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Volume 2, No. 30  March 23, 2015

Quote of the day: 
"We did ask The Howard Hughes Corporation to find an alternative site for the inappropriate 42-story Seaport Tower development that would replace the historic New Market Building. They certainly took on this task with 'Texas-sized' enthusiasm." 
   - Michael Kramer, a member of Save Our Seaport, commenting on the properties and air rights assembled by Howard Hughes just to the south of the South Street Seaport Historic District, which will allow HHC to erect the tallest apartment building in North America.                        

* Lower Manhattan is losing already-scarce 'affordable housing'
* At Southbridge Towers, the legal fight continues
* Howard Hughes getting ready to build 'as-of-right' mega-tower opposite Pier 15  
* Bits & Bytes: Defining 'downtown;' Helicopters to the Hamptons; Chin nixes Hughes tower
* South Street Seaport: Help a neighbor who lost his house in a fire last week
* Letter to the editor: Howard Hughes wakes the neighbors with Pier 17 construction
* Downtown Bulletin Board: NJ/NY weekend ferry service; Landmarks Law reception
* Community Board 1 meetings: Week of March 23
* Calendar: Week of March 23
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The first day of spring in Battery Park City. March 21, 2015.  (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer) 

Tribeca Green, the Verdesian and the Solaire all have "affordable housing" units. The Solaire's rent protections expire in 2017. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

"Affordable housing" is scarce in Community District 1 and becoming scarcer according to a report just released by Community Board 1.

There has been "a significant drop in affordable rentals," said Tom Goodkind, editor-in-chief of the report, which updates earlier affordable housing white papers released by CB1 in 2011 and 2012.

A list of affordability expiration dates - new to the report - shows that the first building to tumble off the list will be the Solaire at 20 River Terrace with 14 affordable housing units, which will no longer be subject to rent abatements beginning in 2017.

"Since the last report, we appear to have lost affordability at Southbridge [Towers] and many rentals," Goodkind said in an email. "Our new mayor has pledged to increase the building of affordable 'inclusionary housing' throughout the City, but no such housing is planned for our area.  This is a significant disadvantage to us, as affordable programs give 50 percent preference to those living in the community. Our area, once income diverse, appears to now only attract those of upper income, leaving many seniors, recent college grads, civil workers [and] artists, with nowhere to live in our part of lower Manhattan."

According to the updated report, there are currently 753 affordable housing apartments in Community District 1. They are located in 16 buildings in Battery Park City, Tribeca and the South Street Seaport. Nine of these buildings have units for "middle-income" tenants, with the remainder for "low-income" tenants.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development defines low income as $47,000 for a family of one, up to $67,100 for a family of four.

Middle-income designation for affordable housing starts at this threshold and can, in some programs, be as much as $93,750 for a single-person household.

The report notes that as of March 2015, 70 Battery Place, 400 Chambers St. and 41 River Terrace are for sale and may be converted to market-rate condominiums. "This conversion would mean the loss of 194 affordable units," says the report.

Coming on line are buildings at 22 Thames St. and 95 Church St., which have been approved for 421a tax abatements,  and will add new affordable units to Community District 1, but not until late 2017, at the earliest. These would be for low-income families.

The report was prepared by Goodkind, Diana Switaj, who is director of land use and planning for Community Board 1, and two CB1 urban planning fellows - Julien P. Schmitz and Po Jeff Sun. Michael Levine, land use and planning consultant for CB1, and Catherine McVay Hughes, chairperson of CB1, assisted with the project.

To see the updated report, click here. To see the original white paper, as released in 2011 and updated in 2012, click here.

- Terese Loeb Kreuzer


Southbridge Towers. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

For almost 10 years, the residents of Southbridge Towers, a co-op of 1,651 apartments just west of the South Street Seaport, have been fighting about the prospect of taking the nine-building apartment complex out of the subsidized Mitchell-Lama program and giving each shareholder the option of owning an apartment that could be sold on the free market. A vote in September 2014 seemed to come down in favor of privatization, but as Yogi Berra famously remarked, "It ain't over till it's over."

