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  24th Annual Fire Museum Seminar
  New York City Fire Museum, New York, NY • September 21– 22, 2013 

Dear Fire Museum Network members,
The New York City Fire Museum is proud to host the 2013 Fire Museum Network Seminar, September 21st and 22nd. Because of the high hotel rates in Manhattan, the Seminar will be compact, consisting of a day of museum-centric talks on Saturday and a visit to the WTC Memorial in the evening and a day of touring to various FDNY facilities on Sunday.

There will be an informal “hang out” on Friday evening at a historic tavern or restaurant and an optional Monday program for those wishing to stay an extra day. Breakfast and lunch will be provided on be provided on both days. As a bonus, those who register before August 20 will also be mailed a $10 Metrocard in advance to help them get around.

Tentative Schedule of Events

Friday, September 20th

Arrive (afternoon) in New York City

15:00—18:00 FMN Board Meeting (officers only, at Fire Museum)

19:00 – 21:00 Informal networking meet-and-greet at Ear Inn or Fraunces Tavern

Saturday, September 21st - Educational Seminars

Commencing Saturday morning will be an array of educational and informative seminars held at the New York City Fire Museum:

8:00 – 9:00 Check-in and light breakfast

9:00 – 9:15 Opening Remarks by FDNY Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano

9:15 – 9:45 History of the FDNY’s collection and the New York City Fire Museum

10:00 – 10:45 Josiah Wagoner: Metal and Brass Preservation

11:00 – 11:45 David Steinitz: LED Lighting

12:00 – 13:00 LUNCH Catered

13:00 – 13:45: Gary Urbanowicz: Researching and Recording Your Community’s Fire History

14:00 – 14:45: Helmet restoration with Lauren Paige Isaacs

15:00 – 15:45: Cataloging a collection with Past Perfect (with Bob Shea, Fireman’s Hall, Philadelphia)

16:00 – 16:30: Fire Museum Network members meeting

16:30 – 17:30: Gift shop and fundraising panel discussion (continuation of FMN meeting)

DINNER at museum, catered, if WTC trip is Saturday night. If WTC is Sunday, then programming concludes, members on their own.

19:30 –21:30: September 11 Tribute Center curator’s tour and World Trade Center memorial waterfalls tour (Note: thist tour could move to Sunday)

Sunday, September 22nd - Site visits and tours!

9/22 Sunday Schedule

08:00 – 09:00 Assemble at Museum, light breakfast

09:00 – 11:00 FDNY Fire Zone

11:00 – 11:30 Rockefeller Center (photo op)

11:30 – 14:30 Catered lunch and tour of “The Shops” in Long Island City, Queens

14:30—17:30 FDNY Fireboat 343 cruise

17:30 – 19:00 Dinner (not included) at John J. Harvey fireboat (possible meeting with Harvey volunteer crew on maintenance, fundraising, etc.) or other location – weather dependent.

Monday, September 23rd - More (optional) tours and site visits

Depending on interest and those staying for Monday programming, potential trips:
Historic Richmond Town, Staten Island (curator’s tour, collection of fire memorabilia); MTA Transit Museum (curator’s tour, large-scale vehicles, similar collection issues); New York Historical Society

Your Host -- the New York City Fire Museum

The mission of the New York City Fire Museum is to collect, preserve and present the history and cultural heritage of the fire service of New York and to provide fire prevention and safety education to the public, especially children.

The FDNY's original museum opened as the Fire College Museum in Long Island City in 1934. In 1959 the collection was moved to the spare bay of a working firehouse at 100 Duane Street in Manhattan, where it remained until the Home Insurance Company presented its own extensive collection of fire memorabilia to the city in 1981, making a move to larger space imperative. A new non-profit, The Friends of the New York City Fire Department Collection, was created to raise funds to renovate the former quarters of Engine Company No. 30, a 1904 Beaux-Arts firehouse on Spring Street, and in 1987, the New York City Fire Museum opened its doors.

Displays illustrate the evolution of firefighting from the bucket brigades of Peter Stuyvesant's New Amsterdam through the colorful history of volunteer firefighters to modern firefighting techniques and equipment. The Museum also houses a special memorial to the 343 members of the FDNY who made the Supreme Sacrifice on 9/11 and features a number of firefighting artifacts recovered from the World Trade Center site. A video room and a mock apartment with an artificial smoke machine and black-lighted fire hazards are used in the museum's fire education program for school children ages K through 12.

The New York City Fire Museum attracts 40,000 visitors a year from all over America and almost every country in the world. Retired FDNY firefighters proudly volunteer to relate stories of New York City's "Bravest" and with the help of the Museum's stunning collection, tell how they got to be that way.


Because hotel cost will be the major expense for the 2013 seminar, (see below) we are keeping the registration as low as possible.

Early member registration will be $169.00, ($199.00 for non-members)

Registration after August 20 will be $209.00 ($239.00 for non-members)

Additional attendees from the same organization are $139 for members ($169 for non-members), or $169 ($209 non-members) after August 20.

Non-members are encouraged to become a member of the Fire Museum Network for only $30 You can become a Fire Museum Member online at the same time and register for the seminar at the member price.

