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Volume 2, No. 61  Aug. 19, 2015
IN THIS ISSUE

Quote of the day: 
"The leadership team we now have in place is the perfect combination to continue the important work of BPC Parks."
     - Kevin McCabe, chief of staff for the Battery Park City Authority on the appointment of Bruno Pomponio to lead the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy.           

* Battery Park City Authority names Bruno Pomponio to head BPC Parks Conservancy 
* Bits & Bytes: NYC disputes FEMA on flood risk; Trump reports for jury service
* Downtown Bulletin Board: Mini Mates program expands; Tribeca Meet & Greet
* Battery Dance Festival: Aug. 15-Aug. 21
* Calendar: Week of August 17
 
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MASTHEAD PHOTO: The Indelible Dance Company performing at the Battery Dance Festival. Aug. 16, 2015. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer) 



BATTERY PARK CITY AUTHORITY NAMES BRUNO POMPONIO TO LEAD THE BPC PARKS CONSERVANCY FOLLOWING TESSA HUXLEY'S EXIT

T Fleisher, director of horticulture for the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy, on the BPC esplanade in July 2013. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

The irreplaceable Tessa Huxley, who had been executive director of the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy since 1988 until she departed in late July - is being replaced.
Bruno Pomponio. (Photo: Courtesy of the Battery Park City Authority)
Battery Park City Parks announced on Aug. 18 that Bruno Pomponio will be in charge of BPC Parks as Director of Parks Operations beginning this fall. This is a new position.

Pomponio joined the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy in 1997 and led the Parks Maintenance division for the last 16 years.

Asked why Pomponio's title differs from the one held by Huxley and whether his responsibilities would be different, Kevin McCabe, chief of staff for the Battery Park City Authority, replied in an email, "The leadership team we now have in place is the perfect combination to continue the important work of BPC Parks."

Pomponio will be working with Eric "T" Fleisher, who will continue to serve as Director of Horticulture. Over the past 25 years, Fleisher has designed and implemented the sustainable landscape management program that is utilized throughout Battery Park City's 36 acres of parks and gardens. Ryan Torres, a fourth-generation horticulturalist, educator and certified arborist, will assist Fleisher in further developing and refining this landscape management program. Abby Ehrlich continues as Director of Parks Programming along with her long-time deputy Craig Hudon.

Abby Ehrlich, Director of Parks Programming for the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy at Harmony on the Hudson. Sept. 25, 2011
Abby Ehrlich, Director of Parks Programming for the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy, at Harmony on the Hudson. Sept. 25, 2011 (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
The statement announcing Pomponio's appointment said, "With Abby and Craig's combined 30 years of programming experience in BPC, they will continue to build upon the hundreds of free programming activities currently offered to the community."

The announcement of Pomponio's appointment was greeted with concern by some Battery Park City residents. "What does this mean for the Conservancy?" asked long-time Battery Park City resident Anthony Notaro. "Will the BPCA try to diminish it?" Huxley was known as a strong and stalwart advocate for Battery Park City's gardens and parks. Whether Pomponio can be equally effective is unknown and dependent on the good graces of the Battery Park City Authority.

The BPCA's statement on Pomponio's appointment seemed designed to allay those fears. 

It quoted Shari C. Hyman, president of the Battery Park City Authority and the BPC Parks Conservancy, as saying, "We have a remarkable team in place who have all played a significant role in creating a world-class park system over the years. Their comprehensive experience has created an urban oasis in Battery Park City for all to enjoy. We are lucky to have them continuing in their leadership roles."

Pomponio, who is well liked in Battery Park City, was quoted as saying, "I'm grateful for the opportunity to lead our dedicated staff and serve the community in this new capacity. I look forward to working closely with leadership and staff as we preserve our pristine parks and innovative sustainability practices."

Whether Huxley stepped down voluntarily or was forced out is still unknown. Efforts to contact her by telephone and email have been unsuccessful.

- Terese Loeb Kreuzer

Bits & Bytes
NEW YORK CITY DISPUTES FEMA ON FLOOD RISK; BATTERY DANCE FESTIVAL REVIEW; TRUMP REPORTS FOR JURY SERVICE  
Dancers from the Indelible Dance Co. at the Battery Dance Festival.
(Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

"New York Disputes FEMA on Flood Risk," Wall Street Journal, 8/16/15. "Two years ago, the Federal Emergency Management Agency issued a new flood map for the New York City region, one that substantially expanded what's known as the '100-year floodplain'-areas where there is at least a 1% chance of flooding in any given year," says the Wall Street Journal. "FEMA's map, a preliminary document still subject to final approval and its first significant update since 1983, would expand the number of city residents in the 100-year floodplain by 83% to 400,000. It nearly doubles the number of structures in the zone to 71,500. Now, the city is challenging FEMA's map, saying it overstates the risk of flooding in much of the expanded flood zone, unnecessarily imposing insurance and other costs on homeowners. In late June, the city released the results of its own analysis, conducted by consulting firm Arcadis, which produced a smaller flood zone, one the city says is more reasonable than FEMA's." All of the coastal areas of lower Manhattan are in FEMA's 100-year floodplain. For the complete article, click here.

