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Four boys from Southbridge Towers spent what perhaps will be this winter’s last weekend of snow building an igloo (L-r): Anthony Derogatis, Klan Kahanov, J.J. Derogatis, the group’s leader, and Tal Kahanov.

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The boys of winter B Y J A N E L B L AD O W arch roared in dropping a cold flurry on our neighborhood. But four boys from Southbridge Towers found a way to turn the last blast of winter (we hope) into a fun, creative adventure. They built an igloo in the snow pile at the end of Water and Beekman


Sts. to the delight of everyone who passed by over the weekend. S el f- de sig n ate d r i ng le ade r J.J. Derogatis, 13, who the others agreed was the shovel master, headed up the dig. After nearly 13 hours of carving and excavating on Saturday, they had an icehouse to be proud of. But they didn’t stop

there. They picked up their shovels again on Sunday to make a snow fort that wowed everyone. “All four of us fit inside, but I’m the only one who can stand up,” bragged 7-year old Tal Kahanov who also noted that he’s been in one Continued on page 14

BY DUSI CA SUE M ALESEVI C The Battery Park City Authority has opened up the permit process for the neighborhood’s ballfields, planting seeds of doubt and concern for future field time for local groups. “We weren’t particularly happy about that,” Anthony Notaro, chairperson of Community Board 1’s Battery Park City Committee, said at the March 3 meeting. “We didn’t see any reason. But [the authority] felt that they were obliged to do it.” The Downtown Little League, which also serves Tribeca and FiDi, lost some time this season, and officials worry even more will be lost in the years to come. Robin Forst, vice president for external relations for the B.P.C.A., said the process was opened up so that the authority could gauge the nature of interest in the use of the ballfields. The authority received requests from over 20 groups, she said, which included the local leagues and groups. “Downtown Little League will continue to have a significant presence on the ballfields this spring,” said Forst, who emphasized that Continued on page 12

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overnight exercise without a location. It turned out the N.Y.P.D. and F.D.N.Y. were planning to show up in our ‘hood, Vesey St. and North End Ave. last week. Notify quickly sent updated messages soon after we pointed out the omission. You’re welcome, O.E.M.

      AND THE WINNER IS… #FASTCORRECTION The Notify NYC alert system started as a pilot program in Lower Manhattan in the aftermath of the fatal 2007 fire during the demolition of Deutsche Bank building across from the World Trade Center, so we’ve taken more than a passing interest over the years. Now that it’s citywide, we end up getting a lot of texts and emails we’re not interested in, so we didn’t know what to think last week when the city’s Office of Emergency Management sent us one about an

Congrats to Buxton Midyette, who was recommended unanimously by the 66th Assembly District’s quartet of Democratic district leaders — John Scott, Jean Grillo, Keen Berger and Arthur Schwartz — to fill the vacant seat for state committeeman.  Alan Schulkin, the previous state committeeman, recently vacated the post after getting tapped to be deputy chief clerk at the Manhattan Board of Elections.  Midyette, a V.P. in marketing, lives in Tribeca and got involved in community activism when he headed the successful grassroots campaign to keep P.S. 150 from being

moved out of Tribeca. Midyette then co-founded Build Schools Now, an organization advocating for more schools to alleviate Lower Manhattan’s school overcrowding. A father of three, he is also known as a very dapper dresser. Other candidates interviewed for the post included Jonathan Geballe, Dennis Gault and Delay Gazinelli. The leaders’ pick will be submitted to the State Committee, which will consider it closely at their next meeting. Like district leaders, state committee members are unpaid volunteers who serve two-year terms. Berger, a member of Village Independent Democrats, said “We expect Buxton to represent us well, and to add new energy to the political power of Downtown.”

A CRUSH ON DOWNTOWN? UnderCover welcomes an old friend, Danny Weisfeld back Downtown. Weisfeld, a former staffer to U.S. Rep. Jerry Nadler, has just started working

as communications director for State Sen. Daniel Squadron. Readers with an encyclopedic memory might recall that Weisfeld, who plays in a band under the stage name Danny Ross (his middle name), hooked up musically in 2008 with the “Obama Girl” after her famed video — yes, we too almost forgot about the lady who had a crush on the president to be, Amber Lee Ettinger.

JEWS & ‘MAD MEN’ As “Mad Men” fans well know, Jews needed not apply for Madison Avenue jobs in the early ‘60s. Matthew Weiner, who created the show about a fictional ad firm, will be talking about Mad’s Jewish plot lines at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, Sun., March 29 at 4 p.m. The talk ($20-$25, 36 Battery Pl., 646-437-4202, is being presented with a new museum exhibit “Designing Home: Jews and Midcentury Modernism.”

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Peaceful scenes

The Tribeca section of the Hudson River Park was virtually empty and had a serene feel at the end of last week with the late in the season snowstorm. With the return of spring-like temperatures this week, people are returning.


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Retail market is finally booming near Wall St. B Y L U I S VA Z Q U E Z If you ask someone to name New York’s best shopping districts, chances are you will hear Fifth Ave., Madison Ave., Herald Square and, of course, Soho. But very soon, you will start hearing the Financial District added to the mix. And not just for shopping, but for food as well. Indeed, over the next two years more than two million square feet of new and repositioned retail will be opening throughout the Financial District and not just in one concentrated corner. In fact, the new retail is spread throughout Downtown — from Brookfield Place to the World Trade Center, from South Street Seaport to Fulton Center, from the thriving Broadway corridor to the bases of landmark towers at One Wall Street, 28 Liberty St. and 70 Pine St., all are being born anew, much like the new 24/7 neighborhood they call home. First to take center stage will be Brookfield Place, formerly known as the World Financial Center. The complex was renamed when the owners realized that the Financial District was increasingly a misnomer as more diversified tenants were drawn Downtown. Over the last year, Time Inc. (newly spun off from Time Warner) and Hudson’s Bay (corporate parent of Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor) both announced their moves to the newly christened Brookfield Place. But they knew they needed to do more than just change their name. They decided to gut, renovate and reposition their entire 250,000 square feet of retail space to appeal to a new market. The first part of the big reveal opened last spring when Hudson Eats opened to big fanfare. In April of this year, Le District, a 37,000 square foot French inspired version of Eataly will debut, along with the first of many luxury retailers including Hermes, Ferragamo, Zegna, Michael Kors, Burberry, Diane von Furstenberg, Aspinal of London and, the biggest name of all, an 85,000 square foot Saks Fifth Avenue. Also opening will be Amada, a tapas restaurant from acclaimed Spanish chef Jose Garces, a Downtown branch of Parm. The most eagerly anticipated of all is the reopening of Joel Robuchon’s acclaimed restaurant, L’Atelier — only this time it’s Downtown and at a whopping 11,000 square feet (which will also include outdoor space), it is bound to be become a dining destination to be reckoned with. Right across the street at the W.T.C., workers are feverishly working to open their shopping experience this coming fall. More than 365,000 square feet of new retail will be spread out between the various W.T.C. towers, the transit center’s Oculus, and all of the subterranean passages in between. We can expect something for everyone here from Tiffany’s, Tom Ford and Armani to FiDi’s first Apple store. Added to the mix will be John Varvatos, Hugo Boss, Canali, Kate Spade as well as stores from Lego and Disney. The W.T.C. will not be lacking in food options. A 40,000 square foot outpost of Eataly will be opening at 4 W.T.C., and Daniel Boloud is opening a

