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Volume 6, No. 7  April 17, 2019   

"When I started, I had no idea that I was to be documenting a monumental trajectory in American history."
      -  Artist Elise Engler on her project entitled "First Radio HeadlineS of the Day Drawing Project, NYC." Every day, she turns on the news and makes a drawing reflecting what she has just heard. She started doing this on Nov. 22, 2015 and now has an exhibition of her drawings in a Lower East Side art gallery.

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MASTHEAD PHOTO: Notre Dame Cathedral. (Photo: © Terese Loeb Kreuzer 2018) 

Terese Loeb Kreuzer, editor
Since 1912, the date April 15 has been associated with worldwide grief. That was the date that the ocean liner Titanic, on her maiden voyage from Southampton, England to New York City, hit an iceberg off the coast of Newfoundland and sank, killing more than 1,500 people. There were only enough lifeboats for one-third of the ship's passengers and many of these weren't filled to capacity before they were frantically lowered into the ocean. A survivor told of "hearing as many as 20 shots fired amid all the groans and cries that rose as the Titanic went down." He thought that the shots were fired by people committing suicide.

Starting at 12:15 a.m. on April 16, the Titanic's wireless operators, Harold Bride and Jack Phillips, sent out increasingly desperate messages to nearby ships, asking for help. Then, at 2:17 a.m. the transmissions stopped. That night and the next day here in Lower Manhattan, anxious crowds gathered outside the office of the White Star Line at 9 Broadway, hoping for news of who had survived and who had drowned.

In contrast to that suspenseful wait, when the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris caught fire on April 15, 2019, there was no doubt as to what was happening. As flames engulfed the roof, images of the fire were instantly transmitted on news feeds and social media. People all over the world reacted with shock and grief.

Around 11 p.m. Paris time, live updates from various sources delivered the news that Parisians had gathered to say prayers and sing hymns in front of the Saint Julien Les Pauvres church as Notre Dame burned only a few hundred yards away. Flames and smoke filled the sky behind the singers. Hundreds of people knelt in prayer at the center of a larger group that sang hymns between the prayers. At the request of Paris archbishop Michel Aupetit, church bells tolled throughout France.

We, in New York City, watched, sharing with each other our memories of Notre Dame: the first time we saw the cathedral, the last time, what happened to us there and with whom. Each in our own way, we joined in the prayers that Notre Dame would survive.

Finally, shortly before midnight in Paris, we learned that much of the cathedral, although badly damaged, had been saved.

By the time the sun rose the next morning, the flames had been completely extinguished and, as The New York Times said, "The Cathedral of Notre-Dame still stands. It is scorched, battered and missing its spire and much of its roof, but the 800-year-old Gothic masterwork that symbolized both a place and a culture is a monument to be repaired, not mourned. Indeed, even as firefighters scoured the ashes and debris for any lingering embers, and investigators worked to determine the cause of the blaze, the French authorities were putting in motion an international fund-raising drive to reconstruct the landmark."

Social media is often pernicious but in this case, it allowed us to see that despite all that divides us, in the face of calamity, we are one. We, in Lower Manhattan, know that well. In the aftermath of September 11, 2001, we found that out. We have not forgotten.

