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Volume 3, No. 14 March 21, 2016

"The station serves as a reminder of what great architecture delivers to the people it serves. It is everything, for instance, that the current Penn Station is not."
     - Gina Pollara, president of the Municipal Art Society, commenting on Santiago Calatrava's Oculus in an Op-Ed in Crain's New York Business      

WEATHER INFORMATION: For current weather information, click here.

To reach AlliedBarton "safety ambassadors," call  (212) 945-SAFE (7233). The Battery Park City Command Center is now located at the Verdesian at 211 North End Ave. In case of emergencies, call 911.

VOTER REGISTRATION: The primary in New York State takes place on Tuesday, April 19. To vote in the primary, voters must be registered by Friday, March 25. If you have a valid ID from the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, you can register to vote online. In addition, voters can register at a Board of Elections office or by mail. For information on how and where to register, click here.  
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MASTHEAD PHOTO:  A sailor paper doll designed by Inbal Newman, letterpress printer at Bowne Printers (part of the South Street Seaport Museum) and printed on its Vandercook press, is on sale at the museum's 12 Fulton St. gallery. March 16, 2016. 
(Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer) 

Above the Melville Gallery on the ground floor of the South Street Seaport Museum's Thompson Warehouse at 211-215 Water St. are four floors that will now be converted into an Educational Community Center with a $4.8 million grant from LMDC.
(Photos: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
It was Christmas in March for 13 organizations with 14 projects among them when they learned that on March 18, the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation board of directors had voted to dispense $49.6 million for educational, cultural and recreational use in Lower Manhattan.

The money came from a $50 million settlement with Lend Lease Construction LMB Inc., (formerly Bovis Lend Lease LMB Inc.), which demolished the Deutsche Bank building at the World Trade Center site and through carelessness, allowed a fire to start that killed two firefighters. 

Lend Lease agreed to pay LMDC $40 million and to forgive more than $10 million in outstanding payments.

"Just under $50 million has been allocated in order to leave some money for costs associated with the implementation [of the grants]," said David Emil, president of the LMDC, at the board of directors meeting.

In selecting recipients for the grants, Catherine McVay Hughes, chair of Community Board 1 and a member of LMDC's board of directors and of the Working Group that considered all of the proposals, said, "We looked at maximizing public benefit."

Emil said that other criteria were "the ability to spend this money quickly and also to complete projects that LMDC has been committed to over the years."

Hudson River Park Trust and the New York City Economic Development Corporation were the recipients of the largest grants - $10 million each.

HRPT will use this money to finish segment 3 of the park, from Chambers Street to West Houston Street. This segment includes Piers 25 and 26, an ecological pier and an upland area. 

The EDC will use its $10 million to redevelop approximately two miles of the waterfront on the east side of Manhattan from Peter Minuit Plaza at the southern end of Manhattan to East River Park on the Lower East Side.

EDC received an additional grant of $5 million for esplanade work associated with the Brooklyn Bridge Beach project, which will create limited beach access near the Brooklyn Bridge. EDC will use the money to pave sidewalks and construct curbs for the part of the East River esplanade that runs from Peck Slip to Robert Wagner Senior Place.

The remainder of the money was awarded as follows:

The National 9/11 Memorial and Museum: Tribute in Light ($700,000)
Tribute in Light.  
Tribute in Light searchlights recalling the shape and orientation of the Twin Towers, have been a feature of every Sept. 11th observance since the towers fell. The searchlights, which reach four miles into the sky, are visible from many places in Lower Manhattan and are the strongest shaft of light ever projected from Earth into the night sky. LMDC has supported Tribute in Light over the past 10 years, and $700,000 will cover the costs for an additional two years.

Manhattan Youth Recreation and Resources, Inc.: Afterschool and Senior Programs ($500,000)
Manhattan Youth Recreation and Resources, Inc. (Manhattan Youth) serves people at both ends of the age spectrum - children and seniors and their families - with childcare and academic, recreational and cultural activities regardless of income. Currently, Manhattan Youth runs seven Downtown after-school programs that are either free or offered at low cost serving over 1,200 children daily. In addition, Manhattan Youth runs a program that reaches 600 Lower Manhattan seniors offering free swimming and other activities. LMDC funds will support two years of Manhattan Youth's afterschool and senior programs to keep those programs affordable and available to Downtown families and seniors.

Alliance for Downtown New York, Inc.: Lower Manhattan Headquarters ($300,000)
Lower Manhattan Headquarters (LMHQ) is a new, 14,000-square-foot office space located at 150 Broadway, that serves as a central meeting place for members of the creative, tech, non-profit, civic and marketing communities in Lower Manhattan. Meeting space at the LMHQ, which opened in June 2015, is being made available to the public at below-market rates. The funding from LMDC will help offset start-up expenses.

