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Volume 3, No. 8  Feb. 20, 2016

"Scrapping this ship would be a crime against history."
     - Susan Gibbs, executive director of the SS United States Conservancy, quoting newsman Walter Cronkite on the importance of the SS United States, which more than once since its retirement in 1969 had seemed to be headed for the scrap yard.            

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MASTHEAD PHOTO: Snowdrops blooming in Battery Park City. Dec. 22, 2013.
(Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer) 

China Oceanwide Holdings could erect a supertall tower at 80 South St., just outside the South Street Seaport Historic District.

As the adage goes, there's more than one way to skin a cat. The Howard Hughes Corporation was frustrated in its desire to erect a luxury apartment tower on the site of the South Street Seaport's New Market building. That would have produced a handsome source of real estate revenue plus a supply of wealthy, local residents who could patronize HHC's South Street Seaport retail holdings, which include a new mall on Pier 17. 

But many members of the community plus elected representatives vigorously protested that the proposed tower was out of context and scale with the South Street Seaport Historic District.

So HHC moved its focus down the street to 80 South St., just outside the Historic District, and bought property at that address and at 163 Front St. A tower could be built there as of right. On Aug. 7, 2015, China Oceanwide Holdings, based in Beijing, announced that it had purchased that development site from HHC, paving the way to erect a tower that would dwarf what HHC had proposed for the New Market site. 

When HHC first mentioned the New Market tower, it was to be 650 feet high. Later it shrunk to 495 feet. On the 80 South St. site, the Chinese could erect a tower that would exceed 1,000 feet in height - approximately twice as high as what HHC had proposed for the New Market site.

Only one thing seemed to stand in the way. To build to the desired height, the Chinese would need additional air rights. The Howard Hughes Corp. had those, too. Because of its insider status at the South Street Seaport, it had been able to buy up all available air rights at a bargain  price. Now HHC wanted to transfer those to China Oceanwide Holdings. But first, it needed the approval of the City Planning Commission. CPC granted the request for the air rights transfer on Feb. 1, 2016.

HHC has now transferred a total of 426,940 square feet of Seaport Development Rights to the zoning lot purchased by the Chinese.

At a meeting of Community Board 1's Seaport/Civic Center Committee on Feb. 16, Michael Kramer, a public member of the committee and a South Street Seaport resident, commented on the deal. "Because Howard Hughes is an insider here - they were introduced to our neighborhood - they were able to spend $204 million for the land and the air rights that they are now selling to the Chinese for $390 million," he said. "In a year, they made a $186 million profit. If they cry poverty again about supporting the South Street Seaport Museum or anything else, we might remind them that they just made a killing in our Seaport Historic District."

The proposed building at 80 South St. would have a total floor area of 817,784 square feet, including up to 441,077 square feet for residential use and the remainder for hotel, office or retail use.

However, as of Feb. 20, according to the Automated City Register Information System (ACRIS), the site had not yet changed hands.

- Terese Loeb Kreuzer

The SS United States, now docked in Philadelphia.

The SS United States - the fastest passenger ocean liner ever built - has had numerous near-death experiences since she was taken out of trans-Atlantic service in 1969. For the last 20 years, she has been docked on the Delaware River in Philadelphia in ever more deplorable condition. More than once, there were discussions about scrapping her, most recently in October 2015.  But now Crystal Cruises has signed a purchase option for the ship. Crystal will cover her docking costs for nine months while doing a feasibility study to see if she can re-enter service as a cruise ship based in New York City.

If that happens, it will be a right and just chapter in this great ship's history. She was designed by William Francis Gibbs (1886-1967), whose office was at 21 West St. in Lower Manhattan. Her maiden voyage started on July 3, 1952 when she steamed out of the Ambrose Channel in New York Harbor headed for Bishop Rock off Cornwall, England. She made the trip in three days, 10 hours and 40 minutes at an average speed of 35.59 knots. Westbound, she crossed the Atlantic Ocean in three days, 12 hours and 12 minutes. She still holds the Blue Riband for the fastest trans-Atlantic crossings. 

For these reasons and others, she is an icon. Many people have worked for years to save her. 

