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Landmarks officials split over “green” roofs in Seaport

Pier 40 fate up for discussion by Hudson River Park Trust A Tribeca doorman takes the oath of a lifetime


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STILL ON DECK Plans and pitfalls for the long-delayed







Recalling some other ‘hold-outs’ of Tribeca


To the Editor Thank you for the very interesting article, “The Holdouts,” in the July edition concerning one of the last remaining textile firms in Soho and Tribeca. It reminded me of two previous articles that appeared over the years in the Trib. One was about a perfume company on Water Street and the other about Craig’s Shoes, formerly at Chambers and West Broadway. All of the principals in these businesses did not like change. Some days when I am not pleased with the shoes on my feet, which is often, I reminisce about Craig’s Shoes. I think of the old-fashioned shoes and the old storefront with the numerous glued-together plate glass windows and the beautiful small limestone building that housed the store. And I think about the old sign on the west wall of Mudville next door, entombed by the new hotel and also covered in the Trib. Robert Gluckstadt


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Strangers save the day and a beloved dog

Copy Editor J ESSICA R AIMI Advertising Director D ANA S EMAN The Tribeca Trib Published monthly (except Aug.) by The Tribeca Trib, Inc. 401 Broadway, 5th fl. New York, N.Y. 10013 212-219-9709 Subscriptions : $50 for 11 issues The Trib welcomes letters. When necessary, we edit them for length and clarity.




To the Editor: One morning this summer, on the corner of Harrison and Greenwich streets, my dog Juan Carlos, a longhaired Chihuahua, got loose from his leash and starting running north, through the traffic on Greenwich. Handing my bag with my wallet to a stranger. I ran after Juan Carlos screaming, “Please help me get my dog!” Traffic came to a halt. Truck drivers stopped and jumped out to try to help. A woman ran with me up North Moore Street. All I know is her name was Cecilia and she worked in the Tribeca Grill building. Thank you, Cecilia! I was finally able to capture Juan Carlos in the garage on North Moore Street. If it were not for those strangers that day, my story would be a heartbreaking one. I would like to thank all those wonderful people who came to my aid, including the stranger who brought my purse to the Tribeca Grill. There were many angels on the street that day. I can’t think of any other neighborhood where I would want to live! Kim M. Barreiro


Trib dance photo judged the best


A photograph (above) by the Trib’s Carl Glassman, of a performance by children in Manhattan Youth’s after-school dance program, took first place for Best Feature Photo in the National Newspaper Association’s Better Newspaper Competition. Glassman also received a third-place award for his picture story on a Battery Park City child, Maisy Curry, who suffers from Rett syndrome and the struggles and hopes of her parents, Peter Curry and Heather Daly. The article that went with it, also by Glassman, received an honorable mention in the Feature Story category. “I cannot imagine how these brave parents cope with the stresses of knowing their children have such a prognosis,” a judge wrote. “We complain too often about things in our lives that are insignificant.”

This ‘Mayor’ Mike will be missed

be seen doing his calisthenics. To the Editor: Mike was a friend to everyone in For neighbors in the Broadway/White Street area it is time to bid a the community, always the first to fond farewell to our favorite newsagent know the latest news and the first to help someone out. and friend, Mike He negotiated on (Mukesh) Patel. behalf of nonAfter 30 years, English speaking he has decided to workers in the retire and take it area, kept up with easy, though this is court reporters, hard to imagine. local police, workMike opened his ers and most espestore in June of cially local resi1983 when the area dents. He was was devoid of a always willing to place to get a newsMike Patel paper, cup of coftake packages or fee, pint of milk, etc., and he was a hold keys, and he kept his eye open for most welcome addition. any untoward activity and dealt evenHe came from his home in Queens handedly with all. He was the Mayor of at 5 a.m. every weekday, no matter East Tribeca. what the weather, to set up shop. While Thank you Mike, we will miss you. waiting for his first customers he could Elise Ward


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Sprawling Hudson Square space awaits Robinson museum. Can it really happen?

Inset: Jackie Robinson steals home in 1952. Left: Rachel Robinson. Above: An 800-square-feet mezzanine would overlook the museum’s ground floor exhibit space. Bottom: The many faces of Jackie Robinson line the ground floor windows of 1 Hudson Square.



Along a nearly half-block stretch of Canal Street and around the corner on Varick, you can’t miss the great Jackie Robinson. There, in the high windows that wrap around 1 Hudson Square, the larger-than-life face of the man who broke baseball’s color barrier looks back at you. So, too, does the promise of what, one day, will lie behind those covered windows: The Jackie Robinson Museum. It has been like that for more than four years now, 11,000 square feet of prime ground-floor space lying empty and waiting for the day that the Jackie Robinson Foundation can raise the rest of the $42 million it says it needs to build and endow this ambitious dream. First slated to open in 2010, a sign in the window now gives two different anticipated completion dates, 2014 and 2015. This month, the 39-year-old foundation, which has provided financial assistance, mentoring and other support to more than 1,400 minority college students, is re-energizing its museum campaign. It has hired a fundraising firm as well as an in-house fundraiser dedicated solely to the museum. But with a history of stalled plans and an economy that challenges even established museums, the effort to fill that space (and thousands more square feet on the second floor) with a large gallery, interactive media exhibits and a theater modeled after a ballpark, is as daunting as the goal is exalting. “We are committed. We’ve got to

have this museum,” Della Britton Baeza, the foundation’s president, said in an interview in the organization’s wellappointed offices, a floor above the museum space. “I think we need to bring back figures like Jackie, the great integrationists of the 20th century that say we can get along, we don’t have to pull each other down when we feel insecure or when our economy is shaky.”


No one seems more committed than Robinson’s widow, Rachel, who started the foundation in 1973, the year after her husband’s death, and has an extensive archive of Jackie Robinson material. “My mother was amazing because she kept every letter, every trophy so we can have a Jackie Robinson Museum,” Sharon Robinson, Rachel’s daughter and the foundation’s vice chair, told Major League Baseball’s web site, Today, at 90, Rachel Robinson is still actively involved in the organization. “She’ll say, ‘You know, I’m not getting any younger and I want to see this done,’” said Baeza, “which has kind of

mobilized our board, too.” (Foundation spokeswoman Allison Davis said Rachel Robinson is currently declining all media interviews.) “It’s always been in Mrs. Robinson’s mind that there ought to be some place where these materials could be CARL GLASSMAN brought together,” June Jackson Christmas, a longtime foundation board member and former city and state health official, said in a phone interview. “[A place] that school groups can come and learn something about what Jackie stood for and figure out how to translate it to action.” Foundation leaders say they see the museum is an extension of the organization’s educational goals. “Whereas we might have 50 or 60 student scholars coming in each year,” Christmas said, “the museum will have a wider impact. School groups can come, tourists can come, thousands of people can come, we hope, in the course of the year and benefit by it.” In 2007, the foundation signed a lease for the first two floors of 1 Hudson Square. Eighteen thousand square feet of the expansive space was reserved for the museum; the remainder was for the foundation’s offices, doubling the size of their previous space. The 20-year lease with Trinity Real Estate also increased the foundation’s annual rent from $264,000 to more than $1 million. The next year, signs in the storefront

windows at 1 Hudson Square announced that the museum was coming. Things seemed on track by January 2009. The foundation had raised more than half the funds it needed to turn the raw space into an exhibition and event space, and the museum was scheduled to open in a year. “I am 86 years old and I need to see this museum running,” Rachel Robinson said at a 2009 fundraiser, noting that she wanted the museum to be not just about her husband, but about the American civil rights movement, seen through the lens of his experiences. “We are on solid ground and we are ready to fly,” she said, “....and we want you to come fly with us, because if we don’t get that other $12 million we need we will be very unhappy.”


Just seven months later, with the recession still in full swing, the board put the museum on hold. They did so in order to protect the foundation’s main mission. “We commit to these students for four years,” said Baeza “so we...said, ‘We better make sure we have four years of funding for those students to whom we’ve committed.’” Despite that decision, costs associated with the museum continued to add up. In 2006, the last full financial year before the foundation moved to Hudson Square, the organization disbursed $1.8 million in scholarships—41 percent of its budget, according to figures it released that year. Since then, overall foundation expenses have continued to rise; scholarships have not. In 2011, the foundation spent more on its space at 1 Hudson Square than on scholarships, which at $1.2 million accounted for 19 percent of



A Foundation, and Its Museum Dream 1973


The year after Jackie Robinson’s death, his widow, Rachel Robinson, establishes the Jackie Robinson Foundation to perpetuate her husband’s memory by giving financial assistance to minority college students.

The foundation board votes to put the museum project on hold to ensure that it can keep its scholarship commitments during the recession. The foundation takes in $2 million less than it spends.



Rachel Robinson attends the college graduation of the first recipient of Jackie Robinson Foundation support. Over the next 34 years, the foundation will go on to provide $22 million in direct financial aid to students.

1987 With the help of such sponsors as Coca-Cola and the Yawkey Foundation, the foundation produces a traveling exhibit, “Jackie Robinson: An American Journey,” to coincide with the 40th anniversary of his Majors debut.

2004 A satellite office opens in Los Angeles to “ensure that its programs and reach were truly national in scope.”

2007 The foundation signs a 20-year lease at 1 Hudson Square to expand its offices and open a Jackie Robinson Museum.



Top: Planned museum entrance at 1 Hudson Square. Above: Ralph Appelbaum designed a space filled with artifacts and multimedia panels that can retract to transform the ground floor into an event space.

The foundation celebrates its 35th anniversary and announces it has nearly half the $25 million it needs to construct the Jackie Robinson Museum. The foundation’s annual rent jumps from $216,000 in 2006 to more than $1 million during its first full year of occupancy at 1 Hudson Square.

Museum president Della Britton Baeza tells reporters for the web site of Major League Baseball and New York Magazine that the foundation is in a “quiet” stage of fundraising, but that efforts are “back at full throttle.” She estimates construction to begin as early as spring 2012. The foundation’s annual rent payment exceeds the value of direct scholarships it awarded during the year. The foundation replaces signs in the window of 1 Hudson Square that stated the museum would open in 2010.

2012 Rachel Robinson turns 90. Signs in the window of 1 Hudson Square say the museum will open in both 2014 and 2015. In August, the foundation hires a new fundraiser and contracts with a fundraising firm dedicated solely to a new capital campaign for the museum. Baeza says the foundation has about $14 million dedicated to the museum, and that a total of $42 million (Jackie Robinson’s uniform number) will be needed to build the museum and endow it for its continued operation.

