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Volume 2, No. 54  July 8, 2015

Quote of the day: 
"This is like the fox watching the henhouse!"
     - Diane Harris Brown, a South Street Seaport resident, commenting on the appointment of Maria Torres-Springer as president and CEO of the New York City Economic Development Corporation           

* HR&A connections create conflicts of interest at the EDC 
* Bits & Bytes: Women's World Cup ticker tape parade; City Council mulls helicopter ban
* Snowberger fired at Pier A Harbor House
* Downtown Bulletin Board: Water Street Greenmarket opens; Independence Day photographs
* Letter to the editor: 'Breathtaking arrogance' at the South Street Seaport
* Community Board 1 meetings: Week of July 6
* Calendar: Honoring Alexander Hamilton: July 10-13
* Calendar: Weeks of July 10 and July 13
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MASTHEAD PHOTO: Sunset over Jersey City.  July 4, 2015. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer) 


Christopher Curry, senior executive vice president of The Howard Hughes Corporation and Adam Meister, HHC vice president, at a Community Board 1 meeting about HHC's development activities at the South Street Seaport. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

"When Maria Torres-Springer takes over as president and CEO of the city's Economic Development Corporation, she will become one of the most powerful people in New York real estate," said a report on NY1 ("Next EDC President Will Have to Recuse Herself from Projects Her Husband is Involved In," 7/6/15). "The next president of the city's Economic Development Corporation will be the first woman to serve in that position, but she will not be allowed to work on every project before the agency. Maria Torres-Springer has to recuse herself from any business that involves her husband, a partner at a major real estate consulting firm" NY1 continued.

The New York City Conflict of Interest board obviously had some serious doubts about the probity of Ms. Torres-Springer's appointment. It issued a 14-page report describing where her conflicts of interest might exist, and where her ability to influence the outcome of issues before the EDC might be tainted because of her husband's employment as a real estate consultant. 

The consulting firm for which Torres-Springer's husband, Jamie, works is HR&A Advisors, which describes itself as providing "strategies" for "some of the most complex mixed-use, neighborhood, downtown, campus and regional development projects across North America and abroad." Jamie Torres-Springer was a partner in HR&A before the Conflicts of Interest Board said that he should step down if his wife were to head the EDC. He has complied with that but will remain on staff.

For people concerned about what happens at the South Street Seaport, the Torres-Springer affiliation with HR&A is not just a matter of academic interest.

The Howard Hughes Corporation, which has long-term leases on parts of the South Street Seaport, has been an HR&A client - and the EDC is Howard Hughes' landlord.

"This is like the fox watching the henhouse!" said Diane Harris Brown, a South Street Seaport resident and member of the Seaport Working Group that met for months to hammer out guidelines for South Street Seaport development.

Howard Hughes is now engaged in trying to expand its leaseholds in the South Street Seaport, and, among other things, wants to demolish the New Market Building on South Street so that it can erect a tall, luxury apartment building on that site. EDC seems to be doing everything it can to be helpful to Howard Hughes in achieving that goal.

In May it came to light that EDC was all set to demolish the New Market Building as a safety hazard until that plan was thwarted for the time being by an outcry from seven organizations that signed onto a letter written by Peg Breen, president of the New York Landmarks Conservancy, opposing the demolition. They said that demolition was not a given and that nothing irrevocable should be done without a public review and a master plan for the Seaport.

The shadow of HR&A over the Seaport goes beyond the Torres-Springer couple. Adam Meister, a vice president of The Howard Hughes Corporation, who is almost always present when HHC's senior executive vice president, Christopher Curry, speaks publicly about the Seaport, was employed at HR&A from 1994 to 1997.

Carl Weisbrod, the chair of the New York City Planning Commission, was also formerly with HR&A as one of its partners.

The NY1 report on the Torres-Springer conflict of interest includes a quote from Susan Lerner, executive director of Common Cause New York, which describes itself as being "dedicated to restoring the core values of American democracy," working to "ensure that government and the political process serve the public interest, rather than special interests" and attempting to "curb the excessive influence of money on government policy and elections."

About the Torres-Springer appointment, Lerner said, "I think this shows a long-standing incestuous relationship between the real estate industry and the EDC. And the EDC is a very problematic entity from a good government point of view. They are really not transparent at all and are not really accountable to anybody."

