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 On what was once a gravel pit on the east side of Governors Island, a campsite called Collective Retreats has just opened, offering overnight accommodations in 37 tents plus gourmet meals. (Photo: © Terese Loeb Kreuzer 2018)

The Public Art Fund commissioned a new paint job for the retired fireboat John J. Harvey. The John J. Harvey will be at Pier 25 in Hudson River Park much of the time through Sept. 23 offering free trips of 45 minutes to an hour. Tickets are available to all members of the public at Fireboat.org. Reservations are first come, first served. Sold-out trips have a stand-by line. For more information, click here. (Photo: © Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

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Feb. 15, 2018 Volume 5, No. 3


* Letter from the editor: How to support local news   
* Governors Island to offer overnight camping this season
* Bits & Bytes: Deal for 23 Wall St. falls through; $59 million penthouse on the market 
* Downtown Bulletin Board: Free winter break museum admission; Tribeca Meet & Greet
* Downtown Arts: Battery Park City Parks' annual art exhibition opens
* Calendar: February - Spotlight: Pipe Organ Inauguration Festival at St. Paul's Chapel

Feb. 25, 2018 Volume 5, No. 4

* Letter from the editor: Black History in Lower Manhattan
* Fate of New Market Building continues to pit EDC against the community and pols
* Downtown Alliance offers Digital Innovation Grant of $10,000
* Bits & Bytes: 3 World Trade Center near completion; Tribeca development sites
* Downtown Bulletin Board: Sailing instruction for kids and teens; Literary evenings
* Downtown Arts: Newly installed pipe organ debuts at St. Paul's Chapel
* Calendar: February - Spotlight: Chinese Lunar New Year Parade

March 5, 2018 Volume 5, No. 5

* Letter from the editor: Remembering the Ladies of Lower Manhattan
* The Battery Park City Authority as seen by its new president, Benjamin 'BJ' Jones  
* Bits & Bytes: Harry's reopens after update; Chef Carmellini signs on at Pier 17
* Downtown Bulletin Board: New hours for City's archives; Fundraising for Puerto Rico
* Calendar: March - Remember the ladies

March 17, Volume 5, No. 6

* Letter from the editor: Real News 
* East River helicopter tragedy draws ire and a new FAA directive 
* Tribeca Film Festival's Movies of the Moment: Documentaries that reflect headline news
 * Tribeca Film Festival announces schedule for 2018 and offers package pricing 
* Bits & Bytes: Trouble at 56 Leonard St.; Remembering Emily Roebling
* Downtown Bulletin Board: Battery Park City Parks usage survey; Brain and heart health
* Letter to the editor: Economic Development Corp. starts New Market Building demolition
* Calendar: March - Kurt Weill's 'Zaubernacht' at the Museum of Jewish Heritage

April 24, Volume 5, No. 7

* Letter from the editor: Lower Manhattan's Farm  
* Pier 17 in the South Street Seaport prepares to open
* Tribeca Film Festival: Some New York stories
* Bits & Bytes: Willow tree pruning; Cortlandt St. subway station to reopen
* Downtown Bulletin Board: Perennial plant care workshop; Sailors Ball tickets
* Public art in Lower Manhattan: Poems for a rainy day
* Calendar: April - Battery bird walks

May 6, Volume 5, No. 8

* Letter from the editor: A Tale of Two Piers
* Newly formed Seaport Advisory Group hopes to end Seaport 'surprises'
* Governors Island opens for the 2018 season   
* Bits & Bytes: Pier 40 piling repairs begin; Recommended Tribeca dining
* Downtown Bulletin Board: Community Convention; Brooklyn Bridge Poetry Walk
* Calendar: May - Summer in Battery Park City

May 23, Volume 5, No. 9

* Letter from the editor: How to Read the News
* Howard Hughes announces summer concert series and puts tickets on sale
* Bits & Bytes: Landlords win affordability case; Canal Street gentrifies
* Downtown Bulletin Board: Meet the Fishes; Free Fridays at South St. Seaport Museum
* Calendar: May - New York Harbor beckons

July 17, Volume 5, No. 10

* Letter from the editor: What happened at Federal Hall  
* 'Fiddler on the Roof' in Yiddish at the Museum of Jewish Heritage
* Bits & Bytes: Record prices for Lower Manhattan penthouses
* Downtown Bulletin Board: Governors Island now open late on Fridays and Saturdays
* Calendar: July - Poetry

Aug. 3, Volume 5, No. 11

* Letter from the editor: Preventable Loss
* Kayakers and waders enjoy Brooklyn Bridge Beach on City of Water Day    
* Pier 17 rooftop concert venue opens in the South Street Seaport
* Bits & Bytes: The River Project's humongous oyster; Massive jail for 80 Centre St.
* Downtown Bulletin Board: Culture Pass debuts; Free community paddle
* Letter to the editor: Pier 17 concerts create an audio nightmare
* Calendar: August - Battery Dance Festival

