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Volume 2, No. 26  March 7, 2015

Quote of the day: 
"Then wee Anchored, and saw that it was a very good Harbour for all winds, and rode all night."
 - From the Journal of Robert Juet, Henry Hudson's mate on the Halve Maen (Half Moon), entry for Sept. 11, 1609, describing Juet's first impressions of New York Harbor.
* Half Moon replica soon to leave New York for The Netherlands  
* Bits & Bytes: City collecting fewer small business fines; Howard Hughes 4thQ; NYC coyotes
* Downtown Bulletin Board: HUD's National Disaster Resilience competition; Le District is hiring
* Community Board 1 meetings: Week of March 9
* Calendar: Week of March 2
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Hellebore orientalis, blooming in the snow in Battery Park City. March 8, 2013. 
(Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer) 


A replica of the Half Moon, the ship on which Henry Hudson was sailing when he entered what is now New York harbor on Sept. 12, 1609 and made his way up what now is called the Hudson River. The ship will leave New York later this month for a five-year loan to a museum in The Netherlands. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

The Half Moon, an old-fashioned, dark boat with brightly colored flags and pennants flying from its three masts, has been a presence in the Hudson River for the last 26 years. On or about March 16 when it rounds the Battery and heads north toward Boston will be the last chance to see the vessel in New York for at least five years. The Half Moon's owner, the New Netherland Museum, has leased the ship to the Westfries Museum in Hoorn, Netherlands, which will now be its home port.     


The Half Moon, constructed in Albany in 1989, is a replica of the small ship, Halve Maen, in which Henry Hudson and 15 or 20 men sailed from Amsterdam in April 1609. Hudson had been commissioned by the Dutch East India Company to search for a route to Cathay (China). He first sailed north to the Arctic Circle but the ship was blocked by ice so he defied his orders and turned west, crossing the Atlantic Ocean. In early September, he stumbled across a river that he called the "Mauritius," now named the Hudson. He sailed up it for 150 miles, as far as what is now Albany, before he realized that he was on a river growing ever shallower and would have to turn back.  


The Half Moon's imminent departure from New York waters was greeted unhappily by Kathy Sheehan, the Mayor of Albany, but by the time she first protested on Dec. 1, 2014, it was too late. Andrew A. Henricks, the chairman of the New Netherland Museum, informed her that a binding agreement was in place with the City of Hoorn and that the decision to go to the Netherlands was final.   


"Our reason for going to the Netherlands is not for 'financial reasons' as reported in the news media," he said in a press release. "Our museum needs a home port in which to achieve our educational mission with the Half Moon. The City of Hoorn offers our museum an authentic 17th century home port in which to develop worldwide interest in the voyages of the Half Moon. Research suggests that the Half Moon was an active participant in the commodity trade for several years with Hoorn as a likely home port for the original Halve Maen."


In fact, the first captain of the Half Moon was not Henry Hudson, but a captain from a village near Hoorn.  


The most recent captain of the Half Moon replica will be Michael Abegg, who has been hired to sail the ship from New York to Lynn, Mass., where it will spend five to six days as part of a film shoot. Then Abegg will bring the ship to Newport, R.I. From there, it will be loaded onto a ship transport for its voyage across the Atlantic.


Abegg said that he is looking for a crew of eight to 10 people. They need to know how to sail. Food and a berth aboard the ship will be provided. Otherwise, "it's a wonderful volunteer experience," said Abegg. He expects that the entire trip will take about two weeks, leaving some time for "weather days."  


The ship is outfitted with the sea chests, the navigational instruments and the 17th-century tools of the marine trade, although it also carries modern navigational equipment. In the past, it has sailed as far as Lake Michigan and south to North Carolina.    


The deck of the Half Moon is just 85 feet long. A video of the Half Moon under sail gives the impression of the formidable thing that Hudson and his men accomplished - sailing that relatively tiny craft through the storms and winds of the Atlantic into the unknown.


- Terese Loeb Kreuzer


To contact Michael Abegg about serving as crew on the Half Moon, click here.