NYC: Pier 42 ($7,000,000)
The Pier 42 project is part of the East River Waterfront master plan, and aims to create public spaces in underutilized and inaccessible or abandoned areas on the waterfront that will complete the greenway around Lower Manhattan. LMDC's support will go toward landscaping, lighting and building a playground and comfort station area specified in the master plan.

NYC Department of Parks and Recreation F/B/O The Battery Conservancy: The Battery PlayScape ($6,000,000)
The Battery Conservancy is a not-for-profit corporation created in 1994 to rebuild and enhance Battery Park, a 25-acre public park at the southern tip of Manhattan. The Conservancy will use the LMDC funds to help construct a new playground (the "PlayScape") on the eastern side of the park, between State and South Streets, replacing a playground built in the 1950s. The new design expands the playground footprint to 60,000 square feet (one of the largest below 42nd Street). The PlayScape is intended to serve as a model for the innovative integration of water management into flood zone playgrounds.

South Street Seaport Museum: Community and Educational Spaces ($4,800,000)
The South Street Seaport Museum's handsome Thompson warehouse at 213-215 Water St. dates from 1868. The Melville Gallery is on the ground floor but above it are four floors not currently accessible to the public. The Museum will use its LMDC grant to create a new 11,000-square-foot Educational Community Center; an elevator installation; and new electrical, lighting, HVAC, fire safety, and security systems in the building. The new Center will help support the Museum's programs and exhibitions and provide flexible multi-use programmable community spaces for the Seaport and Lower Manhattan.

The Flea Theater: Performing Arts Theater ($2,500,000)
Founded in 1996, The Flea Theater (The Flea) is a leading Off-Off Broadway theater. The
The exterior of the Flea Theater at 41 White St. 
Flea's new three-theater complex located at 20 Thomas St. will increase the Flea's capacity to support artists and draw audiences to its annual productions, and will enable the Flea to develop new partnerships that will provide subsidized rental space to other performing arts and community organizations in Lower Manhattan. The funds for the Flea Theater will support the construction project, scheduled to be completed in 2016. The total project budget is $21 million.

University Settlement Society of New York, Inc.: Houston Street Center and Headquarters Offices ($1,126,850)
University Settlement (US) is dedicated to improving the lives of low-income people on the Lower East Side. It serves a largely immigrant community by providing adult literacy classes, mental health counseling, child care, housing assistance, job training, after-school and summer camp programs, youth development, senior services, arts programs, and a credit union. University Settlement will receive funding from LMDC to support improvements to the Houston Street Center, a 42,000-square-foot community center that is co-owned and operated by US and the Chinatown YMCA and the US headquarters offices at 184 Eldridge St.

Jackie Robinson Foundation: Jackie Robinson Museum ($1,000,000)
The Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) was established in 1972 by Jackie Robinson's wife, Rachel Robinson, to further Mr. Robinson's legacy. JRF's funding from LMDC will support the construction of a new museum in Lower Manhattan to serve as a permanent tribute to Jackie Robinson's pioneering legacy and his role as a catalyst for the American Civil Rights movement. The 18,500-square-foot museum, planned for 75 Varick St., will chronicle Mr. Robinson's achievements placed within the context of United States history from his birth in 1919 to the present.

God's Love We Deliver: Michael Kors Building ($500,000)
God's Love We Deliver (GLWD) is a non-profit organization in New York City that cooks and delivers meals, individually tailored by a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, to people living with severe illness. LMDC's assistance will help GLWD complete the construction of its new office space located in the Michael Kors Building in SoHo. LMDC funding will be designated for various capital improvements, including new technology infrastructure, kitchen equipment, and furniture.

Manhattan Youth Recreation and Resources, Inc. F/B/O Downtown Boathouse ($15,000)
The Downtown Boathouse is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization founded more than 20 years ago that is dedicated to providing free public access to the harbor in New York City through public kayaking programs. The Downtown Boathouse currently runs free kayaking programs on Pier 26 in Tribeca. The programs serve more than 20,000 people each year, including visitors from more than 130 countries.

"We had heard that we were considered to be 'too small' to win, so that fact that we did win was a big surprise," said Graeme Birchall, president of the Downtown Boathouse. He said that the LMDC grant would enable the Boathouse to buy a fleet of new double kayaks for its public program.

- Terese Loeb Kreuzer

The Downtown Boathouse at Pier 26 near North Moore Street in Tribeca is run by volunteers and offers free kayaking to the public. The LMDC grant will enable the Boathouse to buy more kayaks. 

Bill Ackman, CEO of Pershing Square Capital, from the film "Betting On Zero," which will have its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. (Ackman photo courtesy Bloomberg. Composite by Ryan Loeffler.)

