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Volume 2, No. 60  Aug. 15, 2015

Quote of the day: 
""A lot of Americans don't realize that they need a passport to travel. A lot."
     - Tamara Carty, co-owner of Tamar International Passport and Visa Service in Lower Manhattan         

* Nadler gets $10.4 million in FEMA funds for the South Street Seaport Museum
* Travel plans? Where to get passports and visas in Lower Manhattan if you need them fast 
* Bits & Bytes: Two Downtown Catholic parishes merge; Condo conversion at 11 Beach St.
* Downtown Bulletin Board: Downtown Boathouse's free week night kayaking
* Battery Dance Festival: Aug. 15-Aug. 21
* Calendar: Week of August 10
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MASTHEAD PHOTO: Sunflowers on the Battery Park City esplanade. Aug. 5, 2015.
(Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer) 


Schermerhorn Row with the South Street Seaport Museum's main galleries at 12 Fulton St. before Superstorm Sandy. (Photos: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

The South Street Seaport Museum got some good news on Aug. 13. Through the efforts of U.S. Congressman Jerrold Nadler, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awarded $10.4 million to the museum to help repair damage caused by Superstorm Sandy. The storm on Oct. 29, 2012 knocked out the museum's electrical system at its main galleries at 12 Fulton St. Elevators,
Fulton Street in the South Street Seaport as it looked less than seven weeks after Superstorm Sandy flooded the area.
escalators, electrical equipment, and heating and cooling systems were all destroyed. After the storm, the galleries reopened temporarily with a jury-rigged heating system but closed in April 2013 because adequate atmospheric conditions for the collections could not be created and maintained.

In announcing the award, Nadler, who represents the 10th New York Congressional District, noted that the South Street Seaport Museum is the Congressionally designated National Maritime Museum. He called the award "a positive first step in supporting such an important site to the history and culture of New York City and the nation" and said he was "glad to see the progress being made in securing the long-term health and prosperity of the museum."

Bowne & Co. on Water Street.
The museum is located in a 12 square-block historic district on the East River, the site of the original port of New York City and the city's largest concentration of restored, early-19th-century commercial buildings. The museum's campus includes 204-year-old Schermerhorn Row, working trade centers on Water Street, and Pier 16.

Capt. Jonathan Boulware, the museum's executive director, was not available for comment as to when the FEMA money would actually become available or how it would be used. But he was quoted in a statement as saying, "Congressman Nadler's support of our efforts has been meaningful and we're encouraged by this news as we undertake larger efforts to improve and expand Museum programming."

Part of an exhibit called "Compass: Folk Art in Four Directions" that was in the South Street Seaport Museum when Superstorm Sandy struck in October 2012.
Superstorm Sandy flooded the museum's Fulton Street building with seven feet of salty water.  Even though the 12 Fulton St. galleries have been closed for more than two years, the premises have been used for educational programming, with tripled attendance over last year. Though they, too, were flooded by Superstorm Sandy, the museum's Bowne & Co. print shop and stationers on Water Street reopened less than three months after the storm and have remained open.

Since Superstorm Sandy, the museum's membership has more than doubled. Its 1893 schooner Lettie G. Howard has been overhauled and is now functioning as a sailing school. In addition, the museum's 1885 ship Wavertree is currently in dry dock for a $10.6 million city-funded restoration that will be completed in 2016.

- Terese Loeb Kreuzer

To see photographs of some of the artifacts inside the South Street Seaport Museum's premises on Schermerhorn Row and photos of past exhibitions, click here.

Downtown business

Tamara and Claude Carty, owners of Tamar International Passport and Visa Service at 100 Church St. in Lower Manhattan. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Tamara and Claude Carty, owners of Tamar International Passport and Visa Service at 100 Church St., are used to frantic phone calls. They get them all the time. "We get calls from people who are at the airport already and just realized they needed a passport to go on a trip," said Tamara. "A lot of Americans don't realize that they need a passport to travel. A lot."


"Yes," she says. "Really!"

The Cartys are accustomed to performing passport and visa miracles. If necessary, they can often obtain a passport in a day. Visas are more of a problem. Getting a visa could take two days to a month depending on the country.

And sometimes there's only so much they can do. "
The other day I had a mother and a daughter who wanted to get a China visa in a day - and that doesn't happen," said Tamara. "China doesn't care who you are. It would be three days for an expedited visa. They had to delay their plans because they didn't have their visas. We had people call yesterday. The woman wanted a visa for Brazil by Wednesday of next week. That's not going to happen. You have to break it to them."

