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Volume 3, No. 16 April 3, 2016

"I will join my Council colleagues to ensure that the industry abides by every provision of this agreement."
     - City Councilmember Margaret Chin, promising that she and others in City Council will ride herd on tourism helicopter operators to make sure that they abide by an agreement to limit the flights over Lower Manhattan and Governors Island.   

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MASTHEAD PHOTO:  Ro Sheffe and Michael Connolly retired from Community Board 1 at the full-board meeting and were applauded for their many years of service. March 22, 2016
(Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer) 


A tourism helicopter flying over a ferry bringing visitors to Governors Island. Tourism flights over Governors Island are no longer allowed. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

On Sunday, April 3, it was a little quieter than usual on the west side of Lower Manhattan. There were no tourism helicopters buzzing up and down the Hudson River and over Governors Island every few minutes.

The Sunday ban on tourism helicopters is just the first of a series of steep reductions in the number of tourism helicopter flights that will be enforced over the next year. The cutbacks stemmed from an agreement dated Feb. 2, 2016 between the City and FirstFlight Heliports, LLC d/b/a Saker Aviation Services.

City Councilmembers Carlos Menchaca, Helen Rosenthal and Margaret Chin backed the agreement and are committed to seeing that it is rigorously enforced.

"For my long-suffering constituents from Battery Park City to the Financial District, relief from the noise and air pollution caused by tourist helicopters will no longer be at some hypothetical point in the future - it will be on Sunday," said Chin. She promised that, "In the coming weeks and months, I will join my Council colleagues to ensure that the industry abides by every provision of this agreement."

Menchaca, Rosenthal and Chin are co-sponsors of Intro. 858 and 859 that calls for restrictions of tourist helicopter flights taking off and landing at Downtown Manhattan Heliport.

That legislation was given a hearing last November by the Council's Committee on Environmental Protection. At that time, residents were voluble in denouncing the negative effects that the tourist helicopter flights have had on their quality of life.

According to Stop the Chop, a grassroots organization that has opposed the tourism helicopters for years, more than 300 flights a day take off and land at the Downtown Manhattan heliport on Pier 6. There are five tour companies that operate in Manhattan, flying for 10 hours a day from Monday to Saturday. Up until now, they have also been flying eight hours a day on Sundays.

In addition to the Sunday ban on flights that will begin this weekend, specific terms of the agreement include:

The heliport concessionaire will reduce the total allowable number of tourist flight operations from 2015 levels by 20 percent beginning June 1, 2016; by 40 percent beginning Oct. 1, 2016; and ultimately reaching a 50 percent reduction by the beginning of 2017.  Flights in excess of these thresholds will trigger further reductions in tour flight levels.

Starting in July 2016, the operators will provide a monthly written report to the New York City Economic Development Corporation and the New York City Council detailing the number of tourist flight operations conducted out of the Downtown Manhattan Heliport as compared with these agreed-upon levels. The report will also include information on any tour helicopter flights that fly over land and stray from agreed-upon routes over water.  A third party firm will be made available to verify these reports periodically.

The heliport concessionaire has reaffirmed its commitment to prohibiting operators from flying over Governor's Island while conducting tourist flight operations. Flights over Governor's Island will subject the concessionaire to further reductions in allowable tour flight levels.

Although tourist flight operations do not pass over Staten Island, helicopters traveling to and from their home bases outside New York City sometimes do. Effective immediately, the concessionaire will require any such flights over Staten Island to ensure maximum altitude, working in coordination with the air control towers at Newark and LaGuardia airports.

The heliport concessionaire will establish a system to monitor air quality in the vicinity of the Downtown Manhattan Heliport and report monthly readings to NYCEDC and the New York City Council.

The heliport concessionaire will make best efforts to curtail idling by tour helicopters at the Downtown Manhattan Heliport during the periods between flights.

The heliport concessionaire will actively research available technologies to further mitigate helicopter noise, reduce emissions, and promote fuel efficiency, and to implement any such technology as it becomes commercially feasible.