For Lower Manhattan residents who are interested in Bill Ackman, CEO of the hedge fund, Pershing Capital Management and chairman of The Howard Hughes Corporation, The Tribeca Film Festival may provide some insights. "Betting on Zero," a film about Ackman's crusade against Herbalife debuts at the Festival on Thursday, April 14. It will be shown at the Regal Theater in Battery Park City at 8:45 p.m. with additional screenings at the Regal on April 16 and April 19. On April 20, it will be shown at the Borough of Manhattan Community College's Tribeca Performing Arts Center.

Evidently the Tribeca Film Festival anticipates a lot of interest in this one, which it bills as "a riveting financial docu-thriller" with Ackman betting that Herbalife, "the largest pyramid scheme in history," would fail and that he could help it along and make some money as it went down.

The Tribeca Film Festival opens on April 13 and runs through April 24 with narrative films, documentaries, feature films, short films and this year, films made for television.

Here are some other films to look for in the documentary category:

After Spring, directed by Ellen Martinez, Steph Ching. (USA) - With the Syrian conflict now in its fifth year, millions of people continue to be displaced. Close to 80,000 Syrian refugees live in the Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan, the second-largest such camp in the world. Fifty-eight percent of its inhabitants are children. After Spring depicts the rhythms of the camp, the role of the aid workers, and the daily lives of two families as they contemplate an uncertain future. All aspects of refugee camp life are explored, including medical assistance, the self-sustaining economy of its urban center, and even pizza making. But it all arcs on bringing purpose and education to the children uprooted from their homes, often termed the 'lost generation.' Screening at Bow Tie Cinemas Chelsea (April 14 and April 18) and Regal Cinemas Battery Park (April 15 and April 19). For more information, click here.

Contemporary Color, directed by Bill Ross and Turner Ross. (USA) - World Premiere. In the summer of 2015, legendary musician David Byrne staged an event at Brooklyn's Barclays Center to celebrate the art of Color Guard: synchronized dance routines involving flags, rifles, and sabers. Recruiting performers that include the likes of Saint Vincent, Nelly Furtado, Ad-Rock, and Ira Glass to collaborate on original pieces with 10 color guard teams from across the United States and Canada, Contemporary Color is a snapshot of a one-of-a-kind live event. Debuting on April 14 at 9 p.m. in the John Zuccotti Theater at the Borough of Manhattan Community College Performing Arts Center, there will also be screenings on April 16 at Bow Tie Cinemas in Chelsea and screenings on April 20 and 21 at Regal Cinemas Battery Park. For more information, click here.

Do Not Resist, directed by Craig Atkinson. (USA) - World Premiere. Do Not Resist explores the rapid militarization of the police in the United States. It opens in Ferguson, Missouri and then goes on to show scenes from across the country such as a conference where the value of high-end weapons technologies is hyped to potential police buyers, a community that has just received its very own military-grade tank, and a SWAT team arriving at a home to execute a warrant. This is Craig Atkinson's directorial debut, filmed over two years in 11 states. Showing at the Regal Cinemas Battery Park (April 14, April 15 and April 22) and at the Bow Tie Cinemas Chelsea (April 19). For more information, click here.

Keep Quiet, directed by Joseph Martin and Sam Blair. (U.K., Hungary) - World Premiere. Passionate in his anti-Semitic beliefs and Holocaust denials, Csanad Szegedi rose up through the ranks to lead Hungary's far right conservative Jobbik Party. At the peak of his political career, Szegedi discovered that his family had kept a secret for decades: his maternal grandparents were Jewish. After the initial shock, he enlisted the help of an empathetic rabbi who, to the horror of some of his peers, helped to guide him through what seemed to be a 180 degree turn around from anti-Semite to Orthodox Jew. The film utilizes archival material, interviews and vérité footage as it follows Szegedi on his three-year journey. In English, Hungarian with subtitles. Keep Quiet will be screened at the Bow Tie Cinemas Chelsea (April 14 and 19) and at the Regal Cinemas Battery Park (April 18 and April 20). For more information, click here.

Passes and tickets for the 2016 Festival
Passes, including the Hudson and Festival Hub Passes, are on sale now by clicking here. The Festival Hub Pass provides access for one to all public events at the Festival Hub at Spring Studios throughout the Festival, including interactive and virtual reality installations, the Virtual Arcade, Tribeca Storyscapes and DEFCON exhibits, Interactive Day and Imagination Day, select Tribeca Talks events, special screenings, live music and performances, as well as Pass Holder Lounges with food and drinks. It also provides access to the Disruptive Innovation Awards, two screening vouchers redeemable for evening/weekend or matinee-priced tickets, discounted rates on festival screening tickets, and an invitation to a Tribeca Film Festival Filmmaker Party. The Festival Hub Pass costs $550.

The Hudson Pass provides access for one to all public events at the Festival Hub, as well as Pass Holder Lounges with food, and drinks. It also provides access to all evening/weekend and matinee screenings, all Tribeca Talks, the Disruptive Innovation Awards, and a Tribeca Film Festival Filmmaker Party. The Hudson Pass costs $1,250.

