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Volume 3, No. 33  July 12, 2016 

"This is a very precious moment and we should treasure it."
     - Catherine McVay Hughes, former chairperson of Community Board 1, on the opening of Liberty Park above the Vehicular Security Center at the World Trade Center site

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MASTHEAD PHOTO: A common tern flying over Jamaica Bay as seen from a New York City Audubon Society Eco-cruise aboard New York Water Taxi. July 6, 2016
(Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer) 

Liberty Park atop the Vehicular Security Center at the World Trade Center site is planted with trees, shrubs and flowers and has numerous places to walk and sit.
(Photos: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Liberty Park atop the Vehicular Security Center at the World Trade Center site had been open for barely an hour on June 29 when a group of 20-somethings plopped themselves down on one of the park's recycled teak platforms, kicked off their shoes and started eating their lunch. The honey locust trees behind them, though spindly, offered welcome shade on a brutally hot, humid day.

The Vehicular Security Center will have the workaday function of screening vehicles that drive into the World Trade Center site. In addition, the garage is a platform for a seductive landscape, 25 feet in the air.

A place to picnic? A meeting place? A walkway, connecting West and Greenwich Streets? Though only an acre in size, the park is all of those things and more. It will also serve as the
St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church under construction at the east end of Liberty Park.
atrium to St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, under construction on its eastern end. St. Nicholas' original building was destroyed on 9/11. Its replacement, designed by Santiago Calatrava, promises to be an elegant chapel that will both house a congregation and provide a place where visitors to the World Trade Center site can go for peaceful reflection and inspiration. It is scheduled to open in 2018.

Even before that happens there are likely to be many tourists in Liberty Park. They will come to stand on its north flank and look out over the rest of the World Trade Center site. Their
America's Response Monument
panoramic view will take in the memorial pools, the September 11 museum and the skyscrapers. They may pause in front of the lively sculpture of a man on horseback on the western side of the park and read the inscription - "America's Response Monument, De Oppresso Liber." The bronze statue, created by Douwe Blumberg, was commissioned by some Wall Street bankers who lost friends in the 9/11 attack. It honors the Special Forces who deployed to Afghanistan within weeks after the attack and who fought on horseback in its mountainous terrain.

Another memorial is less visible at the moment but nevertheless is likely to attract hordes of
The Anne Frank sapling
visitors. It is a sapling cut from the chestnut tree that once stood outside Anne Frank's window in Amsterdam during the years when she and her family hid in the annex of the house at Prinsengracht 263-267, trying to escape from the Nazis. In her famous diary, Anne mentioned the chestnut tree three times. "As long as this exists, how can I be sad?" she wrote.

The tree was felled by a windstorm in 2010 but not before dozens of saplings had been propagated from Anne's beloved tree. Eleven of these saplings are now in the United States. The one in Liberty Park arrived from the Netherlands in December 2009. It spent three years in quarantine before being sent to the Citywide Nursery in the Bronx for tending. A white chestnut tree, it will burst into leaf early in the spring and be covered with clusters of white flowers in early to mid-May. Eventually it could grow to be more than 50 feet tall.

The Sphere is currently in The Battery near the Korean War Memorial and Castle Clinton.
A third memorial that is probably destined for Liberty Park is still mired in uncertainty. "The Sphere," the work of German sculptor Fritz Koenig, once stood between the Twin Towers. Somehow it survived the 9/11 attack, scraped and dented but more or less intact. For years, it has been in The Battery, prominent at first but now in a less visible place near the Korean War Memorial.

On Liberty Park's opening day, Pat Foye, executive director of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, which has jurisdiction over the park, said, "My own personal view is that The
Pat Foye and John Degnan of the Port Authority
Sphere belongs here - not in Battery Park and certainly not in an airport hangar. We're working with the families, including Michael Burke, [whose brother, Billy, a captain in the Fire Department, died on 9/11], to bring it to this site. We think it would be appropriate. I can also say that the Greek Orthodox Church is in favor of that placement. They think that it would be a fitting place."

