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:
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 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.
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 historic lightship Lilac, the only steam-powered lighthouse tender in the United States, is open Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays with an exhibition entitled "Great Shipwrecks of New York's 'Great' Lakes." To see the ship's website for hours and special notices, click here. Place: Pier 25 in Hudson River Park. Free, but donations are gratefully accepted. For more information, click here.
The SeaGlass Carousel
A wharf in the Fulton Fish Market, 1946. The photograph, by Todd Webb, is in the exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York of Webb's photographs from 1945 to 1960.
July 21-July 28
July 21: Take a two-hour harbor cruise aboard the South Street Seaport Museum's 1885 schooner, Pioneer. Place: Pier 16 in the South Street Seaport. Time: 3 p.m.; 7 p.m. Tickets: $32; $28 (seniors and students); discounts for South Street Seaport Museum members. Box office is at 12 Fulton St. Ticket prices include museum admission. For more information, click here.
July 11- July 27: Summer Dance! at the National Museum of the American Indian is an interactive program featuring Ty Defoe (Giizhig), a multi-talented American Indian artist who integrates singing, storytelling, and hoop dancing. Dates: Tuesday, July 11, July 18, July 25; Wednesday, July 12, July 19, July 26; Thursday, July 13, July 20, July 27. Times: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Place: 1 Bowling Green. Free. For more information, click here.
July 27: The last concert of this year's River & Blues series: Vieux Farka Toure delivers 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. Place: Wagner Park in Battery Park City. Time: 7 p.m. Free.
July 27: Secrets and Seawalls aboard the South Street Seaport Museum's 1885 cargo ship Wavertree is an evening of dance choreographed by Melissa Riker and inspired by storms and disruption. It stems from her questions about the integrity of New York City's seawalls and the impact of weather. The work was created in collaboration with architect Lee Skolnick. Also, July 30. Place: Wavertree, anchored at Pier 16 in the South Street Seaport. Time: 7 p.m. on July 20 and July 27. 5 p.m. on July 30. Tickets: $30; $25 (South Street Seaport Museum members). VIP tickets are also available for $45 and include a pre-show tour of the Wavertree and an after-show meet and greet with the performers. For more information and to buy tickets, click here.
Battery Dance Festival. (Photo © Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
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Special Summer Hours
July and August: The Whitney Museum of American Art will be open to the public seven days a week during the months of July and August. Ordinarily closed on Tuesdays, the Museum will be open during these summer months from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, including on Tuesday, July 4. Extended hours on Friday and Saturday, from 10:30 a.m. until 10 p.m., continue, and Friday evenings are pay-what-you-wish from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Place: 99 Gansevoort St. (between Washington and West Streets). For more information, click here.
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. Through July 23, 2017. 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
The 25th Annual Poets House Showcase is at Poets House through Aug. 12. Poets House celebrates a quarter century of history-making with its annual Poets House Showcase. The only event of its kind, the Showcase is a free exhibit featuring over 3,000 books of poetry and ephemera published by more than 700 commercial, university and independent presses and individuals in the preceding 18 months. The seven-week celebration includes Showcase readings, talks and workshops. Place: 10 River Terrace. Free. For more information about Poets House and about this exhibition, click here.
At the South Street Seaport Museum, an exhibition called "Millions: Migrants and Millionaires aboard the Great Liners, 1900-1914" is one of the first exhibitions to examine, side by side, the dichotomy between First Class and Third Class passengers aboard ocean liners in the early 20th century. Throughout the exhibition, there will be screenings of films that feature ocean liners and immigrants at a time when New York harbor was the busiest in the world. Through Jan. 7, 2018. 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.
William Roka, the South Street Seaport Museum's historian, leading a walking tour of the infamous Fourth Ward.
Figment: For the past nine summers, FIGMENT has produced an Artist-Designed Mini Golf Course on Governors Island. Figment Mini Golf opened for the summer on June 3 and will be open through Aug. 24. This year's theme, "New York City Has the Beat," pays homage to the sounds of the city and to its music scene of the past, present or future. The FIGMENT mini-golf course, which has nine holes, is located behind the Library building across from Castle Williams. Weekdays: 10 a.m. -5 p.m. Weekends: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Free. For more information, click here.
In the South Street Seaport
July 28: 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. Meet at 12 Fulton St. Time: 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $25; $20 (museum members). 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.
Free films: Starting on June 2 and continuing on the first Friday and Saturday of every month through October, there will be free movies at Oculus Plaza. On Aug. 4, the film will be "West Side Story." On Aug. 5, the film is "Ghostbusters." On both Fridays and Saturdays, the doors open at 5 p.m. and the films begin at 7:30 p.m. Food from Eataly and beverages will be for sale. The films are free. For more information, click here.