Save Our Seaport

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Mission: Saving South Street's working waterfront, beginning with our schooners Pioneer and Lettie G. Howard, then continuing inland to restore interest and life to the rest of the Museum.

07/08/2020

Lots of sampling today at 250 Water Street.

http://tribecatrib.com/content/former-cb1-chair-enters-fray-opposing-tower-250-water-street
07/07/2020
Former CB1 Chair Enters the Fray, Opposing a Tower on 250 Water Street | Tribeca Trib Online

http://tribecatrib.com/content/former-cb1-chair-enters-fray-opposing-tower-250-water-street

Fights over development of a parking lot at 250 Water Street go back many years. In 2003, the 10-block South Street Seaport Historic District that includes the 250 Water Street site was downzoned through the efforts of Community Board 1 and its chair, Madelyn Wils, right. Photos: Tribeca Trib (parki...

Get a LIVE update on 250 Water Street this coming Monday, July 6thThis Monday, July 6th, hear directly from the Independ...
07/03/2020

Get a LIVE update on 250 Water Street this coming Monday, July 6th

This Monday, July 6th, hear directly from the Independent Community Monitor, Lawra Dodge of Excel Environmental, about the toxic investigation of 250 Water Street. The investigation started in mid-June and could likely last through the Fall. Hear Ms. Dodge's report and learn ways you can monitor the site's progress for yourself.

WHEN: This coming Monday, July 6th at 6pm
WHERE: CB1 Virtual Environmental Protection Committee
WEBEX LINK TO WATCH: https://live.mcb1.nyc/

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Ms. Dodge has worked tirelessly alongside the NY State Department of Health and Department of Environmental Conservation, and with the Howard Hughes Corporation to carefully craft an investigation plan that she believes will keep our children, friends and neighbors safe during this phase of the work. The approved investigation plan has been described as “unprecedented” and extremely positive. Please join the meeting to hear about all the advancements and changes that were made to the original plan.

Community Board 1 has been carefully following the progress of the Brownfield Investigation at 250 Water Street and has invited members of the NYSDOH, NYSDEC, Howard Hughes Corp. and their team from Langan Engineering to attend the virtual meeting. The meeting will allow for questions and will keep the “chat” feature open to assure public engagement.

06/17/2020

This is a Seaport community response to the HHC/SOM Workshop virtual presentation last night at Manhattan Community Board One.

06/17/2020

More than Stakeholders. Community responses to the HHC/SOM proposal for 250 Water Street.

06/15/2020

Today the remediation investigation work plan at 250 Watet Street begins. It should be finished by the end of the summer or by the end of the fall, 2020 depending upon who you trust.

Thanks to CB1's Landmarks Committee for unanimously voting down Howard Hughes Corporation's third or fourth attempt (apt...
06/11/2020

Thanks to CB1's Landmarks Committee for unanimously voting down Howard Hughes Corporation's third or fourth attempt (aptly named The Blockhouse) to disrupt the view corridor from John Street and the Imagination Playground with a 10 year lease for a pizza bar underneath the FDR Drive. This violates the Seaport Working Group Guidelines and Principles.

06/04/2020
250 Water Street Remediation Investigation Update

Before the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation will allow for the remediation of whatever is under the 250 Water Street Parking lot, an investigation of sub-soil conditions must be done. The Seaport Coalition has hired our own expert, Lawra Dodge of Excel Environmental Resources to significantly improve and revise the potential developer (Howard Hughes Corporation's) remediation investigation work plan. In her own words she explains the changes that will help protect our community:

06/04/2020

Before the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation will allow for the remediation of whatever is under the 250 Water Street Parking lot, an investigation of sub-soil conditions must be done. The Seaport Coalition has hired our own expert, Lawra Dodge of Excel Environmental Resources to significantly improve the potential developer (Howard Hughes Corporation's) revised remediation investigation work plan. In her own words she explains the changes that will help protect our community:

06/02/2020
1890's via Library of CongressA Street of Ships
05/26/2020

1890's via Library of Congress
A Street of Ships

New Market Building Rally (2013) vs. Reality (2020)
05/18/2020

New Market Building Rally (2013) vs. Reality (2020)

The 21st Century has not been kind to the South Street Seaport Historic District. A new Strategic Vision (incorporating ...
05/13/2020

The 21st Century has not been kind to the South Street Seaport Historic District. A new Strategic Vision (incorporating an East River Trust) would bring together all local stakeholders (post-pandemic) to find the consensus needed to plan for a more vibrant and resilient future.