John Degnan, Chairman of the Port Authority, said that he agreed with Foye. "The board will be considering this in the next couple of months," he said.

Liberty Park has been equipped with 19 planting beds filled with trees, shrubs, flowers and
Liberty Park has 19 planting beds.
ground cover. From certain angles, the architectural structure drops away, and the people walking through the park seem framed by branches and leaves. But one of the park's most interesting horticultural features is underneath them - the "living wall" of greenery that masks the entrance to the Vehicular Security Center.

The more than 22,000 plants growing on this wall were chosen for their hardiness. They include Baltic Ivy, the common Periwinkle, Coral Bells, Golden Star, Japanese Spurge (also known as pachysandra) and Winter Creeper.

Landscape architect Joseph E. Brown of AECOM, who designed the park, said that Liberty
Joseph Brown (center) and the landscape design team
Park's "living wall" is similar in horticultural technology to some of the gardens in the sky featured in an exhibition called "Garden City/Mega City" now at the Skyscraper Museum, 39 Battery Place. That exhibition shows how vertical gardens in Singapore have been incorporated into skyscraper design.

Brown said that he had been working on Liberty Park for 10 years, not that he had expected it to take that long.

Part of the "living wall" that masks the Vehicular Security Center at the World Trade Center site.
"It's been a multi-year, iterative process," said Catherine McVay Hughes, former chairperson of Community Board 1. "This used to be a parking lot," she said on the park's opening day. "This is a very precious moment and we should treasure it."

Liberty Park is connected to Brookfield Place by a bridge that crosses West Street. That, too, opened on June 29.

The Battery Park City Authority contributed around $8.5 million to help construct the bridge. Brookfield is responsible for its ongoing upkeep including garbage disposal, security and insurance.

With Eataly scheduled to open at 4 World Trade Center on Aug. 2 and Westfield retail scheduled to open at the World Trade Center in mid-August, that bridge should get a lot of use.

- Terese Loeb Kreuzer

Liberty Park is open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

For a video depicting an animated rendering of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, click here.

The Liberty Park bridge

The South Street Seaport Museum's 1885 cargo ship Wavertree leaving the Seaport on May 21, 2015 for a $10.6 million restoration at Caddell Dry Dock in Staten Island. She is scheduled to return to the South Street Seaport in September. 
(Photos: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
Once a year, New York City's five borough presidents have the pleasant but undoubtedly challenging job of doling out money for capital projects in their boroughs. On July 6, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer announced the recipients of this year's grants from her office. The $26 million at her disposal will support some of the borough's schools, parks, libraries and community-based nonprofit organizations. The awards were included in the City's budget for the Fiscal Year 2017, which began on July 1.

The big winner in Lower Manhattan was the South Street Seaport Museum, which received $500,000 to help pay for public access and education programs for the Wavertree, the museum's 1885 cargo ship that is the keystone of the museum's ship collection. Wavertree has been at Caddell Dry Dock in Staten Island since May 2015 for a $10.6 million overhaul. She is due to return to the South Street Seaport in September.  

This money will supplement a recent $2.25 million grant from New York City Council to pay for the ADA accessibility that will be needed when Wavertree is back in the Seaport. City Councilmember Margaret Chin spearheaded that grant from City Council and also added $500,000 from her own discretionary funds.
In Lower Manhattan, Brewer's second largest grant was a $300,000 award to Stuyvesant High School at 345 Chambers St. for science lab upgrades. Just down the block, the Borough of Manhattan Community College at 199 Chambers St. received $225,000 for gymnasium LED light replacements.

Other grants in Lower Manhattan ranged from $125,000 to $20,000. Much of that money went to the neighborhood's public schools for classroom technology upgrades. Arts organizations were also remembered. Gina Gibney Dance at 280 Broadway got $120,000 for "smart studios." 3-Legged Dog at 80 Greenwich St. now has $100,000 to use for a video lighting system.

