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Volume 3, No. 29  June 21, 2016 
"We provide food of a different quality and know where it comes from."
     - Robert LaValva, founder of the New Amsterdam Market, formerly on South Street, who helped bring Luke's Lobster to The Battery.

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MASTHEAD PHOTO: A dancer from Dance Heginbotham in the world premiere of "The Fandango" at the Winter Garden in Brookfield Place. June 19, 2016
(Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer) 

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Sitting on a bench near the SeaGlass carousel in The Battery, a couple enjoys lobster tails from Luke's Lobster. (Photos: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Devotees of the SeaGlass carousel in The Battery will tell you that one ride is not enough. However, if several rides induce hunger, in continuation of the sea theme, fishy food is now close at hand. On June 16, Luke's Lobster unveiled a "Tail Cart" parked right next to the carousel. At the Tail Cart, lobster tails served with butter and lemon or wild blueberry balsamic sauce are cooked on a propane grill. And like carousel rides, one tail is likely to be not enough.

Luke's Lobster tails are enormously tasty. They aren't what's usually called "lobster tails" - which are actually crayfish abdomens. No, these are real lobster tails from lobsters caught in Maine or Canada, depending on the season. Luke's Lobster, which owns 10 restaurants in New York City, buys directly from the lobster fishers and cooks the knuckles and claws in its own processing plant in Saco, Maine. The tails are kept raw and overnighted to New York City by truck, three days a week.

The wild blueberry sauce with which they're served also comes from Maine where Luke (yes, there really is a Luke) grew up. Luke Holden, CEO and founder of Luke's Lobster, was once a lobsterman himself as was his father, Jeff, who is co-owner of this rapidly growing enterprise.

Robert LaValva, founder of the New Amsterdam Market, formerly on South Street, was the intermediary who brought Luke's Lobster to The Battery. The Battery Conservancy, builder of the carousel, has a license from the New York City Department of Parks to install up to three food carts in the vicinity of the carousel. Warrie Price, president of the Conservancy, wanted seafood and both she and Ami Abramson, president of NY Carousel Entertainment, the concessionaire for the carousel, wanted food that was sustainable.

"Sustainable means that it comes from a fishery where the population is abundant and there are
Ben Coniff
rules in place so that the population can't be overfished," explained Ben Coniff, president of Luke's Lobster.

LaValva knew of Luke's Lobster because Luke and his crew used to sell their wares at the New Amsterdam Market, and he knew that Luke's Lobster could and would provide exactly the kind of food that was wanted.

Abramson commissioned the design and construction of a specially built cart for the tails that would make it clear that these tails were several cuts above ordinary street food. "We provide food of a different quality and know where it comes from," said LaValva.

Abramson's company owns and operates carousels in other parts of the city. If Luke's Lobster tails prove popular, his plan is to install similar carts near some of his other carousels. And if the tails draw an audience, the plan is to have other vendors of sustainable food near the SeaGlass carousel. LaValva said that he has several in mind.

Luke's Lobster tails sell for $6 for the first tail and $5 for each additional tail. Lobsters are expensive, said Coniff, because each one takes seven years to mature. A lobster fisherman is allowed to have up to 800 pots, which he or she visits daily. "If there are three lobsters in a pot," Coniff said, "the chances are that only one of them can be harvested." A lobster that's too small or too big has to be released as does any female lobster that is bearing eggs.

