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Volume 2, No. 49  June 18, 2015

Quote of the day: 
"I'd like to quit work some day and sail around the world."
     - Gerard Mazi, a student in the Manhattan Sailing School's Basic Sailing course          
* Sailing lessons: Manhattan Sailing School in Jersey City
* Sailing lessons at North Cove Marina with the Offshore Sailing School  
* Bits & Bytes: Judge OKs blocking Brooklyn Bridge view; Pioneer's Dorfman resigns
* Downtown Bulletin Board: Downtown Boathouse closures; River to River food discounts
* Letter to the editor: Tugboat Pegasus is part of New York Harbor history
* Community Board 1 meetings: Weeks of June 15 and June 22
* Bang on a Can Marathon: June 21
* Calendar: Week of June 15
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MASTHEAD PHOTO: Statue of Liberty.  June 7, 2015 (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer) 


John Carlson, an instructor at the Manhattan Sailing School, with some of his students. (Photos: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

On a sunny afternoon in late May, four students listened attentively to John Carlson, an instructor at the Manhattan Sailing School, as he explained sailboat terminology and some of the basics of how a sailboat works. They were in the first hours of a two-day course that they hoped would carry them far.

"I'd like to quit work some day and sail around the world," said Gerard Mazi, a risk management consultant who lives in Hoboken, N.J. He was there with his fiancée, Lauren Gee, who works in finance at Unilever and was taking the course because Gerard is passionate about sailing.

The other two students in Carlson's boat were friends, one of whom lives in Manhattan, the other, in Brooklyn. 

Michael Fortenbaugh at Liberty Harbor Marina in Jersey City.
The Manhattan Sailing School, owned by Michael Fortenbaugh, is no longer in Manhattan but it is carrying on just as it did for more than a decade when it was located at North Cove Marina in Battery Park City.

Now domiciled at Liberty Harbor Marina in Jersey City, the Manhattan Sailing School has 19 boats in the water (most of them J24s) and an active social scene at the Honorable William Wall clubhouse, anchored as in previous years near Ellis Island. Already this year, the Manhattan Yacht Club, another Fortenbaugh enterprise, has staged one regatta. There will be more. 

The Honorable William Wall Clubhouse, anchored near Ellis Island.
Fortenbaugh left Battery Park City unhappily and reluctantly when the Battery Park City Authority awarded a 10-year contract to operate North Cove Marina to Brookfield Property Partners, which brought in Andrew Farkas' Island Global Yachting to manage the day-to-day affairs of the marina. The Offshore Sailing School now has the contract to teach sailing at North Cove. But Fortenbaugh is putting down roots in Jersey City, which has welcomed him. And although he has inevitably lost some business, he has also found that some of his previous customers and students have followed him across the river. The Liberty Harbor Marina has a parking lot, for those who drive. For those who take public transportation, there are ferries that stop nearby and a light rail system in Jersey City with a station near one of the ferries and another station very near the marina. 

"I took the PATH train to get here," said Catherine Gordon, one of Carlson's students. She lives in Manhattan and said the trip was "easy."

Fiona Dunne, another of Carlson's students, said that her friend, Catherine, had recommended the Manhattan Sailing School. "It has a good reputation," said Dunne.

The Manhattan Sailing School's basic sailing course covers sailing terminology, points of sail, rigging and derigging, hoisting and trimming sails, tacking and jibing, sailing by the lee, proper commands, docking and securing a boat, important knots, basic navigation rules and what to do if there is a "man overboard."

The course has proven so popular that it has sold out every weekend. The Manhattan Sailing School has had to bring in some more boats to accommodate the demand. The course usually costs $590, but this year, it is being offered for $390 for 15 hours of instruction.

Those students who want to learn more can sign up for "Basic Coastal Cruising," another 15-hour course. Then, if they wish, they can join the Manhattan Yacht Club (the fee is $1,540 for the season, which runs through October) and take boats out on the river if accompanied by more experienced sailors.  

In addition to these courses for adults, the NY Harbor Sailing Foundation has a junior sailing program. Operation Optimist is for ages 8 to 13 and the Teen Sailing Camp is for ages 13 to 18. 

