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Volume 2, No. 33  April 7, 2015

Quote of the day: 
"I feel better doing something, even if it fails, rather than doing nothing at all."
   - Selwyn Garraway, a downtown resident, whose distress at the demolition of 74 Trinity Place caused him to appeal to the Landmarks Preservation Commission for a stay of execution for the 90-year-old building.                   

* Le District opens at Brookfield Place, with more to come 
* Bits & Bytes: Oyster barge rehab; Folkbiene and the Museum of Jewish Heritage may merge
* Downtown Bulletin Board: Downtown Little League opening day; Workshops at the Battery
* Tribeca Film Festival: Battery Park City venues; Sinatra at 100; Spring Studios
* Letter to the editor: While charette continues, 74 Trinity Place is being demolished
* Downtown Periscope: Tickets for the new Whitney Museum of American Art on sale
* Community Board 1 meetings: Week of April 6
* Calendar: Week of April 6
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La Cure Gourmande's New York City souvenir tins, for sale at Le District. April 4, 2015. 
(Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer) 


Le District at Brookfield Place has a café section selling crepes, pastries and coffee. (Photos: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Le District, the newly opened marketplace and eating hall at Brookfield Place, looked plenty busy on Saturday, a scant nine days after its debut, but Peter Poulakakos and Paul T. Lamas, partners in
Paul T. Lamas and Peter Poulakakos
HPH, the restaurant and development company that owns the place, said that Le District was only partly finished. As crowds lined up at the creperie, the boulangerie (bakery), the comptoir (wine and beer bar), the pâtisserie (pastry shop) and other sections of Le District, Poulakakos and Lamas leaned against a counter for a moment - maybe to rest. In addition to Le District, they are readying Pier A, which they also own, to open its second-floor restaurants within a few weeks. Lamas said that wasn't the plan, to have those two events coincide, but that's just how things worked out.

Cheese, bread and wine at the wine bar.
The fromagerie (cheese counter) was supplying the wine bar with cheese for plates of three cheeses with bread and figs ($22) but was not yet selling its stock directly to customers. The charcuterie (meat counter) was likewise creating meat platters for the wine bar, but not yet open for retail business.

Across from the wine bar, in the poissonnerie (fish counter), red snapper, mackerel and swordfish chilled on ice, ready for someone to take them home. The fleuriste (florist), Yasmine, bustled around behind her stems of colorful and exotic flowers, and on the Winter Garden flank of Le District, a French company called La Cure Gourmande seemed to be doing a landslide business selling cookies and chocolate candy in handsome, New York City souvenir tins.

Except for La Cure Gourmande and Flowers by Yasmine, all of the products and food in Le District are uniquely available at this site. Although some pastries and breads are baked at an off-site facility that HPH uses to make all of its products for Financier Patisserie, which it also owns, most bread for Le District is baked on the premises. Other items are also prepared on site.

Le District's restaurant, Beaubourg, is likewise unique to its Brookfield Place location. It has 100 seats indoors and will have seating for another 100 people outdoors when that part of Le District opens in May. It is open for lunch and dinner with entrées that range in price from $18 for l'hamburger to $35 for steak frites to $68 for a whole loup de mer for two people. Except for a lunch special, all items are a la carte. On Sundays, Beaubourg is open for a Belgian brunch.

Le District will have a home décor and gift section called Chez Moi that will open in the next few weeks. It will sell such items as wine openers and knives, pétanque sets, coffee table books and cookbooks, handmade French, Moroccan and African market bags and baskets, sustainable wood hostess gifts, handmade soap and handmade pottery.

"The goal is to grow the vintage product offering over time," said Stacey Vasseur, who is the buyer for Chez Moi. "I have
also included artisan products that were made locally by artists or designers with a French influence. I am most excited about these products as it is very satisfying to provide a local platform for their work."

- Terese Loeb Kreuzer

Le District is open daily with varying hours depending on the section. For more information, click here.

The wine bar at Le District.

