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Volume 2, No. 66  Sept. 20, 2015

Quote of the day: 
More than half a million people working in Lower Manhattan in a creative or professional capacity now live no more than half an hour away, an 18 percent increase since 2000.   
     -Data from a report called "The Brain Gain: 2015 Update," released by the Alliance for Downtown New York 

* Tessa Huxley to be honored at annual Battery Park City Block Party on Sept. 20
* Downtown Alliance report shows that more professionals are moving in or near downtown 
* Bits & Bytes: Moody's signs at 1 WTC; More free Wi-Fi downtown
* Downtown Bulletin Board: Youth Orchestra open house
* Community Board meetings: Week of Sept. 21
* Calendar: Week of Sept. 14
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MASTHEAD PHOTO: Brent Talbott, an exhibit specialist at Ellis Island, holding a teddy bear that was donated to the Ellis Island museum by Gertrude Schneider, who was nine years old when she emigrated from Switzerland. Artifacts that were removed from Ellis Island for safekeeping after Superstorm Sandy are now being reinstalled.  Sept. 16, 2015
(Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer) 


The annual Battery Park City block party takes place on Sunday, Sept. 20, on Esplanade Plaza, just south of North Cove Marina.  (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

There are traces of blue in the sky this morning - Sept. 20 - and little, puffy, white clouds so it appears that prayers for good block party weather have been answered. The 14th annual Battery Park City Block Party starts at 11:30 a.m. on Esplanade Plaza, just south of North Cove Marina, and runs until 4:30 p.m.

As usual at the block party, there will be entertainment (music and dancing), games, raffles, food from neighborhood restaurants, a flea market and a pet parade, but there is also a serious purpose - to honor the people who have contributed to the well-being of all who live and work in Battery Park City. This year's honoree - Tessa Huxley - has done more than almost anyone else to make Battery Park City the green and beautiful place that it is.

For 27 years, she was the executive director of the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy, until, in July the Battery Park City Authority, which oversees the Conservancy, forced her to resign. Huxley brought the idea of organic, pesticide-free gardening to Battery Park City. She helped to plan its gardens. After the terrorist attack on Sept. 11, 2001, she remained in Battery Park City for days to begin, with the help of the devoted staff of the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy, the arduous process of cleaning every leaf of toxic ash. After Superstorm Sandy, she and the staff brought the gardens and parks to life again. She was the mastermind for the outstanding programs offered by the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy - most of them, free.

Huxley will be honored at the block party's opening ceremony.

The first BPC block party was held in September 2002 in an effort to bring the community back together after the devastation of 9/11. Battery Park City residents have never forgotten the help received from friends, acquaintances and strangers. In recognition and honor of that help, Battery Park City Cares was formed to raise money for charity. At this year's block party, there will be a raffle with the proceeds going to aid refugees. Tickets will be for sale at the Welcome tent.

Admission to the block party is free.

- Terese Loeb Kreuzer 



A summer afternoon in Battery Park City. According to the Downtown Alliance, a growing number of college-educated, creative and professional people live in or near downtown. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Downtown has come a long way since Sept. 11, 2001. "There were articles written that no one would ever live downtown again," said Tim Curry, who was president of the Battery Park City Authority at the time. "Well, they were wrong," he added.

The Downtown Alliance recently released a research report, "The Brain Gain: 2015 Update," that shows just how wrong the prognosticators were.

Not only have people moved downtown but the report shows that there has been "an impressive growth in high-value professionals living within a 30-minute commute of Lower Manhattan."

According to the report, "The Brain Gain clearly shows how shifting demographics have continued to favor the Lower Manhattan Central Business District over the past five years. The report is a testament to the forces that have shaped the remarkable recovery and transformation of Lower Manhattan over the past 14 years."  
The data states that more than 750,000 college-educated adults now live within a 30-minute commute of Lower Manhattan. The population of creative and professional workers has grown significantly. More than half a million people working in Lower Manhattan in a creative or professional capacity now live no more than half an hour away, an 18 percent increase since 2000.        

The Alliance attributes this growth in part to Lower Manhattan's numerous transportation options. Twelve subway lines, 30 bus routes and one SBS route, 20 ferry routes, two PATH routes, seven free Downtown Connection buses and 28 CitiBike stations serve Lower Manhattan.        