After that initial phone call, people calm down, Tamara said. "I call it talking them off the ledge. Once you talk to them and explain to them what can be done and how to go about it, they're usually very calm after that."

Fortunately for the Cartys, not everything is a crisis. "
A lot of people come to us because they don't really know how getting a passport or a visa works and they're apprehensive," said Tamara. "They would like someone else to do it who will tell them what they need to do."
The Cartys can handle the whole process, including taking a photograph of the correct size against the correct color background. The requirements for a photograph differ from country to country. 
"People come to us because they don't want to get confused, they don't want to ask for the wrong thing and then find they can't travel with it because it's not what they needed," Tamara explained.

The Cartys started their business in 2009 and have found there are plenty of people in Lower Manhattan who need their services. Previously, Tamara had worked for a corporate travel agency in its passport/visa department. Claude had been a tile and marble contractor. He runs the business end of their enterprise while Tamara makes sure that the customers get what they need.

Tamar International charges $115 to have a passport returned within seven to 10 business days. Four to six business days costs $160, two to three business days costs $200 and same day service is $300.
The U.S. Postal Service at 90 Church St. has a passport processing service but it's only for first-time applicants. Anyone wanting to renew a passport would have to put it in the mail.  

"If you're going to do that, send it certified," Tamara advised. "
I've known people who have put their passports in the mail and they've been lost. It's very common. And we get quite a few people who say that the passport office says it mailed it out but where is it? They don't know because they can't track it. They should always, always have the passport sent back to them trackable."
If a passport is lost in the mail, the applicant has to start all over again as though they never had a passport. "They need an original birth certificate and they have to contact the passport office to see if there's anything they will do for them to make sure that it was sent out and then they have to report that they've never received the passport," said Tamara.

Using mail service, getting a passport from the U.S. Department of State normally takes six to eight weeks. Expedited service, which entails an additional fee, takes around three weeks, that is, if the passport application is granted. Sometimes it isn't.

Tamara has learned to be something of a psychologist. "People get nervous about 'will we get it?'" she said, "and when they say that, I ask them is there something you're keeping from me? We'll get people who owe child support. They're not allowed out of the country. They can't get a passport. You can't get a passport if you can't verify that you're actually a U.S. citizen."  

And there's more. The phone rang. The woman on the other end wanted to get passports for herself and her son, who had just gotten out of jail. Tamara knew where she needed to go and what she would have to do. "But go now!" she advised. "They close at 4 p.m. If you don't hurry, you won't have a chance of getting this processed today."  
- Terese Loeb Kreuzer

The office hours for Tamar International are Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and weekends by appointment. For more information, click here. For information from the U.S. Department of State about how to apply for a passport, click here.

Bits & Bytes
St. Peter's on Barclay Street is the oldest Roman Catholic parish in New York State. (Photo: Bjorg Magnea)

Parish merger: The Roman Catholic parishes of St. Peter (22 Barclay St.) and Our Lady of the Rosary (7 State St.) merged effective August 1. Mass and the sacraments will continue to be celebrated at both churches, as well as at St. Joseph's Chapel (385 South End Ave. at Gateway Plaza in Battery Park City), which has long been a part of St. Peter's Parish.  Reverend Joseph J. Tyrrell, who has served as pastor of St. Peter's since September of 2012, is the pastor of the merged parish.

The merger is part of an initiative of the Archdiocese of New York called "Making All Things New."

"The consolidation of these two parishes will enhance the revival of Lower Manhattan, which has become increasingly residential in recent years," said Father Tyrrell.  "At the same time the two churches will continue to serve workers, commuters and tourists."

The Venerable Pierre Toussaint
St. Peter's, founded in 1785, was the first Roman Catholic parish in New York State. The Venerable Pierre Toussaint, who is under consideration for sainthood by the Vatican, was a member of St. Peter's community in the mid-1800s. A slave from the French colony of Saint-Domingue, he was brought to New York City by his owners in 1787. After gaining his freedom, he used money he earned as a hairdresser for philanthropic work . Our Lady of the Rosary occupies the site of the home of Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first American-born saint. 

