Downtown Post NYC Calendar

June to August 2019

"Confidential: The American Revolution's Agents of Espionage" opened at the Fraunces Tavern Museum on Sept. 16. It features never-before-seen objects from the Museum's collection that tell the story of how tailors, school teachers, and enslaved people operated as secret agents gathering intelligence for the American cause. Visitors get an opportunity to become agents of espionage themselves by using a cipher wheel to uncover the secret messages hidden in the object labels. The exhibition will run through September 2019. Place: 54 Pearl St. For hours and admission fees, click here.

The National Museum of the American Indian is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with free admission. It offers free films, docent-led tours of its exhibitions and tours of its premises, the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, designed by Cass Gilbert. The building, which was completed in 1907, is a National Historic Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Place: One Bowling Green. Phone: (212) 514-3700. For the museum's calendar, click here.

May 31, 2018: This was the actual anniversary of Battery Park City's Golden Jubilee. Bang on a Can's Asphalt Orchestra entertained at Battery Park City's 50th anniversary celebration on May 31, 2018 in Rockefeller Park. On May 31, exactly 50  years ago, New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller signed the legislation that established Battery Park City.  For more photos of Battery Park City's Jubilee celebration, click here.
(Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Summer Events in Battery Park City

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The Battery Dance Festival Returns 

The Battery Dance Festival will take place from Aug. 11 to Aug. 16 in Battery Park City's Wagner Park, starting each night at 7 p.m. All performances are free. On Aug. 17, the Battery Dance Festival will conclude at the Schimmel Center, at Pace University, 3 Spruce St. For tickets, click here.

Sunday, August 11: Robert F. Wagner Park @ 7pm
Danuka Ariyawansa | Sri Lanka [World Premiere]; Leah Barsky and Cristian Correa | Argentina; Mezopotamya Dans | Turkey [U.S. Debut]; Hussein Smko | Iraq (Adel Euro Campaign for Dancers Seeking Refuge Fellow) [World Premiere]; Keerati Jinakunwiphat / / Dive | USA; Emma Evelein Dance and Choreography | Netherlands; Music from the Sole | USA; Battery Dance | USA

Monday, August 12: Robert F. Wagner Park @ 7pm Water Street Dance Milwaukee | USA; Jon Ole Olstad | USA; Mari Meade Dance Collective / MMDC | USA; Laboration Art Company | France [U.S. Debut]; Pony Box Dance Theatre | USA; Mezopotamya Dans | Turkey [U.S. Debut]; Emma Evelein Dance and Choreography | Netherlands

Tuesday, August 13: Robert F. Wagner Park @ 7pm
Laboration Art Company | France [U.S. Debut]; Buglisi Dance Theatre | USA; NVA & Guests | USA; YYDC | USA; Emma Evelein Dance and Choreography | Netherlands; Ashlé Dawson - Breaking Conformity Productions | USA

Wednesday, August 14: Robert F. Wagner Park @ 7pm  Ballet Nepantla | USA; Vanaver Caravan | USA; B-E | Lithuania; VIVO Ballet | USA; Ballet Boy Productions | USA; Konverjdans | USA; Chloe London Dance | USA

Thursday, August 15: Day of Indian Dance -

Celebrating Manipuri Dance Robert F. Wagner Park @ 7pm Darshana Jhaveri & Drummers and Dancers of Manipuri  Darshana Jhaveri, Sinam Basu Singh, Surbala Devi Bachaspatimayum, Monika Devi Kongengbam. Brojen Kumar Singha Thingom, Angousana Singh Oinam, Premkumar Sign Lourembam, Sanjib Bhattacharya

Friday, August 16: Robert F. Wagner Park @ 7pm
  Battery Dance | USA; MATHETA Dance | USA; Annalee Traylor | USA; SEAD's Bodhi Project | Austria [U.S. Premiere], Reuel Rogers | Curaçao [U.S. Debut]

Saturday, August 17: Schimmel Center @ 6pm B-E | Lithuania; SEAD's Bodhi Project | Austria [U.S. Premiere]; Reuel Rogers | Curaçao [U.S. Debut]; Battery Dance | USA;

Summer on the Hudson River

The Downtown Boathouse on Pier 26 in Hudson River Park is open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Downtown Boathouse also offers free kayaking on Governors Island on Saturdays from mid-June to mid-September, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The kayaking takes place at Pier 101 in a small cove. The last boat at the Governors Island location goes out at 3:30 p.m. For more information on the Downtown Boathouse's programming and hours, click here.

Fraunces Tavern Museum Book Club: "We're in the age of a Hamilton revival, so American history is cool again," said Mary Tsaltas, a museum educator at the Fraunces Tavern Museum who was recently tapped to lead the Museum's book club. Even without the Hamilton cachet, Tsaltas hopes that book club participants will be eager to learn about American Revolutionary War history. She has selected books to discuss that she describes as "page turners." Now in its third year, the Fraunces Tavern Museum Book Club meets quarterly at the museum to discuss nonfiction books about the American Revolution, all published within the last year.

The next meeting of the Book Club will be on Oct. 22 to discuss "The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington" by Brad Meltzer.

Taking place during the most critical period of our nation’s birth, "The First Conspiracy" tells a remarkable and previously untold piece of American history that not only reveals George Washington’s character, but also illuminates the origins of America’s counterintelligence movement that led to the modern day CIA. Drawing on extensive research, Meltzer captures in riveting detail how George Washington not only defeated the most powerful military force in the world, but also uncovered the secret plot against him in the tumultuous days leading up to July 4, 1776.

All book club meetings take place on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. at the Fraunces Tavern Museum, 54 Pearl St. The cost to attend all four meetings is $15. For additional information and to register for the book club, click here.

A wharf in the Fulton Fish Market, 1946. The photograph, by Todd Webb, was in the exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York of Webb's photographs from 1945 to 1960.

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Battery Dance Festival photos,  © Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Irish Hunger Memorial in Battery Park City

(Photo © Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Ongoing exhibitions

"New Dimensions in Testimony" is an interactive installation at the Museum of Jewish Heritage that allows visitors to ask questions of Holocaust survivors and hear their answers.  Place: 36 Battery Place. Free with Museum admission. Advance registration recommended. For additional information, click here