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South Street Seaport Museum: The evocative upper floors of Schermerhorn Row in the South Street Seaport have been mostly closed to the public since Superstorm Sandy destroyed the electrical system in the buildings on Oct. 29, 2012. During October, the South Street Seaport Museum offered guided tours of the 4th floor where visitors could see the remnants of two hotels that in the 19th century provided accommodations for seamen, traveling salesmen and other visitors. In the near future, the museum plans to start offering these tours on a monthly basis. Want to make a contribution to the South Street Seaport Museum to support its programs and services? Your money would go for educational programs, for curating and interpreting its collection of 27,000 works of art and artifacts that document the rise of the New York port, preserving and actively using its historic ships and printing presses and supporting the corps of nearly 300 volunteers and interns that make the Museum's work possible. For more information and to donate to the South Street Seaport Museum, click here. (Photo: © Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
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)
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The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbine's production of "Fiddler on the Roof" in Yiddish which had been playing at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Battery Park City has transferred to Off-Broadway's Stage 42 (422 West 42nd St.). Previews began on Feb. 11. The official opening is scheduled for Feb. 21. For tickets, click here.
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.
For Downtown Post NYC's review of the production plus some additional photographs, click here.
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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.
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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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Feb. 22: At the National Museum of the American Indian, storyteller Darren Thompson (Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe) shares the traditions and culture of his Ojibwe community through stories and flute music. Also, Feb. 23 at 12 p.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Place: 1 Bowling Green. Times: 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Museum admission is free.
Feb. 23: Observe Black History Month with the Fighting for Freedom tour at the Fraunces Tavern Museum. From battles to espionage, and harrowing tales of escape, this tour shows that African Americans, both enslaved and free, were present, active, and of critical importance in the American Revolution. Place: 54 Pearl St. Time: 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Included with museum admission, $7 (adults); $4 (seniors, students with valid ID and children, 6 to 17).
For more information, click here.
Feb. 24: Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer will deliver the annual State of the Borough address, which will focus on present-day urban policy. The address will be followed by a panel discussion with former counsel to Mayor de Blasio Maya Wiley, former columnist for the New York Daily News Juan Gonzalez, Executive Director of the Center for an Urban Future Jonathan Bowles, and Executive Director of Development at the Asian American Federation JoAnn Yoo. Place: Skirball Center at NYU, 566 Laguardia Place (Just South of Washington Sq. Park in Greenwich Village.)
Reception to follow in the Rosenthal Pavilion on the top floor of the Kimmel Center. Time: Doors open at 1 p.m.; program begins at 2 p.m. For reservations, click here. (The event will be live-streamed on Brewer's Facebook page.)
Feb. 24: The New Shanghai Circus features astonishing athletes in a show that draws on 2,000 years of Chinese circus traditions. Place: Schimmel Center at Pace University, 3 Spruce St. Time: 4 p.m. Tickets: $29 and up (adults); $20 (children 12 and under accompanied by an adult). Purchase tickets at www.schimmelcenter.org/event/new-shanghai-circus
Coming to the Museum of Jewish Heritage: An exhibition entitled "Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away" will be the largest exhibition dedicated to the history of Auschwitz and its role in the Holocaust ever presented in North America. The exhibition brings together more than 700 original objects and 400 photographs of Auschwitz from more than 20 institutions and museums around the world. Place: 36 Battery Place. The exhibition opens on May 8, 2019 but it's not too soon to buy tickets. For more information, click here.
Through April 26: Poets House presents an exhibition entitled "Bettissima: Treasures from the Elizabeth Kray Archives." Betty Kray (1916-1987) – dubbed Bettissima by E.E. Cummings – was a visionary arts administrator, co-founder of Poets House with Stanley Kunitz and an advocate for poetry and American poets. Kray was also director of the Academy of American Poets and Poets Center of the 92nd Street Y. The exhibition, on display through April 26, includes nearly 100 letters from poets, documenting 20th-century American poetry. Place: 10 River Terrace. Free. For more information, click here.
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 a film called "Roll Red Roll" that describes the rape of a 16-year-old girl in Steubenville, Ohio and how the town attempted to cover up what had happened and if anything, blame the victim. An article about the film festival's "Movies of the Moment" includes 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.