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branch of his Epicerie Boulud at the W.T.C. Oculus. Also rumored is that Anthony Bourdain’s much anticipated Bourdain Market will make its home at 3 W.T.C. It will contain 40 to 50 stalls with vendors from across the world. Though the Fulton Center has opened for transit purposes, its 65,000 square foot of retail space is not expected to be fully occupied until later this year. Interest in the space has reportedly been very strong, but Westfield has yet to announce any signed tenants. It is expected to be a mix of retail and restaurants. Over at the South Street Seaport, construction continues at full speed at Pier 17, the Fulton Market Building and at the various “upland” buildings where new retail is being brought to market. Howard Hughes Corp. is keeping mum for now on who will be leasing there, but they have promised to bring retailers that will appeal to area residents. Hughes has already delivered with the one big announcement. The new iPic Movie Theater complex currently under construction at the Fulton Market Building will be New York’s most luxurious. Of the eight plush theaters, none will have more than 143 seats. All seating with be reserved and you will be able to order food from your seats as well as having the option of choosing flat bed seating with pillow and blankets. A full bar will be part of the entertainment as well. The grand opening is expected to be this coming August. All told, the South Street Seaport will offer more than 360,000 square feet of new retail. Not all of the retail is in malls however. There are lots of stand alone stores on the way as well. Joining the 28,000 square foot Urban Outfitters store on the booming Broadway corridor will be a 19,000 square foot Gap, a 30,000 square foot Zara and a

rumored 20,000 square foot Anthropologie at 195 Broadway, the same landmark tower where Nobu just announced that it will be moving to in 2017. Joining this world renowned restaurant will be new eateries by Tom Colicchio and Keith McNally at The Beekman, soon to become FiDi’s most exclusive hotel. On the waterfront, the legendary Greek restaurant and party spot, Nammos by the Sea, in Mykonos is expanding to FiDi where they will open at the brand new Battery Maritime Hotel in 2016. More retail and restaurants are on their way at One Wall Street, the old Bank of New York building that is in the process of conversion to residential up above and a huge retail base below. It is strongly rumored that Nordstom will be taking the entire 250,000+ square foot base to house its Downtown store. Thirty-five thousand feet of space is coming to the base of the old AIG building at 70 Pine, including a 15,000 square foot restaurant. Over at the old Chase Manhattan headquarters, the new owners plan to create more than 200,000 square feet of new and repurposed retail at the base of the building as well as below ground. Indeed, the final pieces of the Financial District’s emergence as the city’s newest 24/7 community are finally falling into place. We have the office space, the residences, hotels and tourists and much more of all of that is still is on tap. What was missing was meaningful retail and quality restaurants and now they too are on their way. What’s most exciting of all is that there is so much more coming that we don’t know about yet. Just wait. This is a brand new FiDi. Luis Vazquez, a Downtown resident and real estate broker with Keller Williams, is the founder of the FiDi Fan Page on Facebook. March 12-March 25, 2015


INSUFFICIENT FUNDS It was the A.T.M. machine robbery that wasn’t. On Thurs., Mar. 5 at 11:30 p.m., a thief attempted to get at the cash dispenser located at a Tasti D-Lite at 203 Spring St. in Soho, police say. After cutting through the security gate, the thief attempted to remove the A.T.M., which is owned by Uncle Sam A.T.M. Group based in Queens, but was unsuccessful. Police did not release a description of the suspect.

FORK FIGHT A former employee — unhappy about losing his job — went after his manager with a bent fork from a nearby table. The man, 20, went to Stout, a bar in the Financial District at 90 John St., and confronted his former employer on Tues., Mar. 3 at around 6 p.m., police say. As the dispute escalated, he grabbed a fork from the table, bent it and lunged at the male manager, 29. Two employees, who were close by, were able to get the fork away and the man fled. After the police were called and showed up, the disgruntled employee came back to the pub. He took one look at the cops and then ran to the kitchen, but was caught by police. The Bronx man did not go quietly — police say he flailed his arms, refusing to be handcuffed.

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BLOCK AND SHOPLIFT Two thieves worked together to steal over $1,500 worth of stuff from Burton, a snowboarding gear and clothing store in Soho, police say. On Tues., Mar. 3, one man, 41, grabbed jackets and pants from the sale rack, shoved them into his shopping bag and then handed it to his partner at around 5 p.m., police say. To ensure his accomplice’s escape, the man blocked a male employee, 24, from chasing after the second man. He also prevented the security guard from his attempt to lock the door. The blocking was to no avail as both were arrested and the police recovered the merchandise. Police did release the age of the second man.

which they did, giving them wallets and cellphones. But when the two demanded more and Moreno refused, Colon shot him in the head, killing him. The other victim fled, but was caught by Colon and Rizzo, who then beat the second victim, according to the D.A.’s office. Colon fled to Pennsylvania and was arrested on Oct. 14, 2010. He

was found guilty of murder in the first and second degree as well as various other charges. Rizzo, 33, was sentenced to 32 years-to-life in state prison following a conviction of murder in the second degree and other charges, according to the D.A.’s office.


MEN SENTENCED FOR PACE STUDENT MURDER Randy Colon, 34, was sentenced to 49 years-to-life in state prison for the 2010 murder of a 21-yearold Pace University student in Lower Manhattan, according to the Manhattan District Attorney’s office. Max Moreno was a senior studying marketing at Pace. Colon and Raymond Rizzo had broken into Moreno’s apartment on the 37th floor in a Lower Manhattan building a little before midnight on Sept. 28, 2010, according to the D.A.’s office. The two men demanded Moreno and another victim turn over their personal property,

Four officers were honored at last month’s meeting of the First Precinct Community Council.

Cops honored Four cops, who were instrumental in capturing a Queens man accused of committing eight burglaries Downtown, were honored as the “cops of the month” at the First Precinct Community Council meeting on Feb. 26. “The cops of the month from the First Precinct did a tremendous job,” said Captain Brendan Timoney, a week before he was transferred to another precinct. “They’re actually working out there when most of us are asleep at home.” Timoney said that the four — Sergeant Rashid Jones, Police Officers Andre Reyes, Jamie Brantmeyer and Tommy Viggiani — switched up their schedule to catch a man who was breaking into restaurants at night. “They did it without a problem to protect you guys,” he said. The man, 63, has 15 prior arrests,

said Timoney, and is accused of doing a total of eight burglaries Downtown: five in the First Precinct, two in the Fifth and one in the Sixth. On Sun., Jan. 25 the officers saw a man, who looked like the suspect, walking around Broadway. They followed him for 45 minutes as he walked up and down Broadway. The man then went to a restaurant on Houston St. and he started yanking on the door, said Timoney. He was unsuccessful at first, but finally got the door open. The cops observed him doing a shot of liquor, grabbing $200 from the cash register and then, on his way out, he snatched a $7,000 bottle of wine, said Timoney. After he came out, the man was arrested. Each officer received a certificate and a mug.

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Seaport lion dances Lunar New Year celebrations traveled a little further Downtown from Chinatown Sun., March 1, when local families got in on the lion and dragon dancing fun to help benefit the Old Seaport Alliance.

