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Preparing for emergencies: Lower Manhattan is no stranger to natural and manmade disasters. Ready is a national public service campaign that was launched in 2003 to help people to prepare for, respond to and mitigate emergencies. Ready and its Spanish language version, Listo, recommend: (1) staying informed about the kinds of emergencies that could occur and their appropriate responses (2) making a family emergency plan, (3) building an emergency supply kit, and (4) getting involved in your community's efforts to prepare for emergencies. As we have seen in Puerto Rico, sometimes government help is not immediately available and neighbors will have to care for neighbors until other help arrives. Ready says that an emergency preparedness backpack should contain copies of important documents, non-perishable food and water, a battery-generated radio and flashlight for use if you have to shelter in place or evacuate. For more information, click here.  

Community Board 1 website: Community Board 1's website includes information updated daily on alternate side of the street parking, garbage collection, subway schedules and school openings. There are also links to the Manhattan Borough President's Office, the New York City Mayor's Consumer Services Unit, the Department of Sanitation, 311 and other City departments and services. Community Board 1 meeting dates and agendas are listed in addition to reports that CB1 has prepared.Applicants for liquor licenses, newsstands, sidewalk cafés and landmarking will find the guidelines on the website. Presentations related to Wagner Park in Battery Park City and to The Howard Hughes Corporation's construction plans in the South Street Seaport are listed under the heading "External Information" where a link to the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board can also be found. The website URL is 

"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: New Yorkers can also download the See Something, Send Something app on your smartphone to inform authorities of a potential threat. Go to for more information.

Weekend closures of PATH World Trade Center station: Through December 2020, PATH's World Trade Center station will be closing each weekend, except for holiday weekends, to replace equipment and rebuild tunnels severely damaged during Superstorm Sandy. The station closes at 12:01 a.m. on Saturdays and reopens at 5 a.m. after each weekend of work. Riders are being given free transfers to daytime weekend ferry service between Exchange Place and Lower Manhattan. Overnight service on the Journal Square-33rd Street line has been increased. The weekend hours of operation at Brookfield Place Ferry Terminal have been extended to 7 a.m.-11:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays (regular weekend hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.). For more information, click here.

Classic Harbor Line Resumes

Harbor Cruises

Classic Harbor Line has two of its ships, the yacht Manhattan II and the schooner Adirondack, back in New York Harbor. All passengers and crew are required to wear masks. Social distancing is strictly observed with bookings at 50 percent of normal capacity. The ships are sanitized between cruises. No food or beverages are served. The cruises offered range in length from one to two hours. All tickets can be rescheduled or converted to credit up until 24 hours in advance for any reason. For more information or to make reservations, click here.

Through Aug. 31, the weekday public cruises of Classic Harbor Line boats can be reserved for any party of from two to 20 guests. Get 15% off on this offer with the promo code BUYOUT.

Jake Johnson in the  National Museum of the American Indian's store 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 usually open daily but because of the COVID-19 crisis, is closed until further notice. Admission is free. (Photo: © Terese Loeb Kreuzer 2018)


Downtown Alliance Grants for

Storefront Businesses

The Alliance for Downtown New York is awarding a total of $800,000 in cash grants to storefront businesses in the Alliance's Business Improvement District. Applications were accepted beginning on May 1 at 9 a.m. ET on a first come, first served basis and were processed until funding was exhausted.

Eligibility for grants of $10,000 include the following:
• Currently be open and providing an "essential" service as defined by Governor Andrew Cuomo in the PAUSE order of March 22
• Located on the ground floor within the Downtown Alliance's BID's boundaries
• Be an independent business with five or fewer locations in New York City
• Fewer than 20 employees as of March 1, 2020
• Gross annual revenue below $1.5 million
• Current lease at their current location through December 31, 2020
• Provide proof of using this grant towards rent

To apply, go to

Required documentation will include: 2019 4th Quarter 941, relevant lease agreement pages and the main pages from the business's most recently filed IRS business tax return, showing its annual gross revenues.

The Downtown Alliance is contributing $250,000 from redirected funds within its annual budget, and from outside its assessment collection, to support the Small Business Rental Assistance Grant program. Additional funding is being made available through neighborhood partners Brookfield Properties, Silverstein Properties and The Howard Hughes Corporation.

The Small Business Rental Assistance Grant is part of a continuing effort by the Alliance to support businesses that are being adversely impacted by the spread of COVID-19. The Alliance is actively working to help Lower Manhattan's business community weather this painful temporary shut-down: educating local business owners about available funding opportunities, convening working groups, communicating which businesses are open to residents and spotlighting essential workers who are making a difference. Efforts will continue throughout the recovery phase with dedicated marketing programs and initiatives to help turn the lights back on across the neighborhood.

Unclaimed funds in New York: The New York State Comptroller's Office reports that it is holding nearly $14 billion in unclaimed money for New York residents who may have been charged superfluous fees or overpaid a bill, among other reasons for the money to end up in that office. Manhattan has the largest number of unclaimed funds in the New York area with just over 1.5 million potential cases. To search the comptroller's database and verify if you have unclaimed funds, click here or call (800) 221-9311 for more information.