 - Terese Loeb Kreuzer

lettersLetters to the editor
Peter and Norma Stanford at the ceremony on May 21, 2015 marking the departure of the South Street Seaport Museum's 1885 sailing ship, Wavertree, for Caddell Dry Dock in Staten Island, where the ship is undergoing a $10.6 million, year-long restoration and stabilization. Peter and Norma founded the South Street Seaport Museum and brought the Wavertree to New York City. This was the last time that Peter visited the South Street Seaport. He died on March 24, 2016. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
To the editor: 
There will be a memorial service for Peter Stanford on Saturday, April 16 at 2:30 p.m. at Trinity Wall Street, (Broadway at Fulton Street) followed by a reception at the South Street Seaport. This is in addition to a memorial on April 9 at 11 a.m. at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Mount Kisco. There was concern that there would not be enough room at St. Mark's for Peter's many friends and that a location near South Street would be easier for the many New York City area friends. The Stanford family has requested that in lieu of flowers donations be sent to the National Maritime Historical Society and the South Street Seaport Museum.
We also request your remembrances and photos for a feature on Peter Stanford for the  next issue of Sea History. They can be emailed to or mailed to 5 John Walsh Boulevard, PO Box 68, Peekskill New York 10567.

Burchenal Green
President, National Maritime Historical Society

To the editor:
I first met Mr. Peter Stanford when I wandered into South Street in 1973. After a brief stint as a volunteer, I was hired on the pier crew. Peter's dedication to ship restoration was palpable and his enthusiasm for the work, compelling. Years later, South Street entertained a visit from Prince Phillip. The prince, upon seeing the means, methods and materials employed to carry out the work, commented, and I paraphrase, "Sir, you are creating work for the generations."  To which Peter responded, "That's the idea."
The generations have arrived and the great challenges continue. Peter would've wanted it that way.
Charles Deroko

To the editor:
Peter Stanford was a force of nature.  

About a year before he died, John Noble decided to dismantle his houseboat studio, bring it to Staten Island, and put it in his side yard, Opossum Acres. His wife Susan was ill, and he wanted to be close to home and not to have to go back and forth to Port Johnston in Bayonne.  When he died, he had partly dismantled it - with many thousands of pieces of his "little leaking Monticello" scattered in disarray in the basement of his home at 270 Richmond Terrace, and only one door; the others three had been pirated. The family felt, as Allan Noble said, that it was "not like it was in Papa's time," and they told me to scuttle it. That meant arrange to have it towed out to sea and set on fire.

Peter got word of this and was horrified. Along with Joe Dirsa, Noble's pal from Bayonne, he engineered towing the houseboat across the Kill van Kull, a voyage that almost sunk it, to Marine Power and Light on Richmond Terrace. God knows what he thought would happen or how we would ever be able to restore it. But in the process of saving it, Peter became, as Noble would say, "a sort of grandfather" to the Noble Maritime Collection.  He advised me to apply for a charter, which would make us a not-for-profit museum capable of raising money.

That was in 1984. In 1992, we left the Noble home and came to Building D, a derelict National Historic Landmark at Snug Harbor Cultural Center. We stored the houseboat studio at Pouch Terminal, thanks to Tim and Nancy Pouch, who were pals of Peter, for the next eight years, until the building was restored and we could concentrate on the studio restoration. It is now the centerpiece of the Noble Maritime Collection, and as a writer for the New Yorker wrote in the Talk of the Town, "the snuggest workplace on Earth."  

Peter loved Noble and wrote a beautiful afterword to "Hulls and Hulks in the Tide of Time: The Life and Work of John A. Noble" and was an elegant and fervent advocate for the museum. He was always available for guidance, a visionary and a man of kindness and humor.

Erin Urban
Executive director, Noble Maritime Collection at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center

From the editor:
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On March 31, former U.S. president Bill Clinton spoke at two rallies in Lower Manhattan on behalf of his wife, Hillary, who aspires to the job that he once held.
 (Photos: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Former U.S. president Bill Clinton spent the day in Manhattan on Thursday, March 31, drumming up support for Hillary Clinton's campaign for the presidency. His last two stops were in Lower Manhattan, first at 125 Barclay St., home of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME DC 37) and then at 52 Broadway, headquarters of the United Federation of Teachers (UFT), part of a nationwide union, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT).

