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.
With its amazing gardens and views of the Hudson River and New York Bay, Wagner Park 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.
A split-second decision at a traffic accident triggers repercussions for a Jewish surgeon and a neo-Nazi’s daughter in Thou Shalt Not Hate (2021, 96 minutes, Italian with English subtitles), a gripping new drama. Simone, a Holocaust survivor’s son, rushes to the scene of a hit-and-run. But when he sees a swastika tattoo on the victim’s chest, he leaves the gravely wounded man to his fate. Wracked with guilt, the anguished doctor confronts the ethics of his choice, and bonds with the victim’s daughter, embroiling himself in greater conflict. Posing profound questions about redemption and the paradoxes of the human soul in the face of hate, this provocative parable was winner of the Best Italian Film and Best Actor awards at the Venice International Film Festival. $10.
The Keeper (2019, 113 minutes, English, no subtitles) tells the incredible true story of Bert Trautmann, a German soldier and prisoner of war who, against a backdrop of British post-war protest and prejudice, secures the position of goalkeeper at Manchester City, and in doing so becomes a soccer icon. His signing causes outrage to thousands of fans, many of them Jewish. But Bert receives support from an unexpected direction: Rabbi Alexander Altmann, who fled the Nazis. Bert’s love for Margaret, an Englishwoman, carries him through and he wins over even his harshest opponents by winning the 1956 FA Cup Final, playing on with a broken neck to secure victory. But fate will soon twist the knife for Bert and Margaret, when their love and loyalty to each other is put to the ultimate test. $10.
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. Free.
Daisy is an elderly Jewish woman committed to maintaining her independence. So when her son hires an African American chauffeur named Hoke to drive her around, Daisy rejects both Hoke and her own vulnerability. Nevertheless, they eventually form a bond free from their prior prejudices. Follow their story in Driving Miss Daisy (99 minutes, English, no subtitles) the classic 1989 film starring Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy. The film won several Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actress, and Best Makeup. $10
The third of the 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. We will explore the experiences of this small park which concentrates landscape architecture into a miniature world. Tour duration is around 60 minutes. Pre-registration is required. Free.
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. Also on Saturday and Sunday.
The Dim Sum Warriors team shares their innovative approach to language learning in this free online event—participants suggest illustrating prompts for the cartoonist and everyone draws together while picking up new Chinese vocabulary. Free.
Celebrating its 15th year, the Jazz Age Lawn Party has awakened the vibrations of a timeless zeitgeist. The vibrant optimism and inventiveness of Jazz Age culture and its living legacy continue to resonate with generation after generation. This trip through time begins with a breezy ride aboard a ferry boat with breathtaking views of Manhattan and Lady Liberty en route to Governors Island. Once ashore, a sprawling green awaits, nestled under a canopy of century-old trees, caressed by fresh sea air, surrounded by historic architecture—a dream where the clock stops, nestled right in the heart of New York Harbor. Widely anticipated by flappers, sporting gents and tiny tots alike, the event has been revered year after year by a wide array of families, locals, and tourists.
In the original Fiddler on the Roof (1971, 201 minutes, English, no subtitles), a poor Jewish peasant living in Anatevka is faced with the challenge of marrying off his five daughters amidst the growing tension in his village. The film received a leading eight nominations at the Academy Awards, including for the Best Picture, and won three: Best Original Score, Best Cinematography, and Best Sound. $10.
When they lost family members during the Holocaust, many Jewish women and girls formed substitute “families” with other women. These sisterhoods were particularly important inside concentration camps, where the bonds formed between women often helped them survive constant danger. Join the Museum of Jewish Heritage and Project Witness for a lecture exploring the phenomenon of camp shvesters (sisters) with Dr. Michael Berenbaum, world-renowned historian and Director of the Sigi Ziering Institute at American Jewish University. $10 donation.
Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles (2019, 96 minutes, English, no subtitles) is the first documentary to chronicle the complete story of “Fiddler on the Roof,” exploring the unexpected richness of its themes as well as its extensive reach across time and cultures. $10 donation.
The Battery Dance Festival is New York City’s longest-running free public dance festival. See the Battery Dance website for the dancers and dance companies featured each night for six consecutive nights. Free.
EYES TO THE SKY
August 9 – 22, 2021
Perseid meteors fly mid-week. All-night planets.
The Perseid meteor shower, one of summer’s most alluring astronomical events, is known to rain 50 to 100 shooting stars per hour at peak, seen all over the dome of the sky in dark sky areas. This is an exceptional year to see the Perseids, since the moon, a waxing crescent, sets in early evening. The greatest number of meteors is predicted to be observed during the period from Wednesday night, August 11 through Thursday dawn, August 12, and again Thursday night through dawn Friday the 13th, with possible Friday night, August 13. For optimum viewing, plan to settle in at a dark sky location for at least an hour and a half (allow 20 minutes away from artificial light for eyes to adjust). Most salutary, set up for sleeping outdoors overnight for the whole show. For urban viewing, access to sky gazing from a rooftop or safe park or cemetery yields some shooting stars.
For those who would appreciate viewing the Perseids from a couch, here is the ticket. On August 11 at 11:45 p.m. livestream the Perseid Meteor Shower from McDonald Observatory, Fort Davis, TX
For early to bed stargazers, there’s brilliant Venus poised to set in the west around 9pm and Jupiter beaming from atop the east-southeast skyline at the same time. Dimmer Saturn is to Jupiter’s right, southeast, having risen an hour earlier. The two great planets travel in tandem all night, arriving in the southwest at 4am. Observe Jupiter setting before its light is washed out by the quickening dawn. Sunrise today is at 6:14am and about a minute later every day for the coming two weeks. Sunset is at 8:02 this evening and, on the 22nd, 7:43pm.
Providing Companion and Home Health Aide Care to clients with dementia.Help with grooming, dressing and wheelchair assistance. Able to escort client to parks and engage in conversations of desired topics and interests of client. Reliable & Honest
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.