And it isn't over yet.

The votes were tallied on Sept. 30, 2014 by the Honest Ballot Association. Of the 1,606 apartments that were eligible to vote with one vote per apartment, 1,082 voted in favor of privatization, 373 voted against it, and 150 apartments didn't vote, which counted as a "no" vote.

In order to pass, two-thirds of the eligible residents had to agree to privatize. That meant that 1,072 votes were needed. The privatizers seemed to have won by a margin of 10 votes.

But some shareholders said that that the Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR), which administers the Mitchell-Lama program, allowed the Southbridge Towers board of directors as sponsor of the vote to disqualify 44 apartments that should not have been disqualified. That would change the arithmetic. If that assertion proves to be correct, the two-thirds margin that was required was not reached.

The plaintiffs are SBT Cooperators for Mitchell-Lama and the Southbridge Towers Shareholders Association. DHCR and the Southbridge Towers board of directors have a 30-day window to answer the lawsuit, which was filed early in March. Then the plaintiffs have two weeks in which to respond. Following that, there would be a hearing in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, provided there are no other delays or requests for postponements.

At an initial hearing, the plaintiffs requested an injunction in the Supreme Court to keep the privatization filing with the New York Secretary of State from going through. Judge Ellen Gesmer tabled the request since she said the filing was weeks, if not months away. But she said if the case contesting the vote had not been adjudicated by the court by the time the sponsor was ready to file, the Southbridge board of directors would have to notify the court a week before filing and the judge would then hear arguments for an injunction to stop the filing until the case was actually adjudicated.

As an added wrinkle in an already complex situation, under the current bylaws of Southbridge Towers, there are several board members including its president, Wallace Dimson, whose term is up at the end of 2015 and who cannot run for the board again because of term limits. Also under those by-laws, SBT's elections must be held the on the first Tuesday in May.

At the last board meeting and in the president's report, Dimson said that he thought it would be prudent to postpone the election and let the lawsuit run its course first. Were that to happen, there might be new bylaws that would allow current board members to continue to serve or to at least run for the board. 


The plaintiffs, represented by Barry Mallin of Mallin & Cha, have written to the DHCR asking it to enforce the present bylaws and the Mitchell-Lama regulations that govern Southbridge at this time. To date, DHCR has not responded.


Dimson has called the lawsuit a "nuisance suit," and has assured Southbridge Towers shareholders that nothing is going to come between them and the hundreds of thousands of dollars and more that they may make once they own their apartments outright and are in a position to sell them on the free market.


Mallin said that the suit is far from frivolous and that the filing would not go forward without the plaintiffs being heard.   


"I think it's important, just to be clear, that the purpose of this lawsuit is not to nullify the privatization vote," said Paul Hovitz, a long-time resident of Southbridge Towers and the president of the SBT Shareholders Association, one of the plaintiffs. "It is rather to ensure that this momentous decision about the future of Southbridge Towers is fair and just and does not go unquestioned."


Hovitz said that since the September vote, all apartments at Southbridge Towers have been filled and the 44 apartments that were disqualified at that time have been qualified as shareholders. 


A large majority of the residents of Southbridge Towers have opted to become shareholders if and when privatization takes effect, but said Hovitz, "The opting process is not a comment on whether or not we should go private. The opting process was an individual decision that each family had to make in terms of what their best interests were financially. Did they want to be a shareholder and take their chances with maintenance going up and having the option then to sell, or did they want to opt out and be a renter facing an increase of up to 5 percent every year?


"There is a great deal of support for the issues that we've raised," he said, "and there's a sigh of relief from many people that are afraid of being priced out of living here."


- Terese Loeb Kreuzer   



The Howard Hughes Corporation is preparing to erect the largest apartment tower in North America on the site of the Sciame building (on the left of this photo at 80 South St.). That would place it immediately outside of the South Street Seaport Historic District, and could be built "as of right." (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

The Howard Hughes Corporation may have hit a roadblock in its desire to demolish the New Market Building on South Street and erect a luxury apartment tower at that site, but that hasn't, and apparently won't, stop the Dallas-based developer from erecting a huge apartment tower just outside the South Street Seaport Historic District.