Bits & Bytes

The National Yiddish Theatre-Folksbiene performing "My Yiddishe Chanukah" at the Winter Garden. Folksbiene and the Museum of Jewish Heritage are discussing a merger.
(Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

"An 1850s-Era Oyster Barge Is Saved for Yet Another Life on the East River," New York Times, 4/4/15. "For years, a shoddy shed of dilapidated wood has cluttered up the boatyard of the Fair Haven Marina, a hub for recreational boaters on this stretch of the Quinnipiac River, just east of Yale University," says The New York Times. "Brought up from New York City nearly a century ago, it is an 1850s-era oyster barge that has had various incarnations - as a speakeasy, a restaurant called the Old Barge and, finally, as a dive bar before closing for good in 1987. It was then left to languish in the boatyard, too leaky even to use as a storage shed." According to The Times, "the old barge is finally departing, and not in a Dumpster. Instead, it is being carefully dismantled to be taken by truck to the Brooklyn waterfront, where it will be rebuilt it to its original grandeur, and, if all goes well, will float in the East River off Lower Manhattan within a year. That is the plan envisioned by the Pincus brothers, Alex and Miles, maritime preservationists and Manhattan restaurateurs who specialize in the restoration of old boats. Alex Pincus said the barge could become a maritime museum or a dining establishment like Grand Banks, an oyster bar the brothers opened last summer on a historic schooner that they restored and docked on the Hudson River at Pier 25 in Manhattan." For the complete article, click here.

"Folksbiene, MJH Get Hitched, At Least For Now," New York Jewish Week, 4/1/15. "
"The National Yiddish Theater-Folksbiene marked its 100th birthday this week with a gala concert at Carnegie Hall featuring Itzhak Perlman and a major announcement: The NYTF and the Museum of Jewish Heritage-A Living Memorial to the Holocaust are joining in a strategic partnership," New York Jewish Week reports. "On Tuesday, officials of both organizations signed a memorandum of understanding that will give the groups two years to explore a potential merger.
According to the plan, the NYTF will become the resident theater company at the museum, and the two organizations will work together to showcase performances, integrate programming and educational opportunities." For the complete article, click here.

"Related, Ponte Equities Building 80/20 Rental in Tribeca," Commercial Observer, 4/3/15. "Related Companies and Ponte Equities are erecting an 80/20 rental building in Tribeca," according to the Commercial Observer. "The 10-story building at 460 Washington Street between Watts and Canal Streets will have 107 units, sources with knowledge of the building said, plus a gym, lounge/party space, rooftop garden, underground parking and a small day care facility on the ground floor. BKSK Architects was tapped to design the project and Ismael Leyva Architects is the architect of record, and designed the apartment interiors. In addition the building hallways will have windows that look out on a courtyard." For the complete article, click here.

"New Neighbors Revitalize Battery Park City," New York Times, 4/2/15. Though Battery Park City is mentioned in the headline of this article from The New York Times, two of the four photographs accompanying the article show places that are not in Battery Park City. (One of the remaining two photos shows Hudson Eats and the other depicts a hamburger.) Moreover, some people who are actually familiar with Battery Park City might take exception to the description in the second paragraph of the article, which reads, "When it opened last May, Hudson Eats became an instant success, surely because of its appealing design and trendy dining spots, but also because of the shortage of restaurants in the area. Until recently, Battery Park City, a 92-acre neighborhood on the west side of Lower Manhattan, was known as a calm yet unexciting place consisting mainly of residential condominiums and office towers. Its biggest attraction was a leafy riverside promenade." (Note to the author of this article: There are actually two museums in Battery Park City - the Museum of Jewish Heritage and the Skyscraper Museum - and two libraries, including the nationally famous Poets House. In addition, there are concerts, dances, theatrical performances and art shows year round, many of them, free. And there are gardens that are among the most beautiful and horticulturally diverse in the city, maintained by the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy. As for "condominiums and office towers" - the largest residential complex in Battery Park City is Gateway Plaza, with more than 1,700 rental apartments. Small details. Read on.) "But thanks to an influx of noteworthy shopping and dining establishments, this enclave is becoming a dynamic destination. Its transformation started roughly two years ago and picked up speed in the last few months, with the addition of a dozen luxury boutiques, at least five restaurants, two dashing food halls, and more openings on the way." For the complete article, click here.

"Salvatore Ferragamo Debuts at Brookfield Place Tomorrow,", 4/6/15. Salvatore Ferragamo "confirmed to Racked that their 4,200-square-foot shop in the Winter Garden-housing ready-to-wear, shoes, accessories, and more for both men and women in a space that marries leather, marble, and stainless steel finishes-will open its doors tomorrow morning." That would be Tuesday, April 7. For the complete article, click here.

