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Volume 3, No. 43  Sept. 11, 2016   
IN THIS ISSUE

QUOTE OF THE DAY:
"There are a lot of good people on this wall."
     - Retired NYPD Detective Louis Camerada at a midnight memorial service for the 23 New York City Police Officers who died on 9/11.

 
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MASTHEAD PHOTO: The 105-year-old barque, Peking, leaving the South Street Seaport, where she has been since 1974 as part of the South Street Seaport Museum. Sept. 7, 2016 (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer) 



midnightAT MIDNIGHT ON EVERY 9/11 ANNIVERSARY, NYPD OFFICERS TRAVEL TO BATTERY PARK CITY TO HONOR THE 23 OFFICERS WHO DIED 
Retired Lieutenant Paul Putkowski of the 61st Precinct in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, at the NYPD Police Memorial in Battery Park City on Sept. 11, reading the names of the 23 police officers who were killed on 9/11. Retired Detective Louis Camerada held a flashlight for him in the memorial, which has been without electricity since Superstorm Sandy in October 2012. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

The night was hot and humid. There were some cars on South End Avenue and a few people, but it was mostly dark and deserted. It was almost midnight. I walked as quickly as I could down South End Avenue toward Liberty Street.

"Would they be there?" I wondered. No. There was no one there. I walked down the sloping path to the Police Memorial just south of North Cove Marina. It was completely dark. I could just make out the flags at half mast. I leaned against the cool marble wall. I could discern the large wreaths that had been left there at a memorial ceremony earlier in the day.

I felt vulnerable in this isolated spot and turned to walk back to South End Avenue. It was just a few minutes after midnight - now, officially September 11. Maybe they would still come. Maybe they had been delayed. I decided to wait for awhile.

Then I saw many headlights approaching in the darkness and the roar of motorcycles. They were here! They hadn't forgotten. Tears welled up in my eyes. They, too, were faithful. They had made the three-hour trip from the south shore of Long Island to honor the 23 New York City police officers who died on 9/11 - a vigil and a ritual that started in 2002 on the first anniversary of the attack.

Several years ago - I forget exactly how many - I had come across this personal and private act of homage, and every year, I, too, had returned to join the mourners. At first they were Brooklyn police officers in uniform who told me they came to pay their respects during the night because they had to be at work the next day. Then the group was mostly made up of bikers, many of them retired from the NYPD. 

Always, they were led by retired Lieutenant Paul Putkowski of the 61st Precinct in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, who with Officer Brendan O'Hara, also formerly of the 61st Precinct, had organized this observance. Tonight, neither of them were there.

I asked about them. Retired NYPD Detective Louis Camerada, who had stepped in as leader for that night, said that Putkowski and O'Hara had another NYPD function to attend in midtown.

We talked for awhile as we waited to see if anyone else would arrive to join the mourners. "One of the girls that was supposed to come with me tonight was the partner of Moira Smith, the only female officer that was killed," Camerada said. "She broke down at the last minute and she couldn't do it. It's been 15 years and she still couldn't do it. The only reason that I could do it was because of the darkness. I couldn't stand near that pit during the daytime without thinking about what went on during that month."

Camerada said that he was suffering. He said that his lung capacity is down to almost half of what it should be because of calcium granulomas. "My body encapsulated the pollutants that I was breathing," he said. "That affected my body's ability to transfer oxygen. I'm at the doctor's once a week for the last four years."

Camerada is 55 years old. He's been sick with one thing and another for the past 15 years.

"If something happened again, would you go?" I asked him.

"Absolutely!" he said. "It's what we do. It's who I am. I responded in '93 and I responded again in 2001. We're all the same. The other people here would say the same thing. We all bleed blue."

Another couple of bikes pulled up. Eddie Mattera, a retired New York City detective who had been stationed in Brooklyn South Gang had come with his 15-year-old son, Nicholas, and a friend. Mattera said that this was the first time he had been to Ground Zero in 15 years. 

It was time to walk down to the memorial - to do what? Camerada realized that he didn't have the list of 23 names. He was about to look them up on his cellphone when Lieutenant Putkowski pulled up. Regardless of what else he had to do that night, he wouldn't miss being here.

He led us to the Police Memorial. Camerada held a flashlight. The Police Memorial was still dark because it had never been repaired after Superstorm Sandy, which knocked out the electricity in October 2012.

"We're all getting on in years," Putkowski said. He said that the new people in the Police Department were seven years old or so when 9/11 happened. "They don't remember," he said. "We have to keep it in our hearts."

Then he read from remarks similar to those that he has read every year.

"At 08 46 hours 15 years ago on September 11th, 2001, New York City came under a terrorist attack in which almost 3,000 people died," he read. "The New York City Police Department responded to the World Trade Center buildings in a show of strength and courage that earned us the respect of the world. Twenty-three great members did not return from Ground Zero. We honor them daily for protecting the American way of life for which they died on that day. They and each of you personify what is best about this city, this country and our ideals. As we observe this 15th anniversary of the tragic events of September 11th, 2001, take pride in knowing that history will remember that the New York City Police Department demonstrated the highest principals of service in response to that day. May events never require us to do so again."

