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Volume 2, No. 22  Feb. 25, 2015

Quote of the day: 
"In the 28 years that New York Waterway has been operating, these are the worst ice conditions we've ever seen."
     - Pat Smith, spokesperson for New York Waterway ferries.            

* Ferries delayed by icy weather, with some runs canceled 
* Bits & Bytes: Four floors of W Downtown for sale; Breaking Ice on the Hudson
* Downtown Bulletin Board: Governors Island seeks gardening volunteers; Trinity Wall St. charette
* Letter to the editor: Hudson River Park's Pier 25 as berth for historic vessels
* Community Board applications rise with increased diversity among applicants
* Calendar: Week of Feb. 23
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Gateway Plaza and 1 World Trade Center at dusk. Feb. 23, 2015. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer) 


Ice on the Hudson River, Feb. 23, 2015. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Despite huge ice floes clogging the Hudson River over the past week, New York Waterway ferries have continued to make their way between the Hoboken rail terminal and Paulus Hook on the New Jersey side of the river, and the World Financial Center terminal on the Battery Park City side.

East River commuters were not as fortunate. Service was suspended on Feb. 24 around 6 p.m. and did not resume until Feb. 25 just before 8 a.m. As of Feb. 25, service is running with delays, bypassing South Williamsburg in both directions.

"In the 28 years that New York Waterway has been operating, these are the worst ice conditions we've ever seen," said Pat Smith, spokesperson for New York Waterway.

He said that service disruptions, when they occur, are caused by tides and the wind, not by the temperatures per se. "It depends on what time of day the tide is coming in and going out and which way the wind is blowing," he said. "The ice flows down the Hudson River from as far up as Albany. The tide pushes it down, and the wind from the west pushes it up against the New York side. When the wind shifts, it pushes it to the New Jersey side."


When the tide on the Hudson flows north, the ice can end up in massive packs near the George Washington Bridge. 


"No ice naturally forms on the East River the way it does on the Hudson," said Smith, "but when ice flows down the Hudson River, a shift in the tide can push it up the East River. Once ice starts to build up around a dock or a pier where there's less water flow, it can freeze together, and then it becomes a problem."  


New York Waterway fields two kinds of boats - propeller driven and water jet driven. The older, propeller boats actually fare better in icy conditions, according to Smith. Ice can enter the pipes on the water jet boats and clog them. New York Waterway has two new boats on the way and both will be propeller driven.   


Ferry passengers can get the latest schedule information on the New York Waterway website, or by signing up for text alerts. East River ferry commuters can get service alerts by clicking here.    


Another ferry company, Seastreak, operates ferries between Atlantic Highlands, Jersey City and Hoboken on the New Jersey side of the Hudson River, normally docking at Pier 11 and East 35th Street on the Manhattan side.

Because of the ice conditions in Sandy Hook Bay and New York Harbor, Seastreak modified its schedule on Feb. 25, with all New Jersey departures and arrivals from Atlantic Highlands and all Manhattan departures from East 35th Street.

A notice on the Seastreak website says, "We have contracted with tugboats which will be breaking ice all day tomorrow, and will be escorting all departures from and arrivals into Atlantic Highlands. We will keep you updated via e-mail and our website as the week progresses."

Direct service to and from Jersey City and Hoboken was canceled for Feb. 25.

The Seastreak website announced, "Passengers may board any Seastreak vessel between Atlantic Highlands and Pier 11, and another vessel between Pier 11 and Jersey City or Hoboken. Seastreak will honor your Jersey City/Hoboken tickets for any of our departures to or from Pier 11 and Atlantic Highlands." 

Seastreak said that it would reimburse passengers for tickets purchased from another vessel.  


For more information about Seastreak delays and cancellations, click here.    


- Terese Loeb Kreuzer 


Bits & Bytes
The W Hotel & Residences at 123 Washington St. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

"Tawil's Centurion buys Tribeca retail condo for $30M," The Real Deal, 2/24/15. "Ralph Tawil's Centurion Realty acquired a 33,500-square-foot retail space at the base of the Tribeca condominium building the Northmoore for $30 million," says The Real Deal. "The fully-occupied retail condo at 121-133 Hudson Street spans a full blockfront between Beach and North Moore streets. The seller was White Plains-based fund American Real Estate Holdings, according to sources close to the deal. The condo offers 14,000 square on the ground floor and 19,500 square feet on the basement levels. The tenants include Chinese restaurant Mr. Chow, a Citibank branch and daycare center Bright Horizons. All three occupants have long-term leases." For the complete article, click here.
"Moinian puts block of 32 hotel units at W Downtown on market," The Real Deal, 2/24/15. "A mixed-use Lower Manhattan tower with a checkered history is looking to sell four floors of hotel rooms that could be converted into residential apartments starting next year," says The Real Deal. "The Moinian Group has put on the market a block of 32 hotel rooms spanning a little over 19,000 square feet at the W Hotel & Residences, the mixed-use glassy tower at 123 Washington Street that chewed through at least four different sales teams before setting a condo price record for the Financial District. The rooms, located on the 23rd through 26th floors, are currently under lease through 2016 to a Los Angeles-based management firm that rents rooms for extended stays of 30 days or more. The units, eight each to a floor, include a dozen studios averaging slightly more than 400 square feet and 20 one-bedrooms ranging from about 600 to 900 square feet." For the complete article, click here.

