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Feb. 10, 2020, Volume 6, No. 17
 


* Letter from the editor: Jury duty   
* Show of artwork created in Battery Park City's free art classes  
* Bits & Bytes: Sales plummet at Chinatown restaurants; Sea wall debate  
* In Memoriam: Vernon Hendrix
* Downtown Bulletin Board: Jane's Walk seeks walk leaders; Aging survey
* Calendar: Presidents' Day and Black History

Dec. 23, 2019, Volume 6, No. 16


* Letter from the editor: The Longest Night  
* A bewitching production of 'The Sorceress' is at the Museum of Jewish Heritage   
* Bits & Bytes: Pioneer in Albany boatyard; Tribeca art scene; 125 Greenwich St. rises
* Downtown Bulletin Board: Holiday hours at Poets House; Annual diaper drive
* Calendar: Battery Park City's winter calendar

Nov. 5, 2019, Volume 6, No. 15  

* Letter from the editor: Ballot questions
* The eloquent story of a shofar at the Museum of Jewish Heritage   
* Liz Berger Plaza groundbreaking
* Bits & Bytes: Bubby's is back; Commerce on Governors Island
* Downtown Bulletin Board: New ferry schedules; Release of the fishes
* Calendar: Fall foliage cruises

Aug. 18, 2019, Volume 6, No. 14 

* Letter from the editor: Rooftop Summer  
* Bayonne Bridge is rededicated after years of complex design and construction work
* Bits & Bytes: Trump fundraiser blowback; Where to find affordable housing
* Downtown Bulletin Board: River Project seeks interns, Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish
* Letter to the Editor: In memory of Marilyn Gaull Howard
* Calendar: Coming attractions

Aug. 9, 2019,
Volume 6, No. 13 
   
* Letter from the editor: The Guns of New York  
* South Street Seaport Museum's schooner Pioneer sidelined for the rest of the season
* The courageous life of Israeli heroine, Hannah Senesh, is evoked in a play with music  
* Bits & Bytes: iPic Entertainment files for bankruptcy; Gansevoort Peninsula Park plans
* Downtown Bulletin Board: Squirrel bites; Equifax settlement and how to apply
* Calendar: Battery Dance Festival

July 25, 2019, Volume 6, No. 12 
 

* Letter from the editor: I was there (Zadroga revisited)
* Bits & Bytes: Cesar Pelli dead at 92; Vongerichten on Pier 17;
Help in Housing Court
* Downtown Bulletin Board: Summer restaurant week; Applications open for arts grants
* Calendar: Native American art, music and history

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

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Through Aug. 30, 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 Aug. 30, 2020. For more information, click here.


Community Board applications: Manhattan's 12 Community Boards are the grass roots of community activism, with 25 members appointed to two-year terms every spring (a total of 50 members serving at any one time). Community Board 1 represents Lower Manhattan. All Community Board members are volunteers. To learn more about Community Board service and to apply, click here. Applications are due by Feb. 14.





































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)

Connection Bus Service

The Connection bus service makes 36 stops on its route between the South Street Seaport and Broadway near City Hall. Daily service starts at 10 a.m. with a last run at 7:30 p.m. Real-time bus information can be found on NextRide. Click here.



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Historic Fireboat John J. Harvey Needs Donations


From time to time, the public is invited to travel aboard the historic fireboat John Jay Harvey for cruises in New York harbor and on the Hudson River.


Last year, the JJH went into drydock for what was expected to be simple work but an unexpected, crucially needed repair to the hull was discovered. It cost $80,000. The John Jay Harvey needs donations to cover this repair. For more information and/or to donate, click here.


For more information about the John J. Harvey and trips for the public, click here. For more about the September 2018 Hudson River trip aboard the John J. Harvey to Waterford, N.Y. and back, click here. (Photo: © Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Plastic Bag Ban

Starting on March 1, 2020, single-use plastic bags are banned, with limited exceptions, in New York State. In addition, stores will begin collecting a five-cent fee on paper carryout bags in New York City.  For more information, click here.

On Saturday, Feb. 15, Council Member Margaret Chin is hosting a special event with the NYC Department of Sanitation to distribute reusable shopping bags. Place: Greenwich Street by Washington Market park. Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Battery Park City Winter Calendar


Between January and April 2020, the Battery Park City Authority will be producing around 900 programs for the public, most of them free.  
 
Among the highlights, look for the Friday night film series of art house classics. The next film in the series will be on Feb. 7 with the showing of "Shadows," a 1958 American independent dramatic film directed by John Cassavetes about race relations during the Beat Generation years in New York City. The Friday night films (accompanied by free popcorn and followed by a discussion) will be shown at 6 River Terrace starting at 6 p.m. For more information, click here.
 