For a complete list of the grants and their recipients, click here.

- Terese Loeb Kreuzer 

Bits & Bytes
Deputy Inspector Anthony Carter surrounded by officers of Transit District 2 on June 24, 2016, the day that Carter was promoted to Deputy Inspector. (Photo: Transit District 2)
"VIDEO: 5 facts about the NYC skyline you probably never knew,"
The Real Deal, 7/7/16. The story of New York City's zoning laws and love affair with height begins in Lower Manhattan. The Real Deal's video tells what happened and when. To see the video, click here.
"An Inside Look at the Condos of New Financial District Tower The Beekman,", 7/7/16. "Manhattan's Financial District is in a veritable construction boom, ranging from historical renovations to entirely new developments," says "Of the ongoing projects of the Financial District, Gerner Kronick + Valcarcel's 5 Beekman Street is one of the most dynamic. It soars 51-stories behind the landmarked, and recently renovated, Temple Court, which will soon unveil itself as a hotel. The 5 Beekman construction site is old news, but new photographs of the condo's 44th floor model unit show just how much progress has been made at the site. In total, the 51-story development will have 68 one- to three-bedroom apartments designed by Thomas Juul-Hansen. The condos will ask from $1.2 million for a one-bedroom, $2.95 million for a two-bedroom, and $3.7 million for a three-bedroom." For the complete article, click here.
"GEMS committed to UES school project despite "hemorrhaging cash": Merchants,"
The Real Deal, 7/8/16. The Real Deal reports that, "A subsidiary of Dubai schools operator GEMS Education masked its frail financial status upon signing a lease for an ultimately scrapped school on the Upper East Side, Merchants Hospitality alleges in the latest update to an ongoing dispute between the two firms. An amended complaint filed Friday in New York State Supreme Court presents GEMS' 2014 internal emails disclosed during discovery. In the emails, officers at GEMS discuss the bouncing of checks and a significant drop in cash flow.
Since 2014, Financial District-based hospitality and development firm Merchants Hospitality and GEMS, the world's largest operator of K-12 schools, have been trading lawsuits over failed plans for a 213,000-square-foot school at East 93rd Street and Second Avenue. GEMS signed a 40-year triple-net lease in 2014 for a site that Merchants was planning to develop. Merchants later claimed that GEMS backed out of the lease deal, while GEMS insists Merchants falsely represented its stake in the site's parcels." Merchants Hospitality owns two restaurants in Battery Park City (Merchants River House and SouthwestNY and several others elsewhere in Lower Manhattan.) For the complete article, click here.

"Goldman adds to its staff cull, trimming 55 more jobs in New York," Crain's New York Business, 7/11/16. "Goldman Sachs Group Inc. notified state officials that it's trimming 55 positions in New York, marking the fourth round of job cuts this year and pushing the total number dismissed to more than 400," Crain's New York Business reports. "The reductions are scheduled to occur between Aug. 31 and Dec. 29, the New York-based firm said in a notice with the state Labor Department dated July 8." For the complete article, click here.

"Artist 'Still in Shock' After Trinity Church Uproots, and Damages, His 9/11 Work," New York Times, 7/6/16. "It was an unusual sculpture, more roots than branches, a bronze re-creation of a huge sycamore tree that was smashed by debris when the twin towers collapsed on Sept. 11, 2001. And then, in December, it was gone," says The New York Times. "The sculptor Steve Tobin had delivered and installed it in 2005 in a courtyard in Lower Manhattan at Trinity Church, whose parish includes St. Paul's Chapel, where the original sycamore stood until Sept. 11. In the spring of last year, Mr. Tobin called Trinity, saying he wanted to polish the sculpture - 're-patina it,' as he put it. He said the church official whom he spoke to told him, after several calls, that that would never happen. Eventually, Mr. Tobin said, the official let slip that the sculpture - the first substantial Sept. 11 memorial in the area near ground zero - had been moved to Connecticut." For the complete article, click here.