The Tail Cart will be at the carousel daily through Columbus Day, and perhaps longer if the carousel remains open. Tails are available from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

- Terese Loeb Kreuzer

Bits & Bytes

On June 17, Dance Heginbotham presented the world premiere of "The Fandango" at the Winter Garden  as part of the River to River Festival, which continues through June 26. For a complete listing of River to River events, click here. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
"Review: A Dance Heginbotham Deserving of the Hype," New York Times, 6/20/16. "The work of John Heginbotham takes some getting used to, or maybe it has just taken time to come into its own," says The New York Times. "Since founding his troupe, Dance Heginbotham, in 2011, the Mark Morris Dance Group alum has received a steady stream of commissions and accolades, some of which seemed premature. But on Friday at Brookfield Place, where he offered a free program presented by Arts Brookfield and the River to River Festival, the company looked - and sounded - entirely deserving of the hype. Initially billed as a site-specific event that would rove around the retail areas of Brookfield Place in Lower Manhattan, the program wound up sticking to a more traditional format, performed (mostly) onstage in the complex's spacious Winter Garden. Live music and evening sunlight accompanied the three pieces, which included "Angels' Share" (2014) and two premieres." For the complete article, click here.

"Gwyneth gives the world a peek inside her $13M Tribeca apartment,"
Luxury Listings, 6/16/16. "Gwyneth Paltrow has been having a little bit of trouble selling her apartment, so what did the ever-resourceful queen of wellness do? Use her lifestyle website to glorify her listing of course!" says Luxury Listings. "Until now, there have been no interior shots released of the $13 million Tribeca pad at 416 Washington Street that she and Chris Martin own together and have been trying to sell. But that all changed today when Goop published six images of the 'confident, breezy' three-bedroom apartment, which was designed by Roman and Williams. The uncouple had originally listed it for $14,250,000, but lowered the price in April after it had been on the market for little more than a month." For the complete article, click here.

"More Guilty Pleas in Fraud Scheme Connected to False 9/11 Claims," New York Times, 6/17/16. "The photo was featured on the cover of New York City's tabloids: a man in shorts and sunglasses sitting on a water scooter, a smile on his face, middle fingers extended to the sky. The man, Glenn Lieberman, was among more than 130 people who were charged as part of a scheme in which people collected disability payments based on fraudulent health claims. More than 85 of them, like Mr. Lieberman, were former police officers," says The New York Times. The article says that, "The charges in the case were incendiary: that a large group of people, many of whom were already collecting New York City pensions, used fraudulent psychiatric claims - some connected to Sept. 11 - to bilk Social Security for disability payouts averaging $30,000 to $50,000 a year in a scheme dating back to the 1980s." For the complete article, click here.

"Construction Wrapping on 10-Story, 27-Unit Residential Conversion at 11 Beach Street, TriBeCa," New York YIMBY, 6/21/16. "Construction is now wrapping on the transformative 27-unit conversion underway at the 10-story former office building at 11 Beach Street, in TriBeCa," says YIMBY. "The apartments, which will be condominiums, should average a spacious 3,976 square feet apiece. They will range from three- to five-bedrooms, some of which will come in townhouse-style and penthouse configurations." For the complete article, click here.

"An 'Interim Destination' for Remembering 9/11 Will Get a Bigger Space," New York Times, 6/20/16. "In the years after the Sept. 11 attack, as redevelopment officials bickered about and dithered over the future of the World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan, thousands of pilgrims came to ground zero from all over the world. They found - nothing," says The New York Times. "No memorial. No commemoration. No exhibition. Little signage and less interpretation. Just impenetrable construction barriers, crowded sidewalks, hawkers selling lurid photo books and Harry John Roland, a self-appointed guide whose cry was: 'History, don't let it be a mystery!' The 9/11 Tribute Center stepped into this void. The private, nonprofit, ad hoc center was founded in part by Lee Ielpi, a retired firefighter whose son, Jonathan Lee Ielpi, also a firefighter, was killed in the attack. The center opened in 2006 on a shoestring budget in a former delicatessen at 120 Liberty Street, opposite ground zero. George E. Pataki, who was then the governor of New York, said the 9/11 Tribute Center would offer an 'interim destination' until the real museum opened. Here it is, two years after the National September 11 Memorial Museum opened. Not only is the tribute center still around, it is also to move into a new space nearby, at 88 Greenwich Street, where it will occupy 35,000 square feet, almost three times as much as it has now. The lease runs 36 years." For the complete article, click here.