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Feb. 7, 2019, Volume 6, No. 3
* Letter from the editor: Public Advocate Election, Part 1
* Hudson River Park Trust says park can withstand flooding
* Bits & Bytes: Beach planned for Hudson River Park; Memorial for first responders
* Downtown Post Political Report: Trump attacks New York State Reproductive Health Act
* Downtown Post Museums: Fraunces Tavern Museum book club
* Non-profits can apply for free meeting space at LMHQ
* Downtown Bulletin Board: Pace University's Active Retirement Center
* Calendar: February - Chinese Lunar New Year
Jan. 26, 2019, Volume 6, No. 2
* Letter from the editor: A Week's Work
* Reproductive Health Act passes NY State legislature and Cuomo signs it into law
* Bits & Bytes: Fidi condo sales down; Cuomo pledges $23M to Hudson River Park
* Downtown Post Political Report: Nadler begins investigations of Whitaker and Nielsen
* Downtown Post Arts: 'Soul to Soul' honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
* Downtown Bulletin Board: SOL and Ellis Island remained open; Battery bird walks
* Calendar: January - Silent Films/Live Music at Brookfield Place
Jan. 9, 2019, Volume 6, No. 1
* Letter from the editor: Shutdown
* Julie Menin appointed to direct preparations for New York City's 2020 census count
* Tribeca Film Festival's 'Roll Red Roll' explores a rape and cover-up in an Ohio townÂ
* Bits & Bytes: Saks shuts BPC store; Mayor taps Julie Menin for census count
* Downtown Bulletin Board: Connection bus ridership survey; Caregiver support group
* Downtown Post Arts: ' p r i s m' at the 7th annual Prototype Festival
* Calendar: January - Hamilton's Birthday
Dec. 22, 2018, Volume 5, No. 19
* Letter from the editor: Migrant Families
* Julian Wachner puts Trinity Wall Street's musical programming on the map
* Bits & Bytes: Dead Rabbit expands; Tribeca penthouse sells for $55 million
* Downtown Post Politics: Nadler takes helm of House Judiciary Committee
* Downtown Bulletin Board: Lower Manhattan 'Staycation' contest
* Fraunces Tavern Book Club focuses on new books about the American Revolution
* Calendar: December - Battery Park City's winter calendar
Dec. 9, 2018, Volume 5, No. 18
* Letter from the editor: Giving Wednesdays
* Bicycle parking pod debuts in Lower Manhattan
* During December, outdoor food and crafts markets at the South Street Seaport * Bits & Bytes: Moving Lady Liberty's torch; SEC seeks new digs
* Downtown Bulletin Board: Community Board applications; Holiday diaper drive
* Calendar: December - Lower Manhattan lights
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
Sept. 27, 2018, Volume 5, No. 15
* Letter from the editor: The River at Our Door
* Hudson River Journey aboard the John J. Harvey: Sun, Rain and Stone
* Bits & Bytes: Two Tribeca restaurant closings; One Seaport tops out
* Downtown Bulletin Board: Memorial gathering for Oliver Allen; St. Paul's choir auditions
* Letter to the editor: Remembering Jack Putnam
* Playing to standing ovations, 'Fiddler on the Roof' in Yiddish extends its run
* Calendar: October - Open House New York Weekend
Oct. 12, 2018, Volume 5, No. 16
* Letter from the editor: Register to vote by Oct. 12
* At Town Hall, Rep. Jerrold Nadler discusses healthcare, immigration and other issues
* Borough of Manhattan Community College researchers study Battery Park City parks
* Bits & Bytes: Lower Manhattan human rights lawyer wins a 'genius award'
* Downtown Bulletin Board: St. Paul's choir auditions; Pick pumpkins on Governors Island
* Calendar: October - Archtober
Nov. 6, 2018, Volume 5, No. 17
* Letter from the editor: Election Day Hotline
* Flip the Ballot: Three NYC charter revision proposals are on the back of the ballot
* Bits & Bytes: African Burial Ground Monument defaced; Tiny townhouses on Water St.
* Downtown Bulletin Board: Medicare enrollment information; Jack Putnam memorial
* Letter to the Editor: Vote 'no' on Charter Revision Proposals 2 and 3
* Calendar: November - Kristallnacht and 'Messiah'
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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. For more about the Hudson River trip to Waterford, N.Y. and back, click here.
(Photo: © Terese Loeb Kreuzer 2018)
Connection bus survey: Every day, the free Downtown Connection bus traverses a route between the South Street Seaport and Broadway near City Hall, making 36 stops. Through March 2019, the Alliance for Downtown New York, which operates the bus, is conducting a survey to better understand how riders use the service so that they can continue to improve it. For more information about the Connection bus, click here. To take the survey, click here.
Fraunces Tavern Museum Book Club: "We're in the age of a Hamilton revival, so American history is cool again," said Mary Tsaltas, a museum educator at the Fraunces Tavern Museum who was recently tapped to lead the Museum's book club. Even without the Hamilton cachet, Tsaltas hopes that book club participants will be eager to learn about American Revolutionary War history. She has selected books to discuss that she describes as "page turners." Now in its third year, the Fraunces Tavern Museum Book Club meets quarterly at the museum to discuss nonfiction books about the American Revolution, all published within the last year.
In 2019, the book club's first meeting took place on Jan. 8 with a discussion of "In the Hurricane's Eye: The Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown" by Nathaniel Philbrick.
All book club meetings take place on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. at the Fraunces Tavern Museum, 54 Pearl St. The cost to attend all four meetings is $15. For additional information and to register for the book club, click here.
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. In January 2019, Nadler became the chair of the House Judiciary Committee and there will be a great deal of news as a result. Check the Downtown Post NYC Politics page for up-to-date information about this news and other news affecting Lower Manhattan and its representatives. To go to the Downtown Post NYC Politics page, click here. (Photo: © Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
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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