Both unions have thrown their support behind Hillary Clinton, bringing important resources of manpower and money to her campaign. With 121,000 members, DC 37 is the largest public employee union in New York City. The UFT has around 200,000 members and is the largest union in the city.

At the UFT, Clinton talked for around 40 minutes on a wide range of topics. He spoke without notes (and without stumbling or a single pause or "uh") at first, from behind a podium, but then, microphone in hand, from the front of the stage.

He touched on voting rights and disenfranchisement, health care coverage, job creation, climate change, education, Hillary's civil rights record, economic inequality, women in the work force, the rising cost of prescription drugs and the importance of the Supreme Court, among many other topics, frequently eliciting applause, and sometimes laughter from his audience of around 300 people - the maximum that the room could hold.

"The whole primary will be shaped from here on out by what you do in New York and by the Labor movement in general, and you specifically will have an enormous impact because it's about turn out, turn out, turn out," he said.

"You've got to give people a reason [to come out and vote]," he added. "Talk about the Supreme Court. Talk about how there might be three vacancies in the next four years. Talk about what it would do to America if we had a right-wing president, a right-wing Congress and a right-wing Supreme Court. Talk about those five to four decisions and campaign finance."

The New York primary is on April 19. There are 247 Democratic delegates at stake and 95 Republican delegates. The delegates will be awarded proportionately to the popular vote.

Bill Clinton described Hillary as someone who both knew how to compromise when necessary and how to stand her ground "when it comes to the fundamental rights of United States citizens under the Constitution." He also said that she was "the finest changemaker I've ever known. America needs a changemaker," he said. "We should have a president who goes quickly to create the largest number of good jobs, raises incomes and enables us to grow together while tearing down all the barriers that keep Americans from full participation in the future that we're trying to create."

Also on Thursday, Hillary Clinton's opponent for the Democratic nomination, Bernie Sanders, kicked off his New York campaign with a rally in the South Bronx. Sanders, who was born in Brooklyn, spoke about economic inequality, and promised that if elected, he would invest in education, health care and infrastructure.

The previous day, Hillary Clinton had spoken to a rally of her supporters at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. On Thursday, she was at the State University of New York campus in Purchase, where, in 2000, she launched her campaign for the U.S. Senate.

On the Republican side, Donald Trump is leading his opponents, Ted Cruz and John Kasich in the New York State primary. A recent CBS poll showed Trump with 52 percent of the voters polled to 21 percent for Cruz and 20 percent for Kasich.

- Terese Loeb Kreuzer

Bits & Bytes
On April 3, the Statue of Liberty closed to visitors because of high winds and unsafe conditions in the harbor.  (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

"Parking garage attendant wins lottery, swears off driving forever," New York Post, 3/30/16. "A Big Apple parking garage attendant hit the lottery jackpot, promptly quit his job, and now plans to hire his very own chauffeur," says the New York Post. "Gregory Velez said he'll be enjoying life on Easy Street after accepting a lump sum $4.63 million after taxes Thursday from the New York Lottery, after nailing all six numbers in a CASH4LIFE drawing."

The Post says that Velez "was working his usual shift at a Battery Park City garage on Feb. 25 when he decided to head to South End News and pick up a CASH4LIFE ticket, because a clerk told him there was a $7 million drawing that night." For the complete article, click here.

"High Winds Leave Thousands of Homes Without Power," New York Times, 4/3/16. "Fierce winds, snow, lightning and hail stomped across the northeast quarter of the country on Saturday and early Sunday, downing trees, damaging buildings and cutting power to more than 200,000 homes across 13 states," says The New York Times. "New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania were the hardest hit, with over 35,000 homes in each state still dark as of 2 p.m. But people were without power from Maine to Indiana to North Carolina. Gusts hit 64 miles an hour at Kennedy International Airport, and three inches of snow fell on White Plains, N.Y., according to the National Weather Service. The Statue of Liberty was closed for the day because of 'high winds and unsafe harbor conditions,' the National Park Service said." For the complete article, click here.