"Breaking Ice on the Hudson," New York Times, 2/20/15. The Hudson River is 150 miles long. Much of the ice in New York harbor comes down the river from the frozen stretches near Albany. The New York Times has an interesting video showing how the U.S. Coast Guard clears channels through the ice so that oil and other supplies can reach upstate communities. To see the video, click here.

"Silver's Attorney Attacks Comments by Prosecutor," New York Law Journal, 2/25/15. "Former state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's lawyers asked a judge Tuesday to throw out a bribery case against him, saying the prosecutor went too far in discussing the case publicly," according to the New York Law Journal. "Authorities say the Democrat exploited his power to reap $4 million in kickbacks in a case that has rocked New York's power structure. But his lawyer, Steven Molo of MoloLamkin, said Southern District U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara's statements after Silver's arrest broke rules about what prosecutors can say outside of court and prejudiced the grand jury that indicted him last week. The defense filed a motion to dismiss the indictment." Silver has pleaded not guilty. For the complete article, click here.

"The Angels by the Brooklyn Bridge," Scouting New York, 2/24/15. "One of my favorite things to stumble across are bits of architectural ornamentation that are nearly invisible from the street," says Nick Carr, a movie location scout and the author of a blog called "Scouting New York." "Case in point: 150 Nassau, near the Brooklyn Bridge," he says. "Looking up from the ground, can tell there's a bit of detailing at the top, but it's too difficult to really make anything out in particular, and I imagine the vast majority of people walk right by without giving it a second thought. But the other day, I happened to be on the neighboring roof when I noticed something really interesting. These beautiful angel sculptures mounted in each corner." For the complete article with photos, click here.

"Review: Trinity Wall Street and Julian Wachner Play Carnegie Hall," New York Times, 2/22/15. "Julian Wachner, the impressive director of music and the arts at Trinity Wall Street, didn't seem the slightest bit nervous in his first performance as a conductor at Carnegie Hall on Saturday night," The New York Times observed. "He affably welcomed the audience, thanking everyone for braving not just the winter weather but the program he had planned. The concert paired Ives's Fourth Symphony, generally considered one of the most complex and challenging 20th-century symphonic works, and a rare performance of an intense 60-minute oratorio, 'Turbae ad Passionem Gregorianam,' by the Argentine-born composer Alberto Ginastera, first performed in 1975. For these works, Mr. Wachner, who is also a composer, assembled some 300 performers: the excellent Choir of Trinity Wall Street; the Trinity Youth Chorus; the Washington Chorus, an award-winning ensemble that Mr. Wachner also directs; the Boy and Girl Choristers of Washington National Cathedral Choir; and Novus NY, the Trinity Wall Street's contemporary music orchestra, its ranks fortified for this demanding concert with extra players." The Times called the performance of the Ives work "confident and exciting," and said of the Ginastera oratorio, "Mr. Wachner led a viscerally dramatic performance." For the complete article, click here.


Downtown bulletin board
Governors Island is looking for gardening volunteers to work in Nolan Park (pictured above) and in the new parks on the south side of the island.
(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.

Gardening on Governors Island: Governors Island is seeking gardening volunteers to help revive the landscapes of the Historic District and to tend to the Island's new, award-winning park spaces. The work will begin this March.

Volunteers will train and work with the Trust for Governors Island's horticulturalists on day-to-day gardening projects as well as participate in long-term environmental stewardship efforts. The horticulture program has two distinct components. Governors Gardeners will work under the shady canopy of the historic northern part of the Island to rejuvenate some of the 19th century landscapes, lawns, and plantings around former officers' homes. The tasks will include hand tilling planting bed soils, light pruning of ornamental trees and shrubs, planting 'Victory Garden' beds, and working with era-appropriate plants in Nolan Park.