The report was based on an analysis of 2000 U.S. Census and 2010 and 2013 American Community Survey data. The study area included 30 counties in New York City's five boroughs, Long Island, Westchester, the Hudson Valley, Southern Connecticut, Northeastern Pennsylvania and Northern New Jersey.

To see the full report, click here.  

Bits & Bytes
Prospective buyers of apartments on the top floors of the Woolworth building can now tour a two-bedroom model residence. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

"TriBeCa startup's $12 million investment lets anyone create an app,"
Crain's New York Business, 9/17/15. Dwnld (pronounced "download"), can turn a website or a Tumblr feed into a smartphone application within minutes says Crain's New York Business. "The TriBeCa-based startup announced Thursday that it has raised $12 million to expand its offerings. The investment came from Greylock Partners, one of Silicon Valley's oldest and most venerable venture-capital firms, whose partners include LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman and former Mozilla CEO John Lilly. Mr. Lilly will be joining Dwnld's board." According to Crain's, the year-old company "now has 2,000 users, and is developing apps for a range of categories, such as e-commerce companies or food blogs that might want to link to a shopping service." For the complete article, click here.

"Circuit Clarifies Recovery Scheme for WTC Leases," New York Law Journal, 9/18/15. "The 11-year-old fight over damages for the alleged negligence of airlines and airline security companies in allowing hijackers to seize two airplanes and destroy the World Trade Center is headed back to Southern District Judge Alvin Hellerstein, possibly for a trial," says the New York Law Journal. "A divided U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Thursday upheld Hellerstein's finding that World Trade Center leaseholder Larry Silverstein can only recover for the diminution in the value of his leases for five buildings on the site and that any damages must be offset by the insurance monies Silverstein has already recovered. But the panel also held that Hellerstein 'relied on an incorrect method of measuring the market value of the leasehold estates' and erred on the computation of interest. It remanded the cases of In re September 11 Litigation, 13-3619-cv and 13-3782-cv, with a potential for a negligence trial." For the complete article, click here.

"Pope Francis' visit is going to make traveling in NYC a living hell,"
New York Post, 9/17/15. "New York drivers will be moving slower than the Popemobile next week when the pontiff's visit creates what's being called the biggest traffic nightmare in city history," says the New York Post. The Post continues that, "The major pain in the asphalt will be at its worst at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, when 83 blocks of Manhattan streets will be closed. Francis will be heading from the 9/11 Memorial Museum downtown to Our Lady Queen of Angels School in East Harlem for a 4 p.m. appearance before making a swing through Central Park on his way to Mass at Madison Square Garden. All of that follows his morning speech at the UN General Assembly - which causes epic traffic every year on its own." According to the Post, "A total of 10.3 miles of roads will be closed simultaneously across Manhattan, and the residual traffic is expected to spill across the bridges and tunnels." For the complete article, click here.

"Tribeca Penthouse With 3 Spectacular Terraces Wants $7.25M,", 9/18/15. "Some of the best, most drool-worthy, envy-inducing terraces in New York City are attached to Tribeca penthouses, including the three that come with this triplex condo at 153 Chambers Street," says The picture-heavy article says that the condo is on the market for $7.25 million. For the complete article, click here.

"Moody's signs this year's largest deal at One World Trade Center," New York Post, 9/17/15. "It's a done deal for Moody's at 1 World Trade Center," says the New York Post. "The expanding credit-rating service just signed a lease for 75,000 square feet on the tower's 56th and 57th floors, sources told The Post. The asking rent was $69 a square foot." The Post goes on to comment that, "The signing is welcome news to 1 WTC's owners, the Port Authority and the Durst Organization. Leasing at the tower - and for that matter at the whole WTC - has been quiet of late, even as major deals were being completed downtown at Brookfield Place, One New York Plaza and 55 Water St." For the complete article, click here.