Single tickets cost $20 for evening and weekend screenings, $10 for weekday matinee screenings, and $40 for Tribeca Talks panels and special screenings. Single ticket sales begin Tuesday, March 29, and can be purchased online, by telephone, or at one of the Ticket Outlets, located at Bow Tie Cinemas Chelsea (260 W. 23rd St.), and Brookfield Place (250 Vesey Street). The 2016 Festival will offer ticket discounts on general screenings and Tribeca Talks panels for students, seniors and select downtown Manhattan residents. Discounted tickets are available at Ticket Outlet locations only

Bits & Bytes
Calatrava's Transit Hub. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

"Woman forgives Con Ed for everything," New York Post, 3/17/16. "A Tribeca mom thought her rose gold diamond bracelet was gone for good when it fell into a downtown sewer," says the New York Post. "But Con Ed refused to give up, and waded through the muck to bring the lucky lady get her bling back. Meira Cohen-Hansford was taking her 4-year-old son Boaz to school in the Financial District on Wednesday when her treasured arm candy from Greenwich Jewelers fell off her wrist and into a sewer grate." For the complete article, click here.

"Financing Underway For 91-Story, 275-Unit Supertall Residential Tower At 125 Greenwich Street, Financial District," New York YIMBY, 3/17/16. "In January of 2016, filings were submitted to the Attorney General's office for a 91-story, 275-unit luxury residential tower with retail space at 125 Greenwich Street, in the Financial District," says New York YIMBY.  "Since then, foundation work has been underway and its developers - Michael Shvo, Vector Group, New Valley, and Bizzi & Parters Development - have been in talks to secure a roughly $500 million construction loan. Now, the New York Post reports $175 million in financing has been raised through the EB-5 program." For the complete article, click here.

"Man nearly killed by falling crane sues city for $30M," New York Post, 3/19/16. The New York Post reports that, "The 73-year-old man who nearly died when a construction crane crashed onto his car on Worth Street in February plans to sue the city for $30 million in compensation for his injuries, according to court papers. Thomas O'Brien of North Easton, Mass., suffered fractures to his skull and spine when the high winds of a snowstorm sent a 600-foot-tall crane crashing down onto the sunroof of his Jeep." For the complete article, click here.

"Man stabbed in Manhattan catches ferry to Staten Island before going to hospital," Daily News, 3/19/16. "A 21-year-old man stabbed in the gut on a subway train in the Financial District early Saturday still managed to catch a ferry to Staten Island before being rushed to the hospital," says the Daily News. "The victim quarreled with his attacker before getting knifed on a Brooklyn-bound N train pulling into the Whitehall St./South Ferry station about 4:40 a.m., officials said." For the complete article, click here.

"Howard Hughes Corp. finalizes $390M development site sale to Chinese firm," The Real Deal, 3/17/16. "After securing hundreds of thousands of additional development rights, the Howard Hughes Corp. has finalized its sale of 80 South Street to China Oceanwide Holdings," says The Real Deal. "The deal, initially announced in August, was contingent on Howard Hughes transferring an additional 303,113 square feet in air rights - after already securing 104,167 square feet - to the site, according to the sale agreement. The Chinese firm paid $390 million for the site, according to a statement released by Howard Hughes on Thursday. The Commercial Observer broke news of the sale on Wednesday. The City Planning Commission approved the air rights transfer in February, bringing the site's development potential to 817,784 square feet and clearing the way for the two parties to finalize the sale." For the complete article with a rendering of the proposed building, click here.

"New transit hub a fiasco? The crowds say otherwise," Crain's New York Business, 3/20/16. "New York City finally has a new transit hub worthy of this city's stature on the international stage," says Gina Pollara, the new president of the Municipal Art Society in an Op-Ed in Crain's New York Business. " Despite all the criticism regarding the construction timeline and cost overruns, Santiago Calatrava has delivered an extraordinary piece of architecture; the care and artistry with which the Oculus was envisioned, then executed, are visible in every detail. No wonder it has already become a tourist destination. But, more important, the station serves as a reminder of what great architecture delivers to the people it serves. It is everything, for instance, that the current Penn Station is not." For the complete article, click here.

"Financing Lined Up For Tribeca Site,", 3/21/16. "Eastern Consolidated's capital advisory division has arranged nearly $84 million in total financing for the construction of a 12-story, 65,700-square- foot retail and residential condominium project at 30 Warren St.-aka 149-151 Church St.-in Tribeca," says"The package consists of a $19,050,000 mezzanine loan from Terra Capital Partners behind an approximately $65 first mortgage from Bank of the Ozarks." According to, "The building will feature 23 luxury apartments across 40,629 square feet, and ground floor and lower level retail totaling 10,858 square feet. The site includes 175-feet of frontage along the block front of Church Street, 50 feet of frontage on Warren Street, and 25 feet of frontage on Chambers Street." For the complete article, click here.