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Arts Brookfield has installed swings on the plaza overlooking North Cove Marina. The swings can accommodate people of all ages and sizes. Swinging creates musical tones that coalesce into melodies if people swing in unison. The installation, called "The Swings: An exercise in Musical Collaboration," was created by Daily tous les jours, a Montreal-based design studio. The swings are open from noon to 8 p.m. through July 7.   (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Westfield World Trade Center Job Fair: Westfield has already opened stores in the Fulton Center and will be opening more stores in the end of August at the World Trade Center. In an effort to hire experienced people to staff these shops, Westfield is hosting a job fair on June 29 with around 50 retailers present. Available positions include part-time and full-time help in the fields of sales, operations, back of house and management. In addition to an opportunity to meet retailers who are hiring, there will be free seminars in interview skills and résumé building along with a professional photographer for profile headshots. Registration is required.  To register, click here. For more information, email Place: Conrad Hotel, 102 North End Ave. Time: 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

More free Wi-Fi in Lower Manhattan:
The Alliance for Downtown New York has expanded the free wi-fi network in Lower Manhattan. The network now runs from the Battery to Barclay Street. Since the Downtown Alliance started this network in 2003, it has grown steadily with the support of numerous downtown businesses and organizations, most recently Trinity Church and the law firm, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP. The network is accessed via #DwntwnAllianceFreeWiFi. For more information, click here.

Adult Ceramics:
Adults can take ceramics classes this summer at the Downtown Community Center, 120 Warren St., starting any time throughout June and July. Classes are held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Enrolled students have access to the studio on Tuesdays and Thursdays (6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.), Saturdays (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and Sundays (noon to 3 p.m.), where they can work on their own projects. Cost: $210 plus $40 materials fee for each six-week session, with a 10 percent discount for Community Center members or past Living Social participants. For more information or to register, email

Battery Park City Parks Summer Events Calendar:
For a complete list of events and classes taking place this summer in Battery Park City under the auspices of Battery Park City Parks, click here.

Tribeca Greenmarket:
There are several Greenmarkets in Lower Manhattan (at Bowling Green, City Hall, the Staten Island Ferry, Water Street at Coenties Slip and on Greenwich Street just north of Chambers Street in Tribeca). Of these, the Tribeca Greenmarket is the largest. At this market, year-round vendors sell staples such as bread, dairy products, chicken and other poultry, eggs, beef, apples and pears. In addition, local produce is beginning to arrive. Strawberries will be available for another couple of weeks. Blue Moon Fish is back with wild-caught fish and shellfish from Suffolk County. Several local farmers are bringing vegetables, herbs and flowers to the market. One vendor, Lavender By the Bay, sells fresh cut, dried and potted lavender. The Tribeca Greenmarket is open Wednesdays (a small market with just a handful of vendors) and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. although many vendors start to pack up shortly after 2 p.m. so it's best to get there before that. For more information, click here.

BPC Community Day:
The Battery Park City Authority is sponsoring a Battery Park City Community Day on Saturday, June 25, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Community Center at Stuyvesant High School (CCSHS), 345 Chambers St. The event will feature lawn games, prizes, pizza and other snacks and refreshments, as well as full access to all the Community Center's offerings. Attendees can swim in the half-sized Olympic pool, play basketball, work out in the weight room, play pickup basketball or compete in free-throw and three-point shot contests. There will be 20-minute fitness classes throughout the day, including yoga, total body boxing, tai chi, core fitness, cardio swim, and Masala Banghra dance fitness. Those wishing to use the pool should bring their own locks and towels. Admission is free.
Seafarers Camp 2016:
The South Street Seaport Museum's 1893 fishing schooner, Lettie G. Howard, will serve as a camp for teens this summer. The week-long Seafarers Camp is for middle and high school students, who will acquire sailing and science skills, make friends and have fun aboard this historic, Coast-Guard certified tall ship. It will depart each week from Manhattan and sail into Long Island Sound where the teens will raise and handle sail, stand lookout, navigate and plot a course, steer the ship and sail through the night, taking their watch on deck. In the morning, they will anchor in a quiet harbor for a morning swim. The six-day voyages will depart every Sunday from July 3 through Aug. 26. Campers can sign up for one or more weeks. Cost: $1,250 per participant (covers all trip expenses). Group rates are available.  Scholarships may be available based on financial need. For more information, email or click here.