Tuesday Talks have returned this winter. The next one will be on Feb. 4  in celebration of Black History Month. T. Rasul Murray, a historical interpreter and griot at the African Burial Ground National Monument, will present an overview of this sacred site in Lower Manhattan which honors African Americans and describes the hardships they endured in early America. Discovered in 1991, the burial ground is considered to be one of the most significant archaeological finds in the United States. Tuesday Talks are held at 6 River Terrace starting at 7 p.m. Free. For more information, click here.
 
A series of family workshops will explore mask-making in various cultures starting on Jan. 25 with masks typical of Bulgarian  Surva - a Balkan festival in which thousands of people join in a grand parade of costumes and folkloric games to scare away evil spirits and to wish a prosperous new year for all. Workshop participants will make their own Surva-inspired masks and then take part in a parade led by Young Bulgarian Voices of New York. The art projects are designed for children aged 4 and up and start at 11 a.m. The concert and parade will begin at 11:45 a.m., both at 6 River Terrace.
 
The annual Battery Park City art exhibition is a much-anticipated event on the winter calendar. The exhibition is held at 75 Battery Place and will be on view weekdays through March 27.
 
Consult the winter calendar for the full list of events and programs that include a variety of classes for adults and children. The calendar is available on the Battery Park City Authority's website. In addition, hard copies will soon be mailed to people on the BPCA's mailing list. To get a copy, go to www.bpca.ny.gov/events and sign up or call (212) 267-9700. 

Harmony Postponed


National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene (Artistic Director Zalmen Mlotek and Executive Director Dominick Balletta), in association with Tony Award-winning Producer Ken Davenport, have announced that the New York debut of the new musical Harmony by Barry Manilow and his longtime collaborator Bruce Sussman  will be postponed until 2021 at the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust.  The show was previously scheduled to start performances on Feb. 11, 2020.
 
Harmony will now start previews on Feb. 9, 2021 with Opening Night set for March 3, 2021.

The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbine's production of Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish just closed, however a cast album of the show is still available from Amazon.com and elsewhere.


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.

'Illusions of the Photographer:

Duane Michals at the Morgan'


At the entrance of an exhibition now at the Morgan Library & Museum is a parabolic mirror that turns everything that it reflects upside down. This tells you right away that the exhibition, "Illusions of the Photographer: Duane Michals at the Morgan," will not simply be a factual record of appearances. "Contradicting reality is a great gift or weapon that photographers have," Michals has said.


Michals' photographs portray his dreams, thoughts, meditations, wishes and sometimes his wry sense of humor. The photos often come in sets of several related pictures that tell stories.


You will see, for instance, six photographs that start with a man standing on a subway platform and follow him as his corporeal body is transformed into light and then into a galaxy of stars. Michals calls this assemblage "The Human Condition."


Another group of six photos describes Michals' last day in Cairo when he walked into the desert and against a background of the pyramids, built his own small pyramid of stones, which he left behind when he walked away.


He wrote, "To be alive is to be skating/On thin ice with the possibility/Of falling falling falling./Taking photographs and writing/Is my way of saying I was here,/I saw this, I heard this./It happened."


In addition to Michals' printed photographs, the museum is showing a few of his films and a series of photographs that he shot in 1964-1965, published in book form as "Empty New York" and here displayed as a film. These evocative black-and-white images depict a New York that has disappeared — a soda shop, a newspaper stand trumpeting the headlines of the day, an empty subway car with wicker seats, and so on. They continue Michals' conversation with the viewer about time and the passage of time. He is interested in time and death and transformations.


The exhibition also includes the work of other photographers and artists, plus some artifacts, all culled from the Morgan's collection. Michals has annotated them with his reveries.


Michals, now 87 years old, has said that when he was young, he couldn't imagine being old, but now that he's old, he can't imagine ever having been young. He has said that he doesn't mind being old. He said of himself, "I'm a survivor."


This remarkable exhibition closed on Feb. 2. For information about visiting the Morgan Library & Museum at 225 Madison Ave., go to www.themorgan.org



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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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"Stretching the Canvas" at the National Museum of the American Indian, 1 Bowling Green, features paintings by 30 Native American artists working from 1940 to the present. Above: "Spatial Whorl" by Dick West (Southern Cheyenne). The museum is open daily and is free. For more information, click here.

Battery Park City Art Show


The annual show of artwork created in the Battery Park City Authority’s year-round art classes opened with a reception on Jan. 26. The work will be on view weekdays through March 27 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at 75 Battery Place. (No viewing on Feb.17.) For more information, click here. (Photo: © Terese Loeb Kreuzer 2020)



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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.






Register to Vote


April 28, 2020 is the date for the New York State primary election.
In order to vote for a candidate in the primary election, you must be registered to the political party for whose candidate you wish to vote. People who are registered as Independents can't vote in the primary election.


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