He asked for a moment of silence while he placed a bouquet at the base of the wall of names. Then he read a quotation from Theodore Roosevelt that he reads every year. It's called "The Man in the Arena." It's about the merit of striving in a worthy cause, regardless if the effort brings victory or defeat.

Then Lieutenant Putkowski read the names.

"Thank you everybody. God bless you," he concluded.

Someone said, Amen.

Camerada shone his flashlight on the wall.

"There are a lot of good people on this wall," he said. "Forty people died of 9/11-related diseases and another 5,500 are very sick."

But, he reiterated, "If it happened tomorrow, I'd probably be back there again. Right? That's what we do."

Another man said, "That's the nature of being a cop."

Paul Putkowski was the last to leave the memorial. I asked him how he felt now that 15 years have passed. "

"I still want to be here," he said. "I still want to respect the people who died here. As long as I am able to come here, I will."

- Terese Loeb Kreuzer






towTOWED BY THREE TUGS FROM HENRY MARINE, THE 105-YEAR-OLD BARQUE, PEKING, LEAVES THE SOUTH STREET SEAPORT  
Peking on the East River on her way to Caddell Dry Dock in Staten Island.
(Photos: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

The steel-hulled, four-masted barque Peking arrived in the South Street Seaport in 1974. On Sept. 7, she left. Dozens of people gathered on Pier 15 to watch three tugboats from Henry Marine guide the 105-year-old barque away from Pier 16 and into the East River. The water beneath her stern churned and she began to move from the dock at 8:40 a.m. The departure had been scheduled for slack tide when the East River's often turbulent currents subside.

Once clear of the dock, two of the tugs cradled their precious cargo, one on either side of her. The third tug stood ready to assist if needed. The sky was dense with gray clouds. A few gulls circled the ship and then flew ahead of her down the harbor in the direction she would go. Her four masts, each more than 170 feet tall, rose majestically above the Brooklyn skyline.

Peking was one of the last windjammers ever built. Carrying 32 sails (an acre's worth), she was used to transport nitrate from the west coast of South America to Europe. This great ship, that many times had rounded Cape Horn at the southern end of South America, was making her last journey afloat. She needed help, but she was still able, despite her age. The tugs propelled her through the Buttermilk Channel on the eastern side of Governors Island and then around the back of the island where her masts were still visible above the trees. Then she could no longer be seen. She will spend the winter at Caddell Dry Dock in Staten Island, where she will be shorn of her masts. In the spring, she will be loaded onto another boat and transported across the Atlantic Ocean to Hamburg, Germany, where she was built in 1911. There she will undergo a 30 million euro restoration and become the centerpiece of a museum.

Some people, watching her departure, said that they were happy that she would have a new life but when they turned back toward South Street, even they had to admit that there was a painful void where she used to be.

At one time, the whole harbor was awash in sailing ships. Walt Whitman saw such scenes more than 160 years ago. He described them in "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry" - "Just as you look on the numberless masts of ships and the thick-stemm'd pipes of steamboats, I look'd," he wrote, and later in the same poem, "Ah, what can ever be more stately and admirable to me than mast-hemm'd Manhattan?"

For more than 40 years, Peking was a window on that time. The day of her departure was historic. Before she left, behind her, on Pier 16, workmen were busy erecting a carnival for the Tommy Hilfiger clothing brand as part of Fashion Week. With Peking no longer in the foreground, it was possible to get a better view of the donut and French fry stands, the ferris wheel and the Tommy vintage clothing shop.

- Terese Loeb Kreuzer





Bits & Bytes
SeptemberMISSING FACES FROM THE 9/11 TAPESTRY; HONORING SICKENED GROUND ZERO VOLUNTEERS; CHRISTY WHITMAN APOLOGIZES

On Sept. 11, 2014, family members read the names of the dead on the plaza of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. Sept. 11, 2014
 (Photos: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

"1,113 families still have no real confirmation of 9/11 deaths," USA Today, 9/10/16.  "For many, 9/11 is characterized by a televised reading of the names of the dead at Ground Zero," says USA Today. "But for those looking for answers in what's left of the World Trade Center rubble, the words on TV are empty promises in a tragedy still unfolding. Survivors struggle with broken lives and jobs lost due to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Others try to let go of anger: their loved ones ended up in a tumble of broken wreckage in a landfill on Staten Island, left to endure rain, snow and wind. Now the remains sit in a museum, in a private area open only to victims' family members, not far from where curious tourists buy trinkets at a souvenir shop. Staffers at the medical examiner's office still work to identify remains that turned up as recently as 2013. Families of 1,113 of the 2,753 who died still have no biological confirmation of death, according to New York's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner." For the complete article, click here.