Next New York City primary: On June 28
, there will be a federal primary election for registered Democrats in seven of New York City's congressional districts. Voters will select a
A primary election on June 28 will determine who will be the Democratic candidate in the 10th Congressional District. The seat is currently held by Rep. Jerrold Nadler who is running against Mikhail Oliver Rosenberg.
(Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
candidate to represent their party in the Nov. 8 general election for the U.S. House of Representatives. Only registered Democrats can vote in these primaries. (There are no Republican primaries in these districts.) In District 10, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, the incumbent, is running against Mikhail Oliver Rosenberg. This district includes the Financial District, Battery Park City, Tribeca, Soho, the West Village, Greenwich Village, Chelsea, Hell's Kitchen, Clinton, Midtown West, and the Upper West Side. For more information about Congressman Nadler and his record, click here. For more information about Rosenberg, click here. Polls will be open on June 28 from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. To locate your polling site, click here.

Lightning safety:
According to the National Weather Service (NWS), lightning strikes the United States about 25 million times each year. Most lightning storms occur during the summer. The NWS offers these safety tips if you are indoors:
* Stay off corded phones. You can use cellular or cordless phones.
* Don't touch electrical equipment such as computers, TVs, or cords. You can use the remote control safely; and
* Stay away from windows and doors that might have small leaks around the sides to let in lightning, and stay off porches.
According to the NWS, if you are outside during a storm it is important to get inside a safe building or vehicle. You are not safe outdoors, but if you absolutely cannot get to safety, follow these tips to slightly lessen the threat of being struck by lightning:
* Avoid open fields, the top of a hill or a ridge top;
* Stay away from tall, isolated trees or other tall objects. If you're in a forest, stay near a lower stand of trees; and
* If you're in a group, spread out to avoid the current traveling between group members.

Volunteers needed at the South Street Seaport Museum:
Since its founding, the South Street Seaport Museum's mission has been to preserve and interpret the history of the Port of New York. Volunteers and interns are essential to this effort. Their skills are needed in many aspects of the museum's operation including administration, the crafts centers, and visitor services.

Volunteers and interns help to inventory items in the museum's collections and assist with exhibitions. In the Education Department, they help the staff with public programs, book talks, lectures, workshops, walking tours and family programming. Some volunteers serve as docents after they receive training provided by Museum staff, giving tours of the collections and the historic district.

On the waterfront, volunteers and interns help maintain and interpret the stationary vessels and operate, maintain and interpret the operational vessels. All of the ships need carpenters, electricians, ship engineers, riggers, metalworkers and divers from time to time. Volunteers and interns also work as crew on the schooner Pioneer as she cruises in New York Harbor and beyond. Training is provided. Those who are interested must be over the age of 18 or have parental or guardian permission, and pass a US Coast Guard-required drug test. For more information about volunteering for the South Street Seaport Museum, click here.

Fort Jay Trophée d'Armes on Governors Island needs restoration funds:
The sandstone eagle sculpture atop Fort Jay's monumental arch on Governors Island was designed by Joseph Mangin, architect of New York's City Hall. It is a one-of-a-kind national treasure and work of art, but two centuries of water, ice and pollution have damaged this national symbol. The preservation of the eagle sculpture was selected to take part in a national competition run by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and American Express, which will award grants to national parks in need of preservation. There are 20 parks competing, with just a quarter of the projects winning funding. A $245,000 grant from the competition would help restore the iconic eagle and stabilize the arch's deteriorating surfaces. Voting takes place between May 25 and July 5. The Friends of Governors Island is asking the public to vote once a day, every day to #SaveOurEagle at After clicking to vote for Governors Island, you must scroll to the bottom of the voting site and click "Submit Votes" for your vote to be counted.

