Green at 212 North End Ave., has programs for age-specific groups: Pee Wee Camp (4 ˝ - 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.

CPR training: The FDNY's Mobile CPR Unit is holding a free training in CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) on Feb. 12. Around 160,000 people a year die from sudden cardiac arrest outside of a hospital setting. CPR helps to increase survival rates by maintaining blood flow to the heart and brain until help arrives. The compressions-only training program is taught by certified FDNY EMS personnel who show how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED) and how to perform CPR, using a mannequin. Where: Assembly Hall (behind Judson Memorial Church), 239 Thompson St., downstairs (wheelchair accessible). Time: 6 p.m.-7 p.m. Space is limited. RSVP to Jean Grillo, Team Chief, Tribeca CERT, at or call (212) 267-1915 to make a reservation to attend.

Gale Brewer's State of the Borough forum: Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer will host her 2015 State of the Borough forum at Columbia University's Lerner Hall, 2920 Broadway (between West 114th and West 115th Streets), on Sunday, Feb. 8. Doors will open at 1:30 p.m. for a  2 p.m. start time. The event is free and open to the public.

The forum will be structured around conversations between Brewer and a panel of leaders expert in multiple issues facing the borough of Manhattan and its residents, including Jaime Estades, president of the Latino Leadership Institute; Gigi Li, Chair of Community Board 3; H. Carl McCall, Chair SUNY Board of Trustees; and Ruth Messinger, President, American Jewish World Services. The discussion will cover housing and affordability, parks and public services, technology, economic development, and more.

Brewer's 2015 State of the Borough forum will be broadcast live on the Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN), available on channel 34 from Time Warner, channel 82 from RCN, and channel 33 from Verizon FiOS.
Blue Smoke inaugurates weekend brunch: Blue Smoke Battery Park City will be serving brunch on weekends starting on Feb. 6. The menu features Southern specialties such as waffles made with White Lily flour ($15), shrimp and grits ($20) and powdered sugar beignets ($7). Brunch will be served from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Place: 255 Vesey St. For more information, click here.


Pier 17 as depicted by The Howard Hughes Corporation in May 2014 on a construction fence bordering the pier. The rendering shows the Link Building, which Howard Hughes now wants to tear down. At its full board meeting on Feb. 5, Community Board 1 will vote on a resolution to approve, or deny, that proposal and others that affect the landmarked parts of the South Street Seaport. (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. 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.)

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

Guest Speaker: Kenneth Adams, President and CEO, Empire State Development Corporation
Governor's Cabinet Delivers Regional 2015 Opportunity Agenda
Cabinet Members Will Take Governor's Agenda Directly to Communities across the State

II. Business Session
A) Adoption of December 2014 minutes
B) Chairperson's Report - C. McVay Hughes
C) District Manager's Report - N. Pfefferblit
D) Treasurer's Report - J. Kopel

III. Committee Reports
A) Special Landmarks Committee R. Byrom
    Discusssion and vote on Howard Hughes Corporation proposals for South Street Seaport - Resolution

B) Landmarks Committee R. Byrom
1) 79 Laight St., application for replacement of entrance door and transom - Resolution
2) 152 Franklin St., application for handicapped access ramp - Resolution
3) 140 Broadway, application for entry infill and re-glazing - Resolution
4) 464 Greenwich St., amendment to storefront glazing - Resolution

C) Battery Park City Committee G. Calderaro
1) Traffic enforcement around West Street - Report
2) BPC Parks Enforcement Patrol - Report
3) Brookfield Place tenants and service providers - Resolution
4) North Cove Marina resolution - Resolution

D) Quality of Life Committee P. Moore
1) NYC DOT Construction update - Report
2) Sandy Mobilization, Assessment, Referral and Treatment for Mental Health - Report
3) 2015 United Airlines NYC Half - Report
4) Illegal Hotels - Resolution
5) Intro 585 which would amend the City Charter to impose term limits on Community Board Members - Resolution
6) James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act - Resolution

E) Seaport/Civic Center Committee J. Fratta
1) South Street Initiative - Report
2) Thomas Paine Park: Temporary Public Artwork - Report
3) 2015 United Airlines NYC Half Marathon - Report
4) Rebuilding Brooklyn Banks Skate Park and other active recreation space underneath the Brooklyn Bridge - Report
5) 87 South St., application for wine & beer license for Tri-Elite Group Corp d/b/a El Luchedor - Resolution

F) Planning Committee J. Galloway
1) World Trade Center Performing Arts Center - Report
2) MTA fan plants and infrastructure storm hardening - Report
3) Status of FEMA Disaster Assistance Programs - Report
4) Rebuild by Design Public Hearing, Jan. 15, 2015 - Report
5) City-wide Zoning Text Amendment regarding stairwells in non-residential buildings - Resolution
6) Acquisition of office space for Department of City Planning at 120 Broadway - Resolution
7) City-wide allocation of Community Development Block Grant Disaster Relief Funds - Resolution