Terese Loeb Kreuzer
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Traffic on South End Avenue. (Photo: © Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
On April 4, 2019, shortly before 7 p.m., Arlene Kalfus, a long-time resident of Gateway Plaza in Battery Park City, got off a Connection bus at a stop on South End Avenue near her home and started to cross the street. According to the NYPD, the 57-year-old operator of the bus discharged passengers into the bike lane and then started to pull away. Kalfus "crossed in front of the bus and was struck with the front bumper, causing her to fall to the ground," according to the police report. "The vehicle proceeded forward and struck her with the right rear wheel."
Kalfus, who was 81 years old and around 4 feet 10 inches in height, seems to have died almost instantly. When the police arrived, they found her unconscious and unresponsive, lying in the road. The Emergency Medical Service was summoned and pronounced her dead. The driver of the Connection bus, a free shuttle service operated by the Alliance for Downtown New York, remained at the scene and wasn't charged by the police. He had been driving the Connection bus for three years and had an unblemished record.
"This is an enormous tragedy," the Downtown Alliance said in a statement. "Information is hard to come by right now and we are awaiting further information and details from the police department. As we do so, our thoughts are with those who were close to Ms. Kalfus."
As it turns out, there were many people who were close to Arlene Kalfus. She was energetically and enthusiastically involved in many activities organized by the Battery Park City Seniors. In fact, on the day of her death, she was collecting names and reservations for the group's monthly get-together over dinner in a neighborhood restaurant. On April 8 despite Kalfus' death, the group met as planned at the Atrio restaurant in the Conrad Hotel on North End Avenue.   
"We will use this occasion to gather together and remember our BPCSenior member, Arlene Kalfus," an email said, announcing that the dinner was still on. "Arlene supported Ruth Ohman in the months after 9/11/2001, getting programing and funding for our group. And she never stopped helping!" 
Among the 30 or so people who gathered around the dinner table that evening, there were several who recalled Kalfus' interest in theater, music and museums.  "She was a  world traveler and an active member of the book club," said Suzanne Mark, one of her friends. Mark said that she and Kalfus played mah-jongg and went to yoga classes and to the monthly dinners that she organized. "She was very witty and always caught you by surprise," Mark said. "She was a kind, positive and cheerful person. I would always learn something from her no matter what the topic. She was very special and so easy to be around. Arlene was one of a kind. I will miss her."  
"Arlene had a busy schedule but always checked in with friends to see if they needed help," said Joyce Barocas, another friend. "She was very quick witted. She saw the humor in things and appreciated what she had. She was also very fair and saw all sides to a situation. She wanted to help and to help people get along."

It's possible that Arlene Kalfus' tragic death will, in fact, help other people. South End Avenue, where she was killed, is a wide, four-block-long street that has increasingly seen an influx of traffic from drivers wanting to avoid some of the congestion on neighboring West Street. Proposals for improving pedestrian safety on South End Avenue have been under consideration for years. Perhaps in the next year or two, spurred by Kalfus' death, something will actually be done about the problem.  
In the meantime, the NYPD investigation into the accident that killed her is ongoing.  
 - Terese Loeb Kreuzer 

Priya Ramanathan, program director for Per Scholas, a non-profit organization that trains low income, unemployed and underemployed adults for careers in technology, working at LMHQ, a coworking space run by the Downtown Alliance.  (Photo: © Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
At LMHQ, the Downtown Alliance's nonprofit workspace at 150 Broadway, people in one of its private meeting rooms were writing on the walls. In another meeting room, Tom Kriegelstein and Sabina Colleran from a company called Swift Kick were planning a book about team development training and had covered the walls with Post-It notes.

Writing on the wall is not only not prohibited at LMHQ - it's encouraged. As for Post-It notes, LMHQ's philosophy is "bring them on.

LMHQ, which stands for Lower Manhattan Headquarters, was founded in 2015 by the Alliance for Downtown New York in the expectation that it would foster networking and creativity in the Lower Manhattan business district that the Alliance serves. There are currently more than 800 companies located below Canal Street and they are no longer predominantly clustered in finance-related businesses. Among them are ad agencies, media and technology companies, architecture and graphic design firms and a range of nonprofit organizations.

At subsidized prices, LMHQ provides them with a flexible, add-on working space that the LMHQ website describes as a "third space" between home and office. Situated on the 20th floor of 150 Broadway and flooded with sunlight, there are stunning views from every window. The 12,500 square-foot space features six private meeting rooms of varying sizes that can be rented by the hour, day or week, open-plan work areas and a spacious event space that can accommodate up to 140 people. All of the furniture can be reconfigured as needed.

This set-up encourages networking and brainstorming. There are LMHQ regulars who have purchased LMHQ memberships ranging in price from $200 a year for individuals to $2,700 annually for teams, but there are also drop-ins who pay $30 a day to use the facilities. You never know who you're going to meet there.

Daria Siegel (Photo: © Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
"With coworking spaces, you sit down next to someone new every day, you start up a conversation, you learn something new, you network, you collaborate and partner, you make deals and you grow your business," said Daria Siegel, LMHQ's director. "Our members are very supportive of each other. We have freelancers, we have Fortune 500 companies, and they all can learn from each other rather than being siloed in their own offices."