Young art students work on Governors I. project Enter artist Yung Oh Le Page’s studio and it is easy to see why children get excited. First, there is the mini-golf hole that Page elementary school students at Pine Street School are constructing. Boxes outline its frame while poles with shapes on top — like planets — stand sentinel. But this mini-golf hole, slated to be on Governors Island this season, is different. It is Figment NYC’s first ever A.D.A. accessible for its annual island festival. At the head sits a wheelchair. Then there is a wall of custom helmets that include oversized Minnie Mouse ears and an ele-

phant and birds heads. “They’re excited and they want to wear them,” said Page, who was giving a tour of his studio at the launch of a new pop-up museum on Tues., Mar. 3. The Children’s Museum of the Arts partnered with Green Ivy Schools to sponsor the pop-up museum — 12 images from C.M.A.’s permanent collection will be on display at Pine Street School at 25 Wall St. through June. Green Ivy Schools has two Lower Manhattan locations: Pine Street School, which opened last fall, and Battery Park Montessori in Battery Park City.

Students from both schools attend workshops at Page’s studio. He is both a C.M.A. teaching artist and an artist-in-residence at Pine Street. The students are also working with Page on a collage of artwork that is right out their window: Jean Dubuffet’s “Groups of Four Trees” in Chase Manhattan Plaza. There will be a “C.M.A. Day” event on Sat., Mar. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Pine Street School that will be open to the public.


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Artist Yung Oh Le Page, left, has been working with Pine Street School students on a mini-golf hole for Governors Island.

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Battery Park’s carousel to open in May BY D U SI CA SU E MA LE S E V IC The long-awaited SeaGlass carousel in Battery Park will open this Memorial Day. “This harsh winter has posed some obstacles,” but the carousel is expected to open at the end of May, said Anna Morrison, executive assistant to the president of the Battery Conservancy. The $16 million SeaGlass carousel boasts 30 hydraulic fiberglass fish — some as large as 9 feet tall. Morrison was giving an update on the various Battery Park projects to Community Board 1’s Financial District Committee at their Wed., Mar. 4 meeting. “Despite this harsh winter we’ve been having, we’ve been making meaningful strides in our capital projects,” she said. “And we’re hoping as the weather warms up a bit, we’ll be able to move even faster.” Work continues on the bikeway that will connect the Hudson and East River paths. The Battery Oval will open this fall and will be populated by the “battery chair.” The Battery Conservancy launched an international competition in mid-2012 that called for chair designs. The winner was the Fluert, a bright-blue chair designed by Andrew Jones from Toronto, Canada. For the first time, there will be a “forest farm” in Manhattan, said Morrison. The forest farm will focus of plants that thrive in the shade — mush-

Rendering of the Battery Park Carousel.

rooms, ferns, berries and the paw paw, which is mango-like, she explained. The programming is to begin April 1. It also includes a student farmers program and an

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66th Annual George Polk Awards in Journalism

Coverage of Islamic State, Ebola, VA and Secret Service failures Recognized as Top Investigative Works Brooklyn, N.Y. (Feb. 15, 2015) – Reporters who risked their lives in 2014 to cover the Ebola epidemic, traced the rise of the Islamic State, and revealed secret ransoms paid for the release of hostages are winners of Long Island University’s 66th annual George Polk Awards in Journalism. Additional honorees include reporters who uncovered systemic failure in two federal agencies, the Secret Service and the Veterans Administration, as well as journalists who exposed brutal treatment of prison and jail inmates. Awardees will be honored at a ceremony at The Roosevelt Hotel in Manhattan on Friday, April 10. “The excellent work across a variety of media platforms reflected by 558 nominations from news organizations, individual journalists, and members of our advisory panel suggests that journalists are adapting well to a landscape no longer dominated exclusively by print,” said John Darnton, curator of the awards.

The George Polk Awards are conferred annually to honor special achievement in journalism. The awards place a premium on investigative and enterprising reporting that gains attention and achieves results. They were established in 1949 by Long Island University (LIU) to commemorate George Polk, a CBS correspondent murdered in 1948 while covering the Greek civil war. Reporting by the 2014 award recipients also laid blame for a deadly mudslide in Washington State on lax environmental enforcement, sparked the successful prosecution of a 10-year-old Chicago homicide by authorities reluctant to charge its well connected perpetrator, and connected the deaths of more than 300 domestic abuse victims in South Carolina and 400 migrants in Texas to inadequate laws, insufficient resources, and indifferent responses. Garry Trudeau will be the 33rd recipient of the George Polk Career Award and is the first cartoonist in

the program’s history to be so honored. He has cut political pretension down to the size of his Doonesbury comic strip for 45 years. Four other cartoonists—Jules Feiffer (1961), David Levine (1965), Jeff MacNelly (1977), and Edward Sorel (1980)—have also been cited for their work in specific years. Trudeau, Feiffer, and Django Gold, senior writer for The Onion, will discuss the role and impact of comics and satire in journalism in light of the Paris terrorist attacks on Charlie Hebdo in early 2015 at the David J. Steinberg Seminar of the George Polk Awards, “Dangerous Lines: Cartoonists and Other Subversives.” The seminar takes place on Thursday, April 9, at LIU Brooklyn’s Kumble Theater for Performing Arts. The event is free and open to the public. “LIU is proud to honor excellence in investigative journalism that spans the globe with the George Polk Awards,” said Dr. Kimberly R. Cline,

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Long Island University is Pleased to Announce and Congratulate the 2014 George Polk Award Winners International Reporting Rukmini Callimachi Ransom for Hostages The New York Times Foreign Reporting Rania Abouzeid “The Jihad Next Door” PoliticoMagazine Health Reporting Adam Nossiter, Norimitsu Onishi, Ben Solomon, Sheri Fink, Helene Cooper and Daniel Berehulak Ebola in West Africa The New York Times

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National Reporting Carol Leonnig Secret Service Scandal The Washington Post Local Reporting Tim Novak, Chris Fusco and Carol Marin “Who Killed David Koschman?” Chicago Sun-Times

Business Reporting International Consortium of Investigative Journalists Tax Havens in China and Europe The Center for Public Integrity Environmental Reporting Staff Oso Mudslide The Seattle Times Justice Reporting Julie K. Brown Florida Prison Deaths Miami Herald Michael Schwirtz and Michael Winerip Rikers Island Expose The New York Times Magazine Reporting James Verini “Should the United Nations Wage War to Keep Peace?” National Geographic

Military Reporting Dennis Wagner VA Hospital Scandal The Arizona Republic State Reporting Doug Pardue, Glenn Smith, Jennifer Berry Hawes and Natalie Caula Hauff “Till Death Do Us Part” The Post and Courier (South Carolina) Television Reporting Marisa Venegas, John Carlos Frey, and Solly Granatstein “Muriendo por Cruzar” (“The Real Death Valley”) Telemundo, The Weather Channel, Efran Films and The Investigative Fund (Melvin McCray) Commentary Ta-Nehisi Coates “The Case for Reparations” The Atlantic Career Award Garry Trudeau

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Irvington, N.J., the Daily News first reported. According to police, Fuller shot Isaac, 33, three times in the chest outside 20 Avenue D, at 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 23. The two reportedly had been overheard arguing before the shooting. However, no charges have been filed in the case but Fuller has just been charged for attempted murder for a Dec. 12 shooting on Avenue D, near E. 6th St. Isaac, who rapped as Sham Da God, was taken to Beth Israel Hospital, where he died. Fuller fled into the Wald Houses on the F.D.R. Drive, then eluded police for several days. He was ID’d by surveillance video from near the shooting. Isaac’s career as a rapper was reportedly set to “blow up” as he was poised to sign a contract with a major producer.