G) Tribeca Committee P. Braus
1) 11 6th Ave. sidewalk café - Report
2) Pier 26 Update by Madelyn Wils, President and CEO, Hudson River Park Trust - Resolution
3) Proposed changes to parking regulations in Tribeca - Resolution
4) Bastille Day 2015 Street Activity Permit application for West Broadway between White Street and Walker Street, Tuesday July 14, 2015, 12 a.m. to 8 p.m. - Resolution
5) 24 Harrison St., application for upgrade to liquor license for Terroir Tribeca - Resolution

H) Financial District Committee R. Sheffe
1) Broadway Reconstruction Project - Report
2) Pier 15 - Report
3) 23 Wall St., proposed new leasehold and use for property - Report
4) 140 West Street Condominium Flood Wall Barrier Project review - Report
5) Street activity permit for 911 Memorial Family Day on 04/26/2015 from 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Greenwich St. between Cortlandt Street and Liberty Street - Resolution
6) 20 John St., application for a wine and beer license for Dee Jing, Inc. - Resolution
7) Street activity permit for Coenties Slip Thursday Greenmarket on 07/02/2015 to 11/19/2015 from 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Coenties Slip between Water Street. and Pearl Street - Resolution
8) 102 Greenwich St., application for a liquor license for Riff Downtown LLC - Resolution

I) Youth & Education Committee T. Joyce
1) DCTV community space and programs - Report
2) North Cove Marina - Resolution

IV. Old Business
V. New Business
VI. Adjournment

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."

A memorial at the African Burial Ground National Monument shaped like a ship suggests the harrowing journey that brought millions of Africans to the eastern seaboard of what is now the United States. The memorial is engraved with a Sankofa, a heart-shaped West African symbol that means "learn from the past to prepare for the future."
(Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
Throughout February, the African Burial Ground National Monument at 290 Broadway, 1st floor, celebrates African American History Month with an array of activities and special events.

The African Burial Ground is a 17th- and 18th-century cemetery that was rediscovered in 1991 when construction began on a federal office building in Lower Manhattan. In 1993, the site was preserved as a National Historic Landmark by the Secretary of the Interior and was later designated as a National Monument by Presidential Proclamation on Feb. 27, 2006. The National Monument is part of an original 6.6-acre site containing the remains of approximately 15,000 people, making it the largest and oldest African cemetery excavated in North America.

The schedule is subject to change. All events and activities are free and open to the public, first come, first served. For more information, call (212) 637-2019 or click here.

Feb. 7: Noon: Screening of "Frederick Douglass: An American Life"

Feb. 11: 1 p.m.: Lecture by Herb Boyd, co-editor of "The Diary of Malcolm X" and author of the forthcoming "Black Detroit - A People's History," on the importance and controversy surrounding the film, "Selma," and the connections to the current activism in the wake of the recent shooting deaths of unarmed black youth by police officers.

Feb. 12: Noon: Screening of "Spirit of a Culture: Cane River Creoles"

Feb. 14: Noon: Screening of "The City that Lit the World" from New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park

Feb. 17: Noon: Screening of "Booker T. Washington: The Life and the Legacy"

Feb. 19: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.: A Reenactment and Commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the 26th U.S. Colored Troops

Feb. 21: Noon: Screening of "Never Lose Sight of Freedom" from Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail

Feb. 27: 12:30 p.m.: Dramatic performance by David Mills on the works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

CALENDAR: Week of Feb. 2
Valentines made at a Bowne Printers linoleum block printing workshop. The next workshop takes place on Sunday, Feb. 8 in the South Street Seaport.
 (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
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.

Feb. 6: Irka Mateo (Taino) brings "The Art of Storytelling" to the National Museum of the American Indian with storybook readings. Place: 1 Bowling Green. Free. For times and other information, click here.

Feb. 7: "Transgenres" with Vijay Seshadri at Poets House explores why so many poets also write prose nonfiction. What transformations occur between poem and essay? Pulitzer Prizewinner Seshadri, whose newest book is "3 Sections," discusses identity, form and fulfillment for contemporary writers. Place: 10 River Terrace. Time: 3 p.m.-5 p.m. Tickets: $10; $7 (students and seniors); free (Poets House members) For more information, click here.

Feb. 7: The Children's Saturday Morning Show will bring live music, games, stories, puppetry, magic and more to Hudson Eats. This is the first of a series of Saturday morning events for children that will be presented every Saturday through March 14. Place: Brookfield Place, 250 Vesey St. Time: Shows at 11 a.m. and noon. Free. For more information, click here.

Feb. 8: At Bowne Printers, part of the South Street Seaport Museum, Resident Printer Ali Osborn is conducting a three-hour-long workshop to teach the basics of carving and printing linoleum blocks. He will show how to transfer your image ideas to a linoleum block and carve your design. Then he will demonstrate how to ink and print by hand. At the end of the class, Osborn will lock everyone's blocks together and show how to pull some prints on Bowne's vintage Vandercook press. Each student will go home with his or her own block, individual prints, and one poster of the combined work. All materials supplied, except for image ideas. Registration required. Suitable for apprentices 12 and up. Place: 209 Water St. Time: 2 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Tickets: $50; $40 (South Street Seaport Museum 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: 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: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in February, 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. Time: 10 a.m.-12 p.m. 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.

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 three 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: Fridays to Sundays, 11 a.m. to 5 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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