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Volume 2, No. 50  June 23, 2015

Quote of the day: 
"Finally, students of Asian descent will not be forced to choose between observing the most important holiday of the year and missing important academic work."
    - City Councilmember Margaret Chin on the announcement that Lunar New Year will now be an official holiday in the public school system.           
* Lunar New Year becomes an official public school holiday 
* Bits & Bytes: Landmark backlog; Howard Hughes transforms Seaport "tourist trap"
* After 108 years, tugboat Pegasus makes her last trip in New York Harbor - at least for now
* Downtown Bulletin Board: Launch from Pier 25 to William Wall; River Project WetLab
* Community Board 1 meetings: Week of June 22
* River to River Festival: Free Night at the Museums: June 23
* Calendar: Week of June 22
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MASTHEAD PHOTO: Hosta in Wagner Park.  June 17, 2015 (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer) 

A souvenir vendor in Lower Manhattan's Chinatown. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced on June 23 that New York City will become the second major urban school district in the nation, after San Francisco, to close on Lunar New Year in the official school calendar. In the coming 2015-16 school year, schools will close on February 8 for the Lunar New Year. New York City schools will maintain the same number of State-reimbursable instructional days as part of this change to the calendar.
In recent months, the Department of Education has worked through long-term school calendar planning to accommodate Lunar New Year in the years ahead, while still ensuring New York City can meet its commitment to educating students and meeting the State-mandated 180 days of instruction. The DOE facilitated the addition of Lunar New Year to the school calendar by consolidating two half-days previously designated for staff administrative work, of which neither could count toward the 180-day minimum, into just a single full day. This allowed room for the insertion of the Lunar New Year without any net loss in State aidable days. The DOE added Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha as official school holidays earlier this spring.
"The addition of Lunar New Year to the public school calendar champions our continued commitment to respecting and honoring the extraordinary diversity of our students," said Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña. "This new addition is also a welcome teachable moment in the classroom for our students to learn about the contributions of various cultures."
New York City joins San Francisco, California, and Tenafly, New Jersey school districts, which close its public schools on Lunar New Year. Under the Chancellor's regulations, students are allowed an excused absence from school for their religious and cultural observances.
According to New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, "Asian-Americans are the fastest growing community in New York City, with nearly 175,000 students of Asian descent enrolled in our public schools. With this change, thousands of families will no longer have to choose between honoring their heritage and receiving a full education."
"Asian-American students make up more than 12 percent of Manhattan's public school population and nearly a quarter of Community School Districts 1 and 2, and these students should be allowed to celebrate this major holiday with their families," said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. "Moving forward, the Department of Education should institute flexible days off, so we can ensure students of all backgrounds can celebrate important holidays with their families, without lengthening the school year or eliminating total class days."

Several of the elected officials representing Lower Manhattan worked hard to get this legislation passed. Among them were U.S. Congressman Jerry Nadler, who represents the west side of Manhattan and parts of Brooklyn, New York State Sen. Daniel Squadron, and City Councilmember Margaret Chin.

Nadler, Squadron and Chin said they were "thrilled" by this development.

"For years, we pushed so that those who celebrate Lunar New Year are no longer forced to choose between class and their most important cultural holiday," Squadron said. "The Mayor's pledge and today's addition of Lunar New Year to the school calendar send a strong and meaningful message that as the city changes, the school calendar must change with it."

 Squadron said that absentee rates in some schools are up to 80 percent on Lunar New Year.

"I am thrilled that the Mayor is keeping his commitment to put Lunar New Year in the school calendar for next year," said Councilmember Chin, who represents District 1, which includes Chinatown. "Finally, students of Asian descent will not be forced to choose between observing the most important holiday of the year and missing important academic work. Lunar New Year is a deeply important cultural observance for some 15 percent of public school students, and this designation gives Lunar New Year the respect and recognition it has long deserved."

