Like us on Facebook  Follow us on Twitter 
To advertise in Downtown Post NYC, email 

News and Events
in Lower Manhattan
Volume 5, No. 19   Dec. 22, 2018  

"The time for zero accountability is over."
      -  Congressman Jerrold Nadler on what to expect when Democrats become the majority party in the House of Representatives on Jan. 3, 2019 and he becomes chair of the House Judiciary Committee

* Calendar: December - Battery Park City's winter calendar

WEATHER INFORMATION: For current weather information, click here.
Go to for breaking news and for updated  Downtown Post NYC bulletin board and calendar information.

MASTHEAD PHOTO: Apples from the Stall Market on Water Street. Dec. 2, 2018. (©Terese Loeb Kreuzer 2018)  

Terese Loeb Kreuzer, editor
A few days from now, many people will be celebrating the birth of a boy who was born around 2,000 years ago to a poor family in the Middle East. Not long after his birth, the family had to flee from violence and undertook an arduous journey of around 300 miles in search of safety. They traveled on foot much of the way. Sometimes the mother and child rode on a donkey. Sometimes the father carried the child.

The child, of course, was Jesus and what is known as "the Flight Into Egypt" was first described by Matthew in the second chapter of his gospel and later recounted and embellished. It was said, for instance, that angels accompanied the family part of the way and that when the mother was tired and leaned against a date palm, it bent down to give her fruit, and water sprang up for her from its roots.

The migrant families at the southern border of the United States have not been so fortunate. Fleeing violence, some of them have walked thousands of miles. No angels have gone with them, unless you count the angels in the towns along the way that have given them food and water and a place to sleep. At the southern border, their reception has been harsh. Nevertheless, some of them have been admitted to the United States, and some have made their way to New York State where they have been resettled in family networks.

According to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office, New York is home to 53,000 undocumented immigrants under the age of 16, most of whom have arrived since 2014. To try to help these immigrants and their families, New York State established the Liberty Defense Project (LDP) to provide enhanced legal services to immigrants targeted by ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) and by the federal government's anti-immigration policies.

Yesterday (Dec. 20), Gov. Cuomo announced an expansion of the services and facilities provided by the Liberty Defense Project. "Project Golden Door" will offer comprehensive family support services at 12 sites across New York State. The services will include comprehensive health treatment, individual counseling sessions with social workers, assistance with educational rights and navigation of the public school system and equipping children and families with free immigration attorneys.

Anyone in need of these services can call the New York State New Americans Hotline at 1-800-566-7636. Assistance is available in more than 200 languages.

For more information about the Liberty Defense Project and what it offers, click here.

Terese Loeb Kreuzer
The emailed Downtown Post NYC newsletter is appearing less frequently than formerly, however, Downtown Post NYC's website ( is updated daily. That's the place to check  for urgent messages, breaking news and reminders of interesting events in and around Lower Manhattan. So be sure to look at the website every day, especially if you want to know about breaking news.


If you would like to forward this email click the button below. Please do not forward this email in any other way, or your name may be automatically dropped from the subscription list. (That's how this email service works.) Thank you!


Julian Wachner conducting Handel's "Messiah" at St. Paul's Chapel on Dec. 13, 2018.
 (Photos: © Terese Loeb Kreuzer 2018)

