The River Project's WetLab on Pier 40  (at Houston Street) has a flow-through river water aquarium that allows visitors to see some of the many species that live in New York Harbor. The WetLab is open to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.  Free. For more information, click here.

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

Responding to hate crimes: New York City and New York State have launched programs to combat and report hateful and bias crimes against the LBGT, Muslim and immigrant communities. The City's initiative includes expansion of the Human Rights Commission information line to let people know about their legal rights and protections when confronted with, or witness to, bias and hateful events. They have also created a resource page for impacted communities. To see it, click here.

To report bias, discriminatory or hateful crimes, call these numbers:

• NYC Commission on Human Rights, (718) 722-3131

• The New York Police Department Hate Crimes Task Force, (646) 610-5267

• Manhattan District Attorney Hate Crime Hotline, (212) 335-3100

• Gov. Andrew Cuomo Special Unit to Investigate Hate Crimes, (888) 3923644

Classes and Sessions at the Community Center at Stuyvesant High School include swimming lessons for all ages, Total Body Boxing Workout, Hatha Yoga, Tai Chi, Badminton, and more. All classes are free for CCSHS members, with steeply-reduced annual memberships available.The Community Center is run by the Battery Park City Authority. Place: 345 Chambers St. For more information about becoming a Community Center member or enrolling in a class, click here.

Citi Bike Valet Service returns to Battery Park City: Citi Bike has relaunched valet service in Battery Park City at the West and Chambers Streets station, one of the system's busiest. Valets are once again on site to help get bikes for those who need them and help dock bikes for those who are returning them. The hours of service are Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. During the pilot program last year, an average of 347 customers a day started trips at this location during hours in which staff serviced it while an average of 396 customers ended their trips at this station during hours in which staff was in attendance.

Free summer meals for kids! Seven sites on the Lower East Side will provide free meals for all kids 18 years old and younger this summer. Children do NOT need to show registration, documentation or an ID to receive their meals. Sites listed are current as of June 5 but subject to change. Find out more by calling 311, texting NYCMeals to 877-877 or going to or the School Food app.

PS 15 Roberto Clemente, 333 E. 4th St

PS 20 Anna Silver, 166 Essex St.

PS 142 Amalia Castro

PS 184m Shuang Wen

Tomkins Mini Pool

Hamilton Fish Pool

Dry Dock Pool

NYC Audubon on Governors Island: For the first time, New York City Audubon is in residence on Governors Island this summer with free bird walks, activities for kids, binoculars that can be borrowed, nature film screenings and information on birds and habitats throughout the city's five boroughs.

One of the star attractions for birders is the chance to observe the common terns that are nesting on some of Governors Island's abandoned piers.

Common terns are actually not that common in New York State. In fact, because of habitat loss and flooding, they are a threatened species here.

NYC Audubon can be found in Nolan Park House No. 17, which is open daily through July and August, and Thursday through Sunday in September. Visiting hours are 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Bird walks take place Thursdays to Sundays at 3 p.m.

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

Downtown Boathouse open for the season: The Downtown Boathouse on Pier 26 at North Moore Street in Tribeca is a volunteer-run organization that offers free kayaking on the Hudson River and on Governors Island. Since 1995 when the Downtown Boathouse was established, more than 380,000 people have kayaked with the Downtown Boathouse. To learn more about the Downtown Boathouse and/or to volunteer, click here.


Supermarket services for seniors:Borough of Manhattan Gale Brewer's office has compiled a list of supermarkets that offer special services for seniors. In Community District 1 these include: Cucina Liberta, 17 Battery Place (free delivery in local area); Battery Place Market, 77 Battery Place (free delivery in neighborhood); Gristedes, 90 Maiden Lane and 71 South End Ave. (free delivery with $75 minimum purchase; 10% discount on Tuesdays); 300 Hudson Produce, 300 Albany St. (free delivery in neighborhood); Jubilee Market Place, 99 John St. (free delivery in neighborhood, 10% senior discount on Saturdays); 55 Fulton Market, 55 Fulton St. (free delivery within 10 blocks; 10% senior discount on Wednesdays); Amish Market, 53 Park Place (free delivery in neighborhood, 10% senior discount with card); Whole Foods Market, 270 Greenwich St. (free delivery within 10 blocks with $150 minimum purchase); Best Market, 316 Greenwich St. (free delivery with $100 minimum purchase).