Bits & Bytes
A statue of Alexander Hamilton at the Museum of American Finance, 48 Wall St. The U.S. Treasury Dept.'s announcement that Hamilton would be displaced from the $10 bill in order to accommodate a picture of a woman has been met with widespread condemnation. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

"New York City Moves to Ease Landmark Backlog," Wall Street Journal, 6/18/15.
"For Meenakshi Srinivasan, it seemed like a small step in an effort to make government more efficient," says the Wall Street Journal. "The new chairwoman of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission proposed six months ago to summarily wipe out a backlog of 95 pending landmark designations, some of which had been lingering for nearly half a century. But after howls from some elected officials and preservationists, Ms. Srinivasan has reversed herself and offered a new plan: Each potential landmark, from a wood-frame house on East 85th Street to a mammoth power station on West 59th Street, will now get a shot at bureaucratic glory. Public hearings for each application are now to be held this fall, and final decisions on most of the historic properties are due by the end of next year." For the complete article, click here.

"Sandy-ravaged 'tourist trap' is finally safe for real New Yorkers," New York Post, 6/18/15. "Long dissed as a salty tourist trap, and more recently ravaged by Hurricane Sandy, the South Street Seaport's ship has finally come in," the New York Post declares. "A fleet of vibrant new stores and restaurants have dropped anchor alongside such historic haunts as the Paris Cafe, a legendary watering hole on South Street for nearly 150 years. 'There's a rising-tide feeling down there that's really interesting right now,' says Eric Demby, co-founder of Smorgasburg food market, which set up in 2013 to help reinvigorate the area, post-Sandy. After skipping last summer, the Brooklyn-based foodie favorite has returned with some of its top-selling purveyors. While work continues on the Pier 17 shopping center, slated to reopen in 2017, design darlings such as William Okpo and Brother Vellies have opened shop on Fulton Street in the last few months. Seaport Studios - a highly anticipated pop-up shop featuring high-end designers - debuts Friday."  For the complete article, click here.

"Save Alexander Hamilton!", 6/18/15. "There is something sad and shockingly misguided in the spectacle of Treasury Secretary Jack Lew acting to belittle the significance of the foremost Treasury secretary in American history, Alexander Hamilton, by demoting him on the ten-dollar bill," says Ron Chernow, author of a best-selling biography of Hamilton. "In announcing the move Lew implied that Hamilton wouldn't disappear altogether from the bill, but would somehow share the space with an illustrious woman. Since the two would obviously look awkward side-by-side, the strong likelihood is that the female personage will be emblazoned on the front with Hamilton banished to the murky back side. The desire to elevate a woman into the select pantheon of Americans on our currency is altogether laudable and I, for one, would be thrilled to see Harriet Tubman, Eleanor Roosevelt, or Susan B. Anthony grace the twenty-dollar bill. But to pounce on Hamilton as the victim of this long-overdue change is to correct one historic injustice by committing another."  For the complete article, click here.

"Sheldon Silver, Unbowed by Charges, Adjusts to Life After the Speakership," New York Times, 6/21/15. "The last five months have not been kind to Sheldon Silver," says The New York Times. "Arrested in January, indicted in February and forced out as Assembly speaker in between, Mr. Silver has seen his influence in the Capitol wane. Some luxuries have been lost, like the office just off the Assembly floor. He now sits in the chamber, next to a freshman Democrat who was 14 years old when Mr. Silver was first elected to the Assembly. Yet in many ways, Mr. Silver remains a presence unbowed, tackling favored causes and displaying no obvious reluctance about appearing in public at the Capitol or elsewhere. At the Celebrate Israel parade in Manhattan last month, for instance, he marched up Fifth Avenue wearing a blue sash and holding up an Israeli flag. Outside City Hall in March, he voiced support for making the Lunar New Year a school holiday. At an April meeting of a task force he formed to address the issue of school overcrowding, those on hand greeted him with applause. 'These are my friends,' Mr. Silver said last week, recalling the warm reception. 'I've been doing this with them for 30 years. As far as they're concerned, nothing's changed.'" For the complete article, click here.