No one could be happier at this possible outcome than Susan Gibbs, executive director of the SS United States Conservancy and granddaughter of the ship's designer. "My grandfather, William Francis Gibbs, dreamed of the fastest, safest, strongest and most technologically advanced ship ever to grace the sea," she said at the press conference on Feb. 4, 2016 at which the agreement with Crystal Cruises was announced. "As chronicled by many maritime historians, some of whom are here in this room, this extraordinary ship's emergence was as improbable as it was ambitious. This ship emerged as a powerful expression of American innovation and ambition. Before the moon shot, the space shuttle, the computer, and the iPhone - this nation gave the world the SS United States."
Susan Gibbs described the ship as "the epitome of design, luxury, and cutting-edge technology" and quoted the late Walter Cronkite who said that "scrapping this ship would be a crime against history."

In order to return the SS United States to sea-going service, as Crystal Cruises hopes to do, the ship will have to be modernized to meet the rules and regulations of the past 60 years. But she would keep her iconic funnels and her name, and as Gibbs put it, "her unique, razor-sharp bow and battleship bones and sleek racing hull."

In 1984, the ship's fittings and furniture were sold at auction but said Gibbs, under Crystal Cruise's watch, iconic interior spaces such as the Navajo Lounge and the Grand Ballroom would be re-created.

The SS United States Conservancy will work with Crystal Cruises, providing advice on the ship's history and design and curating ship-board exhibitions of original artifacts. In addition, the Conservancy plans to develop a land-based museum focused on the legacy of the SS United States. Gibbs said that the Conservancy hoped that the museum would be located in New York City.

- Terese Loeb Kreuzer

 Susan Gibbs, executive director of the SS United States Conservancy and Crystal Cruises' CEO Edie Rodriguez at the unveiling of a rendering of the SS United States as the ship might appear after being returned to sea-going service. (Photo: Kyle Ober)


Bits & Bytes
The lobby of the landmarked Woolworth building at 233 Broadway. The ceiling is decorated with tiles infused with gold leaf. The Tort Division of New York City's Law Department is planning to lease the fifth floor. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

"Duo led by major engineering firm picked to design lower Manhattan storm-protection system," Crain's New York Business, 2/10/16. "Construction and engineering company AECOM, along with design firm Dewberry, were selected by the city on Wednesday to design a sprawling series of resiliency measures aimed at protecting lower Manhattan from future flooding and rising sea levels," says Crain's New York Business. "The project was first envisioned in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, which flooded areas of lower Manhattan and caused billions of dollars of damage. AECOM and Dewberry will design ways to mitigate the impact of a similar surge while enhancing the waterfront for downtown's growing collection of businesses, residents and visitors by integrating the system within existing green spaces, paths and landscaping. The two firms responded to a request for proposals issued by the Economic Development Corp. to procure a designer for the water-deterrent measures. During a board meeting on Wednesday, the EDC named the pair, which put in a bid for about $6 million to prepare the design." For the complete article, click here.

Community Board applications up: Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer announced on Feb. 12 that 785 New Yorkers have applied for membership on Manhattan's 12 community boards in the 2016 appointment round - a 9 percent increase over 2015. Of this year's applications, 527 were from applicants not currently serving on Community Boards, a 12 percent increase over 2015.

Brewer praised the applicants for being "ready to volunteer their time, their energy, and their skills to help our borough and our city. Community Boards are the front line in the fight for affordable housing and quality of life in our neighborhoods. When our boards' applicant pool grows larger and more diverse, all our neighborhoods benefit."

The applications will be reviewed by the Borough President's staff and a panel of independent screeners. In February and March, Brewer's office will host multiple group interview sessions, evaluating applicants in group discussion and problem-solving exercises.

All community board members are appointed to staggered two-year terms, with half selected by the Borough President and half by the City Council members representing each community board district. There are 300 seats available across Manhattan each year, plus any additional vacancies. The 2016 round of appointments will be announced early in April.

"Judge Plans to Unseal Secret Papers in Sheldon Silver's Case," New York Times, 2/11/16. "With the conviction of Sheldon Silver, the former speaker of the State Assembly, all that seemed left for the judge was a defense motion for a new trial and Mr. Silver's sentencing, both of which are pending," says The New York Times. "But there has long been an aspect of the case that Mr. Silver's lawyers have strenuously fought to keep secret. From the tidbits of information gleaned at a hearing on Thursday in Federal District Court in Manhattan, it appeared that prosecutors had argued last fall - in a closed hearing and in sealed court papers - to be able to use certain evidence against Mr. Silver at trial. His lawyers appear to have vigorously objected and the matter ultimately did not surface at trial. Mr. Silver, 71, a Democrat, was convicted on Nov. 30, 2015, of charges that included honest services fraud, extortion and money laundering." For the complete article, click here.