- Terese Loeb Kreuzer

Bits & Bytes
New York City Council is working on a bill to ban tourism helicopter traffic, which accounts for around 40,000 flights a year. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

"New York City to Hold Ticker-Tape Parade for Women's World Cup Champs,, 7/8/15. "The city has decided to hold a ticker-tape parade to celebrate the U.S. women's soccer team's World Cup victory, marking the first time in more than half a century that the honor will be bestowed upon female athletes," says NBC New York. "Mayor de Blasio's office has announced plans for the parade, which will be held Friday beginning at 11 a.m. along Broadway from the Battery to City Hall, known as the Canyon of Heroes. All are invited to celebrate along the parade route. Those who want a chance to attend the special program at City Hall can go to or call 311 on Wednesday between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to sign up.
NBC 4 New York will be live streaming the parade on air and online." For the complete article, click here.

"City Council bill would ban helicopter tours in NYC,"
Daily News, 7/815. "The City Council is preparing a bill to ban helicopter tourism from the five boroughs, saying the flights are so noisy their wings should be permanently clipped," says the Daily News. "Councilman Carlos Menchaca (D-Brooklyn) is drafting the bill to nix the business, which employs around 200 people and operates out of the lower Manhattan heliport, his chief of staff confirmed. The bill has not been introduced, but Council lawyers have already reached out to the industry - which some studies have shown adds about $33 million a year to the city's economy - to say the ban bill is imminent, tour group representatives say." For the complete article, click here.

"The alliance that saved America in its infancy,"
New York Post, 7/3/15. "Here in New York City, we are celebrating this Fourth of July with a commemoration of the alliance that secured America's future," says Larrie D. Ferreiro in the New York Post. "An exact replica of the ship Hermione, the frigate that carried the Marquis de Lafayette to Boston in April 1780, has arrived in New York for the July 4 holiday and will take part in the Lafayette Parade in New York Bay. The replica ship took 20 years to complete, and is spending this summer visiting ports along the East Coast. The story behind the Hermione is the story of the survival of the young American republic. The colonies had begun their armed struggle against British rule stunningly incapable of fending for themselves, like a rebellious adolescent who runs away without a penny to his name. It had no navy, almost no artillery and a ragtag army and militia bereft of even the most basic ingredient of modern warfare: gunpowder." For the complete article, click here.

"Tribeca's 290 West Street Reveals Steel & Glass Facade,", 7/6/15. "The VE Equities-developed, Adjmi & Androeli-designed condo building at 290 West Street on the corner of Canal Street is nearing the finish line," says "The scaffolding is coming down to reveal a good-looking facade of blackened steel and large warehouse-like windows. It kind of looks like a straighten-out version of Adjmi's addition at 837 Washington Street." For the complete article, click here.

"Moody's close to signing lease at 1 WTC," New York Post, 7/6/15. "If the guys at the Durst Organization are in a good mood, they can thank Moody's - twice," says the New York Post. "Moody's Investor Services is close to signing a lease for two floors at One World Trade Center, where Douglas Durst's company is a partner with the Port Authority. Meanwhile, coincidentally, Moody's just renewed its triple-A debt rating for Durst's 4 Times Square, even though the tower could be vacant of office tenants by 2020. Moody's is expected to sign a lease soon for about 80,000 square feet at 1 World Trade. It would be an expansion for the credit-rating service, which is now headquartered in 680,000 square feet at Larry Silverstein's 7 World Trade Center across the street." For the complete article, click here.

"Developers of 111 Murray secure $445M loan," The Real Deal, 7/6/15. "Fisher Brothers, Witkoff and Howard Lorber's New Valley closed a $445 million construction loan to help fund their 111 Murray Street condo development in Tribeca," says The Real Deal. "The joint venture secured the financing from a group including lead lender Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies, M&T Bank and Deutsche Bank. The loan will fund construction of the 792-foot-tall luxury condo tower, which is slated for completion in 2018 and will feature 157 units and more than 20,000 square feet of amenities. The 58-story project will cost $820 million to build, according to the Wall Street Journal, with the developers having recently wooed a Chinese insurance company for funding." For the complete article, click here.