NYPD promotions in Lower Manhattan: With its millions of tourists, rapidly growing residential population, narrow streets, government offices and strategically important financial and communications hubs, Lower Manhattan must present numerous challenges for the New
Deputy Inspector Mark Iocco receiving his shield from Police Commissioner William Bratton. (Photo: Elizabeth Williams)
York Police Department. On June 24, Police Commissioner William Bratton acknowledged a job well done by promoting two of Lower Manhattan's commanding officers to deputy inspectors. He bestowed the honor on Anthony M. Carter, Commanding Officer of Transit District 2, and on Mark A. Iocco, Commanding Officer of the 1st Precinct.

D.I. Iocco joined the NYPD in July 1996. Subsequently, he was assigned to several different commands as he moved through the ranks, including the 52nd Precinct, Midtown North Precinct, 9th Precinct, and 5th Precinct. He became the commanding officer of the 1st Precinct in March 2015.
D.I. Carter joined the NYPD in February 1994. He has been assigned to the 68th Precinct, 73rd Precinct, 71st Precinct, 66th Precinct, Traffic Control District, and most recently became Commanding Officer of Transit District 2 in September 2013. Transit District 2 falls under the Transit Bureau organizationally and is responsible for protecting and serving the subway riders of much of Lower Manhattan.

The 1st Precinct is headquartered at 16 Ericsson Place. On the last Thursday of each month (except for July and August), a Community Council meets with the commanding officers to hear their reports on crime statistics and incidents and to ask questions. Elizabeth Williams, a courtroom artist who has been active with the Community Council, put the Iocco and Carter promotions in perspective when she said, "This is huge news for the Precinct Council because both commanders who we cover are being promoted at the same time. In the almost nine years that I have been involved in the Council, I have never have seen that."

Chief of Transit Joseph Fox, who attended the promotion ceremony, said, "It's great to know that our local commanders and officers have such strong relationships with neighborhood residents and commuters, as well as with the members of the 1st Precinct Community Council. The Council plays an incredibly important role in supporting our mission of service, and advancing the relationship between the police and the community."

Anthony Notaro, the newly elected chairperson of Community Board 1, heads the 1st Precinct Community Council. All are welcome to attend its meetings, which start at 6:30 p.m.

- Terese Loeb Kreuzer

A portrait of Alexander Hamilton by John Trumball is in the collection of the Museum of the History of New York and is currently on exhibit through Sept. 18, 2016 in "Picturing Prestige: New York Portraits: 1700-1860." (Photos: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

This is Alexander Hamilton's week in the Lower Manhattan history books, and for the saddest of reasons. On July 11, 1804, he fought a duel with Aaron Burr in Weehawken, N.J. , and on July 12, he died of his wounds in William Bayard's farmhouse near what is now Jane Street in Greenwich Village. He was buried in the southern graveyard of Trinity Church on July 14 with full military honors.

Hamilton's pallbearers were soldiers, lawyers, merchants and statesmen, most of them men whose names are still known in Manhattan, in part because of the streets named after them: Gen. Matthew Clarkson, Oliver Wolcott, Esq., Richard Harrison, Esq., Abijah Hammond, Esq., Josiah Ogden Hoffman, Esq., Richard Varick, Esq., William Bayard, Esq., and the Hon. Judge Lawrence. They accompanied Hamilton's coffin through "streets lined with people," according to a contemporary account. "Doors and windows were filled, principally with weeping females, and even the housetops were covered with spectators, who came from all parts to behold the melancholy procession."

Choking back tears, Gouverneur Morris, author of much of the U.S. Constitution, delivered the funeral oration. He spoke of Hamilton's "heroic spirit," his "ardent pursuit of knowledge," and
Hamilton's grave in Trinity Churchyard 
his contributions to the U.S. Constitution, which Morris described as "the bond of our union, the shield of our defense and the source of our prosperity." Nevertheless, Morris said, that Hamilton feared that it would not be strong enough to protect the United States from passing through "anarchy to despotism...On this important subject he never concealed his opinion....For himself, he feared nothing, but he feared that bad men might, by false professions, acquire your confidence, and abuse it to your ruin," Morris said.

