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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'
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Aug. 22-23: The thrilling Mophato Dance Theater from Botswana is following 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.
Place: PlayStation Theater, 1515 Broadway. Times: Aug. 22, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Aug. 23: 8 p.m. Tickets: $40 and up. For more information and to buy tickets, click here. (Photo: © Terese Loeb Kreuzer 2018)
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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)
(Left): "Of Granite and Glass," a dance choreographed by Catherine Galasso that opened the 2018 River to River Festival, recalls the destruction of the World Trade Center and of the Winter Garden itself where the dance took place on its grand, marble staircase. (Right): The Stuyvesant High School Chorus performing in an oratorio called "Naamah's Ark" at the River to River Festival. (Photos: © 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)
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)
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)
Tiger lilies (Lilium flore pleno) bloom on the Battery Park City esplanade in July and August. These lilies are native to eastern Guam, China, Korea and Japan. In China, they were cultivated for food.
The great 18th-century botanist Carl Linnaeus came up with the name “Lilium” for this genus of flowers. The Latin name has a distinguished linguistic pedigree. It was derived from a Greek word, “leírion,” which, in turn, emanated from a word for “flower” used in ancient Egypt. Both the Greek and Egyptian words may be the remainders of a language once used in the Eastern Mediterranean and now forgotten. For more photos and information about Battery Park City's flowers, click on Downtown Post NYC's "Battery Park City in Bloom" page. (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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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: 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.
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)
The Swedish Midsummer Festival in Battery Park City’s Wagner Park is the largest in New York City and the third largest in the world. Thousands of people attend to dance around the maypole, listen to fiddle music, eat Swedish food and make wreaths of flowers for their hair. This year, the Dalarnas Fiddlers Association from Sweden joined Paul Dahlin and fiddlers from the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis to play for the festival. (Photo: © 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 Oct. 25, 2018. For Downtown Post NYC's review of the production plus some additional photographs, click here. For tickets, click here.
Sept. 6: Book Talk: "Archipelago New York: The Island World Beyond Manhattan" by Thomas Halaczinsky is the literary and photographic logbook of a modern-day exploration of New York City's vast island world. On a 30-foot sailboat, the photographer, author and filmmaker retraced Adriaen Block’s 1614 journey as the first European to map the archipelago of New York harbor. On his 3000-nautical-mile journey, Halaczinsky collected stories of Coney Island follies and a tragedy at Hell Gate, the eerie – and contemporary – mysteries of Hart Island and Plum Island, and many more. Place: Melville Gallery, 213 Water St. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Books on sale at the event with a reception and book signing following the talk. Tickets: $10; free (South Street Seaport Museum members.) For more information and to buy tickets, click here.
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The Downtown Alliance has temporarily suspended its free Connection bus service to the five stops adjacent to The Battery to dissuade the bus from being misused by aggressive ticket sellers who have been taking advantage of visitors in the neighborhood. The Downtown Connection bus is bypassing these five stops through the end of the summer season.
These are the bypassed stops:
Battery Park City bound stops:
State St/Bridge St
Battery Place/Washington St
Battery Place/West St
South Street Seaport bound stops:
Battery Place/West St
Battery Place/Greenwich St
Aug. 22:In a performance by Bob Spiotto, "Shalom / Sholom The Yiddish Mark Twain" presents a smorgasbord of stories featuring Sholom Aleichem's precarious balance of humor, horror, pathos and philosophical insight, as well as words of wisdom and advice from Tevye, the milkman. This program is co-presented by National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene and the Museum as part of the "Fiddler Talks: From Anatevke to Broadway and Back Again" series. Place: Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Place. Time: 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $10. For more information and to buy tickets, click here.
Aug. 22-23: The thrilling Mophato Dance Theater from Botswana is following 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. Place: PlayStation Theater, 1515 Broadway. Times: Aug. 22, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Aug. 23: 8 p.m. Tickets: $40 and up. For more information and to buy tickets, click here.
Through Sept. 8: Go to Federal Hall National Memorial to see Brian Tolle's re-imagined 40-foot-tall sculpture of a 17th century Dutch canal house. Through Sept. 8. Place: 26 Wall St. (at Broad Street) Open Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, click here.
PATH station closures: Starting July 14, PATH began a series of 15 consecutive weekend closures of New York stations on the 33rd Street line, with the exception of Labor Day weekend. During the 33rd Street line closures, there is direct train service from Hoboken to the WTC on Saturdays. On Sundays, Hoboken-WTC riders can use the normal weekend schedule, which requires a transfer at Grove Street for the Newark-WTC train. New Jersey Transit will be cross-honoring passengers from Exchange Place to Hoboken or Newport. Closure details and updates are available through www.panynj.gov/PATHplanner.
Tribeca Film Festival winners: The Downtown Post NYC website has a section devoted to the Tribeca Film Festival. Click here to see information about this year's 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. Free kayaking on Governors Island began on June 16. Place: Pier 101. Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Every Saturday.
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, beginning Tuesday, July 3. Extended hours on Friday and Saturday, from 10:30 am until 10 pm, continue, and Friday evenings are pay-what-you-wish from 7 to 10 pm. Place: 99 Gansevoort St. For more information, click here.