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Volume 2, No. 20  Feb. 19, 2015

Quote of the day: 
"It's up to you to develop a building that expresses our heart's desire for this beautiful city of New York."
     - Rev. Dr. William Lupfer, new rector of Trinity Wall Street, announcing a series of charettes at which members of the community can weigh in on what kind of building should be erected at 68/74 Trinity Place.              

* Howard Hughes Corp. delivers Fulton Stall Market to fulfill a commitment 
* Bits & Bytes: Lower Broadway blossoming; proposal for new bridge tolls; Fidi hotel floods
* Downtown Bulletin Board: Trinity Wall Street charette; health and wellness seminars
* Community Board 1 meetings: Week of Feb. 16
* February observances: Washington's birthday and African-American History Month
* Calendar: Week of Feb. 16
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The statue of George Washington outside Federal Hall at Broad and Nassau Streets. Aug. 28, 2010. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer) 


The Fulton Stall Market at 207A Front St. in the South Street Seaport.
 (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

For around two years, The Howard Hughes Corporation has been promising a "world-class food market" in the South Street Seaport or at least some kind of food market. After a few false starts, that food market seems to have arrived.

The Fulton Stall Market, which once occupied the western side of the South Street block between Fulton and Beekman Streets, opened on Feb. 7, 2015 at 207A Front St., promising to have six or seven food vendors on Saturdays and Sundays for the remainder of the winter, and then some additional vendors in the late spring. During the week, the Fulton Stall Market will have some food available for sale but the vendors themselves will not be present.

"We reintroduced the market actually back in October of last year [2014] but we've been constantly improving it," said Phillip St. Pierre, Howard Hughes' general manager for the South Street Seaport, when he addressed Community Board 1's Seaport/Civic Center Committee on Feb. 17.

"We started off with a couple of outdoor markets," he said.

These petered out and there was a hiatus of several months. But Howard Hughes needs to have a Seaport market or be in default of an agreement that it made with the City.


In March 2013, when The Howard Hughes Corporation received City Council approval to demolish the existing shopping mall on Pier 17 in the South Street Seaport and erect a new mall, a letter was attached to the agreement. It was dated March 19, 2013, addressed to City Councilmember Margaret Chin and signed by Christopher Curry, senior executive vice president of The Howard Hughes Corporation. 


It said in part, "SSSLP [South Street Seaport Limited Partnership] shall within the area of the South Street Seaport leased to  it, cause a food market that includes locally and regionally sourced food items and that is open to the public seven days a week to open as part of the Renovation Project [on Pier 17]. SSSLP shall, subject to force majeure, use commercially reasonable  efforts to open the food market prior to Oct. 1, 2014."  


Of course, that didn't happen. Howard Hughes had also talked at one time about putting a food market in the Link Building on Pier 17, but decided ultimately to request permission to tear the Link Building down. In addition, Hughes promised to put a food market of at least 10,000 square feet in the Tin Building.    


A Fulton Stall Market vendor. (Photo: Barbara Mensch)

So the Fulton Stall Market is, at least, something. No one could call it a "world-class food market," but it's a pleasant market tucked into two rooms in a historic, brick-walled Seaport building. Customers can buy seafood, meat, eggs, baked goods, jam and some produce from a handful of vendors.  


In one of the rooms, Grace Clerihew of Table Tales is selling some of her wonderful cooked food, and coffee is available from Irving Farm Coffee Roasters. In a corner of that room, Naima Rauam, the dedicated painter of the Seaport, works on her watercolors. Movies are projected on a wall to entertain the young folk. Tables and chairs provide a place to sit and hang out with neighbors who are likely to drop in.


Grace Clerihew of Table Tales at the Fulton Stall Market. (Photo: Barbara Mensch)

The Fulton Stall Market is a cozy, neighborhood place, worth a visit on a cold, winter afternoon.  


Whether the South Street Seaport ever gets a "world-class food market" remains to be seen. At the moment, it seems unlikely.


Robert LaValva, who ran the popular New Amsterdam Market on South Street under the FDR Drive for many years, used to have 45 to 65 vendors at his market, which occupied 15,000 square feet - and he said that that was too small to be called a "world-class food market." He wanted to expand into the New Market and Tin Buildings with a variety of food-related businesses in addition to the retail that often attracted as many as 6,000 people to South Street during the five to six hours that the New Amsterdam Market was open on a Sunday.  