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“Soft Spin” by artist Heather Nicol will be at the Winter Garden.

Look what’ll float at the Winter Garden A “swirling spectacle” of sculptures will be installed at the top of the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place starting Mar. 26. “Soft Spin,” an installation of six massive fabric forms by Canadian artist Heather Nicol, will be on view until April 24 and open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily at the atrium near the West Side Highway just south of Vesey St. The sculptures — in bright colors such as turquoise, pink and green — are reminiscent of skirts and quite large, ranging in height from 22 to 28 feet high with hemlines of up to 94 feet in length. More than 750 yards of textiles were used for the installation, according to Brookfield. The installation will appeal not only to the eyes but also to the ears. Singing voices will at times emanate from the forms. Nicol, an artist based in Toronto, said in a press release that the audio is inspired by “the secret bravado of singing show tunes in the shower.”

One of the sculptures will be suspended over the Winter Garden’s marble staircase while the five others will hang near the atrium wall’s overlooking the Hudson River.

New police unit taking up parking in Battery Park City BY DU SI CA SU E M AL E S E V IC There have been some parking growing pains in Battery Park City since the N.Y.P.D.’s Intelligence Division recently moved to Brookfield Place at 250 Vesey St. The unit, which was located in Chelsea, has taken over some parking in the northern end of Battery Park City. Some residents have complained that the cars have blocked fire hydrants and entrances as well as taken over crosswalks — spurring safety concerns for children getting on and off school buses, for the elderly and for emergency vehicle access. Captain Brendan Timoney of the First Precinct told Community Board 1’s Battery Park City Committee on Tues., Mar. 3 that the parking problem has gotten better and that there are always bumps in the road in the first month. “I’m not going to sit here and tell you the cars are going to disappear,” he said. “The division is here to stay. It’s a good thing … it gives you extra police presence out there. They’re not here to make anybody’s life inconvenient, put anybody at harm. They’re here to actually work with the community.” Timoney said that the precinct has been meeting with Brookfield Properties and they have been open to suggestions.

“They’ve been trying to leave open more spaces,” he said. (Two days later in an apparent unrelated development, Timoney was transferred and is now the commanding officer at the 13th Precinct. Captain Mark Iocco replaced him.) Timoney said the unit does not have a community affairs officer so all complaints and concerns should go through the First Precinct, who — after investigating — will turn them over to the division’s sergeant. The integrity control officer takes it from there. He said that after being sent photos of cars parked illegally, they were moved right away. The unit is open 24 hours and has around 250 people, which includes other agencies, said Timoney. “I can’t really go into — it’s a very sensitive issue with the N.Y.P.D.” so I don’t want to disclose too much information, he said. Committee members were interested in increasing the amount of spots if that would help mitigate the problem. Timoney said that there 130 parking spaces available. “We want to make everyone comfortable in the neighborhood,” said Tammy Meltzer, a committee member. “We want

you to be welcome and happy and have you have a home, but part of it is also being responsive to people with their kids and handicap access back and forth.” Referencing the two terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers, Tom Goodkind said that no one doubts the need for this kind of command nearby. “Yet, I’m wondering where the Battery Park City Authority is on this,” he said. “They know that our area’s in a targeted zone yet they don’t seem to be stepping up to the plate to find ample parking space. “I think this is the job of the Battery Park City Authority to go to the businesses and the residencies and ask them for a percentage of their parking spaces so the police don’t have to feel uncomfortable. This is uncomfortable — they’re blocking buses, they don’t want do this. They want a place to park their cars.” The authority’s Robin Forst did not respond at the meeting. There is a need to balance the presence of a new enforcement arm, while ensuring the health and safety of the community, said Anthony Notaro, chairperson of the C.B. 1 committee. He also said that many of the spaces that were taken over were not regular parking spots so it is hard to know the actual effect on the community.

“Part of me says that this happens in every precinct in the city — and every firehouse in the city,” he said. “And to ask for paid parking by the city is not realistic. That’s never going to happen.” Dennis Gault, a committee member who lives in the northern end of the neighborhood, said, “I’m concerned for the elderly. Yesterday there was a private car parked in front of the bus stop and I saw an elderly woman trying to navigate. Normally the shuttle bus would have pulled up to the curb. She had to go into the sludge.” No one’s safety should be in jeopardy, said Timoney. “I’m worried about that school kid that has to go to school in the morning, that has to walk out into the middle of the street because the bus can’t pull up in front of the location,” he said. “I don’t think any parent should have to worry about their kids arriving to school safe or coming home from school safe.” Timoney asked for a list of school bus stops. Notaro suggested that the First Precinct meet briefly with building managers in the area to gauge the severity of the problem. There will also be more discussion at the next Battery Park City Committee meeting in April.

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around 95 percent of field time during the spring has been allocated to schools and nonprofit youth organizations. The other five percent has gone to for-profit youth groups and some corporate clients, she said. Andrew Zelter, president of the Downtown Little League, said that 1,100 kids have enrolled this year. Around 1,800 have joined the Downtown Soccer League. As of now, he explained, the two fields don’t even come close to supporting the two organizations, and the loss of time on the field will have an impact. He estimated that the Downtown Little League has about 20 hours less time on the field — but will manage. “We had access to the B.P.C.A. to address the immediate needs for this coming season,” said Zelter. “To me this is a question about what the future looks like for these types of activities for our kids. We need to understand what the vision is for the future.” After the meeting, Forst would not say if any more weight would be given to local groups and schools, or what the criteria would be for determining field time. “Our focus is on youth groups,” she wrote in an email. At the meeting, she said that the priority has typically been the Lower Manhattan community, but the permit process is open to anyone. “Finally, I just want to say we really welcome all community organizations to apply and take advantage of the wonderful ballfields that a lot of people here were involved in building,” said Forst. “We hope to see a variety of users on the field over time.”