"Silverstein talks 2 WTC, languishing luxury market," The Real Deal, 2/12/16. "When Larry Silverstein saw the design for 2 World Trade Center, he did not respond positively, especially given the site's history," says The Real Deal. Silverstein said during the Anchin Construction and Development Forum on Feb. 11 that the building looked like it was going to fall over.  "The 84-year-old eventually warmed to Bjarke Ingels' design - a series of stair-like boxes rising more than 80 stories tall - but in January, another crucial part of the building's future fell apart," The Real Deal continued. "After 15 to 16 months of discussions, the building's anchor tenant, News Corp., backed out." However, Silverstein was apparently undeterred by that setback, saying that he believed that "it won't take long for a replacement tenant to materialize." For the complete article, click here.

"Wheelchair user sues ferry service over Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island access," Crain's New York Business, 2/12/16. A new lawsuit "charges that one of the two bidders for the city's citywide ferry service, San Francisco-based Hornblower Cruises & Events, does not provide wheelchair users adequate access to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island," says Crain's New York Business. "David Heard, a United Spinal Association staffer and Queens resident who uses a wheelchair, filed a lawsuit in New York federal court Thursday saying that Statue Cruises, a Hornblower affiliate contracted by the National Parks Service to ferry visitors across New York Bay, violates the American Disabilities Act." For the complete article, click here.

"Glenwood Management, Developer Cited in Corruption Cases, Settles Disability Lawsuit," New York Times, 2/12/16. "Glenwood Management, a politically influential developer of luxury high-rise apartment buildings in Manhattan that figured in two recent public corruption trials, has agreed to settle a civil rights lawsuit that claimed three of its residential complexes violated the Fair Housing Act's requirements for people with disabilities," says The New York Times. "The settlement was detailed in a consent decree approved on Thursday by Judge J. Paul Oetken of Federal District Court in Manhattan." According to The Times, "One of the buildings is Liberty Plaza, a 287-unit complex at 10 Liberty Street in the Financial District that Glenwood says was the first high-rise rental building constructed in Lower Manhattan after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. It was designed and constructed with many inaccessible features, Mr. Bharara's office said, like a lack of space in bathrooms and kitchens for people in wheelchairs, and bathroom configurations that prevented the installation of "grab bars." For the complete article, click here.

"South Street Seaport Museum Ready for First Exhibition Since Hurricane Sandy," New York Times, 2/16/16. "The South Street Seaport Museum is set to open its first exhibition since 2012, when Hurricane Sandy destroyed its electrical system and computer network, left oily residue on the premises and created yet another hurdle for an institution that had experienced years of difficulties," says The New York Times. "The exhibition, 'Street of Ships: The Port and Its People,' which is scheduled to open on the museum's ground floor on March 16, will include art and artifacts from the museum's permanent collections related to the 19th-century history of the Port of New York, once the world's busiest shipping hub." Jonathan Boulware, the museum's executive director, called the exhibition "an important step forward." For the complete article, click here.

"NYC Law rules in favor of Woolworth Building for new digs," The Real Deal, 2/16/16. "The New York City Law Department is slated to take 32,000 square feet of office space at the iconic Woolworth Building in the Financial District," says the The Real Deal. "The department's Tort Division will occupy the entire fifth floor at the 57-story skyscraper at 233 Broadway, according to data via the Department of City Planning's land use application tracking system. While the city has yet to sign a lease, it is understood to have agreed to a deal that will see the tort division expand beyond the Law Department's current space one block away, at SL Green Realty's 100 Church Street." For the complete article, click here.

"Landmarks Requires Rethink Of Cantilevered Mixed-Use Tower At 77 Greenwich Street," New York YIMBY, 2/17/16. "The proposed 500-foot-tall mixed-use building at 77 Greenwich Street (a.k.a. 42 Trinity Place) suffered a setback on Tuesday," says New York YIMBY. "The Landmarks Preservation Commission did not vote to approve its proposed cantilevered portions. The proposed 35-story tower being developed by Trinity Place Holdings, which would have 85 condominiums on its upper portion and a 476-seat public school and 7,000 square feet of retail on its base, is as-of-right, except that there are three cantilevered pieces that jut out over a city individual landmark, which means the LPC would have to approve of that cantilevered portion. That landmark is the Robert and Anne Dickey House at 67 Greenwich Street (a.k.a. 28-30 Trinity Place), with Edgar Street to its south. It was originally a three-and-a-half-story Federal style townhouse and was built between 1809 and 1810, with alterations in 1872 and a rear addition added in 1922." For the complete article with many photographs, click here.