As an example of what Siegel described, Krieglstein and Colleran of Swift Kick said that they are now working with a video company that they met at LMHQ. They said that they
Sabina Colleran and Tom Krieglstein using an LMHQ meeting room to plan and write a book. 
(Photo: © Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
have been working at LMHQ since it opened and had looked at other coworking facilities but, said Kriegelstein, what brought them to LMHQ was a combination of cost and value. For less than they would have paid elsewhere, he said, "We get a great environment in a good location." Plus, said Colleran, "this is almost the only place I can think of where most of the walls are writable."

We can thank Steve Jobs for the idea that discrete corporate departments were not necessarily all that productive. In 2000, when Jobs was working with space designers on the Pixar headquarters in Silicon Valley, he insisted on a design that would house all departments under one roof, tearing down functional silos and providing numerous opportunities for what he referred to as "unplanned collaborations." By that he meant spontaneous get-togethers between employees from different parts of the company.

Nearly two decades later, Jobs' concept has been embraced by the business world, especially by young, creative, entrepreneurial companies. The result has been a proliferation of coworking spaces that are specifically designed to promote collaborations and a sense of community.

What sets LMHQ apart from other communal workspaces in Lower Manhattan is that it is not, strictly speaking, just a coworking space. Private rooms can be rented for a specific event or time period but no one has permanent, private facilities at LMHQ.

"If you need a space for a certain period while your office is under construction, or you need dedicated space to work on a specific project or your company is growing rapidly and you need additional space while you're searching for space, we can and do accommodate that," said Siegel. "However we don't offer permanent and private space indefinitely."

There are no onsite storage facilities for more than daily usage. Most people arrive each day with a computer and a cellphone, and that's all they need. In the open-plan work areas, they are likely to be plugged into headphones.

A meeting in LMHQ's event space. (Photo: © Ben Stone)
Another thing that sets LMHQ apart is its robust calendar of events. Some events, such as monthly lunches are for LMHQ members only, with a different member presenting each month. This allows other members to learn more about each member's company and to share success stories. Some events, such as the monthly Women's Breakfasts, are hosted by LMHQ and are open to the public. "They sell out every month," said Siegel. The public events offer attendees access to recognized experts and are either free or low in cost.

Outside organizations also stage events at LMHQ. The space can be reconfigured for town hall meetings, brainstorming sessions and workshops. It is fully staffed and equipped with projectors, a sound system and the technology for live streaming.

LMHQ is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, but some memberships come with 24/7 access via a phone app.

"You're working all hours when you're an entrepreneur, especially if you're based internationally," Siegel said. "The workplace has changed and we're evolving with it."

- Debbi Honorof

For more information about LMHQ membership, events and rental space, click here.

The open-plan work area at LMHQ. (Photo: © Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Bits & Bytes
Teens waited outside the hotel at 246 Spring St., then called the Trump Soho, hoping to see Miley Cyrus emerge on her way to the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards.
(Photo: © Terese Loeb Kreuzer 2013) 
"Superheroes Couldn't Save a Comic Book Clubhouse in Lower Manhattan," New York Times, 4/14/19. "Jason Winn burst into Chameleon Comics & Cards looking like Superman stumbling upon kryptonite," says The New York Times. 'What is going on?' Mr. Winn said to the regulars in the shop who had already read the handwritten sign outside. Their glum faces told the story: Chameleon was shutting its doors after nearly 30 years in Manhattan's Financial District. 'This shop was like home to me,' said Mr. Winn, a paralegal, who works nearby and had grown used to his steady fix of Chameleon's eclectic selection of comic books, graphic novels, baseball cards and action figures. 'These kind of comic shops are shutting down left and right.' Beyond the shop's merchandise, the scene was what really attracted a steady cadre of regulars, from scruffy comic junkies in search of bargains to well-dressed Wall Streeters looking to drop serious money on the store's impressive selection of collectible baseball cards. They all shared a common despondency during the shop's last week before it closed on March 31." For the complete article, click here.

"Bronx man found guilty of racist African Burial Ground vandalism,"
New York Post, 4/11/19. "A federal judge has found a Bronx man guilty of vandalism for writing a racist message with a black marker on a signpost at the African Burial Ground National Monument near City Hall," says the New York Post. On the morning of Nov. 1, Ivan Nieves, 57, of the Bronx, strolled by the monument and wrote 'Kill N--' on an informational sign entitled 'A Place of Remembrance.' But while Magistrate Judge Ona Wang found Nieves guilty of vandalism, she found the Bronx man not guilty of the disorderly conduct charge against him. Wang did not provide an explanation as to why she found Nieves guilty of one count and not the other, but federal prosecutors argued that Nieves should also be convicted of disorderly conduct because he wrote the message at a public monument with the intent to cause violence against African Americans." For the complete article, click here.