"Anti-Vaccine Film, Pulled From Tribeca Film Festival, Draws Crowd at Showing," New York Times, 4/1/16. "A roiling controversy over the truthfulness and intent of a documentary about the widely debunked link between vaccines and autism did not keep theatergoers away from its premiere on Friday," says The New York Times. "Several dozen people (and more than a handful of reporters) arrived for the first showing of 'Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe' at the Angelika Film Center in Manhattan, along with a producer and co-writer of the film, and some of its distributors. The movie, about the supposed connection between autism and vaccines, had been accepted for a screening later this month at the Tribeca Film Festival and then suddenly removed amid criticism. Robert De Niro, a founder of the festival, initially supported the showing but then decided to drop it, saying that upon reviewing it with scientific professionals, he felt it would not contribute to a positive discussion about public health issues. ... The film was directed and co-written by Andrew Wakefield, an author of a 1998 study that suggested the link." For the complete article, click here.

"Sheldon Silver, Ex-New York Assembly Speaker, Is Disbarred," New York Times, 3/29/16. "Sheldon Silver, the former New York State Assembly speaker, has lost his license to practice law after his conviction for fraud and extortion," says The New York Times. "Mr. Silver, 72, was disbarred on Tuesday by the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court in Manhattan. He was convicted on Nov. 30 in a $5 million corruption case. Prosecutors said he traded favors to enrich himself. He is scheduled to be sentenced on April 13." For the complete article, click here.

"A New Verse in the Ballad of Ellis Island's First Immigrant," New York Times, 3/30/16. "For decades, Paul Linehan, a 47-year-old tenor from Narraghmore in County Kildare, Ireland, would sing [about Annie Moore] from the maudlin Irish ballad "Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears," but last week, for the first time, he choked on the lyrics," says The New York Times. "Mr. Linehan, an adviser to primary schoolteachers, had visited Ellis Island in 2000. He had seen Annie Moore's statue there and also her likeness in Cobh Heritage Centre (formerly Queenstown) in County Cork where she boarded the steamship Nevada in 1891, on her way to New York, where she became the first immigrant processed when Ellis Island opened. (She was actually 17 at the time.) But until this month, Mr. Linehan did not know he was Annie's first cousin three times removed." The Times goes on to say that, "On Wednesday, Mr. Linehan, an emissary of Ms. Moore's Irish progeny, and Michael Shulman of Silver Spring, Md., a grandnephew representing her American descendants, met in New York for the family's first trans-Atlantic reunion." For the complete article, click here.

"America's Cup racing returns to New York Harbor for the first time in nearly 100 years," Daily News, 3/29/16. "America's Cup sailing is coming back to New York Harbor for the first time in nearly a century - but don't expect your great, great grandfather's yacht race," says the Daily News. "Six sailing teams will hit the harbor on May 7 and 8, but the ships and the sport have come a long way since 1920, the last time an America's Cup race was held in New York City. Gone are the days of old-fashioned wooden boats and calm sailing. This is 'NASCAR on water' with high tech boats flying by at speeds up to 60 mph, Team USA Skipper Jimmy Spithill told the Daily News. ... This year, the boaters will converge on lower Manhattan for two days of Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series races....Viewers can watch the action from Brookfield Place Waterfront Plaza and the Hudson River waterfront between Battery Park City and Pier 25, as well as in New Jersey from Liberty State Park and the Jersey City waterfront." For the complete article, click here.

Slasher attack at Rector Street: On March 31, it was reported that a 20-year-old woman had been slashed at 5:20 p.m. at Rector Street and Broadway by a man who called her a "terrorist" and ran away. During the investigation, it became apparent that this was a self-inflicted wound, according to a law enforcement source. The victim has retracted her story. She was taken to a nearby hospital for evaluation.

