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Volume 3, No. 10  Feb. 28, 2016

"We have been sentenced to 5+ more years of misery."
     - Stop the Chop, a grassroots group opposed to tourism helicopters in Lower Manhattan, panning a new agreement between the operators and the City that extends the concession through April 30, 2021 with two one-year options to renew.         

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MASTHEAD PHOTO: Witch hazel blooming in Battery Park City's South Cove.
 (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer) 

A helicopter near the Downtown Manhattan Heliport at Pier 6 on the East River.
 (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

On Feb. 2, representatives of the City's Department of Small Business Services and the New York City Economic Development Corporation affixed their signatures to a legal document that was also signed by Ronald J. Ricciardi, president of First Flight Heliports, LLC d/b/a Saker Aviation Services.

The agreement seemed to offer some good news to the residents of Lower Manhattan who have been plagued with helicopter noise and air pollution for years, primarily from tourist helicopters utilizing the Downtown Manhattan Heliport at Pier 6 on the East River.  

City Councilmember Margaret Chin and her colleagues in City Council, Helen Rosenthal and Carlos Menchaca, hailed the City's agreement with First Flight, Inc., the operator of the Downtown Manhattan Heliport (DMH) on Pier 6, as a "huge step forward in protecting the quality of life of thousands of New Yorkers."

They said that the heliport concessionaire would reduce the total allowable number of tourist flights from 2015 levels by 20 percent beginning June 1, 2016 and by 40 percent beginning Oct. 1, 2016. By the beginning of 2017, they said, there would be only half as many tourist flights as previously.

The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYEDC), which oversees the heliport, has estimated that there have been 50,000 take offs and 50,000 landings at the Downtown heliport a year, most of them, tourism helicopters.

Chin, Rosenthal and Menchaca were also pleased that First Flight Heliports had agreed to ban tourism helicopters on Sundays beginning on April 1, 2016 and to ban flights over Governors Island.

In addition, they said that people living on Staten Island would get some relief from the racket. Under the agreement, helicopters traveling to and from their home bases outside New York City would be required to fly at maximum altitude when traversing Staten Island.

Finally, they favorably noted that the operators would be required to submit a monthly written report to the NYCEDC and to City Council detailing the number of tourist flight operations conducted out of the Downtown Manhattan Heliport as compared with agreed-upon levels. This report, they said, would be verified by a third-party firm.

Air quality would also be monitored near the heliport, with a monthly report to the NYCEDC and City Council.

After years of fruitless attempts to get any cutbacks at the Downtown Manhattan Heliport or any monitoring, this agreement might have seemed like good news to Stop the Chop NYNJ, a grassroots group of residents that has been campaigning for years to get the tourism helicopter business shut down completely.

On the contrary, Stop the Chop called the agreement a "travesty" and lambasted the public officials who had praised it and signed it. In an email dated Feb. 21, Stop the Chop pointed out that under the old agreement with First Flight, the Mayor could cancel it at any time. The new agreement extends the concession to April 30, 2021, with two one-year options to renew at the City's sole discretion.

"In other words," said Stop the Chop, "we have been sentenced to 5+ more years of misery."

Stop the Chop also bewailed a provision in the agreement allowing for up to 300 flights on Saturdays. "If you live along their route, that means that a helicopter will pass your window every four minutes all day long," they said.

They also expressed fear that the agreement was worded in such a way that the Sunday ban on tourism helicopters would be meaningless. "The ban only applies to tourist flights that both take off and land at the Downtown Heliport," they said. "There are no restrictions on one-way Sunday flights. Thus, all the helicopter operators have to do is to find another heliport in the metro area (there are lots of them) that permits Sunday take-offs and landings and they are back in business."

To Stop the Chop, the idea that the operators would "self monitor" was beyond the pale of absurdity.

Community Board 1 was also skeptical about this provision in the agreement. While commending the agreement in general, CB1's full board passed a resolution on Feb. 23 stating that it was important "that the number of flights, air and noise quality monitoring be conducted by an independent third party."

Stop the Chop remains bilious. In its email denouncing the helicopter agreement, it recommends calling the offices of area elected officials and giving them "an earful."

-  Terese Loeb Kreuzer

Bits & Bytes
Liz Williams and Aggie Kenny, some of whose courtroom drawings have been acquired by the Library of Congress. Williams lives in Lower Manhattan, has served on Community Board 1 and frequently covers major trials in Lower Manhattan courtrooms.
(Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

"Trinity Church Nixes Plans For Financial District Condo.", 2/24/16. "Trinity Church has scrapped plans to build a condo tower over its ministry office in lower Manhattan," says "The announcement marks the end of a pretty uneventful saga that included several rounds of conceptual rendering reveals and a design competition that pegged Pelli Clarke Pelli for the job. The church's new plan is to build out a community center topped by offices, a development more in keeping with its mission." For the complete article, click here.