Downtown bulletin board
 Bowne & Co. Stationers (part of the South Street Seaport Museum) at 211 Water St. stocks charming, old-fashioned cards for Easter and little boxes suitable for filling with candy and other gifts. All proceeds from sales, donations and special events go to benefit the museum. The shop is open daily. For more information, click here.
  (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

New York City Transit Invites Public Input on Proposed Restoration of W Line, Changes to NQ Service: In preparation for the opening of Phase 1 of the Second Avenue Subway, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is proposing the restoration of W subway service and changes to NQ subway service. The restored W Line will replace the existing Q subway service in Astoria, then operate local service in Manhattan, where it will terminate at Whitehall Street. N subway service would operate express in Manhattan between Canal Street and 34th Street-Herald Square. A hearing will be held on April 7 to solicit public input. Registration is required for members of the public as space may be limited. RSVP online by clicking here or call (646) 252-6777. It will also be possible to sign in on the day of the hearing from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the hearing location. Members of the public who cannot attend this hearing can submit feedback online by clicking here. Place: 2 Broadway, 20th floor. Time: 5 p.m.

Basketball clinic:
Under the auspices of Battery Park City Parks, during spring break (April 25-April 29), there will be a basketball clinic at the Stuyvesant High School Community Center. Instructors Jamel Thomas and Louis Frye will teach new skills and techniques. Place: 345 Chambers St. Times: 4 p.m.-5 p.m. (ages 10 to 13); 5:15 p.m.-6:45 p.m. (ages 14 to 17). Fee: $250 (ages 10 to 13); $300 (ages 14-17). Register before April 1 for a 10 percent discount. Registration is required before April 18. For more information and to register, call (212) 267-9700 or click here.

American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Training:
A 40-hour course given at the Stuyvesant High School Community Center meets New York State Health Department regulations for life guards and includes CPR/AED and first-aid skills. Participants must be at least 15 years old by April 25, 2016. Place: Stuyvesant High School, 345 Chambers St. Dates: April 25-April 29, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Cost: $425; $400 (Community Center members); $375 (students). Register before April 1 and receive a 10 percent discount on the course. For information and to register, call (212) 267-9700 or click here.

Battery Park City Authority Town Meeting:
On April 13, the Battery Park City Authority will host its next Community Meeting to provide updates on Battery Park City initiatives and to solicit feedback from the public. All are encouraged to attend. Future meetings are currently scheduled for July 20 and Nov. 16, 2016. Place: 6 River Terrace. Time: 6 p.m.

Fundraiser for Rep. Carolyn Maloney:
U.S. Representative Carolyn Maloney, who is up for re-election this year, was among those who spearheaded the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act through Congress. A fundraiser on April 7 at the home of Dennis and Karen Mehiel (he is chairman of the Battery Park City Authority) will feature a musical performance by Grammy Award-winner Carole King (whose father was a firefighter). Time: VIP dinner for chairs and hosts (5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.); dessert reception (7 p.m.-8 p.m.). Tickets: $250 and up. To RSVP, click here or call Darren Rigger at (212) 987-5516.

Old Seaport Alliance Benefit Gala:
To benefit the Old Seaport Alliance, a non-profit neighborhood improvement association of South Street Seaport merchants and residents, the Alliance is sponsoring a gala cruise of New York harbor on April 5 aboard the Hornblower Hybrid. There will be Champagne, an open bar, passed hors d'oeuvres, a silent auction and desserts from local restaurants along with music and dancing. Time: 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Place: leaving from Pier 15. Tickets: $95 (if purchased in advance); $125 (on day of gala). For more information, click here.

Sailors Ball tickets on sale:
The annual Sailors Ball is a black-tie party that celebrates the start of a new sailing season and raises funds for the Manhattan Yacht Club's junior sailing programs. This year, the ball will take place at the Down Town Association, 60 Pine St., on April 29. Regular ball tickets (with an open bar, finger food, dancing and casino games) cost $95 before April 26 and $120 afterward. VIP ball tickets cost $250 and include the 12 Meter Dinner from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and admission to the Ball. In addition there are raffle tickets whose proceeds support junior sailing. The raffle prizes include a place on board the historic America II during the America's Cup World Series in New York Harbor, Saturday May 7. (America II competed in the 1987 America's Cup, so this is a rare circumstance where a historic America's Cup boat will be in the same waters as the modern ones. Prize value $800) and two VIP tickets aboard the Arabella during the America's Cup World Series, Saturday May 7. The Arabella is the flagship of Manhattan Yacht Club and will be hosting its Club and special guests to watch this unique event with the most spectacular backdrop! Prize value $800.) Raffle tickets cost $20 (one ticket); $50 (three tickets); $100 (seven tickets). To  buy tickets for the ball and the raffle, click here.