“My mother kept every letter, every trophy so we could have a Jackie Robinson Museum.” its overall budget. By the foundation’s calculations, more than $2 million of its rent from 2007 to 2011 was for the raw, first floor space. It also took out a $2 million mortgage to renovate and furnish the second floor, which includes sleek conference rooms, offices and an expansive space intended to one day be part of the museum. It now functions as a large lobby. As a renter, the hoped-for Jackie Robinson Museum is an anomaly in the museum world. According to a 20082009 survey by the American Association of Museums, the vast majority— 85 percent—of museums own their own buildings or are in one owned by a parent organization. Of the rest, around 13 percent pay a “nominal” or “token” payment. Only 2 percent pay market rents. And even without rent to pay, most museums have been struggling. Seventy percent reported moderate to severe money problems last year, the survey said.


Although a public fundraising campaign for the museum was placed on hold, Baeza said the foundation has continued to quietly raise money for the museum over the last few years, including several “five- and six-figure” donations. But as funds have come in, they have also gone out. The foundation has about $14.5 million for the museum—half a million more than it had in January 2009. “The rent has been covered by those contributions,” Baeza said. In spring 2011, Baeza told New York Magazine and that the foundation was back at “full throttle” and construction could begin as early as spring 2012. But Baeza said last month that other foundation projects, including a mobile app that allows the scholarship recipients to stay in touch and network with each other, had delayed restarting a major push for the museum. “We are looking now at 2013,” Baeza

told the Trib. The Robinson Foundation was not alone in its 2009 decision; many nonprofits put fundraising on hold during the recession and are just now starting new campaigns, said Brian Crimmins, CEO of Changing Our World, a nonprofit fundraising consulting firm. But Crimmins said donors are being more cautious than they were before the recession. “They are asking questions on what the building will be used for, what the square footage is, how the building will be utilized from a program standpoint,” Crimmins said. “There’s a lot more nittygritty questions in my opinion that more and more individuals and corporations are asking.” What questions, if any, are being asked by the many prominent board members of the Jackie Robinson Foundation? Calls to more than two dozen members, including Sheila Johnson, a sports teams co-owner and philanthropist who chairs the museum committee, were

not returned. The list of these board members, as well as other supporters, reads like a who’s who of the business and sports world. Leonard S. Coleman, former president of the National League, sits at the board’s helm. Steve Forbes is on the board, as is former Dodgers president Peter O’Malley. Comedian Bill Cosby has hosted the foundation’s annual blacktie awards fundraiser for nearly three decades. The Mets and Yankees have each made seven-figure donations. Despite the setbacks, can the board’s support and a new fundraising effort turn the museum dream into a reality? Christmas looks to the past, one that Jackie Robinson knew well, for reassurance. “We grew up in the civil rights days when discrimination was embedded in the law and the practice of American life,” Christmas said. “We’ve faced more negative times than these, so I think we keep hoping and working.”



New Buildings Seek Seaport Nod Very Skinny Townhouse Proposed for an Odd Lot BY CARL GLASSMAN It’s quite a squeeze. An irregularly shaped lot in the South Street Seaport Historic District is the site of two proposed buildings, one of which is a sliver of a four-story townhouse, just 12 feet wide. Developer Andreas Giacoumis is seeking Landmarks Commission approval for the two buildings, which would face each other from the rear, one of them the four-story townhouse at 267 1/2 Water Street, the other a five-unit, sevenstory condominium and storefront at 246 Front Street. “This is not a residential scale of a building,” said Darrin Krumpus of Boro Architects, describing the Water Street building. “It’s smaller than that. It’s a gas station. It’s a driveway. Whatever.” On Sept. 11, Krumpus is expected to present revised plans to the Landmarks Preservation Commission that, for the most part, liked what it saw in a presentation back in July but asked him to return with modifications, mostly to the

facade of the Water Street building. Krumpus said the buildings he designs must match the size specifications that the city approved in 2005, when another developer gained a zoning variance and Landmarks approval for a different project on the lot. The two buildings are considered a single project because they share one zoning lot and would have connecting ground floors, with a terrace for each building on the roof of that ground floor. While the Front Street building is proposed to have a more traditional brick facade, the front of the Water CARL GLASSMAN Street townhouse would have a steel frame, with zinc panels beneath its tall windows. “I can approve the all-metal facade because the scale is an anomaly,” Commissioner Pablo Vengoechea said of the proposed Water Street building. “This is by far the most challenging site that I’ve ever worked on,” Krumpus told the Trib. “There’s not a lot to build

Rendering of proposed 2671/2 Water Street, a townhouse with a ground floor that will connect to the ground floor of 246 Front Street.

on here.” The architect was referring to the soft early 19th-century landfill and the high water table that rises and falls with the tide. The irregular width of the property as well the ancient infrastructure in the area also make it difficult, he said. In order to create a townhouse that,

as Krumpus put it, “doesn’t feel like a bowling alley,” the architect plans a staircase as a focal point of the interior, with skylights on the roof that “wash down the full three stories of the residence and fill that stairway with light.” “You gotta draw attention away from the width,” he said. RENDERING BY BORO ARCHITECTS / PHOTO BY THE TRIBECA TRIB

Commissioners Wrestle with Green Roof Proposal BY CARL GLASSMAN To green or not to green. That is the perplexing question before the Landmarks Preservation Commission. Differences over a plan to put sloped planted roofs on two former counting houses in the South Street Seaport Historic District have inspired widely differing responses from city Landmarks Preservation commissioners, from “cool idea” to “vehemently” opposed. The unusual design element is part of a residential development plan by the Pilot Real Estate Group and their architect, Harry Kendall, to restore a decrepit and abandoned trio of early 19th-century buildings at 104, 105 and 106 South Street. A revised version of the plan is expected to be presented again to the commission on Sept. 11. The peaked roofs are meant to evoke those typical of the many counting houses in the area. The greenery planted on them would be a hardy variety meant to insulate the buildings from weather and noise and absorb rainwater.


Rendering of 104-106 South St., with green roofs that would be seen from the FDR Drive.

The new roofs would add 38 feet to the height of the two buildings, now four stories tall and a floor shorter than their original heights before fires struck many years ago. They would be highly visible to travelers along the adjacent FDR Drive. The commissioners weighed in on various aspects of the designs but it was

the green roofs that divided them into two camps. “The reality is that there aren’t counting houses any more and this is the age of green roofs… So I think the play of contemporary and historic references is appropriate,” said Marjorie Perlmutter. Buildings should be able to “grow and evolve,” Joan Gerner agreed. “This

building has had many states to its development so I could be persuaded to vote for a green roof.” “I think that’s a cool idea,” Michael Goldblum said. Not so, said Diana Chapin, who called the green roofs an “overwhelming statement.” “To me it is distracting from the Seaport and the sense of what the Seaport is,” she said. Commissioner and architectural conservator Michael Devonshire, who did extensive research for the restoration of the Seaport’s historic Schermerhorn Row, called the roofs “completely out of character with this district.” “That [opinion] means a lot to me in this district, and in other districts as well,” concluded Commission Chair Robert Tierney, who said he was “taken aback” when he first saw the plan. “A number of things will change about the building that will allow people to say they’re on board,” architect Harry Kendall said later. But the green roofs? “We’re still working with the LPC staff to sort everything out,” he said.





Pier 40 Is Facing Difficult Options Report due this month on tough choices that lie ahead for popular but decrepit Pier 40 BY JESSICA TERRELL

From its leaking roof to its rotting pilings, Pier 40 is in trouble. Once the biggest source of income for the five-mile-long Hudson River Park, the crumbling pier at Houston Street is now among the biggest challenges facing the park’s financially strapped overseer, the Hudson River Park Trust. And with no sure financial solutions on the horizon, the Trust’s board said last month it was considering what once seemed unthinkable: a phased CARL GLASSMAN (4)

Above: One of many spaces in Pier 40 with extensive water damage. Far left: The damage has taken its toll even in this hallway. Left: Much of the interior parking has been closed off because chunks of the ceiling, like these, are falling.


HRPT Chair Diana Taylor


it was my decision right now, I would completely cut [Pier 40] off and say, ‘Not one more dime goes into that pier, period.’” — DIANA TAYLOR, chairwoman Hudson River Park Trust

shutdown of the mixed-use pier, which serves both as sports fields, heavily used for Downtown leagues, and as a major parking facility. “If it was my decision right now, I would completely cut [Pier 40] off and say, ‘Not one more dime goes into that pier, period,’” HRPT Board Chair Diana Taylor said this summer. “And we just close it down as we have to.” At the request of Taylor and the board, HRPT staff have spent the last two months trying to figure out whether it makes more sense to close the pier in stages instead of continuing to spend money on repairs, or to make the shortterm repairs in hopes that, down the road, a commercial developer will step in and save it. At a public meeting on Sept. 20, Trust President Madelyn Wils is expected to make a presentation to the board on

the two options. (The meeting takes place at 4 p.m. at 22 Reade St.) According to Wils, in the 2013 fiscal year, repairs to the pier will cost more than it brings in and by 2015, those repairs could deplete the Trust’s reserve fund entirely. A full repair of the leaking roof is estimated to cost $30 million. “We cannot let Pier 40 damage the rest of the park operations,” Wils said. “It would break my heart to have to close Pier 40, but we have to protect the park.” The discussion of when or whether to pull the plug on the aging pier comes on the heels of a major push by the Trust this spring to warn of the park’s financial state and gather support for legislative changes that would allow for new kinds of development on its commercial piers. It would also end its jurisdiction over the park’s Battery Park City section, to reduce maintenance costs. The biggest proposed change would

be to open Pier 40 for the development of such projects as a residential tower, office building or professional sports stadium. Although the pier is one of a few in the park zoned for commercial development, its approved uses are too limited for a successful project, advocates for the changes argue. Previous commercial proposals were shot down by the community. Such changes have proved a hard sell for a community long wary of commercial development along its waterfront. The proposed revisions, opposed by Assemblywoman Deborah Glick, whose district includes Pier 40, were introduced in the last state legislative session but no action was taken. In a statement, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said the park is a “valuable and necessary amenity.” But he has yet to support legislation to allow new types of development on the pier. Glick, who had warned as far back as 1994 that the park could open up “a series of mini-commercial developments,” remains steadfast in her opposition to new kinds of development on the park’s commercial piers. “Some of the prohibitions on major development continue to be important

protections to preserve the essential park nature,” Glick said. “I see no reason to change those provisions.” She and others who oppose changes to the legislation want public funding allocated to help support the park. Friends of Hudson River Park want to create a neighborhood improvement district that would levy a tax on property owners in the three closest blocks running parallel to the park. In Tribeca, that would be the buildings from West Street to the east side of Hudson Street. In the meantime, Trust officials say they need to make some big decisions about Pier 40 soon. The organization has money budgeted this year to repair stairs now closed to the public. But it will need to figure out the extent of work it is willing to make to the roof. And by 2014 repairs must be made to the pilings that hold the structure up. Loss of the pier is unthinkable to many who use it. “I can’t even begin to stress the importance of the field to the community,” said Bill Bialosky, president of the Downtown Soccer League. “I can’t fathom where everyone would go if they put that field out of commission temporarily, let alone permanently.”