Gibney Dance plans to expand facilities at 280 Broadway: Gibney Dance, which has a 20-year lease on 35,000 square feet of space at 280 Broadway, plans to expand its facilities at that location. It has launched a $2.5 million capital campaign under the title "Make Space for (the Future) of Dance." Funds raised will support the renovation of 10,000 square feet of additional space for use as state-of-the-art studios. The space is contiguous to Gibney Dance's current space in the building, a landmark built for the A.T. Stewart Dry Goods Store (the first department store in New York City) and once occupied by the Sun newspaper. The oldest part of the building dates from 1845.

Gibney Dance, which turns 25 this year, also has studios at 890 Broadway.

"Library of Congress Acquires Drawings of Courtroom Drama,"
New York Times, 2/25/16. "Aggie Kenny, Bill Robles and Elizabeth Williams have chronicled famous trials over the last half-century, including the Wall Street trials of the 'junk-bond king' Michael R. Milken, the entrepreneur Martha Stewart and Ivan F. Boesky, convicted of masterminding what was then the biggest insider-trading scandal in the 1980s," says The New York Times. "These illustrations are part of 96 courtroom drawings that the Library of Congress has acquired as part of the Thomas V. Girardi collection, named after the prominent Los Angeles lawyer best known for leading a personal injury lawsuit made famous by the film about the consumer activist Erin Brockovich." For the complete article, click here.

(Elizabeth Williams lives in Lower Manhattan, has served on Community Board 1 and frequently covers major trials in Lower Manhattan courtrooms. She is co-author of the award-winning book "The Illustrated Courtroom: 50 Years of Court Art.")

"Downtown Broadway retail boomed in Q4: CBRE," The Real Deal, 2/26/16.  The Real Deal reports that, "The Manhattan retail market in the fourth quarter was characterized by a notable uptick in demand and asking rents in the Downtown Broadway corridor, according to CBRE - with asking rents along the Broadway corridor jumping 55 percent from the previous quarter. The Downtown Broadway corridor saw asking rents jump to $449 per square foot at the end of last year, from $290 per square foot in the third quarter, the commercial brokerage said in its Manhattan retail market report Friday. CBRE noted that while Downtown neighborhoods were once mostly known for housing many of the the city's financial services office tenants, the emergence of TAMI-sector tenants has helped drive demand for increased retail options 'as a rising number of retailers seek a presence in the area.'" For the complete article, click here.

"Attorney General's office looking for new NYC digs," The Real Deal, 2/26/16. "The New York state Attorney General's office is on the hunt for a new home in the Financial District, as the expiration of its lease at Silverstein Properties' 120 Broadway looms," says The Real Deal.
"Late last year, the agency tapped CBRE to help secure a new 15-year lease for as much as 250,000 square feet holding more than 900 employees, according to a document from the state Office of General Services. So far, the state has checked out space at 28 Liberty Street and 180 Maiden Lane, two office towers also in the Financial District, according to sources familiar with negotiations. Asking rents at both buildings start in the low $50s per square foot. But 28 Liberty has a higher price point - $80s per square foot - for higher floors than 180 Maiden Lane, where rents reach as much as $70 per square foot. The agency wants a lease that begins in late 2017 or early 2018, preferably at a building south of Canal Street, the state document shows." For the complete article, click here.

New South Street Seaport Museum Exhibit
: When an exhibition called "Street of Ships: The Port and Its People" opens in the South Street Seaport Museum's 12 Fulton St. lobby on March 17, it won't be just another exhibit. Since Superstorm Sandy swept through the Seaport on Oct. 29, 2012, the museum's 12 Fulton St. galleries have been crippled.

In the aftermath of Sandy, which wiped out the museum's electrical system, jury-rigged heating was installed in the Fulton Street building but it wasn't possible to regulate the temperature and humidity sufficiently to protect the museum's artifacts. In addition, the elevator and escalator were out of service. So, for the most part, the 12 Fulton St. galleries were shuttered.

The new exhibition will showcase works of art and artifacts from the museum's permanent collections related to the 19th century history of the Port of New York. The objects to be put on display will illuminate the Seaport's decisive role in securing New York City's place as America's largest city and the world's busiest port by the start of the 20th century.