Downtown bulletin board
     Last fall, participants in a walking tour of the South Street Seaport Historic District led by a docent from the South Street Seaport Museum learned about the "Hidden History of the Fourth Ward." At a meeting on Feb. 29 organized by Save Our Seaport, Laura Norwitz, the museum's director of education, will discuss educational opportunities at the museum and in the South Street Seaport Historic District.
(Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Free tax preparation:
If you earned $62,000 or less in 2015, you may qualify for free tax preparation services, either via online filing or in person with a certified preparer. There are two ways to file your taxes safely and without charge:

In person at your local free tax preparation site: For most sites, this service is offered to people with an annual income of $54,000 or less (with children) or $30,000 or less (no children). IRS certified preparers will help you claim credits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and NYC Child Care Tax Credit (NYC CCTC) to get the full refund you deserve. Some sites let you drop off your tax documents and pick up the completed return later.

There are more than 200 NYC Free Tax Prep sites in the city. In Lower Manhattan, this service is available through Beta Alpha Psi at Pace University, One Pace Plaza, 4th floor (call 212-618-6598 for more information) and at the New Amsterdam Library, 9 Murray St. (call 212-732-8186 for more information). For other free tax preparation sites, click here or call 311.

Online filing is for people with an annual income of $62,000 or less. The online service is quick, easy and secure. Step-by-step instructions make it easy to claim credits like the EITC and NYC CCTC. Experts are available by phone to help with questions.
For more information, go to or call 311 and ask for tax preparation assistance.

Harlem photographers honored with reception and film screening
: In celebration of Black History Month, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer will host a reception and film screening recognizing the work of Harlem photographers on Monday, Feb. 29. The film,  "Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People," is filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris' award-winning documentary exploring the role of photography in shaping the identity, aspirations, and social emergence of African Americans. Place: MIST Harlem, 46 West 116th Street, Harlem. Time: 6 p.m. (reception); 7:30 p.m. (film screening). Free. To RSVP, click here.

Winter 'specials' at Malaysian Kitchen: From Monday to Friday, Malaysian Kitchen at 21 South End Ave. in Battery
Sushi at Malaysian Kitchen. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
Park City is offering discounts on food and beverages. Every day except Wednesday, there's a 20 percent discount on special menu items such as Peking duck with dumplings (on Mondays), sushi (on Fridays) or Malaysian specialties such as beef rendang (Tuesdays) or Melaka Hainanese chicken rice (Thursdays). Wednesdays from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. are karaoke nights with Russell Targove. On Wednesdays, women, get their first drink of wine or beer on the house with any entrée. Dine-in only. For more information, call (212) 786-1888 or click here.

5K Run/Walk and Community Day:
Sign up now to participate in the National September 11 Memorial and Museum's 5K run/walk that will take place on Sunday, April 24, rain or shine. This is a "fun Run/Walk" for people connected with the memorial or who want to support it. The event will not be timed. It starts at Pier 26 in Hudson River Park, goes through Battery Park City along the Hudson River esplanade and ends at the 9/11 memorial with a free "Community Day." From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., there will be activities for all ages, a kid zone, live music and opportunities to learn more about the memorial. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase. People with a 9/11 Memorial Run/Walk bib will get a 25 percent discount at the Memorial Museum ticket window if they want to visit the museum that day. The early bird registration fees (through April 1) are $40 (adults); $28 (students and youth); $20 (FDNY, NYPD, PAPD and for the U.S. Military); free (children). To register and for more information, click here.

Tour of Le District:
Open House New York is offering a tour of Le District on March 3 at 6:30 p.m. Le District is a 30,000-square-foot food hall at Brookfield Place in Battery Park City. ICRAVE founder and CEO Lionel Ohayon and HPH Hospitality owner Peter Poulakakos will discuss the design, lighting and management of the market with its culinary-specific stations, cafés, gardens, bars and restaurants. The tour is part of "The Final Mile: Food Systems of New York," a year-long series of tours and talks exploring the architecture of New York City's multi-layered food system. Tickets: $25; $15 (Open House New York members). To buy tickets, click here.  