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Minister Takes on New Tribeca ‘Mission’

BY CARL GLASSMAN “Fortunately, they’re taking a break right now,” a relieved Craig Mayes was saying as he settled behind his desk at the New York City Rescue Mission, where a temporary lull in construction would make an interview possible. As the newly arrived head of the 140year-old mission, at Lafayette and White streets, Mayes has been a bit rattled by the upheaval that comes with adding three floors and major renovations to the building. “It’s a lot to come in as the new guy and you’re right in the middle of this. You have enough to learn without it,” said Mayes, an ordained minister with a doctorate in psychology. “But we’re doubling our capacity to do everything. So I keep that vision in front of me when the building’s got three more floors on it, and it’s going to be beautiful.” When the $9 million, 18-month project is finished, Mayes will oversee a much expanded mission that, for the first time, can shelter women and add 140 beds to the 99 now there. It will also provide expanded services, with the entire second floor turned into a medical and social work facility and, on the sixth floor, a much improved education and career counseling center. The outgoing executive director, James VarnHagen, held that position for 22 years. “He was an electrical engineer early in his life,” Mayes said. “He can


Craig Mayes meets with a mission resident who is about graduate from the program.

read architectural drawings and he knows the right questions. I know none of that. Like zero.” That is not to say that Mayes is out of his element at the mission, which served more than 136,000 hot meals last year and provided more than 138,000 individual hours of lodging. At the urging of his wife, Chris, and reluctantly at first, he left his job as the teaching pastor of a 10,000-member church in suburban Detroit and, in 2008, moved to New York City with 23 of his congregants to start a church and do outreach to the homeless.

He and others at the church had volunteered at the mission, as well. “What’s really close to my heart is caring for the marginalized people in our culture,” said Mayes, who travels to India each year on behalf of a charity that works with impoverished children. “However they have landed here, they’re hurting and they’re struggling.” Mayes said he wants to strengthen ties with local churches and “like-minded” local residents by expanding volunteer opportunities for people who want to help. (Those wishing to volunteer can fill

out a form on the mission website, He has also had discussions with the captain of the 5th Precinct about making sure that the mission is not harboring criminals among its residents. “We’re working out a plan now that allows [the police], without being overly intrusive, to see who’s staying here, so if there’s anyone that has open warrants that poses a danger to the community, we’re going to take care of that.” That would mean a big shift in mission policy and, potentially, a controversial one. But Mayes argues that the mission should consider the possible consequences of doing otherwise. “How can we continue to meet a need in this community that nobody else wants to meet,” he said, “but do it in a way that is respectful, and creating a sense that we’re providing a service and making the city safer, not more dangerous.” Mayes said the mission also needs to do more follow up with those who “graduate” from the nine-to-12-month program and leave the support of staff and fellow residents. Are they still off drugs or alcohol two years later? He is already imagining an after-care program that invites them back, say, once a week. But first things first. “I’ve got to get the building built,” he said firmly. “That feels like enough right now.”


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Photos at near right and below show 225 West Broadway and the buildings around it in 1940. The ground floor of what was Goodall Rubber Company, next door, is now the restaurant Churrascaria Tribeca.

13 Below: 225 Broadway and rendering of proposed facade as Butterfly. Its true, gray color can be seen in the current photo.

On West B’way An Old Building Takes New Turn

Sometimes a side benefit of a new business opening or a building being redeveloped in a historic district is the chance to see what the structure—and the neighborhood around it—looked like back in the day. Architects who want to alter the exterior of the building must do some photo research and submit their plans to the Landmarks Preservation Commission and the Community Board along with historic photos. And so it is with 225 Broadway in Tribeca, a nondescript building to the south of White Street where chef Michael White plans to open a bar and restaurant called Butterfly. The space has had several tenants in recent years, but they came long after the removal of the “Stationers-Printers” storefront, seen in the 1940 photo at right. But it hardly tells the whole story. The building, much altered since, actually dates back to 1810. Too bad we can’t get a look back that far.


14 Limmy Lala, a doorman in Independence Plaza since August 2008, became a citizen last month. He came here four years ago, at 35, from Peshkipo, a mountain city in northern Albania. This is his story, as told to April Koral. n Albania, it’s hard to find a job and have a good life. Coming to America is the dream for everybody. Someone once offered me $30,000 to marry his girlfriend in Albania, then divorce her after she came here and got her green card. He had been waiting 10 years for her. I lived with my mother in Albania. The tradition is if you don’t get married, you live with your parents. You can’t live with a girl, especially in a small city. It’s an unwritten law. Families over there are very connected. You take care of each other. Now my older brother and his family live with my mother. In 2004, my friend Sam was helping people apply to the lottery to come to America. You had to apply online, but not that many people had a computer or Internet. So he would charge $2 or $3 to send it. Everyone applied. I said as a joke, “Why don’t you do it for me?” He said OK. I thought he was kidding. About a year later, I got a big envelope from U.S. Immigration and I didn’t understand any words. I called Sam. “Did you fill out something for me?” I



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A Tribeca doorman from Albania takes the oath of a lifetime.

“I thought, I’m successful here. Let me see if I can be successful there.” said to him. “Did you win?” he asked. “I don’t know,” I said. “But something is here.” I have a university degree in finance so I was able to get a good job in Albania and I never thought to leave. I had invested all those years to study and be something over there. But I thought, well, I am successful here, let me see if I could be successful there. So I sent in more papers for the second round. After almost nine months I said forget it, let me just live my life. Then I got something from America again and I showed it to Sam. It said I had to go to the embassy for an interview. I went there and they said, “Congratulations.

last weekend?” It’s a good feeling that someone is missing you. I did not come here to be a doorman, but everybody has a beginning. Maybe one day I will try to open a business, a car wash. I don’t say, I will be a big man here, but I want to be comfortable. In 2009, during a visit to my home town, I spent time with Vilma. We had a friendship before I left. After that, we kept in touch by phone, Internet. The next year, I went to her father and said, “I want to marry your daughter.” He refused me. He said, “You live too far away.” Her other two sisters live on the same block. Then her parents spoke to her and she said, “I am not marrying anyone else.” So they said, “You want that guy, go ahead.” I came back the next year. I saved as much money as I could. We married and had a small celebration. She will probably get her visa by the end of the year. I was very excited to become a citizen. If you become a citizen, people respect you. “This guy,” they say, “he’s an American!” PHOTOS BY CARL GLASSMAN

Above: Along with 275 others immigrants, Limmy Lala says the Pledge of Allegiance last month at a naturalization ceremony in Brooklyn. Left: On the job at 80 North Moore Street.

Pick up your passport at 2:00.” I couldn’t believe it. My mother was very upset. All my life I had problems with a mislocated hip. For 10 years she took me back and forth from the hospital. I didn’t walk until I was six. We were very connected and she didn’t want me to leave. But she realized that I had to take this opportunity. I called my father’s cousin who lived

in New Jersey. He said, “Don’t worry. I’ll take care of you. What I’m eating, you can eat some, too.” For my first job, I worked night shift as a maintenance man, 11 to 7, and then at 8 went to school to learn English. Then I went home, had lunch and went to sleep. The first two years were the hardest. I missed my family, my friends. Then I got this job as a doorman and I started to get to know people. Now, if I have the day off, people ask, “Where were you

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Remembering 9/11

The Manhattan Youth Downtown Community Center is holding its annual observance of Sept. 11 on Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 7 p.m. at 120 Warren St. The theme is “The Lower Manhattan Community Remembers 9/11: Living Together in a Global Community.” Participants can share their memories of that day and those that followed as well as discuss how to help build a world without terror. Refreshments will be served. A suggested $5 admission fee will be donated to the 9/11 Memorial Museum.

Memorial Passes

Passes to the September 11 Memorial on Sunday, Sept. 9, from 6 to 8 p.m., have been reserved for Lower Manhattan residents. Passes can be picked up at the Community Board 1 office (49-51 Chambers Street, Suite 715) between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. weekdays, or email by Friday, Sept. 7, to have passes emailed to you directly. Include your home address in the email. Each person can receive up to four passes.

ABCs of Fish Butchery

If you have ever been tempted to buy—and prepare—a whole fish, then “Fish Butchery Essentials,” organized by New Amsterdam Market School, 224 Front St., is the class for you. Each student will practice on two fish, learning how to gut, clean and scale, fillet, and remove the skin and bones. Chef Will Griffin will also advise the class on how to select fish at the market, and will share cooking techniques such as brining and using heads and skeletons for stock. The fee is $60. Go to

Health Survey Request

The World Trade Center Health Registry began its third pediatric study last November, but only 30 percent of adolescents and their parents have responded to the survey, compared to 63 percent for other groups. Registry officials say participation in the pediatric study is particularly important, the registry says, because most adolescent enrollees will be adults by the next survey in 2015. The registry has extended the survey deadline to Sept. 30. For information, call the registry at 866-6929827 or email

The Ethicist Speaks

Randy Cohen, the former writer of the “Ethicist” column for the New York Times Magazine, will be interviewed by Jane Eisner, editor of the Forward, on Thursday, Sept. 20, at 12 p.m. at 92YTribeca, 200 Hudson St. The subject will be how he, and the moral landscape have changed in his 12 years of writing the column. The conversation coincides with the publication of his book “Be Good: How to Navigate the Ethics of Everything.” Tickets are from $21 at

Free Museum Day

Many museums across the city will waive their admission fees on Saturday, Sept. 29, for “Museum Day Live!” sponsored by Smithsonian magazine. Participating Downtown museums are the Skyscraper Museum, 39 Battery Pl.; the Museum of American Finance, 48 Wall St.; and Fraunces Tavern Museum, 54 Pearl St. Visitors need a Smithsonian museum ticket to enter. Download a ticket at

“We Are Tribeca”

Independence Plaza North Tenants Association is holding a fundraiser for its Legal Defense Fund on Sept. 10, 6–9 p.m., at Gaetana’s, 143 Christopher St. The event will honor Julie Menin, former chair of Community Board 1, and John Sutter, former owner of Community Media, which publishes the Downtown Express. Tickets are $80 in advance, $100 at the door. Go to for details.

Readings on Warren St.

Seamus Scanlon will read from “As Close as You’ll Ever Be,” a recently published collection of his literary noir stories, on Thursday, Sept. 6, at 6 p.m. at the Mysterious Bookshop, 58 Warren St. A prize-winning author, Scanlon is assistant professor and librarian at City College’s Downtown Center for Worker Education. Other readers this month are authors Cornelia Reed, “Valley of the Ashes,” on Sept. 13, and Michael Sears, “Black Friday,” on Sept. 20. All readings are free.