"New York puts tax lien on former Trump SoHo," 4/3/19, Crain's New York Business. "One of Lower Manhattan's most famous hotel properties has shed President Donald Trump's name but not its troubles," says Crain's New York Business. "A tax warrant for $35,193 was issued last month against the 'Trump SoHo Hotel Condominium New York, Trading as The Dominick' state records show. The president no longer has any apparent business interest in the property. Trump initially announced he would help design and operate the project, which contains secondary residences as well as overnight rooms, with developers Tamir Sapir and the Bayrock Group. During and after the 2016 presidential campaign, the collaboration-which involved none of the Trump Organization's own capital-attracted media attention because of links between Sapir, Bayrock and figures in Russia." For the complete article, click here.

"Contractor Sues Fortis Over 'Unsafe' Leaning Condo Tower Near Seaport," Commercial Observer, 4/2/19. "A Financial District condominium tower is leaning, and the contractor on the project claims the developer is to blame," says the Commercial Observer. "The 670-foot-tall, 58-story apartment building under construction at 161 Maiden Lane is leaning three inches to the north, according to a lawsuit filed in New York State Supreme Court by the project's contractor, Pizzarotti. An off-kilter foundation is affecting the building's structural integrity, facade, waterproofing and elevators, the recent suit argues. Developer Fortis Property Group, working with a previous general contractor, opted not to drive piles into the soft ground of the site by South Street Seaport on the East River before it laid the foundation because Fortis wanted to save money, the contractor claims in the suit." For the complete article, click here.

"WeWork's HQ division nabs 3 leases in Midtown, FiDi and Chelsea,", 4/15/19. According to The Real Deal, "WeWork has inked leases for three new Manhattan locations totaling about 54,700 square feet, the company announced Monday. The firm is taking roughly 26,600 square feet of space at ELK Investors' 33 East 33rd Street, 17,350 square feet of space at EQ Office's 44 Wall Street and 10,750 square feet of space at George Comfort & Sons and ASB Real Estate Investments' 7 West 18th Street. It expects to open all three locations to members by the summer." For the complete article, click here.

"City Winery Lands a Huge New Home on the Hudson River,", 4/15/19. "New York City-founded national chain City Winery will move into a new home on the Hudson River," says "The decade-old urban winery and performance venue will close its West Village location in August with plans to reopen at Hudson River Park's Pier 57, at West 15th Street, in early 2020. It's a big move for the winery, taking over 32,000 square feet of space for two performance venues, a seated 350-seat concert hall, a 150-capacity loft space, a 100-seat restaurant and tasting room, and a wine production facility - all overlooking the river. The restaurant area will have a pizza bar and coffee station, while the tasting room will tap 12 wines from kegs." For the complete article, click here.

"Hit FiDi Bar the Dead Rabbit Adds 30 Cocktails and New Room,", 4/5/19. "Very critically acclaimed Financial District bar the Dead Rabbit keeps on growing. Following the addition of a taproom downstairs, the bar opened a new extension...that accommodates 25 more people on its second floor at 30 Water St. The new parlor room comes at the same times as a new menu series for the entire bar - created by beverage director Jillian Vose - called 'Darkland' and featuring dark themes in its branding and the cocktail names. There are 30 new cocktails on hand. For the complete article, click here.

