News and events in Lower Manhattan
Volume 6, No. 56, May 30, 2022

Letter from the Editor: Happy Memorial Day!
Downtown Post NYC Museums: Hans Holbein the Younger at the Morgan Library
Bits & Bytes: Summer sailing with the South Street Seaport Museum
Bulletin Board: In-person sea chantey singing resumes at the South St. Seaport
Calendar: Fleet Week 2022

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MASTHEAD PHOTO: On May 21, Taste of Tribeca, an outdoor food festival and public school fundraiser, celebrated its 26th year, giving thousands of people a chance to taste food from 60 of Tribeca’s best restaurants. All proceeds from Taste of Tribeca support the arts and enrichment programs at public elementary schools PS 150 and PS 234. Among the food offerings was Downtown Yogurt & Ice Cream's pineapple Dole whip. The day was hot, so it proved to be very popular! (Photo: © Terese Loeb Kreuzer 2022)

We're blessed with beautiful weather today.

This edition of Downtown Post NYC is shorter than usual. It includes a few suggestions as to what you might do on these beautiful, long days of late spring, before the summer heat sets in.

Terese Loeb Kreuzer
Editor, Downtown Post NYC
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Downtown Post NYC Museums

Sir Thomas More, as painted by Hans Holbein the Younger c. 1527 shortly before King Henry VIII promoted More to Lord High Chancellor, the highest-ranking office in Tudor England. Eventually More fell out of favor with the king who imprisoned his chancellor in the Tower of London and had him executed. The painting, which is on loan from New York City's Frick Museum, is a centerpiece of the exhibition "Hans Holbein: Capturing Character" at the Morgan Library & Museum. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
Although this exhibition at the Morgan Library & Museum closed on May 15, 2022, an interactive version of it is still available online.

Glimpsed through the open doors of two facing galleries in the Morgan Library & Museum were two paintings by Hans Holbein the Younger that stopped visitors in their tracks. On one side, Sir Thomas More looked sternly at whoever dared stand in front of him. Holbein depicted him as resplendently dressed in an opulent coat trimmed with fur through which peeked red velvet sleeves. A golden chain hung around his neck centered by a Tudor rose, the emblem of his employer, King Henry VIII.

On the wall in the opposite gallery was Holbein's painting of a sensitive, young man wearing a gold- and feather-trimmed hat delicately holding a single carnation in his slender hands. His name was Simon George of Cornwall, about whom nothing is known except what Holbein suggested through this great painting. It ensures that this young man will be remembered.

Hans Holbein the Younger, born in Augsburg, Germany in 1497/1498, died in London in 1543. He was by any standard one of the preeminent and most versatile European artists of the 16th century. With a ringside seat for some of the century's most cataclysmic events, he began his career in Switzerland during the early years of the Protestant Reformation. When Holbein left for England, he found patronage and subject matter in the tumultuous court of King Henry VIII.

The exhibition at the Morgan brought together around 60 objects from some of the world's most important art collections. The multi-disciplinary show, created in partnership with the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, was the first of its kind in the United States. In addition to paintings, it included drawings, prints, books and jewelry.

For the interactive, online version of the exhibition, click here.

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Bits & Bytes
The South Street Seaport Museum's 1885 cargo ship Wavertree, berthed on Pier 16 in the South Street Seaport, with a thunderstorm rolling in. (Photo: © Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
Today, Memorial Day, we are having beautiful weather but two days ago (May 28) a huge storm arrived in the early afternoon. This is what the South Street Seaport Museum's 1885 cargo ship Wavertree looked like with storm clouds behind it. Fortunately, the storm didn't last too long.
As of May 25, the museum's tugboat W.O. Decker and 1885 schooner Pioneer are open to the public for trips around the harbor. For information about trips on Pioneer and W.O. Decker, click here.
The South Street Seaport Museum's 1885 schooner Pioneer. (Photo:© Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
Bulletin Board
LILAC, a retired Coast Guard cutter that carried supplies to lighthouses and maintained buoys from 1933 to 1972, is berthed at Pier 25 in Hudson River Park. USCGC Lilac is America's only surviving steam-powered lighthouse tender and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. She is now a museum ship owned and operated by the non-profit Lilac Preservation Project and is open for tours, exhibits and events while undergoing restoration. Lilac was launched 89 years ago on May 26, 1933. The ship re-opened for the 2022 season on May 28. Regular hours are Saturdays and Sundays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. from Memorial Day weekend in May until mid-October. Hours are subject to change due to the weather. If the forecast is for more than a 50 percent chance of rain or if a Heat Advisory has been declared, the ship will close. Admission is free but donations are appreciated. For more information, click here. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
Sea Chanteys and Other Maritime Music Aboard Tall Ship Wavertree: Beginning in April 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic necessitated nothing but online presentations of the South Street Seaport Museum’s monthly New York City sea chantey sing, "Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music." As of Sunday, June 5 at 2 p.m. ET, in-person gatherings are resuming. The free song fest of traditional maritime work songs and ballads will take place on the main deck of the museum's 1885 tall ship Wavertree. Singers of all levels, as well as listeners, are welcome to lead or request a song, join in the choruses, or just listen on the first Sunday of every month. Note that boarding the ship entails walking up a few stairs and along an angled gangway. Before or after the singing, participants are invited to tour the Seaport Museum's gallery exhibitions at 12 Fulton St., as well as tour the rest of Wavertree and visit the 1908 lightship Ambrose on Pier 16, all free of charge. For more information and to sign up, click here.

