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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

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


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Connection bus service changes:  Two changes to the Downtown Connection bus service will start on May 27 and continue through the end of 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.  The bus will also skip 10 stops along South End Avenue and Battery Place from May 29 through June 1. This service change is necessitated by the installation of the West Thames Street Bridge. Service will be affected on Wednesday, May 29 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.), Friday, May 31 (6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.) and Saturday, June 1 (6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.). For more information, click here.


May 22: Celebrate Maritime Day with a Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra concert at the South Street Seaport Museum's Melville Gallery. The concert will include the world premiere of KCO Music Director Gary S. Fagin’s “Salute for Strings;” Thomas Canning’s evocative “Fantasy on a Hymn Tune by Justin Morgan” accompanied by images from paintings of the Hudson River School; Benjamin Britten’s sublime setting of English poetry in his "Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings,” featuring tenor Benjamin Robinson; and American master Robert Russell Bennett’s rousing “Water Music,” based on the well-known Sailor’s Hornpipe. In addition, there will be a special musical surprise celebrating Maritime Day, and the evening will conclude with a glass of wine for all. (Please note that the Melville Gallery is a historic building on a cobblestoned street. Several steps must be negotiated from the sidewalk to the front door.) Place: 213 Water St. Time: 7:30 p.m. Free. For reservations, click here.

May 22: Trinity Wall Street is hosting New York Baroque Incorporated for four concerts entitled the "Alchemy Series" based around music evoking water, air, earth and fire — the four elements in which alchemists believed. The fourth concert, on May 22, revolves around fire with music by George Frideric Handel, Alessandro Scarlatti, Bonaventura Aliotti and Johann Sebastian Bach.  Place: St. Paul's Chapel (Broadway at Fulton Street). Time: 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20 and $35 plus service charge for online booking. For more information, click here.


Ongoing: 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.


Through June 1: 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 June 1, 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.
































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)

The fireboat John J. Harvey. (Photo: © Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

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Public hearing on borough-based jail


June 11:  Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer will hold a public hearing on the Manhattan component of Mayor de Blasio’s borough-based jails plan to collect feedback and inform her formal decision as part of the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP). The Mayor's plan includes a new 450 ft. tower at 124-125 White Street in Lower Manhattan, the current site of the Manhattan Detention Complex. It is part of the city’s effort to close Rikers Island and replace it with four smaller jails in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx.


The public hearing will bring together experts, elected officials, agency leaders, and the community to discuss the merits and drawbacks of the plan as proposed. Members of the public are encouraged to testify at the hearing or to submit written testimony to info@manhattanbp.nyc.gov with the phrase "Borough-Based Jails Testimony" in the subject line.


The Borough President will issue her formal ULURP recommendation in early July.


Place: Pace University Student Center (use Park Row entrance). Time: 6 p.m.


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)

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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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.

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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)

Weather and Public Safety


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.