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in Lower Manhattan
Volume 2, No. 25  March 5, 2015

Quote of the day: 
"There is a future and it's starting to look even brighter than our past."
      - Commodore Michael Fortenbaugh, on the Manhattan Yacht Club's move from North Cove Marina in Battery Park City to Liberty Harbor Marina in Jersey City after losing out to Brookfield Property Partners on the North Cove management contract.                  
* Fortenbaugh getting ready for May opening of sailing season, this year, in Jersey City  
* Bits & Bytes: Howard Hughes buys Front St. building; Tribeca Film Festival programming
* Downtown Bulletin Board: Le District is hiring; Art portfolio development for teens
* Community Board 1 meetings: Week of March 2
* Calendar: Week of March 2
WEATHER INFORMATION: For current weather information, click here. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for Manhattan and The Bronx from 7 p.m., March 4 to 7 p.m., Thursday, March 5. The current forecast calls for 3-6 inches of snow.

ALTERNATE SIDE OF THE STREET PARKING: Alternate Side Parking regulations are suspended due to snow operations on Friday, March 6. Meters and all other parking regulations remain in effect.

FERRY SERVICE UPDATE: Ice has caused delays and cancellations on the Hudson River and East River ferry services. 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
For information about Seastreak delays and cancellations, click here.
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Sunlit trees on Rector Place, Battery Park City. Feb. 28, 2015.  (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer) 


Sailboats in New York harbor. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

After 20 years, the Manhattan Yacht Club and the Manhattan Sailing School won't be back at Battery Park City's North Cove Marina this summer - Brookfield Property Partners won the 10-year management contract from the Battery Park City Authority - but Commodore Michael Fortenbaugh, who formerly managed North Cove, is not defeated.


"Although we did not win, there is a future and it is starting to look even brighter than our past," he said in his newsletter for Manhattan Yacht Club members.   


He has moved his programs to Liberty Harbor Marina in Jersey City. The boats for the summer season will arrive from storage on April 25 and members of the club will spend the day hoisting and rigging masts, and cleaning and polishing the vessels.  


The commissioning ceremony for the 2015 sailing season will take place on May 9 at 1 p.m. As always, the club's first burgee will be hoisted followed by a cannon salute. After that, club members will be able to go sailing. A special cruise for members and guests aboard the club's 150-foot-long yacht, Arabella, will raise money for the junior sailing scholarship program.   


Fortenbaugh said that he feels warmly welcomed by the officials of Jersey City.  


"Jersey City is very interested in the junior sailing programs run by our NY Harbor Sailing Foundation," he reported in his newsletter. "Our programs are the largest in the harbor. These programs will now move to Jersey City and make it possible for local kids to begin sailing. These programs will also make Jersey City a more attractive place for new families to move."


Operation Optimist is the Manhattan Sailing School's junior program for kids 8 to 13. It operates with 30 Optimist dinghies and offers 10 weeks of sailing.


"Our club will now begin raising scholarship money to make this program more available to inner-city kids," Fortenbaugh said. "It is possible that Operation Optimist will expand to 40 dinghies by the end of this summer. And if we can get storage space at Liberty State Park, Operation Optimist could grow to become one of the largest junior sailing programs in the country."   


He said that sailing would have a huge impact on the participating kids, "building confidence and encouraging kids to dream big and excel."   


Fundraising for the program will begin, as usual, with the Sailors Ball, which celebrates the start of a new sailing season. The black tie affair will take place on May 1 in the elegant, late 19th-century rooms of the Down Town Association at 60 Pine St. A $250 ticket buys dinner. A $95 ticket (if purchased before April 28) buys admission to the ball, where light hors d'oeuveres will be served to accompany an open bar and four hours of dancing.  


Fortenbaugh hopes to raise $25,000 from the ball, enough to fund sailing scholarships for 60 inner-city kids. The dinner, he hopes, will net $15,000 to support the historic 12-Meter America II - the sailboat that raced for the Americas Cup in 1987 and now serves as an ambassador for sailing in New York harbor.