Downtown bulletin board
Gracie Mansion, the official residence of New York City's mayors, was built in 1799 as a country retreat for financier Archibald Gracie and his family. At 88th Street and East End Ave., the surrounding area is no longer "country." Free tours of the mansion and its art collection are available four days a month. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Free business counseling: The Small Business Development Center at Pace University's Lubin School of Business (Pace SBDC) offers free business counseling to entrepreneurs and small business owners. Services include helping to access financing, develop business plans and financial projections, identify government procurement opportunities and come up with strategies for increasing sales (particularly for minority and women-owned businesses). Pace SBDC advisors can also guide entrepreneurs through the process of forming their legal structure as well as provide demographic, economic and other key market research. The service is both for new and for ongoing businesses. To set up a free appointment with a small business advisor, call (212) 618-6655 or click here.

Youth Open Mic Night:
Open Mic Night at Manhattan Youth on April 22 will give teens, ages 12 to 16, an opportunity to perform their own work or work they love accompanied by professional musicians. Place: Manhattan Youth Downtown Community Center, 120 Warren St. Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Free. RSVP is required along with parental permission. For more information about the Friday night programming at Manhattan Youth, click here.  To make a reservation for Open Mic Night, email or call (212) 766-1104, ext. 299.

Wetlabs at The River Project:
The River Project, a marine science field station, works to protect and restore the ecosystem of the Hudson River estuary through scientific research, hands-on environmental education and urban habitat improvement. The River Project's Wetlab Look-ins allow visitors to see some of the fish that live in the Hudson River. They start April 5 and continue every Tuesday and Thursday from 2 p.m.-5 p.m. through Nov. 1. The opening event, Meet the Fishes, will take place on May 24. Place: Pier 40 (West Street at Houston Street). Free. For more information, click here.

Unclaimed funds in New York:
The New York State Comptroller's Office reports that it is holding nearly $14 billion in unclaimed money for New York residents who may have been charged superfluous fees or overpaid a bill, among other reasons for the money to end up in that office. Manhattan has the largest number of unclaimed funds in the New York area with just over 1.5 million potential cases. To search the comptroller's database and verify if you have unclaimed funds, click here or call (800) 221-9311 for more information.

Disposing of electronic waste: New York State and City laws require the safe disposal of electronic waste (such as cellphones, computers and television sets) so that it doesn't end up in landfill. Most electronics can't be discarded through regular curb-side pick ups. The Lower East Side Ecology Center has a warehouse in Gowanus where electronic waste can be dropped off. In addition, the Lower East Side Ecology Center  has rotating monthly  recycling events in various city neighborhoods. For a calendar of its April recycling events, click here. The New York City Department of Sanitation offers a free recycling service for apartment buildings with more than 10 units. For information on how to enroll, call (212) 437-4647. Finally, many manufacturers offer drop off or mail-back options. For a list of manufacturers registered in New York State, go to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation  website by clicking here. If a manufacturer on the list refuses to accept your electronics, notify the Department of Environmental Conservation by calling (800) 847-7332.

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). 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). 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.

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.

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 April 5, 12, 19 and 26; and May 3, 10, 17 and 24. 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 hereSeaGlass Carousel is 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.

Downtown Post NYC photos for sale: If would like to buy prints of a photograph that has appeared in Downtown Post NYC, email with your request for more information about sizes and prices.

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.

communityCOMMUNITY BOARD 1 MEETINGS: Week of April 4  
An AlliedBarton "safety ambassador" on the Battery Park City esplanade. On April 5, Community Board 1's Battery Park City Committee will get an update on the AlliedBarton ambassadors, who displaced the Parks Enforcement Patrol (PEP) that had safeguarded Battery Park City for several decades. (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. 

April 5: Battery Park City Committee
* The Skyscraper Museum - Update by Carol Willis, Director
* BPCA permit request for 2016
* BPCCA, Lupus Foundation of America, Saturday May 14, 2016
* Allied Barton Ambassadors - Update
* BPC Community Center Affordability - Discussion
* Zoning for Morton Street School - Presentation by Tammy Meltzer
* Wagner Park redesign and community input - Discussion and possible resolution
* Response to NYS Homes and Community Renewal FOIL request - Discussion
* BPCA Quarterly Update on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 (6 River Terrace) - Announcement

The following notices have been received for renewal, upgrade, or transfer of wine and beer or liquor licenses or sidewalk cafe permits:
* 225 Liberty St., 18th-20th floor, application for corporate change in liquor license for Restaurant Associates (no change in ownership or Method of Operations)
* North Cove Marina, application for renewal of a summer vessel license for the Shearwater (Nautical Gourmet, Inc.)