Bird Watching

More than 80 species of birds reside in the 36 acres of Battery Park City’s parks. On Sept. 15, from 11 a.m. to noon, a birder and naturalist will lead a free tour of the park, pointing out some of them. Novice and experienced birders are welcome, and binoculars and field guides are available to borrow. Meet at Wagner Park. For information, call 212267-9700 or go to

Dabkeh Workshops

One of the most popular and lively Arab folk dances is the Dabkeh. Performed in a line or circle, it is filled with rhythmic stomping and syncopated foot patterns. A four-week Dabkeh workshop will be held on Saturdays from 3 to 4:30 p.m., beginning Sept. 8 at Alwan for the Arts, 16 Beaver St., 4th floor. The fee is $15 per session or $50 for four classes. 646-732-326 or

Writers and Actors

The Tribeca Performing Arts Center is holding auditions for its annual Writers in Performance, a free 12-week writing and acting workshop that ends with two public performances in December. Workshop director Mario Giacalone is looking for thespians and writers of all backgrounds. Auditions are held by appointment only at BMCC on Sept. 11 and 12. Call Giacalone at 212-220-1459.

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Above: A board hides damage to Irish Hunger Memorial that awaits reconstruction. Right: The site of destruction soon after a car rammed into the structure.

BY JESSICA TERRELL Artist Brian Tolle will be returning to his Irish Hunger Memorial this month to oversee repairs to a damaged limestone and glass wall, after a driver in a stolen rental car smashed into the structure last month. “It was very disturbing, frankly,” Tolle, a designer of the memorial, said in a phone interview. “I was most concerned that someone might have been injured, because it could have been much worse if there had been more visitors there.” The accident occurred on Sunday, Aug. 12, when, according to police, Antoine Odom, 24, stole a car from a rental agency on Pearl Street and went on a wild ride under the influence of drugs. Tolle learned of the accident from friends who had heard about it on the news. Relieved that no one was injured, he said he began thinking about how to best repair the damage, including a section of Kilkenny limestone inscribed with historical quotes from the Irish famine. “I have had such a large hand in supervising [construction] from the getgo,” said Tolle, who was in contact with the Authority soon after the accident. “The Battery Park City Authority people have always been very conscious about how the pieces have been maintained and have been very quick to make sure the artist is involved.” The most important element of repairs will be matching the materials, Tolle said. The Brooklyn-based artist still has the contact information for the limestone supplier, but was uncertain whether the glass fabricator in Brooklyn was still in business. Still, Tolle said, he was confident that repairs to the 10-year-old memorial would go smoothly. “I think the memorial has been well maintained, and I don’t think it will be too difficult to match the materials, short of people having gone out of business in

the last four to five years,” he said. “I doubt there will be any noticeable difference.” Odom, the driver, was charged with grand larceny, criminal mischief, reckless endangerment and “driving while ability impaired by drugs.” According to Diane Cimine, who witnessed the accident, the car was coming fast down River Terrace when it lurched around the vehicle in front of it and continued to accelerate, swerving back and forth before jumping the curb and crashing into the memorial. “I couldn’t believe the amount of damage to the monument,” Cimine said. “It just shows the level of the impact. It totally was terrifying.” Cimine said the driver started to wander away until Parks Enforcement Patrol officers assigned to Battery Park City surrounded him. Then, “he kind of dropped to the ground on his belly and started doing pushups and was calling out chants. Finally they held his hands behind his back.” The Battery Park City Authority has boarded up the damaged area, which is about the size of the car’s front end. The damage should not affect the work planned for the winter to repair leaks that have been causing cracks in the concrete base of the memorial, according to Authority Spokesman Matthew Monahan. DIANE CIMINE





GREENWICH & EDGAR Aug. 2…3:40 a.m. A 25-year-old man was walking home when a man with long gray hair approached him and asked for a cigarette. The stranger then asked him for his wallet, and when he refused, pulled out a knife. After the victim handed over his wallet, the thief fled. 64 FULTON Aug. 3…1 a.m. A 20-year-old woman was walking to a friend’s house when a man tried to snatch an iPhone from her hand. The man did not get the phone, but his companion was able to take it. The two thieves then fled with the $600 phone. LISPENARD & BROADWAY Aug. 5…2:47 a.m. A man placed a bag containing a $1,700 laptop, his driver’s license and his passport on the ground while he made a phone call. When he wasn’t looking, a thief stole the bag. GOLD & JOHN Aug. 6…1:50 a.m. An 18-year-old youth was walking on John Street when he was approached by two men in their early twenties who demanded his wallet and phone. The teen refused and tried to run away, but the robbers chased him, threw him to the ground and began kicking him in the head and back, before taking his $100 Hugo Boss wallet, which contained $40.

200 WATER Aug. 7…8:15 a.m. A clerk at NYC Check Express was opening the door for business when a man wearing a ski mask and dark glasses pushed his way into the store and flashed a silver pistol. The robber forced her to open the business safe before pushing her to the ground and handcuffing her. The robber, who told the woman he had a lookout outside, made off with more than $150,000.

WHITEHALL & BRIDGE Aug. 7…1:30 p.m. A 21-year-old tourist placed her bag on the ground behind her to take a picture. When she turned around, the bag, which contained a $1,000 laptop and a $250 camera, was gone. NASSAU & FULTON Aug. 8…5 a.m. A man was sitting on a bench working on his laptop while waiting for a northbound J train. A man sprinted past him and snatched the laptop. 30 WALL Aug. 8…11:53 a.m. When a 43-year-old man finished his workout at the New York Sports Club, he discovered that a thief had removed the

lock from his gym locker and stolen his $150 messenger bag, along with his wallet and a $200 tie.

160 WATER Aug. 8…12:30 p.m. A thief stole a pair of pants, a wallet, and a $360 phone from a locker at the New York Sports Club.

CHURCH & CANAL Aug. 11…2 p.m. A pickpocket bumped into a teen standing on the corner and stole an iPhone from his back pocket. 5 DUTCH STREET Aug. 12…4:40 a.m. Police caught and arrested two teens who were assaulting a 21-year-old man for his iPhone.

VARICK & LAIGHT Aug. 15...12:30 p.m. Two men were eating lunch in the park when they were approached by three men who demanded to know what they had in their pockets. When the men said they had nothing, one of the strangers began punching the first man in the face. The second man pulled an iPod from his pocket, and the robbers snatched it along with $20 before running off.

119 FULTON Aug. 15...9:30 p.m. Thieves broke the front window of a spa and stole $300 from the cash register.

80 GREENWICH Aug. 18...10:50 a.m. A thief smashed the passenger window of a van and stole two radios, a flash drive and a calculator.

38 PARK ROW Aug. 22…2 p.m. A thief stole a purse containing an iPhone and credit cards that had been left unattended for 20 minutes by a Starbucks customer waiting to use the bathroom.

215 MURRAY Aug. 24…9:30 p.m. Thieves made off with a $1,600 bicycle that had been chained in front of the Shake Shack.

CHURCH & LISPENARD Aug. 25…noon A man returned to his car to discover a thief had stolen a $2,000 watch from his glove compartment. The man was uncertain whether he had locked the car. 75 FRANKLIN Aug. 26…5:30 a.m. A burglar kicked in the outside door of Billy’s Bakery and smashed the inside door in order to steal a cash register, which was empty.



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On a busy day, tourists form a long line and wait patiently for a chance to have their pictures taken with the Charging Bull. Police at each end keep watch over the scene.

BY JESSICA TERRELL to widen pedestrian space around the Passing easily through a wide open- plaza, making it safer for visitors who ing in the barricades surrounding the often spill out onto the streets. Charging Bull at Bowling Green, Margo Tourists may be getting easier access Unyi approached the iconic brass bovine to the bull these days, but no reconfigufrom behind and gave it a fond pat on the ration of barricades will get the approval back. of Arthur Piccolo of the Bowling Green “We have to keep the bull nice and Association. shiny,” the Canadian tourist said, pointPiccolo has been a caretaker of the ing to spots on the sculpture since sculpture with a helping to bring it shiny patch from to Bowling Green years of good-luck from in front of the pats from visitors. New York Stock Last month apExchange, where peared to mark the sculptor Arturo Di start of a new petModica placed it, ting and photo poswithout permising season at the sion, in 1989. Charging Bull. Since last winSecurity measures, ter, he has been restricting tourists’ waging a one-man access to the battle to have all of famed sculpture the barricades reafter Occupy Wall moved. Street protests “It’s completely All day long tourists pose with the bull, began last Septemunacceptable,” Picboth front and rear. ber, were relaxed colo said. “[The slightly. barricades] serve no purpose, and at this A police car and two officers re- point it appears to be a permanent situamained stationed at the sculpture. But the tion.” barricades—often set up last year to preBetween September 2011 and July vent visitors from touching the piece or 2012, Piccolo estimates, New York City limiting them to the front end only—had has spent up to $1 million on police overbeen moved to the edges of the park. time to stand guard around the sculpture. With the barricades still at the The mayor’s office did not respond to perimeter of the triangle but not imped- a request for comment. ing access to the bull, tourists like Unyi “The whole thing makes no sense,” were giving the metal structures a said Piccolo, who contends that the bull thumbs-up. has never been damaged and is not in “I like the barricades,” Unyi said. need of such security measures. “The “You have this safe feeling in here with cage has no justification, so I would all those cars going by on both sides.” never apply the word ‘better’ to the situThis month, the city Department of ation. It’s an unjustified situation that is Transportation expects to begin a project to the detriment of our city.”