Operation Optimist runs from Monday to Friday between June 22 and Sept. 4. The tuition is $590 per week with discounts for students who enroll in multiple sessions. A limited amount of financial aid is available. (For more information, call 212-786-0400.)

The Teen Sailing Camp runs from June 22 to Aug. 28. The tuition is $390 per week, again, with some financial aid available.

To accommodate youngsters coming from Manhattan, a Manhattan Sailing School launch will pick the students up at Pier 25 in Hudson River Park at 8:45 a.m. and bring them back there at 5:15 p.m. There is no extra charge for this service.

- Terese Loeb Kreuzer

For more information about the Manhattan Sailing School, click here

Aboard the Honorable William Wall, the Manhattan Yacht Club's clubhouse.


Bob Woodring, regional manager for the Offshore Sailing School, in North Cove Marina. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

In the wake of a storm the previous day, the current on the Hudson River was unusually strong and the wind kicked up as a Colgate 26 sailboat with Steve Colgate, its designer, at the tiller left North Cove Marina in Battery Park City for a spin across the river to New Jersey. His wife, Doris, helped to steer and navigate, calling out when a ferry was nearby or another boat was approaching.

Steve and Doris Colgate own the Offshore Sailing School, which was selected by the Battery Park City Authority and by Brookfield Property Partners to provide sailing lessons at North Cove Marina for the next 10 years. Steve Colgate was an Olympian and Americas Cup sailor, whose sailing feats include crossing the Atlantic Ocean six times in a sailboat. Doris Colgate has decades of sailing experience and is the author of a book about sailing specifically designed for women.

Steve Colgate. (Photo: Doris Colgate)
On that particular afternoon in early June, the tall red, white and blue sail on the Colgate 26 carried the boat along at racing speed and it heeled at a precipitous angle that fazed neither Colgate. Despite the wind, Steve Colgate had not a hair out of place and he looked calm and happy.

The Hudson River presents an array of potentially tough conditions for the novice sailor, but, said Doris, after 24 hours of instruction at the Offshore Sailing School (spread out over three days and preceded by a four-hour, online course), even a novice would know how to handle them.

A student would steer the boat, said Doris, and "In a short time, they would be getting used to handling the boat in the wind and wave conditions, with the instructor coaching them through any difficulties they may be having." Not alone, that student would have someone on the boat "looking out ahead, and to port and starboard, watching for approaching boats from any direction. This is the instruction we give students learning on our boats - awareness of everything going on around us as we sail. Normally there are at least three students aboard. All these tasks work through teamwork, with everyone participating in all the tasks at hand. This becomes second nature by the end of a three-day course."

Doris said that in a stiff wind, "We also would have walked all the students through reefing the mainsail and then would have rolled out the jib. So all students would have a job, trimming, steering, watching for other vessels."

The Offshore Sailing School is now in its 51st year and has taught more than 130,000 people how to sail.
(Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
North Cove Marina is only partially open this summer, however the Offshore Sailing School has seven Colgate 26 sailboats in the marina and is offering sailing lessons for children and adults.

A weekly KidsSail program will start on June 22 and continue through Aug. 14. For three hours a session on five consecutive days, children enrolled in KidsSail can go out on the Hudson River in a Colgate 26 sailboat with a professional instructor aboard each boat. KidsSail is open to children aged 7 to 17. "Every effort will be made to put similar ages together," Doris Colgate said.

The program runs from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Parents can enroll their child for both sessions in any given week depending on availability, or they may request multiple weeks.

KidsSail costs $325 per child per week for half-day sessions and $600 for full-day sessions. "We are committed to providing up to half of the sailing spots on scholarship for parents who might not otherwise be able to afford this fun and enriching program for their children," Doris said.

To request a KidsSail application, or a KidsSail scholarship application, contact Beth Oliver at

In addition to KidsSail, the North Cove Sailing School at Brookfield Place is offering sailing rides and lessons, three-day Learn to Sail certification and Performance Sailing/Racing courses. The school also offers corporate team building sailing programs, group regattas, and membership in the North Cove Sailing Club with unlimited use of Colgate 26 boats on New York Harbor, a racing series and social events.