Minority and women-owned businesses get boost from New York City:
Mayor Bill de Blasio has committed to awarding Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (M/WBEs) $16 billion in contracts over the next 10 years. During FY 2015, the City awarded M/WBEs $1.6 billion and is on track to reach the $16 billion goal. There are now 4,454 M/WBEs in the City, a 21 percent increase since the start of De Blasio's administration. Free services are available to help strengthen certified M/WBE's including access to technical assistance, bonding, financing, teaming and mentorship. Firms interested in starting the M/WBE certification process or participating in M/WBE programming can learn more by calling 311, meeting with a client manager at one of the City's seven NYC Business Solution Centers (the Lower Manhattan center is at 79 John St., second floor) or by clicking here.

Manhattan Youth's Outdoor Adventure Summer Program:
From Aug. 15 to Aug. 19,  Manhattan Youth is offering a week-long sleepaway program for young people in grades 4 to 9 at the Appalachian Mountain Club's Outdoor Mohican Center in Blairstown, N.J. The program will include swimming, canoeing and kayaking, camping, day and night hikes, fishing, outdoor sports, evening campfires and more. Private transportation to and from the Mohican Outdoor Center will be provided. The center is a 90-minute drive from New York City located on 70,000 acres in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. The program costs $945, however any child previously or currently enrolled in Manhattan Youth's Downtown Day Camp or After School Outdoor Adventure Program will receive a discount of $100. There is an additional $100 discount for siblings. For more information, email Yessenia Chimelis at or call (212) 766-1104, ext. 303.

Poets House membership:
If you're not yet a member of Poets House, this is the time to sign up. Poets House, at 10 River Terrace in Battery Park City, is a free, 60,000 volume poetry library that sponsors lectures, symposia, exhibitions and classes and has special programs and facilities for children. Memberships start at $40 a year and are tax deductible. For more information about membership, click here.

Willy Wall open for the summer season:
The Honorable William Wall, Manhattan Yacht Club's floating clubhouse in the harbor, has opened for the summer season.  Buy a ticket, ride out to the Willy Wall on a launch and experience the incredible harbor. The Willy Wall offers unmatched views of sailboat races on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. This year, there will be an announcer doing play-by-play on race nights so you can follow the action and root for your favorite team. There is a bar on board where drinks and sodas can be purchased. Many people bring a picnic basket. For more about the Willy Wall, click here. Tickets: $20. To buy tickets, click here.

Downtown Boathouse season:
This year's season of free kayaking at the Downtown Boathouse on Pier 26 (near North Moore Street) has begun. Weekends and holidays, the Downtown Boathouse will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Oct. 10. It will also be open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings between June 15 and Sept. 15 from 5 p.m to 7:30 p.m. with the last boat going out a half hour before closing time. In addition to Pier 26, the Downtown Boathouse runs a free public kayaking program on Governors Island, with details about the plans for this season yet to be announced. For more information about the Downtown Boathouse, click here.

Manhattan Youth volleyball: On Friday nights, Manhattan Youth offers beach volleyball instruction and games on Pier 25 in Hudson River Park for kids from grades 5 to 12. The Volleyball League runs through July 15. Fifth to eighth graders play from 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. while ninth through 12th graders play from 7:45 p.m. to 9 p.m. The program is free for Downtown Community Center members. The fee for non-members is $35. For more information, email Marshal Coleman at To register, click here.

