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Volume 2, No. 36  April 21, 2015
IN THIS ISSUE

Quote of the day: 
"The Seaport is quite literally the birthplace of this city we love."
      - Capt. Jonathan Boulware, newly appointed executive director of the South Street Seaport Museum              

* Boulware named executive director of the South Street Seaport Museum
* City earmarks $11.8 million for affordable housing in Lower Manhattan 
* Bits & Bytes: Howard Hughes marketing 80 South St.; Tribeca bus accident; 1WTC time lapse
* Downtown Little League opens 2015 season
* Downtown Bulletin Board: Beach volleyball; BPC Parks Conservancy summer programming
* Letter to the editor: Outraged by Howard Hughes Corp.'s Seaport tax breaks
* Community Board 1 meetings: Week of April 20
* Calendar: Week of April 20
 
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Willow tree in Battery Park City. April 19, 2015.  (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer) 



BOULWARE NAMED EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE SOUTH STREET SEAPORT MUSEUM; OPENING DAY OF MUSEUM'S SEASON IS APRIL 25 
Jonathan Boulware, formerly interim president of the South Street Seaport Museum, has just been named its executive director. (Photos: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
 
The official announcement will be made on April 25 - the opening day of the South Street Seaport Museum's 2015 season - but unofficially Capt. Jonathan Boulware, formerly the interim president of the museum, is now its executive director.

Boulware joined the museum in November 2011 as Waterfront Director. He was appointed interim president in July 2013 after the Museum of the City of New York said that it could no longer manage the museum in the wake of the unrepaired damage from Superstorm Sandy.

Prior to joining the museum, Boulware served as captain of numerous educational "tall ships," sailing with students on both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. He views the museum's educational mission as key to its long-term development.

"The Seaport is quite literally the birthplace of this city we love," he said. "The Seaport is first and foremost an educational institution. Our collections, historic  buildings and fleet of ships all support this core mission."

Boulware is responsible for the strategic planning, program development, fundraising and the operation of the museum. He is leading the museum in a feasibility study to refine its mission and see which of its holdings it will be practical to keep.

The iron-hulled sailing ship, Wavertree, built at Southampton, England in 1885 for R.W. Leyland & Company of Liverpool, will be the keystone of the museum's fleet along with the schooner, Pioneer, which also dates from 1885, and was built to carry sand mined near the mouth of the Delaware Bay to an iron foundry in Chester, Pa. Pioneer now carries passengers in New York Harbor. The first public sail of the season will occur at the end of May.

Wavertree is scheduled to go to a shipyard in the near future for $9 million in repairs.

April 25: Opening Day events
On April 25, City Councilmember Margaret Chin and other local officials will join the South Street
The lightship Ambrose.
Seaport Museum to kick off a new season of programming on the institution's historic vessels. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., opening Day at Pier 16 will include free and family-friendly activities and tours. Chin will ring in the new season on the lightship Ambrose's bell during a ceremony at 2 p.m. on Pier 16.  
 
Throughout the day, there will be arts and crafts activities, a Seaport scavenger hunt, historic ship tours, and live music. At Pier 16, hands-on educational programs will include learning about sailors' navigation, observing some of the creatures that make New York Harbor a living estuary habitat, and making a boat out of clay and then testing to see if it floats.

Also on Pier 16, Bowne Printers will demonstrate traditional printing at its Mobile Printshop. A printer will operate a tabletop Kelsey press and print delightful giveaways.

Visitors will be able to watch the "uprigging" on the schooner Lettie G. Howard in preparation for the spring season and will be able to observe and ask questions about the process of rigging a fishing schooner built in 1893.

Aboard the historic 1911 barque Peking, museum historian Jack Putnam will tell "Sailor Stories." The ship itself is a marvel because of its size and because it was powered by sails and human hands alone. This was one of the last great commercial sailing vessels ever built.

Moored across from Peking at Pier 16, the National Historic Landmark lightship Ambrose reveals what it was like to man a lightship in some of New York harbor's most treacherous channels, warning other ships away from the shoals. Visitors will be able to learn how this ship had a profound impact on the history of New York, and see what life was like for the crews that served her.