Downtown bulletin board

Opening day for the Downtown Little League season is always an exciting event. This year, it takes place on Saturday, April 18. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Downtown Little League: The opening day of the Downtown Little League season is Saturday, April 18. As usual, players and their families will march to the Battery Park City ball fields, gathering at City Hall at 8 a.m. and setting off at 8:30 a.m. There will be no carnival on Warren Street and no celebrity ball player this year to enliven the festivities, but Downtown Little League's own celebrities - the girls' softball teams who won New York State championships last year and the baseball district champions - will be honored. The TriBattery Pops will be on hand to play, and at 10 a.m., the first games of the season will begin.

Brewer's office seeks volunteers: 
Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer's office has a presence at public events throughout Manhattan year round, but with the warm weather approaching, she says that, "We especially need help staffing tables at outdoor events like street fairs and housing development family days. It can be a lot of fun, and since I strive to attend every street fair and family day, I look forward to the help in distributing information and listening to constituents." To sign up, click here.

Brewer's office seeks summer interns:
Each summer Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer's office hosts a dozen or more interns, usually college students who are eager to learn the ins and outs of city government. Interns are placed in a part of the office - Land Use, Community Affairs, Budget, Policy or Communications - that's compatible with the student's ability, experience and interest. Weekly seminars are presented by staff professionals to offer interns additional opportunities to learn. Flexible scheduling is available. These positions are unpaid. College students can apply by clicking here.

Workshops at The Battery:
The Battery Conservancy in historic Battery Park is staging workshops from April to September with hands-on activities that utilize the park's horticultural resources and knowledge.

The workshops start on April 18 with "Spring Cleaning! Natural Cleaners, New Blooms, and More." Participants will learn how to make natural household cleaners using herbs and other ingredients they already have in their kitchens.

This will be followed on May 16 by "Natural Dyes and Herb Sachets." Participants will learn how to turn kitchen scraps into dyes using natural ingredients such as onion skins and turmeric. They will dye their own herb sachet and, once it dries, fill it with a custom blend of herbs.

On June 20, workshop participants will learn how to cook without electricity using bike blenders, hand choppers and elbow grease to make delicious snacks. On the menu? Smoothies, ice cream, and pesto!

On July 18, the workshop is entitled "Making Salad at Battery Urban Farm." Tour the vegetable farm and the new Forest Farm and harvest all the ingredients you'll need for a delicious salad. Learn how to make an easy salad dressing and then eat your salad.

On Aug. 15, the subject is "DIY Mini Hanging Planters." Learn how to make your own hanging planter using tiny jars, egg shells, and other surprising materials.

The workshop series ends on Sept. 19 with "The Buzz about Bees." Visit the beehives in The Battery and learn about the ways in which bees live, work and play. Then, in the spirit of our pollinating friends' favorite flora, make everlasting paper flower crowns to take home.

All workshops meet in front of Castle Clinton National Monument. Time:  10 a.m. to 12 p.m. No RSVPs necessary. All materials will be provided.

Mini Mates at the South Street Seaport Museum:
The South Street Seaport Museum will now have two classes for its popular Mini Mates program - Thursdays, April 16 to June 4 and Fridays, April 17 to June 5. The Mini Mates program enables children ages 18 months to 4 years and their parents or caregivers to engage in fun and educational activities under the guidance of a museum educator. Classes will be offered on two different days in order to minimize class size while allowing more families to participate. Both Thursday and Friday sessions will offer the same program. A typical Mini Mates class includes unstructured play time, music-making, hands-on learning activities, art-making, reading and snack time.Themes include holidays, the changing seasons, nature, and the Seaport neighborhood. Place: 12 Fulton St. Time: 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Fee: $200. A deposit of $100 is required at registration. To reserve, email or call (212) 748-8753. Registration is now open.

I Love My Park Day at Hudson River Park: Join the Friends of Hudson River Park on Saturday, May 2 for the fourth annual I Love My Park Day. Hudson River Park is one of many parks throughout the state that are participating in the program, which was created to improve and enhance New York's parks and historic sites and bring visibility to the entire park system and its needs. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., volunteers will assist in general maintenance and park beautification, including cutting back grasses, planting, invasive species removal and mulching. Water and tools will be provided. All ages are welcome. Participants should bring a snack. Registration is required. For more information, click here.