Performances of Handel's "Messiah" are annual events at Trinity Wall Street, but however often the work is heard, it is always both familiar and new. This year, in the face of political turmoil and other concerns, the opening words of "Messiah," "Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God," took on an added resonance.
"Messiah" is usually performed in Trinity Church at Broadway and Wall Street, but this year, because Trinity Church is being refurbished and restored, "Messiah" was presented at St. Paul's Chapel at Broadway and Fulton Streets. St. Paul's was finished in 1766, just 25 years after Handel wrote "Messiah." The 18th century setting was perfect for this work, not only because of its authenticity but because of its intimacy. The Choir of Trinity Wall Street and the Trinity Baroque Orchestra conducted by Julian Wachner never sounded better.  
The last "Amens" of "Messiah" have sounded at Trinity for the season but the holiday music program has only just begun. On Saturday, Dec. 22 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 23 at 3 p.m. there will be a Community Carol Sing during which Downtown Voices (Trinity's semi-professional choir), NOVUS NY (Trinity's contemporary music orchestra) and the Trinity Youth Chorus, (comprised of talented young people, ages 5 to 18, who are receiving training in vocal technique, music theory, sight-reading, and performance skills at Trinity), will perform holiday favorites, including carols arranged by Wachner.  
On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, there will be a succession of services with music by the Choir of Trinity Wall Street, the Trinity Youth Chorus and NOVUS NY brass. (The Choral Prelude and Festive Choral Eucharist at 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve will be streamed live at     
This will be followed on Friday, Dec. 28, by Pipes at One, a weekly series of concerts during which leading organists and rising stars from around the country put the recently installed, three-manual Noack organ in St. Paul's Chapel through its paces and on Sunday, Dec. 30 by Compline by Candlelight at 8 p.m. 
The music program at Trinity goes from strength to strength and is an extraordinary asset
Julian Wachner conducting "Messiah" 
to Lower Manhattan and to the people of New York City. Julian Wachner, who came to Trinity in September 2010 as director of music and the arts, has transformed Trinity's already superb choir into a choir of international distinction, capable not only of performing ecclesiastical music but works on the cutting edge of contemporary composition.   
Among other achievements along these lines, under Wachner's direction, the Choir of Trinity Wall Street and NOVUS NY provided the music for "Angel's Bone," an opera by Du Yun that premiered at the 2016 Prototype Festival in New York City. "Angel's Bone," about human trafficking, went on to win the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in Music. In another award-winning turn, Wachner conducted the Choir of Trinity Wall Street and the Bang On a Can All-Stars in "Anthracite Fields" by Julia Wolfe, which won the Pulitzer Prize in Music in 2015 and a Grammy for the recording. Wolfe's multimedia oratorio is a meditation on coal-mining in upstate Pennsylvania near where Wolfe grew up. Most recently, on Dec. 1 it was performed at Carnegie Hall, with Wachner conducting.  
In January 2019, Wachner and the Choir of Trinity Wall Street will again be participating in the Prototype Festival with a concert at St. Paul's Chapel called "Of Time and Place" on Jan. 8 and with a work called "Prism" that will be performed at the La Mama Experimental Theatre Club, 66 E. 4th Street, on Jan. 6, 7, 9, 10, 11 and 12. (For information on tickets, click here.)  
In addition to all of this, Wachner was recently appointed Artistic Director of the biennial Grand Rapids Bach Festival in Michigan. And he composes his own music. (For a list of his compositions with sound bites, click here.) This explains, in part, why he has been able to propel Trinity's music program toward spanning centuries and why he has wanted to.   
 - Terese Loeb Kreuzer
Some history: Trinity Church and "Messiah"
The association of Trinity Church with Handel's "Messiah" goes back to the 18th century. Some accounts state that the first U.S. performance of Handel's oratorio took place at Trinity in October 1770 to benefit the Corporation for the Relief of the Widows and Children of Clergymen of the Church of England in America. However, it is not strictly true that Trinity first presented "Messiah" to New Yorkers. A man named William Tuckey had that distinction. In January 1770, he advertised that "Messiah" would be performed at Mr. Burns' Rooms, a tavern at 9 Broadway. Admission was eight shillings, with the proceeds going to benefit Mr. Tuckey.

Abigail Fischer, Jennifer Charles and Kyle Bielfield in "Angel's Bone," an opera about human trafficking with music by Du Yun and a libretto by Royce Vavrek. Julian Wachner was music director for the Pulitzer-Prize winning opera, which featured performances by the Choir of Trinity Wall Street and NOVUS NY. (Photo: Cory Weaver)  

 Bits & Bytes 

On Dec. 4, 2018, the Landmarks Preservation Commission heard a proposal for a redesigned Peck Slip park with planters on the east and west ends and with stone and wooden benches. The park, which is around two-thirds of an acre in size, has been in the "design" phase for a decade. For an article from New York YIMBY (12/2/18) on the proposed redesign, with diagrams and renderings, click here.

