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Volume 2, No. 64  Sept. 5, 2015

Quote of the day: 
"The South Street Seaport today features the largest concentration of restored 19th century commercial buildings in New York."
     - The National Trust for Historic Preservation, describing why the South Street Seaport is special and needs to be preserved from inappropriate development.           

* Manhattan Sailing School returns to Lower Manhattan
* On WBAI, Michael Kramer explains why the National Trust has called the Seaport 'endangered' 
* Bits & Bytes: Seaport condo tower; NYC's interior landmarks; Fashion tenant for 115 Broadway
* Downtown Bulletin Board: LMDC seeks input on how to spend $50M; Primary election
* Community Board 1 meetings: Week of Sept. 7
* Calendar: Week of Aug. 31
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MASTHEAD PHOTO: The September 11 Memorial. Sept. 1, 2015.
(Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer) 

John Carlson, an instructor at the Manhattan Sailing School at Liberty Harbor Marina in Jersey City, teaching a two-day course in basic sailing. On Sept. 12, the Manhattan Sailing School will also start giving sailing lessons from Pier 25 in Hudson River Park.
(Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Michael Fortenbaugh's Manhattan Sailing School will again be holding classes in Lower Manhattan starting on Sept. 12. Fortenbaugh will have three boats at Pier 25, which is on the Hudson River near North Moore Street in Tribeca.

For more than 10 years, the Manhattan Sailing School had given sailing classes at North Cove Marina in Battery Park City, however in May 2015, the Battery Park City Authority awarded a 10-year contract to teach at the marina to the Offshore Sailing School, run by Steve and Doris Colgate.

Knowing that it had been displaced from North Cove, in the spring of 2015, Manhattan Sailing School relocated to Liberty Harbor Marina in Jersey City.

Fortenbaugh said he was happy to bring the Manhattan Sailing School back to Lower Manhattan. "We love the city," he said but added, "We love Jersey City, too. Since I've been over here, I've been amazed at how welcoming and how nice everything is over here."

Manhattan Sailing School's courses at Pier 25 will continue for five weeks until the sailing season ends. 

Go to for more information or to sign up for classes. 

- Terese Loeb Kreuzer


The old buildings on Beekman Street in the South Street Seaport still have the names of wholesale fish mongers, even though the Fulton Fish Market moved away in 2005.  (Photos: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

In late June, the National Trust for Historic Preservation called the South Street Seaport "one of America's 11 most endangered historic places."

"The South Street Seaport features some of the oldest architecture in New York City," said the National Trust in making the designation. But, said the Trust, "While the Seaport is a locally designated historic district, and is separately listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it is currently under threat due to a series of development proposals that would disrupt the look, feel and low-scale historic character of the Seaport."

Michael G. Haskins, host of the "Morning Show" on WBAI wanted to know more about "why the
Michael Kramer, a public member of Community Board 1's Seaport/Civic Center Committee at a CB1 meeting on Jan. 21, 2014. Behind him are Adam Meister, vice president, development for The Howard Hughes Corporation and Phillip St. Pierre, general manager for The Howard Hughes Corp. at the South Street Seaport.
Seaport is at so much risk and what role the city has played in compromising this historic site."
On Sept. 3,  he invited Michael Kramer, a Seaport resident, a member of the Seaport Working Group, and a leader in the grassroots group of volunteers called "Save Our Seaport," to explain.

The saga of the Seaport as it exists today goes back decades, but in approximately 15 minutes, Kramer summed it up. "The area from the Brooklyn Bridge to the Battery is truly special," he said. "It was New York's first World Trade Center." He called it the area "that really started our city" and described it as being "unlike any other part of Manhattan."

With that, the National Trust would concur. "The South Street Seaport today features the largest concentration of restored 19th century commercial buildings in New York," according to the National Trust.

So what happened? Kramer recapped the events of 2009 and 2010 when General Growth
Fulton Street in the South Street Seaport as it looked on
Aug. 28, 2010.
Properties, the leaseholder for large parts of the Seaport, went bankrupt and then spun off The Howard Hughes Corporation as a public company. Despite this poor track record, the City "had the confidence to bring them back to the South Street Seaport and hand the key over and basically try to privatize the district," said Kramer.

The City's Economic Development Corporation was the master leaseholder for the Seaport, and "under the Bloomberg Administration, the EDC sort of ran wild," Kramer said. "They're a public/private corporation. They have their own rules. They have their own ways of getting around the public review process. And what happened was that they made a secret deal [with The Howard Hughes Corporation]. They put together a letter of intent in 2011 that nobody had heard about and that the City even refused to release to the Community Board for many, many months."