To see footage of the Half Moon under sail, click here and then click on "Half Moon in motion."

Hoorn is a city of around 70,000 people near Amsterdam. The Westfries Museum is housed in the Statencollege, a building that dates from 1632. To learn more about the Westfries Museum, click here.


Bits & Bytes

The Howard Hughes Corporation has been buying buildings and acquiring air rights for a prospective tower on South Street opposite Pier 15, just outside of the South Street Seaport Historic District. Its 4th Quarter report says that it expects to own commercial development rights on the assemblage totaling 817,784 square feet.
(Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

"City is collecting fewer fines from small businesses," Crain's New York Business, 3/6/15. "The city's Department of Consumer Affairs is trying to be less of a thorn in the side of the tens of thousands of small businesses it oversees," says Crain's New York Business. "As such, the agency is collecting less in fines from businesses and conducting fewer investigations into possible violations, Commissioner Julie Menin told the City Council Friday. In the fiscal year that started last June, DCA has inspected 35,328 businesses, 15% fewer than it did over the same time period in fiscal year 2014. Likewise, it has collected $5.3 million in fines so far in this fiscal year, a staggering 42% reduction from the $9.2 million collected during the same period in 2014. Ms. Menin said the agency accomplished this by reforming its system for collecting fines. For example, rather than issuing five fines to a shop owner for failing to affix price tags to five cans of vegetables, the agency now issues only one fine. She characterized this as a break from the previous administration." (Menin was the former chair of Community Board 1.) For the complete article, click here

"Bharara: Silver's bid to dismiss charges should be denied," Capital New York, 3/5/15. "U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara filed a 24-page rebuttal Thursday in response to former Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver's motion seeking dismissal of criminal corruption charges against him," says Capital New York. "Silver, who served as the Assembly's most powerful member for more than two decades, was indicted Feb. 19 on three counts of corruption after being accused of pocketing millions of dollars in legal fees in exchange for political favors over more than a decade. He resigned his leadership position last month. Silver's attorneys filed a motion to dismiss the federal case in late February, arguing Bharara had created a 'media firestorm' that had unfairly prejudiced any possible jury." Bharara, of course, disagreed. "The defendant's motion relies on distortions and omissions, disregards the law and is a transparent attempt to distract this Court and the public from the serious charges brought against the defendant. It should be denied," Bharara said in his rebuttal." For the complete article, click here.

Howard Hughes Corporation's 4th Quarter and full year, 2014, report: The Howard Hughes Corporation's report for the 4th Quarter and for the full year, 2014, made a number of references to its activities in the South Street Seaport.

"South Street Seaport continues to partially operate while redevelopment of Pier 17 is underway and remediation and repairs to the historic area from Superstorm Sandy continue," it said. "During the year, we received $24.6 million of insurance proceeds, which are excluded from NOI and recognized as Other income in our Condensed Consolidated Statement of Operations. We have received a total of $47.6 million of insurance proceeds from the inception of this claim through February 1, 2015. The claim is in litigation."

The report also noted that, "On December 29, 2014, in two separate transactions, we acquired a 48,000 square foot commercial building on a 15,744 square foot lot and certain air rights with total residential and commercial development rights of 621,651 square feet for $136.7 million. As of December 31, 2014, we were under contract to purchase another commercial building and additional air rights during the first half of 2015, which will ultimately create a site capable of supporting 817,784 square feet of mixed use development. These properties are collectively referred to as the Seaport District Assemblage and are located in close proximity to our South Street Seaport property."