Getting a South Street Seaport education:
At its next meeting, which will take place on Feb. 29, Save Our Seaport will be host to the South Street Seaport Museum Director of Education, Laura Norwitz. The discussion will address the educational opportunities that the South Street Seaport Museum and South Street Seaport Historic District have to offer surrounding communities. Place: Southbridge Towers Community Room, 90 Beekman St. Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Free. For more information, click here.

Asphalt Green:
Asphalt Green Battery Park City at 212 North End Ave. is currently offering a promotion to attract new members. For a limited time, the initiation fee has been reduced to $29. The month of March would be free to anyone who works out six times in February. In addition, new enrollees would receive a free training session. A one-year contract is required, with a cancellation fee of $125. For more information, click here or call (212) 298-2900, ext. 2910.

Luminaries held over:
Luminaries, the light show that David Rockwell and the Rockwell Group devised for Brookfield Place's Winter Garden in Battery Park City, went on display in December and was supposed to come down on Jan. 10. But it has proven so popular that it will remain up until Feb. 29. For photographs of Luminaries, click here.

New York City Audubon Winter EcoCruise:
At this time of year, seals return to New York harbor and birds come down from the Arctic to winter in New York City. The New York City Audubon Society offers wildlife-watching cruises aboard New York Water Taxi every Sunday through March 13. They leave from Pier 16 in the South Street Seaport and cost $35 (adults) and $25 (children). Discounted family packs are available. For more information and to buy tickets, click here. For an article from Downtown Post about Audubon's winter EcoCruises, click here

GrowNYC offers discounted farm-fresh produce:
From now through May, residents and community members of all income levels can sign up for a bag of farm-fresh produce for $12 a bag. Cash, credit cards, debit cards, and SNAP (food stamps) can be used in payment. To participate, customers pre-order bags one week in advance of the designated distribution day. The next week, they can pick up their Fresh Food Box containing seven to nine seasonal fruits, vegetables, and grains, along with healthy recipes and tips on how to store and prepare the produce. All of the produce comes from family farms selling through GrowNYC's wholesale food hub and distribution arm, Greenmarket, Co. In Lower Manhattan, this service is available at 1 Centre St., 9th floor, South Building, Thursdays, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. through May 2016. For more information, 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.

Gracie Mansion: Artifacts and Tours: Gracie Mansion, the official residence of New York City's mayors at 88th Street and East End Avenue, was built in 1799 as a country retreat for financier Archibald Gracie and his family. At the time, the gracious, Federal-style house was five miles outside the city limits - and at that time, the city limits would have meant what we now call "Lower Manhattan." A recently installed exhibit of paintings, sculptures and documents called "Windows on the City: Looking Out at Gracie's New York" sheds light on what our neighborhood was like at the turn of the 19th century. Slavery was still legal, and there was a slave market at the foot of Wall Street. Clipper ships plied the harbor, taking cargo in some cases to and from Asia - a recently opened market. The streets were noisy with the raucous calls of vendors selling oysters, ice, charcoal, milk and many other goods and services. Immigrants began to arrive in greater numbers, many of them living in crowded tenements and working at monotonous, low-paying jobs. The city, already diverse from the time of the Dutch settlers in the early 17th century, became even more so. For more about Gracie Mansion and to see photographs, click here. Free tours are available on Feb. 23; March 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29; April 5 and 12. To register for a tour, click here.

SeaGlass Carousel: After 10 years of design and fundraising and a setback named "Sandy," the SeaGlass Carousel in The Battery opened on Aug. 19 to universal critical acclaim and rapturous crowds. Downtown Post NYC was there for the opening. Read about the carousel and see photos by clicking hereDue to popular demand, the Battery Conservancy has extended operating hours for SeaGlass Carousel.  In February, SeaGlass will be open on Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., weather permitting. For updates on changes to operating hours, follow The Battery Conservancy on Twitter and Facebook. Admission to SeaGlass Carousel is $5 per ride.  Access to The Battery is free and open to the public.

