Meet the Fishes: On Tuesday, May 23from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., the River Project is hosting "Meet the Fishes" to mark the opening of its season at the WetLab on Pier 40. The lab has a flow-through river water aquarium that allows visitors to see some of the many species that live in New York Harbor. For the first time, there will also be a Live Dive featuring three divers who will submerge into the Hudson River and bring back some creatures such as the shrimps, mud crabs and mud dog whelk snails that live in the Hudson near Pier 40. 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

22nd Annual Poetry Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge: Poets House's annual fundraising walk across the Brooklyn Bridge is one of the highlights of the summer season. The walk on June 12starts on the Manhattan side of the bridge. The first stop is under one of the stone arches where renowned poets read poetry about the bridge. Then it's on to the park next to the Brooklyn Bridge carousel for a reading of Walt Whitman's "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry" (this year, by poet Sharon Olds). Next comes dinner at a beautiful, historic foundry in DUMBO where long-time Board member Frank Platt and actor and poetry lover Bill Murray will be honored for their  dedication to Poets House, and poet Claudia Rankine will be honored for her service to the field of poetry. There will be limousines available after dinner to take the walkers back to Manhattan. All proceeds benefit Poets House's library, public programs and class trips for children and teens.  Time: Check-in begins at 6 p.m. near 1 Centre St. The walk begins at 6:30 p.m. The seated dinner starts at 8 p.m. at 26 Bridge St. in DUMBO. Tickets start at $250 with all but $75 tax deductible. For more information, email Lauren Clark (lauren@poetshouse.org) or call (646) 346-1276. Information is also available by clicking here.


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.


Art Portfolio Development for Teens: From July 5 to July 28, the Battery Park City Authority is sponsoring a program to help teens develop a portfolio of artwork that they can submit with their applications to specialized art high schools or colleges. The program is taught by professional artists and includes weekly visits to museums and galleries. For students, grades 7 to 12. Fee: $900 for 18 sessions or $275 a week (materials included). Receive a 10% discount if registered by April 28. Email registration@bpcparks.org


Shakespeare Downtown: For the second year, Shakespeare Downtown will return to Castle Clinton in the Battery this summer with a production of "Richard III,"playing from Wednesday to Sunday between June 14 and June 25 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  Shakespeare Downtown is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit theater company dedicated to producing Shakespeare's plays in Lower Manhattan.  Castle Clinton is in the open air, in the round, on the water, with seating for 200 people a night for a total audience of 2,000. Geoffrey Horne, the director, is a founder of Shakespeare Downtown, and a long-time member of the Actors Studio.  He has been an acting teacher at the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute for over 35 years.  He also worked as an actor in movies such as The Bridge on the River Kwai and Bonjour Tristesse, and in the theatre and television.  Billie Andersson is the co-founder of Shakespeare Downtown, and an actress and producer of 12 plays. Shakespeare Downtown has received support from the Downtown Alliance, NYC & Company, A.R.T./New York, and Community Board 1.  Well-known members of the acting community - Alec Baldwin, Terence McNally, Estelle Parsons, John Douglas Thompson, Anna Strasberg, and the late Mike Nichols have lent their names as supporters of Shakespeare Downtown.

All of the artists involved in the production are donating their services to make this new theater possible.  But additional funds are sought to show community support and help build Shakespeare Downtown's audience.  To contribute to the crowdfunding campaign, click here.





Summer sailing on the Lettie G. Howard: The South Street Seaport Museum's 1893 schooner Lettie G. Howard will be the setting this summer for week-long adventures out of New York harbor. Operated by a licensed captain and a trained crew, people who sign on as "crew in training" will learn how to sail a traditional tall ship. The program is designed for rising students entering grades 10 to 12. The cost of $1,340 per participant covers all expenses. Program dates are June 25-30; July 2-7; and July 9-14. For more information or to register, email lettieghoward@seany.org.














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 info@bpcparks.org




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Waterfront Photo Contest: To welcome the new NYC Ferry, Borough of Manhattan President Gale Brewer is sponsoring a waterfront photo contest. Anyone who lives in Manhattan can enter images of the island's waterfront for a chance to win prizes and have their photo featured in the Borough President's Peyton Gallery at 1 Centre St. To enter the contest on social media, tag @GaleABrewer and/or use the hashtag #waterfrontcontest on Twitter or Instagram. To enter by email, attach your photo (in jpeg or tif format to an email and send it to waterfront@manhattanbp.nyc.gov. Include your name, address, phone number and age. Only five entries per person are permitted. All entries are due by Thursday, June 1, 2017. By entering, you are certifying that you own the rights to the image(s) submitted. Winners will be notified by mid-June with requests for high-resolution versions to include in the July exhibition in the gallery.

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May 20: 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. This year's kayaking season opens to the public on May 20. To learn more about the Downtown Boathouse and/or to volunteer, click here.