Autumn in Battery Park City
Under the auspices of the Battery Park City Authority, there will be more than 400 public programs and events in Battery Park City between September and December. 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:
• Go Fish! – Oct. 24, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wagner Park. Join experienced anglers for catch-and release fishing and learn about life in the Hudson River with the following educational tours for all ages:
• Oct. 14 at 11 a.m. // Birdwatching – New York City is a fantastic place to observe birds, especially during the fall migration season, when some birds travel thousands of miles between their summer and winter homes. The gardens of Wagner Park are a place to rest and refuel on this journey. Join BPC Parks' naturalist / horticulturist team to look for birds and learn about the plantings and flowers.
• Oct. 14 // The Crusty Gentlemen – Born under the Brooklyn Bridge in 2010 and embodying the “crustiness” that comes from years of experience, this local bluegrass favorite plays tunes to keep your feet tapping and bait wiggling.
• Friday Movie Nights at Rockefeller Park. Free screenings of some great feature films:
• Oct. 13, 7 p.m. // Ghostbusters – Enjoy this spooky classic on Friday the 13th and get ready to be slimed! Join your favorite, quirky band of parapsychologists as they rid the Big Apple of ghosts, ghouls, and other paranormal phenomena. When there’s something strange, you know who to call…
• Young Artists’ Workshop: Bookmaking – Sept. 30, 11 a.m., Rockefeller Park. Children are invited to make their own illustrated books with artist/educator Elise Engler, who will introduce the children to a variety of simple book making formats and techniques including accordion and pop-up books. Everyone will leave with their own story, told through drawn or painted pictures bound in a wonderful, handmade book. All materials provided.
• Dockappella – Oct. 1, 1 p.m.-4 p.m., Wagner Park. Join us for our annual autumn celebration of intricately-woven harmonies along the Hudson River. Many of the finest college acappella groups in New York and beyond will showcase their pitch-perfect vocal renditions from a diverse variety of musical genres. Bring a blanket and a picnic lunch as you enjoy the music with New York Harbor and Statue of Liberty as backdrop!
• Public Art Tour: Irish Hunger Memorial – Oct. 28, 2 p.m.Join Brian Tolle, designer of the Irish Hunger Memorial, on a special tour of this newly-reopened Battery Park City landmark. Brian will discuss the history of the memorial, as well as the recent renovation of the work. A staff horticulturalist will be on hand to discuss the Memorial’s native Irish plantings.
• Stories for all Ages – Oct. 29, 11a.m., Rockefeller Park. Celebrate Halloween by listening to some “not-too-scary” tales, vividly told by the delightful and engaging storyteller Luann Adams. Wear your Halloween costume!
• Holiday Lights – Dec. 7, 5:45 p.m., South Cove. An annual Battery Park City tradition! Join us for this annual a cozy evening in South Cove with caroling, warm beverages, cookies, and the local community. Donate a gift to Stockings with Care by bringing a new, unwrapped gift to the event. You may also drop off gift donations through December 15, at BPC Parks Headquarters (75 Battery Place).
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
"Confidential: The American Revolution's Agents of Espionage" opened at the Fraunces Tavern Museum on Sept. 16. It features never-before-seen objects from the Museum's collection that tell the story of how tailors, school teachers, and enslaved people operated as secret agents gathering intelligence for the American cause. Visitors get an opportunity to become agents of espionage themselves by using a cipher wheel to uncover the secret messages hidden in the object labels. The exhibition will run through September 2019. Place: 54 Pearl St. For hours and admission fees, 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.
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.
Sept. 25-Oct. 2
Sept. 29: 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: 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $32; $28 (seniors and students); discounts for South Street Seaport Museum members. Box office is at 12 Fulton St. Also,Sept. 30 at 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Ticket prices include museum admission. For more information, click here.
Battery Dance Festival. (Photo © Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
Irish Hunger Memorial. (Photo © Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
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The Museum of Jewish Heritage presents "Operation Finale: The Capture & Trial of Adolf Eichmann." Eichmann was the Nazi responsible for the murder of millions of innocent people in Nazi concentration camps. When World War II ended, he fled from Germany to Argentina, where he lived under an assumed name for 15 years. Finally, Israel's foreign intelligence service caught up with him and brought him back to Israel for trial. The exhibition includes recently declassified artifacts and multimedia presentations that reveal how Eichmann was captured and tried. Through Dec. 22, 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
"New Dimensions in Testimony" is a new, interactive installation at the Museum of Jewish Heritage that allows visitors to ask questions of Holocaust survivors and hear their answers. Place: 36 Battery Place. Free with Museum admission. Advance registration recommended. For additional information, 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.
Rob Wilson, head printer at Bowne Printers, part of the South Street Seaport Museum, inking a Heidelberg press dating from 1928 in the museum's collection.
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 Oct. 6, the film will be "Annie Hall." On Oct. 7, the film is "Spider-Man." 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.
In the South Street Seaport
Oct. 1: The South Street Seaport Museum's Bowne Printers offers a "Custom Stationery" workshop. Place: Bowne Printers, 209 Water St. Time: 1 p.m. Fee: $100 (discount for Museum members). To buy tickets, click here.
Downtown Post NYC
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.