Finally, because of the Freedom of Information Law that letter came to light, and what it said was that The Howard Hughes Corporation would not only take over and rehabilitate the old Pier 17 shopping mall, but would also have the opportunity to take back land from the South Street Seaport Museum and the opportunity to take back the piers so that the berthing of historic ships would be limited. Howard Hughes was also given the option of redeveloping the Tin and New Market Buildings - two of the last remaining structures from the historic Fulton Fish Market - and, in Kramer's words, "to do it in a way that escaped any public scrutiny."

Meanwhile, the South Street Seaport Museum was being attacked both directly and by neglect. "The City was doing nothing that would ensure the survival of the Seaport Museum," said Kramer. "If anything, the City kept taking away and taking away from the museum and handing it over to Howard Hughes. Most importantly, the berthing of historic ships was taken away. The South Street Seaport Museum used to control three different piers and is now down to one pier." Moreover, Kramer added, the museum doesn't even have a lease on that pier. It has a license.

Haskins wanted to know if the de Blasio Administration is any more sympathetic to these issues
Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer at the Community Board 1 meeting at which she and those around her announced that a working group was being formed to plan and negotiate the future of the South Street Seaport. From left to right: City Councilmember Margaret Chin; Chris Curry, senior executive vice president of The Howard Hughes Corporation; and Catherine McVay Hughes, chairperson of Community Board 1. Feb. 25, 2014
than the Bloomberg Administration had been. Kramer replied, "We're very hopeful that the de Blasio Administration has been listening to the Borough President's Office. Gale Brewer has been great on this issue.." He said that City Councilmember Margaret Chin had been working closely with Brewer.

But, he said, there were serious conflict of interest issues. Ashley Dennis, who had been chief of staff to Kyle Kimball, president of the EDC under the Bloomberg Administration, became a vice president at Kasirer Consulting after she left EDC. Kasirer, the City's highest grossing lobbying firm, represents The Howard Hughes Corporation, which has paid it more than $1 million to lobby various City agencies in support of HHC's development plans for the Seaport.  Dennis, said Kramer, "was the one running our Seaport Working Group, which was supposed to come up with new ideas and new ways of looking at the Seaport that would allow the community to have some input."

Kramer also said that the Seaport was reeling under the "side deals" that Howard Hughes has been able to pull off. "Howard Hughes, because of their insider status, was able to pick up the air rights for the surrounding area," he said. "They picked them up for $186 million and now they just sold them four months later to a Chinese group for $390 million. They're just taking all the profits - all the money - all the economic value out of the area and then they cry poverty."

Kramer said that what Save Our Seaport wants as a means of helping to rectify some of these imbalances is "a fair lease for the South Street Seaport Museum."  A lease dating from 1981 put the South Street Seaport Museum in charge of the district. But then the City began to whittle away at the Seaport Museum's hegemony. "They had to pay rent where other museums that are on city land don't have to pay rent," said Kramer. "They lost the John Street lot. They are not allowed to make money doing retail in the area. They can't compete with Howard Hughes."

The museum's electrical system was damaged by Sandy. "It took almost three years for the museum to receive FEMA money so that they can rebuild and reopen their galleries and their exhibits," said Kramer. "Again, it comes back to the City, because EDC is the master leaseholder. All the money that they received from FEMA should have gone into fixing the South Street Seaport district." Instead,  "They fixed Howard Hughes' portion of it, but they didn't fix the museum's portion."

So what's the prognosis for the Seaport and for the South Street Seaport Museum? The National Trust for Historic Preservation says on its website, "Since 1988, the National Trust has used its list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places to raise awareness about the threats facing some of the nation's greatest treasures. The list, which has identified more than 250 sites to date, has been so successful in galvanizing preservation efforts that only a handful of sites have been lost."

- Terese Loeb Kreuzer

Bits & Bytes
Part of the ceiling of the former Cunard ticketing office at 25 Broadway, one of many interior landmarks in Lower Manhattan. The space is now a Cipriani catering hall.
 (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

"First Look at the South Street Seaport's 60-Story Condo Tower,", 9/2/15. "Rumors of a helix-shaped glass tower slated for a site just south of the Brooklyn Bridge have been swirling around for years now, but developer Fortis Property Group has been reserved in divulging too much about the project," says "All of that changes today, with the launch of One Seaport's teaser site and an extra blast of information from Fredrik Eklund, who along with John Gomes will be overseeing sales. Formerly known as 151 Maiden Lane, the Goldstein, Hill and West-designed tower will rise 60 stories and come in at just under 700 feet-at 670, to be exact." For the complete article, click here.