South St. Seaport Museum seeks volunteers: Volunteers work to support every aspect of the South St. Seaport Museum, but are most often involved in working on the waterfront at Pier 16 where crews restore and maintain the Museum’s fleet of historic vessels using traditional maritime skills. Volunteers and interns help the museum staff maintain and interpret the stationary vessels and operate, maintain and interpret the operational vessels. Entry level work includes cleaning and organizing, repairs, painting, polishing, varnishing, and general maintenance. In the spring, the operational vessels are fitted out and re-rigged for the coming season, and in the late fall they’re down-rigged for winter. Most labor can be unskilled. Training is provided. In addition, all ships need carpenters, electricians, ship engineers, riggers, metalworkers and divers from time to time. Requirements: Physical stamina, skills as described above and an ability to work in a team. Volunteers must be 18 or older and have a parent’s or guardian’s permission to sail. In addition, they must go on two training sails which are held most Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 12 noon during the sailing season. Between the first and second training sail, volunteers must take a U.S. Coast Guard mandated drug test. To maintain their active status, they must work as crew on at least four sails a month (during the season). Click here for more information.

Governors Island ferry access: Access to Governors Island is by ferry, with timed ticket reservations required. Ferries run daily from the Battery Maritime Building at 10 South St. in Lower Manhattan. The ferries are always free for kids 12 and under, for seniors 65 and up, for residents of NYCHA housing, for military servicemembers, Governors Island members, and for everyone on weekends before noon. Starting later this year, NYC Ferry will serve Governors Island daily via the South Brooklyn route. A launch date for this expanded service will be announced soon. NYC Ferry's shuttle from Wall Street/Pier 11 to Yankee Pier on Governors Island will continue on weekends until the launch of 7-day/week service along the South Brooklyn route. NYC Ferry riders on any line that makes stops at Wall Street/Pier 11 may transfer to a shuttle service to Governors Island on Saturdays and Sundays. Governors Island weekend ferry service from Brooklyn (Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park and Atlantic Basin in Red Hook) is currently not in service and will return in Spring, 2022. The first ferry to Governors Island from 10 South St. leaves at 7 a.m. The last ferry from Governors Island leaves at 6 p.m. Learn more about Governors Island ferries and book tickets by clicking here.

Lower Manhattan Greenmarkets: There are Lower Manhattan Greenmarkets in Tribeca (at Chambers and Greenwich Streets) and at Bowling Green, City Hall, the Oculus and the Staten Island ferry. GrowNYC asks that shoppers wear a face covering inside the market space and maintain a six-foot distance between themselves, Greenmarket staff, farm stand employees and other customers. Dogs and bicycles should be left at home.

Click here for a list of the fruits and vegetables now in season.
Many of the Downtown Post NYC bulletin board listings are now on the Downtown Post NYC website. To see the bulletin board listings, click here.
To see the events and activities on the Battery Park City Authority's summer calendar, click here. Most events are free. For some, reservations are required.
Spotlight: Fleet Week 2022
USS Bataan (LHD-5), an amphibious assault ship from Norfolk, Va., moving up the Hudson River in New York harbor on May 25, 2022 at the start of this year's Fleet Week. The USS Bataan was accompanied by tugboats and by NYPD and US Coast Guard vessels. The ship was commissioned on Sept. 20, 1997. Its mission is to enable the Navy and the Marine Corps team to transition between sea and land battles.

Fleet Week brings thousands of sailors, marines and U.S. Coast Guardsmen to New York City, with ship tours, aerial demonstrations and parades. Here's what's happening today Memorial Day (May 30) and tomorrow (May 31):

Monday, May 30, 2022
Event: Soldiers' and Sailors' Memorial Day Observance
Time: 10 a.m. - noon
Location: Manhattan, New York (Riverside Dr. & 89th St.)
Annual Memorial Day Commemoration Ceremony will take place at Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument in Manhattan. Event is free and open to the public.

Event: Intrepid Memorial Day Commemoration
Time: 10 a.m. - noon
Location: Manhattan, New York (12th Ave. & 46th St. Pier 86N)
Honor the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice serving in the armed forces. Join hundreds of veterans, representing wars and conflicts from WWII to the present. Event is free and open to the public. Visit the Intrepid Museum website for more details here

Event: U.S. Coast Guard Search and Rescue Demonstration
Time: 2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Pier 86, Manhattan
U.S. Coast Guard will conduct a Search and Rescue demonstration in the vicinity of the water off of Pier 86 for visitors to see. Event is free and open to the public.

Tuesday, May 31, 2022
Event: U.S. Ships depart
Time: TBD
Location: NY Harbor
The event signals the end of 2022 Fleet Week New York. Ships will depart the area at various times.
U.S. Navy helicopters flying over Jersey City, New Jersey and the Hudson River at the start of Fleet Week 2002. (Photo: © Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
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