"Anthropologie to share Broadway digs with Nobu," New York Post, 7/6/15. "It's a done deal for Anthropologie at L&L Holding Co.'s 195 Broadway, also the future home of Nobu," says the New York Post. "The upscale contemporary lifestyle retailer just signed a 15-year, 20,429-square-foot lease on the ground floor and lower level of the 'wedding-cake' tower at Broadway and Fulton Street. Anthropologie is expected to open on the landmark's Broadway and Dey Street sides in January 2017, the same time as the restaurant." For the complete article, click here.

Chris Snowberger, former chef de cuisine at Pier A Harbor House.
 (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Chef Chris Snowberger, former chef de cuisine at Pier A Harbor House, was fired on Monday. He and the upstairs restaurant at Pier A had been the subject of an article in Downtown Post NYC just a few days ago. Ironically, the article was entitled "Pier A's peaceful upstairs restaurant."

Snowberger had been chef de cuisine at Harbor House since November 2014. He was in charge of the day-to-day operations for Pier A's upstairs dining rooms. He reported to Joseph Mallol, Pier A Harbor House's executive chef.

Snowberger said that he did not know why he was fired.

A spokesperson for Pier A Harbor House had no comment. No replacement for Snowberger has been named.

Pier A Harbor House occupies the last 19th-century pier in Manhattan. Harbor House serves casual food and drinks on the first floor, with white tablecloth dining on the second floor and a room for parties and special events on the third floor.

It is located at the junction of Battery Park City and Battery Park. Pier A Harbor House is part of the HPH hospitality group, a restaurant and development company led by Peter Poulakakos and Paul Lamas.

- Terese Loeb Kreuzer

Downtown bulletin board
A launch service that departs from Pier 25 near North Moore Street in Tribeca arriving at the Manhattan Yacht Club's clubhouse, the Honorable William Wall, which is anchored near Ellis Island for the summer. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
Water Street Greenmarket opens for the season: A Greenmarket on Water Street at Coenties Slip opened for its second season on Thursday, July 2. The farmers at the market include Apple State Hilltop Family Farm with honey from Sullivan County, N.Y.; Bad Seed Cider Co. selling hard cider from Ulster County, N.Y.; Body & Soul with baked goods, some vegan and gluten free, from Kings County, N.Y.; Francesca's II Bakery with breads and baked goods from Middlesex County, N.J.; King Ferry Winery, Treleaven selling wine from Cayuga County, N.Y.; Migliorelli Farm bringing vegetables and orchard fruit from Dutchess County, N.Y.; Millport Dairy selling Cheddar cheese, beef, pickles and baked goods from Lancaster County, Pa.; and Prospect Hill Orchard with apples and orchard fruit, some certified organic, from Ulster County, N.Y.

Stop by the manager's tent for free recipes and to taste samples of the weekly cooking demos every Thursday until Nov. 19. WIC and FMNP checks are accepted at individual farmer stands. EBT/food stamps and debit and credit cards are accepted at the market information tent.

The market is a partnership between GrowNYC and the Downtown Alliance.

Place: Water Street at Coenties Slip, between Hanover and Broad Streets. Time: Thursdays, 8 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Through Nov. 19, 2015. Click here for more information.

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 departs from Pier 25 near North Moore Street in Tribeca. 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

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 Hook 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.

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.

Independence Day in Lower Manhattan photo gallery:
The Independence Day celebration in Lower Manhattan started on July 1 with the arrival of the Hermione at Pier 15 in the South Street Seaport. Hermione is a replica of the 18th-century frigate that brought the Marquis de Lafayette to the U.S. colonies in March/April of 1780. Also at Pier 15, El Galeón, hosted parties and tours. It is a replica of a 16th-century Spanish ship such as Ponce de Léon would have sailed when he landed on the east coast of Florida 500 years ago. On July 4, there were fireworks over the East River. For photos of some of the Independence Day celebrations, click here.

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
The New Market Building in the South Street Seaport as it looked in 1981, when it was still being used by the Fulton Fish Market. (Photo: Barbara Mensch)

To the editor:
(Re: "New Market Building crumbling from neglect," DPNYC, 6/3/15.) In addition to Michael Kramer's statement in his recent letter to the editor about the New Market Building, I want to add that it is a "no brainer" to see through the neglect issue. If the building deteriorates as much as possible, the argument of the New York City Economic Development Corp. (EDC) will be to demolish it. Their motives are so transparent. I have always believed that the arrogance on the part of The Howard Hughes Corporation, which has a long-term lease on parts of the South Street Seaport, and the EDC, landlord for much of the Seaport, was breathtaking.

