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June 20, 2019, Volume 6, No. 9
* Letter from the editor: Peaceful New York City
* Howard Hughes Corp. hires Skidmore, Owings & Merrill to create Seaport master plan
* Bits & Bytes: Oculus skylight still broken; WTC contractors and officials indicted
* Letter to the editor: Deutsche Bank site to be sold
* Downtown Bulletin Board: Battery Park City Authority holds resiliency meetings
* Calendar: River to River Festival and 'Night at the Museums'
May 21, 2019, Volume 6, No. 8
* Letter from the editor: Flamingo on the Hudson
* Dine Around Downtown and Get Low offer discounted dining options
* Bits & Bytes: Storm surge barrier proposal; Vongerichten opens Seaport restaurant
* Downtown Bulletin Board: Connection bus service changes; New ferry schedules
* Calendar: South Street Seaport Museum
April 17, 2019, Volume 6, No. 7
* Letter from the editor: Day of Mourning
* Death on Battery Park City's South End Avenue
* LMHQ inspires downtown's nomadic workforce
* Bits & Bytes: Fidi loses comic book store; Former Trump Soho hit with tax lien
* Elise Ensler documents the news, one morning at a time
* Downtown Bulletin Board: Victim Compensation Fund Information Session
* Calendar: Governors Island summer plans
April 2, 2019, Volume 6, No. 6
* Letter from the editor: Binders of Women
* Holocaust freight car is installed at the Museum of Jewish Heritage
* Downtown Post Politics: Nadler confronts A.G. Barr over Mueller report
* Bits & Bytes: City Winery Moving to Pier 57; State to review contaminated Seaport lot
* Downtown Bulletin Board: River Project Wetlab opens for the 2019 season
* Calendar: Lower Manhattan History
March 16, 2019, Volume 6, No. 5
* Letter from the editor: Tom Goodkind
* Congestion pricing debate continues as a way to help fund MTA repairs
* Bits & Bytes: Pied-a-Terre tax proposed; Dining in Manhattan's Chinatown
* City Lore exhibition honors New York's 'Waterfront Heroes"
* Downtown Post Arts: 'Fiddler on the Roof' continues to get standing ovations
* Downtown Bulletin Board: Chili Party to benefit John J. Harvey; Women in Prison panel
* Calendar: March - Past, Present and Future
Feb. 26, 2019, Volume 6, No. 4
* Letter from the editor: Public Advocate Election Day
* Bill to create an African Burial Ground Museum and Educational Center resurfaces
* Bits & Bytes: Jon Stewart pleads for 9/11 medical funding; Trinity's $6B portfolio
* Tribeca Film Festival: Some 2018 Tribeca Film Festival offerings are back in town
* Downtown Post Arts: New Shanghai Circus astonishes at the Schimmel Center
* Downtown Bulletin Board: Whitney Museum open daily; Digital Innovation Grants
* Letter to the Editor: Port Authority and St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church
* Calendar: February - A day of events in Lower Manhattan
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
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'
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
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With more than 1,700 apartments, Gateway Plaza is Battery Park City's largest apartment complex. It opened in 1983 as middle-class housing although in recent years, rents have been rising steadily. On June 2, hundreds of Gateway residents rallied to demand rent stabilization for all tenants through 2040 when Gateway's ground lease expires. (Photo: © Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
Third Public Meeting of the South Battery Park City Resiliency Project
June 24: The third public meeting of the South Battery Park City Resiliency Project will take place at 6 p.m. Place: 6 River Terrace. This meeting will include updates on the ongoing design and engineering process with design firm AECOM, as well as a Q&A session. Background and supporting materials are available from the Battery Park City Authority including the presentation from the BPCA's previous public session, which took place on March 2, 2019. To see it, click here.
The Battery Park City Authority maintains a page on its website devoted to the resiliency projects that it is currently managing. For that information, click here.