In a letter to shareholders on March 13, 2105, the Howard Hughes Corporation disclosed the acquisition of property and air rights from 161-163 Front St., 167 Front St., 175 Front St., 164 John St., 205-207 Front St., 2 Fulton St. and 89 and 94 South St. In the last quarter of 2014, HHC acquired properties at 80 and 83-85 South St. 

"The Howard Hughes Corporation has been busily assembling properties on the immediate outskirts of the South Street Seaport Historic District that may allow them to build the largest residential mixed-use building in North America 'as-of-right,'" said David Sheldon, a spokesperson for Save Our Seaport, the grassroots organization that has opposed HHC's $1.5 billion development proposal for the Seaport. SOS says that the Howard Hughes plan places the interests of the developer over those of residents and New Yorkers at large and is destructive of the historic district.

The South Street Seaport is the last largely intact neighborhood of 19th-century and early 20th-century buildings in New York City. Going back to the Dutch settlement in the 17th century, the Seaport has played a pivotal role in the city's maritime and financial history.

Michael Kramer, a Save Our Seaport member who recently participated in the currently disbanded Seaport Working Group, noted that "we did ask HHC to find an alternative site for the inappropriate 42-story Seaport Tower development that would replace the historic New Market Building. They certainly took on this task with 'Texas-sized' enthusiasm, assembling properties that were merely adjacent to the low-rise 19th-century Seaport buildings."

The HHC's proposed "Seaport District Assemblage" may even be taller than 1 World Trade Center (without the antenna) utilizing 818,000 square feet on South Street between John and Fletcher Streets, according to Save Our Seaport. The building located at 432 Park Ave. may only briefly hold the distinction of being New York City's largest "mega-tower" coming in at 1,396 feet tall with 745,174 square feet on West 56th St.

The existing C5-3 zoning encourages tall buildings in Lower Manhattan, but a most favored FAR of 15 to maximize the development opportunity could only be achieved by including a community facility such as a school into its design (and an additional 20 percent could be added with a "plaza bonus").

Manhattan Community Board 1 has consistently asked local developers to include more school seats and a community recreation center in their plans in order to improve the quality of life of existing residents and new arrivals.

If built as apparently planned, the Howard Hughes mega-tower will cast a long shadow over the South Street Seaport Historic District.

"If this redevelopment plan continues, children playing in the multimillion dollar Imagination Playground on Burling Slip will have to use their imaginations to see any sunlight," remarked Bridget Schuy, a local parent and Save Our Seaport member.

Bits & Bytes

City Councilmember Margaret Chin listening to Joy Martini and Maria Ho-Burge, two of the three organizers of a forum on Dec. 1, 2014 sponsored by a group called Friends of the Seaport, who favor the Seaport development plans proposed by The Howard Hughes Corporation. Chin has stated her "strong opposition" to the luxury apartment tower that Howard Hughes wants to build on the South Street Seaport waterfront.
 (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

"By 'Downtown'... What Do You Mean?," Commercial Observer, 3/18/15. Commercial Observer tackles the thorny question of what is meant by "downtown." Several real estate experts weighed in. "Chambers Street," said Jonathan Resnick of Jack Resnick & Sons. "I think it's a state of mind that changes," was Bill Rudin of Rudin Management Company's opinion. "Is Tribeca part of Downtown? Is Soho part of Downtown? I would say anything south of Houston Street. I don't know. It's typically like Canal Street, or even City Hall. I think it's a whole eco-system." "Downtown is south of where you are standing," said Douglas Durst of the Durst Organization. Perhaps the best definition came from Susan Lamia of The Corcoran Group. "Downtown is wherever my clients say it is - as in 'I want to live Downtown - you know, nothing above 125th Street,'" she said. For the complete article, click here.