Barbara Mensch
South Street Seaport resident

From the editor:
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Part of the Borough of Manhattan Community College at 199 Chambers St. On Wednesday, July 8, CB1's Tribeca Committee will hear an update on BMCC.
(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.

July 8: Tribeca Committee
* Temporary Public Plaza on West Broadway between Franklin and Leonard Streets - Presentation by Lynn Ellsworth, Chair, Tribeca Trust
* Borough of Manhattan Community College - Update by Scott Anderson, Vice President for Administration and Planning
* Proposed public bike corral at 181 Duane St. - Presentation by Inbar Kishioni, Project Manager, NYC Department of Transportation Bicycle Program and resolution
* Pier 25, application for alteration of liquor license for Manhattan Yacht Club Inc. to change location for pick-up of passengers from North Cove to Pier 25 - Possible resolution
* 77 Worth St., application for tavern license for RBC Bar Inc. - Resolution
* 41 Murray St., application for restaurant liquor license for Rosa Mexicano Murray LLC - Resolution
* 221 West Broadway, application for sidewalk cafe for North of Houston LLC d/b/a White Street - Resolution
* 385 Greenwich St. aka North Moore Street, application for restaurant liquor license for Aemal LLC d/b/a Belzer - Resolution
* JCP sidewalk Sukkah street activity permit application for Duane Street between Church Street and West Broadway, Sept. 27, 2015 8 a.m. - Oct. 4, 2015, 6 p.m. - Update
* Draft Tribeca Committee Liquor License Application Guideline revisions - Resolution 
* Tribeca Committee meeting procedures - Discussion

The following notices have been received for renewal, upgrade, or transfer of wine and beer or liquor licenses or sidewalk cafe permits:
* 325 Church St., application for a renewal of a liquor license for Saluggi's
* 131 Duane St., application for a renewal of a restaurant liquor license for Radiante, LLC d/b/a City Hall Restaurant
* 361 Greenwich St., application for renewal of restaurant liquor license for Silmor Enterprise Corp. d/b/a Tablao
* 363-367 Greenwich St., application for renewal of liquor license for LDV Greenwich LLC d/b/a American Cut
* 363 Greenwich St., application for renewal sidewalk cafe license for American Cut
* 455 North End Ave., application for renewal of a restaurant liquor license for Brookdale Living Communities of New York - BPC Inc. d/b/a The Hallmark Battery Park City
* 111 Reade St., application for renewal of restaurant liquor license for Ward 3, LLC
* 241 West Broadway, application for a renewal of a liquor license for Cercle Rouge
* 397 Greenwich St., application for a renewal of a wine and beer license for Wichcraft

July 9: Landmarks Committee
* 17 Leonard St., application for restoration of  existing three-story masonry facade and addition of two-story rooftop addition - Resolution
* 456 Greenwich St., application to replace a non-contributing garage building with a new six-story hotel building with rooftop features - Resolution
* 366 Broadway, application to install ramp and stairs - Resolution
* 130 Duane St., application for facade alterations, new steel canopies and light fixtures - Resolution
* 80 White St., application for entry stair and handicapped lift, window replacement, storefront infill, and rooftop bulkhead - Resolution
* 38 Park Row, application for restoration of storefronts - Resolution
* Follow-up committee discussion on future South Street Seaport plans - Discussion


El Galeón moored at Pier 15 in the South Street Seaport. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Through July 12, El Galeón, a 170-foot wooden replica of a 16th-century sailing ship
El Galeón. (Photo:Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

that was part of Spain's West Indies fleet, is moored at Pier 15 in the South Street Seaport. El Galeón is in the United States to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Juan Ponce de Léon's landing on the east coast of what is now Florida. On July 9, 10 and 11, El Galeón will host "Shipwrecked at the Seaport" parties from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. that include an open bar, passed hors d'oeuvres, a DJ and dancing. (Must be 21 or over to attend.) Tickets: $150. The ship will also be open for tours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, with part of the proceeds going to benefit the South Street Seaport Museum and the New York Harbor School. Tickets: $15; $45 (family of four); children 5 and under, free. For more information about the "Shipwrecked" parties, click here. For more information about tours, click here.   