Middle School open house:
Most schools in District 2 now have a free Manhattan Youth after-school program. On March 24, come to the Downtown Community Center, 120 Warren St., to find out how they work and what activities are available. Executive director Bob Townley and Director of Programs, Theseus Roche, will make a brief presentation followed by a question-and-answer period and an opportunity to meet the program directors from each of the participating schools. For 5th grade parents only. Time: 7 p.m. RSVP by clicking here. Space is limited.

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.

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.

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 proved so popular that it remained up until Feb. 29. For photographs of Luminaries, 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 22 and 29; April 5 and 12. To register for a tour, click here.

SeaGlass Carousel: Following 10 years of design and fundraising and a setback named "Sandy," the SeaGlass Carousel in The Battery opened on Aug. 19, 2015 to universal critical acclaim and rapturous crowds. Downtown Post NYC was there for the opening. Read about the carousel and see photos by clicking hereAfter a truncated winter schedule, SeaGlass Carousel is once again open daily, weather permitting. For updates on changes to operating hours, follow The Battery Conservancy on Facebook. Admission to SeaGlass Carousel is $5 per ride.  Access to The Battery is free and open to the public.

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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.

Artifacts from the 1885 sailing ship Wavertree that visitors can handle are part of the new exhibition, "Street of Ships: The Port and Its People" at the South Street Seaport Museum's 12 Fulton St. gallery. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Letter to the editor
A rendering of the Tin Building as it was presented to Community Board 1 on
Dec. 10, 2014. Since then, The Howard Hughes Corp. has eliminated the extra story on the building and has also eliminated a proposed canopy on Pier 17. HHC has not revealed exactly what it proposes for the site of the New Market building now that it has abandoned plans for the 495-foot-tall tower depicted in this rendering.
To the editor:
(Re: "Howard Hughes Corp. bring Tin Building plans to Landmarks Preservation Commission on 3/22," DPNYC, 3/18/16) I support The Howard Hughes Corporation's Tin Building restoration 100 percent and there is no reason not to. The Tin Building is an unstable relic that is on the verge of collapse. What also stands now is a mostly a fake as most of it burned down in the '90's and less than 10 percent of what remains is actually tin. HHC has offered to completely rebuild it with real tin and raise it to bring it above the flood waters at no cost to the city. They have also signed a lease to bring Jean-Georges Vongerichten's Food Hall into the rebuilt tower. That is a win/win for everybody, especially the neighborhood. Kudos to Howard Hughes Corp for coming through with their promises to remake the Seaport into something that residents will be happy to visit, eat at and shop in. Landmarks must approve this.  

Luis Vazquez
Licensed Real Estate Associate Broker

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communityCOMMUNITY BOARD MEETING: Week of March 22     
Seniors walking through the wooded glade at South Cove in Battery Park City. Community Board 1's Quality of Life Committee's report at CB1's full board meeting will include information on an age-friendly neighborhood action plan.
(Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Community Board 1's Monthly Meeting will be held on March 22 at Manhattan Youth Recreation and Resources, 120 Warren St. (at West Street) starting at 6 p.m. All are welcome to attend.
I. Public Session
* Comments by members of the public (6 p.m. to 7 p.m.) (1-2 minutes per speaker)

* Bob Townley, executive director Manhattan Youth Recreation and Resources, Inc.
* Musical performances by two of Manhattan Youth's after-school programs from IS 276 and from The Lower Manhattan Middle School. Introduced by Bob Townley.

Guest Speaker
*  Loree Sutton, Mayor's Office of Veterans' Affairs

II. Business Session
A. Adoption of February 2016 minutes
B. Chairperson's Report - C. McVay Hughes
C. District Manager's Report - N. Pfefferblit.

III. Election of Nominating Committee
A. Distribution of ballots and voting (ballot box to remain open until 7:15 p.m. sharp)

IV. Committee Reports
A. Personnel Committee - R. Byrom
* Report

B. Seaport/Civic Center Committee - M. Pasanella
* Community Board 1 Resiliency & Task Force - Resolution
* 111 Fulton St., application for a liquor license upgrade for FiDi District LLC d/b/a Bareburger - Resolution
* 11 Fulton Street, Suite 1705, application for seasonal tavern liquor license with outdoor seating for Flea Productions LLC - Resolution
* Request for Proposals for John Street Service Building at John St. and South St. - Report

C. Planning Committee - P. Kennell
* Water Street Upgrades Text Amendment N 160166 ZRM - Resolution
* Lower Manhattan Resiliency - Report