April 6: Financial District Committee
* The Battery Conservancy - Update by Warrie Price, President and Founder
* Restoration of Vietnam Veterans Plaza - Presentation by Magary Aime, Project Manager, & Jill Weissman, Capital Projects Analyst, NYC Department of Parks and Recreation
* 70 Pine St., Board of Standards and Appeals application for a special permit to allow a physical culture establishment - Resolution
* 99 Church St., Board of Standards and Appeals application for a special permit to allow a physical culture establishment - Resolution
* 375 Pearl St., notice of intent to acquire office space by Human Resources Administration - Presentation by Chris Flemming, Department of Citywide Administrative Services & resolution
* 10 Murray St., application for restaurant wine & beer license for Vidhan Bhatt Inc. - Resolution
* 20 Maiden Lane/51 Nassau Street, application for hotel/restaurant liquor license for HCIN Maiden Hotel Lessee, LLC d/b/a Holiday Inn Wall Street - Resolution
* 120 Church St., application for restaurant wine, beer & cider license application for SRG Church Street LLC d/b/a Schnippers - Resolution
* 32 Pearl St., application for hotel liquor license for 44 Pearl Street Lessee LLC, Hersha d/b/a Hampton Inn Pearl Street - Resolution
* 75 Maiden Lane, application for restaurant liquor license for an entity to be formed by Jason Francisco - Resolution
* 123 Washington St., application for restaurant liquor license for an entity to be formed by Brian Crawford - Resolution
* 100 Broad Street, application for restaurant wine & beer license for 100 Broad Street LLC d/b/a Essen - Resolution
* Street Activity Permit Office application by Community Board 1, Friday, August 5, 2016, Maiden Lane between South Street and Water Street - Announcement

The following notices have been received for renewal, upgrade, or transfer of wine and beer or liquor licenses or sidewalk cafe permits:
* 123 Washington St., application for corporate change of a liquor license for BLT Grill NYC LLC
* Governors Island, application for renewal of a wine, beer and cider license for Salmon East Seven Corp d/b/a Little Eva's
* 55 Water St., Vietnam Veterans Plaza, application for renewal of a liquor license for Masterpiece Caterers Corp, d/b/a Promenade Grill
* 115 Broadway, application for renewal of a wine, beer and cider license for 115 Broadway Corp d/b/a Panini & Co. Breads
* 55 Water Street, elevated acre, application for renewal of a liquor license for Masterpiece Caterers Corp d/b/a Sky 55
* 27 Broadway, application for renewal of a liquor license for 27 Pilgrims LLC d/b/a Donna
* 66 Pearl St., application for renewal of a wine, beer and cider license for Pachanga Inc. d/b/a FIKA
* 101 Barclay St., 16th floor, application for corporate change of a liquor license for Aramark Corporation
* Carousel Kiosk Battery Park - The Bosque Area, application for renewal of a wine, beer and cider license for Cleaver Company Inc., The Carousel Kiosk at Battery Park
* Battery Park Slip 1, application for renewal of a liquor license for Nautical Gourmet Inc. d/b/a Clipper City
* 1 Liberty Plaza, application for renewal of a liquor license for Filk International Corp.

Tibetan monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery creating a sand painting mandala.

For two weeks from April 4 through April 15, a festival called "The Transcendent Arts of Tibet and India" will take over the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place in Battery Park City.

Presented by Arts Brookfield, the festival will start on April 4 with the Tibetan Monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery demonstrating the spiritual arts of mandala sand painting and ceremonial music, dance and multiphonic chanting.

Week two will highlight one of India's oldest dance forms, Bharatanatyam, as curated by Malini Srinivasan, in addition to various instrumental and vocal performers showcasing the country's classical music traditions.