The New Amsterdam Market. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

He viewed food-related businesses as the economic engine that could keep the historic Seaport alive, paying homage to its centuries-old past as a marketplace that fed the city and indeed, much of the Eastern Seaboard.


"It's very, very, very hard to establish any sort of real [food] market," LaValva said in an email, "and doubly hard to do it in the Seaport. Our vendors did OK but it was a tough place to make money - they were in it for the long haul and for the vision." 


The fight continues over what that prevailing vision should be.  


- Terese Loeb Kreuzer


For current information about the Fulton Stall Market including hours of operation and vendors, click here.  


Naima Rauam painting at the Fulton Stall Market. (Photo: Barbara Mensch)

Bits & Bytes
Tourists on Broadway, March 2012. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

"Lower Broadway finally blossoming after years of neglect," New York Post, 2/16/15. "Meet Manhattan's Cinderella boulevard: Broadway between Bowling Green and City Hall," says the New York Post. "It's finally blossoming after years of neglect, with progress to the west hogging most of the downtown glory. But impressive change is everywhere and much more is coming." The Post quoted Downtown Alliance president Jessica Lappin, who called Broadway "the spine of Lower Manhattan." For the complete article, click here.

"Group Seeks New Tolls in Manhattan to Pay for Region's Transportation Needs," New York Times, 2/17/15. "A group of transit advocates will release a proposal on Tuesday to overhaul New York City's bridge toll system and to raise money for the region's transportation needs," says The New York Times. "The proposal calls for new tolls on four East River bridges in Manhattan and lowering the costs of several crossings in the other boroughs. It would also create a toll for vehicles crossing 60th Street in Manhattan so that all drivers would have to pay to enter the core of the city. The group, Move NY, led by Samuel I. Schwartz, a former city traffic commissioner, argues that the current toll system is unfair because drivers pay to cross bridges in the boroughs outside Manhattan, while the busy East River bridges are free in parts of the city that have the most transit options. Its proposal is the most thorough and high-profile offering since a plan by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg was defeated in 2008." For the complete article, click here.

"Frozen hotel pipe busts forcing guests into the cold," New York Post, 2/16/15."Hundreds of guests at a Financial District hotel were forced from their rooms and left standing like popsicles when a frozen sprinkler pipe burst on the building's roof, sending a waterfall of frigid water down stairwells, the elevator shafts and soaking rooms on all 50 floors," says the New York Post. "Guests at the Holiday Inn on Washington Street said they were jolted when an alarm began blaring around 4 a.m. Monday, only to realize that their rooms were filling up with cold water." The Post reports that some guests had to wade through the icy water down 35 flights of stairs to get out of the building. "The water was so cold that it froze elevator cars in the shafts and left icicles hanging from the door frames," says the article. For the complete article, click here.

"'Bohemian' Loft in Jay-Z's Tribeca Building Asks $6.7 Million,", 2/17/15. "Pretty much any time an apartment is listed in 195 Hudson Street it's worth taking note of, not just because that's the building that Jay-Z and Beyonce live in, but also because the apartments tend to be enormous and feature (for better or worse) lots of interesting design elements," says  "This one, a 3,800-square-foot, ground-floor, two-level loft, asking $6.695 million, is no exception. It's described as 'Bohemian chic'-Bohemian, in broker-speak, usually meaning dirty, or cheap, or nothing whatsoever. (In this case, it refers to the authentic warehouse-conversion aesthetic.) The owners bought the place for $1.38 million in 2004, and stand to make a tidy profit." For the complete article, click here.

"Despite Amenities, South Street Seaport Redevelopment Plans Stall Over a High-Rise," New York Times, 2/16/15. "For years, a developer at the South Street Seaport in Manhattan has been planning a $1.5 billion redevelopment that it said would rehabilitate crumbling piers, preserve landmark buildings and bring new vitality to the 400-year-old historic district on the East River," says The New York Times. "But much like the Peking, the neglected four-masted bark still afloat at the seaport, the project appears to be heading nowhere. The owner, the Howard Hughes Corporation, has dangled what it says is a $300 million amenity package that includes rescuing the city's financially ailing maritime museum, building a school and affordable housing, renovating the Tin Building and extending an esplanade. But it is Howard Hughes's planned 494-foot-tall condominium tower over the water at the foot of Beekman Street that has incensed local officials, a couple of civic groups, preservationists and some community residents. The tower, they say, would obscure views of the Brooklyn Bridge and clash with the low-scaled, early-19th-century brick buildings that make up the 11-block seaport district, once the center of the city's maritime industry." For the complete article, click here.