"Seeking the Final Faces for a 9/11 Tapestry of Grief, Loss, Life and Joy," New York Times, 9/10/16. "Albert Ogletree, a food handler with Forte Food Service, was working in the cafeteria at Cantor Fitzgerald in the north tower of the World Trade Center when a hijacked jetliner careered into the skyscraper," says The New York Times.  "He is one of the 2,983 people killed in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and Feb. 26, 1993, when the trade center was bombed. He is also one of only 10 victims whose portraits are not in the vast gallery at the National September 11 Memorial Museum, on the trade center site in Lower Manhattan. Museum officials have tried for years, without luck, to find someone who can furnish a picture of Mr. Ogletree - on vacation, perhaps; under a mortar board at graduation; beaming with happiness at his wedding; or hunched over a sketch pad drawing cars, something he loved to do." The Times continues, "The museum's goal is simple and increasingly challenging: to gather every face and weave it into the overwhelming tapestry of grief, loss, life and joy on display in the memorial gallery." For the complete article, click here.

"Honoring The Other Fallen Of Sept. 11: Sickened Ground Zero Volunteers," NPR, Sept. 9, 2016. "A stack of folders with the names of construction workers, police and firefighters, and volunteers rests at John Feal's feet. In his tidy home office in Nesconset, N.Y., Feal checks
John Feal, founder and president of the Feal Good Foundation, speaking at the press conference on Sept. 8, 2014 urging reauthorization of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.
their spelling before he can send names to the engraver, who will put them on his memorial wall," says NPR. "One of Feal's feet was crushed by 8,000 pounds of steel as he dug through the rubble of the World Trade Center. He considers himself blessed to have months in the hospital while other Sept. 11 responders inhaled toxic dust on the job. Now, Feal devotes himself to keeping up what's thought to be the only memorial for people who died of illnesses tied to work at ground zero." NPR says that, "Feal spends 10 hours a day vetting responders for inclusion on the wall. He reads obituaries and talks to families of those who died." For the complete article, click here.

"Former EPA Leader Apologizes for Saying New York Air Was Safe After 9/11," Fortune, Sept. 10, 2016. "Christine Todd Whitman, who led the Environmental Protection Agency at the time of the 9/11 terror attacks, apologized in a new interview for previously saying the air around Ground Zero in New York was safe to breathe," says Fortune. "Whitman had not previously apologized for her statements in 2001 assuring the public that the air around the World Trade Center was safe. Many first responders and others who lived and worked in the area have since been diagnosed with chronic respiratory illnesses or cancer related to their exposure to toxins released at Ground Zero. More than 37,000 people registered with the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) have been declared sick." For the complete article, click here.

"The Story Behind the Haunting 9/11 Photo of a Man Falling From the Twin Towers," Time, Sept. 8, 2016. "The most widely seen images from 9/11 are of planes and towers, not people. Falling Man is different," says Time. "The photo, taken by Richard Drew in the moments after the September 11, 2001, attacks, is one man's distinct escape from the collapsing buildings, a symbol of individuality against the backdrop of faceless skyscrapers. On a day of mass tragedy, Falling Man is one of the only widely seen pictures that shows someone dying. The photo was published in newspapers around the U.S. in the days after the attacks, but backlash from readers forced it into temporary obscurity. It can be a difficult image to process, the man perfectly bisecting the iconic towers as he darts toward the earth like an arrow. Falling Man's identity is still unknown, but he is believed to have been an employee at the Windows on the World restaurant, which sat atop the north tower. The true power of Falling Man, however, is less about who its subject was and more about what he became: a makeshift Unknown Soldier in an often unknown and uncertain war, suspended forever in history." For the complete article with a video, click here.

"Brave FDNY Capt. Brenda Berkman depicts 'rebirth of lower Manhattan' in 9/11 art exhibit," Daily News, Sept. 10, 2016. "A 9/11 art exhibit opening Monday offers a new view of the World Trade Center - one seen through a survivor's eyes," says the Daily News. "'Thirty-Six Views of One World Trade Center,' from legendary FDNY Capt. Brenda Berkman, is her effort to capture the rebirth of lower Manhattan - and celebrate the fact that 15 years after 9/11, a gleaming tower pierces the skyline once again. Berkman, who retired in 2006 after a groundbreaking and storied FDNY career, spent several years documenting the rise of 1 World Trade Center in lithograph prints." The Daily News says that, "Berkman, who took up printmaking after retiring, completed her last lithograph print when the rebuilding finished. Her 36th print, the only one with color, depicts the two blue lights beamed from Ground Zero annually on 9/11." For the complete article, click here.