Descendants of Alexander Hamilton (and some of his Scottish relatives) gathered around a statue of him at the Museum of American Finance, 48 Wall St.
 (Photos: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Alexander Hamilton (Jan. 11, 1757 - July 12, 1804) arrived in New York City in 1773, alone, impoverished and all but orphaned (his mother was dead and his father had abandoned the family). One of the geniuses of his time, he became aide-de-camp to Gen. George Washington, a lawyer, a signer of the Constitution, the author of most of the Federalist Papers, the first Secretary of the Treasury, and Major General of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Alexander Hamilton's grave at Trinity Church.
He is buried on the Rector Street flank of Trinity Church, near some of the buildings of the Bank of New York, which he founded, and of some of the former homes of the New York Post, which he also founded, and up the street from the building at 1 Bowling Green that once housed a custom house named for him because he founded the predecessor of the U.S. Coast Guard.

From Friday, July 10 to Sunday, July 13, the Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society (the AHA Society) has organized the fourth annual "Celebrate HAMILTON" program to honor his life and legacy, with events to be held in Manhattan and northern New Jersey.

The dining room of the Morris-Jumel Mansion.
This year's program will include special events to celebrate the 225th anniversaries of the creation of the U.S. Coast Guard as well as the first Presidential cabinet dinner. Given by George Washington, it was held at the Morris-Jumel Mansion on July 10, 1790 with Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, Henry Knox, and Vice President John Adams and their families in attendance. There will also be a special tour of George Washington's winter encampments in New Jersey and a celebration of the inaugural performance of the musical "Hamilton" on Broadway.

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Friday, July 10 - Lower and Upper Manhattan
12:30 p.m.-12:45 p.m. USCG Band Concert, Federal Hall at 26 Wall St.
1 p.m.-1:30 p.m.: Hamilton Graveside Remembrance, Trinity Church
2 p.m.-3 p.m.: "Alexander Hamilton - The Formative Years," Museum of American Finance
3 p.m.-4 p.m.: Book Signing and Hamilton Exhibit Viewing, Museum of American Finance
6 p.m.-8 p.m.: 225th Anniversary Event - Celebration of the First Cabinet Dinner, Morris-Jumel Mansion at 65 Jumel Terrace. (Tickets to the event are $40. Advance reservations are required. Call the Morris-Jumel Mansion at 212-923-8008).

Saturday, July 11 - Upper Manhattan and Weehawken, N.J.
7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.: Hamilton Fun Run (11 mile run that starts at Trinity Church and ends at The Grange)
9 a.m.-3 p.m.: Activities at Hamilton's Home, The Grange, 414 W. 141st St.
6 p.m.: Remembrance at Hamilton Park, Weehawken, N.J.
7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.: Talk on the Burr-Hamilton duel by Dr. Joanne Freeman, Weehawken, N.J.

Sunday, July 12 - Northern New Jersey
(Washington's New Jersey Winter Encampments Tour)
12:30-2:00 pm: Tour of Wallace House, Somerville, NJ
3:00 pm: Talk - "Hamilton's Revolutionary War Services," Morristown NHP
5:15 pm: Visit to Morristown Green and Arnold's Tavern Location

Monday, July 13 - Downtown and Midtown Manhattan
11 a.m.: Bowling Green Flag Raising and Talk
12 p.m.-1:30 p.m.: Talk - "Manhattan Murder Trial" at Federal Hall

For more information, click here.
Explore Alexander Hamilton's life and times further on

Hamilton's home, The Grange, at 414 W. 141st St. in West Harlem.

CALENDAR: Weeks of July 6 and July 13

John Hammond playing at the annual River & Blues festival in Battery Park City's Wagner Park. The festival starts on July 9. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
July 8: "Sea Wife" at the Melville Gallery (part of the South Street Seaport Museum), is a concert play of nautical adventures presented by Naked Angels and the raucous folk band, The Lobbyists. Part play, part concert, and part environmental experience, SeaWife envelops its audience in a dark tale marked with romance, tragedy and spirits on the high seas. Audiences will be invited to raise a glass of ale as they are transported through an adventure of epic proportions following Percy, a young sailor bred within the golden age of the American whaling industry, as he journeys through port cities and sea vessels in search of a greater glory than killing leviathan. Naked Angels is a theater company committed to developing and producing new work by artists who explore unique perspectives and non-traditional theatrical formats. Place: 213 Water St. Time: 7 p.m. Tickets: $20 to $40. For more information or to buy tickets, click here.

