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.
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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.
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.
Newark Airport Express in Lower Manhattan: Lower Manhattan now has daily bus service to and from Newark Airport. Buses leave from Freeman Plaza West immediately north of Canal Street at Broome Street. The first Lower Manhattan departure is at 6:30 a.m., with buses every half hour, ending at 7 p.m. Buses leave Newark Airport terminals between 7:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. with departures every 30 minutes. Tickets can be purchased on line, with no reservations required. The fare for adults, one way, is $16, with discounts available for seniors, children, members of the military, students and the disabled. The round-trip fare for adults is $28 plus a $1 service fee. The round-trip fare for seniors is $16. Other round-trip fares are also discounted. This bus line also goes to the Port Authority Bus Terminal, Bryant Park and Grand Central Terminal. Tickets can be used at any of these New York City locations in addition to the location in Lower Manhattan. For more information and to buy tickets, click here.
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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.
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 email@example.com
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.