The report stated that, "If these acquisitions close, we will own commercial development rights on the assemblage totaling 817,784 square feet." For the complete 4th Quarter and full year, 2014, report, click here

"That Howling? Just New York's Neighborhood Coyotes," New York Times, 3/6/15. "On a cold, clear afternoon in Pelham Bay Park, the tracks were etched in the crusted snow, doglike but more oblong, the claws less prominent and, over all, more compact," says The New York Times. "Coyotes. Joining an urban menagerie of deer, wild turkeys, hawks - and, O.K., rats - Eastern coyotes have, in recent years, taken up residence in city parks. In mid-January, one in Riverside Park, on the Upper West Side, was corralled and captured by the police on a basketball court after midnight. Two weeks later, another coyote was spotted in an even odder location - amid the vast grove of red brick buildings known as Stuyvesant Town on the East Side. Parks officials say that each of three Bronx parks is now home to a coyote family, including a pair that bred for the first time last year in Ferry Point Park in the South Bronx. There is also a solitary coyote that is permanently living in Railroad Park in Jamaica, Queens." According to The Times, "The Stuyvesant Town coyote may have been in Hudson River Park earlier, officials said." For the complete article, click here.

Manhattan Yacht Club will host the US Adult Championship: US Sailing has selected the Manhattan Yacht Club to host the 2015 US Adult Sailing Championship, which will take place in October over the Columbus Day weekend. US Sailing is the national governing body for the sport of sailing in the United States.
This will be the first national sailing championship to take place in New York Harbor.  

"This is a very prestigious honor for Manhattan Yacht Club," said its Commodore, Michael Fortenbaugh, in a press release. "Our club successfully reintroduced recreational sailing. When we began sailing in 1987, most people thought you could not sail in the harbor because it was too polluted and had too much commercial traffic. Today, our club has built the harbor's largest sailing community. We have the largest and best quality racing programs as well as innovative cruising and education initiatives. Now, we will be hosting some of the best sailors in the nation who will battle for the Adult Championship in front of the Statue of Liberty."

The Manhattan Yacht Club was recently booted from its 20-year residency at North Cove Marina in Battery Park City and will now be operating from Liberty Harbor Marina in Jersey City, N.J. 
"This event will have a positive impact on Jersey City, both in terms of economic activity and image," said Fortenbaugh. "This event will help showcase the city."
During the competition, there will be a spectator boat from which Manhattan Yacht Club members, guests and the public can watch the races. For more information about the race, click here.


Downtown bulletin board
Fulton Street in the South Street Seaport as it looked on Jan. 6, 2013 at 5:30 p.m., nine weeks after Superstorm Sandy surged through the Seaport. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has $1 billion to distribute to help communities recover from prior disasters and fortify themselves against new ones.
(Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

HUD's National Disaster Resilience Competition
:  New York City is competing against 67 other jurisdictions for a piece of the $1 billion in Community Development Block Grant - Disaster Recovery funds representing the remainder of an original $16 billion Federal appropriation. The competition will help communities recover from prior disasters (declared in 2011, 2012, and 2013), and improve their ability to withstand and recover more quickly from future disasters, hazards, stresses and shocks. The Mayor's Office of Recovery and Resiliency (ORR) is leading the application process for New York City for funds relating to the presidentially declared disaster of Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

The funds in this competition are distinct from the $4.21 billion allocated to New York City.
To participate in the competition, the City must submit a two-phase application. In the first phase, due in to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on March 27, the City describes unmet resiliency needs. If HUD accepts the City's contention that it has unmet needs, then HUD will allow the City to progress to Phase 2. In the Phase 2 application, due in October, the City will identify particular projects for which it seeks funding. No specific projects or proposals are identified in the Phase 1 application - it is only an expression of unmet need to allow the City to advance to Phase 2.
The Phase 1 application is now out for public comment. View the document and submit comments by clicking here. Comments must be received no later than March 16 at 11:59 p.m. (EST). A public hearing will take place on March 10 at 7 p.m. at Pace University, 163 William St., 18th floor.

Phase 2 outreach will begin over the summer if the City is selected to advance past Phase 1.

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. 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. For information, call (212) 267-9700, ext. 366 or email
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 2:30 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.