Offshore Sailing School now has eight locations, including two others in New York Harbor at Tribeca's Pier 25 and at Liberty Landing Marina in Jersey City, N.J.

For more information about the Offshore Sailing School at Brookfield Place, click here.

- Terese Loeb Kreuzer

Bits & Bytes
Judge says it's OK for views of the Brooklyn Bridge to be blocked by a hotel and condominium complex now under construction in Brooklyn. (Photos: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

"Judge Clears Way for Pierhouse Complex to Cast Shadow on Brooklyn Bridge," New York Times, 6/14/15. "After months of debate between developers and organizers, a judge ruled last week to allow the continued construction of Pierhouse, a hotel and condominium complex that obscures some views of the Brooklyn Bridge," says The New York Times. Though the judge, Justice Lawrence S. Knipel of State Supreme Court, called the panorama 'an iconic, world-class view worthy of the maximum protection the law can afford,' he also concluded that developers were within their legal rights in blocking portions of it from people ambling on the Brooklyn Heights Promenade. In his ruling on Friday, Justice Knipel acknowledged that the current construction, which is nearing completion, leaves 'an indelible impression' of overwhelming the promenade's historic space and view. Still, he concluded that the government made 'a conscious decision' to allow the project to be built at its current height 'for reasons relating to economic sustainability,' that rooftop 'appurtenances' containing mechanical equipment may legally exceed that limit and that because opponents failed to file their challenge within the time allotted by law, construction could proceed." For the complete article, click here.

"This Solstice, Skylight at Fulton Center Hub Will Get Its Day in the Sun," New York Times, 6/17/15. "Druids, take note. On the summer solstice, clouds permitting, the Fulton Center in Lower Manhattan will be filled with more sunshine than has ever before reached its interior," says The New York Times. "Rays of sunlight will burnish Sky Reflector-Net - the 79-foot-high convex tracery of aluminum panels and stainless steel cables in the Fulton Center atrium - for more than nine hours on Sunday, between 7:50 a.m. and 5 p.m. (At the winter solstice, by contrast, direct sunlight hits the net for only 70 minutes.) From 12:15 p.m. until 3:30 p.m., the rays will penetrate about 40 feet below sidewalk level to recesses on the lowest level of the center. The $1.4 billion Fulton Center, New York's newest transportation hub, was opened in November by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, 11 years after the project began, at almost twice the originally estimated budget. It was designed to untangle the tortuous connections among the 2, 3, 4, 5, A, C, J, R and Z subway lines. This is its first summer solstice." For the complete article, click here.

"The Jazz Age Lawn Party Takes New Yorkers Back in Time,", 6/15/15. "Over the weekend, New York's dolls and babies joined their gents and gigolos for a whale of a time at the annual Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor's Island," says "For the last ten years, the party has remained one of the most celebrated summertime attractions in New York, where partygoers don their best roaring 20s get-ups and dance the Charleston to big band swing, headlined by event founder Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra. This year in particular was a special one, marking the decade milestone. What began as a simple event with 50 friends has exploded into a highly sought-after ticket for this highly curated affair." For the complete article, click here.

"What 15 Historic New York City Scenes Look Like Today,", 6/15/15. "It's often said that the only constant in New York is constant change, and glancing through historic photos of the city-even photos from just 20 years ago-it's evident how true this really is," observes. "New Yorkers love waxing poetic about the good ol' days and lamenting the loss of history, and a new app wants to tap into that nostalgia and let users time travel. Called Deja Vu, the app holds a collection of hundreds of vintage photographs that have been geolocated, so you can stand on a street corner and pull up a photo of that same spot from 100 years ago. The app's creator, E J Kalafarski aims for historic scenes that 'illustrate particularly stark contrasts with today,' and photographer Scott Lynch set out to recreate 15 of the shots." Among them are several places in Lower Manhattan - the Brooklyn Bridge walkway, Doyers Street in Chinatown and Ellis Island. For the complete article, click here.

