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Volume 2, No. 21  Feb. 23, 2015

Quote of the day: 
"After years of campaigning by many, Manhattan's waterfront is still not friendly to vessels like ours."
     - Capt. Pamela Hepburn, owner of the 108-year-old tugboat Pegasus, on the difficulty of finding berthing space for historic vessels in Manhattan.              

* Hudson River Park Trust weighs berthing decision for historic vessels 
* Bits & Bytes: Legal referral fees; Salary cuts for Wall Street CEOs; Winter's coldest day
* Letter to the editor: New York Times article correction
* Downtown Bulletin Board: Trinity Wall Street charette; Lecture series on future of Europe's Jews
* Community Board 1 meetings: Week of Feb. 23
* February observances: Washington's birthday and African-American History Month
* Calendar: Week of Feb. 23
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Ice in New York harbor. Feb. 15, 2015. (Photo: Jay Fine) 


During the North River Historic Ships Festival in June 2013, the tugboat Pegasus, the fireboat John J. Harvey and the lighthouse tender Lilac were among the boats that assembled at Pier 25 in Hudson River Park. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

The owners of historic vessels in New York City are on tenterhooks. Hudson River Park Trust has permanent space for three historic boats at Pier 25 plus space for one visiting historic boat. Which ships will get these precious berths is up in the air right now. 

Pier 25 at North Moore St. in Tribeca is the longest pier in Hudson River Park. It includes an 18-hole miniature golf course and snack bar, sand volleyball courts, and a children's playground in addition to the berthing areas for historic ships.

Hudson River Park Trust is mandated by its charter to provide that berthing. An RFP for historic vessels wanting to get a berth was due on Jan. 29. A spokesperson for HRPT would not say how many boats had applied.

The contracts will be for three years, with two one-year renewal options at HRPT's discretion. This year, for the first time, HRPT has allowed applicants to state their berth preferences in their application.

The tugboat Pegasus, built for the Standard Oil Co. of New Jersey in 1907, is one of the boats that has had a berth at Pier 25 for the last three years. If its contract is not renewed,
"there are not any places we can continue with consistent programming," said Pamela Hepburn, owner and captain of the Pegasus. "The ridiculous thing is that after years of campaigning by many, Manhattan's waterfront is still not friendly to vessels like ours - a local museum vessel - or visiting vessels! The challenge of looking for a new place is daunting."

At some time in the future, HRPT will also open part of Pier 26 to historic vessels, but the timing of that is uncertain. The Clearwater, a replica of the cargo sloops that traveled the Hudson River in the 18th and 19th centuries, is expected to be among the vessels that will dock at Pier 26.

Capt. Jonathan Boulware, interim president of the South Street Seaport Museum, has spoken on several occasions recently about the dearth of docking space for resident and visiting historic ships in Lower Manhattan. It is his hope that the South Street Seaport Museum will be able to fill that need at some time in the future - but for vessel owners confronted with an immediate problem of where to put their boats so that the public can access them, that vague plan will not materialize soon enough.

The Hudson River Park Trust is expected to announce its berthing decision within the next few weeks.

- Terese Loeb Kreuzer 

Bits & Bytes
The New York Stock Exchange at Broad and Wall Streets. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

"Silver Scandal Prompts Discussion of Referral Fees," New York Law Journal, 2/19/15. "While the Southern District U.S. Attorney's criminal complaint against former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver claims he broke the law, it also raises questions about long-standing legal business practices in New York," says the New York Law Journal. "In particular, the scandal has prompted conversations about attorney referral fees and the position of 'of counsel.'  Weitz & Luxenberg, where Silver worked as of counsel, hired legal ethics expert Roy Simon to examine whether the firm properly paid Silver a share of fees from cases he brought to the firm. Simon concluded the firm did nothing wrong." The article quotes New York University School of Law professor Stephen Gillers, an ethics expert, as saying, "Here we have an extremely high visibility federal prosecution where an obscure legal ethics rule is going to be at the center." Gillers was referring to fee sharing guidelines under 1.5 of the Rules of Professional Conduct for attorneys." For the complete article, click here.