A Holland America Line cruise ship, leaving Manhattan and heading toward New York harbor's lower bay and the Atlantic Ocean. On March 9, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will update CB1's Planning Committee on its comprehensive study of the North Atlantic -  a study with implications for New York City's efforts to protect itself from sea level rise and major storms. (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 9: Planning Committee
* U.S. Army Corps of Engineers North Atlantic Comprehensive Study - Update by Bryce Wisemiller and 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

March 10: Youth & Education Committee
*Agenda to be determined

March 11: Tribeca Committee
* The Association of Community Employment (ACE) - Update regarding programs in Tribeca by Travis Tinney, Membership Manager
* 205 Hudson St., application for a change in liquor license to catering facility for AFNYC LLC d/b/a American Flatbread NYC - Possible resolution
* Department of Transportation Street Seats application for space in front of Laughing Man Coffee, 84 Duane St. - Resolution
* 285 West Broadway, application for alteration of liquor license to extend operating hours for Haus - Resolution

The following notices have been received for renewal, upgrade, or transfer of wine and beer or liquor licenses or sidewalk café permits - Resolution
* 225 West St., Pier 25, application for renewal of seasonal liquor license for GBSZ LLC d/b/a Grand Banks
* 183 Duane St., application for a renewal of a wine and beer license for Tokyo Bay Japanese Restaurant
* 36-38 Hudson St., application for renewal of a liquor license for Bouley
* 458 Greenwich St., application for renewal of liquor license for Tribeca Hospitality Corp. d/b/a The Greek
* 71 North Moore St., application for restaurant liquor license for No. Moore Oysters LLC d/b/a Smith and Mills
* 77 Warren St., application for renewal of liquor license for 77 Warren Foods LLC
* 134 West Broadway, application for a renewal of a sidewalk cafe license for Jada Restaurant Inc. d/b/a Petite Abeille
* 131 Duane St., application for a renewal of a sidewalk cafe license for Radiante, LLC d/b/a City Hall Restaurant
* 73 Warren St., application for corporate change for Yummy Meep LLC d/b/a Mulberry and Vine

March 12: Landmarks Committee
* 28 Liberty St. (formerly One Chase Manhattan Plaza,) application for alterations to plaza and storefronts including creation of new entrances at sidewalk and plaza levels - Resolution
* 115 South St., application for rooftop addition - Resolution
* 71-73 Franklin St., application for removal of fire escape, facade restoration and rooftop addition with stair and elevator bulkhead - Resolution
* 363 Greenwich St., application for storefront replacement and new railing - Resolution
* 272-274 Canal St., application for storefront renovation - Resolution
* 7 Harrison St., application for enlargement of back dormer - Resolution

CALENDAR: Week of March 2

Ava Ansari and Brian Zegeer with some of the props that will be part of the Little Syria Parade on Sunday, March 8. Starting at Castle Clinton in historic Battery Park, it will explore the history of the neighborhood centered on Washington Street that was once known as "Little Syria" because so many immigrants from Lebanon and Syria lived there in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The props suggest the skyline of Lower Manhattan that these immigrants would have known. (Photo: Courtesy of Brian Zegeer)

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.

March 8: A "Little Syria Parade" with costumes, props and instruments, will start at Castle Clinton National Monument in Battery Park and wend its way to Washington Street, the heart of a neighborhood once known as "Little Syria. The parade will explore the vanished Arabic enclave in lower Manhattan and the center of Levantine immigrant life from the late 1800's through the 1940's through the lens of Ameen Rahani's "Book of Khalid" (the first Arab-American novel), recounting the adventures of two young men from Lebanon seeking their fortunes in turn-of-the-century New York. "The Book of Khalid" was illustrated by Rihani's close friend, Kahlil Gibran, and was an inspiration for his famous book, "The Prophet." Time: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Free. For more information about the parade, click here.

Ongoing: The Skyscraper Museum's new exhibition, "Ten Tops," surveys all buildings in the world today, completed or under construction, that are 100 stories and taller. Of these 24 towers, the exhibition focuses on 10 (plus a few more), zooming in on their uppermost floors to see how they were designed and constructed. Through September 2015. Place: 39 Battery Place. Hours: Noon to 6 p.m., Wednesdays to Sundays. Admission: $5; $2.50 (students and seniors). For more information, 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.   

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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