Summer in Battery Park City
Under the auspices of the Battery Park City Authority, there will be more than 600 public programs and events in Battery Park City between May and August. The full calendar of mostly-free, indoor and outdoor programs – including live concerts and dance festivals, storytelling and art workshops, athletic events, nature and exercise classes, and more – is available on the Battery Park City Parks website, www.bpcparks.org
Here are some highlights:
Teen Nights (Grades 7-12) – Fridays, May 12-June 16, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., 6 River Terrace. (No program on 5/26). Teens are invited to drop by for a few hours to meet friends and make new ones. Play table tennis, foosball, and life-size chess, listen to music and relax.
Swedish Midsummer Festival & Dance – Friday, June 23, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wagner Park. BPC's celebration of the summer solstice is one of largest Swedish Midsummer Festivals in the United States, attracting thousands of people who learn folk dances, make midsummer wreaths and enjoy a parade, children’s games and Swedish delicacies. Traditional music by Paul Dahlin and fiddlers from the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis.
Battery Park City Community Field Day– Friday, June 30, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Rockefeller Park. Learn to Double-Dutch, check out an illusionary street art project, dance and play classic field day games such as potato sack races, relays and tug-of-war. Don’t miss the imaginative face-painters, giant yard games and bubbles. Spin the BPC big wheel for prizes. Activities are geared toward everyone at this community-wide event.
River & Blues Concert Series– Thursdays in July, 7 p.m.,Wagner Park. Spend summer evenings listening to blues music from around the world as the sun sets on the Hudson River:
• July 6 // Los Lobos – Grammy-winning and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame-nominated artists Los Lobos perform their culturally-rich fusion of rock, blues, soul and Mexican folk music.
• July 13 // Rebirth Brass Band – From the Big Easy to the Big Apple, Rebirth Brass Band show why they’re considered pillars of their native New Orleans music scene with their Grammy-winning, infectious, and groove-laden “heavy funk.”
• July 20 // Bettye LaVette – Regarded as one of the premier live vocalists performing today, Bettye LaVette brings her emotive soul and blues interpretations to Battery Park City. With her first record released at the age of 16, LaVette is an enduring icon of many musical styles.
• July 27 // Vieux Farka Toure – Vieux Farka Toure delivers emotionally-charged songs and spectacular guitar work from his native Mali. With his unique and intricate fingerstyle playing, Farka Toure transports the beauty and culture of his homeland to New York City.
Strings-on-Hudson – Thursdays in August, 5:30 p.m., Belvedere Plaza. Battery Park City’s All-New Al Fresco Classical Music Series on the Hudson Waterfront:
• Aug. 3 // Tango! – Downtown’s own Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra performs dramatic Tango music with exhibition dance.
• Aug. 10 // Foxtrot! – The Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra swings into action playing dance classics from the Great American Songbook.
• Aug. 17 // Waltz! – Twirl in 3/4 time with a selection of all-time waltz favorites and the Hudson River as your backdrop.
• Aug. 24 // Tangos & Minuets – The West Village Quartet plays pieces by renowned tango composer Astor Piazzolla, along with classics by Haydn, Mozart, and more.
Battery Dance Festival – Aug. 13-18, 7 p.m.-9 p.m., Wagner Park. Celebrate the 36th year of New York City’s longest-running public dance festival. Against the backdrop of the Statue of Liberty and New York harbor, national and international dance companies will present six days of exciting dance.
The Museum of the City of New York has launched the first permanent exhibition of all 400 years of New York City history and a hi-tech glimpse of the future. The exhibition, "New York at Its Core," occupies the first floor of the museum and is the capstone of a 10-year, $100 million renovation of the entire institution. For more information, click here.
An exhibition called "Dunsmore: Illustrating the American Revolutionary War" is at the Fraunces Tavern Museum through June 2018. 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 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.
"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.
"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.
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. Place: One Bowling Green. Phone: (212) 514-3700. For the museum's calendar, click here.
The SeaGlass Carousel
May 26-May 31
May 27: The lightship Lilac celebrates her 84th birthday on May 27 with birthday cake and two exhibits: "Great Shipwrecks of New York's 'Great' Lakes" and "The Hidden Hulks of New York Harbor." The ship is open from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Place: Pier 25 in Hudson River Park. Free, but donations are gratefully accepted. For more information, click here.
May 27: Fleet Week continues with public ship tours. Ship tours will be held on Piers 88 and 92 (Manhattan) (8 a.m. - 5 p.m.); Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, Pier 86 (Manhattan) (10 a.m.- 5 p.m); Brooklyn Cruise Terminal (Brooklyn) (8 a.m. - 5 p.m.); and Homeport Pier (Staten Island) (8 a.m. - 5 p.m.). Notice to guests, electronic smoking devices are prohibited. Additionally, all guest over the age of 18 will be required to show a valid photo I.D. Free. Lines may be capped early to allow guests to finish their tours.
