Exercise in disguise! Join in on the fun featuring easy-to-follow Latin dance choreography while working on your balance, coordination and range of motion. Come prepared for enthusiastic instruction, a little strength training, and a lot of fun. Participants are expected to bring their own equipment: weights, water bottle, hand towel, etc. Masks required. Free.
Dorien Grunbaum was born in 1942 in Rotterdam, Netherlands, where her father was in the grain import/export business and her mother was a social worker. When Dorien was a year old, her family was arrested and sent to Westerbork transit camp, where they remained imprisoned for nine months. At Westerbork, the Grunbaum family received papers from Dorien’s aunt and uncle in Mexico which granted them permission to emigrate to Palestine. These papers won the family better treatment for a short time in Bergen-Belsen, where they were transferred from Westerbork in February 1944. After enduring horrors at Bergen-Belsen and then being liberated by the Soviet Army, the Grunbaum family moved to the United States. Dorien was four years old. She has recently pieced together her family’s story from documents, stories, and her own memories. Join the Museum for a Stories Survive program exploring the Grunbaum family’s survival in the Holocaust and Dorien’s efforts to reconstruct their story. $10
Wagner Park, with its amazing gardens and views of the Hudson River and New York Bay, is the perfect setting to practice your art. Participants are expected to bring their own drawing and painting supplies, including drawing boards and containers of water if they are planning to paint. BPCA will supply drawing paper and watercolor paper only. Masks required. Free.
Imprisoned by the Soviets. Orphaned by the Holocaust. Elected Prime Minister of Israel. Crowned peacemaker by the Nobel Prize Committee. Disgraced by the Lebanon War. Each of these is true of Menachem Begin, who was a pillar of the State of Israel and a tireless fighter for the Jewish people. Explore Begin’s life and legacy in Upheaval: the Journey of Menachem Begin (88 minutes, English, no subtitles), a captivating new documentary from writer and director Jonathan Gruber. $10.
In the 1960 epic film Exodus (210 minutes, English, no subtitles), Paul Newman stars as Ari Ben Canaan, a Haganah rebel who smuggles Jews out of a British internment camp and onto a ship bound for Palestine. Facing the challenges of deep-rooted antisemitism and British rule over Palestine, Ari fights for his homeland and his people. Exodus won an Academy Award for Best Original Score and played a significant role in inspiring support for Israel in the United States when it was first released. $10.
The third of the Skyscraper Museum’s thematic walking tours of Battery Park City covers the north residential neighborhood, which was developed in several phases, beginning with Stuyvesant High School at the northeast edge and the esplanade and Rockefeller Park along the Hudson. A diagonal avenue lined with apartment buildings creates one face of the neighborhood, while the inner courts of the large blocks are connected by the delightful Teardrop Park. Tour duration is around 60 minutes. Pre-registration is required. Free.
Get moving with a series of classes aimed to help you build strength, relax, and unwind. All cardio classes are 45 minutes long, with a focus on high-intensity rhythmic cardio. Classes also feature sprint intervals, sculpting, and a stretch cool down. Free.
Namaste! Unwind from the day with outdoor yoga. Immerse yourself in this meditative practice- surrounded by the Hudson’s peaceful aura. Strengthen the body and cultivate awareness in a relaxed environment as your instructor guides you through alignments and poses. All levels are welcome. Participants are expected to bring their own equipment: yoga mat, yoga blocks, water, etc. Masks required. Wagner Park. Free.
Xie Jin’s masterpiece was not shown in China until almost two decades after it was made. Banned for its depiction of old China, the film is in many ways the summation of the cinematic style that began in Shanghai in the 1930s: brilliant use of space, powerful camera movement, and a story that follows the conflicting, contradictory fates of its protagonists. Two Stage Sisters is also a perceptive meditation on Chinese opera itself, chronicling changes in style and their relation to shifting notions of the role of art. Synopsis: In 1935, a runaway bride hides out with a traveling Xiaoxing opera troupe; after allowing her to stay, the company trains her and soon she is taking on the dan roles while her “sister” takes on the sheng male roles. Soon the two move on to Shanghai, where they become hailed as the “queens” of the opera world. But as they learn, such success comes with a price, and each sister must decide how to manage her art and her life—as China navigates through WWII, then the Civil War, and finally the victory of the Communist Party. Free.
As Nazism rises in Germany, flamboyant American Sally Bowles (played by Liza Minnelli) sings in a decadent nightclub and falls in love with a British language teacher—whom she shares with a gay German baron. But Sally’s carefree and tolerant cabaret world is about to be crushed under the boot of the Nazis as Berlin becomes a trap from which Sally’s German friends will not escape. Watch Minnelli in the classic film Cabaret (1972, 123 minutes, English, no subtitles), which won Academy Awards for Best Director, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Sound, Best Original Song Score and Adaptation, and Best Film Editing—a record for the most Oscars earned by a film not honored for Best Picture. $10.
The tall ship Wavertree is open to the public. Visits will be self-guided along a set route and will include access to the main deck and quarter deck. Learn how people worked and lived aboard a 19th century cargo sailing vessel, from the captain to the ship’s officers, cooks, and crew. Then visit the cargo hold and stand atop the viewing platform where you can take in the massive main cargo area. The Museum will allow no more than 150 guests on board the ship at any time to encourage social distancing from different households. Free
Outdoor screening of Spike Lee’s Mo’ Better Blues. Curated by Film at Lincoln Center and inspired by the strength and resilience of New York City—and the people who call it home—this year’s screening is produced by Rooftop Films. A uniquely New York story, Mo’ Better Blues follows jazz trumpeter Bleek Gilliam (Denzel Washington, in his first collaboration with the director) as he navigates career and personal life with the city as a backdrop. The screening is free and open to the public with pre-show entertainment kicking off at 6pm and the film beginning at dusk.
