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Feb. 15, 2018 Volume 5, No. 3

* Letter from the editor: How to support local news   
* Governors Island to offer overnight camping this season
* Bits & Bytes: Deal for 23 Wall St. falls through; $59 million penthouse on the market 
* Downtown Bulletin Board: Free winter break museum admission; Tribeca Meet & Greet
* Downtown Arts: Battery Park City Parks' annual art exhibition opens
* Calendar: February - Spotlight: Pipe Organ Inauguration Festival at St. Paul's Chapel

Feb. 25, 2018 Volume 5, No. 4

* Letter from the editor: Black History in Lower Manhattan
* Fate of New Market Building continues to pit EDC against the community and pols
* Downtown Alliance offers Digital Innovation Grant of $10,000
* Bits & Bytes: 3 World Trade Center near completion; Tribeca development sites
* Downtown Bulletin Board: Sailing instruction for kids and teens; Literary evenings
* Downtown Arts: Newly installed pipe organ debuts at St. Paul's Chapel
* Calendar: February - Spotlight: Chinese Lunar New Year Parade

March 5, 2018 Volume 5, No. 5

* Letter from the editor: Remembering the Ladies of Lower Manhattan
* The Battery Park City Authority as seen by its new president, Benjamin 'BJ' Jones  
* Bits & Bytes: Harry's reopens after update; Chef Carmellini signs on at Pier 17
* Downtown Bulletin Board: New hours for City's archives; Fundraising for Puerto Rico
* Calendar: March - Remember the ladies

March 17, Volume 5, No. 6

* Letter from the editor: Real News 
* East River helicopter tragedy draws ire and a new FAA directive 
* Tribeca Film Festival's Movies of the Moment: Documentaries that reflect headline news
 * Tribeca Film Festival announces schedule for 2018 and offers package pricing 
* Bits & Bytes: Trouble at 56 Leonard St.; Remembering Emily Roebling
* Downtown Bulletin Board: Battery Park City Parks usage survey; Brain and heart health
* Letter to the editor: Economic Development Corp. starts New Market Building demolition
* Calendar: March - Kurt Weill's 'Zaubernacht' at the Museum of Jewish Heritage

April 24, Volume 5, No. 7

* Letter from the editor: Lower Manhattan's Farm  
* Pier 17 in the South Street Seaport prepares to open
* Tribeca Film Festival: Some New York stories
* Bits & Bytes: Willow tree pruning; Cortlandt St. subway station to reopen
* Downtown Bulletin Board: Perennial plant care workshop; Sailors Ball tickets
* Public art in Lower Manhattan: Poems for a rainy day
* Calendar: April - Battery bird walks

May 6, Volume 5, No. 8

* Letter from the editor: A Tale of Two Piers
* Newly formed Seaport Advisory Group hopes to end Seaport 'surprises'
* Governors Island opens for the 2018 season   
* Bits & Bytes: Pier 40 piling repairs begin; Recommended Tribeca dining
* Downtown Bulletin Board: Community Convention; Brooklyn Bridge Poetry Walk
* Calendar: May - Summer in Battery Park City

May 23, Volume 5, No. 9

* Letter from the editor: How to Read the News
* Howard Hughes announces summer concert series and puts tickets on sale
* Bits & Bytes: Landlords win affordability case; Canal Street gentrifies
* Downtown Bulletin Board: Meet the Fishes; Free Fridays at South St. Seaport Museum
* Calendar: May - New York Harbor beckons

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A scene from Kurt Weill’s "Zaubernacht" (Magic Night), a dance and chamber music work, as performed at the Museum of Jewish Heritage by the Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra conducted by Gary Fagin with choreography by Jody Oberfelder.  For more about "Zaubernacht,"click here.

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On Feb. 19, Julian Wachner, director of music and the arts at Trinity Wall Street, introduced a recital by Peter Sykes on the newly installed Noack organ in St. Paul’s Chapel. St. Paul’s, at Broadway and Fulton Streets, dates from 1766 and is a New York City landmark. The Pipe Organ Inauguration Festival ran from Feb. 19 to Feb. 24, with one or two performances daily. The Festival has been followed by a series of weekly recitals on Fridays at 1 p.m. featuring New York's leading organists. "Pipes at One" began on March 2 and runs through June 8. For more information, click here. (Photo: © Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

The trilliums blooming in Battery Park City's Teardrop Park are eye-catching, both because of the size of the flowers and their brilliant white color, which stands out sharply against the surrounding greenery. All of the vegetation in Teardrop Park is native to this region of the country. The distinctive three-petaled flowers of trillium (Trillium grandiflorum) can be found in the deciduous forests of eastern North America as well as in Battery Park City. For more photos and information about Battery Park City's flowers, click on Downtown Post NYC's "Battery Park City in Bloom" page. (Photo: © Terese Loeb Kreuzer 2018)

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-New York’s 10th Congressional District) and New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer entering the NYU Kimmel Center for a Town Hall meeting on Feb. 12, 2018.  (Photo: © Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Jake Johnson in the newly expanded store of the National Museum of the American Indian at 1 Bowling Green. He is standing next to a feather sculpture by John Marston, a member of the Coast Salish nation. The store sells jewelry, pottery, baskets, sculpture, rugs, books and CDs and a variety of items for children. Around three-quarters of the items in the store are handmade and are one of a kind. The National Museum of the American Indian is open daily. Admission is free. (Photo: © Terese Loeb Kreuzer 2018)