"Peek Inside 9 of New York City's Pristine Interior Landmarks,", 9/1/15. "The Landmarks Preservation Commission was created by Mayor Robert Wagner in 1965 in the wake of the 'monumental act of vandalism' that was the demolition of the original Penn Station," observes. "The commission has been on some kind of tear in the last half-century, designating over 1,340 individual landmarks. Although the Landmarks Law was amended just ten years after it was established to account for interior landmarks, just 117 have been named to this day. While it's a small number, the interiors are worth celebrating and are the subject of Judith Gura and Kate Wood's new book, Interior Landmarks: Treasures of New York." The article includes several photographs from the book, most of them of interior landmarks in Lower Manhattan. For the complete article, click here.

The entrance to 115 Broadway. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
"Alexander Wang sets its sights on office space at 115 Broadway," Crain's New York Business, 9/3/15. Crain's New York Business reports that, "Alexander Wang may sign up for office space at the top of 115 Broadway, according to several sources familiar with negotiations. It would be the latest fashion house to take space farther south. The designer plans to take about 75,000 square feet, including the 21-story building's penthouse floor, a unique space that evokes the building's neo-Gothic architecture and interior ornamentation with original wood-paneled walls, tall ceilings and stained glass." For the complete article, click here.

"Drunken New Jersey driver slams car into barrier outside World Trade Center: cops," Daily News, 9/5/15. "A security barrier outside One World Trade Center meant to prevent vehicles from striking the building stopped a boozed up New Jersey motorist in his tracks," according to the Daily News. "Paul Cederdahl, 47, of Red Bank, N.J., was facing drunken driving charges after he slammed into a barrier outside the World Trade Center site at Church and Fulton streets about 1:30 p.m. Friday, Port Authority Police said." For the complete article, click here.

Downtown bulletin board

 A fire at the Deutsche Bank building in 2007, which Bovis Lend Lease was dismantling, killed two firefighters. Now a $50 million settlement with the LMDC will be available to fund projects in Lower Manhattan. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

LMDC forum on how to spend remaining federal funds: Because of a settlement with Bovis Lend Lease for a fire at the World Trade Center site that killed two firemen, the  Lower Manhattan Development Corporation (LMDC) has $50 million to spend on projects in Lower Manhattan. The LMDC is holding a public forum on Sept. 17 to solicit input and ideas regarding potential projects to be supported with its remaining federal funds. Members of the public can share their ideas and comments with LMDC at this public forum either orally or in writing. Time: 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Place: Fiterman Hall/Borough of Manhattan Community College, 245 Greenwich St. (Barclay Street - side entrance) 13th floor. New York, New York 10007. For more information, click here. In an article on July 24, 2015, ("Lower Manhattan Development Corp. submits project wish list for Downtown,", 7/24/15), The Real Deal said that LMDC already had some ideas about what to do with the money, including "completing the final leg of Hudson River Park and improving open spaces on Water Street, among other projects," but presumably public input will also factor into the decision and is not just pro forma.

District Leader election, 66th Assembly District, Part B: District leader elections are usually pretty tame, but this year, there is a contest in the 66th Assembly District, Part B, which extends from the South Village to the northern part of Battery Park City. Dennis Gault, a teacher who lives in Battery Park City, and Terri Cude, a business consultant who lives on Bleecker Street, are challenging incumbents John Scott, a resident of Independence Plaza North, and Jean Grillo, a writer who works for the Board of Elections and who lives on Duane Street in Tribeca.

District leaders serve two-year terms and are unpaid. Each district has one male and one female district leader from the party of the New York State Assemblymember who represents that district. The district leaders act as liaisons between the community and the elected officials.

In addition, one of their primary jobs is to "hire poll workers and endorse judges," said Grillo. "And John and I faithfully go to the monthly meetings, and do a lot of other County business - John as a member of the Judicial Committee and I as founding member and co-chair of the Affordable Housing Committee."

Gault and Cude, the challengers, believe that they would bring a more geographically diverse perspective to the district leader positions. Gault has been a member of Community Board 1 for the past 10 years, serving on its Executive Committee. He has been active in addressing school overcrowding and other educational issues. Cude is vice-chair of Community Board 2 and has worked to curtail the two-million-square-foot expansion of NYU in the Village.

District leaders will be elected during the primary on Thursday, Sept. 10. Turnout is expected to be low, so a few votes one way or the other are likely to carry the district leader election.