Downtown Post Arts
Some of Elise Engler's drawings for her "First Radio HeadlineS of the Day Drawing Project, NYC" (Photo: courtesy of Elise Engler)
For many people, morning rituals include bathing, breakfast and dashing off to work. For Elise Engler, morning means turning on the radio, listening to the news and then creating a painting that reflects what she just heard. She started doing this on Nov. 22, 2015, initially posting her work on Instagram (@msdocumentrix) and
Elise Engler (Photo: © Terese Loeb Kreuzer 2013)
Twitter (@drawitall). Now an exhibition entitled "First Radio HeadlineS of the Day Drawing Project, NYC" is in a Lower East Side gallery, Frosch and Portmann, through May 19. At last count, there were 1,237 drawings in the "Radio HeadlineS" series.  
Engler, who has been teaching art in Battery Park City since 1992, describes herself as "a radio addict and news junkie." She thought that she would be finished with the "Radio HeadlineS" project by Dec. 31, 2016, however, she says, "the state of the world (aka the election of Trump) has made it impossible for me to stop. When I started, I had no idea that I was to be documenting a monumental trajectory in American history."
The drawings are small, somewhere between 5 inches square and 8 inches. Engler's drawing materials include graphite, watercolor, gouache and casein. Each drawing has an embedded graphite headline.  
Engler says that she gets most of her news from NPR, plus local radio stations when she's traveling. The drawings are not just a literal rendition of the day's events. Engler free associates, adding layers of meaning to what started out as a straightforward news item.
Take her drawing for July 5, 2018, for instance. The embedded headline reads, "Activists arrested protesting Trump's immigration policies at Statue of Liberty. One woman scales statue. In U.S., record low - 47% proud to be Americans according to Gallop poll, wild Madagascar banana that might be key to protecting bananas."  
The drawing elaborates on these apparently disconnected thoughts. A sign at the base of the Statue of Liberty says "Abolish Ice" while people standing in front of the statue hold letters spelling out those words. In another part of the drawing, ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) turns into real ice when two police officers approach the woman who scaled the statue in an effort to get her down. The statue's robe suggests the ice of a glacier (Engler once spent a few months making drawings in Antarctica). An upside down U.S. flag protruding from the base of the Statue of Liberty is captioned "goes on extinction list." (What goes on the extinction list? Liberty? Antarctic ice that's melting because of climate change? The United States of America? All of the above?) And what about those Madagascar bananas? Well, these wild bananas that might be "key to protecting bananas" are held by a brown-skinned woman, which returns that morning's news to the topic of immigration and what it means to keep certain groups of people out of the United States.
The Frosch and Portmann Gallery where Engler's "Radio HeadlineS" drawings are currently on display, is at 53 Stanton St. With 1,237 of Engler's intricate drawings on its walls, it could take a while to look at them carefully and to think about what Engler has depicted. The gallery is open Wednesdays through Sundays from noon to 6 p.m. For more information, click here.
- Terese Loeb Kreuzer 

Downtown bulletin board
An oyster almost nine inches long was found in late July by divers rebuilding Pier 40 in Hudson River Park. The oyster is the largest recorded in New York Harbor in modern times and is estimated to be 14 years old. (Photo: courtesy of The River Project)

Celebrate Earth Day: On April 17, the Battery Park City Authority invites people of all ages to celebrate Earth Day at a talk featuring a panel of New York City marine life experts, including Paul Greenberg, author of "The Omega Principle,"  Siddhartha Hayes of The River Project and Paul Sieswerda, President, CEO of Gotham Whale. The signs of an ever-improving marine environment are clear, from whales in New York Harbor to giant oysters returning to the lower Hudson River. Find out how you can help the continuing recovery of New York City's marine environment . Place: 6 River Terrace (in Battery Park City). Time: 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Free.

September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Information Session: On April 25, U.S. Congressman Jerrold Nadler and other elected officials are holding an information session about the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) that was set up to to provide compensation for anyone (or a personal representative of a deceased individual) who suffered physical harm or was killed because of the terrorist-related aircraft crashes of September 11, 2001 or the debris removal efforts that took place in the aftermath. The original September 11th Victim Compensation Fund was in effect from 2001 to 2004 and was reauthorized twice, most recently on Dec. 18, 2015, when President Barack Obama signed a law extending the VCF for five years, allowing claims to be submitted through Dec. 18, 2020. However, the growing number of claims has caused the Special Master of the VCF to state that, considering all present and projected claims under current policies, the fund is running out of money. The Special Master said that the VCF must make significant reductions in awards, and that these reductions will affect all claims for which a determination has not yet been made, regardless of when the claim was filed.

The information session will include presentations by speakers from the Victim Compensation Fund and the World Trade Center Health Program. Place: Office of Manhattan Borough President, Gale Brewer, 1 Centre St., 19th floor South. Time: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Doors open at 5:15 p.m. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. Reservations are requested to determine crowd size, but are not necessary to attend. To reserve, click here.