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9/4 BATTERY PARK CITY – 6 PM Location: The Regatta, 21 South End Ave., Conference Room 1) HRPT/BPC control of BPC property on Route 9A. Discussion 2) Accident at Irish Hunger Memorial The following notices have been received for BPCA permits: • Sat., Oct. 13, Community Access Charity Run & Walk, 500 participants, 200 spectators, Wagner Park. Setup and breakdown: 6 am–12 pm. Event: 9–11 am • Sun., Oct. 28, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Walk, 1,000-1,500 participants, Battery Park. Setup and breakdown: 7:30 am–5 pm. Event: 12–3 pm

9/4 SEAPORT/CIVIC CENTER – 6 PM 1) City Hall Park update. Discussion 2) City Hall Park bike path update. Presentation by NYC Department of Transportation 3) Brooklyn Bridge walkway congestion 4) South Street Seaport Museum. Discussion of museum’s future with Susan Henshaw Jones 5) 11 Fulton St., application for restaurant wine and beer license for GRK Fresh The following notices for applications have been received: • Pier 17, South Street Seaport: renewal of restaurant liquor license for Pacific Grill • Pier 17, South Street Seaport: renewal of restaurant liquor license for Sequioa

9/5 FINANCIAL DISTRICT – 6 PM 1) 100 Broad St., application for restaurant liquor license for Clearing House Restaurant Group, d/b/a to be determined. Resolution 2) 76 Nassau St., application for restaurant wine and beer license for Sabor de Mexico. Resolution 3) Community Access, application for a street activity permit on Sat., Oct. 13, on Washington Street bet. Morris and Battery Place from 9 am–7 pm. Resolution The following notices for applications have been received: • 111 Broadway: renewal of liquor license for Suspenders Restaurant & Bar • 112 Liberty St.: renewal of liquor license for Essex World Cafe 9/6 PLANNING – 7 PM (Call for location.) 1) Civic Center plan update by Department of Citywide Administrative Services 2) Location of the WTC Sphere. Discussion

9/10 YOUTH & EDUCATION – 6 PM 1) School Bussing for special education students. Borough Board Resolution 2) Semi-Annual update on School Over-

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9/10 HOUSING – 6 PM Location: 49-51 Chambers St., Room 501 1) Smoke Free Housing Policy. Presentation by Lisa Spitzner, American Lung Association 2) Lower Manhattan Seniors. Update 3) Southbridge Affordability. Discussion 4) CB1 Unit Owners. Report 5) Gateway Plaza dog-owners dispute with Lefrak. Report by Glenn Plaskin, president, Gateway Plaza Tenants Assoc.

9/12 TRIBECA – 6 PM 1) The Rescue Mission, application for a street activity permit on Mon., Nov. 19, on Lafayette Street bet. White and Walker. Closure of streets: 7 am–8 pm. Event: 10 am–1 pm. Resolution 2) The CityKids Foundation, application for a street activity permit on Sat., Oct. 20 on Leonard Street bet. West Broadway and Church from 10 am–6 pm. Resolution 3) 443–453 Greenwich St., application for renewal of a special permit for residential, transient hotel and health club use for existing 7story building with proposed one-story addition. Resolution 4) SW corner West Broadway and Leonard Street, application for newsstand. Resolution 5) 66 Leonard St., application for restaurant liquor license for Global Point NY d/b/a TBD 6) 88 Reade St., application for restaurant wine and beer license for Tribeca Hummus d/b/a TBD The following notices for applications have been received: • 281 Church St.: renewal of restaurant liquor license for White & Church • 413 Greenwich St.: renewal of restaurant liquor license for Il Mattone • 12-16 Vestry St.: renewal of restaurant liquor license for Olivier Cheng Catering and Events • 61 Murray St.: renewal of restaurant wine and beer license for Palermo Pizza • 179 Franklin St.: renewal of restaurant liquor license for Thalassa • 110 Chambers St.: renewal of tavern liquor license for Patriot Saloon • 163 Duane St.: renewal of restaurant liquor license for Bouley Bakery • 249 West Broadway: for renewal of tavern wine and beer license for Anotheroom

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4 World Trade, the south side, reflecting 115 Broadway.

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he towers rising from the World Trade Center site are mirrors of rebirth, their glass facades playing off each other and the buildings around them in surprising and sometimes wonderful ways. Surprising because the reflected imagery displayed on these new structures—the six-year-old 7 World Trade Center and the lofty 1 and 4 World Trade Center—is anything but static and predictable. Where we stand and the time of day we stand there, the weather and the season, too, can make all the difference in this gallery of infinite abstractions. The variety of visual experiences will only become richer when the other planned buildings— World Trade Center 2 and 3—finally rise and grow glass skins of their own. Walking by the site these days, I nearly always look for something new that one tower or another has to offer. I’ve also had the good fortune to observe and photograph (with a telephoto lens) the buildings from high up in one or another of the other structures, allowing even more possibilities. Seen from the 48th floor of 7 World Trade Center, for example, a much distorted Tribeca comes into view on one face of 1 World Trade Center; towers to the east can be seen on another. The Millenium Hotel provides an impressionistic view of uptown and clouds in the late afternoon sky, but only from high up in 4 World Trade Center. (See the photos on pages 26 and 27.) Carol Willis, the director of the Skyscraper Museum, notes that we can enjoy the surfaces of these magnificent curtain walls much as we would their architectural forbears. “It’s the same as if you are looking at a beautiful building of foot-thick limestone from the 1800s or the Amiens Cathedral,” she says. “The way a material catches and plays with light is one of the enduring qualities of architecture across the ages.” For more photographs and additional information on this project, go to PHOTOS CONTINUE ON PAGE 26

4 World Trade Center, reflecting buildings to the south. Photographed from the World Financial Center Winter Garden.


MIRROR RORRIM Reflections on the World Trade Center Site CONTINUED FROM PAGE 25



4 World Trade Center, reflecting the afternoon sky. 4 World Trade Center, reflecting Century 21 department store, and 1 Liberty. Photographed from the 70th floor of 1 World Trade Center. 4 World Trade Center, reflecting the World Financial Center. The Millenium Hotel, with the Woolworth Building, reflecting uptown Manhattan. Photographed from 4 World Trade Center. RIGHT:

1 World Trade Center, reflecting Manhattan north and east. Photographed from the 48th floor of 7 World Trade Center.





Sept. 11 Museum, reflecting the World Financial Center. 4 World Trade Center, reflecting 1 Liberty Plaza.








The Textile Emporium of worth street Horace B. Claflin demanded a building that met his company’s growing needs. He built it, in 1861, at what today is 40 Worth Street.



BY OLIVER E. ALLEN he estimable gentlemen crowded into the huge loft space shown in these pictures have come to visit the showroom of a mammoth textile concern, the H.B. Claflin Company, on Worth Street in Tribeca. The year is 1905 or 1906, and they are mostly buyers for smaller textile companies located across the U.S. who have responded to an announcement by the Claflin firm that it is staging a “drive” in certain newly arrived goods. Signs throughout the hall identify each batch and its price, and presently the buyers will start scrambling to capture as many batches as they can. The scene at the Worth Street building, wrote one observer, often rivaled in intensity that at the New York Stock Exchange. “When it was announced that the house was going to make a drive in prints of 1,000 cases or so, buyers from all parts of the country would rush in and there would be a perfect scramble, each vying with the other to obtain as many pieces of desirable styles as he could lay hands on, piling up the selections on the sides of the store in heaps ten or sixteen feet high.” The man responsible for all this tumult, Horace B. Claflin, would have been well known to everyone present even though he had died 20 years earlier, in 1885. Born into a family of grocery store owners in Milford, Mass., he had come to New York in 1843 to enter the dry goods wholesaling business, and after a series of partnerships ended up with his own firm, which pros-

Buyers from textile concerns throughout the U.S. jam the main salesroom of the Claflin Company one day in 1905. The building was far larger in those days, stretching along Worth Street, all the way from West Broadway (far right in photo at left) to Church Street (foreground). Today only a portion of it remains, at West Broadway and Thomas Street (far left photo).


pered mightily. In one year its sales totaled $72 million, a hitherto unheard-of amount. The constantly expanding business demanded everlarger headquarters, and in 1861 the firm moved into its own warehouse on Worth Street between Church Street and West Broadway, in the heart of what was becoming the country’s leading textile wholesaling center. Designed by the architect Samuel A. Warner, the elegant Italianate building had facades made of yellowish sandstone, called Dorchester stone, that turns brown with age, and it covered almost an entire city block. The company employed 700 people full time and up to 1,000 workers during its busiest seasons. Its “drum-

mers,” or sales representatives, fanned out all over the U.S. hawking the white goods, lace goods, flannels, blankets, hosiery, shirts, underwear, shawls, hoods, scarves and gloves that made up its sales line. Even after Horace Claflin died, the firm prospered into the 20th century, but in 1914 it became insolvent and went out of business. In 1926 most of the building was torn down and replaced by a new structure known as 40 Worth Street. A remnant of the former headquarters stands at the northeast corner of West Broadway and Thomas Street. It remains as a reminder of the firm—with its founder— that once stood at the pinnacle of the textile trade.

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Clockwise from left: “Treehouse,” designed by Benjamin Jones; a gooey activity from the Children's Museum of the Arts; and “Live!”, an installation by Asha Gampat, lets visitors star on a television stage.

Island Playground It’s still the season for Governors Island, and a paradise of free outdoor fun t the end of the month, Governors Island, along with one of the city’s most enchanting playgrounds, will close for the season. If you have a few free hours in the coming weekends, grab your kids’ hand and catch the free five-minute boat ride from the Battery Maritime Building. Governors Island is a calming place, with rows of 19th-century houses, broad meadows, meandering walkways and a wonderful brass bell that children love to toll. Castle Williams, the 1811 fort and former prison, with cannon and casements, is open for exploring. All that would be quite enough to entertain a family, but there is much more. Every weekend from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Soho-based Children’s Museum of the Arts sets up shop beneath a grove of shady trees for a variety of hands-on activities. On one recent Saturday, some kids sat at a table crowded with colorful arts and crafts supplies while others, nearby, kneaded gobs of


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As School Begins, Wait Lists Find an End

As the parent coordinator at PS 89, I frequently receive phone calls from families with questions about admissions. My favorites begin something like this: “I have a nine-month old son and I just moved to River Terrace—what do I have to do to put him on the waiting list for kindergarten?” That is a person who is not afraid of waiting. Four years CONNIE later, if that SCHRAFT same child is placed on a wait list, the parents will experience very different emotions. It’s one thing to wait when you expect to get a jump on the SCHOOL process; it’s TALK another to have your child placed on a wait list through a lottery, and then listen with a lump in your throat to your friends and neighbors whose children have been offered kindergarten seats excitedly anticipate the orientation gathering. The parents of about 30 kindergartners who will be coming through the doors of P.S. 89 on the first day of school, were wringing their hands last

March, thinking the lottery had locked them out. Like all the parent coordinators in schools with wait lists, I did my best to reassure those families. “Don’t worry,” I said. “Be patient. It will all work out.” I am aware that these are the same things you might say to a child waiting in line at the ice cream truck, afraid that there will be a run on Sponge Bob pops. It’s the message that parenting books describe in chapters entitled “Building Resiliency in Children.” It’s not unlike what I tried to tell myself this summer as I waited in 95 degree heat and 99 percent humidity out-

some cried. All, I want you to know, were unfailingly courteous, even though distraught. Fortunately, our waiting list moved. Every couple of weeks, I was able to send cheerful emails to the families on the list with our progress. Always I received emails back asking why there had been two or three or four cancellations the day or week before. It is possible that some parents were making a statistical analysis of how the wait list managed to whittle its way down to its present number of six.