"Top Cocktail Bar the Dead Rabbit's Huge New Space Opens Next Week,", 12/13/18. "Famed Financial District bar the Dead Rabbit will soon be more than twice as big," says "Owners Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry are adding final touches to the 2,500-square-foot building they expanded into next door, at 32 Water St. The original, three-story space at 30 Water St., north of Broad Street, will nearly double in size with the new addition - which will be good news for the droves of drinkers who have been crowding in every night. ... The first piece of the expansion - the ground-floor taproom - opens...on Thursday, December 20. The space will accommodate 125 additional people. The smaller, second-floor cocktail parlor is also gaining some space, but that portion will only open in February. Meanwhile, the third floor will be reserved for events." For the complete article, click here.

"Pearl Diner in FiDi to be replaced with 21-story hotel,", 12/10/18. "One of the Financial District's last standalone diners may soon be no more," says The Real Deal. "A new 21-floor hotel is set to take the place of the Pearl Diner at 212 Pearl Street, according to documents filed with the Department of Buildings on Friday. George Drallios of Chaon LLC is the developer. Drallios, a registered architect, founded the Bi2em Design Architecture consultancy in 2005 and has been involved in projects in the U.S., the Caribbean and Russia - including the abandoned Russia Tower project in Moscow and the New Holland Island project in St. Petersburg." For the complete article, click here
"Financial District Gem Pearl Diner May Be Replaced With a High-Rise Hotel,", 12/11/18. "The iconic Pearl Diner has held its ground for decades, even as more and more skyscrapers flooded the Financial District," says "But a new hotel project threatens to replace the decades-old restaurant known for its big breakfast plates and no-frills burgers. Developer and architect George Drallios is plotting to build a 21-story hotel at 212 Pearl St., the same corner spot the diner has held since the 1960s, the Real Deal first reported. Building plans for the hotel were filed late last week, and Drallios tells Eater it's 'too soon to say' what will happen to the diner. Architect Gene Kaufman is designing the new tower, the same architect behind the 50-story Holiday Inn hotel downtown, known as the tallest Holiday Inn in the world. He's also behind three of the six ongoing hotel projects in this area, according to the Real Deal." For the complete article, click here.  
"$55M penthouse is Tribeca's most expensive apartment ever," New York Post, 12/12/18. "A Tribeca penthouse that just sold for $55 million at 70 Vestry St. - where Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady own at least one apartment - has broken a neighborhood sales record," according to the New York Post. " The spread was originally asking $65 million. The buyer is a foreign national, a spokeswoman says. The building was developed by Related and designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects. The 7,808-square-foot home, with  interiors designed by Daniel Romualdez, boasts five bedrooms, 6½ bathrooms, several kitchens, a solarium, a library and 3,687 square feet of private outdoor space." For the complete article, click here.
"Moinian Lands $132M in financing for 2 Washington Street,", 12/14/18. "The Moinian Group scored some new financing for its tower at 2 Washington Street in the Financial District, which is undergoing a partial residential conversion," says The Real Deal. Square Mile Capital is providing Moinian with $131.5 million in financing for the work at the 31-story North Building in the two-building, mixed-use complex called 17 Battery Park, according to a new city filing. The Moinian Group partnered with Collaborative Construction Management to undertake the conversion, which will provide 345 rental units. Nyack College owns part of the 1970s-era building." For the complete article, click here.