"New Renderings of Vinoly's 125 Greenwich Street, Downtown's Future Tallest Residential Skyscraper,", 9/11/15. Since 9/11, says,  "Not only has the city regained its confidence in building high again, but it has now been feverishly erecting 1,000-plus-foot supertall towers at a faster rate than nearly any other global metropolis." A residential spire at 125 Greenwich St. "will soar 77 stories and roughly 1,100 feet high, some 200 feet taller than downtown's next tallest ground-up residential buildings, 30 Park Place (937 feet) and New York by Gehry (870 feet). 125 Greenwich Street is being developed by a consortium of heavyweights: Michael Shvo, Bizzi + Partners Development and Douglas Elliman Chairman Howard Lorber. The team picked up the tiny 9,000-square-foot lot for $185 million from a partnership comprised of the Fisher Brothers and the Witkoff Group, who are also busy erecting residential aeries nearby." For the complete article, click here.

"Finally, Go Inside the Woolworth Building's Splendid Model Unit,", 9/16/15. "It's been three years since Alchemy Properties bought the top floors of the iconic Woolworth Building, with the goal of transforming them into ultra-luxury, 'one of a kind' residences," says "Since then, the firm has been hard at work on making that vision a reality, bringing on interior architect Thierry W. Despont to create stately apartments in what will be called the Woolworth Tower Residences (including the so-called 'castle in the sky,' a seven-floor penthouse on the tippy-top of the building.) And while the residences-which begin at $4.6 million, and skyrocket from there-won't be completed until 2017, Curbed recently got a tour of the nearby sales gallery, which features a model of a two-bedroom residence, along with a sneak peek at the building itself." For the complete article with photographs, click here.

More free Wi-Fi in Lower Manhattan: The Alliance for Downtown New York announced that more than one million square feet have been added to its free Wi-Fi network, bringing plans to provide access for the entire Lower Broadway corridor halfway to completion. In total, the Alliance now provides more than 3.7 million square feet of coverage throughout the district. The most recent addition to the network provides uninterrupted service on Broadway from the Battery to Trinity Church. The free Wi-Fi network is currently utilized by hundreds of thousands of individuals each year in one of the city's most heavily trafficked districts.
Lower Manhattan's Wi-Fi service was first initiated in 2003. Usage has grown steadily since then. Last month alone, more than 80,000 devices connected, an 84 percent increase compared with the same time last year.
The expansion was made possible in large part thanks to a partnership with Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP (WilmerHale,) a leading international law firm with its New York office in Lower Manhattan. In 2012, WilmerHale became an official sponsor of the Downtown Alliance and a co-presenting sponsor of the Alliance's free Wi-Fi network. The firm has been a long-standing supporter of Lower Manhattan's revitalization and economic growth and was the first major law firm to move from midtown to lower Manhattan following 9/11.
The Downtown Alliance's network is free. For more information about the network, click here.

Downtown bulletin board

A sign on the fence of the park at Albany and Greenwich Streets says that the area will be closed on Sept. 24 and 25 because of the pope's visit to the September 11 Memorial and Museum. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

No weekend service on the No. 1 train: So that the MTA can make repairs, there will be no service on the No. 1 subway line from 11:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 18 to 5 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 21. The Nos. 2, 3, A and C trains, free shuttle buses and M3 buses will provide alternate transportation. The 2 and 3 trains will run on local tracks between 96th Street and Chambers Street. Shuttle buses will run between Chambers Street and South Ferry.

Youth Orchestra Open House: On Sept. 21, Trinity and the InterSchool Orchestras (ISO) of New York invite beginner musicians and their families to an open house for the ISO Trinity-Florentine Orchestra. Musicians can bring their instruments and join in the first rehearsal of the ISO Trinity Florentine Orchestra's 2015-16 season. There will also be a chance to meet the conductor, ISO staff, and other students, and learn more about the 2015-16 season. Highlights will include concerts at Symphony Space and Opera 360, audition workshops, side-by-side rehearsals with advanced orchestras, and much more. All orchestral instruments are welcome. Place: Trinity Church, choir room (Broadway at Wall Street). Time: 4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. The open house is free. For more information about the InterSchool Orchestras, click here. For more information about the ISO-Trinity Florentine Orchestra, click here.