"Donald Trump's claim he got $150G in post-9/11 state funds for small businesses because he helped people in need is unfounded, docs show," Daily News, Sept. 10, 2016. The Daily News reports that, "Donald Trump's tale about why he took $150,000 in 9/11 money is as tall as the Downtown skyscraper he says he used in recovery efforts, according to government records. Though the billionaire presidential candidate has repeatedly suggested he got that money for helping others out after the attacks, documents obtained by the Daily News show that Trump's account was just a huge lie. Records from the Empire State Development Corp., which administered the recovery program, show that Trump's company asked for those funds for 'rent loss,' 'cleanup' and 'repair' - not to recuperate money lost in helping people." For the complete article, click here.




seniorsASPHALT GREEN BATTERY PARK CITY NOW OFFERING FREE
STRETCH AND YOGA CLASSES FOR BATTERY PARK CITY SENIORS  
Jennifer Coccia, director of Asphalt Green Battery Park City, making a presentation to Community Board 1's Battery Park City Committee about Asphalt Green's new stretch and yoga classes for seniors. (Photos: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Asphalt Green Battery Park City which opened on June 15, 2013, was supposed to be a community center and not just a fancy, high-priced health club. Starting on Tuesday, Sept. 13, it will begin to be what many Battery Park City residents had hoped and expected it to become. On Tuesdays and Fridays, Asphalt Green will offer free fitness classes for Battery Park City seniors. Both classes will run from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. with stretching on Tuesdays and yoga on Fridays.

Jennifer Coccia, director of Asphalt Green Battery Park City, announced the senior fitness classes on Sept. 6 at a meeting of Community Board 1's Battery Park City Committee.

"I want to commend you for this first step," said CB1 member Tom Goodkind. "I honestly thought this would never happen."

Goodkind said that he and other members of the Community Board had spent 10 years working to create a community center but it wound up being far from what they envisioned, "not because of you," he said to Coccia, "but because of the Battery Park City Authority and the way they structured your finances. You couldn't be a community center. Now you're starting to make the path back toward being a community center. It's a great first step. We're looking forward to what comes next."

One of the swimming pools at Asphalt Green
Battery Park City.

Asphalt Green has a 52,000-square-foot facility at 212 North End Ave. with two swimming pools, a regulation-size basketball court, an exercise room furnished with top-of-the-line Precor equipment, a 156-seat theater and classrooms and studios. Originally budgeted at $55 million, it was financed by the Battery Park City Authority.

The membership fees at Asphalt Green are prohibitively high for many BPC residents. "There has been discussion about full membership for seniors," said CB1 member Justine Cuccia at the community board meeting, "but that seems to be off the table."

Two free fitness classes a week are at least something for some members of the community. "This is the first step and we're very excited about this first step," said Cuccia.

The Tuesday class, "Stretch, Strength & Move," was designed by Andrew Carter for older adults. Some exercises are done in chairs while others are done standing. The class focuses on increasing a student's physicality and muscle activation, improving strength and flexibility, posture and balance. Carter is a certified Pilates and Feldenkrais instructor.

The Friday class, which will start on Sept. 16, is Chair Yoga taught by Jason Orrell. Seated yoga is accessible for people who can't stand or lack the mobility to move easily from standing to seated to supine positions. Many of the basic body mechanics of the individual postures are retained, no matter the stance of the practitioner. While seated on chairs, students can do versions of twists, hip stretches, forward bends and mild back bends. In addition to a good stretch, chair yoga participants can also enjoy other health benefits of yoga, including improved muscle tone, better breathing habits, reduction of stress, better sleep, and a sense of well-being.

Marcy Simon, manager of the senior fitness programs for Asphalt Green, suggested wearing "comfortable, breathable clothing and sneakers. It's very hard to do exercise - even chair exercises - in jeans and a belt," she said. "Anyone who would like to participate should just show up on Tuesday!"

- Terese Loeb Kreuzer






Downtown bulletin board
moonlightKAYAKING BY MOONLIGHT; FORUM ON DOWNTOWN CONSTRUCTION; WAVERTREE BENEFIT; MANHATTAN YOUTH'S BIRTHDAY BEACH PARTY
 
 There are 90 construction projects currently under way in Lower Manhattan but the Construction Command Center that once coordinated and monitored this activity closed at the end of May. A forum on Downtown construction is planned for Sept. 22 with an opportunity for the public to ask questions. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
   
Downtown Boathouse offers kayaking by moonlight: An evening of kayaking by moonlight will conclude this year's weekday kayaking sessions at the Downtown Boathouse on Pier 26 (in Hudson River Park near North Moore Street). "Thursday, Sept. 15, is the final day of the Downtown Boathouse's weekday evening of free public kayaking program for 2016," said Graeme Birchall, president of the Downtown Boathouse. "Because it is also one day before a full moon, we have decided to run the kayaking from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. so the public can experience kayaking in moonlight. We will only do this if we have clear skies and calm water, but if the weather permits, it will be a great way to experience kayaking at nighttime." The free public kayak program on weekends and holidays runs until Oct. 10. Weekends and holidays, the Downtown Boathouse is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Oct. 10. It will be open on Tuesday, Sept. 13 and Wednesday, Sept. 14 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, on Saturdays the Downtown Boathouse runs a free public kayaking program on Governors Island where the pier officially opened on Aug. 31. For more information about the Downtown Boathouse, click here.