The Manhattan Yacht Club has lost members because of its forced move from North Cove Marina. It will be approximately half the size that it was in the past, but Fortenbaugh is optimistic that those members who stay with the club will find that a trip across the Hudson is not so onerous.  


"There are ferries that go back and forth so transportation is rather easy," he said. "Plus there is PATH and inexpensive parking spots for people with cars."


Just because it involves traveling from one state to another, the trip is no more difficult, he claims, than a ferry ride between Manhattan and Brooklyn, across the East River.


There is no word as yet as to what Brookfield Property Partners and its partner at North Cove, IGY Marinas, are planning for the summer season. "We are formulating plans that we will share in due course," said Melissa Coley, Brookfield's vice president of investor relations and communications, in an email on Jan. 23. 


- Terese Loeb Kreuzer


For information about the Sailors Ball, or to purchase tickets, click here

Bits & Bytes
Gazela, a barquentine built in Portugal in 1901, on the Hudson River during Op Sail 2012. Historic vessels have a difficult time finding berths in New York City, and insurance is very expensive, which makes them unlikely to visit New York harbor. Gazela was built to fish the Grand Banks of Newfoundland. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

"Howard Hughes buys building west of Seaport for $24M," The Real Deal, 3/3/15. "The Howard Hughes Corp. acquired a 10-story commercial building on the outskirts of the South Street Seaport for $24 million, according to property records filed with the city" on March 3, The Real Deal reports. "Tom Molloy's American International Realty has owned the 58,500-square-foot property at 163 Front Street, also known as 34-40 Fletcher Street, since 1996, records show. The structure, used primarily for storage, offers 98,280 buildable square feet. Across the street, Fortis Property Group is in the process of building a 51-story condo tower at 151 Maiden Lane, also known as 39 Fletcher Street." For the complete article, click here.

"Window washer falls to his death from fifth-floor apartment in Tribeca: 'I just knew he fell down',"
Daily News, 3/3/15. "A window washer who was leaning out a fifth-floor apartment without a harness plunged to his death in Tribeca Tuesday afternoon in front of shocked onlookers," said the Daily News. "The man, whose identity wasn't immediately released, was leaning out of the Hanover River House to clean a window at 335 Greenwich St. when he fell about 1:09 p.m. One witness said he was worried when he saw the man hanging out the window. The witness, Edin Arias, a carpenter who was working in a building across the street, reported that the man who fell "was sitting outside the window, he was holding the window with the left hand and he was cleaning the window with his right hand." For the complete article, click here.

"Embattled Sheldon Silver receives Coalition for Community Service's Champion Award," Daily News, 3/4/15. "Disgraced ex-Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is still a champion in some people's eyes," says the Daily News. "Despite his recent indictment on federal corruption charges, Silver received the Coalition for Community Service's Champion Award Tuesday for providing 'longstanding, unwavering support' to drug addiction treatment services. Luke Nasta, the group's public policy officer, said the group had no second thoughts." He "praised Silver for ensuring addiction treatment services received sufficient funding over the years." For the complete article, click here.

"Tribeca Film Festival Announces Competition Films," New York Times, 3/3/15."Films covering subjects as diverse as sake and nuclear power plants will be in competition at this year's Tribeca Film Festival," said The New York Times. "The world narrative competition will feature 12 films, with  James Franco, Faith Hill, Richard Gere and Olivia Wilde among the stars. The dozen films in the world documentary competition include new work from Albert Maysles, Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg. And the Viewpoints section features 27 films from around the world raising questions of identity. Having its world premiere at the festival is 'The Adderall Diaries,' Pamela Romanowsky's adaptation of the writer Stephen Elliott's memoir, with Mr. Franco playing the writer. Also in competition is 'Franny' from Andrew Renzi, starring Mr. Gere as a wealthy, aging eccentric who works his way into the life of a young couple. And 'Sworn Virgin,' from Laura Bispuri, follows a woman in an Albanian village who seeks to live as a man." For the complete article, click here.