St. Peter's holds Mass on Saturdays at 4 p.m. and on Sundays at 10 a.m., 9:30 a.m., and 12 noon. St. Joseph's Chapel offers Sunday Mass at 10 a.m., 12 noon and 7:30 p.m. Our Lady of the Rosary celebrates Sunday Mass at 11 a.m.

"Condo Conversion Carves An Atrium into Tribeca's 11 Beach,", 8/7/15. "Construction's moving right along at the 1910 office-turned-residential building at Tribeca's 11 Beach Street," says "An atrium's been cut into the building's center to create the requisite light and air for New York City residential developments. ...  At the base of the atrium will be 11 Beach's gym, topped by a sculptural glass ceiling. The development's 27 three- to five-bedroom units will be divided between 25 apartments, two penthouses, and three townhouses. For the complete article, click here.

"Vornado weighs converting lower Manhattan office building into residential," Crain's New York Business, 8/10/15. "One of the city's largest commercial landlords is mulling a residential project in lower Manhattan," says Crain's New York Business. "Vornado Realty Trust, which owns more than two dozen office properties in the city, is considering a residential conversion of either a portion or all of the 27-story, 473,000-square-foot downtown office building at 20 Broad St. Sources familiar with the decision say Vornado may still choose to maintain the property as an office building rather than repurpose it as apartment space, which would likely cost tens of millions of dollars to create. Vornado is exploring options for the property because, according to recent reports, the building's biggest office tenant, the New York Stock Exchange, which leases nearly 400,000 square feet, is set to leave next year." For the complete article, click here.

Downtown bulletin board

Free kayaking at Pier 26 in Hudson River Park. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Downtown Boathouse: Through the end of August, the Downtown Boathouse at Pier 26 in Hudson River Park (near North Moore Street) offers free kayaking on weekday evenings from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday kayaking runs from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through mid-October, weather permitting. In addition, the Downtown Boathouse offers free kayaking classes on Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. On Aug. 19, the class will cover turns and sweeps. On Aug. 26, the topic will be rescue and recovery and on Sept. 2, local conditions. For more information about the Downtown Boathouse, which is run by volunteers, click here.

Affordable housing in District 1: The Related Company will soon be marketing 22 affordable housing units at 456 Washington St. There will be five studio apartments, six one-bedroom apartments and 11 two-bedroom apartments, all designed to be affordable to households at 60 percent of the area median income. Current residents of the area represented by Community Board 1 will get preference for half of the units. An additional 5 percent of the apartments will be set aside for municipal employees. Five percent will go to applicants with mobility impairments and 2 percent will be for applicants with visual or hearing impairments. The program will be advertised as Bridge Land West LLC, with marketing slated to begin at the beginning of August. Applicants will be able to apply online at

Tom Goodkind, a member of Community Board 1 who once headed its now defunct Housing Committee, writes, "To be eligible for this affordable housing, your annual household income must be below 60 percent of the area median income. That means that your income can be no more than $51,780 (family of four);  $46,620 (family of three); $41,460 (family of two); $36,300 (individual)."

Get Low Tuesdays:
The Downtown Alliance's "#GETLOW Tuesdays" continues through Sept. 1. The summer promotional campaign provides 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 is 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.
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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.

BATTERY DANCE FESTIVAL 2015: Aug. 15 to Aug. 21
Dr. Yamini Saripalli performing a dance about Lord Ganesha as part of the Festival of Indian Dance at the Downtown Dance Festival last August. This year's festival runs from Aug. 15 to Aug. 21. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Between Aug. 15 and Aug. 21, the Battery Dance Festival brings a week of free dance performances to Lower Manhattan. Now in its 40th year, this is the city's longest running free public dance festival.

From Aug. 15 to Aug. 20, the Festival will take place at Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park in Battery Park City from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.. The Festival will culminate in a grand indoor finale at Pace University's Schimmel Center for the Arts on Aug. 21 starting at 6 p.m.

The 2015 Battery Dance Festival kicks off on Aug. 15 with the Erasing Borders Festival of Indian Dance, curated by the Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC). The Erasing Borders Festival features artists from around the world practicing - or inspired by - dance from the Indian subcontinent.

This year's programming includes Mumbai's Kathak choreographer and performer Sanjukta Wagh; Jayesperi Moopen's Johannesburg-based Tribhangi Dance Theatre; New Delhi's Rakesh Sai Babu, who will perform the rarely seen dance/martial arts form of Mayurbhanj Chhau; the choreographer-performer Pallavi Krishnan, from Trichur, Kerala, India, who will give a traditional Mohiniyattam performance; and New York City's own Sonali Skandan and Jiva Dance, presenting the South Indian classical form of Bharata Natyam.