Reduced fees at Stuyvesant High School Community Center: All-access memberships in the Community Center at Stuyvesant High School (CCSHS) at 345 Chambers St. will now cost $199 for adults (ages 18-61), down from $525. For Battery Park City residents, the price will be $179. For seniors, youth (17 and under) and for members of the military, all-access annual membership is now $79, down from $150 for seniors and $100 for youth. Military membership pricing is being offered for the first time. Battery Park City residents in these categories will pay $59 annually for an all-access membership. Day passes will continue to cost $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and youth, with a first-time $10 day pass option now available for military members. Annual membership and day pass purchases include free access to many classes and programs at the community center. Upcoming classes and programs include group swim lessons for children and adults, tennis clinics, yoga, badminton, total body boxing, the BPC Running Club, and more. The Community Center at Stuyvesant High School is operated by the Parks Programming department of the Battery Park City Authority. The community center is open seven days a week when classes at the high school are not in session. For full membership options or to join CCSHS email or call (212) 267-9700. 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. 

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 June 28 and July 5, 12, 19 and 26. 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.

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Letter to the editor

Joe Svehlak leading a walking tour of the Lower West Side of Manhattan, showed photographs of the Lower Manhattan waterfront as it would have looked in the mid-19th century when immigrants began to move into a neighborhood once dominated by the homes of the wealthy. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

To the editor:
Many thanks for all the great Downtown coverage in particular with reference to Downtown's varied history, currently with the "Little Syria" exhibit at the Municipal Archives. The unique history and legacy of the Lower West Side multi-ethnic immigrant community has long been undervalued and is now getting more recognition.

With much appreciation for your support of our history projects and events,

Joe Svehlak
Friends of the Lower West Side

From the editor: I'm happy to write about Lower Manhattan history. It is remarkable and precious and needs to be remembered and preserved.

We welcome letters to the editor. Email them to We reserve the right to edit them for clarity and length.    

Before the construction of the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel and the World Trade Center, Manhattan's Lower West Side was home to one of the largest and earliest communities of Arab Americans in the United States. Little Syria, NY: An Immigrant Community's Life and Legacy tells the story of this neighborhood from its beginnings in the late 1800s to its legacy in Brooklyn and beyond.

May 25 to Sept. 16: The NYC Department of Records and Information Services,
31 Chambers St. Visitors Center.

This exhibition was created by the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, Mich.
For more information, click here.

communityCOMMUNITY BOARD 1 MEETING: Week of June 20

On June 16, 2015, Richard Cote, executive vice president of asset management for the New York City Economic Development Corp. (EDC), addressed Community Board 1 about the need to remove cooling units from the backs of the Tin and New Market Buildings in the South Street Seaport. The work was supposed to have been finished last fall, but that didn't happen. Cote will appear before CB1's Seaport/Civic Center Committee on June 21 to explain where things stand. (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. 

June 21: Seaport/Civic Center Committee - 6 p.m.
        Location: Manhattan Borough President's Office
        1 Centre Street - 19th Floor, Southside meeting room
* Minor modifications to previously approved Pier 17 ULURP - Presentation by Howard Hughes Corporation and resolution 
* New Market and Tin Building Cooler Demolition - Update by Richard Cote, Executive Vice President, Asset Management
* Artists Loft, 181 Front St. - Update by Harry Young, Owner
* Application for Playstreet on Peck Slip between Pearl Street and Water Street on all school days at various times from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. by PS 343, The Peck Slip School - Joint Resolution with Youth and Education Committee
* 111 Worth St., application for wine and beer license for Smit and Smith Worth Street LLC - Resolution
* 42 Peck Slip (119 South St.), application for restaurant liquor license for Paris Café LLC d/b/a Paris Café - Resolution
* 15 Cliff St. plaza certification - Update
* Committee Accomplishments from January - June 2016 - Discussion
* Development at former J&R Site - Presentation by L&M Development (Tentative)