D. Tribeca Committee - E. Lewinsohn
* Street permit application by Taste of Tribeca on Saturday, May 21, 2016 Duane Street between Greenwich and Hudson Streets and Greenwich between Reade and Jay Streets - Resolution
* 399 Greenwich St., application for new sidewalk cafe for Greenwich Street Tavern - Resolution
* 370 Canal St., application for hotel liquor license for Tribeca TRS LLC dba Sheraton Tribeca NY Hotel - Resolution
* Worth Street coordination by Mayor's Task Force - Resolution
* Worth Street testing by Con Edison - Resolution
* Street permit application for Love Compost on Saturday, May 7, 2016 Duane Street between Greenwich and Hudson Streets - Resolution
* 52 Walker Street, application for reconsideration of liquor license application by KNH Enterprises LLC d/b/a M1-5 - Resolution
* 404 Broadway, application for liquor license for Chipotle Mexican Grill - Report
* 60 Hudson St. - Report
* Zoning for Morton Street School - Report
* Temporary public art project in Finn Square - Report

E. Financial District Committee - R. Sheffe
* First Police Precinct Explorers Block Party - street activity permit application for Liberty St between Broadway and Trinity Pl, Sunday, August 14, 2016 noon to 6 p.m. - Resolution
* First Police Precinct Block Party - street activity permit application for Maiden Ln between South St and Water St, Friday, November 18, 2016 noon to 6 p.m. - Resolution
* Sons of Italy Freedom Block Party - street activity permit application for Liberty St between Broadway and Trinity Pl, Sunday, October 9, 2016 noon to 6 pm. - Resolution
* Bowling Green Association - street activity permit application for Whitehall St between Stone St and Water St, Broadway between Morris St and Stone St and Broadway between Liberty St and Battery Pl, Monday, October 10, 2016 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. - Resolution
* Veteran's Day Festival - street activity permit application for Broadway between Liberty St and Battery Pl, Friday, November 11, 2016 noon to 6 p.m.- Resolution
* Oysterfest - street activity permit application for Stone Street between Hanover Sq and Broad St, Mill Lane between S William St and Stone St, and Hanover Sq between Pearl St and S William St, Saturday, September 24, 2016 11 a.m.-10 p.m. - Resolution
* Stone Street Pedestrian Mall - street activity permit application for Stone St between Broad St and Hanover Sq, Mill Ln between S William St and Stone St, Friday, March 11, 2016 to Friday, November 18, 2016 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. - Resolution
* "Daredevil" trespassing and building scaling - Report
* 1 Wall Street - Report
* Broadway Reconstruction - Report

F. Combined Financial District and       P. Kennell
    Seaport /Civic Center Committees    M. Pasanella
* 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 Street between John Street and Maiden Lane, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016, noon to 7 pm. - 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 Street 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

 G. Combined Financial District and      R. Sheffe
Youth and Education Committees           T. Joyce/P. Hovitz
* 42 Trinity School - Resolution

H. Landmarks Committee       R. Byrom
* 22 Barclay St., application for ADA ramp and emergency generator - Resolution
* 175 Franklin St., application for elevator bulkhead - Resolution
* 346 Broadway application to relocate historic staircase into banking hall - Resolution
* Peck Slip Design Concepts - Resolution

I. Youth & Education Committee    P. Hovitz
* Gehry Building Garage - Report
* Update on breakfast in the classroom issue at Peck Slip School - Report
* Update on crossing guard safety issues at downtown schools - Report
* Report on elected officials meeting concerning BPCA security force - Report

J. Battery Park City Committee  A. Notaro
* The future of St. Joseph's Chapel in Battery Park City - Resolution
* 225 Liberty Street, Store 245A, application for upgrade from wine and beer to liquor license for Tartinery Liberty LLC at 225 Liberty Street - Resolution
* 225 Liberty St., Store 245A, application for a wine and beer permit for a seasonal popup bar for Tartinery Liberty LLC at 225 Liberty Street - Resolution
* Asphalt Green Renovation and Programming Changes - Resolution
* Poet's House - Report
* BPCA permit request American Heart Association/Eventage, May 19, 2016 - Report

K. Quality of Life Committee        P. Moore
* Request for support for application by NYU Medical Center to expand their service area for emergency service - Resolution
* Request for support for application to extend World Trade Center Registry, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene - Resolution
* Council Intro 17 Regarding After Hours Construction Variances and request to create a City-wide Construction Coordinator - Resolution
* Age-friendly Neighborhood Action Plan - Report
* Construction Forum - Report
* New York Civilian Complaint Review Board Updates and General Agency Overview - Report

V. Old Business
VI. New Business
VII. Adjournment

calendarCALENDAR: Week of March 22

An exhibition called "Unbound: Narrative Art of the Plains" at the National Museum of the American Indian traces the tradition of narrative art among Native Nations of the Plains from historic hides, muslins and ledger books to the present. 
(Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

March 21: Ethan Katz, author of "Burdens of Brotherhood" (Harvard University Press, 2015), a National Jewish Book Award Winner, talks about his history of Jews and Muslims in France from World War I to the present with Professor Jonathan Gribetz, Princeton University. Katz introduces a rich and complex world and offers a fresh perspective for understanding the opportunities and challenges in France today. Place: Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Place. Time: 7 p.m. Tickets: $15; $12 (members and students). For more information and to buy tickets, click here.