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PATH stations at Exchange Place and the World Trade Center (WTC) will be closed  the weekend of July 7 for PTC work. Starting July 14, PATH will begin a series of 15 consecutive weekend closures of New York stations on the 33rd Street line, with the exception of Labor Day weekend. During the 33rd Street line closures, there will be direct train service from Hoboken to the WTC on Saturdays. On Sundays, Hoboken-WTC riders can use the normal weekend schedule, which requires a transfer at Grove Street for the Newark-WTC train. New Jersey Transit will be cross-honoring passengers from Exchange Place to Hoboken or Newport.
Closure details and updates are available through www.panynj.gov/PATHplanner.

Tribeca Film Festival winners: The juried award winners of this year's Tribeca Film Festival were announced on April 26. The Downtown Post NYC website has a section devoted to the Tribeca Film Festival. Click here to see information about the award-winning films. 

May 24: Trinity Wall Street is celebrating the centennial of Leonard Bernstein’s birth with a wide-ranging selection of the iconic composer-conductor’s music accompanied by works from  other notable New York City composer-conductors including Bernstein’s lifelong friend Lukas Foss, plus Gustav Mahler, Pierre Boulez, Aaron Copland and Julian Wachner. Concerts continue through June 2. On May 24, hear Bernstein's Halil, his Meditations from Mass and his Serenade after Plato’s “Symposium” plus Prestini's Imaginary World of Wild Order: A Mass performed by NOVUS NY and The Choir of Trinity Wall Street, Julian Wachner, conductor. Place: St. Paul's Chapel (Broadway at Fulton Street). Time: 1 p.m. Free. For more information, click here.

May 23: "Waterfront Manhattan: From Henry Hudson to the High Line" is the subject of Kurt C. Schlichting's book talk at the Skyscraper Museum.  He recounts the story of the waterfront's initial construction by private interests, the takeover by the City of New York in the second half of the 19th century, the steady decline in the 20th century as containerization changed shipping patterns, and recent rebirth as parkland and luxury housing.  Schlichting is the E. Gerald Corrigan ’63 Chair in Humanities and Social Sciences at Fairfield University, where he is a professor of sociology. Place:39 Battery Place. Time: 6:30 p.m. (The gallery opens at 6 p.m.) Free. Reservations are required. RSVP to programs@skyscraper.org.

May 24: "The Curious Life of the Brooklyn Bridge," a special lecture with the Seaport Museum’s historian, William Roka,  takes an in-depth look at the life of the Brooklyn Bridge on the 135th anniversary of its opening.  The story of the Brooklyn Bridge is a tale of an audacious undertaking in an era of immigration and industrialization, as New York transformed itself into a global metropolis. Hear the stories of the bridge’s grueling construction and the incredible lives of its builders, plus stories of hidden chambers and secret vaults underneath the bridge. Place: Melville Gallery, 213 Water St. Time: Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Reception to follow the talk. Tickets: $10; free (South Street Seaport Museum members). For more information and to buy tickets, click here.

Governors Island is open for the season: Governors Island is open daily. From Monday to Thursday, the hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This season, for the first time, the Island will be open until 10 p.m. every Friday night. On Saturdays and Sundays, the Island is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Ferries to and from Governors Island leave from the Battery Maritime Building at 10 South St. and from Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 6. For ferry schedules and fees, click here.

The River Project's Wetlab is now open every Tuesday and Thursday from 2 p.m.-5 p.m. through November. Place: Pier 40 at Houston Street. Free. For more information, click here.

An exhibition, "Memory Unearthed: The Lodz Ghetto Photographs of Henryk Ross" is at the Museum of Jewish Heritage.  Ross, a professional photographer, was confined to the Lodz ghetto in 1940 and put to work by the Nazis recording those aspects of the ghetto that served their purposes. But, at great danger to himself, Ross also recorded life in the ghetto, including starvation and deportations. When the ghetto was being liquidated in 1944,  believing he would not survive, Ross buried 6,000 of his negatives as a testimony to what had happened, hoping that someone, someday would find them. As it turned out, he and his wife survived the war and returned in March 1945 to dig up what he had buried. Almost 3,000 of the negatives had survived. The exhibition runs through June 24, 2018. Place: 36 Battery Place. The museum is open Sunday through Friday afternoon. Admission: $12; $10 (seniors); $7 (students); free (museum members and children 12 and younger). For more information, click here.

"If You See Something, Say Something"
New Yorkers are reminded to stay alert to their surroundings, and to report any suspicious activity. Reports can be made to the Counter Terrorism Center at the New York State Intelligence Center via its terrorism tip line: (866) SAFENYS (866-723-3697); or by email: ctcenter@nysic.ny.gov.

New Yorkers can also download the See Something, Send Something app on your smartphone to inform authorities of a potential threat. Go to https://www.ny.gov/programs/see-something-send-something for more information.