Jeff Galloway, a committee member also who was a part of the community board’s now disbanded Ballfields Taskforce, said, “These fields exist because of Downtown Little League and Downtown Soccer League.” The fields were originally building development sites, explained Galloway, and the efforts of elected officials, including Sheldon Silver, the Assembly’s former speaker, made them happen. “Battery Park City Authority gave up valuable real estate assets that were otherwise going to be developed” so the leagues would have a place to play, he said. The leagues have helped create a community by connecting neighbors and their children to one another, Galloway added. “They’re inclusive,” he said. “Basically anybody can sign up for a very modest amount of money [and] play in the league. And those who can’t afford it the modest amount of money, there’s financial support.” Galloway said now it is as if the authority is saying, “ ‘You’re not welcome anyone. Thanks for delivering this wonderful resource to us, but now it’s somebody else’s turn.’ “ Justine Cuccia, public member of the committee, said of the B.P.CA., “I’m sorry speaking this way — but they seem to not to have a real regard for the community that has been built down here. They’re very much interested in breaking it apart.” Committee member Jeffrey Mihok said students who attend P.S. /I.S. 276 do not have outside time during the day, and P.S. 89 has a very small yard. “So we’re reduced to this one field that it seems like a no brainer that’s

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The Battery Park City ballfields.

the community field,” said Mihok. “On the heels of — to put it delicately or as kindly as I can — the massive P.R. blunder … of taking away the amenity of the marina from the community when everything was going well. To now have this be an issue just seems like ‘What is going on?’ “ He was referring to the authority’s decision this year to oust the operator of North Cove Marina over community objections. “We paid for the fields,” said Mihok, referring to the ground rent that people pay in B.P.C. “It’s absurd. I just can’t believe we’re having this conversation.” Forst said the fields are “not being taken away and given to groups to New Jersey or uptown” and said again that the bulk of the time went to local groups and schools. For Tammy Meltzer, a committee member, Forst saying “this season” was striking. “My concern is not this year,” said Meltzer. “It’s really the fall, next year and future.” Meltzer said she has children in the soccer league but was on the waitlist for the Downtown Little League because it is full. Paul Goldstein, Silver’s district

office director, said that it was impossible to overemphasize how important these fields were to the building of the community. “We can’t give up this resource that’s served our community so well for 25 years,” he said. “Let’s not give it away now.” Councilmember Margaret Chin, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, U.S. Representative Jerrold Nadler and Assemblymembers Deborah Glick and Silver wrote a March 2 letter to the B.P.C.A. that they “feel strongly that use of these fields should be prioritized for locally-based, non-profit, youth recreation organizations.” The committee passed a resolution that called for a transparent permit process that would weigh community input. Leyna Madison, after-school director for Manhattan Youth programs at I.S. 289 and I.S. 276, said that the field is already “ridiculously overcrowded” and the organization gets two hours a week for both schools. “I just want these kids to have a chance to play in their neighborhood,” she said.

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TRANSIT SAM Thurs., March 12 – Wed., March 18 ALTERNATE SIDE PARKING RULES ARE IN EFFECT ALL WEEK Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Midtown will see most of the slowdowns from the 254th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Fifth Ave. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, but Lower Manhattan will feel the domino effect. Watch for slowdowns as drivers avoid the QueensMidtown and Lincoln tunnels and head Downtown to the Williamsburg, Manhattan, and Brooklyn bridges, and the Holland Tunnel. Late-night homecoming won’t be easy for Lower Manhattanites on Thursday. In the Lincoln Tunnel, the New York-bound south tube will close 11 p.m. Thursday to 5 a.m. Friday, sending inbound traffic south to the Holland Tunnel. Meanwhile, one New York-bound and one New Jerseybound lane of the Holland Tunnel will close during the same period. Over on the East River, all Manhattan-bound lanes of the Brooklyn

Bridge will close 11 p.m. Thursday to 6 a.m. Friday. Expect extra traffic on the Manhattan and Williamsburg bridges, as well as in the Battery Tunnel. Canal, Delancey, and West Sts. will have more traffic as a result. The New York City Half Marathon will impact several streets with rolling closures in and leading into Lower Manhattan 5 a.m. to noon Sunday: the southbound West Side Highway between 44th St. and the Battery Park Underpass, the Battery Park Underpass between the West Side Highway and the South Street exit of the F.D.R., South St. between Old Slip and Maiden Lane, Maiden Lane between South and Water Sts., Water St. between Maiden Lane and Wall St. and between Wall and Whitehall Sts., State St. between Whitehall and Pearl Sts., Front St. between Maiden Lane and Old Slip, Wall St. between Water and South Sts., Gouverneur Lane between Water and South Sts., Hanover Square between Water and Stone Sts., Stone St. between Hanover Square and Coenties Alley,

Coenties Alley between Stone and Water Sts., Pearl St. between Coenties Alley and Hanover Square, and Broad St. between Water and South Sts. This means that the southbound F.D.R. will see lots of extra traffic, and it’ll be tough for Battery Park City residents to get their cars east of West St. On West St./Route 9A two northbound left lanes will close from Canal St. to 14th St. 11 p.m. Thursday to 6 a.m. Friday. Starting Friday the Stone Street Pedestrian Mall will be back in effect on Stone St. between Hanover Square and Broad St., and on Mill Lane between Stone and South William Sts. The streets will close 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily through November 15th.

it be placed to the right of the inspection sticker? Jill, Battery Park City Dear Jill, Assuming you are in the driver’s seat while applying the sticker, you must place the registration sticker to the right of the inspection sticker, according to Title 15, Section 17.4 (d) of the Codes, Rules, and Regulations of New York. Plenty of Transit Sam readers in the past have received tickets for “misplaced registration sticker” – put the sticker to the right and it’s an easy headache to avoid! Transit Sam

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movie — “Malfunctions.” Also on the snow squad were brothers of the other two — Anthony Derogatis, 9, and Ilan Kahanov, 11 — who both helped with the design. Besides hollowing out a massive interior, the four boys dug a stairway in the packed snow to the top of their fort. It was awesome.


The boys aren’t the only ones who are tapping into their inner artist. The South Street Seaport Museum has offered several of its Schermerhorn Row galleries to be used as part of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s artist in residency program this spring. from March through June, artists will be painting, drawing and otherwise creating their arts — no welding or pottery I hear — in these lovely, rustic spaces. The selected artists are already involved with L.M.C.C.’s artist spaces on Governors Island. No names or start date has been announced yet. 

“We’re excited to work with L.M.C.C. in this,” said Jonathan Boulware, South Street Seaport Museum’s interim president. “Sharing our historic spaces with artists is an appropriate and respectful use of the spaces and we’re pleased to have good partners in L.M.C.C.” Added Sam Miller, president of L.M.C.C., “Lower Manhattan Cultural Council is grateful for the space provided by the [museum] for an artist residency this year.”


Last week, March 5 to be precise, Claudio and Linda Marini embraced an issue they support and gave a party to spread the word. “Open bar with a cause” raised money for “Every Mother Counts.” More than 289,000 women die annually from childbirth complications. And 98 percent of these deaths are preventable. The 2-hour open bar featured crafted cocktails and traditional cicchetti. Of the $50 cover charge, $20 was sent to the cause. The

HOLY WEEK at SAINT LUKE’S Palm Sunday, March 29 8:00 am: Said Eucharist, Rite I 9:15 am: Sung Eucharist, Rite II* 11:15 am: Choral Eucharist, Rite II* 12:45 pm: Service of Healing Monday and Tuesday in Holy Week 6:15 pm: Said Eucharist, Rite II Wednesday in Holy Week 6:15 pm: Said Eucharist, Rite II and Stations of the Cross Maundy Thursday, April 2 6:30 pm: Choral Eucharist with Foot Washing, Agape Supper, Stripping of the Altar and Vigil at the Altar of Repose Good Friday, April 3 9:00 am: Morning Prayer 1:00 pm: Good Friday Liturgy* 6:30 pm: Stations of the Cross 7:30 pm : Musical Meditations on the Passion of Christ  Holy Saturday, April 4 10:00 am: Holy Saturday Service 10:15 am: Egg Dyeing 8:00 pm: The Great Vigil of Easter—The Paschal Vigil and First Eucharist of Easter with Baptism, Confirmation, Reception and Reaffirmation of Catechumens—Reception follows Easter Sunday, April 5 8:00 am: Said Eucharist, Rite I 9:15 am: Sung Eucharist, Rite II* 11:15 am: Choral Eucharist, Rite II* 12:45 pm: Service of Healing

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Neighbor Pat Ryan has another book — her fifth. This one’s a mystery. “War in a Beautiful Country” confronts the random dangers to ordinary people that define our times. Protagonist Regina suddenly finds herself the subject of unimaginable threats. The novel is free on Barnes & Noble Nook, Amazon Kindle and at PoemshareandMore.blogspot. com. Give her some support.