Forum on downtown construction projects:
The construction in Lower Manhattan that began in the aftermath of 9/11 continues unabated. "The density of residents, commercial space and tourism that we have in Lower Manhattan does not exist anywhere else in the city," according to New York State Sen. Daniel Squadron, who represents this area. With scores of public and private construction projects happening in Lower Manhattan, residents have a right to know more about the disruptions caused - and the benefits to come - from this development work. On Sept. 22, join Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and her staff, Community Board 1, and all downtown elected officials to discuss these challenges. Submit questions in advance by clicking here. Place: Borough of Manhattan Community College, 199 Chambers St. Time: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  RSVP by clicking here.

Symposium on driverless cars: 
An enormous amount of research is going into the development of driverless cars, known as "Autonomous Vehicles" in the industry. It's not a matter of "if" anymore, it's a matter of when. On Sept. 27, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer's office is sponsoring a forum on driverless cars in New York City with representatives from the city's Taxi & Limousine Commission, Dept. of Transportation, NYU's Rudin Center, and one of the manufacturers of AV's, Audi. Place: 1 Centre St., 19th floor South. Time: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Register to attend by clicking here.

Wavertree welcome and benefit: The 1885 sailing ship Wavertree will return to the South Street Seaport on Sept. 24 after a year-long, city-funded $13 million restoration. On Sept.29, come aboard for drinks, hors d'oeuvres and period music from the Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra. Tickets start at $250. Reply by Sept. 20 to ensure recognition in the event program. Place: Pier 16 in the South Street Seaport. Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. For more information and to buy tickets, click here.

Stories and Songs for infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers:
Battery Park City Parks presents a program of lively musical performances each Wednesday from Sept. 14 to Dec. 14  with a roster of professional musicians who introduce music to young children through participatory music and stories. Stories & Songs is for children ages six months to 3.5 years (accompanied by an adult). It develops active listening, socializing, and cultural literacy in a joyous, warm environment. Place: 6 River Terrace. Three sessions: Wednesdays, 9:40 a.m.-10:20 a.m.; 10:30 a.m.-11:10 a.m.; 11:20 a.m.-12 p.m. Cost: $335. To register, call (212) 267-9700 ext. 9363 or email registration@bpcparks.org. For more information, click here.

Open House New York Weekend (OHNY) seeks volunteers:
From Oct. 15 to Oct. 16, volunteers are needed to welcome New Yorkers and visitors from around the world for Open House New York's annual weekend of site visitations and tours. Volunteers will be assigned to one of over 250 sites and tours, where patrons get to meet the people who design, build, and preserve New York City. The aim of OHNY is to encourage everyone to engage in discussions about how to build a better, more vibrant New York through design and architecture. For one four-hour shift, volunteers will receive front-of-the-line access to certain locations and will receive a custom 2016 button and t-shirt. For more information, click here or email volunteer@ohny.org.
 
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council 2017 grants: The deadline to apply for the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Creative Engagement and Creative Learning grants has been extended to Sept. 30 at 5 p.m. Artists or arts organizations that have not already received City or State funding are encouraged to apply. First-time Creative Engagement applicants are required to attend an information session as well as all applicants to Creative Learning. There will be an information session on Sept. 19. Place: 150 Broadway Time: 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. To RSVP click here. For more information about the grant program, click here

Sen. Squadron's new multilingual resource guide for parents and families: State Senator Daniel Squadron and his office visited 22 schools throughout his district in Lower Manhattan and the Brooklyn waterfront at drop-off and dismissal for the first and second days of school to distribute the senator's multilingual 2016-17 Parent Resource Guide. The guide is a compilation of afterschool activities, museums, parks, community health clinics, and other local resources available to families throughout the community. Squadron offers updated and expanded editions of the guide every year. Squadron's resource guide is available on his website. To request a mailed copy, constituents can contact his office at (212) 298-5565 or at squadron@nysenate.gov

Birthday Beach Party for Manhattan Youth: On Sept. 24 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Manhattan Youth will celebrate 30 years of serving Manhattan families. There will be games, refreshments and music at Hudson River Park's Pier 25 beach volleyball courts. Tickets: $10 (by Sept. 23); $15 (at the door). Family tickets (for two adults and up to three kids), $30 (by Sept. 23); $40 (at the door.) Premium tickets are also available for $100 each. They include one reserved blue lounge chair, five free mini-golf coupons to play anytime in 2016, refreshments for two adults and up to three kids, one adult beer ticket (value $10 each), and a thank you gift. For more information, click here. If tickets are sold out, email Camille@manhattanyouth.org 