"Review: Erasing Borders Festival of Indian Dance, a Showcase of Dizzying Movement," New York Times, 8/16/15."Now that the weeklong Battery Dance Festival - an August perennial - has settled on a stage in Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park, it has the best backdrop in New York," says The New York Times. "The audience sees, behind the dancers, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Sailboats, cruise boats and yachts pass. Airplanes pass silently above. The drawback is that audience members, at 6:30 p.m., have the early-evening sun in their eyes. Baseball caps or dark sunglasses are advised. This festival is admirably eclectic. This year's includes the New York debut of Polish Dance Theater (Sunday and Monday), an evening of Colombian dance (Tuesday) and - among many others - two world premieres for the host, Battery Dance. One of them is by the former longtime Martha Graham principal dancer Tadej Brdnik." For the complete article, click here.

"Donald Trump reports for jury duty in lower Manhattan," Crain's New York Business, 8/17/15. "Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump took a break Monday from courting voters to go to court as a potential juror," says Crain's New York Business. "Mr. Trump shook hands and fist-bumped bystanders as he reported for jury duty at a Manhattan court, arriving in a limousine." Crain's reported that Trump was "Surrounded by a crush of cameras and reporters as he walked up the courthouse steps, Trump waited in a security line before going to the jury room, where a murmur arose from the roughly 75 potential jurors when he entered. A court officer escorted him to a seat in the front row, and court officers' union President Dennis Quirk sat behind him." For the complete article, click here. ( Note: Trump was dismissed after one day of jury service.)


Downtown bulletin board
BPC BLOCK PARTY; SEPT. 10 COMMEMORATION AT 9/11 MUSEUM; TRIBECA MEET & GREET; SOUTH ST. SEAPORT MUSEUM MINI MATES
The Mini Mates program at the South Street Seaport Museum is expanding.
(Photo: Courtesy of the South Street Seaport Museum)

Battery Park City block party tables: The 14th annual Battery Park City block party is scheduled this year for Sept. 20, 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., on the plaza next to North Cove Marina. If you want a table at the block party to promote your business or organization, contact Ava Garrett at avagarrett@hotmail.com. Tables cost $25 for businesses and are free to not-for-profit organizations and public schools. Battery Park City businesses and members of the Battery Park City Chamber get first preference. 

Sept. 10 at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum: On the evening of Sept. 10, the 9/11 Memorial Museum invites 9/11 and 1993 family members, 9/11 rescue and recovery workers, active duty first responders, 9/11 survivors, and lower Manhattan residents and business owners to come to the museum between 5 p.m. to closing for a special gathering of remembrance for the 9/11 community. The Museum will be reserved exclusively for this group.  If you are a member of one of these groups, you can reserve your free ticket(s) to visit the Museum by going to 911memorial.org/September10 or by calling (212) 266-5211. Due to limited availability, advance reservations are strongly advised.
 
Tribeca Meet & Greet:
Tribeca Meet & Greet resumes on Tuesday, Sept. 1 with an informal get-together at Chambers Pottery, 153 Chambers St., between 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. (Take the elevator to the second floor.) Tribeca Meet & Greet meets in a different Tribeca restaurant or business about once a month to exchange ideas, do some networking and have a drink with the neighbors. Some people show up for the full evening, some just drop by to say hello. Frankly Wines at 66 West Broadway provides beverages and MaxDelivery brings nibblybits. Representatives from the office of Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer will be giving out information about an upcoming a Lower Manhattan Small Business Roundtable and would appreciate feedback.

"Please feel free to bring business cards, menus, flyers and other information about you and your business," said David Cleaver of the BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center, organizer of the event. "Everybody's welcome and this is a free event."

"Chambers Pottery is a lovely space to create your own works of art," Cleaver said of the venue for this meeting. "They teach beginners and more experienced craftspeople, with special  classes for children, birthday parties and corporate team-building events."

For more information, or to make a contribution call Cleaver at (212) 220-1459.

South Street Seaport Museum's Mini Mates program expands:
The South Street Seaport Museum begins a new fall session of the Mini Mates program with an expanded schedule. Sessions will be held on Thursdays and Fridays from Sept. 10 to Nov. 20. The expanded schedule will allow more families to participate while keeping class size to no more than 12 students per class. Families can sign up for Thursdays and/or Fridays, as both days will offer the same program. This program, aimed at children ages 18 months to 4 years and their parents or caregivers, is designed to encourage adults to engage in fun and educational activities with their children under the guidance of a museum educator. Themes include holidays, the changing seasons, nature, and the Seaport neighborhood. Time: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Cost for one class per week, $275; $550 (for two classes per week). Drop-in Open Play, open to Mini Mates participants only, will be held on Wednesdays, Sept. 9-Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. with a $100 additional optional fee for access to space during Open Play time. All Museum Family Members will receive a 10% discount. To reserve space in Mini Mates, email education@seany.org or call (212) 748-8753. Registration is now open.