At the 12 Fulton St. Visitors Center, children and adults­ will be able to paint a mural of images related to Opening Day at the Seaport on the new Seaport Storywall. Opening Day will also feature live musical performances on the museum's Pier 16 stage including The Lobbyists, performers in the upcoming concert/play "Seawife," presented by Naked Angels in partnership with South Street Seaport Museum (coming to Melville Gallery on Water Street in June 2015).

At 11:30 a.m. and at 2:30 p.m., there will be tours of Schermerhorn Row - a landmark built in 1811 and sometimes described as New York City's first World Trade Center, and at 12:45 p.m. there will be a tour of the South Street Seaport district.

In honor of opening day, the museum is offering $1 memberships to new members. Memberships will be valid for six months and are for the Individual Level only. They can be obtained at the information booth on Pier 16 or from a museum staff member.
 
In case of rain on April 25, Opening Day will be re-scheduled for Saturday, May 2.
 



CITY EARMARKS $11.8M TO HELP NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS ACQUIRE AND PRESERVE AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN LOWER MANHATTAN
 
St. Margaret's House on the corner of Water and Fulton Streets, has 249 assisted rental units for low-income seniors. It was developed with federal housing funding and is managed by Trinity Wall Street. It is next to Southbridge Towers, a 1,651-unit subsidized co-op apartment complex that was developed under the Mitchell-Lama program but that is probably going to go to market prices. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Lower Manhattan is a wasteland when it comes to affordable housing. There was little to begin with. In the last few years, many rent-stabilized buildings have been converted to condominiums or have reverted to market rents because tax benefits expired. Perhaps the biggest single loss, Southbridge Towers, with its 1,651 co-op apartments, is probably about to exit the subsidized Mitchell-Lama program and go to market prices.

Now, the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) is stepping in to try to preserve some affordable housing in Lower Manhattan, south of Houston Street.

On Friday, April 17, HPD Commissioner Vicki Been announced that the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation (LMDC) - a City-State corporation created after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorism attack to coordinate the efforts to rebuild and revitalize Lower Manhattan - and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) are providing $11.8 million to bolster affordable housing in Lower Manhattan. The money will go to the Lower Manhattan Acquisition Program to spur property acquisitions and to better leverage available funding for affordable housing.

The Lower Manhattan Acquisition Program helps to advance the goals of the Mayor's "Housing New York: A Five-Borough, Ten-Year Plan" by infusing additional resources into the preservation of quality, affordable housing in thriving New York City neighborhoods. Through the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) released on Friday, HPD seeks to attract a diverse group of sponsors to acquire, rehabilitate and manage affordable housing projects in Lower Manhattan south of, and including properties on, Houston Street.

The geographic area has been expanded, and is now bounded by the Hudson and East Rivers. Not-for-profit organizations that qualify under the RFQ may identify housing properties that fit the eligibility criteria for purchase and long-term ownership.

This RFQ is open to not-for-profit entities that have the experience and organizational capacity to successfully rehabilitate and manage affordable housing buildings. For more information regarding the RFQ and NOFA, click here



Bits & Bytes
HOWARD HUGHES MARKETING 80 SOUTH ST.; EMPIRE STORES PROJECT ON STATEN ISLAND; 1WTC TIME LAPSE; TAXI/BUS ACCIDENT IN TRIBECA
The observatory on the 102nd floor of 1 World Trade Center will open on May 29.
(Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

"Howard Hughes to Market 80 South Street,"
Commercial Observer, 4/17/15. "The Howard Hughes Corporation, the real estate development company behind the South Street Seaport's revitalization, has completed a site assemblage for 80 South Street," Commercial Observer reports. "According to a spokeswoman for the company, Howard Hughes is marketing for sale or joint venture its interest in 80 South Street, the 8,128-square-foot site that sits on the corner of Fletcher Street by the East River. Last January, Real Estate Weekly reported that Howard Hughes paid $100 million for the site. Howard Hughes believes a potential sale of this site will accelerate development in the area and enable the company to refocus resources across its existing Seaport footprint-including Pier 17 and the mixed-use development project." According to Commercial Observer, "The company noted that the potential sale or entrance into a joint venture of 80 South Street will not impact the proposed mixed-use building on the New Market site. This site is also independent from the current Seaport redevelopment proposal." For the complete article, click here.