Coffee House Slip at the Foot of Wall Street, 1829.
By H. Fossette, c. 1850. (Seamen's Bank for Savings Collection)
Much of the exhibition will revolve around the museum's 1885 sailing ship, Wavertree. She is a full-rigged sailing ship like those whose prows once extended over South Street in such numbers that it was called the "Street of Ships." Carrying cargo, Wavertree circled the globe four times during her career. In 1910, she was demasted in a gale off Cape Horn, ending her usefulness as a cargo vessel. She was salvaged and served as a storage barge in South America before being acquired by the South Street Seaport Museum in 1968.

Since May 2015, she has been at Caddell Dry Dock and Shipyard on Staten Island for a 15-month, $13 million restoration funded by the city.

Capt. Jonathan Boulware, executive director of the South Street Seaport Museum, said of the Wavertree restoration, "It's unlike any undertaken in a generation." He also said that he was "thrilled to finally be bringing artifacts from the collection forward to the public for the first time since Sandy."

The exhibition was funded by Theodore W. Scull and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs with additional support provided by Susan Kayser & Duane Morris LLP in memory of Salvatore Polisi, the museum's cherished woodcarver who loved to welcome visitors to his shop and talk to them about the museum and the Seaport.

The exhibition will be on view through 2016. - Terese Loeb Kreuzer

Downtown bulletin board
     The Museum of American Finance is housed in a former Bank of New York building at 48 Wall St. On March 5 and 12, admission will be free. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Tribeca Meet & Greet celebrates its 10th anniversary:  For the last 10 years, Tribeca Meet & Greet has been meeting in a different Tribeca restaurant or business about once a month. In celebration of this anniversary, Tribeca Meet & Greet will gather at the office of Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer on Wednesday, March 9, anytime between 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Since this is a city building (which closes at 5:30 p.m.) anyone who wants to attend must RSVP and bring photo ID for admittance. Everybody's welcome. Come with ideas or just to shake hands and let us know how we can work together as businesses, families or individuals.

Ann Benedetto (owner of A Uno) will be there promoting the Tribeca Alliance, a new organization of local businesses. She is eager to speak with any and all potential supporters. Bring business cards, menus, flyers and other information about yourself and your business.  

Tribeca Meet & Greet was organized by the Borough of Manhattan Community College Tribeca Performing Arts Center. For more information, contact David Cleaver at or call (212) 220-1459.

Free admission to the Museum of American Finance:
In celebration of Women's History Month, the Financial Women's Association (FWA) is underwriting admission to the Museum of American Finance on March 5 and March 12. On these days, all visitors will be admitted free. Place: 48 Wall St. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, click here.

Adult learning at the library:
The programming at the Battery Park City Library leans heavily toward events for babies, toddlers and young children but around once a week, there are programs for adults.  On March 8 at 2 p.m., Krishna Dholakia, a registered dietitian, will talk about nutrition labels and how to use them to make healthy food choices. The talks are free. No reservations are required. 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.

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.

Young Leaders of Manhattan: Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer has established a new council designed to give young people the tools, knowledge, and a megaphone to speak to their government on the issues that matter most in their lives. The YLM will be comprised entirely of young people ages 14-18 who live, work, go to school in, or belong to an organization in Manhattan. They will work closely with local elected officials and city agencies to address policy and budget concerns affecting Manhattan's young people. Members will have the opportunity to draft and pass resolutions, serve on committees, prepare and give presentations, learn how local government works, and help make real change. For an application, click here. Applications must be submitted by Friday, March 4, 2016 at midnight.

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
Kirby Tan, owner of Malaysian Kitchen at 21 South End Ave., preparing rice wrapped in banana leaves.
(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.

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 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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communityCOMMUNITY BOARD MEETINGS: Week of Feb. 29    
Poets House is a 60,000 volume poetry library in Battery Park City that also offers classes, lectures and exhibitions. On March 1, Community Board 1's Battery Park City Committee will get an update on what's going on at Poets House. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

All meetings of Community Board 1 take place in the conference room at 1 Centre St., Room 2202-A North, starting at 6 p.m. unless otherwise indicated. A photo ID is needed to enter the building. 