"So About That Sinking LES Sidewalk Next To The 80-Story Luxury Tower Construction Site...,", 6/19/15. "Extell, the favorite developer of oligarchs worldwide, is having a complicated couple of days," says "First, they got served a stop-work order Wednesday because construction on their 80-story 250 South Street condominium tower was causing Cherry Street to collapse. Now, it looks like the developer is going to have to rip up all of Cherry Street and repave it." Gothamist says that, "Our source couldn't confirm when reconstruction would start on Cherry Street, though it's likely that it will begin soon, given the troubling amount of damage that's already visible along the block." For the complete article, click here.


Tugboat Pegasus leaving Pier 25 at the end of her final trip.
(Photos: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

June 20 was a misty, rainy day, suitable for a sad occasion - not that a little rain would bother a tugboat or anyone, like Capt. Pamela Hepburn, who has ever worked on one. Tugboats go out in all weather to shepherd vessels through New York Harbor. That had been the work of tugboat Pegasus for most of her 108 years. She was built in 1907 for Standard Oil of New Jersey but was in Norfolk, Va. when Hepburn saw her in 1987, bought her and brought her back to New York.

Capt. Pamela Hepburn
Hepburn, one of the few women to work as a tugboat captain, refurbished Pegasus and ran her for around eight years as a working vessel. But eventually, she had to find another way to sustain the boat. In 2000, she donated Pegasus to a non-profit enterprise called the "Tugboat Pegasus Preservation Project" that she started with several other people.

However, this, too, proved to be only a temporary measure.

On June 20, Pegasus made her last trip in New York Harbor, at least for the time being. Although Hepburn was able to raise money over a period of years to restore the tugboat, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, there was not enough money to keep her going. At midnight on June 20, 2015, her insurance policy expired. It would have cost $14,000 to renew it and the money wasn't there.

So on June 20, Pegasus left Pier 25 in Hudson River Park with some passengers and crew on board, bound for the Kill van Kull where Pegasus used to work. Pegasus steamed along not far from another historic ship, the fireboat John J. Harvey.

Wavertree at Caddell's Dry Dock in Staten Island.
They passed the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, the Bayonne graving dock that was built for naval service during World War II and the tugboat company yards on Staten Island. At Caddell's Dry Dock, the tall masts of the South Street Seaport Museum's 1885 sailing ship, Wavertree, towered above the treetops - an emotional reunion for some on board Pegasus, who had last seen Wavertree on May 21 when she left Pier 15 for dry dock.

A container ship going under the Bayonne Bridge.
A freighter laden with colorful shipping containers made its way under the Bayonne Bridge that connects Bayonne with Staten Island. Hepburn explained that the bridge, which opened in 1931, is getting a new, elevated roadbed to allow the ever larger ships that can transit the newly expanded Panama Canal to continue to call on Ports Elizabeth and Newark.

It was time to turn back. The rain had picked up and visibility had diminished. The Pegasus does not have the fancy electronic equipment found on newer vessels. Hepburn called over to the John J. Harvey, which does have electronic equipment, and asked to be able to follow her through the fog and rain. They made their way through the red and green channel markers. Hepburn said that she once knew all of them by sight and by name, but it has been a long time since she worked the Kill van Kull on a regular basis.

Once through the Kill van Kull, the John J. Harvey took off. Pegasus passed the Statue of Liberty and then, since there was time, went up the Hudson River to Hoboken, where Hepburn pulled into the Erie Lackawanna ferry and railroad terminal - one of her favorite places. She pointed out to her passengers the date on one of the richly ornamented, copper pediments - 1907, the date when the Pegasus herself had been built.

Then, it was time to return to Pier 25. The passengers disembarked, some with tears in their eyes. But Hepburn was stoic. It had been a good trip, she said. Pegasus had been her life and livelihood, but she was tired. Maybe it would be better for someone else to take her on.

Who that someone might be is as yet unknown. But the Pegasus' board of trustees has said that it welcomes "serious individuals to present their ideas and proposals" for Pegasus' future.