"As Season Nears, Helicopter Issue Roils Hamptons," Wall Street Journal, 3/20/15. In an issue that will surely interest Lower Manhattan residents, who live near the Downtown Heliport, "Emotion-charged and sometimes even lyrical language has long been the order of the day when it comes to the well-attended public meetings about helicopter flights over the Hamptons, on the East End of Long Island," says the Wall Street Journal. "Helicopter takeoffs and landings at the East Hampton airport totaled about 4,000 in 2014, a 40% increase from 2013, officials said. The Southampton heliport had 894 landings in 2014, down from 915 in 2013, officials said. The helicopter issue pits residents who complain about noise and summer visitors who take to the air to avoid road traffic, and for a long time it has seemed unsolvable. This year may be different. On Jan. 1, as an agreement with Federal Aviation Administration expired, East Hampton gained the power to regulate traffic at its airport for the first time in decades, said Councilwoman Kathee Burke-Gonzalez. Town leaders say they want new regulations in place by Memorial Day, the unofficial opening of the summer season in the Hamptons. Debate is centering on four options laid out by a consultant to the town. If the board approves restrictions, a court fight is expected." For the complete article, click here.

"A TriBeCa Townhouse for $24,500,000," New York Times, 3/20/15. "A five-story penthouse atop a boutique condominium in TriBeCa known as the Munitions Building, which served as a warehouse during the 19th century for the Remington Arms Company and later stored Champagne bottles for the G. H. Mumm Company, sold for $24,500,000 and was the most expensive sale of the week," The New York Times reports. "The residence at 60 Warren Street, near West Broadway, known as Unit 6, with seven bedrooms, four full and three half baths and 10,911 square feet of interior space, was sold through the Edward R. Bazinet Revocable Trust, with Maureen B. Beck listed as the trustee; the buyer was identified as Mavis Skarloey LLC. Mr. Bazinet made a fortune selling miniature ceramic houses and had decorated the space with expensive paintings and sculptures. It was widely reported that he was hospitalized three years ago after going on a frenzied buying spree at the New York International Gift Fair." For the complete article, click here.

Councilmember Chin says 'no' to Howard Hughes tower: In her recently released winter 2015 newsletter to constituents, City Councilmember Margaret Chin clearly states her opposition to The Howard Hughes Corporation's proposed tower on the South Street Seaport waterfront. "I stand with my elected colleagues, Community Board 1 and our Lower Manhattan community in strong opposition to Howard Hughes' proposal to build a 500-foot luxury tower in the heart of the Seaport," she writes. "Although I support the revitalization of the Seaport, we must do so while respecting the uniquely historic nature of this New York City treasure."

Thus far, The Howard Hughes Corporation has only presented vague plans for the tower. Minus any discussion of the tower, it showed its proposals for the landmarked portions of the South Street Seaport to Community Board 1's Landmarks Committee on Dec. 10, 2014 and again on Jan. 5, 2015, which approved some parts of the proposal but objected vigorously to its "segmentation" and to a lack of a clear master plan.

Community Board 1's full board voted on the proposal on Feb. 5, 2015. The proposed site of the luxury tower was not formally discussed because it is just outside the landmarked part of the Seaport. Howard Hughes has yet to bring its proposal to New York City's Landmarks Preservation Commission, which would be the next step in ratification or denial.  Councilmember Chin and Borough of Manhattan President Gale Brewer wrote a strongly worded letter to the LPC on Feb. 5 stating, in part, that they felt it is "premature to consider many of the parts of this landmarks application until a broader project plan has been certified and ask that you consider only those parts of the application that are not contingent on factors likely to change."


South Street Seaport

Acqua restaurant at 21 Peck Slip as it looked on Dec. 10, 2012, around six weeks after Superstorm Sandy flooded the South Street Seaport. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Nicholas Berti, one of the owners of Acqua, the restaurant at 21 Peck Slip, has sent out an anguished SOS for an Acqua employee, William Estevez, whose house on 90th Street in Woodhaven, Queens, was one of eight homes damaged or destroyed in a fire on March 18.