"Does This Look Right to You? HOLLA��D TONNEL," New York Times, 12/13/18. "As it has in so many Decembers past, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has festooned the canopy above the Holland Tunnel's New Jersey tollbooth plaza with holiday wreaths," says The New York Times. "Ordinarily, the sign displays the name of the tunnel in bland letters on an ordinary slab of concrete. But for the holiday season, the Port Authority throws two round wreaths and a triangular tree on top in an attempt to spread seasonal cheer. One wreath covers the letter O of the Holland Tunnel sign in a perfect overlap. But then, slightly to the right, the tree is hung over the N instead of the A, which better matches its shape. And there, N, lies the problem. Cory Windelspecht, 38, said that seeing the tree covering the N instead of that adjacent A bugged him for years. So he started a campaign to adjust the Christmas decorations. That rang a bell for quite a few other people and now, after his online petition went viral, the authority says it will allow the public to vote on where the agency hangs its holiday décor." Mr. Windelspecht lives in Tribeca and goes through the Holland Tunnel several times a week, the article notes. For more about this, click here.
"Atlas Hospitality lands $40M loan for planned FiDi hotel tower,", 12/11/18. "Atlas Hospitality secured a $40 million construction loan for its planned 128-key hotel tower in the Financial District," says The Real Deal. Bank of America provided the funding for the 26-story project at 120-122 Water Street, Atlas announced Tuesday. The development, called the Hotel Indigo, is scheduled to open in 2020. Atlas, a real estate firm that acquires and develops hotels, is working on the project with Fortuna Realty Group, which will manage the hotel. The property will include a restaurant on the ground floor and a double-deck rooftop with indoor and outdoor space." For the complete article, click here.

Downtown Post Political Report

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.   (Photo: © Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

As of Jan. 3, 2019, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, a Democrat who represents New York's 10th Congressional District taking in the west side of Manhattan and parts of Brooklyn, will become the chair of the House Judiciary Committee. This committee is responsible for overseeing the judicial probity of the federal court system, administrative agencies and federal law enforcement agencies. The Department of Justice and the FBI are among the arms of the federal government over which this committee has jurisdiction.

The House Judiciary Committee is also responsible for initiating the impeachment of federal officials. On three occasions, it has approved articles of impeachment against a U.S. president: Andrew Johnson in 1868, Richard Nixon in 1974 and Bill Clinton in 1998.

Between 2011 and 2017, Republicans were the majority party in the House of Representatives and had no interest in publicly investigating the activities of the Trump administration. Nadler and his Democratic colleagues on the committee have already made it clear that the committee will be looking into matters that were previously ignored or investigated behind closed doors with no follow up.

On Dec. 20, for instance, Nadler delivered opening remarks during the Judiciary Committee's oversight hearing with Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, the first such hearing with DHS since 2015.

"Although your Department has evaded meaningful oversight up until now, you can be sure that, beginning in January, this Committee intends to do its job in a fair, but firm manner," Nadler said. "The time for zero accountability is over, and we are determined to ensure that the Department's policies and practices are aligned with the laws and values of the nation."

Among other things, Nadler said that the death of 7-year-old Jakelin Caal Maquin while in DHS custody had to be investigated in order to prevent a repetition of this tragedy and that what happened was illustrative of the "Trump administration's haphazard and chaotic immigration policies."

On another matter on Dec. 20, Nadler commented on Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker's announcement that he will not be recused from overseeing the work of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, despite numerous objections from senior ethics officials.

""We have asked the Department of Justice, repeatedly and over the course of several weeks, for more information about Mr. Whitaker's ethics guidance - including for a copy of the guidance itself," Nadler said.  "I have even asked Mr. Whitaker for this information directly. To date, we have received no response from the Department. It is simply unacceptable that we are learning about this guidance through leaks to the press instead of from the Acting Attorney General himself, particularly when it seems that this decision is to satisfy President Trump and not to protect the integrity of the Department or its ongoing work."

These are illustrative of the kinds of issues and the kind of information that will be pouring out of the House Judiciary Committee under Nadler's leadership.

Since Nadler represents Lower Manhattan, his activities on the House Judiciary Committee will be briefly reported in the Downtown Post NYC newsletter with links to the Downtown Post NYC website where those who are interested can read about them in detail.

In other political news, Sen. Brian Kavanagh (D), who represents the 26th Senatorial District encompassing parts of Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn, has been appointed to head the New York State Senate's standing committee on housing, construction and community development. The work of that committee is likely to affect housing policy for the state as well as the city. Kavanaugh has indicated that the committee will probably try to strengthen rent laws to protect tenants. The state's rent stabilization laws will expire in June.