School crossing guard jobs: With the school year starting this month, the NYPD is accepting applications for 41 school crossing guard positions in Manhattan. These jobs offer regular hours and steady pay starting at $11.50 an hour. If weekly hours exceed 20 per week, benefits are included. Click here for more information.

Internships in Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer's office: Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer is looking for interns at either the undergraduate or graduate level. Prospective interns must be committed to connecting with and delivering for Manhattan's diverse neighborhoods, communities and constituents. Candidates should submit resumes and cover letters to Brian Lafferty, Special Projects Coordinator, at

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 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. 

Battery Park underpass closure: Due to planned maintenance, the south tube of the Battery Park underpass, from West Street to the FDR Drive, will be closed during the early morning hours from Tues., Aug. 25 through Sat., Sept. 12, except Labor Day weekend and Sept. 11. Closures will be from 12:01 a.m. to 5 a.m. Tuesday - Friday and 1 a.m. to 8 a.m. on Saturday. On Sept. 11, the north tube of the Battery Park underpass from the FDR Drive to West Street will be closed from 12:01 a.m. to 5 a.m. Consider alternate routes and allow for additional travel time. For more information, click here

Sept. 10 at the National September 11 Memorial & 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 or by calling (212) 266-5211. Due to limited availability, advance reservations are strongly advised.

Sept. 11 at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum: On Sept. 11, a private ceremony will be held on the Memorial plaza for 9/11 and 1993 family members. Family members will read the names of the victims and there will be moments of silence. The ceremony will be closed to the public. The 9/11 Memorial Museum will also be closed to the public on Sept. 11, reopening on Sept. 12. Beginning at 3 p.m. on Sept. 11, the public will be able to visit the Memorial plaza. The Tribute in Light will be visible from the plaza and from elsewhere in Lower Manhattan that evening. Sidewalk closures on Sept. 11 will be as follows: Beginning at 5 a.m., the sidewalks immediately adjacent to the Memorial, including Greenwich Street between Liberty and Vesey Streets, Liberty Street between Greenwich and West Streets and the east side of West Street between Vesey and Liberty Streets will be closed. Parking will be unavailable on Liberty Street between Broadway and Greenwich Street and on Greenwich Street between Liberty and Rector Streets.

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 or call (212) 748-8753. Registration is now open.

Downtown Boathouse:
Weekday evening kayaking at the Downtown Boathouse, Pier 26 in Hudson River Park (near North Moore Street), is over for the season but Saturday, Sunday and holiday kayaking continues. It runs from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through mid-October, weather permitting. For more information about the Downtown Boathouse, which is run by volunteers, 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.

South Street Seaport Museum on Schermerhorn Row: To see photographs of some of the
 A massive tree trunk, more than 200 years old, is attached to gears that would have served as a hoist when the Schermerhorn Row buildings functioned as warehouses. Charred beams and darkened bricks are the remnants of a fire. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
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.

Students arriving at PS 276 in the morning. On Sept. 8, Community Board 1's Youth & Education Committee will get an update on school registration numbers and discuss the implications.  (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Community Board 1's meetings take place in the Municipal Building, Conference Room 1, Centre Street, Room 2202A-North starting at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted. All are welcome to attend. Bring photo ID to enter the building.

Sept. 7: Office Closed - Labor Day

Sept. 8: Youth & Education Committee
* School Registration Numbers - Discussion
* Status of new school in Financial District - Discussion
* Update on Peck Slip street closure and safety procedures - Discussion
* Need for crossing guards at each Downtown school - Discussion

Sept. 9: Tribeca Committee
* Volunteer at Hudson River Park's Submerge: NYC Marine Science Festival, Saturday, Oct. 3, Hudson River Park's Pier 26 - Announcement
* MBPO Tribeca Small Business Roundtable, Sept. 16, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. - Announcement by Ahmed Tigani, Community Development Officer, Office of the Manhattan Borough President
* 93 Worth St., application for a Board of Standards and Appeals special permit for a Physical Culture establishment for 93 Worth Street Gym, LLC - Resolution
* 281 Broadway, application for a Board of Standards and Appeals special permit for a Physical Culture establishment for CrossFit TriBeCa - Resolution
* Application to rename the block of Sixth Avenue from Franklin Street to White Street to Avenue of the Americas - Resolution
* 349 Greenwich St., application for restaurant liquor license for 349 Greenwich Street Restaurant LLC - Resolution
* 20 Warren St., application for tavern liquor license for 20 Killarney Tavern Corp. d/b/a Tara of Tribeca - Resolution
* 221 West Broadway, application for sidewalk cafe for North of Houston LLC d/b/a White Street - Resolution
* 221 West Broadway, application for alteration of restaurant liquor license to permit use of a sidewalk cafe for North of Houston LLC d/b/a White Street - Resolution
*  211 West Broadway, application for new liquor license for Maman Tribeca LLC - Resolution
* 175 Franklin St., application for restaurant liquor license for entity to be formed by Jean Dupuy - Resolution