"Our great bar back, William, lost his beloved dog and everything he owned last night," Berti said in an e-mail. "We are holding a fundraising event at Acqua on Tuesday, [March 24] starting at 5 p.m., to help him get back on his feet. Please come by and tell all of your friends!"

Berti said that there would be no charge for drinks at the bar between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m., but that customers would be asked to make a donation to help Estevez. In addition, most of the proceeds from food sales will go to Estevez.

"We will also hold a raffle that night," Berti said. "Our chef, Ivan Beacco, will offer cooking classes, and we will have wine cases and gift certificates for Acqua as prizes for our raffle. Our friends from the neighborhood will also give gift certificates for their establishments. Come join us and please spread the word."

Estevez has worked at Acqua for two-and-a-half years. The fire that destroyed his home and neighboring houses was apparently caused by arson. Luis Lopez, a tenant in one of the houses on the block, has been charged with setting the fire after his landlady told him that she was evicting him.

For more information about Acqua, click here.

Letter to the Editor

To the editor:
I wanted to write in to see if Downtown Post NYC had any information as to how Howard Hughes was able to get a variance allowing for construction on Pier 17 on Saturdays for the next two Saturdays (from 6 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.)? The whole neighborhood was awakened at around 7 a.m. yesterday [March 21] and I called 311 to complain. Oddly the noise stopped shortly thereafter but resumed a few hours later. I'm hoping that this isn't setting a precedent.

Noah Chasin

From the editor:
The variance was approved on March 20 by the New York City Department of Small Business Services. We can't tell you how it was obtained. The usual reason for requesting such a variance is to speed up a job that is behind schedule or to save some money if it proves to be less costly to pay overtime than to work a normal day.

We welcome letters to the editor. Email them to We reserve the right to edit them for clarity and length.

Downtown bulletin board
Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer is holding a reception on April 8 at the landmarked Alexander Hamilton U.S. Customs House at 1 Bowling Green to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the signing of New York City's landmarks law. All are welcome to attend the reception. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
Jersey City weekend ferry service: Weekend ferry service between Paulus Hook, N.J. and the World Financial Center ferry terminal in Battery Park City was instituted on March 29, 2014 for what was planned to be a temporary basis while the PATH train was closed on weekends for repairs. The weekend ferry service has proven so popular, however, that it has now been declared by New York Waterway to be  permanent. Currently, ferries run every 15 minutes between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. The service will be available from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. in the late spring. The trip across the Hudson River takes six minutes and costs $4. Children 5 years old and under ride free. Bicycles can be transported for $1. Weekend service is included for monthly pass holders. For more information about the service, click here.

Landmarks at 50:
Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer is holding a reception in the rotunda of the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, 1 Bowling Green, on April 8 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1965 signing of the Landmarks Law and the continuing efforts of New York City's preservationists to keep its architectural history from being plowed under. All are invited to attend. To RSVP, click here.

The building where the reception will be held houses the National Museum of the American Indian, the National Archives for New York City and a U.S. bankruptcy court. It is, itself, a National Historic Landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places for both exterior and public interior spaces. It was designed by Cass Gilbert to serve as a U.S. customs house and was completed in 1907. The rotunda where the reception will be held is ornamented with a frieze of murals by Reginald Marsh depicting early explorers of the Americas and commerce in New York harbor. For more information about the building, click here.

Poetry writing classes:
Poets House at 10 River Terrace in Battery Park City is offering six-week-long poetry-writing classes and a special one-day workshop. All are open to people of all levels of experience. The six-week-long classes focus on the relationship between reading and writing poetry.  There are classes on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturdays, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. starting the first week of April. Fee: $325. The one-day workshop, "Hands On/Hands Off: A Seminar in Artistic Collaboration with Bill Berkson," takes place on Saturday, April 25, 3 p.m.-5 p.m. This seminar, inspired by last season's exhibition, "A Painter and His Poets: The Art of George Schneeman," includes an overview of the often spontaneous and casual collaborations developed by New York artists and poets from the 1950's onward, and the opportunity to create and collaborate on new work. Fee: $25. For more information and to register, click here.