Bird walks in the Battery: Gabriel Willow, an educator from NYC Audubon, will lead bird walks in The Battery on Tuesdays and Wednesdays between April 23 and May 23. In spring, migrating birds find food and habitat in The Battery. Last spring's walks included sightings of a Blue Grosbeak, a Summer Tanager, and 21 other bird species. The bird walks start at the Netherlands memorial flag pole (at the intersection of Battery Place, Broadway and State Street) at 8 a.m. Free. To make a reservation, click here.

River Project Wetlab opens for the season: Founded in 1986, The River Project helps protect and restore the ecosystem of the Hudson River Estuary through scientific research and education programs. During Wetlab Look-Ins, the public can visit The River Project to see dozens of species of native fish and invertebrates. Visitors can take part in a 20- to 30 minute tour of the aquarium facility and can also participate in a hands-on activity. Place: the south side of Pier 40. Times: Tuesdays and Thursdays between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Free. For more information about The River Project, click here.

Firehouse Chili Party to benefit the John J. Harvey: Fireboat John J. Harvey, launched in 1931, served the City of New York and New York Harbor until she retired in 1994. She would have been scrapped had not a dedicated group of volunteers purchased her in 1999 and refurbished her for public use as an operational museum and education center. Marking the 20th anniversary of John J. Harvey's second career, a Firehouse Chili Party will take place on Thursday, April 25, at the New York City Fire Museum on Spring Street. The party will raise funds to keep the John J. Harvey going for another 20 years. There will be a chance to tour the museum, refreshments and appetizers, dinner, music and raffles. Place: 278 Spring St. Time: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets: $125. For more information and to buy tickets, click here.

Ferry schedules: On Monday, April 1, the spring schedules for NYC Ferry routes went into effect. These routes serve the Lower East Side, South Brooklyn, Rockaway, the East River, Astoria and Soundview, with connecting buses in the Rockaways and midtown Manhattan. For more information, 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.

calendar CALENDAR: April 2019
Spotlight: Governors Island announces summer plans 

Governors Island will reopen to the public on May 1, this year, with expanded ferry access. Beginning in June, on weekends ferries will run every 20 minutes between the ferry terminal at 10 South St. in Manhattan and Soissons Landing on Governors Island. 
(Photo: © Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
Governors Island will reopen to the public on May 1 and will be open daily through Oct. 31 with extended, late-night hours every Friday and Saturday between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Ferries will be free for all visitors from May 1 to May 5. (For more information about ferry schedules and fees, click here.)

This summer, visitors can look forward to the popular Jazz Age Lawn Party, now in its 14th year, with live music and dancing. On June 23 in Nolan Park, there will be a folk festival called "Porch Stomp" with concerts, jams and workshops. The New York City Poetry Festival will be back in July with the Japan Performing Arts Festival on the calendar for August. Also in August, look for the Vendy Awards featuring the best of New York City street food. One of the world's most competitive equestrian events, the Longines Global Champions Tour, will be coming to Governors Island for the first time in September.

Throughout the summer, in the historic houses of Nolan Park and Colonel's Row, there will be free exhibitions relating to the visual and performing arts, culture and science. NYC Audubon, the Climate Museum and the New Art Dealers Alliance will be among the exhibitors.

Beginning May 4 at the Island's Urban Farm, visitors will be able to participate in programs such as GrowNYC's Teaching Garden and Earth Matter NY's Compost Learning Center that teach environmental stewardship and sustainability.

Visitors who are interested in the history of Governors Island can take guided tours conducted by the National Park Service. Fort Jay, which dates from 1794, and Castle Williams, which was built to protect New York Harbor just prior to the War of 1812, will be open throughout the summer. (For more information, about upcoming tours and hours, click here.)

In addition to these tours, beginning in May, the Trust for Governors Island in collaboration with Urban Archive, will launch a free, self-guided history tour that utilizes archival photographs to show how Governors Island has changed over the centuries. (For more information, click here.)

To keep abreast of each week's offerings on Governors Island, check out the Downtown Post NYC website, which will have a page devoted to Governors Island once the season begins.

For more calendar listings, go to the Downtown Post NYC website. Click here.
Summer on Governors Island.  (Photo: © Terese Loeb Kreuzer)


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