Responding to hate crimes: New York City and New York State have launched programs to combat and report hateful and bias crimes against the LBGT, Muslim and immigrant communities. The City's initiative includes expansion of the Human Rights Commission information line to let people know about their legal rights and protections when confronted with, or witness to, bias and hateful events. They have also created a resource page for impacted communities. To see it, click here.

To report bias, discriminatory or hateful crimes, call these numbers:

• NYC Commission on Human Rights, (718) 722-3131

• The New York Police Department Hate Crimes Task Force, (646) 610-5267

• Manhattan District Attorney Hate Crime Hotline, (212) 335-3100

• Gov. Andrew Cuomo Special Unit to Investigate Hate Crimes, (888) 3923644

Classes and Sessions at the Community Center at Stuyvesant High School usually include swimming lessons for all ages, Total Body Boxing Workout, Hatha Yoga, Tai Chi, Badminton, and more. All classes are free for CCSHS members, with steeply-reduced annual memberships available. The Community Center, which is run by the Battery Park City Authority, is currently closed because of the COVID-19 lockdown. Place: 345 Chambers St. For more information about becoming a Community Center member or enrolling in a class, click here.

SCRIE and DRIE application assistance: The Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE, also known as the NYC Rent Freeze Program) freezes the rent for head-of-household seniors 62 and older who live in rent-regulated apartments. A companion program, the Disability Rent Increase Exemption (DRIE, also known as the NYC Rent Freeze Program) is an exemption against future rent increases for eligible disabled persons living in rent-controlled, rent-stabilized, Mitchell-Lama and other eligible apartments. It turns out that many New Yorkers who would be eligible for this assistance are not using it. For information about how to apply for SCRIE and/or DRIE, click here.

City's archives now open on Saturday mornings: One of the unsung gems in city government, the New York City Municipal Archives and Library (managed by the city's Department of Records and Information Services) is now open on Saturday mornings. The additional hours provide greater access to the historical and contemporary records of New York City. Visit to learn about your family's history; explore historical records, mayoral collections, and government publications; and tour the exhibition of Police Department surveillance materials, "Unlikely Historians." Specialized researchers should email in case archival records must be pulled from offsite storage. Place: 31 Chambers St., in the historic Surrogate's Courthouse. Hours: 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday); 9:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. (Thursday), and 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 pm (Saturdays).

COVID-19 testing: On May 17, 2020  Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a new website that will help New Yorkers to find sites where they can be tested for COVID-19.  The URL is

Contact tracing phone calls: If you test positive for COVID-19, a Contact Tracer will connect you with the support and resources you may need to quarantine, such as help getting medical care, child care, groceries or household supplies. The Tracer will work with you to identify anyone you've been in contact with over the past 14 days to trace and contain the spread of the virus. Those contacts will in turn hear from a Tracer via phone and text.
People who have come in close contact with someone who is positive are asked to stay home and limit their contact with others. By staying home during this time, IF you become sick yourself, you won't have infected other people. That's how we stop the spread. In the meantime, testing, medical and quarantine support will be arranged.
Privacy is a top priority of the Contact Tracing Program. Your name will not be released to anyone. Your information is strictly confidential and will be treated as a private medical record. A Contact Tracer will never ask for your Social Security Number, bank or credit card numbers or any other financial information.
If you get a call from a Tracer, your caller ID will in most cases say "NYS Contact Tracing." If you get a call, answer the phone. Answering the phone will keep your loved ones and community safe and will allow New York State to continue moving forward in its efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19.

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. 

(Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Fiddler on the Roof cast album

The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbine's production of Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish has closed, however a cast album of the show is available from 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.

Downtown Boathouse

The Downtown Boathouse on Pier 26 in Hudson River Park offers free kayaking to the public and is staffed by volunteers. Covid-19 derailed this season's activities, however the Boathouse board of directors says that "We continue to work toward a safe and responsible restart of our programming this season and are looking for volunteers both old and new to get out on the water."

Anyone who has volunteered with the Boathouse in the past or who wishes to become a volunteer can register for an orientation session. These sessions will be held weekly on Thursday evenings from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  The agenda during these sessions will be to review COVID-19 safety protocols and procedures and to go through elementary training on self launch and rescue. 

People volunteering for the first time will be required to complete two additional Sunday afternoon sessions from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., which will be split between boathouse maintenance tasks and paddling.  New volunteers also have the option of fulfilling the work requirement on Thursday evening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., without a paddling component.  After completing the work requirement volunteers will be eligible to sign up for general embayment paddling and training sessions.

Returning volunteers will only need to complete the orientation session. 
To register for an orientation session, email   

How to Support Your Community: Donate!

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 2018, 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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Fraunces Tavern Museum Imperiled

The Fraunces Tavern Museum and restaurant at 54 Pearl St. closed on March 16 in response to the COVID-19 crisis. The restaurant, a significant source of revenue for the museum, had to lay off most of its staff. The museum, a small non-profit, is struggling with the financial fall-out from the closure. (Photo: The Long Room in the Fraunces Tavern Museum. © Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Museum of Jewish Heritage

fundraising campaign

Museum of Jewish Heritage employees have set up a fundraising campaign to help former coworkers. The mutual aid fund will assist their colleagues who are now facing unemployment, heightened food insecurity, and the inability to pay rent. Funds raised will be distributed equally among staff affected by the job terminations and hour reductions. A contribution in any amount is welcome. To contribute to the GoFund Me campaign, click here.

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)