Island Ecologists will have an opportunity to interact with the brilliant ecological landscapes on the South side of the Island in the new park. They will have a chance to hand-seed and cut back wildflowers and native grasses, monitor soil moisture, help the Governors Island staff document the progress of new trees in Hammock Grove, and track wildflower and bird diversity.
The Trust for Governors Island is looking for a small number of volunteers willing to donate at least four hours of their time one day a week, for 10 weeks between March and October. A love of nature is a must, gardening experience, a plus. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and able to perform moderate physical outdoor activity.
Weekday volunteer opportunities are available immediately with weekend shifts beginning May 23. For more information, or to sign up to volunteer as a gardener or in other capacities on Governors Island, click here.

Health and Wellness seminars: Free health and wellness seminars are being presented at Pace University in collaboration with NewYork-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital and Weill Cornell Medical College. 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.

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.

Downtown Day Camps: Parents are invited to attend an open house for Downtown Day Camps on March 4 at the Downtown Community Center, 120 Warren St. (between Greenwich and West Streets). Click here to watch a video about the camp. Online registration has begun, with early bird discounts through March 15. To register online, click here. For more information, call (212) 766-1104, ext. 250 or email

Letter to the editor

The tugboat Pegasus and the lighthouse tender Lilac moored at Pier 25 in Hudson River Park. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

To the editor:
(Re: "With few berths available, historic vessel owners await Hudson River Park Trust's decision on berth apportionment," DPNYC, 2/20/15): The new piers along the North River Manhattan shore are not as ship-friendly as they could be. Some of the hardware on Pier 25's fendering system is wearing at a rapid rate and will need repairs in the near future. Although there are adequate mooring points along the pier's north wale, the arrangement of hinged openings in the rail is not well thought out regarding gangway access to the pier deck. Pier 25 has no mooring points on the pier head and the docklines of a 150'-200' vessel using the western-most north and south berths would have a poor lead for the bow or stern lines. It also makes warping a vessel around the pierhead very difficult.
A little more forethought in the planning of new piers would go a long way toward making them useful, provided there is sufficient depth in the slips for a vessel to actually enter a berth.
Charlie Deroko

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Members of Community Board 1 voting on a resolution. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer, a technology maven, announced that applications to serve on Manhattan's 12 community boards increased by 21 percent over what they were last year - possibly because this year for the first time, applications could be submitted online.

Brewer's office received 722 applications for the 300 community board seats that will be apportioned this year. Each community board has 50 members serving staggered two-year terms, so that in any one year, half of the members are reappointed or replaced.

New applications increased for 9 out of Manhattan's 12 community boards, with some of the most dramatic increases occurring in uptown Manhattan.

The newly appointed boards will be more diverse than ever, Brewer's office reports. The number of applicants self-identifying as African-American or black increased by nearly 80 percent, while the number self-identifying as Latino or Hispanic more than doubled. LGBT applicants also nearly doubled, as did the number of public housing residents applying. The Borough President's office also began monitoring several new demographic categories of interest for comparison in future years, such as applicants who are parents of school-age children.

This year, for the first time, teenagers will serve on community boards. This has been made possible by the state legislature's passing Chapter 251 of the Laws of 2014, allowing 16- and 17-year olds to apply for community board membership in New York City. Two full voting members under the age of 18 can now be appointed to each community board. Prior to the new law's passage, Brewer sponsored a City Council resolution urging this change.

In the first full appointment cycle following passage of the new law, the Manhattan Borough President's office received 25 applications from 16- and 17-year olds, and 35 applications from teens overall.

Brewer will select half of the new appointees, with the remainder selected by the City Councilmember from each district. In District 1, that would be Margaret Chin.

The new appointees will be announced in early April.

CALENDAR: Week of Feb. 23
"The Nomad," a musical with book and lyrics by Elizabeth Swados and Erin Courtney, is playing at the Flea Theater in Tribeca through April 6. (Photo: Isaiah Tanenbaum)

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: Because of the extremely cold weather, some pipes in the Poets House lobby must be replaced and others re-insulated. The Poets House Reading Room will be closed Wednesday, Feb. 25. Poets House at 10 River Terrace is planning to reopen Thursday, Feb. 26 at 10:30 a.m., with Tiny Poets Time running as scheduled. Click here for updates.

Reserve now: In honor of Women's History Month, Castle Clinton National Monument welcomes Liz Michaels of the American Historical Theater for a portrayal of Dolley Madison on Monday, March 2 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Dolley Madison is remembered as the charming and diplomatic wife of James Madison. Known for her signature hospitality, she served as both Thomas Jefferson's and James Madison's official hostess during their respective presidential terms. Her wit, charm and popularity made her a trendsetter. Place: Castle Clinton National Monument (in historic Battery Park). Free. Space is limited. Reservations required. Call (646) 841-4289 to reserve. For more information, click here.

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