At the conclusion of the burial service, three volleys were fired over Hamilton's grave, with echoing volleys from ships in the harbor, including from His Britannic Majesty's ship of war Boston, Capt. Douglass and the French frigates Cybelle and Didon, showing "how highly the deceased was respected by the French and English officers," as recorded by the editors of The Evening Post, the newspaper that Hamilton had founded. 

The Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society has planned observances through Sunday, July 17. On July 12, they will be centered in Lower Manhattan, as follows:

Every year on July 12, members of the Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society organize a wreath-laying ceremony at Hamilton's grave in Trinity Churchyard, Broadway at Wall Street. Participants include the U.S. Coast Guard and Auxiliary, the Museum of American Finance, Trinity Church, and the AHA Society.

1 p.m.-1:30 p.m. - Graveside Remembrance Ceremony

1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. - Keynote talk by Richard Brookhiser. He will speak inside Trinity Church and be recognized for his numerous contributions over two decades for advancing a national understanding of Alexander Hamilton's remarkable legacy.  His talk is entitled "Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made America Prosperous," and will be followed by an audience Q&A session.

2:30 p.m.-3 p.m. - Viewing of original Alexander Hamilton documents. Trinity Church Archives will be putting several original documents associated with Alexander Hamilton and Trinity Church on temporary display.

- Terese Loeb Kreuzer 

Downtown bulletin board
AlliedBarton runs a lost and found for the Battery Park City. The most frequently lost item? Skateboards. (Photo: Jay Fine)
Battery Park City Authority Town Hall: The Battery Park City Authority will host a town hall meeting on July 20 at 6 River Terrace, starting at 6 p.m. At that time, the BPCA will unveil the recommendations of its consultant, Stantec, as to what should be done to South End Avenue, including its three blocks of arcaded buildings. (Stantec is a design consulting firm headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. It has a Lower Manhattan office at 111 John St.) All members of the public are invited to attend the Town Hall meeting and to comment.

Battery Park City Lost and Found:
Plenty of things are lost in Battery Park City, according to Patrick Murphy, AlliedBarton's BPC manager for operations. AlliedBarton is responsible for patrolling 92-acre Battery Park City and dealing with safety and quality-of-life issues. Murphy told Community Board 1's Battery Park City Committee that he could "open a shop" with the number and variety of skateboards that had been left behind by their owners. But many other things turn up as well. To contact AlliedBarton's lost and found, call (212) 945-7233 or email [email protected].

New York Harbor apps:
Visitors to the National Parks in New York Harbor can now download three free apps with information, maps and photographs. The Statue of Liberty National Monument, which includes the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, has an app all to itself. So does Gateway National Recreation Area, which includes locations in three New York City boroughs and two states. The remaining eight national parks in New York Harbor are combined on a third app. This one has information about Governors Island, the African Burial Ground, Federal Hall, and more. The free apps are now available on the iTunes App Store for Apple devices and will soon be available on Google Play for Android devices.  For the Statue of Liberty app, click here. For the Gateway National Recreation Area app, click here. For the app for Governors Island and other sites, click here.

Museum of American Finance Launches audio tour:
On Tuesday, July 12, the Museum of American Finance at 48 Wall St. will launch a 12-stop audio tour of its permanent exhibits. The tour was developed in partnership with Antenna - a leading innovative multi-media story-telling company - and is narrated by a variety of experts including the Museum's president and curators, as well as CNN founding financial editor Myron Kandel and architectural historian Damien Cregeau.

The tour will feature the backstories of several of the Museum's most popular collections and exhibitions, including objects from the Crash of '29; a stock certificate issued to Ponzi scheme artist Bernie Madoff; rare high-denomination currency; and the solid gold and jewel encrusted Monopoly Set by artist Sidney Mobell, on loan from the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History.