26th District Community Convention:
New York State Sen. Daniel Squadron will be holding his seventh annual 26th Senate District Community Convention on Sunday, April 12 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Lower East Side Preparatory High School, 145 Stanton St. The community convention provides an opportunity for Squadron and his staff to hear from constituents about matters of community concern. Commenting on this year's New York State budget, Squadron said, "In this year's budget, education and ethics got a lot of focus, and they are certainly critically important issues. But while a small part of the budget has gotten a large amount of focus, there were some good things that didn't get as much attention...Whether on education or college access, ethics or the minimum wage, and even our buses and subways, a lot was needed that simply didn't happen. When everyday citizens come together, we have a much better chance to make change. Next week's Community Convention is a great opportunity to make your priorities heard." RSVP by webform at or call (212) 298-5565.

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.

Health and Wellness seminar: 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 April 21, Catherine Lord, Ph.D., will discuss "New Approaches and Challenges in Autism Spectrum Disorders." The seminar will begin at 8:30 a.m.-9 a.m. with registration and light refreshments. The presentation 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.


Tribeca Film Festival

"Song of Lahore" is one of the documentaries having its world premiere at this year's Tribeca Film Festival. It will be screened at the Regal Cinemas Battery Park on April 18 and April 21 and at Bow Tie Cinemas in Chelsea on April 19 and April 23.

The Tribeca Film Festival has not severed its connection with Tribeca - not by a long shot - but this year, it's also cozying up to Battery Park City. Many of the festival's more than 200 films will be screened at the Regal Park Stadium 11 movie theater at 102 North End Ave. In addition, as in previous years, Brookfield will host the three-day-long Tribeca Film Festival Drive-In on its plaza overlooking North Cove Marina. This year, look for "Clue," a mystery comedy starring Tim Curry on April 16; Disney's animated classic, "Lady and the Tramp" on April 17 and "A Faster Horse," a documentary about the Ford Mustang on April 18. All screenings are free. Seating and accompanying programs begin at 6 p.m. with screenings starting at dusk, around 8:15 p.m.

Frank Sinatra would have been 100 years old this year, and the Tribeca Film Festival is celebrating with an evening of film and music on April 21 featuring the digital restoration of "On the Town" and live performances at the Festival's creative hub at Spring Studios. Following the screening (which starts at 7:30 p.m.), there will be performances by 18-time Grammy winner and legendary vocalist Tony Bennett, musician Brandon Flowers ("The Killers"), comedian, actress and jazz musician Lea DeLaria ("Orange is the New Black"), dancer and choreographer Savion Glover, singer/songwriter Alice Smith, and bandleader and songwriter JC Hopkins and the 12-piece JC Hopkins Biggish Band. The evening is a ticketed event and also available to Spring Pass Holders (excludes Spring Day Passes). On April 24, "Some Came Running" and "High Society" will be screened as part of the commemorative event. Both films will be shown at the Regal Battery Park Stadium 11 movie theater.

Spring Studios at 50 Varick St. is hosting talks, exhibits and screenings during the festival. Click here for the calendar and for ticket prices to Spring Studios events.

The 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 became available to American Express® Card Members on March 31 and went on sale to downtown residents on April 5 with a $2 discount per ticket. These can only be purchased at ticket outlets and require proof of zip code to get the discount. The ticket outlets are the Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas 9, 260 W. 23rd St. (between 7th and 8th Avenues) and the Regal Cinemas Battery Park Stadium 11, 102 North End Ave. (between Vesey and Murray Streets.) The general public could begin buying single tickets on April 6. During the Festival, tickets will be on sale at all Festival Venue box offices, based on screening or event availability. Ticketing locations open approximately one hour prior to the venue's first ticketed screening or event of the day.

Letter to the editor

To the editor:

Today, I walked past the front, east-facing entrance of the elegant, 25-story skyscraper known as Trinity Court, located at 74 Trinity Place, and photographed what I witnessed there.

Directly under the cast-iron pedestrian foot bridge that connects the skyscraper to the rear of Trinity Church, unsecured plywood panels were leaning in a haphazard fashion against the building to prevent pedestrians from seeing what appears to be the defacing of the delicate marble wall of the skyscraper's main entrance at street level. I was shocked to see raw, exposed bricks that have been drilled off the wall and tumbled into a messy pile right onto the marble floor of the main entrance. How can construction workmen treat such a historic, 90-year old, and rare example of Gothic Revival/Art Deco style of architecture with such utter disregard? This splendid skyscraper was designed by Russian-born architect Henry I. Oser. Trinity Church has never once mentioned the merits of this building or provided any story about its history, past usage or about its architect. I am submitting an application/petition to the Landmarks Preservation Commission for an evaluation of the skyscraper and to consider its eligibility for landmark protection. I feel better doing something, even if it fails, rather than doing nothing at all.