"Are Historic Ships Welcome in New York Harbor?", 3/1/15."Last summer, visitors to the Intrepid Museum's pier in Manhattan may have seen the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) sail training ship, USCG Eagle, wedged in an angle against a dock 145 feet shorter than the ship itself," says Boating Times. "Was the crew in a hurry to enjoy New York City's sights after too much time at sea? No, the Eagle wasn't dumped at the dock by a fleeing crew. In fact, it took serious planning and careful maneuvering to dock, according to Lt. Tom Crowley, Heavy Operations Manager on the Eagle. He explains that 'there was only 15 feet of water at the dock and we draw 18 feet, so we had to get as close to the dock as we could.' Given a choice, Eagle would have berthed at a dock of at least 295 feet - as long as the vessel itself - with sufficient water depth at the dock. However, it encountered the same issues as historic ships that seek to moor in New York. It's seemingly harder to find a suitable mooring in the city than it is to find an affordable apartment." For the complete article, click here.

"Trophy Financial District office tower could fetch more than $250M," Daily News, 3/5/15. "A real estate investment giant is putting a trophy office tower at 100 Wall St. on the market, four years after it acquired the building from Lehman Brothers Holdings in a foreclosure auction," says the Daily News. "Real estate company Savanna has put the building on the market with Eastdil Secured, according to marketing materials obtained by the News. The asking price? Sources said the property would most likely trade for north of $250 million." For the complete article, click here.


Downtown bulletin board
The Battery Park City Parks Conservancy sponsors a four-week class in art portfolio development for teens.  (Photo: Asphalt Green)

Le District is hiring: Le District at Brookfield Place, scheduled to open at the end of March, is seeking to hire around 50 people for a variety of positions. Le District is a market owned and operated by HPH Hospitality, a New York City restaurant and development company led by restaurateur Peter Poulakakos and his business partner, Paul Lamos.

Le District will have a classic brasserie, a 28-seat fine dining restaurant, an absinthe bar, a bakery and patisserie, a butcher, a deli, a fishmonger and more. Le District is seeking culinary supervisors; cooks (all stations); bread bakers; pastry cooks; stewards; retail counter staff and supervisors (all departments); baristas; produce handlers; butchers; fishmongers and cashiers.

The hiring announcement says that, "These positions may require long working hours, holidays and weekends. French language a plus. Candidates interested in applying must know that we are a restaurant group that is committed to hard work, honesty and passion for quality and innovation in all our business practices."

Training will begin around March 16. Email résumés to

Art portfolio development for teens: The Battery Park City Parks Conservancy is running a class this summer to help students entering grades 7 to 12 develop the art portfolios that they will need for further art study. There will be an information session on Saturday, March 7 at 10:30 a.m. to learn about the class and meet the instructors, Elise Engler and Larry Dobens. Both have extensive experience teaching young artists. Participants in the class, which runs from July 6 to July 31, Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will learn new techniques using a variety of media. Studio work will be supplemented with weekly museum and gallery outings to look, discuss and draw. The registration deadline is March 31. Tuition is $1,000 for four weeks, with 50% payment required at registration. A limited number of partial scholarships based on financial need are available. All art materials are provided and included in the tuition. The information session takes place at the Parks Conservancy's offices, 75 Battery Place. All are welcome. For information, call (212) 267-9700, ext. 366 or email
New York Financial District Lions Club dinner: The Financial District Lions Club is holding a dinner at the Capital Grille on March 7 at 8 p.m. to welcome a delegation of Lions Leaders from Italy and other countries who will be in New York to attend the Lions Day at the United Nations. Everyone who would like to share a nice dinner with entertainment and has paid in advance via Pay Pal is invited.

The relationship between Lions Clubs International and the United Nations goes back to 1945, after President Harry S. Truman, Prime Minister Winston Churchill and other world leaders signed the UN Charter. Melvin Jones, Lions Clubs International founder, was asked to help develop the non-government organization (NGO) charter for the UN. Ever since Lions Clubs International is the only NGO that meets once a year with UN leaders to discuss humanitarian needs on which they cooperate.