Downtown bulletin board
In the summer and fall of 2012, Occupy Wall Street protesters and homeless people camped outside Trinity Church at the corner of Broadway and Wall Street. Rev. Dr. William Lupfer, Trinity's new rector, has said that he wants the church's new building on Trinity Place to reflect the needs of the community. Over the next six months, Trinity will be holding six charettes to determine what those needs are and how the new building can serve them. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
Trinity Wall Street Charette No. 1: Trinity Wall Street had been planning to demolish its buildings at 68/74 Trinity Place and replace them with a new skyscraper designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli. But now, with a new rector at Trinity Wall Street, those plans are being reconsidered. On Sat., Feb. 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Trinity will be holding the first of several charettes at St. Paul's Chapel to talk about the fate of the current building and future plans. A charette is a gathering of all stakeholders in a project where diverse thoughts, hopes, and ideas are used to generate solutions. This community gathering will be led by the Rev. Dr. William Lupfer, Trinity's 18th Rector, and Trinity's architects from Pelli Clarke Pelli, who will be using the community's ideas to create a mission-focused design for the new building. Parishioners, staff, Trinity partners, and members of the Lower Manhattan community are invited to take part in this process. Click here to listen to an excerpt of a sermon regarding the new building by Dr. Lupfer. In this sermon, he said, "It's up to you to develop a building that expresses our heart's desire for this beautiful city of New York...It's up to you to build something...that will be home, and the people who have no home will recognize it."

Dates and times for additional charettes will be announced soon. To RSVP for this charette, click here or call (212) 602-0736. St. Paul's Chapel, where the charette will take place, is located at Broadway and Fulton Street.

Health and Wellness seminars: Three free health and wellness seminars are being presented at Pace University in collaboration with NewYork-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital and Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. David Listman will discuss "Advice from an Emergency Room Pediatrician - Basic First Aid and Beyond" on Feb. 24. On March 26, Dr. Elaine Barfield will talk about "Celiac Disease: Fact vs. Fiction." On April 21, Catherine Lord, Ph.D., will discuss "New Approaches and Challenges in Autism Spectrum Disorders." All seminars will begin at 8:30 a.m.-9 a.m. with registration and light refreshments. The presentations will take place from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. followed by question and answer sessions. Space is limited. RSVP to Place: Pace University, Aniello Bianco room, 3 Spruce St.

Restaurant Week:
"Restaurant Week" is actually two weeks. It runs from Feb. 16 to March 7 with discounted meals at hundreds of New York City restaurants. During Restaurant Week, a three-course lunch costs $25 and a three-course dinner costs $38 at participating restaurants, plus tax and tip. Reservations are now being accepted.

In Lower Manhattan, Restaurant Week offers include: 2 West (lunch and dinner, Monday to Friday); American Cut (dinner, Monday to Friday); Atrio Wine Bar and Restaurant (lunch and dinner, Monday to Friday and Sunday dinner); BLT Bar & Grill (lunch and dinner, Monday to Friday, Sunday, lunch, brunch and dinner); Blue Smoke (lunch and dinner, Monday to Friday, Sunday, lunch, brunch and dinner); Bobby Van's Steakhouse & Grill/Broad Street (lunch and dinner, Monday to Friday); The Capital Grille Wall Street (lunch and dinner, Monday to Friday); Church & Dey (lunch and dinner, Monday to Friday); Cipriani Wall Street (lunch and dinner, Monday to Friday); City Hall Restaurant (lunch and dinner, Monday to Friday); Delmonico's Restaurant (lunch and dinner, Monday to Friday); El Vez (lunch and dinner, Monday to Friday, Sunday lunch/brunch and dinner); Felice 15 Gold Street (lunch and dinner, Monday to Friday, Sunday lunch/brunch and dinner); Fino Ristorante Italiano (lunch and dinner, Monday to Friday); Les Halles Downtown (lunch and dinner, Monday to Friday, Sunday, dinner); Little Park (lunch and dinner, Monday to Friday); MarkJoseph Steakhouse (lunch and dinner, Monday to Friday, Sunday, dinner); Morton's the Steakhouse, World Trade Center (lunch and dinner, Monday to Friday, Sunday, dinner); Mr. Chow's New York Tribeca (lunch and dinner, Monday to Friday, Sunday, dinner); Nobu New York (lunch, Monday to Friday); Nobu Next Door (dinner, Monday to Friday, Sunday, lunch, brunch, dinner); Sarabeth's Tribeca (lunch and dinner, Monday to Friday, Sunday, dinner); Sazón (lunch and dinner, Monday to Friday, Sunday, lunch/brunch); Tamarind Tribeca (lunch and dinner, Monday to Friday); Thalassa Restaurant (lunch and dinner, Monday to Friday); Tribeca Grill (lunch and dinner, Monday to Friday, Sunday, lunch, brunch and dinner).