"Wall Street bigwigs hit by salary squeeze," New York Post, 2/20/15. "Wall Street's top players are getting low-balled," says the New York Post. "Citigroup CEO Michael Corbat saw his pay cut 10 percent last year after the bank's profit fell by half, hurt by higher legal costs and a trading slump. Corbat earned an estimated $13.1 million in 2014, including $3.5 million in deferred stock and a $1.5 million salary, down from $14.5 million in 2013, according to a financial filing on Friday. Corbat's lower pay puts him in the same league with Bank of America boss Brian Moynihan, who saw his compensation cut to $13 million from more than $14 million the year before. Both are well below the leading money men at Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase. So far, Goldman CEO Lloyd Blankfein remains the biggest earner among bank chiefs - and the only one to get a raise from the previous year. He raked in $24 million, up $1 million, in 2014. The pay package for JPMorgan head Jamie Dimon was flat at $20 million, although he received $7.4 million in a cash bonus - his first since 2011." For the complete article, click here.

"New York City endures coldest day of winter as arctic blast breaks daily record lows along East Coast," Daily News, 2/20/15. "New Yorkers woke up to the coldest day of the year Friday as a cruel mass of arctic air left much of the East Coast begging for spring's arrival," says the Daily News. "Friday highs from Maine to Florida are between 10 and 25 degrees below average, the Weather Channel reported. Many cities along the coast - Washington D.C., Raleigh, N.C. and New York City - broke daily record lows early Friday morning, and windchills made the bitter blast feel even worse." For the complete article, click here.

"Former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver indicted on fraud, extortion charges as prosecutors call to seize his homes," Daily News, 2/19/15. "Former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was indicted by a federal grand jury on fraud and extortion charges Thursday as prosecutors also laid out plans to seize his homes and pension," says the Daily News. "Silver was hit with a three-count indictment that accused him of taking nearly $4 million in bribes and kickbacks over the past 15 years but, notably, did not include two conspiracy counts that were contained in an initial complaint last month against the Manhattan Democrat. The missing conspiracy counts mean prosecutors will not argue at trial that there was a secret agreement between Silver and at least one other person as part of the alleged corruption schemes." For the complete article, click here.

"Arts group to city: Sink the Seaport tower plan," Crain's New York Business, 2/23/15. "The Municipal Art Society has turned thumbs-down on plans for a controversial South Street Seaport apartment tower," says Crain's New York Business. "In a letter to city officials this week, the MAS set itself apart from other detractors of the spire, whose objections have centered on its height.
Instead, the group faulted the location of Howard Hughes Corp.'s 494-foot tower, a now-crumbling pier east of FDR Drive, because it could potentially interfere with resiliency efforts designed to fortify lower Manhattan against flooding. Those efforts have already been partially funded by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development." Crain's says that Margaret Newman, executive director of MAS, "was referring to a massive planned horseshoe-shaped barrier hugging the lower tip of Manhattan. Ms. Newman outlined her concerns, which included the desirability of building a large tower next to a low-rise historic district, in a Feb. 18 letter sent to Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development Alicia Glen." For the complete article, click here.


Letter to the editor

A rendering of the proposed tower at the site of the New Market building from a presentation by The Howard Hughes Corporation on Dec. 1, 2014.

To the editor:
For those who are following the controversy over the Howard Hughes Corp.'s development plans for the South Street Seaport, it's worth noting that Sheldon Silver's District Office Director, Paul Goldstein, appeared at the Community Board 1 Seaport Committee meeting on Feb. 17 to clarify emphatically that Silver had not supported the proposed tower on the Seaport waterfront.

Goldstein was responding to the recent New York Times article about the development, "Despite Amenities, South Street Seaport Development Plans Stall Over a High-Rise," which included this statement:

"The developer and the administration may have hoped that the area's powerful state assemblyman, Sheldon Silver, would support the project and overcome any local resistance. But since Mr. Silver stepped aside as Assembly speaker amid federal corruption charges, the political calculus has changed."

I can't speak to how the political calculus has changed, but I think it's newsworthy that Silver wants to be counted, along with City Councilmember Margaret Chin and Borough President Gale Brewer, as opposing the tower.

Goldstein said Silver not only opposed the tower, he had objected to the lack of transparency in the process, had pushed for public disclosure, and had been instrumental in the formation of the Seaport Working Group, which spent months hammering out guidelines for South Street Seaport development - guidelines that clearly stated that "buildings developed on properties adjoining the South Street Seaport Historic District should not adversely impact neighborhood scale and character."

Caroline Miller

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Downtown bulletin board
The old Jewish cemetery in Munich, Germany, where the Nazi party got its start. The first burial in this cemetery was in March 1816. The Museum of Jewish Heritage in Battery Park City and AJC are sponsoring a lecture series this March on the future of European Jewry in the light of growing anti-Semitism. (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.