"With Hogan and Kostic Out, Brookfield Looks to GGP for Leasing at Brookfield Place," Commercial Observer, 6/15/15. "Sandeep Mathrani's General Growth Properties will be taking over leasing at Brookfield Place, according to sources with intimate knowledge of the arrangement," Commercial Observer reports. "Brookfield Property Partners, which opened the 250,000-square-foot retail center Brookfield Place at 250 Vesey Street in March, has been winding down its Brookfield Place leasing team. As of last week, Mark Kostic left his position as manager of retail leasing at Brookfield and started as senior general manager of retail, leasing and asset management at Related Companies. At the end of April, Ed Hogan, the national director of leasing at Brookfield, was hired to oversee leasing at Vornado Realty Trust." For the complete article, click here.

Richard Dorfman resigning as master of Pioneer: Richard Dorfman, master of the South Street Seaport Museum's 1885 schooner, Pioneer, is resigning as master effective July 4 but will continue to serve as a relief captain. The sailboat is a familiar presence in New York harbor, going
Richard Dorfman at the helm of the Pioneer.
out for up to four cruises a day in season. Dorfman has been master of the Pioneer, responsible for the crew and volunteers on the ship, since 2009. No replacement has been named. Dorfman is going to work for the historic lighthouse tender, Lilac, berthed at Pier 25 in Hudson River Park, where he will be operations director. "I want it to be known that though I am leaving [Pioneer] to pursue an exciting new opportunity, I remain an ardent supporter of the museum and plan to stay involved," he said. - Terese Loeb Kreuzer

Downtown bulletin board
Kayaks in the Downtown Boathouse on Pier 26 in Hudson River Park.
 (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
Downtown Boathouse closures: Downtown Boathouse's free public kayaking will be closed at Pier 26 in Hudson River Park on June 20 and 21. The dock will be used for the Hawaiian Airlines Liberty Challenge (an outrigger race) on Saturday and for the New Amsterdam Swim on Sunday. The one-mile swim will start at Pier 45 in Greenwich Village at 3:30 p.m. and finish at Pier 26. It will be followed by a party on Pier 26, with all proceeds going to fund research into ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord and is commonly known as "Lou Gehrig's disease."

The Downtown Boathouse will also be closed on Sunday, June 28 for New York City Pride Day events. An email from the Downtown Boathouse said, "We are planning to be open on Saturday June 27, but the situation may change."

North Cove sailing:
On June 20 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Steve and Doris Colgate's Offshore Sailing School will mark Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year, with "Summer Sailstice Celebrations" at North Cove Marina, Brookfield Place. Offshore Sailing School instructors will take guests for a one-hour ride aboard the sailing school's Colgate 26 sailboats. Tickets: $35. Minimum age 7 accompanied by an adult and minimum weight, 50 pounds. Minimum of two passengers and maximum of five per boat. Advance registration is requested and will be confirmed on a space-available basis. To book, call North Cove Sailing School at (212) 786-4888 or email Payment in full is required when booking. Walk-ups may be accommodated if space is available.

River to River Festival discounts: Several Merchants Hospitality restaurants are offering a 25 percent discount to festival audience members who mention "River To River" between June 18 and 28. The discounts apply at The Black Hound, Merchants River House and SouthWestNY in Battery Park City; Clinton Hall at 90 Washington St. (at the corner of Rector and Washington Streets); Industry Kitchen at 70 South St. and Watermark on Pier 15 at 78 South St. (in the South Street Seaport); and Pound & Pence at 55 Liberty St. (in the Financial District).

Learn to make Chinese tamales: On June 20, Kirby Tan, owner of Malaysian Kitchen in Battery Park City at South Cove, will teach how to make Zongzi, (Chinese tamales), which he
Kirby Tan, owner of Malaysian Kitchen.
describes as "a traditional Chinese food, wrapped with bamboo leaves, widely eaten during the Dragon Boat Festival." All proceeds from the two-hour class will benefit CPC Chinatown Senior Citizens Center at 70 Mulberry St.

Place: 21 South End Ave. Time: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Fee: $25 per person (each participant will take home four Zongzi). For adults and for children 6 years and older. For more information and to make a reservation, call (212) 786-1888.