For more information, and to make reservations for Restaurant Week, click here.

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. Asphalt Green is holding monthly open houses through May to introduce the camp program and staff. The next open house is on March 22  from 11 a.m. to noon. Click here for more information.

Citizen Preparedness training: Citizen Preparedness Training, a New York State program, gives residents the tools and resources to prepare for natural, man-made and technological disasters, respond appropriately and recover as quickly as possible to pre-disaster conditions. City Councilmember Margaret Chin and Community Board 1 invite your participation on Feb. 20 in a two-hour training session led by the New York National Guard, working with experts from the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services' Office of Emergency Management and Office of Fire Prevention and Control. Each family participating will receive a free Citizen Preparedness Corps Response Starter Kit. Place: Schimmel Center at Pace University, 3 Spruce St. Time: 1:30 p.m. All participants must register in advance. Click here to register.


Sidewalk seating outside Nelson Blue at the corner of Peck Slip and Front Street. CB1 discussed issues related to sidewalk cafés at its Feb. 18 meeting.
(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. 18: Sidewalk Café Working Group
* Discussion of issues related to sidewalk café in CB 1 area with Mary Cooley, Department of Consumer Affairs and Yume Kitasei, Office of Councilmember Margaret Chin
(All CB1 members are invited to attend)

Feb. 19: Quality of Life Committee 
* Construction update by NYC DOT
* Community Board 1 Vendor Restricted Streets - Presentation by Marline Paul, Fund for the City of New York Community Planning Fellow

Feb. 24:  CB 1 Monthly Board Meeting -  6 p.m.
              Location:      Borough of Manhattan Community College, Richard Harris Terrace
                                    199 Chambers St.
* Meeting preceded by a Public Hearing on Mayor's Preliminary Budget FY 2016
 To view the City's response to CB 1's budget requests, click here.

February observances
Ludger K. Balan wearing the uniform of the 1st Rhode Island Regiment of Foot and Daniel Ulysse in the uniform of the Black Mariners from Marblehead, Mass. They were at Bowling Green on Nov. 25, 2014, celebrating Evacuation Day - Nov. 25, 1783 - when the last of the British troops left New York City and George Washington and the Continental Army marched into the bedraggled city in triumph.
(Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
Presidents' Day has come and gone, but George Washington's actual birthday was Feb. 22, so it is not amiss to reflect on this one-time resident of Lower Manhattan. After Washington was inaugurated as the first president of the United States on April 30, 1789, he and Martha Washington lived in Lower Manhattan, first in the now-demolished Samuel Osgood mansion on Cherry Street where they lived until Feb. 23, 1790, and then at 39-41 Broadway. That was their home until Aug. 30, 1790, when the capital of the United States was temporarily moved to Philadelphia.

February also happens to be African-American History Month. George and Martha Washington were slave owners and brought seven of their slaves with them to Manhattan. At Mount Vernon, the Washington home in Virginia, George and Martha owned hundreds of slaves. Although Washington freed his slaves at the time of his death in 1799, some accounts say that he treated his slaves harshly, punishing them with whippings, heavy workloads and the threat of being sold so that they would never see their families and friends again - a threat that Washington carried out more than once.

Given these facts, it is highly ironic that free blacks served the patriot cause during the American Revolution and helped to win the war.

On Nov. 25, 2014, several people gathered around the flag pole in Bowling Green park - New York City's oldest public park - at the foot of Broadway to celebrate Evacuation Day. This was the day on Nov. 25, 1783 when the last British troops left New York City and George Washington and the victorious Continental army rode into Manhattan.

Among the celebrants were Ludger K. Balan wearing the uniform of the 1st Rhode Island Regiment of Foot and Daniel Ulysse in the uniform of the Black Mariners of Marblehead, Mass.