Lecture series examining the future of European Jewry: In response to the recent tragic events in Europe, the Museum of Jewish Heritage-A Living Memorial to the Holocaust is partnering with AJC to launch a lecture series starting on March 3 discussing the future of European Jewry. Moderated by Jewish Week's editor and publisher, Gary Rosenblatt, the series will feature AJC experts who will provide in-depth, on-the-ground insights into the new reality confronting Jews across Europe and beyond. The series will focus on the rising tide of anti-Semitism, mounting efforts to delegitimize the Jewish state, and other global challenges. The series will launch with an evening with David Harris, AJC Executive Director, on Tuesday, March 3, at 7 p.m.  On Wednesday, March 11 at 7 p.m., Simone Rodan-Benzaquen, Director of AJC Paris, will speak. Deidre Berger, Director of AJC Berlin, will conclude the series on Wednesday, March 18 at 7 p.m. Place: 36 Battery Place. Free. Donations are welcome. Reserve tickets in advance by clicking here.

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 Feb. 25 from 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Click here for more information.


The playground in historic Battery Park as it looked before Superstorm Sandy. CB1 requested funds from the city's capital budget to redesign the playground but the request was denied. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)


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.

Community Board 1's No. 1 request as a Capital Budget item would be the construction of 1,000 school seats in CB1 over the next five years. The official response was to say that "Community District is located in a School District with identified capacity need. Location for school will be based on site and funding availability."

CB1's No. 2 request as a Capital Budget item is to provide the funds for the design and construction of short- to medium-term resiliency infrastructure in anticipation of future extreme weather events. This request was made of the NYC Economic Development Corporation. The official response stated that "Securing funds for this request is outside of EDC's jurisdiction."

The No. 3 request is to rebuild the comfort station, park office and playground in historic Battery Park, a request made of the Department of Parks and Recreation and supported by the Downtown Alliance and the Battery Conservancy. The official response said, "Department of Parks and Recreation funds are insufficient for this project. We recommend this project be brought to the attention of your elected officials, i.e. Borough President and/or City Council member."

Some of the other requests had to do with developing and maintaining affordable housing in CB1, developing more park and unstructured open space for active recreation east of Broadway in Lower Manhattan, and "providing funds for the reestablishment of a robust South Street Seaport Museum." (This was No. 8 on the Capital Budget request list, with items listed in order of priority.) The official response was to say, "This project was funded in a prior fiscal year, but the scope is currently not fully funded. The Department of Cultural Affairs recommends this project be brought to the attention of your local elected officials, i.e. Borough President or City Council member to request additional funding."

CALENDAR: Week of Feb. 23
A postcard by Alice Notley, part of the exhibit currently at Poets House called "Winter Wedding: Holiday Cards by Poets." (Courtesy of Raymond Danowski Poetry Library, MARBL, Emory University)

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.

Feb. 26: Over the next 14 weeks, Gibney Dance's "Making Space" will bring the work of 22 dance, theater and multimedia artists to its Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center. The series begins on Feb. 26 with "Accidental Movement" by Mariangela López. After working for more than 15 years with large groups of dancers, the Brooklyn-based choreographer rediscovers her own physicality and psyche in "El Regreso" ("The Return") - a ritualized dance with music by Jason Grisell and dramaturgy by Jaime Shearn Coan. Also, Feb. 27 and Feb. 28. Place: 280 Broadway (entrance at 53A Chambers St.). Time: 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20; $15 (students, seniors and Gibney dance class card holders). For more information and to buy tickets, click here.

Feb. 27: Dramatic performance by David Mills on the works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Place: African Burial Ground National Monument, 290 Broadway, 1st floor. Time: 12:30 p.m. Free. For more information, call (212) 637-2019 or click here.

Ongoing: "The Nomad," a new musical with book and lyrics by Elizabeth Swados and Erin Courtney, gets its world premiere at The Flea Theater in Tribeca. The story, told entirely with song and dance, is based on the life of Isabelle Eberhardt (1877-1904), who was born in Switzerland and defied all expectations and conventions when went to live in the Sahara desert, becoming a practicing Muslim and dressing as a man so that she could have the freedom to travel and work. A writer and journalist by trade, she was both an associate of the French colonists and an advocate for the disenfranchised citizens. She was killed in a flash flood at the age of 27. Through April 6. Place: 41 White St. Tickets: $70-$15 (lowest price tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis). VIP tickets, including reserved seats and unlimited drinks, $100. For more information and to buy tickets, call (212) 352-3101 or 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. 20 for the installation of its next exhibition. The bookstore will remain open. The museum will resume its normal hours on Feb. 25, if not before. Check for updates on the schedule by clicking here.

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