- Terese Loeb Kreuzer

Downtown bulletin board

Lower Manhattan 'Staycation' Contest: The Alliance for Downtown New York is sponsoring a 'Staycation' drawing. The prize consists of a two-night stay at the Conrad New York in Battery Park City (pictured above), $200 to shop at Westfield World Trade Center and $150 to dine at Delmonico's. The deadline to enter is Jan. 1, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. ET. For more information and to enter the drawing, click here. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
Holiday Toy and Clothing Drive for homeless children: The Manhattan Community Youth Council at the Downtown Community Center is hosting a holiday toy and clothing drive on behalf of the Single Parent Resource Center, a not-for-profit agency that provides comprehensive programs for the more than 2,000 single-parent families in New York City, including those living in transitional housing, struggling with substance abuse or who have been released from incarceration. Unwrapped toys and children's clothing can be dropped off through Dec. 30 at the Downtown Community Center, 120 Warren St. (between Greenwich and West Streets), Mondays through Fridays, 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  For more information, contact the Manhattan Youth Council at (212) 766-1104 or email

MiniMATES at the South Street Seaport Museum: miniMATES is the South Street Seaport Museum's interactive early childhood program. It uses themed songs, stories, art projects, and hands-on activities to teach program participants and their caregivers about boats and ships, marine life, and artifacts in a playgroup setting. miniMATES targets key aspects of development for children ages 18 months to 4 years, from language to creativity to fine-motor skills.

The South Street Seaport Museum's miniMATES Winter Season starts on Jan. 9, 2019 and runs through March 28. There are three time slots available for the 10-week winter session: Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., and Thursdays from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The cost is $250 with discounts available for Family level museum members and additional children. To register, click here. For more information about miniMATES, e-mail

The South Street Seaport Museum also opens the miniMATES space as a playroom to parents/caregivers and their children during Open Play. Open Play sessions will be offered twice a week on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., allowing families the flexibility to drop in and play at times that work best with their schedules. The drop-in rate is $15 per session, per child. Session bundles are available, and families enrolled in miniMATES programs are entitled to discounted Open Play bundles.

Please note that all children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for miniMATES and Open Play. Children cannot be left with museum staff in the play space.

Manhattan Community Board applications: Community Board membership applications are now open. Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer says, "We're looking for passionate and engaged New Yorkers who are dedicated to making a difference in their neighborhoods. Community Boards play an important role in shaping the character of our city. If you live or work in Manhattan, you're eligible to apply for the 2019-2021 class of board members."

Community Board members are volunteers who, at a minimum, meet with the committees on which they serve and attend the monthly board meetings. Community Board members serve two-year terms after which they must reapply.

To apply online, click here or complete a paper application ( downloadable here as a PDF). The online application must be completed in one sitting. All applications are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019. After you apply, someone from the Manhattan Borough President's office will contact you about next steps in the screening and interview process. Appointments will be announced in the spring.

Holiday diaper drive: For the third year, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer is helping to sponsor a holiday diaper drive. "For many low-income working parents, getting diapers for their children is a struggle," she says. "Day care centers often require parents to supply diapers when they drop off their kids, so if the parents don't have diapers to bring every day, they can't work. That's why my office, the Food Bank for New York City, and the Girl Scout Council of Greater New York are launching the third annual holiday diaper drive to collect these essential items for New Yorkers in need. We'll distribute the diapers we collect to emergency food pantries."

If you wish to help, bring new, sealed boxes of diapers in sizes 3 to 6 (sizes 4 and 5 are needed most) to either of Gale Brewer's offices: 1 Centre St. (19th floor South) or 431 W. 125th St. (storefront). If you're an Amazon customer, you can use this link to order from the Food Bank's Amazon Wishlist for delivery straight to their warehouse.

Donations will be accepted through Jan. 31, 2019.