Tribeca Film Festival tickets on sale: The Tribeca Film Festival runs from April 15 to April 26
, with passes and ticket packages now on sale. They range in price from $45 for a six-matinée ticket package to $425 for 18 individual general screening tickets that include perks such as early ticket selection and the option to select up to four tickets for any given performance (excluding all specialty and premium-priced screenings and events.) For more information and to purchase ticket packages, click here. Individual tickets will be available to American Express® Card Members March 31 at 11 a.m. and April 6 at 11 a.m. to the general public.

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
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.


From late spring to fall, Stone Street between Broad Street and Hanover Square turns into a pedestrian mall, packed with tables for dining. On March 24, Community Board 1 will vote on a request for this year's permit. (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 24: Seaport/Civic Center Committee
                Location: Pace University, 3 Spruce St., B Level - Student Union
                Time: 5:30 p.m.
* City Hall Park - Update by CB1 staff
* 5 Beekman St., liquor license application for Slip Anchor LLC - Resolution (Postponed to April)
* Street activity permit for The Association of Indians in America on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015 from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Water St between Fulton St. and Fletcher St., John St. between Front St. and Water St., and Front St. between John Street and Maiden Lane - Resolution
* Street activity permit for The Iron Horse NYC Wounded Warrior Project on Saturday, July 4, 2015 from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Cliff St. between John and Fulton Streets - Resolution
March 24: CB 1 Monthly Board Meeting
                 Location: Pace University, 3 Spruce St., B Level - Student Union
                 Time: 6 p.m.

I. Public Session
* Comments by members of the public (6 p.m. to 7 p.m.) (1-2 minutes per speaker)
* Welcome , Uday Sukhatme, Provost, Pace University

II. Business Session
* Adoption of February 2015 minutes
* Chairperson's Report - C. McVay Hughes
* District Manager's Report - N. Pfefferblit

III. Committee Reports
A) Youth & Education Committee  - T. Joyce
* Special education funding - Report
* Governor's compromises for increasing education funding - Resolution
* Teacher evaluations - Resolution

B) Landmarks Committee - B. Ehrmann
* 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
* 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
* 363 Greenwich St., application for storefront replacement and new railing - Resolution
* 272-274 Canal St., application for storefront renovation - Resolution
* 37 Harrison St., application for removal of shutters and enlargement of back dormer - Resolution
C) Battery Park City Committee - A. Notaro
* Parking signage and enforcement - Report
* Battery Park City Authority Programs Survey - Report
* BPCA permit requests, 14th Annual NYPD Memorial 5k Run/Walk, NYPD Running Club, Sunday, May 17, 2015 - Report

D) Battery Park City and Youth and Education Committees - A. Notaro/T. Joyce
* BPC Ballfields Permits - Resolution

E) Seaport/Civic Center Committee - J. Fratta
* City Hall Park - Report
* Street activity permit for The Association of Indians in America on Sunday, October 4, 2015 from 10am - 7pm, Water St between Fulton St and Fletcher St, John St between Front St and Water St, and Front St. between John Street and Maiden Lane - Resolution
* Street activity permit for The Iron Horse NYC Wounded Warrior Project on Saturday, July 4, 2015 from 10am - 7pm, Cliff St between John and Fulton Streets - Resolution

Committee will caucus at 5:30 PM on March 24 for agenda

F) Planning Committee - J. Galloway
* U.S. Army Corps of Engineers North Atlantic Comprehensive Study - Report
* Supplemental U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery and the Governor's Office of Storm Recovery National Disaster Resilience Competition Public Hearing, Monday, March 16, 2015 - Report
* Air Rights Transfer Zoning and Regulations at the South Street Seaport - Report
* National Disaster Resilience Competition, Public Hearing Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 7 p.m. - Resolution

