January to June 2019
Through January 2019: SKYLINE is the exhibition currently on view at the Skyscraper Museum. The exhibition attempts, for the first time, to simplify and organize New York's nearly 150 years of skyline development into five significant periods in which buildings take characteristic forms shaped by economic, technological, and regulatory factors. Place: 39 Battery Place. For more information, click here.
An exhibition called "Dunsmore: Illustrating the American Revolutionary War" is at the Fraunces Tavern Museum through June 2018. John Ward Dunsmore (1856-1945) was a realistic and accurate genre painter who focused on the American Revolution and Early Republic. Through a chronological display of the Revolutionary War, this exhibition returns 47 recently conserved paintings to their rightful place in the iconography of American culture. Place: 54 Pearl St. Open daily except Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Admission: $7; $4 (seniors, students and children 6 to 18); free (children under 5 and active military). For more information, click here
"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.
Irish Hunger Memorial. (Photo © Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
May 31: 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)
Battery Dance Festival. (Photos © Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
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Winter in Battery Park City:
The Battery Park City Authority's winter calendar has just been released with more than 600 programs and events between January and April. Most of the events are free. Some of the programs are free while others incur charges. Here are some highlights:
Tuesday Talks: A series of five provocative, informative and/or helpful "talks" will take place on Tuesdays starting on Jan. 15 with "Woman's Werk," described as "an informative talk and meet-and-greet featuring a women's panel of today's gig economy pros. Discuss everything from healthcare to marketing and get insider tips on how to make those money moves." That installment of Tuesday Talks will be followed by sessions that will introduce the "challenging game of Go, which originated in China over 4,000 years ago," (on Feb. 5) and a celebration of Black History Month with a performance piece featuring poet Lacresha Berry, who will be joined by Kamau Ware from Black Gotham Experience (on Feb. 12). Two talks led by BPC resident historian Fred J. Bivetto will cover a 1,000-year period of European exploration leading to the discovery and colonization of the Americas, with special attention to Lower Manhattan up to the Revolutionary War (on April 2). On April 9, Bivetto will talk about the period from the Birth of Our Nation to the New Downtown. All the talks take place at 6 River Terrace.
Festa Em Português: Continuing its cultural journey around the world, this winter BPCA features family workshops celebrating Portugese-speaking countries with music and art. Art projects (for ages 4+) begin at 4 p.m., with musical performances at 5:30 p.m. for each session. On Jan. 12, hear lively, interactive, improvised piano music with "I Will Play Your Soul" by multi-award winning pianist, composer and producer, Renato Diz and create your own Lisbon-inspired azulejo tiles. On Feb. 2, dancer/choreographers Quenia Ribeiro & Grupo Ribeiro celebrate Brazilian and Afro-Brazilian culture with live music, a dance workshop, and an art project inspired by the vibrancy of Rio's Carnival. On March 2, experience the rich culture of the islands of Cabo Verde with an acoustic performance by world-renowned singing sensation Fantcha and by making your own Cape Verdean-style market basket.
It's Snowtime! (Dates, times & locations pending weather). You've asked for it, we deliver! Get out and play on snowy days by building a snowman or fort, taking a sled ride, and warming up with hot cocoa at select locations in Battery Park City's parks. Stay tuned for It's Snowtime! forecasts on BPCA's social media channels and on the Downtown Post NYC website (www.DowntownPostNYC.com)
2019 Annual BPC Art Exhibition: View works by participants in the Battery Park City Authority's art programs. The art will be on view weekdays from Jan. 28 to March 30, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The opening reception will be on Sunday, Jan. 27, at 1 p.m. Place: 75 Battery Place.
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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"New Dimensions in Testimony" is a new, 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.