Tibetan monks walking along the Battery Park City esplanade. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
"It's an honor to host the monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery and Malini Srinivasan, among the number of talented artists who will be performing at Brookfield Place as a part of our Transcendent Arts of Tibet and India," said Debra Simon, vice president and artistic director of Arts Brookfield. "Each of the performances sheds a unique light on these ancient societies, presenting beautiful and inspiring art, music and dance as rituals."

Of all the artistic traditions of Tantric Buddhism, painting with colored sand ranks as one of the most unique and exquisite. Millions of grains of sand are painstakingly laid into place over a period of days or weeks. As a metaphor of the impermanence of life and to fulfill the function of healing shortly after completion, the sand mandala is deconstructed and distributed to the audience at a closing ceremony, while the remainder is carried to a nearby body of water where it is deposited.

Tibetans are the only culture on earth to cultivate the extraordinary vocal ability of multiphonic chanting known as "zokkay"(complete chord). Monks robed in magnificent costumes play traditional Tibetan instruments while chant masters simultaneously intonate three notes, each individually creating a complete chord. The ancient temple music and dance is believed to generate energies conducive to world peace and healing.

The first week of Transcendent Arts of Tibet and India will culminate with a performance of Sacred Music, Sacred Dance on the night of Friday, April 8. The closing ceremony for the sand mandala will include a procession to the Hudson River on Saturday, April 9.

The second week of the festival, Bharatanatyam temple dances of South India and North and South Indian classical music will be featured.

A tradition that grew in the temples and courts of South India, the classical Bharatanatyam dance form combines subtle movements and themes closely connected to Indian mythology. Its key features are nritta (pure movement or technique), notable for complex rhythmic patterns, and the abhinayas (mime or expression), which revolves around a heroine in a state of anticipation of union with her beloved, also a metaphor for human waiting for union with the Unseen.

The Arts Brookfield presentation features a number of group and solo works that will be performed throughout the Winter Garden, choreographed by Malini Srinivasan, who began studying Bharatanatyam at a young age with her mother and grandmother.

Hindustani (North Indian) classical music performances include a vocal trio with Samarth Nagarkar, Bansuri (flute) duet with Jay Gandhi, and a Sarod duet with Anupam Shobhakar. Carnatic (South Indian) performances include a vocal trio with Roopa Mahadevan and violin duet with Arun Ramamurthy, curated by Malini Srinivasan.

All of the festival performances and events are free.

For a full schedule of events and times, click here.


calendarCALENDAR: Week of April 4

Studies of characters from "Yoshe Kalb" are in the exhibition "New York's Yiddish Theater: From the Bowery to Broadway" at the Museum of the City of New York. The figures are in a glass case with a brass plaque that says "presented by Louis Gordon to his dear friend Maurice Schwartz July 1933, modeled by Morris Strassberg."  Schwartz produced, directed and starred in "Yoshe Kalb" at his theater on Second Avenue and 12th Street. Based on a novel by I.J. Singer, the play told the story of Nachum, a delicate young man, who was forced into a loveless marriage with the homely young daughter of a Hasidic rabbi, portrayed by Schwartz. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

April 5:
Photographer Jonathan C. Hyman documented grassroots memorials after 9/11. His collection of over 20,000 images focuses on tributes from the tristate area. Hyman joins Dr. Jan S. Ramirez, the September 11 Museum's chief curator and vice president of collections, to discuss the iconography of commemoration and the popular responses to 9/11 captured in his photographs. Place: National September 11 Memorial and Museum, auditorium (on the atrium terrace level, 2nd floor). 180 Greenwich St. Time: 7 p.m. Free but reservations are required. To reserve, click here.

April 5:
"Is physics in the business of describing ultimate reality, as Einstein believed? Or is it just a gadget for predicting the outcomes of experiments, as Hawking believes?" asks Jim Holt, author of "Why Does the World Exist? An Existential Detective Story." These questions underlie a new lecture series hosted by the New York Academy of Sciences, The Physics of Everything, which will run on six evenings from April 5 through June 29 at its headquarters in New York City and simultaneously via Livestream. The speakers will explore how modern physics can - and cannot - help us answer these questions, now and in the future. The series begins with "What Does the Future Hold for Physics: Is There a Limit to Human Knowledge?" Place: New York Academy of Sciences, 7 World Trade Center, 40th floor. Time: 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (followed by a reception). Tickets: $15; $5 (NYAS members; students; postdoc; residents; fellows); $7 (non-member students; postdocs; residents; fellows). For more information and to register, click here.