SCRIE and DRIE application assistance:The Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE, also known as the NYC Rent Freeze Program) freezes the rent for head-of-household seniors 62 and older who live in rent-regulated apartments. A companion program, the Disability Rent Increase Exemption (DRIE, also known as the NYC Rent Freeze Program) is an exemption against future rent increases for eligible disabled persons living in rent-controlled, rent-stabilized, Mitchell-Lama and other eligible apartments. It turns out that many New Yorkers who would be eligible for this assistance are not using it.

On July 26 and every other week thereafter (Aug. 9, Aug. 23 and Sept. 6), two rent-freeze specialists, fluent in English, Mandarin and Spanish, will be stationed at City Councilmember Margaret Chin's district office to help seniors and tenants with disabilities living in rent-regulated apartments navigate the SCRIE and DRIE application process. Place: 165 Park Row, Suite 11. Time: 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. To schedule an appointment, call (212) 587-3159. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Volunteer on the Wavertree: The South Street Seaport Museum's 1885 cargo ship Wavertree is the crown jewel of its historic ship collection. Opportunities are available for volunteers to learn all aspects of maintaining and operating the ship. There are immediate openings for entry-level and skilled volunteers for regular maintenance and care of the ship (training provided) as well as aloft work (climbing into the rigging) on Wavertree's 165-foot-tall masts. People of all ages and skill levels are welcome. Volunteering aboard Wavertree presents a rare opportunity to learn traditional maritime skills and methods familiar to 19th- and 20th-century sailors. Prior tall ship and sailing experience is a plus, but all volunteers are welcome. Experienced hands will have the opportunity to help train and mentor newcomers. To learn more about volunteering on Wavertree and in other parts of the South Street Seaport Museum, click here.

Battery Park City Parks gardening volunteers wanted: On Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to noon, work with the BPC horticulturists in Wagner Park, helping to maintain the park and learning about the organic and sustainable practices used in Battery Park City gardens. For more information, call (212) 267-9700 or email

During the summer, the South Street Seaport Museum will be open free every other Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Museum will offer free admission to its exhibitions, historic ship tours, thematic educational and programmatic activities, artisan demonstrations, and more. The next "free Friday" will take place on July 28. E-mail for more information.

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) announces arts grants applications: The LMCC awards arts grants of up to $8,000 each in the areas of Creative Engagement and Creative Learning. Manhattan-based artists, emerging arts groups and community-based organizations working across disciplines to connect local communities to artistic experiences are eligible to apply.

Creative Engagement is an arts funding program that provides seed grants to individual artists and nonprofit organizations for projects and activities that offer Manhattan communities diverse artistic experiences. Each year, the program supports over 150 arts projects in Manhattan, including concerts, performances, public art, exhibitions, screenings, festivals, workshops, readings and more. Through this grant program LMCC will award over $500,000 for projects in neighborhoods from Inwood to the Battery taking place between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2018.

Creative Learning is a grant program designed to support and develop the capacity of Manhattan's teaching artists and small arts organizations to provide in-depth, community-based arts education and enrichment projects and programming to participants of all ages including youth, adults, and/or seniors.

LMCC is offering information sessions all summer to share application advice and answer  questions. First-time applicants are required to attend. Find an information session happening near you and RSVP now.

For 2018 guidelines and application information, click here. The application deadline is Sept. 12, 2017 at 5 p.m.

Grills on Governors Island: Governors Island has been equipped with grills and picnic tables that can be reserved for birthday parties, family reunions, and other get-togethers and celebrations. Last year, the grills were set up in and around Nolan Park and proved so popular that this year, additional grills have been placed at Picnic Point. Up to five picnic tables can be reserved for each grill.

Reservations are required at least two weeks in advance, and are booked on a first-come, first-served basis. Applicants are charged a non-refundable $26 application fee. In the case of inclement weather, groups can cancel or reschedule their date.

Gatherings can take place on any day that the island is open to the public. The hours are Mondays to Fridays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Groups are welcome to arrive anytime during their reserved time slot. Although private vehicles aren't allowed on the island, a wagon will be waiting at the ferry landing to transport party supplies. Alcohol is not permitted at the picnic sites.

For more information about the grill facilities and to make a reservation, click here.  

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