Wavertree video: The South Street Seaport Museum's 1885 sailing ship, Wavertree, is currently at Caddell Drydock on Staten Island, where the ship is undergoing a $10.6 million refurbishment. The museum has created a video to show the progress of the overhaul. To see the video, click here.

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Marti Cohen-Wolf and Percy Corcoran checking out books on March 13, 2010, the first day the Battery Park City Library opened.  (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

The programming at the Battery Park City Library leans heavily toward events that will enthrall babies, toddlers and young children and keep their caretakers from losing their sanity on winter days when it's too cold to play outside. The library offers "Baby Laptime for Pre-Walkers," "Toddler Story Time," "Preschool Story Time" and "Bilingual Birdies - French," (which entails "singing and dancing to the sounds of magical guitars and drums").

But adults also get some attention from the library. Around once a week, there's a program that should make adult ears perk up. On Feb. 25 at 6 p.m., for instance, John Crant will explain how to build a professional network on Linkedin and use it for a job search. On March 8 at 2 p.m., Krishna Dholakia, a registered dietitian, will discourse on nutrition labels and how to use them to make healthy food choices.

And on Feb. 20 at 3 p.m., Dale Burg, author of 24 books, magazine columnist and university instructor of writing and editing, will unravel some of the mysteries of the English language
Dale Burg
that often stump even native-born speakers and writers.

Her talk, entitled "The Most Common English Language Mistakes and How to Avoid Them" will delve into such matters as whether to use "that" or "which," "affect" or "effect," "lay" or "lie," "who" or "whom" and other words that are commonly confused. She will divulge spelling memory tricks and talk about writing pitfalls, modifier problems and quick ways to remember the rules of punctuation.

These things are important, she says, because "People make snap decisions based on the quality of your speech and writing. They are important professionally for job seeking and socially."

Burg is both pragmatic and funny. Her books (two of them New York Times best sellers) have dealt with such topics as plastic surgery, personal finance, household hints and solving computer problems. She has also written about laziness in a book called "Sloth: Ode to Disarray and Delay." Publisher's Weekly praised it as "humorous."

Burg's talk at the library was originally scheduled for Jan. 23 but a blizzard intervened. As Publisher's Weekly said in its review of "Sloth," "Burg convincingly shows why the best is always worth the wait."

- Terese Loeb Kreuzer

The Battery Park City Library is at 175 North End Ave. It's open from Monday to Saturday. For more information, click here or call (212) 790-3499.

communityCOMMUNITY BOARD MEETING: Week of Feb. 22    
 In May of 2014, a piano mysteriously appeared on the naturally formed beach under the Brooklyn Bridge (and gradually deteriorated over the course of the summer). On Feb. 16, Community Board 1's Seaport/Civic Center committee heard from Graeme Birchall, president of the Downtown Boathouse, about how the beach could become a safe and viable public amenity. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Community Board 1's monthly full board meeting will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 23 at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, 199 Chambers, St., Richard Harris Terrace, starting at 6 p.m. Photo ID is required to enter the building.

I. Public Hearing

* Mayor's Preliminary Budget for FY 2017 (1-2 minutes per speaker)
To view the City's response to CB #1's budget requests, click here.

II. Public Session
* Comments by members of the public (6 p.m. to 7 p.m.) (1-2 minutes per speaker)
* Guest Speaker: NYS Comptroller's Office Neighborhood Noise Survey - Presentation by Aida Solomon, Audit Planning and Project Supervisor

III. Business Session
* Adoption of January 2016 minutes
* Chairperson's Report - C. McVay Hughes
* District Manager's Report - N. Pfefferblit
IV. Committee Reports
A. Planning Committee - M. Connolly 
* Water Street Upgrades Text Amendment N 160166 ZRM - Resolution
* U.S. Housing and Urban Develoment National Disaster Resiliency Competition - Report
* Parks Without Borders - Report
* NYC scaffolding legislation - Report