The Mariners were under the command of Col. John Glover. Most of the men in the Marblehead militia were fishermen. The Marbleheaders were racially integrated - arguably the first such force in the American Revolution. Washington had every reason to be extremely grateful to them. After the Continental Army lost the Battle of Long Island in August 1776, the Marbleheaders saved the surviving troops by ferrying them across the East River under cover of darkness. They again came to Washington's rescue on Christmas Eve, 1776, when they ferried Washington's army across the Delaware River for the famous surprise attack on Trenton.

Balan and Ulysse said that they wear the Revolutionary War uniforms to call attention to the part that black soldiers played in the war. 

For more about African-American history in Manhattan, throughout February, the African Burial Ground National Monument at 290 Broadway, 1st floor, has been celebrating this history 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. 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.

- Terese Loeb Kreuzer

CALENDAR: Week of Feb. 16
On Feb. 22, the Museum of Jewish Heritage presents a program for children called "Emma Lazarus and Me." They will hear stories about Lazarus, whose poem is inscribed on the base of the Statue of Liberty and then will take a short tour of the museum before recording their own family's story. For ages 8 to 10. Time: 2 p.m. Tickets: $5; free (museum members). For tickets, click here.  (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Feb. 19: Arts Brookfield's annual presentation of silent films accompanied by live music spans four nights. There are two programs, both curated by John Schaefer as part of WNYC's annual New Sounds Live program. In one program, playing on Tuesday, Feb. 17 and Thursday, Feb. 19, the avant-rock band SQÜRL (Jim Jarmusch and Carter Logan) selected four silent films by the legendary Man Ray, and then created original scores for these performances. This evening alternates on Feb. 18 and Feb. 20 with the award-winning silent hit Blancanieves based on the "Snow White" fairy tale, written and directed by acclaimed Spanish director Pablo Berger in 2012. Alfonso Vilallonga's original soundtrack will be performed by the composer himself along with the acclaimed new-music ensemble Wordless Music Orchestra. Set in a romantic version of 1920's Andalusia, the silent black-and-white fantasy swept the 2013 Gaudí awards (known as the Spanish Oscars) winning Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actress, and Best Catalan-Language Film, among others, and was one of the year's most popular films in Spain. Place: Winter Garden at Brookfield Place, 250 Vesey St. Time: 8 p.m. Free. For more information, click here.     


Feb. 19: The National Museum of the American Indian in New York is hosting Robert Lewis, famed Cherokee storyteller and performer. Lewis masterfully crafts the cultural tales of the Cherokee people while adding his distinct humor and personal experiences. Also, Feb. 20. Place: 1 Bowling Green. Time: 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the museum's Rotunda. Free. For more information, click here

Feb. 22: In this three-hour workshop at Bowne Printers, part of the South Street Seaport Museum, participants will collaborate on designing and printing a broadside poster from moveable wood type. Bowne Printers will curate a sampling of wood type from the Museum's collection of over 100 fonts. After a brief introduction to the history and process of printing from handset type, students will have the chance to select type and spell out a word or phrase that fits into a specific line length. These will be test printed on a hand-operated proof press that dates to the 1890s. Next, everyone's phrases or words will be locked up together on Bowne's vintage Vandercook cylinder press. Participants will learn about inking, registration, proofing, make-ready, and the physical origins of leading and character spacing. After the necessary corrections, everyone will get a chance to pull a final print. Each student will go home with his or her test prints and three copies of the group's poster. Place: 209 Water St. Time: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets: $75; $60 (museum members). For more information and to buy tickets, click here.

Feb. 24: Vicky Ward, the New York-based, British-born author of the New York Times bestseller "The Devil's Casino: Friendship, Betrayal and the High-Stakes Games Played Inside Lehman Brothers (Wiley, 2010)" talks about her newest book, "The Liar's Ball" at the Skyscraper Museum.  "The Liar's Ball" is about the desperate scramble that ensued when the world's most expensive building went on the auction block. The iconic GM Building brought out the best and worst in New York's real estate royalty, and led a few of them to ruin. All guests must RSVP to programs@] to assure admittance to the event. Reservation priority is given to Members of The Skyscraper Museum. Place: 39 Battery Place. Time: 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. The book talk is free. For more information, click here.


Ongoing: The Children's Saturday Morning Show will bring live music, games, stories, puppetry, magic and more to Hudson Eats on Saturday mornings. 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.

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: "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

Note: The Skyscraper Museum, 39 Battery Place, will be closed Feb. 19 for the installation of its next exhibition. The bookstore will remain open.

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