May 28: The Fleet Week Freedom Run will start in Battery Park City's North Cove Marina and end at the 9/11 Memorial Site. Sea service members and New York-based first responders will participate. U.S. Marine Corps Battle Color Detachment scheduled to perform following the run. Time: 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Free.
For more information about Fleet Week and Fleet Week events, click here.
Battery Dance Festival. (Photo © Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
The Museum of Jewish Heritage presents "My Name is...The Lost Children of Kloster Indersdorf." In 1945, a former convent near Dachau named Kloster Indersdorf became a temporary home for hundreds of children displaced in the immediate aftermath of World War II. To help locate relatives, a photograph was taken of each child to be circulated in search notices. The exhibition displays a selection of the images and their individual stories of loss and survival. Place: 36 Battery Place. Admission: $12; $10 (seniors); $7 (students); free (children 12 and under and museum members). Free admission Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The museum is open from Sunday to Friday. Closed on Saturdays. For more information, click here
An exhibition entitled "Poetry Since 1912: Books, Issues & Ephemera from the Poetry Foundation" at Poets House will be on view through June 16. Place: 10 River Terrace. Free. For more information about Poets House and about this exhibition, click here.
The Whitney Biennial 2017 is at the Whitney Museum of American Art with work by 63 artists. This is the country's preeminent survey of the current state of American art. According to one of the curators, Christopher Y. Lew, it reflects "recent tumult in society, politics and the economic system." The Biennial runs through June 11, 2017. Place: 99 Gansevoort St. Open Tues. to Sun. (closed on Mondays). General Admission tickets provide entry to all exhibitions, including the 2017 Biennial. Tickets can be purchased online until midnight the night before your visit and are discounted ($22 adults; $17 seniors and students). Fridays from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., admission is "pay what you wish." For more information, click here
Now at the South Street Seaport Museum is an exhibition about tattoos called "The Original Gus Wagner: The Maritime Roots of Modern Tattoo." Augustus "Gus" Wagner (1872-1941) was a merchant seaman and tattoo artist who traveled the world between 1898 and 1902 and then returned to the United States as a professional tattoo artist and tattooed man. By 1901, Gus reportedly has 264 tattoos of his own and over 800 by 1908. The exhibition explains hand tattoo techniques and advocates for the importance of researching, documenting and preserving tattoo collections in museums and research institutes. "Every symbol and every design made up of symbols has a meaning," Wagner once said. Through June 4, 2017. Place: South Street Seaport Museum, 12 Fulton St. Open daily. Tickets: $12; $8 (seniors and students); $6 (children 2 to 17); free (under 2 years old) (include the exhibition and admission to the museum's historic ships). For more information, click here.
An exhibition, "A City Seen: Todd Webb's Postwar New York 1945-1960" is at the Museum of the City of New York through Sept. 4, 2017. With his large format camera and tripod, Todd Webb roamed Manhattan's streets with excitement and curiosity from the time he moved here in 1945. This exhibition of 131 photographs and some of Webb's journal entries includes pictures of the Financial District, the South Street Seaport and the Lower East Side as they looked decades ago. Place: 1220 Fifth Ave. (at 103rd Street). Open daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission: $18; $12 (seniors and students); free (under 20 years old and members). For more information, click here.
Inside Schermerhorn Row with remnants of the old hotels that were once there.
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Tour Schermerhorn Row: Discover the treasures hidden inside Schermerhorn Row, one of the oldest commercial buildings in New York City and home of the South Street Seaport Museum. Walk up three floors, usually closed to the public, view selected artifacts from the museum's permanent collection, and walk through the hidden hotels and saloon rooms made famous by New Yorker writer Joseph Mitchell's "Up in the Old Hotel." Tours take place on the second Friday and Saturday of each month, through June. Next tours on June 9 and 10. Place: 12 Fulton St. Times: Fridays at noon and Saturdays at noon and 2 p.m. Tickets: $15; $10 (South Street Seaport Museum members). For more information and to buy tickets, click here.
Sex, Liquor and Murder is the title of a special walking tour offered by the South Street Seaport Museum. This evening tour for adults (18 and older) goes through the Fourth Ward, known as 19th century New York's most infamous district of vice and depravity. Stories about the Fourth Ward revolve around notorious criminals and infamous houses of ill repute. Fridays, May 26, June 30 and July 28. Meet at 12 Fulton St. Time: 6:30 p.m. For more information and tickets, click here.
Tour the Battery on Thursdays: Take an official tour of the Battery with a guide from the Battery Conservancy. Learn about the park's history, its many important landmarks and monuments, the Seaglass Carousel, the 134,000 square feet of beautiful perennial gardens designed by renowned Dutch garden designer Piet Oudolf and much more!
When: Every Thursday. Time: 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Arrive 10 minutes early (tours will begin promptly). Where: Meet at 12:50 p.m. at the Netherland Memorial Flagpole located at the entrance to the park near the intersection of Broadway, Battery Place, and State street. It is across State Street from Bowling Green. To register, click here.