Open auditions for Downtown Voices:
Trinity Wall Street is looking for experienced volunteer singers to join Downtown Voices, a new choir bringing together the best professional and non-professional singers in the New York metro area. The choir will rehearse once a week and perform Benjamin Britten's St. Nicholas, James MacMillan's Seven Last Words from the Cross, and Beethoven's Missa Solemnis in the 2015-2016 season. Stephen Sands will direct. If you have choral experience and are interested in singing alongside members of the Grammy-nominated Choir of Trinity Wall Street, audition for Downtown Voices. Click here for more information on audition requirements.

Volunteer for the South Street Seaport Museum: The South Street Seaport Museum has a fleet of six historic ships and a workshop barge, all of which need constant upkeep. Schooner Pioneer and Lettie G Howard rely on volunteers to not only maintain them, but to sail them. Both are recipients of the Tall Ships America - Adventure and Education Under Sail "Sail Training Program of the Year" award (2012 and 2014 respectively). All are welcome to join the crew - no experience necessary! Training is provided as you go, and there are numerous possibilities for participating, learning and growing into a skilled maritime preservationist and traditional sailor. Email for more information.
Get Low Tuesdays:
The Downtown Alliance has launched "#GETLOW Tuesdays," a new summer promotional campaign that will provide a 20 percent discount at nearly three dozen Lower Manhattan restaurants. In addition, participants who share the program using social media will be entered to win a four-day, three night trip to Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

Created by the Downtown Alliance, the program will be driven by social media. Participants can utilize 11 social media platforms to spread the word about the campaign, using the hashtag #GETLOW. Available platforms include: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Google+, Vine, Snapchat, Foursquare, Flickr, Pinterest and Tumblr.

Participating restaurants are: 121 Fulton Street; Atrio Wine Bar | Restaurant; Barbalu Restaurant; Bavaria Bierhaus; Beckett's; Blackhound Bar; Church & Dey; Cowgirl SeaHorse; Da Claudio Ristorante & Salumeria; Dina Rata; The Dubliner; Felice 15 Gold Street; Financier Patisserie; Fresh Salt; GRK; Harry's Café and Steak; Industry Kitchen; Lonestar Empire; Lumpia Shack; Mad Dog & Beans Mexican Cantina; Merchants River House; Nelson Blue; Pound & Pence; Ramen Burger; Red Hood Lobster Pound; St. George Tavern; Schnitz; Seaport Smorgasburg; Smorgas Chef; SouthwestNY Restaurant; Stone Street Tavern; and Watermark Bar & Lounge. The campaign is also receiving support from the Millennium Hilton and Hilton Amsterdam.

To learn more, click here.

July 4 fireworks:
This year's Fourth of July fireworks display, presented by Macy's, will again take place over the East River. The best places to see the show will be from Brooklyn Bridge Park and the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, and along the east side of Lower Manhattan. The light show starts at 9 p.m., but it would be best to arrive early. For more information, click here.
Downtown Post Portfolio: Downtown Post Portfolio is a regular feature in Downtown Post NYC, showcasing artists and photographers who live and/or work south of Canal Street or who create images (paintings, drawings, photographs) of Lower Manhattan.

To have your work considered for publication in Downtown Post Portfolio, send up to seven high-resolution jpeg files attached to an email to (One of the photos should be a picture of you.) Several of these photos will be published in Downtown Post NYC, along with a short artist bio and a statement about the work submitted, including whether or not it is for sale and how to purchase it.

Not all entries can be published. Copyright remains with the artist. Before publication, each contributor will be asked to sign a release stating that Downtown Post NYC has the right to publish the work in the emailed newsletter and in the Downtown Post archives, and that there is no payment.

Downtown Little League opening day photo gallery
: The Downtown Little League kicked off its 2015 season on April 18. This year, there are just under 1,100 players on 81 teams. For photos of the opening day, click here.

Whitney Museum of American Art photo gallery: The Whitney Museum of American Art at 99 Gansevoort St. opened to the public on May 1. For photographs of the Whitney Museum's new building and of its opening exhibition, click here.

