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July 13, 2019,
Volume 6, No. 11
   
* Letter from the editor: Remembering Alexander Hamilton
* Calendar: City of Water Day
* The 2020 census is a battleground  
* Bits & Bytes: Aggressive ticket sellers on Battery Place accost lawmaker
* Letter to the editor: See New York City by ferry
* Downtown Bulletin Board: Essex Crossing affordable housing lottery; Warner retires

July 4, 2019, Volume 6, No. 10  

* Letter from the editor: July 4, 2019  
* Calendar: July 4 in Lower Manhattan  
* Downtown Post Dining: Get Low offers restaurant discounts
* Bits & Bytes: Melville Gallery renovations announced; 125 Greenwich St. foreclosure
* Letter to the editor: Locals petition de Blasio to use Deutsche Bank site for housing
* Downtown Bulletin Board: Free summer meals for kids; Hovitz resigns from CB1 

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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Robert Warner retires as South Street Seaport Museum's shopkeeper and master printer


Robert Warner, who transformed the South Street Seaport Museum's shop at 211 Water St. into a charming emporium of old-fashioned, artistic and idiosyncratic treasures, has retired both as shopkeeper and as Bowne & Co. Stationers' master printer. For the last 24 years, he has been a beloved part of the museum's staff. As curator of the shop, he selected and stocked its wares, decorated its windows and its streetscape, greeted customers and sometimes gave classes in collage. At the back of the shop Warner often demonstrated his printing expertise on some of the museum's antique printing presses. Warner was one of a kind and irreplaceable. He will be missed. 

(Photos: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

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July 20 and July 21:Cooling centers open: With the temperature combined with humidity expected to get as high as 111 degrees on Saturday and nearly that high on Sunday, cooling centers have been opened throughout New York City.
The following NYC Cooling Centers will be open in District 1 this weekend:

City Hall Senior Center
100 Gold Street-basement
Please pass security and then take elevator
Phone: (212) 788-5580
Open: Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Wheelchair Accessible

Battery Park City Library
175 North End Avenue
Phone: (212) 790-3499
Open: Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wheelchair Accessible

Chatham Square Library
33 East Broadway
Phone: (212) 964-6598
Open: Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wheelchair Accessible

Rutgers
200 Madison Street
Phone: (646) 666-3040
Open: Saturday-Sunday 3 p.m.-11 p.m.
Wheelchair Accessible

Seward Park Library
192 East Broadway
Phone: (212) 477-6770
Open: Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wheelchair Accessible

Grand Street Settlement
80 Pitt Street
Open: Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

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Heat cancellations at the South Street Seaport Museum: Due to the heat advisory, the South Street Seaport Museum's ships, Wavertree and Ambrose, will be closed to visitors on Saturday and Sunday, July 20 and July 21. Schooner Pioneer will only sail at 7 p.m. on Sunday July 21, and there will be no W.O. Decker cruises this weekend. The Museum's exhibitions at Schermerhorn Row, 12 Fulton, and at Bowne & Co. Printing Office and Gallery, 207-209 Water Street, will remain open with $5 special discounted admission. (Neither of these exhibition spaces is air conditioned.) Lastly, there will be no volunteer activities on Saturday July 20.

Heat Wave Cancellation: Because of the heat wave, the Bike Helmet Giveaway that had been scheduled for July 21 has been rescheduled for August 25 when it will be held in conjunction with City Councilmember Margaret Chin's Annual District 1 Community Day on Governors Island. On Aug. 25, meet at the Battery Maritime Building, 10 South St., at 9:45 a.m. for the free, 10 a.m. ferry to Governors Island. For questions, email polan@council.nyc.gov.


July 24: Author Michael Newton discusses his book, Discovering Hamilton at the Fraunces Tavern Museum.  For over two centuries, Alexander Hamilton’s birth, youth, and family background have been shrouded in mystery. In this lecture, Newton will discuss his extensive research into the lives of Hamilton, his friends, family, and colleagues. Based on newly discovered legal testimonies from St. Croix, Newton explores the lingering questions of Hamilton’s birth date, places of residence, religion, parents, and more.  Place: 54 Pearl St. Time: 6:30 p.m. (Doors open at 6 p.m.) Tickets: $10; $5 (members of the museum). To buy tickets and for more information, click here.


July 28: 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 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.


































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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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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.

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Fireworks on the East River. July 4, 2019.

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(Photos: © Terese Loeb Kreuzer 2019)

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 is now at Off-Broadway's Stage 42 (422 West 42nd St.). It won the 2019 Drama Desk award and the 2019 Outer Critics Circle Award as "Best Musical Revival." 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.


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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)