Aug. 18, Volume 5, No. 12

* Letter from the editor: New York's State Primary   
* Battery Dance Festival concludes a week of free performances in Battery Park City
* Ticket hawkers cause Connection bus route change  
* Tribeca Film Festival: 'Time for Ilhan' shows the political rise of a Muslim immigrant
* Bits & Bytes: El Chapo causes Brooklyn Bridge gridlock; Wigstock coming to Pier 17
* Downtown Bulletin Board: Mentoring for at-risk youth; adult ceramics classes
* Calendar: August - Museum of Jewish Heritage - 'Memory Unearthed'

Sept. 7, 2018, Volume 5, No. 13 

* Letter from the editor: New York's State Primary   
* New York State leads lawsuit to protect migrating birds
* September 11 commemorations in Lower Manhattan  
* Bits & Bytes: Charter revision proposals; Downtown hotel developer sues neighbor  
* Downtown Bulletin Board: Open House New York seeks volunteers; New ferry service
* Calendar: September - Battery Park City Authority fall calendar

Sept. 13, 2018, Volume 5, No. 14 

 
* Letter from the editor: Today, Sept. 13, is New York's State Primary   
* Stolen Renoir painting is returned to its owner at Museum of Jewish Heritage ceremony
* Jack Putnam, beloved South Street Seaport historian, dies
* Bits & Bytes: Michael Levine retires from CB1; Cortlandt St. subway station reopens
* Downtown Bulletin Board: New NYC Ferry schedule for fall; Free Parent & Baby Yoga
* Calendar: September - 'Spy Week' at the Fraunces Tavern Museum

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Bear Mountain Bridge as seen during a six-day excursion from Manhattan to Waterford, N.Y. and back aboard the retired fireboat, John J. Harvey. For more information about the John J. Harvey, click here.

(Photo: © Terese Loeb Kreuzer 2018)

Renuka Pinto, an Australian trained physical therapist with over 18 years experience, is now offering "quality care at an affordable price" at her new location, 915 Broadway, Suite 1106. She is a sports and spine specialist using technology, intensive hands-on therapy and custom-based exercise to help patients meet their needs. A mother of three, she offers specialized services to pregnant and post-partum women to help them achieve their individual goals.


Krishna, a volunteer at the River Project’s Wetlab on Pier 40 in Hudson River Park, tells a young visitor about a Hudson River inhabitant called the oyster toadfish (Opsanus tau) that uses its strong jaws and teeth to crack open oyster shells.  The River Project's Wetlab is open every Tuesday and Thursday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Place: Pier 40 (on the Hudson River at Houston Street). (Photo: © Terese Loeb Kreuzer 2018)

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-New York’s 10th Congressional District) and New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer entering the NYU Kimmel Center for a Town Hall meeting on Feb. 12, 2018.  For news about elected officials representing Lower Manhattan,  click here. (Photo: © Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

The thrilling Mophato Dance Theater from Botswana followed up its appearance at the Battery Dance Festival with three performances of "Pula, Botswana on Broadway" with 50 actors, dancers and musicians.


“Pula," or rain, is highly cherished in Botswana, a semi-arid country in Africa. This fictional play – anchored on the practical and mystical relationship that Batswana have with rain – traces how rain brings humans, plants and animals under one Botswana sky.


 (Photos: © Terese Loeb Kreuzer 2018)

The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbine has announced that its production of "Fiddler on the Roof" in Yiddish at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Battery Park City has proven so popular that the run has been extended through Nov. 18, 2018.  For Downtown Post NYC's review of the production plus some additional photographs, click here. For tickets, click here.


On Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. there will be a special event to mark the 104th show – celebrating NYTF’s 104th season. It will include a champagne and dessert reception. Tickets for that show start at $95.
 
Directed by Academy Award-and-Tony Award winner Joel Grey, the Yiddish Fiddler on the Roof has received universal positive praise from critics, including landing a place as a New York Times’ Critic’s Pick.”
 
The Yiddish language Fiddler on the Roof is based on the Tevye the Dairyman vignettes by Sholem Aleichem and was translated by Shraga Friedman. Tony Award-winning Fiddler lyricist Sheldon Harnick and producer/director Harold Prince have been consulting with NYTF on the production.
 
Playing the iconic roles of Yente, Tevye, and Golde are, respectively, comedian and Emmy Award nominee Jackie Hoffman (Charlie And the Chocolate Factory, The Addams Family, Hairspray, Xanadu), and Broadway veterans Steven Skybell (Fiddler on the Roof, Wicked, The Full Monty), and Jennifer Babiak (Fiddler on the Roof, West Side Story, Grease, Evita).

The 104-year-old Tony Award-nominated and Drama Desk Award-winning National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene (NYTF) is the longest consecutively producing theatre in the U.S. and the world's oldest continuously operating Yiddish theatre. Led by CEO Christopher Massimine and Artistic Director Zalmen Mlotek, NYTF is dedicated to creating a living legacy through the arts, connecting generations and bridging communities.