Liberty Ship John W. Brown visiting New York: For the first time since 1994, the Liberty ship John W. Brown is in New York City. Although thousands of Liberty
Liberty ship, John W. Brown 
ships were built in the United States during World War II to replace cargo ships torpedoed by German U-boats, the John W. Brown is one of only two Liberty Ships that survive. She is docked at Pier 36 on the Lower East Side (299 South St.) and is open for tours and other events ending with a six-hour living history cruise on Sept. 18.  She departs for her homeport of Baltimore on Sept. 19. Between 1941 and 1945, Liberty Ships were constructed in 18 U.S. shipyards. The John W. Brown was built in Baltimore. She was named for a well-known labor leader and launched on Labor Day, 1942.  Her maiden voyage was to New York City where she picked up Jeeps, trucks and ammunition to aid Russia under the Lend-Lease Act and took them to the Persian Gulf. She transported troops and cargo in support of the WWII effort until 1945. When she retired in 1946, she became a floating vocational high school, training students in maritime fields for the NYC Board of Education until 1982. After several years with the Reserve Fleet, she was towed to Baltimore in 1988 and the all-volunteer Project Liberty Ship began restoration. She has been fully operational on steam since 1991. For more information about the ship, click here. Tours, Sept. 10 to Sept. 17: Guided and self-guided tours. Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For group tours, email john.w.brown@usa.net. On both Saturdays the engines will be working at the pier as part of the tour. Living history cruise, Sept. 18: The living history cruise includes lunch, a military flyover and more. Time: 8 a.m. (all aboard by 9:15 a.m., departure 10 a.m.) to 4 p.m. Tickets: $195. To reserve, click here.

Tunnel to Towers Run: In recognition of the special role that Battery Park City, the Financial District, the South Street Seaport and Tribeca have played in the remarkable success of the Tunnel to Towers 5K Run/Walk, the Tunnel to Towers Foundation has issued an invitation to the area's residents to join the five-kilometer walk on Sunday, Sept. 25 as a group called "the Neighbors." The Tunnel to Towers Run/Walk commemorates the heroism of firefighter Stephen Siller who, on Sept. 11, 2001, strapped 60 pounds of gear to his back and ran through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, already closed to traffic, to the Twin Towers, where died while saving others. The Neighbors team is invited to participate in the run/walk and in the after-party. Registration is necessary and children are free. Click here to register. 

Free Fridays at the South Street Seaport Museum:
On the last Friday of every month through October the South Street Seaport Museum will offer free admission to its exhibition "Street of Ships: The Port and its People," as well as thematic educational and programmatic activities including special tours, artisan demonstrations, talks and lectures, and hands-on activities for the whole family. Each upcoming Free Friday  (Sept. 30, and Oct. 28) will be centered around a different theme. Place: 12 Fulton St. Time: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, click here.

Trinity Youth Chorus Auditions:
The Trinity Youth Chorus brings together New York City youth ages 5 to 18 for group and individual training in vocal technique, music theory, sight-reading, and performance skills. The choristers have sung with a variety of notable performers, from Josh Groban to The Rolling Stones. Auditions for the 2016-2017 season will take place in August and September. For questions or to schedule an audition, contact Melissa Attebury at mattebury@trinitywallstreet.org or (212) 602-0798.

Downtown Voices audition:
Trinity's semiprofessional choir, praised by The New York Times for their "incisive, agile strength," is holding auditions for the 2016-17 season! Sing with members of the Grammy-nominated Choir of Trinity Wall Street in works by Morten Lauridsen, Handel and Stravinsky. For more information and to apply to audition, click here.

Registration for 9/11 Memorial Museum fall programs:  The fall lecture programs at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum begin on Sept. 21 with "Joe Torre: Baseball After 9/11." Hall of Famer and Major League Baseball's chief baseball officer, Torre will talk about getting the Yankees back into playing ball after 9/11 and the importance of baseball in helping Americans heal. According to the museum's website, this event is fully booked however members can add their names to a waiting list by contacting the museum's membership department at (212) 857-0157 or by emailing membership@911memorial.org. To join the museum, contact the membership department. The ASL Slam on Sept. 23 includes poetry, songs, literature and performances in American Sign Language, all related to 9/11. There is no voice interpretation; the program is offered in American Sign Language only. The program begins at 7 p.m. but from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., attendees are invited to view "Rendering the Unthinkable: Artists Respond to 9/11." "CIA Director John Brennan: From Ground Zero to Abbottabad and Beyond," presented on Sept. 26, will be a reflection on the CIA's arrival in Afghanistan and the challenges that will be faced in the future. RSVP required for all programs. All programs take place at 180 Greenwich St. Time: 7 p.m. Cost: Free. For more information, click here.