The following notices have been received for renewal, upgrade, or transfer of wine and beer or liquor licenses or sidewalk cafe permits:
* 146 Beekman St., application for renewal of a bar and restaurant liquor license for Manhattan Island Group LLC

June 23: Street Fair Task Force
* Agenda to be determined

calendarCALENDAR: Week of June 20

One of the ruined buildings on North Brother Island, where Riverside Hospital opened in 1885 to care for people with infectious diseases such as typhus, cholera, yellow fever and smallpox. The New York City Audubon Society in collaboration with New York Water Taxi offers ecocruises to the Brother Islands to see birds such as herons, egrets, glossy ibises and cormorants and to catch a glimpse of New York City history. The next ecocruise to the Brother Islands is on Wednesday, July 20 leaving from Pier 16 in the South Street Seaport at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35 for adults and $25 for children. For more information and to buy tickets, click here. Ecocruises also go to Hoffman and Swinburne Islands and to Jamaica Bay. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)                  

June 21: An exhibition, "Deep Calls Deep" is at the World Trade Gallery with artists Michael Alan, Jenny McGee, Desmond Frick, Alicia Flannery, Ruben 415 and Erasmo. Gallery open Monday to Saturday.  Place: 120 Broadway (entrance on Cedar Street). For gallery hours and more information, click here.

June 21: During "Night at the Museums," a presentation under the auspices of the River to River Festival, 15 downtown museums will open their doors without charge. Time: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information about the venues and what they will offer, click here.

June 21: Shakespeare Downtown presents "Romeo and Juliet" at Castle Clinton. Place: The Battery. Tuesdays to Saturdays, through June 25. Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Tickets: Free. (Available beginning at 5 p.m. on the day of the performance. Get tickets at Castle Clinton National Monument in Battery Park. Seating capacity, 200 people per performance.) For more information, click here.

Ongoing: An exhibition  called "Dunsmore: Illustrating the American Revolutionary War" opened on June 17 at the Fraunces Tavern Museum. John Ward Dunsmore (1856-1945) was a realistic and accurate genre painter who focused on the American Revolution and Early Republic. Through a chronological display of the Revolutionary War, this exhibition returns 47 recently conserved paintings to their rightful place in the iconography of American culture. Place: 54 Pearl St. Open daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Admission: $7; $4 (seniors, students and children 6 to 18); free (children under 5 and active military). For more information, click here
Ongoing: A retrospective of the work of Rosemarie Castoro (1939 - 2015) is at the Hal Bromm Gallery in Tribeca. The exhibition features over 50 works from the 1960s to the 2000s including painting, sculpture and work on paper. Castoro established herself in the late '60s as one of the few well-recognized female painters among the New York Minimalists. Through June 30. Place: 90 West Broadway (at Chambers Street). Open: Tuesday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. and by appointment. For more information, call (212) 732-6196 or click here

Ongoing: "Stitching History from the Holocaust," an exhibition at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, re-creates the dress designs of Hedy Strnad. In 1939, she and her husband, Paul, wrote to his American cousin seeking help to escape Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia. Nearly 60 years later, the Strnad family discovered the letter in their basement, along with a packet of Hedy's dress designs. While Hedy and Paul did not survive, their story is brought to life through the contemporary creation of Hedy's designs and the piecing together of this couple's history. Through Aug. 14, 2016. Place: 36 Battery Place. The museum is open Sunday to Friday. Tickets: $12; $10 (seniors, 65 and up); $7 (students); free (children, 12 and under and museum members). For hours and more information, click here.

Ongoing: Aboard the historic lighthouse tender Lilac, a photography exhibition by Richard W. Golden entitled "Defending New York Harbor: The City's Waterfront Forts" documents the fortifications that protectively ring New York Harbor. Through July 31. Place: Pier 25 in Hudson River Park. Time:  4 p.m. to  7 p.m. (Thursdays) and 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. (Saturdays and Sundays). Free. 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: "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: "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: 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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