B. Tribeca Committee  - E. Lewinsohn
* Crane Accident on Worth Street at 60 Hudson St. - Resolution
* 52 Walker St., application for alteration of liquor license for KNH Enterprises LLC d/b/a M1-5 - Resolution
* Street activity permit application by Tribeca Family Festival, April 21, 2016 6 p.m. - April 23, 2016 11:59 p.m., Greenwich, Beach, North Moore, Franklin, Harrison, Jay, Duane, and Reade Streets - Resolution
* Pier 26 at Hudson River Park, 233 West St., application for restaurant liquor license for City Vineyard - Resolution
* Street Activity Permit application by Transportation Alternatives, October 5, 2016, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Beach Street between Greenwich and Hudson Streets - Resolution
* Bogardus Plaza - Report
* Hudson River Park Security Plan - Report
* 388-390 Greenwich St., City Planning certifications to permit design changes to existing plazas and the reduction in size of open areas - Report
* Meeting with Spring Studios regarding lighting - Report
C. Financial District Committee  - R. Sheffe
* Redesign to the Existing Street Seat at Pearl Street and Coenties Slip - Resolution
* Helicopter tourism in Lower Manhattan - Resolution
* 25 John St., application for a beer license for New Toasties Deli, Inc. - Resolution
* 15 William St., application for a wine & beer license for Open Market 15, Inc. - Resolution
* Downtown Independent Democrats Festival street activity permit application for Liberty Street between Broadway and Church Street, Sunday, July 24, 2016, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. - Resolution
* Greek Easter Block Party street activity permit application for Cedar Street between William Street and Pearl Street, Sunday, May 1, 2016 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. - Resolution
* LMC Public Art Show street activity permit application for Broad Street between Exchange Place and Wall Street, Thursday, May 26, 2016 4 p.m.- 8 p.m. - Resolution
* Chabad of Wall St. Community Fair street activity permit application for Liberty Street between Broadway and Trinity Place, Monday, May 30, 2016 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. - Resolution
* Ziua USA - Romanian Day Festival street activity permit application for Broadway between Liberty Street and Battery Place and Whitehall Street between Stone Street and Morris Street, Sunday, May 15, 2016 11 a.m.-6 p.m. - Resolution
* NYC Police Museum Fair street activity permit application for Maiden Lane between Water Street and South Street, Friday, June 24, 2016 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. - Resolution

D. Landmarks Committee  - R. Byrom
* 79 Chambers St., application for new storefront - Resolution
* 67 Greenwich St., application for restoration, window replacement, removal of rear addition, fences and gates and for a cantilever - Resolution
* 1 Wall St., request for interior designation - Resolution
E. Youth & Education Committee  - T. Joyce
* Lack of school crossing guards - Resolution
* Study analyzing teeth for WTC exposure - Report
* School Overcrowding Task Force - Report
* Planning for new school at 77 Greenwich St. - Report
* Gehry Building Garage - Report
* NYC Schools Account (NYCSA) Focus Group - Report
* FEMA seeking applicants for Youth Preparedness Council - Announcement

F. Battery Park City Committee  -  A. Notaro
* Asphalt Green Renovation and Programming Changes - Resolution
* US Postal Service - Report
* Downtown Little League 2016 Opening Day street activity permit application for Warren Street between North End Ave. and West Side Highway Saturday, April 9, 2016 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Resolution
* BPCA permit requests - Report
* Assault of youth in BPC - Report
* Inviting BPC organizations to BPC Committee - Report
G. Quality of Life Committee  -  P. Moore
* NYC Department of Homeless Services - Report
* Proposed construction coordinator - Report
* Formation of a construction forum - Report
* Reauthorization of the Zadroga Act and the ensuing Contract Solicitation Process - Report
* WTC Survivor Cancer Program - Report
* Age-friendly Neighborhood Action Plan - Report
* 2016 TD Bank Five Boro Bike Tour Route - Announcement
H. Seaport/Civic Center Committee  - M. Pasanella
* Resiliency - Resolution
* River to River street activity permit application for Front Street between Beekman Street and Peck Slip, Sunday, June 26, 2016, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. -  Resolution
* 181 Front St., application for a liquor license for an entity to be formed by Yang - Resolution
* 111 Fulton St., application for a liquor license upgrade for FiDi District LLC d/b/a Bareburger - Report
* Brooklyn Bridge Rehabilitation Project - Report
* Brooklyn Bridge Beach -Report
*City of Water Day 2016 - Report
* Status of South Street Seaport development - Report

V. Old Business

VI. New Business
Financial District Committee
* 195 Notice of Intent to Acquire Office Space, Department of Citywide Administrative Services/Department of Sanitation, Bureau of Information and Technology, 33 Whitehall St. - Resolution
* 195 Notice of Intent to Acquire Office Space, Department of Citywide Administrative Services/New York City Law Department, Tort Division, 233 Broadway - Resolution