The following notices have been received for renewal, upgrade, or transfer of wine and beer or liquor licenses or sidewalk cafe permits:
* 249 West Broadway, application for renewal of tavern wine and beer license for Anotheroom Inc.
* 339 Broadway, application for renewal of beer and wine license for Mon Cher Market Inc.
* 145 Duane St., application for a renewal of a wine and beer license for the Takahachi Tribeca Restaurant
* 88 Reade St., application for renewal of restaurant wine and beer license for Tribeca Hummus, Inc. d/b/a Nish Nush
* 124 Chambers St., application for renewal of liquor license for Ecco Restaurant
* 429-435 Greenwich St. (AKA 62 Laight Street), application for renewal of restaurant and tavern liquor license for LKS Concepts LLC d/b/a Dylan Prime
* 77-79 Hudson St., application for a renewal of a liquor license for Zutto
*  281 West Broadway, application for a renewal of a liquor license for Pepolino
* 6 Harrison St., application for a renewal of a liquor license for Juna Sik
* 59 Murray St., application for a renewal of a liquor license for New York Dolls
* 222 West Broadway aka 6 Varick Street, application for renewal of restaurant liquor license for Terra
* 34 White St., application for a renewal of a restaurant liquor license for Bancone LLC d/b/a Petrarca
* 131 Duane St., application for a renewal of a restaurant liquor license for Radiante, LLC d/b/a City Hall Restaurant
* 211 West Broadway, application for alteration of liquor license for B & D Again, LLC, d/b/a Distilled NY
* 135 Watts St., application for renewal of liquor license for China Blue
* 162 Duane St., application for renewal of liquor license for Brushstroke
* 388 Greenwich St., application for removal of catering license for the sale of beer, wine and liquor from 399 Park Avenue to 388 Greenwich Street for Aramark
* 241 West Broadway, application for renewal of sidewalk cafe for Cercle Rouge

Sept. 10: Landmarks Committee 
* 27-A Harrison St., application to legalize existing rear yard fence - Resolution
* 140 Franklin St., application for storefront renovation - Resolution
* 60 Hudson St., applications for expansion of four louvers on 11th floor and new generator on 19th floor setback - Resolution
4) 399 Greenwich St., application to approve existing awning and gooseneck lights at Greenwich Street Tavern sidewalk café - Resolution
* 6 Varick St., application for storefront renovation and installation of canopy and platform - Resolution
* 130 Beekman St., application for new building entry door and canopy on Beekman Street between Water and Front Streets - Resolution
* 49 Chambers St., application for modification of entrances for ADA compliance and addition of canopy, new window openings on east and west facades, and new railing on rooftop - Resolution

CALENDAR: Week of Aug. 31

The annual Great North River Tugboat Race & Competition takes place on Sunday, Sept. 6. Tickets for the Spectator Boat are still available. To buy tickets, click here.
(Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Sept. 6: The 23rd annual Great North River Tugboat Race & Competition takes place on Sunday. 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.

Sept. 5 and 6: Governors Island is open daily through Labor Day. This weekend, the New York City Unicycle Fest comes to Governors Island. Last year's festival brought over 300 riders to the Big Apple and hundreds of people had the opportunity to try riding a unicycle for the first time. The festival's main events include races, competitions, exhibitions, and a variety of unicycle sports including basketball, hockey, and sumo. For fans of extreme riding, the Hell on Wheel trials course challenges riders throughout the day. World-famous riders display their skills while DJ Sky King keeps the one-wheel tempo rocking. Time: Noon to 5 p.m. For a calendar of Governors Island events and activities, click here.
: "Spirits of the Passage: Stories of the Transatlantic Slave Trade" on the museum ship Lilac at Hudson River Park's Pier 25 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 ( in Key West, Fla. Lilac received key funding from the Sandy Hook Pilots' Association ( 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.

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: "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: Fraunces Tavern Museum's exhibition, "Lafayette," opened in May to complement the docking of the Marquis de Lafayette's replica ship, L'Hermione at the South Street Seaport over the July 4th weekend. It includes 20 items from the museum's collection such as Lafayette's calling card and the his sash, splashed with his blood from a wound sustained at the Battle of Brandywine. Through December 2016. 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

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