Lions Clubs provide aid and manpower for UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund), WHO (World Health Organization), and UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) projects, including disaster relief around the world. New York City received $1.2 million from Lions around the world after the 9/11 attack. These funds were given to the New York 9/11 Steering Committee for distribution.

Dinner cost: $65 per person, with a cash bar. RSVP to Pay for the reservation through Pay Pal by clicking here.  (A $2.00 surcharge is added as the credit card processing fee.)

Manhattan Borough President Brewer's 2015 Budget Priorities Survey: Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer is requesting recommendations from the public regarding the needs of the borough, to be included in the annual Borough Budget Priorities Report. This year, her office is conducting a "virtual town hall" to find out which issues are of most concern to borough residents. Fill out a short survey by March 17 at 5 p.m. to help create a report that truly reflects Manhattan's budgetary needs. To access the survey, click here.

Trinity Wall Street charettes: The first charette in Trinity Wall Street's planned conversations with the community to determine what kind of building to erect at 68/74 Trinity Place occurred on Feb. 28. The second charette is planned for March 14 at St. Paul's Chapel from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Parishioners, staff, Trinity partners, and members of the Lower Manhattan community are invited to participate in a dialogue about the mission of Trinity and its impact on the new parish building. "A charette is a gathering of all stakeholders in a project where diverse thoughts, hopes, and ideas are used to generate solutions," Trinity explains on its website. "These community gatherings will be led by the Rev. Dr. William Lupfer and Trinity's architects from Pelli Clarke Pelli, who will use your ideas to create a mission-focused design for a new building at 68/74 Trinity Place." To see a video with excerpts from the first charette, click here. Upcoming charettes will take place on March 14, May 2, June 6 and July 7. To RSVP, call (212) 602-0736.
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.


An update on the Staten Island ferry was on CB1's Financial District agenda.
(Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

All meetings take place at the Community Board 1 office, 49-51 Chambers St., Room 709, starting at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted. The public is welcome to attend. Bring photo ID to enter the building.
March 4: Financial District Committee
* Staten Island Ferry - Presentation by James DeSimone, NYC DOT Chief Ferry Officer and John Waterhouse, Elliott Bay Design Group
* The Battery Conservancy - Update by Hope Cohen, Chief Operating Officer
* Filming plan in FiDi - Presentation by Joe Guest, Location Manager and Paul Eskenazi, Assistant Location Manager, TriStar Productions, Inc
* 1 World Trade Center, 34th and 35th floor, application for a liquor license for Restaurant Associates, LLC - Resolution
* One New York Plaza, application for a liquor license for Chipotle Mexican Grill of Colorado, LLC - Resolution
* 11 Park Place, application for a wine and beer liquor license for AAA Pizza Corp. d/b/a Little Italy Pizza - Resolution
* 185 Greenwich St., application for a wine and beer liquor license for Greenwich Street Café, d/b/a Epicerie Boulud - Resolution
* Street activity permit for Oysterfest on Sunday, Sept. 19, 2015, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. on Stone Street between Hanover Square and Coenties Alley, Mill Lane between South William Street and Stone Street and Hanover Square between Pearl Street and South William Street - Resolution
* Street activity permit for Stone Street Pedestrian Mall on Friday, March 13, 2015 to Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. on Stone Street between Broad Street and Hanover Square and Mill Lane between South William Street and Stone Street - Resolution
* Street activity permit for Downtown Friends of VN Liberty Street Festival on Sunday, July 18, 12 p.m.-7 p.m. on Liberty Street between Broadway and Trinity Place - Resolution
* Street activity permit for Dushahra festival on Sunday Sept. 13, 2015, 12 p.m.-7 p.m. on Maiden Lane between Front Street and South Street - Resolution