"Developers break ground on Staten Island's massive Empire Stores project but Ferris wheel will come later,"
Daily News, 4/16/15. "Developers have finally broken ground on Staten Island's Empire Outlets, a huge-scale retail complex slated to permanently alter the face of the borough's North Shore," says the Daily News. "The project, the largest development in Staten Island since the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, will comprise 100 designer factory stores, including national brands such as Nordstrom Rack, H&M, Gap Outlet, Banana Republic Factory Store, Guess Factory Store and food options such as Starbucks, Nathan's and Applebee's.
Construction is supposed to be completed next year. The St. George project, which will also include a 190-room hotel and a 1,250-space parking garage, is expected to create over 1,800 jobs, including those generated by construction." For the complete article, click here.

"On Time-Lapse Rocket Ride to Trade Center's Top, Glimpse of Doomed Tower," New York Times, 4/19/15. "An imposingly realistic vision of 2 World Trade Center, the ultimately doomed south tower, will begin appearing next month in a most unlikely place: the five special elevators servicing the observatory atop the new 1 World Trade Center," says The New York Times. "From the moment the doors close until they reopen 47 seconds later on the 102nd floor, a seemingly three-dimensional time-lapse panorama will unfold on three walls of the elevator cabs, as if one were witnessing 515 years of history unfolding at the tip of Manhattan Island. For less than four seconds (roughly proportional to the time the twin towers stood), a jarringly familiar pinstripe facade will loom into view on one wall of the cab. Then, in a quick dissolve, it will evanesce. There would have been no way around Sept. 11, 2001, said David W. Checketts, the chairman and chief executive of Legends Hospitality, the company chosen by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in 2013 to operate the three-level observatory." For the complete article with a video, click here.

"Taxi driver rear-ends tour bus in Manhattan after suffering heart attack, rushed to hospital: police source," Daily News, 4/19/15. "A taxi driver suffered a heart attack and rear-ended a tour bus in Manhattan Sunday, but everyone on the coach escaped unharmed," according to the Daily News. "The 68-year-old cabbie was driving near Church St. and Murray St. in Tribeca when he was stricken about 10:45 a.m., officials said." For the complete article, click here.

Asphalt Green Battery Park City Community Center gets $1.3M in federal funds:
When Superstorm Sandy tore through Lower Manhattan on Oct. 29, 2012, the Asphalt Green Community Center at 212 North End Ave. in Battery Park City sustained substantial damage. The Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) laid out the money to get the community center back on its feet. Now, U.S. Congressman Jerrold Nadler has obtained $1,308,345 in federal funds to reimburse the BPCA for these repairs. The funding will be provided through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Public Assistance Program.

Nadler has been a leader in the fight to secure emergency funding from the federal government to help repair the physical and financial damage from Superstorm Sandy. It helped provide temporary housing, emergency supplies and short-term loans after the disaster. The initial FEMA funds started the process of rebuilding and recovery that remains incomplete to this day. Nadler continues to push for additional funding to further New York's efforts to completely repair the damage inflicted by the storm.

 
DOWNTOWN LITTLE LEAGUE HONORS ITS 2014 CHAMPION TEAMS ON THE OPENING DAY OF THE 2015 BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL SEASON

The opening day of the Downtown Little League's 2015 season.
(Photos: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Shortly after 8:30 a.m. on April 18, hundreds of baseball-capped kids, their families, friends and coaches, streamed onto the Battery Park City ball fields for the start of the 2015 Downtown Little League season. "This is fabulous!" said Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, as she mingled with the throng.

It was fabulous - so many eager, young faces, so many adults dedicated to helping the young people do their best and have a good time, such a beautiful day, such beautiful ball fields. Most of the politicians who spoke at the opening - City Councilmember Margaret Chin, New York State Senator Daniel Squadron, Brewer and Paul Goldstein, representing New York State Assemblyman Sheldon Silver - said that the ball fields should be for the use of sports leagues, nonprofit groups and schools based in Community Board 1 and not for organizations outside of Lower Manhattan. The Battery Park City Authority, which handles the permitting for the ball fields, had wanted to allow for-profit youth organizations and adult groups also to use the fields. After meeting with six elected officials in February, the BPCA was persuaded to continue providing precious field time to the local community for this season but would not commit to what it might do in the future.