South Street Seaport Museum Opening Day: The South Street Seaport Museum opened its 2015 season on April 25 with events on Pier 16 and activities for kids and their families in the lobby of the museum's 12 Fulton St. building. For photographs of the museum's opening day, click here.

Downtown Post Portfolio: Jay Fine: Jay Fine is a New York City fine-art photographer and photojournalist, based in Lower Manhattan whose work was featured in Downtown Post Portfolio (DPNYC, 5/6/15). To see some more of Fine's work on the Downtown Post NYC website, click here.

Letter to the editor

Tugboat Pegasus. (Photos: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

To the editor:
(Re: "Historic Tug Pegasus seeks new funding and new leadership," DPNYC, 6/7/15): Pamela Hepburn first ran Pegasus as a commercial towing enterprise, then, understanding the historic value of the vessel, established it as non-profit/educational institution.

Ms. Hepburn is a long-time, close friend and I've worked alongside her periodically over the years.  From dismantling machinery and overseeing extensive hull-work to grant-writing and fund raising, she was always in the thick of things. Never too proud to ask questions and seek sound advice from others, she was continually learning about her industry and the intricacies of the non-profit world. Well known and respected in the harbor, her individual grit led her to successfully run Pegasus for 30 years.  

Pegasus going idle means one less historic vessel available to grace the waters and one less historic vessel reminding people of what New York Harbor used to be.

Charles Deroko

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Pegasus and John J. Harvey
On Saturday, June 20, two historic boats - Pegasus and the fireboat John J. Harvey - will offer free, four-hour trips leaving from Pier 25 in Hudson River Park at 2 p.m. and traveling south along the working waterfronts in New Jersey and the Kill van Kull,  towards Newark Bay. Tickets are free but reservations are required. Reserve by clicking here.

On Sunday, June 21, John J. Harvey will escort the Cunard ocean liner, Queen Mary 2, out of her berth in Brooklyn. The trip leaves from Pier 66 at W. 26th Street at 4 p.m. and returns at 6:30 p.m. Space is limited. Reserve by emailing Free, but contributions are welcome and are tax deductible.

COMMUNITY BOARD 1 MEETINGS: Weeks of June 15 and June 22

Kelly Carroll, director of preservation and community outreach at the Historic Districts Council, Gina Pollara, land use consultant and Joanne Gorman, a founder of Friends of South Street Seaport, at a Community Board 1 Seaport/Civic Center Committee meeting on June 16 at which Richard Cote, executive vice president of the New York City Economic Development Corporation, gave a presentation about the Tin and New Market Buildings in the South Street Seaport, which, he revealed, he wanted to demolish because he deemed them unsafe. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

All Community Board 1 meetings take place at 49-51 Chambers St., Room 709, starting at 6 p.m. unless otherwise indicated. Bring photo ID to enter the building.

June 18: Quality of Life Committee (CANCELLED)
June 23: CB 1 Monthly Meeting - 6 p.m.
            Location:  Manhattan Youth Community Center
            120 Warren St. (at West Street)


Some of the musicians of the Bang on a Can All-Stars. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

On Sunday, June 21, the annual Bang on a Can marathon returns to the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place in Battery Park City for 10 hours of non-stop immersion in new music. There's no telling what the founders of Bang on a Can - Julia Wolfe, David Lang and Michael Gordon - will dish up. Based on previous years, the music is likely to range from hypnotic to spellbinding to surprising to moving to incomprehensible.

The challenge of playing some of this music can't be overestimated  - most of it doesn't adhere to the usual conventions of pacing, notation or structure. However, the musicians are admirable. Bang on a Can's house bands, Asphalt Orchestra and the Bang on a Can All-Stars, will share the stage with more than a dozen other performers and groups.

This year's composers include Anna Clyne, Julian Day, Lainie Fefferman, Michael Gordon, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Paul Kerekes, David Lang, Lao Luo, Ivo Papasov, Tristan Perich, Pixies, Bobby Previte, Todd Reynolds, Somei Satoh, LJ White, Kendall Williams, Julia Wolfe, Glen Branca, Cyro Baptista and others.