April 6: The Grammy-nominated Choir of Trinity Wall Street and the Movement Choir present "The Book of Job," an original dance oratorio on the theme of human suffering and God. The powerful questions raised by Job are explored in the libretto taken from the King James Bible. Bob Scott, Director of Faith Formation and Education, will introduce the program at 6:45 p.m. Place: Trinity Church (Broadway at Wall Street). Time: 7 p.m. Free. For more information, click here.

April 6: 
Josh Aronson and Denise George will discuss their book, "Orchestra of Exiles," with Jonathan Rose at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. The book is based on Aronson's documentary about how world-renowned violinist Bronislaw Huberman helped save Europe's premier Jewish musicians from the Nazis, creating an ensemble that would become the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Israeli violinist Natanel Draiblate will perform. Place: 36 Battery Place. Time: 7 p.m. Tickets: $15; $12 (members and students with valid ID). For more information and to buy tickets, click here.

April 6: The Bordone String Quartet (students at the Julliard School of Music) present a concert of quartets by Haydn and Brahms. Place: Rotunda of the New York Supreme Court, Civil Branch, 60 Centre St. Time: 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Free.

April 7: The Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project is the source for the videos that the Oral History Project's director, Christa Whitney, will show during "Voices from the Yiddish Stage" at the Museum of the City of New York. Whitney will present cameos from performers such as Leonard Nimoy and Fyvush Finkl and commentary from theater-goers and actors who started out on the Eastern European stage. (To see a clip of Leonard Nimoy discussing Maurice Schwartz, click here.) She will also share interviews with a younger generation of actors and directors on the future of the Yiddish theater. Place: 1220 Fifth Ave. (at 103rd Street). Time: 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $16; $12 (seniors and students); free (museum members). For more information and to buy tickets, click here.

April 7:  Dancing in the Streets and Mark Morris Dance Group present a free public performance of "It's Showtime at the Courthouse." The program was specially created by veteran Hip Hop dancers, Kwikstep and Rokafella, for this historic celebration of Hip Hop culture in the heart of the NYC civic justice system. It's Showtime at the Courthouse portrays the evolution of Hip Hop dance from the 1970s to the present and from the street to the stage, featuring a broad range of dance styles. The performance will be followed by an overview and discussion of the history and significance of Hip Hop culture as a global movement that originated in the South Bronx in the 1970s. Place: Rotunda of the New York Supreme Court Civil Branch, 60 Centre St. Time: 1 p.m. Free.

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.

April 10: The Museum of Jewish Heritage will commemorate the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda with a ceremony organized by the Rwandan community. Held annually at the Museum, this ceremony brings communities together to remember the atrocities of the past and look to the future. Place: 36 Battery Place. Time: 3 p.m. Free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. To register, 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: "Rethinking Cities for the Age of Global Warming" is the title of the newest exhibition at the Skyscraper Museum. Of the world's 20 largest megacities - metropolitan areas with a population of 10 million or more - seven are located in the tropical countries and islands of Southeast Asia. WOHA - the practice begun in 1994 by architects Wong Mun Summ and Richard Hassell - has built extensively in the tiny city-state of Singapore, as well as in Bangkok, Mumbai, and other megacities in the region. WOHA proposes - and has built - tropical skyscrapers enveloped by nature and vertical villages with sky gardens, breezeways, and elevated parks. At a time when global warming threatens the future, the enlightened work of WOHA rethinks the urban environment, offering prototypes that use vertical density to create highly social, sustainable, and garden-filled cities. Through Sept. 4, 2016. Place: Skyscraper Museum, 39 Battery Place. Museum open, Wednesday-Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. Admission: $5; $2.50 (students and seniors). For more information, 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: "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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