Feb. 29: Personnel Committee
* Interview of applicant for public membership

March 1: Battery Park City Committee
* 225 Liberty St., Store 245A, applications for upgrade from wine and beer to liquor license and for a wine and beer permit for a seasonal popup bar for Tartinery Liberty LLC at 225 Liberty Street - Resolution
* Poet's House - Update by Joe Fritsch, Publicity and Marketing Coordinator
* The future of St. Joseph's Chapel in Battery Park City - Discussion
* BPCA permit requests:
* American Heart Association/Eventage, May 19, 2016
* Cystic Fibrosis Foundation - Greater NY, application for June 15, 2016
* Asphalt Green Renovation and Programming Changes - Revision of February resolution
Other permit requests for 2016 received from BPCA:
* NYPD Running Club, Sunday May 22, 2016
* Macy's, June 4, 2016
* American Friends of Rabin Medical Center, Sunday June 5, 2016
* Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers FDNY Walk/Run Friday, Sept. 25, 2016 (set up 9/24)
* American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016
* Lead The Way Fund, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016
The following notices have been received for renewal, upgrade, or transfer of wine and beer or liquor licenses or sidewalk cafe permits:
* 102 North End Ave., application for renewal of liquor license for Hip at Murray Street d/b/a Harry's Italian
* 259 Vesey St. aka 102 North End Ave., application for restaurant liquor license for El Vez
* 200 West St., renewal of liquor license for Delicious on West Street, LLC
March 2: Financial District and Seaport/Civic Center Committees -  6 p.m.
       Location: Manhattan Borough President's Office - 1 Centre St.
                      19th floor, Northside meeting room
* "Daredevil" trespassing and building scaling - Discussion with Brian Nelson, Crime Prevention Unit and Lieutenant Greg Engel, Special Operations Lieutenant, First Precinct
* 1 Wall Street - Update by Chris Brill Edwards, EVP for Development, Macklowe; Michael Sillerman, Kramer Levin; Hernan Chebar, Robert A.M. Stern Architects; Dennis Freed, Project Manager, Macklowe
* Broadway Reconstruction Project - Update by Liz Baptiste, Community Construction Liaison and Eirik Rundhovde, PE for the Broadway Phase I project
* 42 Trinity School - Update by Michael Mirisola, Director of External Affairs, School Construction Authority
* 87 South St., application for restaurant and patio wine, beer and cider license for Tri-Elite Group Corp d/b/a El Luchador  - Resolution
* 10 Murray St., application for restaurant wine & beer license for Vidhan Bhatt Inc. - Resolution
* First Police Precinct Explorers Block Party - street activity permit application for Liberty Street between Broadway and Trinity Place, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016 12 p.m.- 6 p.m. - Resolution
* First Police Precinct Block Party - street activity permit application for Maiden Lane between South Street and Water Street, Friday, Nov. 18, 2016 12 p.m.-6 p.m. - Resolution
* Sons of Italy Freedom Block Party - street activity permit application for Liberty Street between Broadway and Trinity Place, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016 12 p.m.-6 p.m. - Resolution
* Bowling Green Association - street activity permit application for Whitehall Street between Stone Street and Water Street, Broadway between Morris Street and Stone Street and Broadway between Liberty Street and Battery Place, Monday, Oct. 10, 2016 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. - Resolution
* Veteran's Day Festival - street activity permit application for Broadway between Liberty Street and Battery Place, Friday, Nov. 11, 2016 12 p.m.-6 p.m. - Resolution
* Oysterfest - street activity permit application for Stone Street between Hanover Square and Broad Street, Mill Land between South William Street and Stone Street, and Hanover Square between Pearl Street and South William Street, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
* Stone Street Pedestrian Mall - street activity permit application for Stone Street between Broad Street and Hanover Square, Mill Lane between South William Street and Stone Street, Friday, March 11, 2016 to Friday, Nov. 18, 2016 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The following notices have been received for renewal, upgrade, or transfer of wine and beer or liquor licenses or sidewalk cafe permits:
* 11 Wall Street, application for renewal of a liquor license for Compass LCS, LLC
* Castle Clinton at Battery Park, application for renewal of a liquor license for Statue Cruises LLC d/b/a Lady Liberty (motorized vessel)
* Castle Clinton at Battery Park, application for renewal of a liquor license for Statue Cruises LLC d/b/a Miss Freedom (motorized vessel)
* Castle Clinton at Battery Park, application for renewal of a liquor license for Statue Cruises LLC d/b/a Statue of Liberty V (motorized vessel)
* Castle Clinton at Battery Park, application for renewal of a liquor license for Statue Cruises LLC d/b/a Miss New Jersey (motorized vessel)
* 115 Broadway, application for renewal of a liquor license for Dublin 6 at 115 Broadway, Inc. d/b/a Trinity Place
* 233 Broadway, application for corporate change of a liquor license for WLLC d/b/a Woolworth Tower Kitchen