The Howard Hughes Corporation bought up another building last week, according to the Real Deal. The developer paid $24 million for at 10-story building at 163 Front St., at Fletcher St. American International Realty has owned the 58,500-square foot building with 98,280 buildable square feet since 1996. It’s been used for storage.  H.H.C. also paid $30.8-million earlier last month to buy the remaining 333,000-square feet of unused air rights in the South Street Seaport Historic

District which can be used on a handful of sites just outside the district — though the New Makert Building where Hughes hopes to build a 500-foot tower is not a receiving site for the air rights. That’s not all, as many of you know, in October, Centurion Realty sold an eight-story rental building at 85 South St. to HHC for $20-million. I’m just putting it into perspective.


I don’t know how many of you saw the Daily News editorial, “At sea at the Seaport” (Feb. 28). It said that “a hostage crisis unfolds at City Hall... In jeopardy is the future of the faded South Street Seaport, a site owned by the city and bursting with untapped potential.” The piece went on to condemn “a reign of local sentiment gone amok,” and thoroughly supported H.H.C.’s plans for a school on a pier and tower in a low-laying area, and not to overlook “affordable housing in half-used historic buildings.” A mouthpiece? A puppet paper? Many of their readers thought so when on March 4 the “voice of the people” letters were decidedly against the editorial. 

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Letters to the Editor SILVER: ‘MORE WORK TO BE DONE’ To The Editor: I would like to recognize your article “Silver Holding on Downtown” (news article, Feb. 26 – March 11) and reiterate my commitment to our Lower Manhattan community which continues to be the city’s best place to live, work and raise a family. I have been proud to lead the fight in creating several high-quality schools with more on the way, opening new public parks and upgrading our waterfront, new retail, and the rebuilding of the World Trade Center. There is always more work to be done. I am continuing to work hard on important

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REQUEST FOR  PROPOSALS   DCTV  is  hereby  inviting  proposals  f rom  qualified  contractors  for  integration  services   for  the  DCTV  Digital  Cinema  at  87  Lafayette  Street.  

To request  the  full  RFP  document,     please  email:      David  Harvey,  HMBA    david@hmb-­‐                                                            and  cc.  Chris  Arnold,  DCTV    

DCTV SYSTEMS  INTEGRATION  SCOPE  OF  WORK   I.      This  project  entails  the  outfitting  of  a  new  Digital  Cinema  and  studio  in  accordance            with  DCTV’s  designs  and  industry-­‐standard  practices.    The  work  will  include  but              not  be  limited  to:            a)  Generating  a  supplemental  list  for  all  additional  equipment  needed  for  the                      installation  in  close  collaboration  with  DCTV  staff  and  design  contractors  and                      procuring  all  such  materials  on  the  client’s  behalf              b)  Generating  any  necessary  shop  (or  other)  drawings  necessary  for  the  building  of                      the  systems,  documenting  all  work            c)  Receiving,  cataloging  and  labeling  all  equipment  in  firm’s  workshop,            d)  Building  and  storing  systems  offsite  until  installation  is  possible.            e)  Transporting  systems  to  87  Lafayette  for  installation            f)    Installing  all  equipment,  all  necessary  wiring  and  cabling,  power,  connectors,  etc.                      to  create  a  fully  functional,  integrated  system            g)  Installing  all  jack-­‐in  plates,  jacks,  plugs,  cables  and  connections  for  all  devices                      used  with  the  projection  system  including  but  not  limited  to:  color  correction  and                      sound  mixing  station,  podium  tie-­‐in  locations,  stage  and  wall  jack-­‐ins,  etc.            h)  Installing  all  jack-­‐in  plates,  jacks,  plugs,  cables  and  connections  for  all  cameras  to                      be  used  for  the  Audience  Participation  System,  close  collaboration  with  the                        integrator  for  that  system  to  ensure  proper  compatibility.              i)  Setting  up,  tuning/properly  adjusting  equipment  f or  full  DCI-­‐compliant  playback                      and  in  accordance  with  other  established  cinema  playback  standards  such  as                      Dolby  sound  guidelines,  THX  qualification  requirements,  etc.              j)  Performing  any  custom  programming  of  systems  or  macros,  performing  all                      custom  configurations  of  routing,  patchbays  and  other  gear.              k)Testing  and  guaranteeing  all  systems  and  work              l)  Training  D CTV  staff  on  systems  use,  features,  customization  and  programming   II:    This  contractor  shall  act  as  the  prime  contractor  for  the  project  and  shall  retain                all  required  subcontractors  to  provide  a  complete  installation.    Where  g eneral                contracting  or  electrical  contracting  work  is  necessary,  contractor  will  oversee                  work  to  ensure  proper  execution.      This  work  will  include  but  not  be  limited  to:                a)  Construction  of  a  temporary  sound  proof  projection  booth  with  proper  venting                of  projector  exhaust  to  the  outside.                b)  Any  electrical  upgrade  or  modification  necessary  to  run  the  new  equipment.                c)  Construction  of  a  platform  for  the  projector  and  installation  of  the  projector                          base  onto  the  platform    

Question period:    4/2  –  4/8      (All  questions  submitted  via  email  by  4/6.)   RFPs  DUE:      5:00  PM  EST,  APRIL  13th   ALL  WORK  COMPLETED  BY  JUNE  30TH,  2015    

Proposal shall  include    ·  Narrative  description  of  approach,  including  tie-­‐in  of/hand  off  to  Interactive   Audience  Participation  system   ·  Description  and  list  of  all  supplemental  equipment  proposed  for  build  with  prices  per   item  for  firm  to  provide    ·  Qualifications  of  f irm  and  key  persons    ·  Documentation  of  recently  completed  similar  projects  detailing  firm’s  exact  role  and   including  professional  references  from  the  project    ·  Lump  sum  f ee  (including  supplemental  equipment)    ·  Hourly  rates  for  any  additional  services      ·  Timeline  with  benchmarks  to  complete  project  by  the  deadline     Bid  documents  are  to  be  distributed  to  contractors  digitally.     DCTV  will  select  the  bid,  which,  in  its  sole  judgment,  most  successfully  demonstrates  the  necessary  qualities  to   undertake  the  project,  offers  most  favorable  financial  terms,  and  best  meets  the  other  needs  and  g oals  of  the   project.  DCTV  reserves  the  full  right  to  reject  all  bids  if  it  so  chooses.  DCTV  will  not  pay  any  costs  incurred  in   response  to  this  invitation  to  bid.    