Julia Wolfe's work is a highlight. She recently won a Pulitzer Prize for her oratorio, "Anthracite Fields." She consistently upends musical norms while managing to find a path straight to the heart. - Terese Loeb Kreuzer


12 p.m.:
Lord Nelson, Ah Goin' An Party Tonight (arr. Kendall Williams) - Crossfire Steel Orchestra, Inc.
Kendall Williams, Down Seven - Crossfire Steel Orchestra, Inc.
Tristan Perich, Surface Image for solo piano and 40-channel 1-bit electronics - Vicky Chow, Piano
Lainie Fefferman, Tongue of Thorns  - Dither

2 p.m.:
Florent Ghys, Music from the album Télévision  - Florent Ghys, Bass
LJ White, Wilder Shores (with original poetry by Matthew Dickman and Michael Dickman) - Third Angle New Music
David Lang, face so pale - Grand Band
Pixies / Charles Thompson, Bone Machine (arr. Peter Hess), River Euphrates (arr. Stephanie Richards), Cactus (arr. Ed RosenBerg III)  - Asphalt Orchestra
Kendall Williams, Rehearsals and MisConception  - Crossfire Steel Orchestra, Inc.
From the Bang on a Can All-Stars' latest album Field Recordings:
Julia Wolfe, Reeling  Johann Johannsson, Hz Anna Clyne, A Wonderful Day  Todd Reynolds, Seven Sundays   - Bang on a Can All-Stars

4 p.m.:
Somei Satoh, Incarnations  - Tomoko Mukaiyama, Piano
Julian Day, Quartz  - Third Angle New Music
Ivo Papasov,  Ivo's Ruchenitsa, Trakia Suite, Ilikovo Horo (all arr. by Peter Hess)  - Asphalt Orchestra
Paul Kerekes,  wither  - Grand Band

6 p.m.:
Bobby Previte, Terminals 3 & 4  -  So Percussion with Nels Cline, guitar &  Bobby Previte, Drums
Michael Gordon, Ode to La Bruja, Hanon, Czerny, Van Cliburn and little gold stars... (or, To Everyone Who Made My Life Miserable, Thank You.)  - Grand Band
Cyro Baptista,  Forró for All  - Cyro Baptista & Friends

8 p.m.:
Lao Luo, Michael Gordon, David Lang, Julia Wolfe, Cloud-River-Mountain  - Gong Linna, voice & Bang on a Can All-Stars
Glenn Branca, Ascension Three - Glenn Branca Ensemble

The 2015 Bang on a Can Marathon is co-presented by Bang on a Can, Arts Brookfield and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council as part of the River To River Festival. For more information, click here.

CALENDAR: Week of June 15

The Swedish Midsummer Festival returns to Wagner Park in Battery Park City on Friday, June 19. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
June 18: A block party in Battery Park City kicks off the 14th annual River To River Festival. The party, in Goldman Sachs alley (between Vesey and Murray Streets), will feature samples and
discounts at area restaurants and retailers, an array of activities for the whole family, and live performances by internationally acclaimed New African soul and jazz musician, Somi. Time: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Free. For more information, click here.  

June 19
The Swedish Midsummer Festival in Battery Park City celebrates the longest day of daylight in the year and the summer solstice. Revelers decorate a midsummer pole and learn folk dances from Barnklubben Elsa Rix and Swedish Folkdancers of New York. They weave midsummer wreaths, and wear them like crowns. The celebration includes a parade, games for children and Swedish delicacies. Traditional music is provided by Paul Dahlin and Fiddlers from the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis. The dances are led by Ross Sutter, Scandinavian folklorist. Swedish Midsummer Festival is co-sponsored by the Consulate General of Sweden, New York and the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy. Place: Wagner Park. Time: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Free. For more information, click here.

June 20: Twyla Tharp's iconic "The One Hundreds" returns to Battery Park City as part of the River to River Festival. Inspired by legendary baseball player Sandy Koufax, Tharp noticed that each baseball play took approximately 11 seconds. She then began crafting her own 11-second phrases, culminating with her creation of "The One Hundreds," a dance that has received critical acclaim and has become a core part of Tharp's educational and training programs. The first part of the dance features two dancers from Tharp's ensemble performing the one hundred 11-second phrases without music in perfect unison and outside of each other's peripheral vision. Five dancers then take the stage and simultaneously perform 20 of the phrases. Finally, 100 members of the audience join in to perform one of the phrases each, completing the entire set of phrases in just 11 seconds. Place: Rockefeller Park. Time: 7 p.m. to 7:35 p.m. Free. For more information, click here.