"We're fighting very hard to make sure these fields are available to our local groups and our local leagues so that you can continue to play on them," Chin told the crowd.

In prior years, either the president of the Battery Park City Authority or its chairman showed up for the DLL season opening. This year, neither BPCA Chairman Dennis Mehiel nor President Shari Hyman attended - although other, lower-ranking members of the BPCA staff  were present.

Andrew Zelter, president of the Downtown Little League, said there are around 1,100 kids on 81 teams this year and nearly 200 volunteer coaches.

Downtown Little League's own celebrities - the girls' softball teams who won New York State championships last year and the baseball district champions - were honored. The TriBattery Pops played the "Star Spangled Banner," "Hail to the Chief," and "Take Me Out to the Ballgame," and around 10 a.m., the first games of the season began.

- Terese Loeb Kreuzer 

For more photos of the opening day, click here.





Downtown bulletin board
BEACH VOLLEYBALL; BPC PARKS CONSERVANCY SUMMER PROGRAMMING; SAILORS BALL; SCHOLARSHIPS FOR CHEFS; MALAYSIAN KITCHEN
From early May to late October, the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy organizes a wide range of programs for adults and children including an Explorers Club that helps 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders examine the natural world of Battery Park City's parks. (Photo courtesy of the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy)

Beach volleyball at Pier 25: Kids in grades 6 through 12 can sign up for Beach Volleyball instruction and games at Pier 25 in Hudson River Park. The League runs from May 15 to July 17 on Friday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The program is free for Downtown Community Center members. The fee for non-members is $25. Sponsorships are needed. Email jim@manhattanyouth.org to become a sponsor. To register, click here.

Battery Park City Parks Conservancy summer programming: The Battery Park City Parks Conservancy organizes free art, gardening, science, yoga, tai chi and sports programs that run from early May through late October in BPC's parks. The programs are for children as young as three years old to adults. Some are drop-in programs. Others require advance registration. For more information, click here.

Malaysian Kitchen grand opening:
The newest restaurant to open in Battery Park City,
Curry laksa, made with tofu, bean sprouts and thin, rice noodles.
Malaysian Kitchen at 21 South End Ave., overlooking South Cove, held its grand opening on April 18. Malaysian cuisine reflects the historical influences of the English, the Portuguese and the Dutch, and the country's present connection to its Southeast Asian neighbors. Malaysian Kitchen is open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. It will deliver. The phone number is (212) 786-1888. For more information about Malaysian Kitchen, click here.


Sailors Ball: The 18th Annual Sailors Ball, a fundraiser for the NY Harbor Sailing Foundation, will take place on Friday, May 1 at the Downtown Association. The Foundation, a project of Michael Fortenbaugh's Manhattan Sailing Club, created the first junior sailing programs in New York Harbor. All proceeds from the black-tie Sailors Ball go toward scholarships for the junior and teen programs. Dancing from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. (tickets are $95 in advance and $120 at the door) follows a sit-down dinner ($250 a person for those who choose to attend the dinner). This year, the post-dinner festivities will also include a casino with black jack, craps and roulette tables. Place: 60 Pine St. For more information and tickets, click here.

Scholarships for chefs:
The James Beard Foundation, named for the renowned cookbook author, has scholarships for people who want to become chefs and for chefs who want to improve their skills. This year, the JBF will award $700,000 in scholarships and grants. There are unrestricted cash awards, cash awards with specific restrictions or qualifications, and scholarships to specific schools that can be applied to tuition at those schools only. Among them are the Institute of Culinary Education, which will soon relocate from Chelsea to Brookfield Place in Battery Park City, and the International Culinary Center in Soho. Some of the other scholarships include the Alain Ducasse Education Scholarship of $20,000, which goes to a student seeking an education in the culinary, pastry, and bakery arts or in wine studies, the Jean-Louis Palladin Professional Work/Study Grant, which enables a qualified professional to work with food producers at their source and to study varied specialized skills and the Rhone Rangers Professional Study/Travel Grant, designed for working chefs or sommeliers who wish to learn about American-Rhône varietal wines. All scholarship application materials must be postmarked by  May 15, 2015. Professional grant applications must be postmarked by June 15, 2015. Scholarship winners will be notified in August. To learn more about the scholarship program, click here.