The following notices have been received for renewal, upgrade, or transfer of wine and beer or liquor licenses or sidewalk cafe permits:
* 2 Gold St., renewal application for a liquor license for JMP Ventures LLC, d/b/a Harry's Italian Pizza Bar
*103 Greenwich Ave., renewal application for a liquor license for 103 GW 12 LLC, d/b/a Monument Lane
* 62 Pearl St., renewal application for a liquor license for Lucky Pearl LLC, d/b/a Shorty's
* 1 Hanover Square, renewal application for a liquor license for Masterpiece Caterers
* Slip 1 Battery Wharf, renewal application for a liquor license for Clipper City
* Castle Clinton, renewal application for a liquor license for Statue Cruises LLC, d/b/a Statue of Liberty, Miss Freedom and Lady Liberty (Motorized Vessels)

March 9: Planning Committee
* World Trade Center Quarterly Update - Glenn Guzi, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
* Route 9A - Update by Julie Nadel and Shilpan Patel, New York State Department of Transportation
* U.S. Army Corps of Engineers North Atlantic Comprehensive Study - Update by Bryce Wisemiller & Donald Cresitello, Army Corps of Engineers & Curtis Cravens, Mayor's Office of Recovery and Resiliency
* Housing New York, A Five-Borough, Ten-Year Plan - Update by New York City Department of Housing, Preservation and Development
* Air Rights Transfer Zoning and Regulations at the South Street Seaport - Presentation by Richard Suarez, New York City Department of City Planning

CALENDAR: Week of March 2

"Sister to a Fiend" by Sam Kim performed by Amanda Kmett Pendry, Joanna Kotze and Sam Kim is the second dance in the "Making Space" series at Gibney Dance.
(Photo: Ryutaro Mishima)

March 5: For 14 weeks, Gibney Dance's "Making Space" is bringing the work of 22 dance, theater and multimedia artists to its Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center. The second offering in the series is "Sister to a Fiend" by Sam Kim performed by Amanda Kmett Pendry, Joanna Kotze and Sam Kim. This ritualistic dance reveals the mysterious rites of three powerful women and the psychic landscape they occupy. Situated in the round with lighting by Joe Levasseur, sound by Bryce Kretschmann, and visual design by Sam Kim, viewers become voyeurs as they witness illicit acts executed with intimacy, ferocity and transgression. Also, March 6 and 7. 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.

March 7: In honor of Women's History Month, Radmilla Cody (Diné), an award-winning recording artist of traditional Diné songs, is performing in the Diker Pavilion of the National Museum of the American Indian. Where: 1 Bowling Green. Time: 2 p.m. Free. For more information, click here.

March 8: "The Covenant Kitchen: Food and Wine for the New Jewish Table," a new volume from Napa Valley's Covenant Winery, offers kosher wine pairings for the sophisticated palate. Authors Jeff and Jodie Morgan will talk about this with Mark Russ Federman, Russ and Daughters, followed by a wine tasting. Space is extremely limited. Reserve by March 6. Place: 36 Battery Place. Time: 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tickets: $10; $7 (students and seniors); $5 (members). For more information and to buy tickets, click here.

Ongoing: Every Tuesday through April 7, Hudson Eats at Brookfield Place presents movie trivia with Maggie Ross from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. followed by a film with a food-related theme from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Each round of trivia has a different theme with prizes for individual rounds and a growler from Mighty Quinn's BBQ for the overall weekly team champion. Free. For more information, 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: 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 had to be replaced and others, re-insulated. The Poets House Reading Room on the second floor was closed for several days but reopened on Friday, Feb. 27. Poets House says that its lobby still looks like "a well-wrapped Christo installation,"  and that first floor spaces, Kray Hall and the Children's Room, will remain closed until some time this week. For more information, click here.

Reserve now: In response to the recent tragic events in Europe, the Museum of Jewish Heritage-A Living Memorial to the Holocaust is partnering with AJC on a lecture series discussing the future of European Jewry. Moderated by Jewish Week's editor and publisher, Gary Rosenblatt, the series features AJC experts who will provide in-depth, on-the-ground insights into the new reality confronting Jews across Europe and beyond. The series focuses on the rising tide of anti-Semitism, mounting efforts to delegitimize the Jewish state, and other global challenges. The series began with an evening with David Harris, AJC Executive Director, on 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.

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