City Hall resiliency update for Lower Manhattan: New York City is applying for funding as part of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC) to implement a comprehensive resiliency vision for Lower Manhattan. The City will use this opportunity to strengthen social and economic resiliency in climate-vulnerable communities, and to enhance the city's coastal defenses in response to the evolving risks associated with climate change and other 21st century threats. Lower Manhattan and its residents remain vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and sea level rise. The City's proposed project, "Protect and Connect," will focus on coastal resiliency in Lower Manhattan.
The proposed projects include: Coastal protection for Lower Manhattan south of Montgomery Street to Battery Park;  Stormwater management for NYCHA campuses in the Lower East Side and Two Bridges;  Resiliency upgrades for affordable housing developments in the Lower East Side and Two Bridges.

To explain more about these proposed projects, there was a public hearing on Sept. 10 at Southbridge Towers. There will be a second hearing on Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. at PS 2 Meyer London, 122 Henry St.

To view and comment on the City's draft application, go to

Written comments can be mailed to Jessica Colon, Senior Policy Advisor, NYC Mayor's Office of Recovery and Resiliency, 253 Broadway, 10th floor, New York, NY 10007.

Comments can also be provided by contacting 311.  For any questions, email
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

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 sign in the South Street Seaport Museum for the Fulton Ferry Hotel, which once occupied part of Schermerhorn Row.
(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.


The former Emigrant Industrial Savings Bank is being converted into apartments. On Sept. 10, CB1's Landmarks Committee discussed an application for modifications to the building including new windows in the east and west facades where iconic signage now appears. (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. 21:  Planning Committee
* Lower Manhattan Resiliency & Sustainability - Update by Dan Zarilli, Director, Mayor's Office of Recovery and Resiliency
* National Disaster Resiliency Competition, NYC Phase II Application - Resolution
* Ben Strauss, Ph.D., Vice President for Sea Level and Climate Impacts, Climate Central
* "Non-water shale gas fracking methods" - Resolution

Sept. 24: Seaport/Civic Center Committee
* Howard Hughes Corporation - Quarterly construction update and culture district
* 200 Water St., application for proposed bus stop location - Presentation by NYC DOT
* Peck Slip/Water Street traffic safety - Discussion and possible resolution
* Seaport Museum gets $10.4M in FEMA funds nearly three years after Sandy - Update by Capt. Jonathan Boulware, Executive Director, South Street Seaport Museum and representative of Congressman Jerrold Nadler
* 80 Centre St., Public Design Commission application for landscaping and new handicap ramp at Worth Street - Resolution
* AIGA/NY - Presentation by Laetitia Wolff (Postponed)
* 11 Fulton St., application for restaurant liquor license for iPic-Gold Class Entertainment, LLC d/b/a iPic Theaters - Resolution (Postponed until October)

The following notices have been received for renewal, upgrade, or transfer of wine and beer or liquor licenses or sidewalk cafe permits:
* 121 Fulton St., renewal for a restaurant liquor license for Burger Fulton LLC d/b/a 121 Fulton Street
* 15 Gold St., renewal of a hotel/restaurant liquor license for NYC Serenade Lessee LLC & Thompson Hotels LLC & Felice Gold Street LLC d/b/a Gild Hall and Felice 15 Gold Street
* 111 South St., renewal of a restaurant liquor license for L&J Marketplace, Inc. d/b/a Fish Market Restaurant

CALENDAR: Week of Sept. 14

The rock wall in Teardrop Park. Art historian Dorothea Basile will lead a tour of the park on Sept. 20. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
Sept. 20: Don't miss the annual Battery Park City Block Party with live entertainment, music, food, raffles, games and more. Place: Esplanade Plaza (just south of North Cove Marina). Time: 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Sept. 20: The dramatic rock formations in Teardrop Park by artist Ann Hamilton are the basis for an afternoon of art and science for the entire family, drawing on the sculpture itself and the geological flux it evokes. Art historian Dorothea Basile will lead a tour of the park, talking about the sculpted rock formations, while Dr. Patricia Nadeau, a volcanologist from the American Museum of National History, explains why earthquakes happen and how volcanoes are formed. Participants will make their own volcanoes out of clay to take home, and also work cooperatively on a larger volcano, which will then erupt through a mixture of vinegar and baking soda. Place: Battery Park City, near North End Ave. and Murray Street. Meet at Teardrop Park at the rock wall. Time: 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Free. For more information, click here.
Ongoing: Governors Island is open weekends through Sept. 27.  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 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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