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 education@seany.org 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.

The Tribeca Film Festival runs through April 26. 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.) Tickets can also be purchased by calling (646) 502-5296 or by emailing boxoffice@tribecafilmfestival.org. Tickets can be purchased online by clicking here.

Evening and weekend tickets cost $18. Downtown residents can get a $2 discount per ticket.  These can only be purchased at ticket outlets and require proof of zip code to get the discount.  Matinées cost $10, with no discount. Tickets for Tribeca Talks are $35. Ticketing locations open approximately one hour prior to the venue's first ticketed screening or event of the day.




 

Letter to the editor
OUTRAGED BY HOWARD HUGHES CORP.'S SEAPORT TAX BREAKS

Pier 17 in the South Street Seaport as it looked last April. While the pier is under construction, The Howard Hughes Corp., which has a long-term lease on the pier, owes no taxes on the property. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

To the editor:
(Re: "City hands developer Howard Hughes Corp. a tax break: No tax due on millions of dollars in South Street Seaport property," DPNYC, 4/15/15.) This is beyond outrageous!  If you or I tried this stunt, we would be thrown under the jail. As it is, HHC doesn't even get a slap on the wrist!  This is just one more reason why EDC [the New York City Economic Development Corporation] does not need to be in charge of the South Street Seaport Museum and the entire South Street Seaport Historic District.  The conflict of intrest is just too large - and too obvious.

Beth Childs

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CB1 GETS SEVEN NEW MEMBERS; CB1 MEETINGS: Week of April 20

The fountain in City Hall Park. A discussion of the City Hall Park charrette is on the agenda of Community Board 1's Seaport/Civic Center Committee. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer announced on April 20 that she and City Councilmember Margaret Chin had appointed seven new members to Community Board 1 and had reappointed 43 previous members to the community board.
 
The new members are Elizabeth Avila, Thomas Berton, Wendy Chapman, Fern Cunningham, Patrick Kennel, Tiffany Winbush and Susan Wu. 

Brewer's office received approximately 50 new applications for Community Board 1, in addition to many of the existing members seeking renewal. "Our district received the second most new applicants of the 12 Manhattan community boards," said Catherine McVay Hughes, CB1 chairperson. "Our community is fortunate that such qualified residents are volunteering their time to serve their community."
 
Meetings: Week of April 20
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 21: Seaport/Civic Center Committee
* Accident on Beekman between William and Nassau - Discussion and possible resolution
* Seaport/Civic Center Update & Priorities - Discussion and possible resolution
* South Street Seaport Museum Opening Day on Pier 16 on Saturday, April 25 - Update by Staff
* Hermione launch from France - Update by James S. Kaplan, Greenberg & Kaplan, LLP
* City Hall Park Charrette - Update & discussion
* 111 Fulton Street, BSA application special permit for physical culture establishment - Resolution
* Street activity permit for River To River: Living Room on Sunday, June 28, 2015, 12 p.m.-8 p.m. on Front Street between Beekman Street and Peck Slip - Resolution
* 24 Peck Slip, application for new sidewalk café license for Suteishi Japanese Restaurant - Resolution
* 33 Peck Slip, application for hotel liquor license for an entity to be formed by Bob Ghassemieh - Resolution
* 207 A Front Street, application for wine and beer license for LLC to be formed - Resolution
* 89 South Street, application for a wine and beer license for Pier 16 Holdings LLC - Resolution
* South Street Seaport - Pier 15, request for one-time alteration of hours for Watermark - Resolution
 
The following notices have been received for renewal, upgrade, or transfer of wine and beer or liquor licenses or sidewalk cafe permits:
* 21-23 Peck Slip, application for renewal of a restaurant liquor license for IDG Seaport Corp d/b/a DBA Acqua Restaurant
* 16 ˝ Dover Street AKA 279 Water Street, application for renewal of a restaurant liquor license for Sanwep Restaurant Corp d/b/a Bridge Cafe
 