Selwyn Garraway

From the editor:
I'm afraid that train has left the station. Trinity Wall Street has already decided to tear down the building at 74 Trinity Place. The only questions that remain are what kind of building will replace it and how will it be used. These are the topics of Trinity Wall Street's current charettes at St. Paul's Chapel. The next one takes place on May 2.

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Downtown periscope

The new Whitney Museum of American Art, designed by Renzo Piano, will open at 99 Gansevoort St. on May 1. (Photo: Nic Lehoux)

Not quite in downtown Manhattan, but close enough - the Whitney Museum of American Art will open a new building at 99 Gansevoort St. in the Meatpacking District on May 1. Tickets are now on sale.

The building was designed by renowned architect Renzo Piano, whose New York City work includes an addition to the Morgan Library and The New York Times building. Renderings of the new Whitney show spacious, light-filled galleries and panoramic outdoor terraces. The new building will enable the museum to present the most expansive display ever of its collection of modern and contemporary American art in tandem with temporary exhibitions, performances and a host of public programs.

The Whitney Museum of American Art, founded in 1930 by the artist and philanthropist Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney (1875−1942), houses the foremost collection of American art from the 20th and 21st centuries. Mrs. Whitney, an early and ardent supporter of modern American art, nurtured groundbreaking artists at a time when audiences were still largely preoccupied with the Old Masters.

The new Whitney will be open six days a week (closed on Tuesdays). For its inaugural exhibition, "America Is Hard to See," it will remain open until 10 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, May 1 through September 27, 2015. The Museum will be open to the public on Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

General admission will be $22; admission for full-time students and seniors (65 years and over) will be $18, with free admission for all children and teens under 18. Advance tickets are now available. Visitors are encouraged to purchase advance tickets via up to the day before their visit. Online ticket buyers will be able to skip the admissions line when they arrive at the Museum; there are no service fees for online tickets.

On Saturday, May 2, in celebration of the opening, the Whitney will offer free admission to the Museum from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and a neighborhood block party with artist-run activities on Gansevoort Street. Free admission tickets for Saturday, May 2, can be reserved via beginning on Monday, April 13.

Throughout the day on May 2, booths designed by a diverse group of contemporary artists and community organizations will offer activities for a range of audiences, including karaoke, map making, and performance workshops. Large-scale acts on the main stage will include puppetry, dance, music and poetry. These projects embody the Museum's multidisciplinary and inclusive approach to contemporary art.

The festivities will encourage audiences to experience the new location and new architecture as part of the Museum's active engagement with artists and the city. All the activities and performances have been designed by artists and community organizations.

Whitney members enjoy unlimited express admission to the new building, invitations to members-only events, and discounts at the Museum Shop, the Whitney's restaurants, and local businesses, among other benefits. For more information about membership, click here.

Upcoming exhibitions include "America is Hard to See," (May 1-Sept. 27, 2015); "Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist," (Oct. 2, 2015-Jan. 17, 2016); "Frank Stella," (Oct. 30, 2015-Feb. 7, 2016); "The Westreich/Wagner Collection," (Nov. 20, 2015-March 6, 2016); "Laura Poitras," (Feb. 5-May 15, 2016); and "David Wojnarowicz," (fall 2016).


At its April 7 meeting, CB1's Battery Park City Committee will discuss the usage of the Battery Park City ball fields.  (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.

April 7: Battery Park City Committee
* 250 Vesey St., application for liquor license for GRGNY1, LLC - Resolution
* American Heart Association/NYC LeadDog Marketing Group, Inc., application for Battery Park City Authority permit for Thursday, May 28, 2015 - Discussion
* 325 South End Ave., application for liquor license for Chipotle Mexican Grill #1836 - Resolution
* Parking signage and enforcement - Discussion
* BPC Ball fields - Discussion
* Maintenance of West Street median - Discussion

April 8: Tribeca Committee
* 285 West Broadway, application for cabaret license for Haus - Resolution
* Street activity permit for Church Street School on Sunday, May 17, 2015, 1 p.m.-6 p.m. on Warren Street between West Broadway and Greenwich - Resolution

The following notices have been received for renewal, upgrade, or transfer of wine and beer or liquor licenses or sidewalk cafe permits:
* 81 Hudson St., application for a renewal of a liquor license for Puffy's Tavern
* 81 Warren St., application for a renewal of a liquor license for Il Giglio Restaurant

April 9: Landmarks Committee
* Guidelines for Applicant Presentation to Landmarks Committee - Discussion

Community Board 1 loses five members: Five members of Community Board 1 did not seek reappointment. They are George Calderaro, co-chair of the Battery Park City Committee and a member of the Landmarks Committee; John Fratta, chair of the South Street Seaport/Civic Center Committee and member of the Executive Committee; Sarah Currie-Halpern, who was on the Planning and Quality of Life Committees; Coren Sharples, who served on the Landmarks and Youth and Education Committees and Allan Tannenbaum, who was on the Tribeca and Landmarks Committees.