Finding your child on a wait list has stages of emotion all its own—shock, incredulity, mortification, shock again, helplessness, anger, frustration, more shock. side Soho Rep for a ticket to a sold out production of Uncle Vanya. The predicament of finding your child on a wait list has stages of emotion all its own—shock, incredulity, mortification, shock again, helplessness, anger, frustration, more shock, etc., etc. Some parents were pro-active, organizing petitions and coming up with ideas for creating more space in the school building (for example, eliminating the pre-kindergarten program). Some came to the school to discuss the situation;

Please, if you were doing this, send me a copy; it will be helpful to the families who are on the wait list next year. In June the few remaining wait-listed families at PS 89 were instructed by the Department of Education to register their children at P.S. 234, a great relief to parents who feared that their little ones would have to travel out of the neighborhood every morning. Any new families who moved to our zone over the summer were placed at the end of the wait list, and the Department

of Education will offer them an alternate kindergarten seat for their five-year-olds (born in 2007). Over the next week or so, after school starts, we will learn of cancellations. A parent may be offered the job of a lifetime in Dubai or Buenos Aires or Los Angeles, opening his child’s seat for one of the children on the wait list. As I am writing this, the parents of a kindergartner may be signing a contract for a new house in Westport, Conn. Once we receive the news, we will contact the families on the wait list. Some will arrive in minutes to register their children; some may tell us that their children are happy where they are. All the Downtown schools are preparing to welcome children and their parents for another great year of learning, making friends, and working together. The children will wait in line to come into the school in the morning. They will wait in the lunch line and for a drink from the water fountain. They will wait their turn on the monkey bars and the slide in the schoolyard. Along the way, they will be developing lifelong skills and strategies, among them: Don’t worry. Be patient. It will all work out. Connie Schraft, a writer, has been the P.S. 89 parent coordinator since 2003. A Tribeca resident, she is the mother of two who attended P.S. 234. If you have questions about Downtown schools, write to



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Simple gardening for ages 3–5. Tuesdays, 3:15 pm. Free. Rockefeller Park near Warren St.,

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Visit a museum exhibit, learn about one aspect of the Seaport’s history, then make a related craft. Ages 6–9 with accompanying adult. Sat, 9/1, 9/15 and 9/29, 10:30 am. $15. South Street Seaport Museum, Pier 16, COOPER-HEWITT SUPER REMIX

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Exploration of the world’s tallest buildings, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai and the Shanghai Tower in China, then kids design a mixed-use building. Ages 6 and up. Sat, 9/8, 10:30 am. $5. Skyscraper Museum, 39 Battery Pl.,

Christine Rosse (above) brings Anne Frank to life once a month in a performance as the young writer living in the attic where she hid with her family in Amsterdam. The show is followed by a Q&A during which the audience of all ages can ask “Anne,” who always stays in character, about her life. Reservations required. Saturday, Sept. 8, 1 pm. $8; $5 students, seniors, ages 9–16; free under 8. Anne Frank Center, 44 Park Pl.,


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Children’s poetry about the land where summer ends and fall begins, followed by building a box to store summer memories. Sat, 9/29, 11 am. $5; free under 4. Poets House, 10 River Terrace,

Moon Festival The Chinese Moon Festival, which celebrates the fall harvest, can be celebrated at two Downtown locations this month. On Sunday, Sept. 23, at the Museum of Chinese in America, kids can learn about the significance of mooncakes, a festival delicacy, watch a shadow puppet play, hear Chinese stories, make lanterns, learn paper-folding and more. The museum is at 215 Centre St. Tickets are $7, $4 for students and seniors and free for ages 12 and under. The event is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A full schedule is available at The New Amsterdam Market will also host a Moon Festival celebration on Sunday, Sept. 30, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Typical Chinese foods, including mooncakes, will be available from market vendors; there will also be a traditional lion dance performance and lantern making. Admission is free. The market is located along South Street at Beekman. Go to for details.


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Liz Gorinsky samples a sorbet.

BY APRIL KORAL Did someone say vanilla? Puh-leeze! Let’s talk these flavors—tomato with quail, ostrich and duck eggs, or maybe saltic cantaloupe with wild ginger or, for the less adventurous, maybe a scoop of strawberry with wild fennel. Four hundred ice cream lovers descended on New Amsterdam Market’s third annual “Ice Cream Sunday” last month to sample these and dozens of other fantastical flavors created by 11 ice cream artisans and a few restaurant pastry chefs. The samplers waited patiently in long lines for their tiny cones (eight tastes for $20) that were alternately savored and scrutinized. Gina Gagliano described as “interesting” the garden sorbet (made from beets, tomatoes and blackberries) from the Catskills ice-cream maker Early Bird Cookery. Her friend, Liz Goriansky, had liked it too, comparing it to the tomato nectarine flavor from the Bent Spoon, a Princeton, N.J., ice cream maker, who “was trying to do a similar thing but a little sweeter rather than savory.” Another maven in the crowd, attending for the second year, was Wen Dombrowsky, who tweets on the subject. The mango peach sorbet from La Newyorkina that she was sampling lived up to her standards but she noted with dismay that the samples made with plums were not as good as last year. “Must be the weather,” she surmised. Plums notwithstanding, this was a


Above: Hundreds line up for the many flavors sold at Ice Cream Sunday. Right: A taster takes her scoop from one of 11 vendors.

crowd happily on the hunt for new tastes and surprises. Eugenia Van Bremen, who said she eats ice cream every day and favors flavors with “chunks of fruit or chocolate or nuts,” was delighted to discover that the restaurant Esca made chocolate stout ice cream, a perfect match for one of her favorite drinks.

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Art Imitates Life at Tribeca Screening BY THEA GLASSMAN When actors Rashida Jones and Will McCormack sat down recently at 92YTribeca to talk about the new movie they wrote, “Celeste and Jesse Forever,” the similarities between these creative partners and their title characters were hard to miss. The film tells the story of Celeste (Jones) and Jesse (Andy Samberg), who are best friends, soul mates, and on their way to a divorce. Their earnest attempt to salvage the friendship in the face of new relationships and life changes came from Jones and McCormack’s own strong belief that men and women can be friends—citing themselves as proof. The duo met 13 years ago when they were set up on a date. “We dated for three weeks,” McCormack said (“Two!” Jones interjected). “My sister said we would be soulmates and we sort of are…we didn’t have to be divorced to write this movie together.” Jones, now starring on “Parks and Recreation,” and McCormack, who had a recurring role on the television show “In Plain Sight,” began drafting the script in 2008. They found that their writing brought out more difficult memories than expected. “I was definitely working stuff out,” Jones explained. “There was some exorcising of pain and feelings.” McCormack admitted this wasn’t a

script that the two could have created when they were in their twenties. “It took some time to process all of the [experiences],” he said. What was most important, they agreed, was writing a film as true to life

breakup were pulled from Jones’s own life. “Wasn’t one of the guys from New York? Maybe he’s here tonight,” McCormack said slyly to Jones, who squealed, “Please don’t say that. He knows who he is…he can’t hide.” Also from Jones’s life? The striped sweater Celeste wears every day for the weeks following her falling out with Jesse. “It’s from H&M. It’s mine,” she said with a laugh. “I remember I was so insistent about that sweater. I wanted to show that she basically didn’t bathe and Rashida Jones (Celeste) and Adam Samberg (Jesse) in a scene from she kept putting “Celeste and Jesse.” Jones co-wrote as well as starred in the movie. it on because it as possible, an uncommon approach to was right by the door and she stopped many romantic comedies. “It’s such a being able to dress herself and behave hard genre because it’s so familiar,” like an adult.” McCormack said. “There’s some rules Seated beside the pair, the movie’s you have to follow and then you look for director, Lee Krieger, noted that Jones’s ways to make it fresh. We didn’t try to be willingness to appear unglamorous is satirical or ironic about the heartache. rare among women in leading roles. We just tried to be honest about it.” “There are very few actresses that will So honest, in fact, that the bad dates throw vanity out the window the way she that Celeste experiences after her did.”

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Cooper-Hewitt exhibition featuring posters, products, typefaces, interactive media, film and television titles, and books and magazines created by leading designers around the world. To Mon, 9/3. Free. Governors Island, Building 110, g Merika: Emigration from Central Europe to America 1880–1914 Background on the

exodus from Austria-Hungary, how migrants traveled and the lives they established in the U.S., using period film footage and interviews.

So I Come to America: Detroit Pre-World War I Immigrants Portrait photographs and stories of 50 immigrants who traveled through Ellis Island to settle in Detroit. To Mon, 9/3. The

Stilled Passage: A Photographic Journey through Ellis Island’s Unrestored Buildings Photographs by Philip Calabria. $13; $10 seniors, $5 ages 4–12; free under 4. Daily, 8:30 am–6:15 pm. Ellis Island Museum; ferry leaves from Battery Park. g

America Through a Chinese Lens

Photographs by Chinese and Chinese-American photographers depicting America through their points of view. June 4, 1989: Media and

Mobilization Beyond Tiananmen Square Media coverage of the Tiananmen Square protests from Asian-American and Chinese-language periodicals. To Mon, 9/10. $7; $4 students, seniors, free children under 12 and on Thursdays. Mon and Fri, 11 am–5 pm; Thu, 11 am–9 pm; Sat and Sun, 10 am–5 pm. Museum of Chinese in America, 215 Centre St., g We Are Here! Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship Painting, photography, installa-

tion art, video and sculpture by six contemporary Native American artists. To Sun, 9/23. Free. Fri–Wed, 10 am–5 pm; Thu, 10 am–8 pm. National Museum of the American Indian, 1 Bowling Green, g Molly Dilworth Visual art inspired by quilt design that explores the historical Mason-Dixon divide, incorporating flags and logos of companies from the region. To Sun, 9/30. The Sweet LIFE Photographs of 1950s Italian actors, actresses and directors from the pages of Life Magazine. Thu, 9/27–Fri, 10/12. Free. World Financial Center, g

Andrew Carnegie: Forging Philanthropy

Display on Carnegie’s life and work, with a spotlight on his love of Scotland, his business life and his philanthropy. To October. Checks and

Balances: Presidents and American Finance Financial challenges faced by American presidents. To November. Tue–Sat, 10 am–4 pm. Museum of American Finance, 48 Wall St., g Founding Friendships: Celebrating the Legacies of Elizabeth Kray and Stanley Kunitz Art works and archival material by lead-

ing postwar artists and poets. To Sat, 10/6. Free. Tue–Fri, 11 am–7 pm; Sat, 11 am–6 pm. Poets House, 10 River Terrace, g Filming the Camps Footage from the U.S. Armed Forces and Secret Service of the liberation of Nazi concentration camps during WWII. To Sun, 10/14. Emma Lazarus: Poet of


Rare artifacts about the poet/writer/immigrant advocate, the importance of religious freedom and the struggles immigrants past and present face. To December.