The Battery Dance Festival continues on Aug. 16 with the first of several performances by the Battery Dance Company, which will showcase a new work by Tadej Brdnik, a former Principal with the Martha Graham Dance Company who has danced and taught with Battery Dance Company since 1998. The Aug. 16 lineup also includes works by MoralesDance (New York City), Indelible Dance Company (Brooklyn), and Asia Duo (New York City & Malaysia), plus excerpts of works to be presented later in the Festival by Polish Dance Theatre (Poznan, Poland) and Sankofa Danzafro (Medellin, Colombia).

The evening of Aug. 17 will feature artists spanning broad geographic and stylistic ranges, including Kate Thomas' NYC-based Ballet Neo; Enzo Celli's VIVO Ballet, a contemporary dance project based in Rome; and Polish Dance Theatre, from Poznan, Poland, in its New York debut.

On Aug. 18, the Festival will present a multi-artist evening of Colombian dance, with performances by New York's Pajarillo Pinta'o and by Sankofa Danzafro, traveling from Medellin to make its New York debut in the Festival.

An array of American artists and companies including Beatrice Capote, Cornfield Dance, BOOMERANG and Buglisi Dance Theatre will share a mixed bill featuring the U.S. debut of the acclaimed Norwegian company Ingun Bjørnsgaard Prosjekt on Aug. 19.

A cornucopia of New York City-based companies make up the lineup of the final outdoor evening of this year's Festival, on Aug. 20: Alison Cook Beatty Dance, Mari Mead Dance Collective, Jennifer Muller/The Works, Tina Croll + Company and Battery Dance Company, which will give another performance of the Tadej Brdnik piece it premieres on Aug. 16.

The 2015 Battery Dance Festival concludes Aug. 21 with a three-part program in the 670-seat Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University, Battery Dance Company's first home theater in the late 1970s and early '80s. Ingun Bjørnsgaard Prosjekt will present the 60-minute work Praeambulum. Battery Dance Company will present the New York premiere of Terra & Astra, by Company member Sean Scantlebury, alongside the new work by Tadej Brdnik. Shanmugha Sundaram, widely touted as one of India's leading male dancers, will present a solo based on the story of Parvati and the elephant-headed God Ganesha, performed in the Bharata Natyam style.

For more information, click here.

CALENDAR: Week of Aug. 10

Sunday, Aug. 16 is the last day that Battery Park City's Poets House is hosting a literary outpost in one of the historic houses on Governors Island. "We Are New York City," an exhibition of art and poetry by Lower Manhattan students, is on view in House 5A in Nolan Park from noon to 5 p.m. Activities include a mask-making workshop inspired by city landmarks and a haiku table, where visitors can create short poems that Poets House will share via social media. The art and poetry featured in "We Are New York City" was created in classroom workshops sponsored by Goldman Sachs this past April. Students at PS 1, PS 89, and PS 276 worked with staff from Poets House and guest artists to respond to their most treasured New York City landmarks. For more information, click here. (Photo: Lee Briccetti, executive director of Poets House, with children from PS 1 who read their poems at the start of the annual Poets House fundraising walk across the Brooklyn Bridge on June 8, 2015. © Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Aug. 15: The historic lighthouse tender, Lilac, berthed at Pier 25 near North Moore Street in Hudson River Park, has been hosting a three-month exhibition of artwork. The closing reception is on Aug. 15 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Cash bar, 21 and over. The  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: 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: "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. Lobby access: Fridays to Sundays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For private tours of Schermerhorn Row and its old hotels, email

Buy tickets now: The 23rd annual Great North River Tugboat Race & Competition takes place on Sunday, Sept. 6 (Labor Day Weekend). Tugboats and their crews race down the Hudson River and then engage in nose-to-nose stand-offs (a test of power), a line toss, and other events such as competitions for the best tattoo and best mascot. A Circle Line spectator boat accompanies the race, with partisans for each tugboat cheering lustily. The Circle Line Sightseeing Boat leaves from Pier 83 (at West 42nd Street and the Hudson River) at 9:30 a.m. Boarding begins at 9 a.m. Tickets: $25 (adults); $20 (seniors, 64+); $12 (children); free (2 and under). To buy tickets, click here 

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