CALENDAR: Week of April 6

The Dutch flagpole in historic Battery Park honors the Dutch settlement of Nieuw Amsterdam. On April 12, a Municipal Art Society tour called "Battery Park in Lower Manhattan" will explore the park's history- and memorabilia-filled 25 acres.
(Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

April 7: The Skyscraper Museum in Battery Park City presents a book talk by Marta Gutman, author of "A City for Children: Women, Architecture and the Charitable Landscapes of Oakland: 1850-1950." In her pathbreaking study of everyday architecture and 19th- and early 20th-century urban reformers who were women, Gutman focuses on the use and adaptive reuse of everyday buildings in Oakland, Calif., to make the city a better place for children. She explores the ways in which women turned private houses in Oakland into orphanages, kindergartens, settlement houses, and day care centers, and in the process built the charitable landscape. Gutman is associate professor of architectural and urban history at the Spitzer School of Architecture, City College of New York and visiting professor of art history at the Graduate Center, City College of New York, as well as an editor for Designing Modern Childhoods. She is a licensed architect. Place: 39 Battery Place. Time: 6:30 p.m to 8 p.m. For more information about the Skyscraper Museum, click here.

April 9: The Municipal Art Society is offering a new tour called "Traces of the Underground Railroad in TriBeCa," led by historian Kathleen Hulser. From Frederick Douglass to David Ruggles to Sojourner Truth, the stories of resistance to the slave system in the North and South are tied to downtown Manhattan. Tribeca is little known as the cradle of early black leadership, but its network of vigilance committees, publications, church activists and escaped slaves formed an early society dedicated to defying oppressive laws and racist ideas.  Time: 2 p.m. Tickets: $20; $15 (MAS members). To buy tickets, click here or call (212) 935-2075, Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Meeting locations are provided after tickets are purchased. All tours proceed rain or shine. No refunds or exchanges.

April 12: The Municipal Arts Society's tour, "Battery Park in Lower Manhattan," explores the site of the Dutch West India Company's original settlement in Manhattan. Within Battery Park's 25 acres are Castle Clinton National Monument - originally built as a fortification that later became the city's first immigrant station, an urban farm, the SeaGlass carousel, Piet Oudolf's Gardens of Remembrance, a labyrinth and much more. The park has also become home to a large number of sculptures and memorials honoring a variety of New Yorkers. Art historian Sylvia Laudien-Meo leads the tour. Time: 2 p.m. Tickets: $20; $15 (MAS members). To buy tickets, click here or call (212) 935-2075, Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Meeting locations are provided after tickets are purchased. All tours proceed rain or shine. No refunds or exchanges.

Through April 30: During the month of April, Lynda Caspe is showing her sculpture, sculptural reliefs and preparatory drawings in the gallery at the office of Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer. A member of the Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors, her work has been exhibited at the Cooper Hewitt Museum, Westbeth Gallery, and the Synagogue of the Arts. Place: Manhattan Municipal Building, 1 Centre St., 19th floor South. Time: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. For more information, click here.

Ongoing: The Museum of Jewish Heritage presents "Designing Home: Jews and Midcentury Modernism," an exhibition that explores the cultural context in which many Jewish émigré architects and designers created a distinctly modern American design that still has wide appeal today.  Walk-up tours will be offered on Sundays in May (except May 24) at 12 p.m. with no reservations necessary. Through January 2016. Place: 36 Battery Place. 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 May 9, Hudson Eats at Brookfield Place presents a variety showcase of live music, games, story time, magic, puppetry and more followed by a movie for the whole family. Time: Shows at 11 a.m. and noon. Movies at 1 p.m. Free. For more information, click here.

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: "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: 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.

Temporarily closed: The South Street Seaport Museum's lightship Ambrose and its barque Peking, berthed at Piers 16 and 15, are closed to visitors through April 25 as the Museum prepares for its 2015 season. 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 2015 season will open on April 25.

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