Ceremonial vessels are part of an exhibition entitled “Taino: Native Heritage and Identity in the Caribbean” at the National Museum of the American Indian, 1 Bowling Green. Across the Caribbean, an increasing number of individuals, families, and organizations are affirming their Native ancestry and identifying themselves as Taíno. Over the past 40 years, a diverse Taíno movement has challenged the prevalent belief that Native peoples became extinct shortly after European colonization in the Greater Antilles. The movement is spurring a regeneration of indigenous identity within the racially mixed and culturally blended societies of Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico, as well as in other areas of the Caribbean. The exhibition is on view through October 2019. For more information, click here(Photo: © Terese Loeb Kreuzer 2018)

Jake Johnson in the newly expanded store of the National Museum of the American Indian at 1 Bowling Green. He is standing next to a feather sculpture by John Marston, a member of the Coast Salish nation. The store sells jewelry, pottery, baskets, sculpture, rugs, books and CDs and a variety of items for children. Around three-quarters of the items in the store are handmade and are one of a kind. The National Museum of the American Indian is open daily. Admission is free. (Photo: © Terese Loeb Kreuzer 2018)


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Weather Information: For the latest weather information, go to www.weather.gov/nyc.

AlliedBarton patrols Battery Park City
. To reach AlliedBarton,  call (212) 945-SAFE (7233). The Battery Park City Command Center is located at the Verdesian, 211 North End Ave. In case of emergencies, call 911.


"If You See Something, Say Something"
New Yorkers are reminded to stay alert to their surroundings, and to report any suspicious activity.
Reports can be made to the Counter Terrorism Center at the New York State Intelligence Center via its terrorism tip line: (866) SAFENYS (866-723-3697); or by email: ctcenter@nysic.ny.gov.
 
New Yorkers can also download the See Something, Send Something app on your smartphone to inform authorities of a potential threat. Go to https://www.ny.gov/programs/see-something-send-something for more information.






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Sept. 22: Smithsonian Magazine presents its 13th annual Museum Day. Get a Museum Day Live! ticket online and use it to gain free admission for two people to any of 18 museums in Manhattan. Among the museums participating in the program are the New York City Fire Museum; the 9/11 Tribute Museum; the Ukrainian Museum; the Fraunces Tavern Museum; The Rubin Museum of Art and others. For a complete list and to get your tickets, click here.


Sept. 21-Sept. 22:  Spy Week at the Fraunces Tavern Museum includes daily 45-minute-long guided tours about Revolutionary Spies. Among other spies, the docents who lead the tours talk about Nathan Hale, Benjamin Tallmadge and Lydia Darrah. Visitors can learn about the tools of the trade as a spymaster, the creation of America's very first spy ring, and catch a glimpse of the last known letter from Nathan Hale, which hasn't been on display in over decade. Free with regular Museum admission. No reservations required. Times: Sept. 21: 2 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 22: 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. For more information about Spy Week and about the Fraunces Tavern Museum, click here.


Sept. 21-Sept. 23: The last days this season for the South Street Seaport Museum's 1885 schooner Pioneer's public trips through New York Harbor.  The vessel was built as an iron-hulled sloop to carry cargo along the Delaware River. Bring a picnic lunch or dinner, afternoon snack, beverages or a bottle of wine to enjoy on your sail. (Please note: distilled alcohol is not allowed.) PIONEER sails rain or shine. In the case of severe inclement weather, the Captain reserves the right to cancel the sail for safety. For more information and to buy tickets, click here.
 

The Downtown Alliance's free Connection bus service is again stopping at the places near The Battery that it bypassed during the summer in order to discourage aggressive ticket sellers from steering tourists who wanted to visit the Statue of Liberty onto the Connection bus with the expectation that it would take them to a harbor cruise that would stop on Liberty Island. (The only service that actually stops on Liberty Island is Statue Cruises, with tickets that can be purchased at Castle Clinton in The Battery. All other cruise services just give passengers a look at the Statue of Liberty from the boat.)


Tribeca Film Festival:  The Downtown Post NYC website has a section devoted to the Tribeca Film Festival  with articles on some of the films shown in the festival and with director interviews.  Read about films shot in New York City, about a film called "Time for Ilhan" that concerns a Somali immigrant's successful campaign for the Minnesota House of Representatives, and about the film festival's "Movies of the Moment" including an interview with the directors of a film called "LA92" centering on race riots that took place in Los Angeles in 1992 when the directors of the film were teenagers. Click here to see information about the 2018 award-winning films.


Governors Island is open daily. From Monday to Thursday, the hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Island is open until 11 p.m. every Friday and Saturday night. On Sundays, the Island is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Ferries to and from Governors Island leave from the Battery Maritime Building at 10 South St. and from Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 6. For ferry schedules and fees, click here.