July 8: The second of the Downtown Alliance's monthly summer block parties centered on Water Street features music from Sweekuh and Caveman, a cash bar, games such as shuffleboard and corn hole, food trucks and a free film, "White Men Can't Jump." Place: Various locations on Water Street, Gouverneur Lane and in Manahatta Park on Wall Street, starting at 5 p.m. Film: 55 Water St. at the Elevated Acre, starting at 8:30 p.m. For more information, including a map of locations, click here.

July 9: Working Harbor presents a Hidden Harbor Tour® of Port Newark. Get an insider's view of the third largest port in the nation, where container ships dock and unload their goods from around the world. The tour will show the port's giant container terminals, oil docks and dry dock repair, and the tugs that service the port. Place: Depart from Pier 11 (between Wall Street and Gouveneur Lane). Time: Boarding begins at 5:30 p.m. Tour, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets: Tickets: $30; $25 (seniors). For group sale rates, email To buy tickets, click here. For more information, click here.

July 9: John Hammond opens the annual River & Blues festival in Battery Park City's Wagner Park. Hammond, who plays harmonica and slide guitar, is a Grammy winner and in the Blues Hall of Fame. Time: 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Free. For more information, click here.

July 9: The annual Poets House showcase of all the poetry books and poetry-related texts published in the United States in the previous year is on display through Aug. 8, 2015. The publications come from over 650 commercial, university and independent presses. During the course of the exhibit, some poets will read from their work. Next reading: July 9. Timothy Liu (Don't Go Back to Sleep, Saturnalia Books), Sara Jane Stoner (Experience in the Medium of Destruction, Portable Press @ Yo-Yo Labs), Yolanda Wisher (Monk Eats An Afro, Hanging Loose Press), and Magdalena Zurawski (Companion Animal, Litmus Press). Place: 10 River Terrace. Readings begin at 7 p.m. Showcase is open during regular Poets House hours, Tuesdays to Saturdays. Free. For more information, click here.

July 12: Brookfield Place New York celebrates Bastille Day, France's Independence Day, with a  fête featuring music, games, films and food. Brookfield Place's French eatery and marketplace, Le District, will offer several promotions celebrating French food and culture, including a Ricard bar, specialty picnic baskets filled with French goods, and a roving ice cream cart. At 2 p.m., fitness club Equinox will run a "Tour de France" spin class on the plaza with stationary bikes. (RSVP required. Click here to reserve a place.) The day-long event will incorporate many other activities for all ages including live music and Parkour demonstrations and lessons. Caricaturists will be on site for portraits on the waterfront, where picnic blankets will be set up by Le District for guests to use. Stroll into Montmartre (the Winter Garden) for music by wandering musicians. Guests are also invited to visit the Champs Élysées (230 Vesey St., 2nd level) for storytelling by Posman Books, French lessons by Bilingual Birdies, and ballet lessons and performances by New York Theater Ballet. Brookfield Place's brasserie, Hudson Eats, will play a selection of French films throughout the day. Time: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Free, with food and drinks for purchase. For more information, click here.

Ongoing in July: The National Museum of the American Indian presents storytelling and interactive Native dance sessions Tuesdays to Thursdays in July as Ty Defoe (Giizhig) integrates singing, storytelling and hoop dancing. Dates: July 7-9; July 14-16; July 21-23; July 28-30. Times: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Place: 1 Bowling Green. Free. For more information about the National Museum of the American Indian, click here.

Mark your calendar: From Friday, July 17 to Sunday, July 19, the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour will be playing on Piers 25 and 26 in Hudson River Park. This is the first AVP New York City Open since the women's teams played in 1995 and the men's teams played in 1983!  In addition to Olympic stars and local volleyball talent, there will be music, food and more. The finals on July 19 will take place on a specially-built court on Pier 26 and will be broadcast on NBC. General admission is free - no tickets required. Premium ticket packages are available at prices ranging from $30 to $450 depending on the day and the amenities included. Times: July 17, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; July 18, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; July 19, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Click here for tickets and more information. Times are subject to change. Go to for updates.

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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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