Weekend closures of PATH World Trade Center station: Beginning in January 2019 and running 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 will close at 12:01 a.m. on Saturdays starting on Jan. 5, 2019 and will reopen at 5 a.m. after each weekend of work. Riders will be given free transfers to daytime weekend ferry service between Exchange Place and Lower Manhattan. Overnight service on the Journal Square-33rd Street line will be increased. 

Community Center at Stuyvesant High School: The Community Center at Stuyvesant High School (CCSHS) located at 345 Chambers St. in Battery Park City, offers a half-Olympic-sized swimming pool, basketball courts, a gym, fitness equipment and other amenities . In addition, there are a variety of classes including swimming lessons for children and adults, Tai Chi, Hatha Yoga, tennis for kids and total body boxing. CCSHS is open daily with hours that vary. Since the facilities are shared with the high school, the hours from September to June differ from those in July and August. An annual membership includes free programs and classes. The rates are $199 (adults, 18+) and $79 (seniors, military and youth). Battery Park City residents get a $20 a year discount on those rates. Walk-in passes are available for $15 (adults 18+) and $10 (seniors, military and youth). For more information, call (212) 267-9700, email or click here.

Most of the Downtown Post NYC bulletin board listings are now on the Downtown Post NYC website. To see the bulletin board listings, click here.

Renuka Pinto, an Australian trained physical therapist with over 18 years experience, is now offering "quality care at an affordable price" at her new location, 915 Broadway, Suite 1106. She is a sports and spine specialist using technology, intensive hands-on therapy and custom-based exercise to help patients meet their needs.
A mother of three, she offers specialized services to pregnant and post-partum women to help them achieve their individual goals.

The Fraunces Tavern Museum at the corner of Broad and Pearl Streets.
(Photo: © Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

"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.

Although Tsaltas' own background is in New York City and colonial New York history, "There is no need for serious historical knowledge to get the most out of the book club," she said. Tsaltas said that the books she has selected are engaging, and should spark a lively discussion with fellow history lovers.

In 2019, the book club's first meeting will take place on Jan. 8 for a discussion of "In the Hurricane's Eye: The Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown" by Nathaniel Philbrick.

On April 9, the subject will be "Black Flags, Blue Waters: The Epic History of America's Most Notorious Pirates" by Eric Jay Dolin. This will be followed on July 9 by "Those Turbulent Sons of Freedom - Ethan Allen's Green Mountain Boys and the American Revolution" by Christopher S. Wren. The final book club meeting for 2019 will be on Oct. 8 to discuss "Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington" by Brad Meltzer.

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.

- Debbi Honorof

calendar CALENDAR: December 2018  
Spotlight: Battery Park City's Winter Calendar   

The Battery Park City Authority sponsors free art classes throughout the year. During the warm weather, they take place in Battery Park City's parks. In winter, the classes are held at 6 River Terrace. The annual exhibition of work from these classes opens on Jan. 27 at
75 Battery Place.  (Photo: © Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
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 (
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, 2:00-4:00PM.The opening reception will be on Sunday, Jan. 27, at 1 p.m. Place: 75 Battery Place.
A complete list of all programs and activities is on the Battery Park City Authority website. To see and download the winter calendar, click here.

A Battery Park City snowman who appeared on Rector Place on March 21, 2015. This year, the Battery Park City Authority is making snow play official. On snowy days, the BPCA will designate select locations in Battery Park City's parks where people can build a snowman or fort, take a sled ride, and warm up with hot cocoa. (Photo: © Terese Loeb Kreuzer) 

For more calendar listings, go to the Downtown Post NYC website. Click here.


If you would like to forward this email click the button below. Please do not forward this email in any other way, or your name may be automatically dropped from the subscription list. (That's how this email service works.) Thank you! 

Downtown Post NYC is emailed to subscribers twice a week.
To subscribe to Downtown Post NYC, click here

Editor: Terese Loeb Kreuzer

We welcome comments, questions and letters to the editor. Send them to

To advertise, email

Previous issues of Downtown Post NYC are archived at

All articles and photographs in Downtown Post NYC are copyrighted and
may not be reprinted or republished without written permission.
© 2018