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  www.nyc.gov/housingconnect.

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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To have your work considered for publication in Downtown Post Portfolio, send up to seven high-resolution jpeg files attached to an email to editor@downtownpostnyc.com. (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
On Independence Day, boats and ships of various sizes and descriptions accompanied Hermione up the Hudson River.
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.

South Street Seaport Museum on Schermerhorn Row: 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 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
Dancers in Polish Dance Theatre's "It's Already Dusk," an interpretation of the famous duel scene in Bergman's "The Seventh Seal," at the Battery Dance Festival. This year's festival runs from Aug. 15 to Aug. 21. (Photos: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Between Aug. 15 and Aug. 21, the Battery Dance Festival is bringing 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.

The first six nights of the Battery Dance Festival are taking place in Wagner Park.
From Aug. 15 to Aug. 20, the Festival is taking 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.

Programming for the remaining evenings of the festival is as follows: 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 premiered 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. 17

Sip & Sail aboard the South Street Seaport Museum's 1885 schooner, Pioneer.
(Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Aug. 20: "Spirits of the Passage: Stories of the Transatlantic Slave Trade" opens on the museum ship Lilac at Hudson River Park's Pier 25. The exhibit discusses aspects of the maritime trade in African slaves combined with profiles of slaves, former slaves, abolitionists and others whose lives were touched by this global traffic. The exhibit was created by the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum (www.melfisher.org) in Key West, Fla. Lilac received key funding from the Sandy Hook Pilots' Association (www.sandyhookpilots.com) to bring this exhibit to New York. Through Sept. 27. The ship is open from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays and 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and
Sundays. Lilac is the last steam-powered lighthouse tender in America and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Launched on May 26, 1933, she carried supplies to lighthouses and maintained buoys for the U.S. Lighthouse Service and then the U.S. Coast Guard until she was decommissioned in 1972. For more  information about Lilac, click here.

Aug. 20: Sip & Sail aboard the South Street Seaport Museum's 1885 schooner Pioneer includes a selection of wines from Pasanaella and Son Vintners and finger food from Grandaisy Bakery. The two-hour sunset cruises leave from Pier 16 in the South Street Seaport. Time: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets: $85; $75 (South Street Seaport Museum members). To buy tickets, click here.

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

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

Ongoing: "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.

Ongoing
: "Cerámica de los Ancestros: Central America's Past Revealed" displays 155 ancient objects from the National Museum of the American Indian's rarely seen collections of Central American ceramics. The exhibition examines seven regions representing distinct Central American cultural areas that are today part of Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama, where Central America's first inhabitants lived. Dating back to 1000 B.C., the ceramics help tell the story of the innumerable achievements of these ancient civilizations, each with unique, sophisticated ways of life, value systems and arts. Through January 2017. Place: 1 Bowling Green. The National Museum of the American Indian is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Thursdays, until 8 p.m. Free. For more information, click here.  

Ongoing: The Museum of Jewish Heritage presents "Designing Home: Jews and Midcentury Modernism," an exhibition that explores the cultural context in which many Jewish émigré architects and designers created a distinctly modern American design that still has wide appeal today.  Walk-up tours will be offered on Sundays in May (except May 24) at 12 p.m. with no reservations necessary. Through January 2016. Place: 36 Battery Place. For more information, click here.

Ongoing: 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 info@seany.org.

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

Brooklyn: Aug. 22: The Battle of Brooklyn (sometimes called the Battle of Long Island) in August 1776 was the largest single battle of the American Revolution. The 239th anniversary of the battle will be commemorated at the American Veterans Memorial Pier (69th Street Pier) in Bay Ridge with costumed performers reenacting historical events accompanied by music and storytelling. Time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. For more information, click here. Additional commemorations of the battle take place in Brooklyn throughout the week and on Aug. 30 at Green-Wood Cemetery, where part of the battle was fought. For more information, click here.   The first major conflict after the United States declared independence on July 4, 1776, the Battle of Brooklyn took place around six weeks later. British forces had landed at Gravesend Bay in August, and on Aug. 27, they attacked General George Washington and his Continental Army. Weakened by casualties and outnumbered, the Americans retreated to Brooklyn Heights. On the evening of Aug. 29, General George Washington engineered a famous, daring escape, ferrying the entire Continental army of 9,000 men across the East River to safety in Manhattan without a single casualty.

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