March 22
: In a program called "Not in God's Name: Confronting Religious Violence," Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, former Chief Rabbi of the UK and Commonwealth, will explore the complex connection between religion and violence, and the potential for faith to promote peace. This program at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum will be followed by a book sale and signing of Sacks' bestseller, "Not in God's Name: Confronting Religious Violence." Place: National September 11 Museum. Time: 7 p.m. Reservations required. Free. To register, click here.

March 23: The National Yiddish Theatre - Folksbiene invites everyone to put on a wild costume, make some noise, nosh and cut loose this Purim with an electrifying Golem concert and the only Yiddish Megile reading in New York City. The evening starts with a reading of the Megiles Ester as translated by the poet Yehoash, in Yiddish with English supertitles. Following the reading the punk infused rock-klezmer band Golem will perform. Free hamantashen provided by Ben's Delicatessen. Place: Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Place. Time: 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20. For more information, click here. To buy tickets, call Itzy Firestone at (212) 213-2120 x204 or click here.

March 26: Joyce Gold's tour, "Alexander Hamilton in the Financial District," will take in Lower Manhattan places where Hamilton lived, studied, worked and where he is buried. After his mother died in St. Croix, Hamilton - young, unknown and impoverished - emigrated to British Colonial New York, where he quickly became an influential player in the Revolutionary War and the founding of the United States of America. Joyce Gold, who has been leading tours for over 30 years, teaches at New York University and is the author of several guidebooks. Also, April 2. Meeting place for tour: Trinity Church (Broadway at Wall Street). Time: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: $20; $15 (seniors, 62+). No reservations required. For more information, click here.

Ongoing: "Street of Ships: The Port and Its People" in the South Street Seaport Museum's 12 Fulton St. lobby. The exhibition showcases 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  on display 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. On view through 2016. Place: 12 Fulton St. Time: Open Wednesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets:  $12; $8 (seniors 65+, Merchant Mariners, Active Duty Military and students (with valid ID); $6 (kids, ages 6-17); free (children ages 5 and under). For more information or to reserve tickets, click here.

Ongoing: "Unbound: Narrative Art of the Plains" at the National Museum of the American Indian traces the evolution of the narrative art form from historic hides, muslins and ledger books to a selection of contemporary works by Native artists, the majority commissioned for this exhibition. Warrior-artists from the Native nations of North America's plains have long used pictures to depict visionary experiences and successes in battle and horse raiding. When the U.S. government enacted policies from 1870 to 1920 that forced Plains people to give up their traditions, drawings became a crucial means of addressing cultural upheaval. Since the 1960s, narrative artists have blended traditional and modern materials to depict everything from ceremonies and family histories to humor and contemporary life. Through Dec. 4, 2016. Place: 1 Bowling Green. The museum is open daily. Free. For more information, click here.      
Ongoing: The exhibition, "New York's Yiddish Theater: From the Bowery to Broadway," is playing at the Museum of the City of New York (definitely uptown - the museum is at 1220 Fifth Ave., at 103rd Street - but the subject matter recalls the downtown heyday of the Yiddish theater in New York City). New York's first Yiddish production was staged in 1882. In the ensuing decades, so many Yiddish theaters opened on Second Avenue between Houston Street and East 14th Street that the area was known as the "Yiddish Rialto." The exhibition features more than 250 artifacts, including photographs, costumes, playbills, sets, drawings, sculptures and film clips. Some of them came from the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Battery Park City, now affiliated with Folksbiene, the National Yiddish Theatre - one of the co-presenters of the exhibition along with the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research and the National Yiddish Book Center. Place: Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Chalsty's Café in the museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets: Suggested admission, $14; $10 (seniors and students with ID); free (under age 20 and members). For more information, click here.

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.

Ongoing: "Off the Wall" at the World Trade Gallery celebrates street art. Place: 120 Broadway (entrance on Cedar Street). The exhibition continues through April 12. The gallery is open daily. 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 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.

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April 9:  The Municipal Art Society presents "Downtown New York: What's in a Name?" a tour with Joe Svehlak, who grew up in Lower Manhattan. During a two-hour walk, he will explain the origins of Broad Street, Stone Street, Water Street, Gold Street, the Battery, Maiden Lane and other downtown streets with historic names. He will also talk about issues of planning and preservation in New York's oldest and ever-changing neighborhood. Meeting place provided after tickets are purchased. Time: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Tickets: $30; $20 (MAS members). For more information and to buy tickets, click here or call (212) 935-2075, Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

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