Let it  be  known  by  all  person(s)  who  respond  to  this  invitation  to  bid  that  the  work  to  be  performed  under  contract   with  D CTV  is  for  a  p roject  a ssisted  under  a  program  providing  Federal  financial  assistance  from  HUD  a nd  is  subject  to   the  requirements  of  Section  3  of  the  Housing  a nd  Urban  Development  Act  of  1968,  as  amended  (12  U.S.C.  §  1701).    All   services  to  be  p erformed  in  connection  with  the  proposed  project  will  be  subject  to  all  Local,  State,  and  Federal  laws,   ordinances,  regulations  and  Building  Codes,  including  the  Historic  Preservation  requirements  set  forth  in  the  National   Historic  Preservation  Act  of  1966,  a s  amended  (16  U.S.C.  §470)  and  the  requirements  of  all  of  DCTV’s  public  a nd  private   funding  sources,  including,  without  limitation,  the  Lower  Manhattan  Development  Corporation  (LMDC)  and  the  US   Department  of  Housing  and  Urban  Development  (HUD).     DCTV  activities  outlined  in  this  invitation  to  bid  are  funded  by  the  L ower  Manhattan  Development  Corporation   (LMDC),  which  p rograms  are  funded  through  a  Community  Development  Block  Grant  (CDBG)  from  United  States   Department  of  Housing  and  Urban  Development  (HUD),  pursuant  to  a  Subrecipient  Agreement  executed  by  DCTV,  as   “Subrecipient”,  and  LMDC,  as  “Grantee.”    LMDC  must  a pprove  all  work  of  the  contract  between  DCTV  and  the  selected   contractor  (the  “Contract”).  Administration  of  the  grant  imposes    r ecord-­‐keeping  and  paperwork  r equirements  on  the   contractor.  Each  bidder  shall  familiarize  him/herself  with    all  regulations  and  necessary  submittals  expected  by  the   LMDC  and  the  U.S.  Department  of  Housing  a nd  Urban  Development  (HUD)  during  the  actual  execution  of  the  p roject.  It   is  the  bidder's  responsibility  to  comply  with  all  HUD  and  LMDC  r egulations  included  in  references  and  meet  all   requirements,  including  adherence  to  prevailing  wages  as  determined  in  a ccordance  w ith  the  Davis-­‐Bacon  Act  as   amended  (40  U.S.C.  276a–276a-­‐5);  inclusion  of  full  LMDC  a nd  HUD  contract  language  in  any  and  all  subcontractor   contracts  (see  attachments);  a nd  such  subcontractor  contracts  and  selections  must  be  a pproved  by  LMDC  before   commencement  of  work  by  subcontractors.     This  p roject  has  a  stated  Minority-­‐  and  Women-­‐Owned  Business  Enterprise  (M/WBE)  goal  of  20%  participation.     Bidders  must  submit  their  MWBE  plan.    The  bidder’s  ability  to  meet  or  exceed  the  MWBE  goal  will  be  considered  as   part  of  the  evaluation  criteria.    As  used  in  this  procurement,  the  term  “minority  and  woman-­‐owned  business   enterprise  means  a  business  at  least  fifty-­‐one  percent  (51%)  owned  and  controlled     by  minority  group  members  or  women.     For  immediate  a ccess  to  the  full  RFP  document,  HUD/LMDC  Compliance   Requirements,  a nd  the  required   Standard  Business  Background  Questionnaire,  g o  to:

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Activities THURSDAY, MARCH 12 – WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25 B Y VICTOR I A G RA N T H A M We’re finally catching a break with the weather. Perhaps I can stop obsessing about the thermometer and our need to stay warm and instead we can attempt to venture out and replenish our supply of vitamin D? Maybe — if we’re lucky — even a trip to the playground’s in the cards since it’s no longer ice encrusted? It’s sad when a mom’s greatest wish is to hang from the monkey bars soaking up the sun. OK, so we’re almost there, but still, most of the entertainment options are indoors. Any minute now though. For the moment, here are the highlights: In their beautiful space by the water Poet’s House is doing toddler readings on Thursday mornings. They’re also hosting a cool-sounding interstellar building/poetry project with ArchForKids. “Use your imagination to design and build a… dwelling for alien life forms, a colony for a distant planet, a spaceship that can survive asteroid.” Huh. Later in the month The Center for Architecture is holding a more Earth/NYC-centric event focused on skyscraper building. There are a lot of new Downtown shows to choose from. The B.M.C.C. theater is showing a performance of “The Gruffalo’s Child” based off of the popular children’s book, at Pace on

THURSDAY, MARCH 12 POETS HOUSE 10 River Terrace, Tiny Poets Time, a poetry reading for toddlers, every Thursday morning. Ages 1-3 years | Free | 10:00 am NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY BATTERY PARK CITY BRANCH 175 North End Ave, 212-790-3499, Baby Laptime for Pre-Walkers: Enjoy simple stories, lively songs and rhymes, and meet other babies in the neighborhood. Limited to 50 babies and their caregivers; first-


March 12-March 25, 2015

Spruce Street and The Peking Acrobats are performing a show filled with gymnastic feats of contortion and daring. I still want to check out the International Children’s Film Festival, which is continuing with great movies from around the world. The Film Forum Jr. movie on the 15th is the awesome classic “The Princess Bride.” Brookfield Place’s free Saturday morning variety show continues — 3/14 features Mario the Magician and the diverse musical stylings of Mil’s Trills. St. Paddy’s Day is around the corner and there are lots of options for merrymaking, of course including an Irish walking tour that explores the little Ireland district of the Lower East Side. The Children’s Museum is hosting a Persian Festival with a lot of amazing sounding projects and performances. They describe one show as “a magical journey that combines puppetry, dance, Rumi Poetry, and stunning visual effects.” Wow. Finally, for five to 12-year-olds there’s a hands-on Minecraft event at the Mulberry Street Library. I barely know what that is, but it sounds exciting for kids who are into electronics. Have fun!

come first-served. Ages 0-18 months | Free | 11:30 am Gross Biology: Students discover what’s inside of them, and how their body works hard to keep them healthy. Presented by Children’s Museum of Manhattan. First come, first served to the first 25 children with an adult. Ages 5+ | Free | 4:00 pm

SATURDAY, MARCH 14 NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL 2015 Various Theaters throughout Manhattan including Tribeca

Cinemas, PS 89, Scholastic Theater and other venues, (212) 349-0330 This festival includes a wide variety of children’s films. Ages 3+ | $13-$16 per screening | various times, runs through 3/22 THE SATURDAY MORNING SHOW Hudson Eats at Brookfield Place, 200 Vesey Street, in the back seating area, Mario the Magician —part retro, part rock and roll, part reminiscent of his heroes like Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin, will perform at 11. At noon Mil’s Trills will play a mix of urban funk, blues, honky-tonk, and calypso. Ages four to 10 | Free | Performances at 11am and 12pm NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY BATTERY PARK CITY BRANCH 175 North End Ave, 212-790-3499, Toddler Storytime: A librarian shares lively picture books, finger plays, and action songs with toddlers and their caregivers. Ages 12-36 months | Free | 10:30 am IRISH IN NEW YORK WALKING TOUR: ST. PATTY’S EDITION St. Paul’s Chapel, Broadway between Fulton and Vesey Streets., (888) 606-WALK(9255) Explore the former “Little Ireland” district of the Lower East Side, between City Hall and Houston St. To join meet in front of St. Paul’s Chapel. 10 years + | Adults: $20 Students: $15 | 1:00 pm FAMILYDAY@THECENTER: SKYSCRAPERS Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, Bring your building crew and get ready for skyscrapers. Around the world, skyscrapers are being built taller than ever before, in shapes that have never been seen. Learn about some of the new innovative projects and then work with your building team to design and build your own model skyscraper. Registration required via the website above.