In the meantime, she will have a berth at the Liberty Harbor Marina in Jersey City, where Hepburn can look after her. Hepburn will not be able to take her out on the river because of the insurance issues, but she will not be far away from the tugboat that has been part of her life for so long.

- Terese Loeb Kreuzer


Downtown bulletin board
The Honorable William Wall, the clubhouse of the Manhattan Yacht Club, is anchored for the summer near Ellis Island and is now reachable via a launch from Pier 25 in Hudson River Park. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
Manhattan Yacht Club launch from Pier 25: The Manhattan Yacht Club's clubhouse, the Honorable William Wall, is anchored for the summer near Ellis Island. A launch service from Pier 25 to the Willy Wall will begin departing from Pier 25 near North Moore Street in Tribeca on Tuesday, June 23.  So far this spring, the launch has only departed from Jersey City making Manhattan Yacht Club's Clubhouse hard to reach. To celebrate, the Manhattan Yacht Club is offering half-price drinks on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 23 and 24. Everyone is welcome at the Willy Wall (you don't have to be a member of the Manhattan Yacht Club.) Enjoy the incredible views of the harbor. Watch the sailboat races. Bring a picnic. The launches depart at 5:25 p.m., 6 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m. and then every 30 minutes from Pier 25. Return trips are also every half hour. The William Wall closes at 10 p.m. The first four launches from Pier 25 have reserved tickets. Tickets can be purchased by clicking here. If tickets are sold out, visitors can still go standby. By 7 p.m., some guests start to come back and launch rides are available on a first-come basis. For more information about the Honorable William Wall, click here

River Project WetLab Look-ins:
The River Project's WetLab at Pier 40 (at Houston and West Streets), provides an opportunity for the public to meet the underwater animals of New York Harbor. The Wetlab is on the south side of Pier 40 and is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wetlab Look-ins are centered on a 3,000 gallon flow-through system of unfiltered river water. The animals in residence encounter the same temperature, salinity and microorganisms as they would if they were in the river. This estuarium houses a unique and important NY State Heritage Collection of locally caught fishes and invertebrates that represents the biodiversity of the Hudson River Park Estuarine Sanctuary, and it can include hundreds of animals. A special feature is the Living Oyster Reef Ecosystem Exhibit. Wetlab Look-ins are interactive. Visitors are encouraged to get their hands wet in touch tanks and to participate in hands-on activities set up on the south walkway of Pier 40. Special topic Look-ins are hosted by students participating in The River Project's Marine Biology Internship Program. Interns choose a topic of interest, do extra research and create their own hands-on activities for visitors. Topics can vary, as they depend on interest, and can be anything from sediment exploration, to water quality testing, to a specific estuarine species. The River Project's events calendar includes a list of Wetlab Look-ins so that guests can plan their visit around a topic of their interest, or come and be surprised. To see the events calendar, click here

Downtown Boathouse closures:
Downtown Boathouse's free public kayaking will 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."

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).

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.


Tom Berton, Michael Kramer and Vera Sung 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. He revealed that he wanted to demolish because he deemed them unsafe. There will be a special meeting of CB1's Landmarks Committee on June 25 to discuss Pier 17 where The Howard Hughes Corporation is building a new shopping mall.  (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 23: CB 1 Monthly Meeting - 6 p.m.
            Location:  Manhattan Youth Community Center
            120 Warren St. (at West Street)

June 25: Special meeting of CB1's Landmarks Committee
             Time: 6 p.m.
             Place: to be determined

Christopher Curry, senior executive vice president of The Howard Hughes Corporation, has told CB1 that "there is a minor amendment he needs to make to the landmarks resolution CB1 voted in February, 2015." Michael Levine, planning and land use consultant for CB1 added,  "We know nothing else at the present time.  He will explain at the meeting."

River to River Festival

The Museum of Jewish Heritage in Battery Park City, one of 15 Lower Manhattan museums that will be open free on June 23 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
 (Photos: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

For the second year, 15 Lower Manhattan museums will be open free from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on June 23 as part of "River To River," Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's annual summer arts festival. Many of the sites include special programming and some restaurants on the tour route are offering special "Night at the Museums" discounts.
All museums and historical sites are within walking distance from one another.
The participating institutions will issue a special Night at the Museums Passport for the event, available at each venue that evening. It will provide a map of the area and information about the museums and historical sites to help visitors plan their evening. This handy brochure will entitle visitors to special discounts valid through the summer on museum admission and other services depending upon the location.