Hava Nagila: A Song for the People Images, video and music tell the story of the wordless melody from Ukraine that became the theme song for Jewish celebrations everywhere. Opens Thu, 9/13. $10; $7 seniors; $5 students; free under 12. Free Wed, 4–8 pm. Sun–Tue, Thu, 10 am–5:45 pm; Wed, 10 am–8 pm; Fri, 10 am– 5 pm. Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Pl.,


Selection of upcoming films: Stony Island Documentary about two musicians trying to make it big in 1970s Chicago. Sat, 9/8, 7 and 9:30 pm. $12. The Eurythmics Live Rare 35mm film screening of 1987 concert films from the band’s Revenge Tour. Thu, 9/13, 7 pm. $12. Dancing with N.E.D. Documentary about a band comprising six GYN surgeons, followed by a live performance. Sat, 9/22, 7:30 pm. $25. See website for more films. 92YTribeca, 200 Hudson St., g A Few Days of Respite Two men become

SEPTEMBER 2012 THE TRIBECA TRIB g Alex Katz Hard Days Ahead. Prints of black and white figure paintings. To Mon, 12/31. Tue– Fri, 12–5 pm. The Clocktower, 108 Leonard St., 13th Fl., g Mad About Art + Design Juried art exhibition of 16 artists and designers using photography, painting, sculpture, installations and functional art and design. To Tue, 9/4. McNeill Art Group, 143 Reade St., g 480 Pixels Concert photos, artist portraits and crowd shots by more than a dozen contributing photographers for the music blog

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ation of the history, which dates to 1858, and day-to-day operations of the police department’s mounted unit, including saddles, photographs, harnesses and other artifacts. To Sun, 11/4. $8; $5 students, seniors, children; Free under 2 and service members. Mon–Sat, 10 am–5 pm; Sun, 12–5 pm. New York City Police Museum, 100 Old Slip, g Urban Fabric: Building New York’s Garment District Explor-

ation of the 18 blocks in Midtown that once produced three-quarters of all women’s and children’s apparel in vertical factories, and how those buildings were built and operated. To Sun, 1/20/13. $5; $2.50 students, seniors. Wed–Sun, 12–6 pm. Skyscraper Museum, 39 Battery Pl., g Selected exhibits: Made In New York Spotlight on designers and manufacturers working and producing in New York City. Coffee, Tea, Fish and the Tattooed Man A historical look at the Seaport. Occupy Wall Street More than 120 photographs by more than 70 photojournalists who documented the movement and clashes. Ongoing. $10; $6 students, seniors; free under 9. Daily, 10 am–6 pm. South Street Seaport Museum, 12 Fulton St., g African Burial Ground The story of the free and enslaved men, women and children who lived and were buried Downtown. Ongoing. Free. Tue–Sat, 9 am–4 pm. African Burial Ground Center and National Monument, 290 Broadway, g Dialog in the Dark Experience the New York City environment, including getting on and off a subway and crossing the street at Times Square, relying only on guides for the blind and visually impaired. Ongoing. $23.50; $20.50 children, students; $21.50 seniors. 11 Fulton St.,

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form, status and relevance of iconography through a collection of works by contemporary artists and designers. Ongoing. Mon–Fri, 9 am– 5:30 pm; Sat–Sun, 9 am–3:45 pm. The Trinity Museum, Broadway at Wall St.,

FILM g Telegrams on the Table: An Interrupted Allegory and Picaresque Adventure An

allusion to Federico Fellini’s “La Dolce Vita,” with episodic themes of uncertainty, political and social impasse and gossip in postwar Italy. See website for schedule. Daily, Sat, 9/1–Sun, 9/30. Free. World Financial Center Winter Garden, g RightsFest 2012 Pan-ethnic civil rights and sports film festival, plus panel discussions on history, filmmaking and community-bridging solutions. See website for schedule. Thu, 9/6– Sat, 9/8. $8/night. Tribeca Cinemas, 54 Varick St.,

friends as they escape Iran’s oppressive regime. Thu, 9/27, 7 pm. $10; $5 students, seniors. Alwan for the Arts, 16 Beaver St., 4th fl., g Six Million and One Documentary about a filmmaker’s father, who was interned at various Austrian camps and survived the Holocaust. Thu, 9/27, 7 pm. Ahead of Time: The Extraordinary Journey of Ruth Gruber Film about the life and career of the pioneering journalist, humanitarian and feminist Ruth Gruber, with a post-screening discussion. Sun, 9/30, 1 pm. All films free with donation. Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Pl.,


Guler Ugur A Jewish World Through a Camera’s Eye. Photographs of the Israeli landscape, the Kotel and events in the Jewish lifecycle. Opens Wed, 9/5, 7 pm. Synagogue for the Arts, 49 White St.,

BrooklynVegan. To Thu, 9/6. 92YTribeca, 200 Hudson St., g The Third Meaning II Group show featuring works that reveal layers of meaning through process and form. To Thu, 9/6. Tue–Sat, 11 am– 7 pm; Sun by appointment. RH Gallery, 137 Duane St., g Streamlines Group show featuring works by 11 artists. To Sat, 9/8. Tue–Sat, 11 am–6 pm and by appointment. Kansas Gallery, 59 Franklin St., g Kristina Sretkova Abstract and whimsical oil on canvas. To Sun, 9/30. Warburg Realty, 100 Hudson St. g Transforming Function Various artists repurpose tools of science, technology, architecture and design. To Sun, 9/30. Building 110, Governors Island, g Photographs: Rivka Katvan Broadway Behind the Curtain. Alejandra Regalado In Reference To...Mexican Women of New York. Sophie Liedot Memory Against Oblivion.


THE TRIBECA TRIB SEPTEMBER 2012 Eugene Goldin Through Holland and Flanders: A Traveler’s Diary. John Custodio Hawaii Portfolio. Joan Lebold Cohen Uzbek Smile. Wed, 9/5–Sat, 9/29. Wed–Sun, 1–6 pm and by appointment. Soho Photo, 15 White St., g Siri Berg Black & White 1976–1981: Redux 2012. Abstract geometric paintings. Thu, 9/6– Sat, 9/29. Opening reception, Thu, 9/6, 6 pm. Hionas Gallery, 89 Franklin St., g Aris Moore Drawings of people. Fri, 9/7–Sat, 9/29. Opening reception: Fri, 9/7, 6 pm. Tue– Sat, 11 am–6 pm. Jack Hanley Gallery, 136 Watts St., g UNREST: Revolt Against Reason Eight artists tackle issues of inequality, conflict and instability in recent history, including the Arab

ferry at the Battery Maritime Building, g Twelve in 12 Twelve different works by the 12 recent Pulitzer Prize winners in music composition. Thu, 9/6, 9/13, 9/20 and Wed, 9/26, 1 pm. Free. Trinity Wall Street, Broadway at Wall St., g Sounds in the Round Three musicians perform original works separately, then play together, creating a unique musical conversation. Fri, 9/7, 12 pm. Sex Mob Interpretation of the Italian film composer Nino Rota’s works. Thu, 9/27, 7 pm. All concerts free. World Financial Center, g Alwan Arab Music Ensemble Folk, popular and art music from Iraq, Palestine, Syria and Egypt. Fri, 9/7, 8 pm. $20; $15 students, seniors. Alwan for the Arts, 16 Beaver St., 4th fl., alwan-

g Charles D. Warren “Saving the Lion’s Cage: NYPL’s Multi-Story Stacks.” Reservations required. Thu, 9/6, 6:30 pm. Free. Skyscraper Museum, 39 Battery Pl., g Deepa Kumar ”Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire.” Thu, 9/6, 7 pm. $5. Alwan for the Arts, 16 Beaver St. 4th fl., g John Reed, Theodore Hamm and Renee Steinke Writers read their poetry and prose. Tue, 9/11, 7 pm. Pen Parentis, 75 Wall St., g A Tribute to Siv Cedering Reading of the Swedish-born American poet and novelist’s works. Thu, 9/20, 6 pm. Free. Poets House, 10 River Terrace, g

Symbiosis: An Evening of Asian and Asian-American Poetry Readings of original

49 military service. Thu, 9/6, 9 pm. $20. First Cameraman: Documenting the Obama Presidency Official White House videographer Arun Chaudary shares stories and images of the President and other key political figures. Mon, 9/10, 12 pm. $21. Organize Your Apartment Like a Pro Email the professional organizer photos of your organizational challenge and she will discuss how to address it. Thu, 9/20, 1:30 pm. $28. On Andy Warhol Warhol’s nephew, James Warhol, and author Thomas Keidrowski talk about the artist’s life and work. Mon, 9/24, 3 pm. $32. See website for more talks. 92Y Tribeca, 200 Hudson St., g Exploring Italian-Jewish Cuisine Food historians, chefs and cookbook authors share recipes and stories from Italian-Jewish kitchens from the cuisines’ 2,000-year relationship. Sun, 9/9, 2:30 pm. $15. Raoul Wallenberg Panel discussion of the Swedish diplomat who helped rescue tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews during the Holocaust. Wed, 9/19, 7 pm. Free with donation. Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Pl., g Charlie + Jack The two founders of the museum discuss its history, founding and recent expansion. Thu, 9/13, 7 pm. Free. Museum of Chinese in America, 215 Centre St., g Vitamin D: Beyond Bone Daylong conference on vitamin D’s effects on lymphocytes, colonic cells, hepatocytes and myocytes. Registration required. Fri, 9/21, 8 am–7 pm. $65–$85; $30 students. See website for more talks. New York Academy of Sciences, 250 Greenwich St., 40th fl., g

Principles of Excellence in Poetry

Moderated panel of scholars and poets discuss elements of quality poetry. Fri, 9/28, 7 pm. Free. Poets House, 10 River Terrace,

THEATER g Job Satan bets God that he can make a wise judge of an Israelite tribe blaspheme his God through trauma, violence and loss. Thursdays– Sundays to Sun, 10/7, 7 pm. $20. The Flea Theater, 41 White St., g Mortified Comic excavation of teen angst artifacts, including journals, lyrics, home videos, poems, stories and more. Thu, 9/6, 7 pm. $15. Old Jews Telling Jokes Vignettes from the web series, plus a discussion with the creators. Fri, 9/14, 12 pm. $21. 92YTribeca, 200 Hudson St.,

Fatoumata Diawara, the Malian singer-songwriter by way of France, will perform funk, soul and jazz with Malian and international influences at the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University. The concert is Saturday, Sept. 22, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 and are available at the box office at 3 Spruce St. or at