VII. Adjournment

calendarCALENDAR: Weeks of Feb. 15 and Feb. 22

A three-legged bowl in the exhibition "Céramica de los Ancestros" at the National Museum of the American Indian. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Feb. 20: "The Most Common English Language Mistakes...And how to Avoid Them" is the name of Dale Burg's talk at the Battery Park City public library. Is it "its or it's? Less or fewer? Bring or take?" Burg, the author of 22 books and a college-level instructor of editing and writing, observes that, "With more than one million words borrowed from many sources, English is hard to master. The rules of spelling and grammar are numerous and often inconsistent, and though many words sound alike or seem interchangeable, they are not." Her presentation will provide practical tips for improving speaking and writing. Place: Battery Park City Library, 175 North End Ave. Time: 3 p.m. Free. For more information, click here.

Feb. 20: An exhibition entitled "Metamorphosis: The Collaboration of Poet Barbara Guest & Artist Fay Lansner" opens at Poets House and runs through April 23, 2016. Beginning in the 1960s and continuing through the 1990s, this exhibition charts the creative collaboration and friendship between the New York School Poet Barbara Guest (1920- 2006) and painter Fay Lansner (1921-2010). Included in the exhibit are drawings, paintings, collages and portraits of Guest that depict the progressive transformation of the creative process. This is the first time that these works have been brought together in an exhibition. Place: 10 River Terrace. Time: 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. A tour of the exhibition followed by a conversation with Erica Lansner, Gabrielle Lansner, and exhibition curator Raphael Rubinstein. The tour will be followed by a reception. Free. For more information, click here.

Feb. 21: Woodtype, a four-hour workshop at Bowne Printers, part of the South Street Seaport Museum, will teach participants how to design and print a broadside poster from moveable wood type. Bowne Printers will curate a sampling of wood type from the Museum's collection of over 100 fonts. After a brief introduction to the history and process of printing from handset type, students will have the chance to select type and spell out a word or phrase that fits into a specific line length. Workshops are open to participants ages 12 and up. For more information, click here, call (646)-628-2707 or email Place: 209 Water St. Time: Noon to 4 p.m. Tickets: $75. Discounts for museum members. To buy tickets, click here.

Feb. 22: Go "Behind the Scenes of 'Fiddler on the Roof'" at the Museum of Jewish Heritage with cast members Tony-nominated actors Danny Burstein and Jessica Hecht, and Adam Kantor and Samantha Massell, joined by Pulitzer-Prize-winning lyricist Sheldon Harnick; moderated by Ted Chapin. Place: 36 Battery Place. Time: 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $15; $12 (members and students). Ticket purchase includes a special offer to the Broadway show. For more information and to buy tickets, 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 December 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. For a video related to the exhibition, click here.

Ongoing: "China Through the New York Lens" continues at the World Trade Gallery through Feb. 22 with work by Andy Warhol, Rose Sigal Ibsen, Hsu Dan, Ding Lianfa, Huiqing Liu and DonJ. Place: 120 Broadway (entrance on Cedar Street). Daily, during gallery hours. For more information, click here.

Ongoing: The annual Battery Park City Parks art show displays artwork created by participants of all ages in the Battery Park City Parks art programs. Place: Battery Park City Parks Conservancy, 75 Battery Place. The exhibition will be on view weekdays, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., through March 31. Free.

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: 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 February 2016. 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: "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

Across the Hudson River: Liberty State Park, comprised of 1,212 acres, is easily accessible by ferry from Battery Park City. For more information about the park, click here.

Feb. 20: Join Liberty State Park naturalists on a winter tree hike and "spruce" up your skills on identifying various species of trees as they appear during the winter months. Dress to be outdoors. Time: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Free. Pre-registration required.

For more information or to register for a program, call (201) 915-3400 ext. 109 or email

The park office and visitor center, located at 200 Morris Pesin Drive, is open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Buy tickets now:
March 3: Hear J.S. Bach's St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244, performed by the Choir of Trinity Wall Street and Trinity Baroque Orchestra with Julian Wachner conducting. Place: Trinity Church (Broadway at Wall Street). Time: 7 p.m. Tickets: $95 (premium center front); $75 (center rear); $45 (standard sides). Buy now and get a 25 percent discount with the code EMAIL25 at checkout. To buy tickets, click here or call (212) 866-0468.

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