All activities are free but some require tickets or advance reservation: The National September 11 Memorial Museum tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis at the museum starting at 4 p.m. Walking tours offered by the 9/11 Tribute Center and Wall Street Walks require advance reservation and a limited number of tickets will be available for walk-ups.

Participating museums and historical sites are:

African Burial Ground National Monument, dedicated to teaching about Africans of early New York and Americans of African descent. Visitors will be able to tour the museum, view the film "Our Time At Last," and speak to National Park Service rangers about the history of the site from its creation through its rediscovery to its designation as a national park.

The Anne Frank Center USA, a partner of the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam. It educates and inspires visitors through the diary, spirit, and legacy of Anne Frank. A permanent exhibition enables visitors to learn about Anne's world in hiding and her incredible optimism despite the chaos that was around her. Visitors can see the newly designed exhibition, "The Helpers of the Secret Annex."
Federal Hall National Memorial, which serves as a museum and memorial to America's first
Federal Hall.
president and the beginnings of the United States of America. Exhibits present the history of Federal Hall. Artifacts on view include the Bible that George Washington used at his inauguration. National Park Service Ranger-led tours will be offered on the hour from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.  

Fraunces Tavern® Museum, the only museum located in Manhattan that focuses on the Colonial period, Revolutionary War, and the Early Republic. Discover just how important New York City was during the birth of our nation. Historical balladeer Linda Russell and The Tricorne Dance Ensemble will provide music and dance presentations throughout the evening.

Museum of American Finance, the nation's only independent museum dedicated to American finance and financial history. In addition to the permanent exhibits, visitors can see special exhibits including "Legal Tender," which consists of flag paintings on silk depicting U.S. paper currency from 1862 to the present. Visitors can take part in free tours until 7:30 p.m. on the half hour with a limit of 20 people per hour.

Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust offers the opportunity to explore modern Jewish history, life, and culture. Special exhibitions on view are: "Designing Home: Jews and Midcentury Modernism," "Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945," and "A Town Known as Auschwitz: The Life and Death of a Jewish Community." Guided tours will be offered on the hour from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. of the Core Exhibition and "Designing Home: Jews and Midcentury Modernism." Alicia Svigals, the world's foremost klezmer fiddler and a founder of the Grammy-winning Klezmatics, will perform in the lobby from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Two talks will be given by Dr. Erik Jensen of Miami University in conjunction with the special exhibition "Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945" at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.

National Archives at New York City invites visitors into the Learning Center to discover and uncover the many national treasures of New York. Enjoy an Archival Adventure and pull archival facsimile treasures off the shelves. View famous signatures and other original records or discover family history research/genealogy by exploring immigrant arrivals. See the traveling exhibition of "What's Cooking Uncle Sam: The Government's Effect on the American Diet" and participate in family activities.
National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution illuminates the diversity of
Two bracelets designed and made by Raymond Yazzie in an exhibit at the National Museum of the American Indian called "Glittering World: Navajo Jewelry of the Yazzie Family."
Native peoples and culture from throughout the Americas. Special tours will be offered from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. of the museum's permanent collection, "Infinity of Nations," as well as the celebrated exhibitions "Glittering World: Navajo Jewelry of the Yazzie Family" and "Cerámica de los Ancestros: Central America's Past Revealed." A screening of the feature film, "The Medicine Game," about lacrosse playing brothers from the Onondaga Nation will take place at 6 p.m.

National September 11 Memorial Museum is the country's principal institution concerned with exploring the implications of the events of 9/11, documenting the impact of those events, and exploring 9/11's continuing significance. Free admission is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., with the last admission two hours prior to closing. Tickets are not available in advance and are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis at the museum starting at 4 p.m.