Financial District and Seaport/Civic Center Committee agenda
* Deepavali Festival 2016 - street activity permit application for Water Street between Fulton Street and Fletcher Street, John Street between Front Street and Water Street, Front St between John St and Maiden Ln, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. - Resolution
* CB1 - Fulton Street Follies - street activity permit application for Fulton Street between Gold Street and Broadway, Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. - Resolution
* Seaport Community Coalition - Summer Seaport Festival - street activity permit application for Water St between Fulton Street and Broad Street, Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. - Resolution
* CB1 - Great July 4th Fair - street activity permit application for Fulton Street between Water Street and Gold Street, Monday, July 4, 2016 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. - Resolution

calendarCALENDAR: Weeks of Feb. 22 and Feb. 29

An exhibition called "Seeking Justice: The Leo Frank Case Revisited" just opened at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. In 1913, Frank, the Jewish manager of a pencil factory in Atlanta, Ga., was convicted of murdering a 13-year-old employee, Mary Phagan. When the governor of Georgia commuted Frank's death sentence to life imprisonment, a mob seized him from a prison infirmary and lynched him. Many years later, evidence surfaced that Frank had been framed. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Feb. 28: United States Olympians, Melissa Gregory and Denis Petukhov, will celebrate their 15th Anniversary on Ice Show at the Rink at Brookfield Place. They will be accompanied by other Olympic and U.S. National champions. Residents interested in skating with the stars after the show can register at Presented in partnership with the Battery Park City Authority. Place: 230 Vesey St. Time: 6 p.m. Free.

Feb. 29:
At the Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra's "Supreme Justice Soirée-Fundraiser" hear a preview of KCO Music Director Gary S. Fagin's new musical drama, "Supreme Justice: The Battle for Gay Rights." The work is the story of the landmark Supreme Court decision to expand the definition of equal rights for all people, regardless of sexual orientation, and a tribute to the friendship of Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia. In addition, Grammy-nominated cellist Christine Kim will play a selection from the "Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra" by Michael Bacon, who will join Ms. Kim for a duet. The music will be preceded by a reception with fine wine, "bubbly" and hors d'oeuvres. (All proceeds from the soirée will benefit the "Supreme Justice: The Battle for Gay Rights" concert at Pace University's Schimmel Center for the Arts on March 18.) Place: Pier A. Time: 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Tickets: From $125. For more information and to buy tickets, click here.

March 2: Dr. James M. Lindgren, professor of history at SUNY Plattsburgh, will talk about his book, "Preserving South Street Seaport" (NYU Press 2014), at the Skyscraper Museum. It tells the story of the South Street Seaport, a landmarked historic district that is home to the largest concentration of early 19th-century mercantile buildings in the city, a maritime museum with a fleet of renovated historic ships, and a modern urban festival market, a retail, entertainment, and tourist destination once more in the process of redevelopment. Focusing on the history of the past half century, Lindgren explains how preservationists mobilized in 1966 to save the last piece of Lower Manhattan's old port and how urban renewal plans by the City failed to find a formula that could sustain the complex goals for the museum and the broader economic development project. Place: 39 Battery Place. Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. (The gallery opens at 6 p.m.) Free, but all guests must RSVP to to assure admittance to the event. Reservation priority is given to members of The Skyscraper Museum. For more information, click here.

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).  To buy tickets, click here or call (212) 866-0468.

Ongoing: In Atlanta, in 1915, Leo Frank became the only Jew ever lynched in the United States. He was accused of murdering a 13-year-old girl who worked at the pencil factory that he managed. His trial, murder and the aftermath are the subject of an exhibition, "Seeking Justice: The Leo Frank Case Revisited." Through Aug. 28, 2016. Place: Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Place. Open Sunday to Friday (closed Saturdays). For more information, click here.

: An exhibition entitled "Metamorphosis: The Collaboration of Poet Barbara Guest & Artist Fay Lansner" runs at Poets House 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. The exhibition is open during Poets House's regular hours. Free. For more information, click here.

Ongoing: "Cerámica de los Ancestros: Central America's Past Revealed" displays 155 ancient objects from the National Museum of the American Indian's rarely seen collections of Central American ceramics. The exhibition examines seven regions representing distinct Central American cultural areas that are today part of Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama, where Central America's first inhabitants lived. Dating back to 1000 B.C., the ceramics help tell the story of the innumerable achievements of these ancient civilizations, each with unique, sophisticated ways of life, value systems and arts. Through 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: 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

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March 12:  Apollo's Fire performs St. John Passion at St. Paul's Chapel. From its roiling opening chorus to its compelling conclusion, J.S. Bach's St. John Passion, BWV 245, chronicles the final days of Jesus. Apollo's Fire under conductor Jeannette Sorrell present the dramatic events of Jesus' final days with compelling storytelling in this acclaimed interpretation.  An international cast of singer-actors brings the characters to life. Place: St. Paul's Chapel (Broadway at Fulton Street). Time: 8 p.m. Tickets: $25. To buy tickets, call (212) 866-0468 or click here.
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