SAFE disposal at Union Square: Unwanted automotive products, electronics, household products and medical items can be dropped off on Sunday, Sept. 25 at the New York City Department of Sanitation's SAFE disposal event at Union Square. Only New York City residential waste will be accepted (no commercial vehicles allowed). Residents must provide proof of New York City residency (a driver's license, utility bill, etc.) No appliances, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, refrigerators or tires will be accepted. Do bring such things as batteries, motor oil, TVs, computers, cellphones, paint, compact fluorescent bulbs, medications, syringes and lancets (in tightly sealed, clearly labeled and puncture-resistant containers). Place: Union Square, North Plaza. Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rain or shine. For more information, click here

Free swimming and yoga for seniors:  Beginning Sept. 8
, the Downtown Community Center is offering free swimming and yoga for seniors on the following schedule:
Senior Swim, Monday to Thursday: 12:30 p.m.-2p.m.;  Senior Water Exercise, Monday and Thursday: 12:45 p.m.; Senior Swim Clinic, Tuesday, 1:15 p.m.; Senior Yoga, Friday: 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m. To register, click here, come to the Downtown Community Center at 120 Warren St. or call (212) 766 1104. You can also email swim@manhattanyouth.org.

Lox at the Museum of Jewish Heritage: The Museum of Jewish Heritage has opened a new café called Lox with a menu that features in-house cured salmon served in a variety of ways.  A tasting dish of lox served in five different ways costs $36. Sandwiches are $13 to $18.  Also on the menu are homemade babka ($12), cheese blintzes with sour cream ($13), borscht ($5 for a cup, $8 for a bowl), Russian coffee cake, ruggelach, and more. Museum members receive a 10 percent discount. Place: 36 Battery Place. Open during museum hours. For more information, call (646) 437-4231 or click here.

Battery Park City Block Party: The 15th annual Battery Park City Block Party will be held on Sunday, Sept. 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Esplanade Plaza next to North Cove Marina. Once again, the BPC Chamber will be hosting.  If you would like a table at the block party for your business, contact Rosalie (rosaliebpc@gmail.com) as soon as possible. Volunteers are needed for the day of the event to help set up and break down, check in vendors and other tasks. Email info@bpcchamber.com if you can help.
 
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 bpcallied@bpca.ny.gov.
 
Battery Park City Parks Fall Events Calendar:
For a complete list of events and classes taking place this fall in Battery Park City under the auspices of Battery Park City Parks, 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.

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  ccshs@bpcparks.org 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.

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 Sept. 13, 20 and 27. 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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communityCOMMUNITY BOARD 1 MEETINGS: Week of Sept. 12 
After school at PS 276 in Battery Park City. On Sept. 13, Community Board 1's Youth and Education Committee will hear a report from neighborhood principals on fall school registration numbers.   (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. 

Sept. 12: Planning Committee
* NYC Street Design Manual - Presentation by Patrick Smith , Project Manager & Wendy Feuer, Assistant Commissioner of Urban Design + Art + Wayfinding, NYC DOT

Sept. 13: Youth & Education Committee
* Taste of the Seaport - Announcement
* The Quad Preparatory School 5K Fun Run - Presentation by Kimberly Busi, Founder/ Director
* Peck Slip Play Street - Update
* School Crossing Guards - Update
* School Overcrowding Task Force - Report
* Fall School Registration Numbers - Reports from Principals

Sept. 14: Tribeca Committee
* 158 Duane St., application for Board of Standards and Appeals Special Permit for a Physical Culture Establishment, YogaSpark - Resolution
* 225 West Broadway, application for liquor license for 225 West Broadway Corp - Resolution
* 5 White St., application for change in method of operations for North of Houston LLC - Resolution 
* Two Hands sidewalk cafe - Update
* 349-351 Greenwich St., application for liquor license for SAAR NYC, Inc. - Resolution  (TENTATIVE)

The following notices have been received for renewal, upgrade, or transfer of wine and beer or liquor licenses or sidewalk cafe permits:
* 110 Chambers St., application for renewal of tavern liquor license for Liberty Rest, LLC d/b/a The Patriot Saloon
* 200 Church St., application for renewal of wine and beer license for Tribeca's Kitchen
* 311 Church St., application for renewal of liquor license for Macao Trading Co.
* 275 Greenwich St., application for renewal of restaurant liquor license for Chipotle Mexican Grill of Colorado, LLC
* 319 Greenwich St., application for renewal of restaurant liquor license for Salaam Bombay Restaurant Inc.
* 45 Murray St., application for renewal of restaurant liquor license for Tribeca Restaurant LLC d/b/a Benares
* 57 Murray St., renewal of liquor license for Cricketers Arms
* 130 West Broadway, application for renewal of restaurant liquor license for WB Duane Japanese Partners, Inc. d/b/a Sushi of Gari Tribeca


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.

calendarCALENDAR: Week of Sept. 12

Nolan Park on Governors Island. The island remains open daily through Sept. 25. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)           

September weekends: The 9th annual Governors Island Art Fair brings 100 rooms of painting, photography, sculpture, installation art, video and sound art to the island. Governors Island Art Fair takes place at Colonel's Row and in Fort Jay and Castle Williams. It was produced by 4Heads, a New York City nonprofit organization created by artists. Dates: Sept. 17, 18, 24 and 25. Times: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free. Catalogue: $20. For more information, click here.