9/11 Tribute Center, created by the September 11th Families Association, offers visitors a place where they can connect with people from the 9/11 community including survivors, family members, rescuers, and first responders. Visitors learn about 9/11 through personal stories told by those who were there. Walking tours will be held every hour on the hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Pre-registration preferred at Limited availability at the door.

NYC Municipal Archives Visitor Center, located in a stunning Beaux Arts building, holds New York City Government's historical records beginning with documents deeding land to the Lady Deborah Moody in 1645. The remarkable archives include early maps of the City, drawings for the Brooklyn Bridge, designs for Central Park, and other municipal records. "The Unbuilt City" is a special exhibit for one night only. The Downtown Civic Center in Lower Manhattan was a project that was years in the planning yet never built. Artist renderings, building designs, and architectural plans will be on view.

Poets House offers something for everyone in the wide and varied tradition of verse. Visitors can peruse the 60,000-volume poetry library and see an exhibition of Walt Whitman materials. Participate in a poetry scavenger hunt: visitors will be given popular poems with several words missing and will have to find the poems in books in the extensive library. The first person to correctly complete three poems will receive a free one-year membership to Poets House. Everyone who fills in at least one poem correctly will get a special Haiku pencil, curated by poet Robert Hass.

The Skyscraper Museum, located in the world's first and foremost vertical metropolis, celebrates New York City's rich architectural heritage and examines the historical forces and individuals that have shaped its successive skylines. The museum explores tall buildings as objects of design, products of technology, sites of construction, investments in real estate, and places of work and residence. At 5 p.m., take a curator's tour with founding director Carol Willis of the museum's special exhibition "Ten Tops."

South Street Seaport Museum is dedicated to telling the story of the rise of New York as a port
Antique printing presses at Bowne Printers.
city and its critical role in the development of the United States. The museum uses its historic buildings and ships to provide interactive exhibits, education, and experiences. Explore the ships on Pier 16 and take docent-led walking tours of the historic district and the museum's galleries. Bowne Printers will offer live demonstrations on several printing presses that date back to the middle of the 19th century.
Wall Street Walks takes visitors through the historic capital of world finance: the one-square-mile of downtown Manhattan known as "Wall Street."  Mini-Walking Tours (half-hour duration) will take place every 30 minutes, from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tours meet in front of 55 and 57 Wall St. and end at one of the museums or historic sites participating in Night at the Museums. Book in advance at Tours will fill up quickly. A small number of slots will be held for walk-ups.

For complete information, including times and schedules, click here.

CALENDAR: Week of June 22

Tour Pier A on Sunday and learn about its history and how it was preserved and reconstructed. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
June 23: Night at the Museums. As part of the River to River Festival, 15 Lower Manhattan museums will be open free between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Many will have special programming. All are within walking distance of each other. Some restaurants on the tour route will offer "Night at the Museums" discounts. For more information, click here.

June 25: Opening day for the annual Poets House showcase of all the poetry books and poetry-related texts published in the United States in the previous year. The publications come from over 650 commercial, university and independent presses. The exhibition runs through Aug. 8, 2015. During the course of the exhibit, some of the poets will read from their work. First reading: June 25: Bill Berkson (Expect Delays, Coffee House Press); Dorotha Lasky (Rome, Liveright); Rowan Ricardo Phillips (Heaven, Farrar, Straus and Giroux); Elizabeth Willis (Alive: New and Selected Poems, New York Review of Books). Place: 10 River Terrace. Readings begin at 7 p.m. Showcase is open during regular Poets House hours, Tuesdays to Saturdays. (Closed July 3 and July 4.) Free. For more information, click here.

June 28: Tour Pier A with the Battery Park City Authority's Vice President of Real Property, Gwen Dawson. Extending 300 feet into New York Harbor at the southern end of Battery Park City and featuring a 70-foot clock tower, Pier A is New York City's last remaining historic pier and its latest revival story. Dawson will explain the history of Pier A and tell the story of its recent renovation and re-imaging as a public space. Time: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Free. For more information, 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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