April 22: Executive Committee - 6 p.m. (CANCELLED)
 
April 28: CB 1 Monthly Meeting - 6 p.m.
                Location: Southbridge Towers, 90 Beekman St., Community Room




CALENDAR: Week of April 20

A statue of a seated woman made in what is now Honduras between 900 B.C. and 200 B.C. is in a exhibition called "Cerámica de los Ancestros: Central America's Past Revealed" that opened on April 18 at the National Museum of the American Indian, 1 Bowling Green.

April 23: In celebration of National Poetry Month, MTA Arts & Design and the Poetry Society of America are setting up poetry booths for the public at the MTA's Fulton Center. During the event, "Poetry in Motion: The Poet Is In," more than 20 poets will write poems on the spot for anyone who wants one. Among the poets will be New York State Poet Laureate Marie Howe, Pulitzer Prize-winner Sharon Olds, and Bob Holman, founder of the Bowery Poetry Club. All poets will be accompanied by musicians from the MTA's Music Under New York program, who will perform throughout the day-long event. Place: Broadway and Fulton Street. Time: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free. For more information about MTA Arts & Design, click here. For more information about the event, click here.

April 24
: On April 24, 1865, a service was held for the late President Lincoln in New York City. In commemoration of  the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's funeral procession, the National Park Service (NPS) is hosting a program at Federal Hall National Memorial featuring an actor portraying Lincoln with an introduction by an NPS ranger. The event will focus on Lincoln's vision of moving a war-torn America from Civil War to Civil Rights. The program is part of an observance with programs in each of the major cities that held a funeral for Lincoln between Washington, D.C., and his final resting place in Springfield, Ill., on the same day each of the funerals were held in 1865. Place: 26 Wall St. Time: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Free. For more information, click here.

April 25: Opening day on Pier 16 and at 12 Fulton St. for the South Street Seaport Museum's season includes free and family-friendly activities and tours. Activities such as a Seaport scavenger hunt, historic ship tours and live music take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. At 2 p.m. on Pier 16, City Councilmember Margaret Chin will ring in the new season on the lightship Ambrose's bell. Free. (The rain date is May 2.)

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.

Through May 23: Poets House in Battery Park City presents Edward Sanders' "Seeking the Glyph." During the course of a long and diverse career as a poet, musician, historian, publisher, activist and pacifist, Sanders has invented a glyphic alphabet - a colorful script of hand-drawn characters, symbols, and graphemes. He says that, "A glyph is a drawing that is charged with literary, emotional, historical or mythic, and poetic intensity." This exhibition shows selected drawings and daybooks authored by Sanders between 1962 and the present. Place: 10 River Terrace. Time: Tues.-Fri., 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free. For more information, click here.

Ongoing: "Cerámica de los Ancestros: Central America's Past Revealed" displays 155 ancient objects from the National Museum of the American Indian's rarely seen collections of Central American ceramics. The exhibition examines seven regions representing distinct Central American cultural areas that are today part of Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama, where Central America's first inhabitants lived. Dating back to 1000 B.C., the ceramics help tell the story of the innumerable achievements of these ancient civilizations, each with unique, sophisticated ways of life, value systems and arts. Through January 2017. Place: 1 Bowling Green. The National Museum of the American Indian is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Thursdays, until 8 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 info@seany.org. 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. 
 
Buy tickets now: On June 8 at 6 p.m., Poets House will once again embark on a poetic pilgrimage across the Brooklyn Bridge, stopping along the way to listen to NYC-inspired poetry and ending on the Brooklyn side of the bridge with dinner, wine and more poetry. This is the 20th anniversary of the fundraising event. All proceeds help make possible the hundreds of free and affordable public programs that Poets House presents each year. Tickets start at $250; ($225 for Poets House members). Reservations are required. To buy tickets online, click here. For details or to make reservations, contact Krista Manrique at (212) 431-7920, ext. 2830 or email krista@poetshouse.org
 

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