The most in-depth stop on the audio tour is the 1880 plaster study of the Alexander Hamilton statue by Carl Conrads, which was commissioned by Hamilton's son as a gift to the city of New York. The study stands just outside the Alexander Hamilton Room - the Museum's permanent tribute to the nation's first Secretary of the Treasury. Also on July 12, in honor of the 212th anniversary of Hamilton's death, the Museum will unveil several new additions to this exhibit, such as an original copy of Hamilton's obituary and a rare 1804 collection of documents pertaining to his death in a duel with Vice President Aaron Burr. This includes correspondence leading up to the duel, Hamilton's last will and testament, the eulogies of his friends and colleagues and detailed information on his funeral ceremony.

The audio guides will be available to visitors on a first come, first served basis for $2 per person. MoAF members and visitors with visual or other impairments will be granted free usage of the guides. For more information about the museum, click here.

Get Low 2016:
The Alliance for Downtown New York's popular summer program, Get Low,  is back for the third year with restaurant discounts on Tuesdays through Aug. 30. The program brings special deals to Downtown diners with discounts at 34 restaurants every Tuesday night after 4 p.m. Photograph your meal and post the picture to Instagram, Twitter or Facebook using the hashtag #DownIsWhatsUp for a chance to win one of the weekly prizes for the most interesting posts. All participants who tag @ICECulinary will be entered to win the grand prize - a cooking course for two at the Institute for Culinary Education's new Brookfield Place location. The Institute will also offer all participants a 20 percent discount on their Tuesday night classes. For more information on the program, click here.

Breast Cancer Screening:
New York State has launched a program to improve access to breast cancer screening. Newly passed legislation extends hours for screening at 210 hospital-based mammography facilities across the state and eliminates insurance hurdles for mammograms and other screening and diagnostic procedures to detect breast cancer. (In Lower Manhattan, New York Downtown Hospital at 170 William St. is participating in the extended hours program.) The legislation eliminates annual deductibles, co-payments and co-insurance payments for all screening mammograms, including those provided to women more frequently than current federal screening guidelines would indicate (such as annual mammograms for women in their forties). Breast ultrasounds and breast MRIs for women at high risk for breast cancer are also covered. For more information about the program, click here.

Sunset Yoga at Wagner Park:
Come to Wagner Park at the southern end of Battery Park City for free yoga instruction. The class is suitable for people of all levels. Wednesdays through Sept. 28. Time: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Free (but bring your own mat). Click here for more information.

BPC Running Club:
After warming up at the Community Center at Stuyvesant High School, 345 Chambers St., members of Battery Park City's Running Club jog along the BPC waterfront followed by cool-down exercises. Thursdays through Aug. 25. Time: 7 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Free. For more information, click here.
Sunset Jam on the Hudson:
Join a drumming circle in Battery Park City, led by master drummers. Instruments are provided or bring your own. Place: Wagner Park (at the southern end of Battery Park City.) Fridays, through Aug. 26. Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Free. For more information, click here.

River Project Anniversary Gala:
For the last 30 years, The River Project has been connecting the people of New York and visitors from around the world with the marvels and mysteries of the Hudson River. On Aug. 1, The River Project will celebrate with a fundraising dinner cruise aboard the Hornblower Hybrid. The event will feature the creatures of the Hudson River, live from underwater at Pier 42. Laurie Anderson will add special music. In addition, the gala will honor three special friends of the Harbor's wildlife: U.S. Congressman Jerry Nadler, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, and author Paul Greenberg. Place: Leaving from Pier 40. Time: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets start at $250. For more information, email [email protected]. To buy tickets, 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 [email protected]

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. 
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 [email protected] or click here.

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 [email protected] or call (212) 766-1104, ext. 303.