To register for the seminar online via secure credit card transaction visit www.nycfiremuseum.org and choose “Tickets” under the “Museum Shop” tab.
Please choose the item “2013 FMN SEMINAR: REGISTRATION.” Remember to include the name of your organization or affiliation followed by your Fire Museum Network Number in the “company” field. In the “special instructions field” please place the name you would like on your name tag and any dietary restrictions. There are also options available for additional attendees from your organization at a discounted price, and an option to become a member of
the Fire Museum Network as well.

If you would like to pay by check, please use the attached form and make your check payable to: “New York City Fire Museum.”

The Host Hotel -- Hollywood Hotel

Unlike past seminars, there is no single hotel this year where a block of rooms is reserved for seminar attendees. We have made arrangements with four area hotels. All are roughly in the same price range and offer similar amenities, so they are arranged in the order of convenience of travel to the Museum. When booking, specify “FIRE MUSEUM NETWORK SEMINAR” if a specific link isn’t provided. There are plenty of hotels nearby in SoHo and Greenwich Village, and some may be cheaper, but this selection is based on subway access to our location. In general, we suggest staying as close to the museum as possible, especially if you are not familiar with the NYC transit system. If you don’t mind making longer subway trips or taking cabs, we would suggest looking at hotels in the South Street Seaport (some very good deals post-Sandy), the financial district and surprisingly, the Times Square area. Also, there may be hotel “deals” available to you via AAA, Veteran’s discounts, credit card clubs, etc., or flight/hotel packages. For the budget traveler who is comfortable staying outside the city, Brooklyn, Long Island City (Queens), Jersey City and Hoboken may be an option. Attendees leaving Sunday evening are welcome to check out of their hotels in the morning and leave their bags at the Museum during the day.

Hotels (listed in order of convenience of travel)

Marriott Courtyard New York Manhattan/SoHo
CUTOFF DATE: 8/20/2013
10 Rooms Available
$289.00 King
181 Varick Street, New York, NY 10014
888-236-2427 / 212-414-8282

Link for booking:
The Marriott Courtyard is physically closest to the Museum, approximately three blocks up. The hotel is about 2 years old and has all the modern amenities.

Hilton Garden Inn Tribeca
CUTOFF DATE 8/6/2013
10 Single Beds, 5 Double Beds Available
Single Rooms: $279.00, Double Rooms: $289.00
GROUP CODE: FNM (NYC Fire Museum group)
39 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10013
800-560-7843 / 212-966-4091 (use local number or link for booking)

The Hilton Garden Inn opened in 2008 and the C/E subway stop is on the corner, putting the hotel one stop up from the World Trade Center and one stop down from the Fire Museum. Note the early cutoff date for this hotel.

Sheraton Tribeca
CUTOFF DATE 8/20/2013
15 Rooms Available
$279.00 King
370 Canal Street New York, NY 10013
800-325-3535 / 212-966-3400

Like the Marriott Courtyard, the Sheraton Tribeca is only two years old. It’s right on Canal Street, so it’s not the prettiest location but the hotel has all the modern amenities and it is one block from the A/C/E trains (and one stop away from Spring Street and WTC). It is also a few blocks west of Chinatown if you’re looking for a “good deal” on a Rolex or Gucci bag.

Cosmopolitan Hotel
CUTOFF DATE 8/20/2013
15 Rooms Available
$279.00 DOUBLE BED
95 West Broadway, New York, NY 10007
888-895-9400 / 212-566-1900, to book call 888 number or email CosmoRes@triumphny.com, mention
“New York City Fire Museum”
The Cosmopolitan Hotel is the oldest hotel in New York City, although it has been modernized beyond recognition and is currently undergoing renovation. The rooms are smaller than the more modern hotels but it is convenient in that the No. 1 subway train is literally right outside the front door. There are 15 rooms reserved at this location. Note that this rate is for a double bed, not a king. An upgrade to a deluxe king bed (or two double beds) is $25 additional, as the deluxe rooms are larger.

Other neighborhood hotel options:
There are several other hotels in our neighborhood (Hudson Square-SoHo) for those willing to “make a vacation of it.” The closest, and most notable, is the Trump SoHo. The Trump is the tallest building around and is the luxury hotel where the Jonas Brothers, Justin Bieber and a bunch of other famous models and athletes stay. Rooms start around $400 a night, but it’s only two doors down from us on Spring Street, on the other side of Varick. The next closest is the Sheraton Four Points, two blocks up on Charlton Street. It is also a nice new hotel but slightly more expensive than the others listed above (and a lot cheaper than the Trump). Also nearby is the Hampton Inn Manhattan SoHo, a brand-new 19 story hotel two blocks down (there has been a hotel boom here if you hadn’t noticed). It is more expensive than the Four Points but less expensive than the Trump.

Driving in Manhattan isn’t a pleasant experience for the uninitiated, but for those arriving by car, there is some on-street parking in the neighborhood. The Edison ParkFast next door to us has a $15 weekend day rate and we are working to secure a $10 promotion for the weekend. They also have overnight rates. We’re looking forward to welcoming you to the New York City!

Now What?
  • Before August 20th -- Download and print the registration information.
    We have saved this year's Fire Museum Seminar Registration Form as a "pdf" document. You will need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader software to open this file.
  • ASAP - Make your hotel reservation
  • Make Air Reservations to New York City

Still Have Questions?

Contact your seminar hosts at the

We will be following up with additional information about getting around town safely, additional attractions and schedule changes. Until then, visit www.nycfiremuseum.org and check out the sections under the “Visit Us” tab.


Damon Campagna
Executive Director, New York City Fire Museum