G) Tribeca Committee - P. Braus
* The Association of Community Employment (ACE) - Report
* 205 Hudson St., application for a change in liquor license to catering facility for AFNYC LLC d/b/a American Flatbread NYC - Report
* 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

H) Financial District Committee - R. Sheffe
* Staten Island Ferry - Report
* The Battery Conservancy - Report
* Filming plan in FiDi - Report
* 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 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 Stone Street Pedestrian Mall from 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

V. Old Business
VI. New Business
VII. Adjournment

March 31: Sidewalk Café Working Group
* Review CB1 sidewalk café guidelines and zoning regulations and recommend revisions, with Richard Suarez, Planner, Department of City Planning - Resolution

CALENDAR: Week of March 23

Video artist Maya Ciarrocchi and visual/performance artist Kris Grey collaborate in "Gender/Power (composition II)" at Gibney Dance, March 25 to March 28.
(Photo: Maya Ciarrocchi)

March 25: As part of its "Making Space" series, Gibney Dance presents video artist Maya Ciarrocchi and visual/performance artist Kris Grey in "Gender/Power (composition II)," which poses questions about the dynamics of power in relation to gender. Also, March 26, March 27 and March 28. Place: Gibney Dance, 280 Broadway (entrance at 53 Chambers St.); Time: Installation opens at 4 p.m. with performances at 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. nightly. Tickets: $20; $15 (students, seniors and Gibney Dance Class card holders). For more information and to buy tickets, click here.

March 25:
The Choir of Trinity Wall Street and Trinity Baroque Orchestra perform the cantatas of Johann Sebastian Bach each week as part of "Bach at One." A devout Lutheran, Bach composed 200 cantatas using both sacred and secular texts. This week's program includes Sweelinck's "Chromatic Fantasy," BWV 1 "Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern," and BWV 16 "Herr Gott, dich loben wir" with Julian Wachner, conductor. Place: St. Paul's Chapel, Broadway at Fulton Street. Time: 1 p.m. Free. For more information, click here.

March 27:  Community Movie Night takes place on the last Friday of each month at St. Paul's Chapel, with movies on a big screen, free popcorn and other treats. This Friday, celebrate the 30th anniversary of "The Goonies," a classic kids' adventure movie. Place: St. Paul's Chapel, Broadway at Fulton St. Time: 7 p.m. Free. For more information, click here.
March 29
: Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner and New York Magazine critic and editor Matt Zoller Seitz discuss how the series became not just the story of the rise of advertising, but of a generation of Jews coming into their own in post-war America. Place: Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Place. Time: 4 p.m. Tickets: $25; $20 (members). For more information and to buy tickets, click here.

March 29: Joyce Gold, who teaches history at New York University, leads a walking tour of Jewish Colonial Manhattan, taking in (among other things) the site of the first synagogue in North America, the 18th-century Jewish ghetto and the flagpole inscription at Minuit Plaza honoring the first 23 Jews in New York City, who arrived here in 1654. Place: Meet at Bowling Green Park in front of the National Museum of the American Indian. Time: 1 p.m. Fee: $20; $15 (seniors, 62+). No reservations are necessary. For more information, click here.

Ongoing: "Artifacts & Memory: The Drawings of Nancy Patz" is at the Anne Frank Center USA through April 30. Nancy Patz is a Baltimore-born artist, teacher, lecturer, author, and illustrator. Inspired by a hat she saw on display at the Jewish Historical Museum in Amsterdam, Patz began a larger exploration of the power of artifacts and memory. The result was "Who Was the Woman Who Wore the Hat," a book she published in 2003 of moving pencil drawings, displayed here for the first time in their entirety. Using subdued watercolors and old photographs, the drawings bring the reality of the Holocaust into sharp focus by trying to recreate the story of the woman - faceless, nameless - behind this hat. Place: 44 Park Place. Hours: Tues.-Sat.,  10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: $8; $5 (students and seniors, 65 and over); free (children, ages 8 and under). For more information, 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 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: "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.

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