Downtown Boathouse season:
This year's season of free kayaking at the Downtown Boathouse on Pier 26 (in Hudson River Park near North Moore Street) is in full swing. Weekends and holidays, the Downtown Boathouse is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Oct. 10. It is also 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. Kayaking classes take place every Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., weather permitting. 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.

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  [email protected] 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 July 19 and 26 and Aug. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30. 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

Luke's Lobster Tail Cart in The Battery near the SeaGlass carousel.
(Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

To the editor:
(Re: Downtown Dining: Eating Lobster Tails in The Battery, DPNYC, 6/21/16) Nice article about the new lobster tail cart in The Battery! But you didn't mention Luke's Lobster's sit-down restaurant at 26 South William St. Also, there are several new additions to the food offerings near my workplace, 55 Water St. They include the Num Pang Vietnamese sandwich shop at 200 Pearl St., Pianeta Romagna Italian food at 40 Water St., OBAO (Thai, Asian Fusion and Vietnamese takeout) at 38 Water St. and a coffee place called Ground Central at 2 Coenties Slip. Keep up the good work.

Andrew Lenton

From the editor:
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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 MEETINGS: Week of July 11

Children playing with styrofoam blocks on July 27, 2010, the opening day of Imagination Playground on Burling Slip in Lower Manhattan. At its July 12 meeting, CB1's Youth & Education Committee will discuss health and safety issues at Imagination Playground. (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. Members of the public can attend and comment. A photo ID is needed to enter the building. 

July 11: Planning Committee
* Zoning non-compliant buildings in Community District 1 - Presentation by Diana Switaj, Director of Planning and Land Use, CB1
* NYC DEP Stormwater Management plans - Presentation by Mikelle Adgate, Director, Stormwater Management Outreach, NYC Environmental Protection
* Pace University Small Business Development Center - Presentation by Andrew Flamm, Director
* Water Street Streetscapes Design - Presentation by TBD, Economic Development Corporation
* Triple Bottom Line analysis - Discussion with John Williams, Impact Infrastructure and resolution

July 12: Youth & Education Committee
* Request by Portfolio School for Drop-off Zone - Presentation and Possible Resolution
* Health and Safety Issues at Imagination Playground - Report
* Overcrowding Task Force - Update

July 13: Tribeca Committee
* 105-107 Chambers St., Board of Standards and Appeals application for a Special Permit to legalize an existing Physical Culture Establishment, Tribeca Health & Fitness - Resolution
* 113 Reade St., application for liquor license for Serafina Tribeca Restaurant LLC - Resolution
* 385 Greenwich Ave., application for sidewalk café application for Aemal LLC - Resolution
* 62 Thomas St., application for restaurant liquor license for Elmwood Venture LLC d/b/a Buddha Bar - Discussion
* 251 Church St., application to the SLA to include a sidewalk café for Two Hands Tribeca
* 241 West Broadway, application for liquor license for entity to be formed by Sean Cunningham - Resolution
* 349-351 Greenwich St., application for liquor license for SAAR NYC, Inc. - Resolution  (TENTATIVE)
* Tribeca zoning - Statement by Eileen Herman, Tribeca Trust and discussion

The following notices have been received for renewal, upgrade, or transfer of wine and beer or liquor licenses or sidewalk cafe permits:
* 15 6th Ave., application for renewal of tavern liquor license for Laura Kosovoi d/b/a Tribeca Tavern
* 130 Duane St., application for renewal of restaurant liquor license for Hersha Hospitality LLC and Graffiti Earth d/b/a The Duane Street Hotel and Graffiti Earth
* 105 Hudson St., application for renewal of restaurant liquor license for Nobu Associates LP d/b/a Nobu

July 14: Landmarks Committee
* 405 Broadway, application for renewal of approval of Master Plan - Resolution
* Broad Street near Exchange Place, application for installation of two subway access elevators within the Street Plan of New Amsterdam and Colonial New York Historic District - Resolution
* 90 Hudson St., application for installation of ADA ramp - Resolution

calendarCALENDAR: Week of July 11

Rachel Policar as Goldele and Cameron Johnson as Misha play young lovers in "The Golden Bride," a Yiddish operetta at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Battery Park City through Aug. 28. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)                  