Sept. 17: A reading at Poets House features poets Billy Collins, Ron Koertge, and Brynn Saito. Dubbed "the most popular poet in America" by Bruce Weber in the New York Times, Billy Collins served two terms as the U.S. Poet Laureate, from 2001-2003, and was New York State Poet Laureate from 2004-2006. Ron Koertge is the author of many books of poetry, prose, novels-in-verse, and fiction for teenagers. His most recent book, "Vampire Planet," was released in spring 2016 by Red Hen Press. His books have been honored by the American Library Association and two have received PEN awards, among other accolades. Brynn Saito is the author of "Power Made Us Swoon" and "The Palace of Contemplating Departure," winner of the Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award and finalist for the Northern California Book Award, both from Red Hen Press. Place: Poets House at 10 River Terrace. Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $10; $7 (students and seniors); $5 (Poets House members). For more information, click here.

Sept. 18: Dr. Yaniv Erlich will give a talk at the Museum of Jewish Heritage about DNA.Land, a new, not-for-profit, online platform developed by scientists at the New York Genome Center and Columbia University to offer cutting-edge tools to analyze genomic information for non-experts. Anyone who has tested at 23andMe, Family Tree DNA or AncestryDNA, for example, can freely upload their existing genomic information or ask to be tested. The tools include automatic algorithms that fill in the missing pieces in the genome using sophisticated mathematical modeling, reveal deep ancestries using comprehensive panels, and generate a relative finder report. In addition, users can decide whether to contribute their information for scientific research, while preserving their privacy choices. Erlich will describe his previous studies with massive genetic genealogy datasets and how DNA.Land has had an impact on users and on biomedical research. Place: 36 Battery Place. Time: 2 p.m. Free. For more information, click here.

Sept. 19: Revolutionary Spies Tours inaugurate "Spy Week" at the Fraunces Tavern Museum. Special programming will be offered all week including the Nathan Hale Day Commemoration on Sept. 20, daily espionage themed tours, and a guest lecturer. on Sept. 23 The tours, from Sept. 19 through Sept. 23, showcase the Museum's artifacts and paintings relating to Revolutionary spies such as Nathan Hale, Benjamin Tallmadge and Lydia Darrah. Learn about the tools of the trade as a spymaster, the creation of America's very first spy ring, and see the last known letter from Revolutionary War spy Nathan Hale to his brother Enoch Hale from Aug. 20, 1776, which hasn't been on display in over decade. For advance reservations call (212) 425-1778 x213 or email 2education@frauncestavernmuseum.orgPlace: 54 Pearl St. Tour times: 2 p.m. daily. Free with museum admission ($7, adults; $4 seniors; $4 students with ID; $4 children 6 to 18; free, children under 5 and active military with ID). 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" that runs through the winter of 2017. Place: Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Place. For more information about the museum and this exhibition, click here
   
Ongoing: "Portrait of a Landscape" is the title of the exhibition at the Shirley Fiterman Art Center, part of the Borough of Manhattan Community College. Artists from New York and Buenos Aires, Argentina are represented in the exhibition. Through Sept. 10. Place: 81 Barclay St. Time: Tuesdays to Saturdays, noon to 6 p.m. 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: Aboard the historic lighthouse tender Lilac, an exhibition of maritime art in mixed media by Adam Payne reflects the artist's love of history and his appreciation of everyday materials. Using old rain slickers and life jackets, he creates memorials to failed explorers and spells out messages on vintage maps, using signal flags. The exhibition continues through the end of September. 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. 18, 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, "Picturing Prestige: New York Portraits 1700-1860" is at the Museum of the City of New York (definitely uptown - the museum is on Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street - but many of the people in this portrait exhibition lived and worked in what is now Lower Manhattan). Beginning in the 18th century, New York City's well-to-do citizens commissioned paintings of themselves and their loved ones to display in their homes as indicators of prestige. Drawn from the permanent collection of the Museum of the City of New York, this exhibition features works by some of the leading American painters of their day. Through Sept. 18, 2016. 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: "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.
 
Reserve now: 
Oct. 4, Oct. 5 and Oct. 6: For its 25th Anniversary, the African Burial Ground is offering a series of workshops.  RSVP by Oct. 1. There are capacity restrictions for each workshop. Call (212) 637-2019. 
Oct. 4:  Historical workshop led by Dr. Patricia Leonard (Safijah)  Capacity: 40. Time: 2 p.m.
Oct. 5: Our Hair Story and Tribal Face Adornments.  Capacity: 30. Time: 2 p.m.
Oct. 6:  "From Ghetto to Goddess." Education on the history and meaning of African ritual beauty, adornments, and ceremonies led by Sister Iminah. Time: 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Place: 290 Broadway. For more information about the African Burial Ground, click here. For more information about the 25th anniversary programming, click here.

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