Spring and Occupy Wall Street movements. Wed, 9/12–Sat, 10/27. Opening reception: Wed, 9/12, 6 pm. Tue–Sat, 11 am–6 pm. apexart, 291 Church St., g Jin Shan Art that responds to how China is being thrust into a global context and critiques authority. Thu, 9/13–Sat, 10/27. Opening reception: Thu, 9/13, 6 pm. Tue–Sat, 11 am–6 pm. Masters & Pelavin, 13 Jay St., g Jason Craighead, Hyunmee Lee, Doug Stone and Tad Lauritzen Wright Undertone. Group show. Thu, 9/13–Sat, 10/13. Mon–Fri, 11 am–6 pm; Sat, 12–6 pm; Sun, 12–5 pm. Cheryl Hazan Mosaic Studio, 35 N. Moore St., g Fellows Exhibition Group show. Thu, 9/13– Sun, 10/7. Tue–Sat, 2–8 pm; Sun, 11 am–5 pm. New York Academy of Art, 111 Franklin St., g robbinschilds I Came Here on My Own. Sitespecific performance art incorporating video, soundscapes and dance. Christopher Duffy Installation in the gallery storefront. Opening reception: Fri, 9/14, 6 pm. Fri, 9/14–Sat, 12/15. Tue–Sat, 12–6 pm. Art in General, 79 Walker St.,


Todd Reynolds Classical violin. Mon, 9/3, 1 and 3 pm. Free. Governors Island, Colonels Row, g Selection of upcoming concerts: Dave Douglas Quintet and Aoife O’Donovan Jazz trumpets. Wed, 9/19, 8 pm. $12. N.E.D. Unconventional rock band of six GYN surgeons, following a documentary film about them. Sat, 9/22, 7:30 pm. $20. The Milk Carton Kids Guitar duo performs contemporary folk. Thu, 9/27, 8 pm. $15. See website for more concerts. 92YTribeca, 200 Hudson St., g Fanfare Ciocarlia Twelve-piece Gypsy brass orchestra. Sat, 9/22, 7:30 pm. Fatoumata Diawara Funk, soul and jazz singer. Fri, 9/28, 7:30 pm. All concerts: $35. Schimmel Center for the Arts, 3 Spruce St.,


Karl Taro Greenfeld “Triburbia.” Wed, 9/5, 7 pm. Big Ang “Bigger Is Better: Real Life Wisdom from the No-drama Mama.” Thu, 9/13, 6 pm. Kati Marton “Paris: A Love Story.” Thu, 9/20, 6 pm. All readings free. See website for more readings. Barnes & Noble, 97 Warren St., g Seamus Scanlon “As Close as You’ll Ever Be.” Thu, 9/6, 6 pm. Cornelia Reed “Valley of the Ashes.” Thu, 9/13, 6 pm. Michael Sears “Black Friday.” Thu, 9/20, 6 pm. All readings free. Mysterious Bookshop, 58 Warren St.,

works by poets, followed by discussion panels. Registration required. Thu, 9/20, 7 pm. Free. Museum of Chinese in America, 215 Centre St., g Nicki Pombier “Underwater New York.” Thu, 9/20, 7:30 pm. Free. South Street Seaport Museum, 12 Fulton St., g

Governors Island Poetry Reading

Readings by Paul Muldoon, Brenda Shaughnessy and others. Sat, 9/22, 2 pm. Governors Island; ferry leaves from the Battery Maritime Building.


Taino Culture Discussion of Taino culture past and present, including traditional objects and their uses. Mondays, 2 pm. Genealogy Workshop Talk on how to document Native ancestry in African American families using 19th- and 20th-century records. Thu, 9/13, 6 pm. All events free. National Museum of the American Indian, 1 Bowling Green, g Photo slideshow talks: Buenos Aires and Southwick 9/4. Torres del Pointe, Santiago and Easter Island 9/11. Budapest and Nuremberg 9/18. The Danube 9/25. All talks: Tuesdays, 6 pm, $2. Tuesday Evening Hour, 49 Fulton St., g Selection of upcoming talks: War Stories and Free Beer Veterans share their stories of

WALKING TOURS g Tribute WTC 9/11 Tours of Ground Zero. Daily, hourly 11 am–3 pm; Sat, hourly 11 am–4 pm. $10; $5 ages 6–12. Visitors Center, 120 Liberty St., g Chinatown: A Walk Through History Tour of the contemporary neighborhood and how it has evolved over 400 years to become one of the fastest-growing immigrant communities in New York. Saturdays (except 9/29), 2:30 pm. Voices from Post-9/11 Chinatown Tour of the neighborhood with a focus on how it was affected by the events of 9/11 in the months that followed. Sun, 9/9, 11:30 am and 1:30 pm. From Coffeehouses to Banquet Halls Tour of Chinatown eateries that highlights their evolution and influence on the community. Sat, 9/29, 2:30 pm. All tours: $15; $12 students, seniors; free under 5. Museum of Chinese in America, 215 Centre St., g Historic Lower Manhattan Meet at the U.S. Custom House, 1 Bowling Green. Sat, 9/1 and Thu, 9/13, 2 pm; Tue, 9/25, 11 am; Sun, 9/30, 12 pm. Gangs of New York The Five Points. Meet at SE corner of Broadway and Chambers St. Sun, 9/2, 2 pm; Wed, 9/12, 11 am; Sat, 9/22, 1 pm; Thu, 9/27, 11 am. Immigrant New York Visit sites associated with various immigrants. Meet at City Hall Park, Broadway at Chambers St. Mon, 9/3, 2 pm and 9/17, 11 am. The Financial District Meet at Broadway and Wall St., Trinity Church. Thu, 9/6, 2pm; Tue, 9/18, 11 am. Irish New York Meet at St. Paul’s Chapel, Broadway and Fulton St. Sat, 9/15, 1 pm. All tours: $15; $12 students, sen-





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Exhibitions: IndiVisible, on display at the National Museum of the American Indian through the end of the month, explores the closely intertwined histories of Native Americans and African Americans. Many blacks escaped from slavery and racial oppression to more welcoming Native communities. Mrs. Benson, pictured here at her home in Fort Gibson, Okla., was a well-known healer of dual Cherokee and African descent at the turn of the last century. The museum is at 1 Bowling Green. Admission is free. For more information, go to iors. New York City Walking Tours, g Battery Park City Architectural walking tour with an architect. Sat, 9/8, 11 am. $28. Brooklyn Bridge and Beyond Tour of City Hall Park, the Brooklyn Bridge and Dumbo, Brooklyn. Sat, 9/22, 11 am. $28. 92YTribeca, g Garden Tour Learn about organic gardening on a public scale with a horticulturalist. Wed, 9/12, 11 am. Free. Wagner Park near Battery Pl., g Irish Hunger Memorial Contemporary art historian explains the artistic elements of the memorial. Sun, 9/16, 2 pm. Free. Irish Hunger Memorial near Vesey St. g

Wall Street History from the Dutch to Today Ninety-minute tour of the Financial

District. Sat, 9/22, 1 pm. All tours: $15. Museum of American Finance, 48 Wall St., g Teardrop Park In the park, contemporary art historian discusses the landscape design done by Ann Hamilton and Michael Mercil. Sat, 9/30, 2 pm. Free. Teardrop Park rock wall near Warren St.

ET CETERA g Walk NYC Walking instructors lead fitness walks for people of all abilities. Mondays, 12 pm. Free. Meet at the flagpole in Battery Park, g Elements of Nature Drawing Draw gardens with an artist. Materials provided. Wednesdays, 11:30 am. Figure al Fresco Learn figure drawing with a clothed model and an artist. All materials are provided. Wednesdays, 2:30 pm. Bird Watching With a birder/naturalist. Binoculars and field guides provided. Sat, 9/15, 11 am. Twilight Nature Observations Naturalist points out the birds, insects and other wildlife that become active at dusk. Fri, 9/28, 6 pm. All events free. Wagner Park near Battery Pl., g Volleyball For all levels. Scorekeeper and balls provided. Wednesdays, 6 pm. Free. Tai Chi Learn the ancient Chinese martial art with a master. Fridays, 8:30 am. Free. Esplanade Plaza near Liberty St. g Drawing in the Park Sketch and paint the Hudson River and parks with an artist. Materials provided. Saturdays, 10 am. Free. South Cove near 2nd Pl., g Pig Island Pork barbecue with butchering demonstrations, craft beers, local wine, a vegetarian pavilion and live music. Sat, 9/1, 11:30 am–4:30 pm. $85. Governors Island, Colonels

Row; ferry leaves from the Battery Maritime Building. g NYC Unicycle Festival Unicycle races, competitions, exhibitions, sports and demonstrations. Sat, 9/1 and Sun, 9/2, 12–5 pm. Free. Governors Island; ferry leaves from the Battery Maritime Building. g Trinity Knitters Knit or crochet items for shutins, veterans, and others. Yarn, needles, patterns and instruction provided. Thu, 9/4, 5 pm. Free. Charlotte’s Place, 109 Greenwich St., g Language classes: Modern Standard Arabic II Vocabulary and grammatical structures. Wednesdays (except 11/21), 9/5–11/28, 11 am. Modern Standard Arabic I Arabic alphabet, reading, writing, listening and pronunciation. Saturdays (except 11/24), 9/8–12/1, 11 am.

Intermediate Levantine Colloquial Arabic Conversation and dialogue. Saturdays (except 11/24), 9/8–12/1, 1 pm. All classes: registration required, $500/12 sessions. Alwan for the Arts, 16 Beaver St., 4th fl., g Coffee and Classics Book club meeting about “My Antonia” by Willa Cather. Mon, 9/10, 10 am. $35. Eat, Drink and Think Like Columbus Talk on Columbus’s voyages and the exchange of foods that made certain cross-cultural dishes, then sample some examples. Sun, 9/30, 2 pm. $68. 92YTribeca, 200 Hudson St., g Noodlepalooza Local food purveyors offer noodle and dumpling dishes from around the world at $5 or less. Wed, 9/12, 11 am. New York Motorexpo Sun, 9/16, 11 am–5 pm; Mon, 9/17–Fri, 9/21, 10 am–6 pm. Free. In the Loop Knit and crochet household items for families living in new Habitat for Humanity homes in Brownsville, Brooklyn. Fri, 9/21, 12 pm. Free. World Financial Center, g Vendy Awards The city’s top street vendors compete for awards. Sat, 9/15, 12:30–5 pm. $95; $60 kids. Walk/Bike for the Ethiopia School Readiness Initiative Fundraiser for schoolchildren in Ethiopia. Sun, 9/23, 11 am. See website for registration and prices. Governors Island; ferry leaves from the Battery Maritime Building. g Mid-Autumn Moon Festival Gallery talks, artist demonstrations and special programs for seniors in English and Cantonese. Sat, 9/22, 10 am–5 pm. $7; $4 student; free seniors and under 5. Museum of Chinese in America, 215 Centre St.,



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New pitch for stalled Jackie Robinson Museum, reflections on the World Trade Center site, the oath of a lifetime for a Tribeca Doorman, big...

September 2012  

New pitch for stalled Jackie Robinson Museum, reflections on the World Trade Center site, the oath of a lifetime for a Tribeca Doorman, big...