June 21: "Trisha Brown: In Plain Site, Wagner Park, New York," is a newly created initiative that will use selected material from the Trisha Brown company's extensive repertoire and weave it together inspired by the beauty of Robert F. Wagner Park to create a site-specific performance. With each iteration of "Trisha Brown: In Plain Site," the audience will experience Brown's work from a fresh perspective with programs designed to accommodate the unique attributes of the space. Released from a proscenium stage and reimagined in non-traditional venues, this model brings the dances closer to the audience, creating opportunities for audiences to have a more intimate relationship with some of Brown's greatest works. Place: Wagner Park. Time: Two performances, one at 4 p.m. and one at 6 p.m. Free. For more information, click here.

June 21: The Bang on a Can Marathon brings contemporary music to Battery Park City, with compositions by Bang on a Can's founders, Pulitzer-Prize winner Julia Wolfe, Michael Gordon and David Lang and many others. Place: Winter Garden. Time: Noon to 10 p.m. Free. For more information, click here.

June 21: Board a New York Water Taxi with Gabriel Willow, a guide from the New York Audubon Society, for a three-hour trip to New York City's remarkable Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. You are likely to see nesting ospreys, many kinds of wading birds, peregrine falcons, willets and much more. Leaves from Pier 16 in the South Street Seaport. Time: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets: $60 (adults); $50 (children). For more information and to buy tickets, click here.

Ongoing: Celebrate summer with a sail aboard the South Street Seaport Museum's historic schooner, Pioneer, and get a new perspective on New York City. Bring a picnic lunch or dinner, snack, beverage or dessert. Pioneer was built in 1885 as an iron-hulled sloop to carry cargo along the Delaware River and is the oldest ship regularly sailing in New York Harbor. For more information or to buy tickets, stop by the museum's Visitor Service Center at 12 Fulton St. or ask the Museum's Associates on Pier 16. Afternoon Sails: Tuesday-Friday 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets: $38; $28 (museum members); $32 (students and seniors); $20 (children 2 to 11 years old); $5 (children uner 2 years old). Sunset Sails:
Tuesday-Sunday 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets: $45; $35 (museum members); $25 (children 2 to 11 years old); $10 (children under 2 years old). For more information or to buy tickets, click here.

Ongoing: Governors Island is open daily through Labor Day. For a calendar of events, click here.

Ongoing: The historic lighthouse tender, Lilac, berthed at Pier 25 near North Moore Street in Hudson River Park, is hosting a three-month exhibition of artwork through Aug. 15. It focuses on three themes inspired by the ship's story - "Steam," "Work + Labor" and "Restoration/Reinvention." The exhibition features the work of more than 25 artists, with several site-specific installations.  Performances, artist talks, film screenings, readings, community activities and educational events accompany the exhibition. For more information about the Lilac, click here. For a video about the Lilac, click here. For more about the art series, click here.   

Ongoing: "America in Circulation: A History of US Currency Featuring the Collection of Mark R. Shenkman," an exhibition at the Museum of American Finance, showcases around 250 rare examples of American paper money accompanied by large, interactive touch screen displays. From Colonial times, American money has told a fascinating story of the country's struggles and successes. Often local and national currencies competed and coexisted with each other, while economic depression, war and counterfeiting drove constant advances in design. The exhibition spans the period from the Colonial era to the present day. Highlights include rare examples of currency bearing the signatures of signers of the U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence; a complete set of notes from the Educational Series of 1896, renowned for being the most beautiful paper money in American history; and rare examples of high denomination notes including $5,000 and $10,000 bills. Through March 2018. To see an online version of the exhibition, click here. Place: 48 Wall St. Museum is open Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: $8; $5 (students and seniors); free (museum members and kids 6 and under). For more information, click here.

: "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: 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: 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.

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