Admission is $20/family of 4; additional guests $5 each | two sessions: 11 am - 1 pm or 2 - 4 pm IRISH DANCING WORKSHOP WITH THE MCMANUS SCHOOL OF IRISH DANCE Children’s Museum of the Arts, 103 Charlton St., Anna DuBose Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day a few days early with an Irish dancing workshop with Patricia McManus from the McManus School of Irish Dance. Ages: 2+ | Free with paid admission | 11:00 am ‘THE GRUFFALO’S CHILD’ BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center, 199 Chambers St, The Gruffalo said that no gruffalo should ever set foot in the deep dark wood. But one wild and windy night the Gruffalo’s child ignores her father’s warning and tiptoes out into the snow. Ages: 4+ | Cost: $25 | 1:30 pm NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL 2015 See 3/14 for info

SUNDAY, MARCH 15 FILM FORUM JR. SUNDAY MATINEE SERIES: ‘The Princess Bride’ A weekly Sunday matinee series for kids and families through 3/29. Age 5+ | $7.50 | 11:00 am IRISH IN NEW YORK WALKING TOUR: ST. PATTY’S EDITION See 3/14 for more info. PERSIAN FESTIVAL Children’s Museum of the Arts, 103 Charlton St., A variety of events at the including: “Beyond the Light” based on Persian folk tales. All ages | Free with admission | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm THE 2014-2015 BIG RED CHAIR SERIES: STORY PIRATES NYU Skirball Center, 566 LaGuardia Place, When the Story Pirates take the

stage, you’ll be amazed at what happens next ... and so will the Story Pirates! That’s because the show they’re performing has not been written! These pirates will steal your kids’ ideas and incorporate them on the spot into an interactive show. Ages: 4+ | 2:00 pm | $20-$28


world of Cold War espionage. All ages | Free | 6:00 pm

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18 NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY BATTERY PARK CITY BRANCH 175 North End Ave, 212-790-3499, Toddler Story Time: A librarian will share lively picture books, finger plays, and action songs with toddlers and their caregivers. Ages 12-36 months | Free | 10:30 a.m. | EVERY WEDNESDAY AT 10:30 AM

NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY BATTERY PARK CITY BRANCH 175 North End Ave, 212-790-3499, Baby Laptime for Pre-Walkers: Enjoy simple stories, lively songs and rhymes, and meet other babies in the neighborhood. Limited to 50 babies and their caregivers; first-come first-served. Ages 0-18 months | Free | 9:30 am Toddler Story Time: A librarian shares lively picture books, finger plays, and action songs with toddlers and their caregivers. For ages 12-36 months. All ages | Free | 4:00 pm Minecraft Circuits In Real Life Mulberry Street Library, 10 Jersey Street, Learn basic electronics through the language of Minecraft. Take the concepts of Minecraft and apply them to real life using basic electronic components and breadboarding Ages: 5-12 years | Free | 4:00 pm


Bilingual Story Time: Enjoy classic stories, songs and rhymes in French and English. All ages | Free | 4:00 p.m.

THURSDAY, MARCH 19 NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY BATTERY PARK CITY BRANCH 175 North End Ave, 212-790-3499, Baby Laptime for Pre-Walkers: See 3.12 for info Gross Biology: See 3.12 for info POETS HOUSE 10 River Terrace,, Tiny Poets Time, a poetry reading for toddlers, every Thursday morning. Ages 1-3 years | Free | 10:00 am


The Peking Acrobats will be performing at Pace at 2 p.m. on Sat., Mar. 21.

THE PEKING ACROBATS FAMILY SHOW Schimmel Center at Pace University, 3 Spruce Street, events/peking-acrobats-family-show The Peking Acrobats perform daring maneuvers atop a precarious pagoda of chairs; they are experts at trick-cycling, precision tumbling, somersaulting, and gymnastics. All ages | Adults $25, Kids $10 | 2:00 pm THE WORLDS COLLIDE CONVENTION 2015 Scholastic Headquarters, 557 Broadway, The convention is a free event that will feature authors from Scholastic’s multiplatform series: The 39 Clues, Spirit Animals, Infinity Ring, and TombQuest. Ages: 8+ | Free | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY BATTERY PARK CITY BRANCH 175 North End Ave, 212-790-3499, Baby Laptime for Pre-Walkers: Enjoy simple stories, lively songs and rhymes, and meet other babies in the neighborhood. Limited to 25 babies and their caregivers; first-come first-served. Ages 0-18 months | Free |11:30 am



NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY BATTERY PARK CITY BRANCH 175 North End Ave, 212-790-3499, Toddler Story Time: A librarian will share lively picture books, finger plays, and action songs with toddlers and their caregivers. Ages 12-36 months | Free | 10:30 a.m. |


Picture Book Time: A librarian will share classic picture books and new stories! All ages | Free | 4:00 pm


Battery Park Book Club: The Battery Park Book Club meets once a month for a lively discussion and alternates fiction with non-fiction titles. This month’s selection is Ben Macintyre’s A Spy Among Friends, a memoir of Kim Philby’s adventures and betrayals in the

POETS HOUSE 10 River Terrace, Deep Space Uni-Verses with ArchForKids: Use your imagination to design and build an interstellar creation. Write poems about worlds beyond our own. Ages: 6 + with a caregiver | Cost: $10 | 11:00 am

FILM FORUM JR. SUNDAY MATINEE SERIES Film Forum, 209 West Houston St., A weekly Sunday matinee series for kids and families. March 22: Heidi Age 5+ | $7.50 | 11:00 am

MONDAY, MARCH 23 NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY BATTERY PARK CITY BRANCH 175 North End Ave, 212-790-3499, Baby Laptime for Pre-Walkers: Enjoy simple stories, lively songs and

rhymes, and meet other babies in the neighborhood. Limited to 50 babies and their caregivers; first-come first-served. Ages 0-18 months | Free | 9:30 am Toddler Story Time: A librarian will share lively picture books, finger plays, and action songs with toddlers and their caregivers. Ages 12-36 months | Free | 4:00 pm Minecraft Circuits In Real Life: Mulberry Street Library, 10 Jersey Street, See 3/16 for info

TUESDAY, MARCH 24 NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY BATTERY PARK CITY BRANCH 175 North End Ave, 212-790-3499, Baby Laptime for Pre-Walkers: Enjoy simple stories, lively songs and rhymes, and meet other babies in the neighborhood. Limited to 25 babies and their caregivers; first-come firstserved. Ages 0-18 months | Free |11:30 am Picture Book Time A librarian will share classic picture books and new stories. All ages | Free| 4:00 pm

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25 NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL 2015 See 3/14 for info NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY BATTERY PARK CITY BRANCH 175 North End Ave, 212-790-3499, Toddler Story Time See 3/14 for info March 12-March 25, 2015


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