July 12: For two nights, the Lowdown Hudson Music Fest returns to Battery Park City headlined by the hip-hop band The Roots and Southern rockers Drive-By Truckers. The July 12 show is Brooklyn-based Afrobeat band Antibalas. Jimmy Fallon's house band since 2009, The Roots have released 10 studio albums and two EPs, collaborating with many artists across musical genres, all to critical acclaim. On July 13, Nashville singer-songwriter Rayland Baxter brings his storytelling acoustics to the Lowdown stage, followed by self-taught multi-instrumentalist and country blues singer-songwriter Valerie June's mix of folk, bluegrass, gospel, soul, country and blues. Closing out the festival is headliner Drive-By Truckers, the Southern alt-rock band that fuses solid musicianship with lyrics that weave through history, politics and real life stories. Place: Brookfield Place Waterfront Plaza. Time: Doors open at 5 p.m. Concert at 6 p.m., rain or shine. Standing room only. Free. For more information, click here.

July 13
: Join a New York City Audubon Society Eco-cruise aboard New York Water Taxi for a thrilling glimpse of New York Harbor's wildlife. The tour on July 13 goes to Hoffman and Swinburne Islands  - man-made islands on the far side of the Verrazano Narrows Bridge between Brooklyn and Staten Island - for sightings of herons, egrets and more. Also, July 27. Other Audubon Eco-cruises go to the Brother Islands in the East River (on July 20, Aug. 3 and Aug. 17) and to Jamaica Bay (on Aug. 10). Place: Leaves from Pier 16 in the South Street Seaport. Time: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets: $35 (adults); $25 (children, 3 to 12). For more information, click here.

July 14: The second night of the annual River & Blues Festival in Battery Park City features Henry Butler and John Hammond. Each Thursday night during July there will be a different blues headliner. Place: Wagner Park. Time: 7 p.m. Free. For more information, click here. 

July 14: "The Golden Bride," a Yiddish operetta that premiered in February 1923 and ran for 18 weeks in a 2,000-seat theater on the Lower East Side, has returned to the Museum of Jewish Heritage in an enthralling production staged by the National Yiddish Theatre
Folksbiene. It is sung in Yiddish with supertitles in English and Russian that make the words accessible for everyone. The charming and touching story revolves around love and money, the seduction of American dreams for residents of an impoverished Russian shtetl and the pangs and triumphs of immigrants trying to find their footing in a new land. A brilliant production, not to be missed. Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through Aug. 28, 2016. Place: 36 Battery Place. Tickets: $50 (premium seats); $40 (regular seats); $30 (Museum of Jewish Heritage and National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene members). Group rates available. For tickets and for more information, call (866) 811-4111 or click here.  
July 16: Bastille Day is actually on July 14, but Brookfield Place is celebrating on Saturday, July 16 with music, dance, games, food and drink. Place: Brookfield Place in Battery Park City. Time: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Free to attend. For more information, click here

July 16: Come to a West African Family Dance to dance or just to watch and listen. To the accompaniment of traditional West African instruments, Mane Kadang dance company's infectious dance, drum, and spirit transport audiences to the troupe's beloved Africa. Dances are led by Founding Director, Maguette Camara. No dancing experience necessary! Place: Esplanade Plaza (just south of North Cove Marina in Battery Park City). Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Free. For more information, click here.
Through July 21: Artist Rachel Lussier will be creating two new paintings of the historic
Oculus by Rachel Lussier
ship Lilac at Hudson River Park's Pier 25. Visitors can talk with her about her work and watch her as she paints. For more about Lussier and her work, click here. The Lilac is the last steam-powered lighthouse tender in America and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is open to the public from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays and from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. For more about the Lilac, 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: "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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