Learn how to be an action hero with the professional dancers and educators of the STREB Extreme Action Company. PopAction weaves together dance, acrobatics, athletics and Hollywood stunt work – in age-appropriate, safe, fun classes designed for an outdoor learning environment. Appropriate for ages 5-7 years.
Battery Park City has a long history of public art projects and its parks are an outdoor gallery of sculptures and permanent art installations. Starting at the Skyscraper Museum, we will seek out the neighborhood’s variety of artworks and look closely to discover their secrets and stories. With their inspiration, kids will create their own artworks using supplies provided by the Museum. Ages: 2nd-5th grade. Every child should be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Pre-registration required. Free. Battery Park City Authority
Online lecture. Buddhist art emerged from India, spread eastwards to Central Asia, Xinjiang, the Hexi Corridor, and eventually arrived at the heartland of China. This monumental movement ran along the Silk Road over the course of a thousand years, integrating the Hellenistic culture with the Indian, Persian, Nomadic, and Chinese. The Renwen Society presents a lecture on August 7 on this epic movement by Dr. Mao Ming, a specialist in the Buddhist art. Adopting an archaeological approach, and based on her own fieldwork experience, Dr. Ming Mao will share with the audience the five major developments in the Buddhist art following its eastward spread: the Gandhara Art in India, the Termez sites in Central Asia, the Kizil caves in Xinjiang, the Dunhuang Grottos, and the Yungang & Longmen caves. In explaining these developments, Dr. Mao will also examine five major different artistic depictions and representations of the Buddha. Free.
Join the Museum for “Pickle Soup and Other Tales for the Curious” by puppeteer and eccentric hostess Jenny Romaine, with Jewish time wheel technician Elana June Margolis and friends. Pickle Soup is a puppet show for those of us who are serious about fun. Come ready to play, and to co-create a “Jewish time machine” with everyone who shows up. This program, intended for kids of all ages and their families, will be held live in the Museum’s Edmond J. Safra Hall with live stream tickets available. $10.
International Ladino singer/songwriter Sarah Aroeste draws upon her family roots from Macedonia and Greece as she performs traditional and original Ladino songs in this special multimedia program. Joined on piano by longtime Israeli collaborator Shai Bachar, Aroeste weaves stories from Sephardic history together with song, taking the audience through centuries of rich Sephardic experiences from the Eastern Mediterranean right up to the present. $20, $10.
To the editor:
Very much enjoyed the article (BroadsheetDAILY July 29) about Mr. Ouranitsas.
Mr. Ouranitsas brought back fond memories of our moving into 395 South End Avenue during July 1982. We were empty nesters living in the suburbs of Long Island.
A $50 deposit in 1980 gave us a high number on a list for an apartment at Gateway. As the building was coming up, a visit to an office trailer, on what is now Liberty Street, allowed us to pick an apartment of our choice. We were among the first of several to sign a lease at 395 South End Avenue, the first of the Gateway buildings going up. We walked on wooden planks to enter the building.
We were truly pioneers.
It’s hard to believe that almost 40 years have passed. We have seen tremendous growth in our neighborhood, and from then to now we have had a safe and enjoyable life. Thanks to all that keep it that way.
Irving and Sheila Levine
‘This Was, And Will Always Be, Our Home’
A Pillar of the Community Considers His Next Chapter
Behind the glittering facades of a neighborhood like Battery Park City lies a mass of invisible soft tissue—the web of relationships and personalities that comprises the beating heart of a thriving community.
For decades, one essential part of that collective flesh and blood has been Gus Ouranitsas, who has served as the superintendent of the Liberty Court condominium building, on Rector Place, since it finished construction in June, 1987.
“Once or twice, in the mid-1980s, I had come to visit friends who were living in Gateway Plaza,” Mr. Ouranitsas recalls, “and I was amazed by what I saw in Battery Park City. It was mostly open fields at the time, but Gateway was finished, along with part of South End Avenue. Some of the roads in the south had been laid out, like Albany Street and Rector Place, but not yet paved, and no buildings had been constructed there yet. What used to be called the World Financial Center,” the office and retail complex now known as Brookfield Place, “was still a construction site.” To read more…
BPCA Announces New Advisory Commission to Consult on Location and Design of Monument
The Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) announced Wednesday the formation of a Battery Park City Essential Workers Monument Advisory Committee, which will formulate recommendations on the design and location of a new memorial in Battery Park City.
This move comes in the wake of a month of controversy, which began on June 24, when Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that he planned to create a monument located in Rockefeller Park to honor the service and sacrifice of New York’s essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. To read more…
Lower Manhattan Greenmarkets are open
Greenwich St & Chambers St
Every Wednesday & Saturday, 8am-3pm
Food Scrap Collection: Saturdays, 8am-1pm
Bowling Green Greenmarket
Broadway & Whitehall St
Every Tuesday & Thursday, 8am-5pm
Food Scrap Collection: Tuesdays only, 8am-11am
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Lower Manhattan residents once again have access to the ever-popular weekend summer ferry to Red Hook.
Provided by NY Waterway, the free service is nominally about providing access to Ikea, but also offers the bonus of a slew of waterfront restaurants and parks within walking distance of the furniture store.
The service departs from two Downtown locations (Pier 11/Wall Street and the Battery Park City ferry terminal) starting at 11:00 am.
More Survivors than Responders Now are Submitting Claims
The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) has released its annual report for 2020, which documents some significant developments.
Over the course of its ten years of operation thus far, the VCF has awarded $7.76 billion to more than 34,400 individuals who have suffered death or personal injury as a result of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and their aftermath. The vast majority of these injuries take the form of illness caused by exposure to toxic materials that were released by the destruction of the World Trade Center.