(Photo: Lower Manhattan as seen from the Upper Bay of New York harbor. © Terese Loeb Kreuzer 2019)
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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)
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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)
World Trade Gallery closed
After 38 years of business in the Financial District, the World Trade Gallery at 120 Broadway closed on Friday, June 21.
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)
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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)
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.). 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 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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June 25: The Investment Committee of the Board of Directors of the Battery Park City Authority meets at 12:30 p.m. followed at 2 p.m. by a meeting of the members of the Authority. The public is welcome to attend these meetings which take place at 200 Liberty St., 24th floor. Agendas will be made available at least 48 hours in advance of these meetings and a public comment period will be scheduled during the meeting of the Members of the Authority at a time on the agenda determined by the Chairman. Anyone wishing to speak during the public comment period should make a request via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5:30 p.m. on June 24. Requests should include either the agenda item on which they wish to comment or a description of the matter(s) on which they wish to comment. Requests may also be mailed to BPCA Board Comment, 200 Liberty Street, 24th Floor, New York, NY 10281.
The Downtown Boathouse is open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Downtown Boathouse also offers free kayaking on Governors Island on Saturdays from mid-June to mid-September, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The kayaking takes place at Pier 101 in a small cove. The last boat at the Governors Island location goes out at 3:30 p.m. For more information on the Downtown Boathouse's programming and hours, click here.
July 9: "Housing Density," an exhibition at the Skyscraper Museum in Battery Park City, examines the history and development strategies for housing New York City's multitudes. The exhibition is being accompanied by four lectures. At the third one on July 9 entitled "Prodigy of the Depression: NYCHA is Born," guest curator and historian Nicholas Dagen Bloom, author of "Public Housing that Worked," will describe the creation of NYCHA in 1934 and trace the impact of its early projects. Architect Leonardo Tamargo, the museum’s designer for HOUSING DENSITY, will outline discoveries of the exhibition research that “shed light” on the seminal role of the Technocrat Frederick L. Ackerman, NYCHA’s Technical Director, and his associate William F.R. Ballard. The last lecture in the series will be on July 17. It is entitled "Architects, Developers and Title I." Place: 39 Battery Place. Time: Doors open at 6 p.m. Lecture at 6:30 p.m. Free. Reservations required. RSVP to email@example.com. For more information, click here.
June 30: Board the South Street Seaport Museum's 1885 schooner Pioneer for a three-hour Family Ecology Sail. It will go past Governors Island to the fishing grounds of Bay Ridge where a trawl net will bring in a variety of creatures that live in New York harbor, from blue crabs to flounder. Sailing past the Statue of Liberty, educators on board Pioneer will talk about the sea creatures and about the harbor's ecosystem. (Ecology sails will take place every other Sunday through Sept. 10.) Place: Leave from Pier 16 in the South Street Seaport. Time: Noon. Tickets: $45 to $55 (adults); $40 to $50 (children) Discounts available for museum members. For more information and to buy tickets, click here.
Connection bus service changes: Changes to the Downtown Connection bus service started on May 27 and continue through the summer season. Buses will be running on a temporary limited route near The Battery to prevent the misuse of buses by aggressive ticket sellers. For more information, click here.
Through July 18: An exhibition of photographs by Jean Miele aboard the historic lighthouse tender, Lilac, is entitled "Maritime Studies: Reflections on New York City's 20th-century seaafaring industry." The exhibition will be on view through July 18, 2019. Place: Hudson River Park, Pier 25. For directions, hours and details, click here.
Through Jan. 3, 2020: An exhibition entitled "Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away" is 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. Tickets: $16 (adults); $12 (seniors and patrons with disabilities — ADA); $10 (students and veterans); $25 (flexible ticket. Flexible ticket holders can enter the exhibition any time on a specific date, from 10 a.m. to two hours before the Museum closes – also called a Premium ticket); Museum members: Complimentary ticket(s), subject to terms. FREE admission to Holocaust survivors, active members of the military and first responders, and NYC public school students and educators (with valid school-issued ID). The exhibition will run through Jan. 3, 2020. For more information, click here.