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Tuesday March 16


Seaport District

Fitness classes via Instagram released every Tuesday and Thursday, featuring Trooper Fitness, Pure Barre and Lyons Den Power Yoga. Free


Risky Decisions: How Mathematical Paradoxes and Other Conundrums Have Shaped Economic Science

Museum of American Financial History

Online discussion. At its core, economics is about making decisions. In the history of economic thought, great intellectual prowess has been exerted toward devising exquisite theories of optimal decision making in situations of constraint, risk and scarcity. Yet not all of our choices are purely logical, and so there is a long-standing tension between those emphasizing the rational and irrational sides of human behavior. One strand develops formal models of rational utility maximizing, while the other draws on what behavioral science has shown about our tendency to act irrationally. In this talk, George Szpiro will give examples of mathematical paradoxes and psychological conundrums that have led to advancements in economic science. He will challenge the audience with questions about how to make decisions, and thereby show how people who believe themselves to be rational can be led astray. Advance registration is required. Registered guests will receive the Zoom link prior to the program. Free



The manner in which corporations are run globally is over. The leaders who recognize that employees, customers, and shareholders should be treated compassionately and equally are now displacing old leaders, and are succeeding in retaining the best talent and surviving the new realities. Join Keesa Schreane, ESG, Risk Global Partner Director at Refinitiv, and author of Corporations Compassion Culture: Leading Your Business toward Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for a conversation about how corporations worldwide have failed when it comes to inclusion, gender, and racial equality, and sustainability and the steps they can take to address these issues. Free

5: 30PM

Federal Hall National Monument

This is a program of Debate Defends Democracy, a virtual discussion of Constitutional issues and the Bill of Rights presented at Federal Hall. With increasing frequency over the past two decades, the political preferences of a majority of Americans have been subverted in the legislative process by the will of a shrinking minority. This inequity is particularly stark in the institution of the U.S. Senate, which first convened under the new Constitution at Federal Hall on March 4, 1789. To balance power in the central government, the “Grand Compromise” at the Constitutional Convention, had agreed that both the most populous and least populous states would each have two Senators. One of the contemporary impacts is that the Senate is increasingly stymied in passing major legislation even when supported by a majority of Americans. This program will explore the framer’s intent for the Senate, the historical and political circumstances that have contributed to this imbalance, the effects of this distortion of representation on the health of our democracy as well as areas for potential reform, from expanded statehood to an overhaul of institutional rules. Federal Hall’s Sam Roberts will introduce the topic with an historical perspective. Free


China Institute

Literature experts discuss the work of Yu Hua, one of China’s most revered writers, and the state of Chinese literature today. Spanning four decades of modern history, from the Republican Era to the Reform Era, the novel To Live (活着) has enthralled generations of readers around the world. Professors David Der-wei Wang (Harvard University) and Michael Berry (UCLA) will discuss the challenges of translation and contemporary Chinese literature in a global context. This program is presented by the Museum at Eldridge Street and China Institute as part of the NEA Big Read 2021 project. Part I will be discussed with the Museum at Eldridge Street on March 8. From March 8-March 18, Museum at Eldridge Street will be exploring Yu Hua’s To Live in a series of lectures, book discussions, and film screenings with partners from China Institute, Chatham Square Library of New York Public Library, and Museum of the Moving Image. Free


Waterfront, Parks & Cultural Committee


1) Brooklyn Bridge Banks and Dugout – Discussion with NYC Department of Transportation (invited)

2) Future of Pier A – Discussion with Warrie Price, Founder and President, Battery Conservancy

3) Peck Slip Park & Elizabeth H. Berger Plaza – Update


Skyscraper Museum

Skyscraper Museum webinar. Bill Baker is now a structural engineering consulting partner at SOM, where he led the firm’s practice for over twenty years. Since joining SOM in 1981, he has dedicated himself to extending the profession of structural engineering through design, research, teaching, and professional activities. Baker is best known for the development of the “buttressed core” structural system for the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the world’s tallest manmade structure. Completed in 2010, the 828-meter Burj surpassed the then-tallest Taipei 101 by more than 300 meters. This unprecedented vertical leap was accomplished by iterative responses to wind-tunnel testing and other creative solutions to constructability. In his talk, Bill will discuss both the precedents that allowed their team to invent a new structural approach, as well as the legacy of “Lessons Learned” a decade after the completion of the skyscraper that still remains the tallest in the world. Free


Brookfield Place

Test your trivia IQ at home with your friends and family! Follow along on Zoom and enter your answers via Kahoot, as you compete for a variety of fun BFPL prizes with hosts The Union of Quizzers. Free


Museum of Jewish Heritage

During the Holocaust, more than 3,000 women fought back against the Nazis in ghettos, forced labor camps, concentration camps, and partisan units. Join Dr. Lori Weintrob, Director of the Wagner College Holocaust Center, for a program exploring the heroic lives and legacies of these female resistance fighters. Weintrob will be in conversation with Rokhl Kafrissen, Yiddish culture writer and Tablet Magazine contributor, and Rachel Rachama Roth, a survivor of Auschwitz who will provide her eyewitness testimony to the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. $10


Wednesday March 17


Executive Committee


1) 2021 Municipal Elections and Polling Site Taskforce – Discussion & Possible Resolution

2) Analysis of Studies & RFPs for FiDi/Seaport Climate Resilience Master Plan – Discussion

3) Committee reports


Thursday March 18


Health & Human Services Subcommittee


1) COVID-19 Vaccine Overview – Presentation by Dr Renuka Gupta, Associate Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine and Chief of Medicine at NY-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital

2) State of the City’s Response to COVID-19 – Updates

6: 30PM

Quality of Life & Service Delivery Committee


1) Hate Crimes and Bias Attacks Against the Asian Community – Discussion

2) Gaps in COVID-19 Recovery Relief for Owner-Occupied Housing – Discussion & Resolution

3) Justice Considerations from the Mayor’s 2021 State of the City – Discussion

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