It is increasingly evident that the public-private partnership model created by the Economic Development Corporation in 2011 for revitalizing and restoring assets in the Seaport Historic District is out of balance. After years of a segmented approach to planning – insinuating city land use approvals subject to change orders thereafter, the Seaport Coalition believes that a plan for the area that focuses on public value and use of this public asset is needed.

The following points underlie the various topics considered in the coalition strategic plan:

The public should have a leading role in the planning of public assets

A private developer should not be the sole engine to fund change in the historic district

We must respect clearly written rules in place for zoning thought out well over time.

Public assets should not be used as bargaining items, and one constituency should notbe pitted against another

Public assets can and should be funded through the public process of government.

The South Street Seaport Museum lease must be updated to make it sustainable.

#GivingTuesdayNow is today! This new global day of giving and unity was planned as an emergency response to the unpreced...
05/05/2020

#GivingTuesdayNow is today! This new global day of giving and unity was planned as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Please consider making a donation at seaportmuseum.org/donate to support their work today to help them continue to interpret the very birthplace of this city we love through the South Street Seaport Museum’s historic buildings, ships, and collections.
Their fantastic Board of Trustees is generously matching every donation made on #GivingTuesdayNow dollar for dollar, up to $7,000. Will you give today to help the Museum reemerge from this unparalleled time? Your gift will go twice as far in the next 24 hours!
#SouthStreetSeaportMuseum #WhereNewYorkBegins

05/04/2020

A statement just in from the architectural firm of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill: ""We believe that the images published today on New York YIMBY represent work samples that a former SOM employee sent out, without authorization, as part of his portfolio to demonstrate his individual effort on the project at 250 Water Street. They do not in any way represent the range of studies currently being undertaken by the firm for this project, nor do they illustrate our most current thinking. We regret that these images were taken out of context in this way and look forward to our continued study of this site, and to sharing designs at the appropriate time."

Today, HHC released a rendering of their proposed super tall tower. "According to the plans, 250 Water Street will rise ...
05/04/2020

Today, HHC released a rendering of their proposed super tall tower. "According to the plans, 250 Water Street will rise 89 stories with 1,038,950 square feet divided between commercial, hotel, and residential components. The ground level will have 47,820 square feet of commercial space and the second through fifth floors will have a cumulative 179,370 square feet of commercial space. The hotel will span 156,800 square feet across the seventh through 22nd stories. Residential space takes up 608,630 square feet from the 24th through the 87th floor. Mechanicals will occupy 46,330 square feet on the sixth, 23rd, 88th and 89th floors." (NYNIMBY)

This is why we fight to protect the low-scale, 120' height limited, South Street Seaport Historic District in order to SAVE OUR SEAPORT in the present and for our future.

NYS Assembly Member Yuh-Line Niou, NYC Council Member Margaret Chin, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, NYS Senato...
04/30/2020

NYS Assembly Member Yuh-Line Niou, NYC Council Member Margaret Chin, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, NYS Senator Brian Kavanaugh and NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer released a letter on Monday, asking for a guarantee that no more work will start at 250 Water Street until in-person meetings are permitted and until there is a community engagement process. After responses from concerned community members, it is clear that amid the crisis it would be nearly impossible to facilitate community engagement.

🎉 Today marks 53 years since the Seaport Museum's charter was signed. We are especially grateful for the work of the for...
04/28/2020

🎉 Today marks 53 years since the Seaport Museum's charter was signed. We are especially grateful for the work of the forward-looking preservationists who, more than half a century ago, made the Museum a reality.
Like many museums, at the time of its founding the Seaport Museum had no headquarters, no art collection, no ships, and no professional staff. It was founded by preservationists and individuals passionate about maritime heritage. As the Museum’s May 1967 newsletter announced, after receiving its charter, the Seaport Museum “...came into being through the work of friends, as a volunteer committee…Its destiny rests now with people who work for the idea.”
Today, Museum President Capt. Jonathan Boulware states: “It's important, even in challenging times, perhaps especially during challenging times, that we recognize simple things. The birthday of the Seaport Museum is one of these. Our work has not stopped; the importance of the Seaport Museum has not diminished. And during this difficult time, we pause to celebrate this precious place and its people, the Museum within the South Street Seaport Historic District, birthplace of New York as we know it. Happy Birthday, South Street Seaport Museum!"

250 Water Street Update: Today we learned that the presentation by Langan/HHC of their revised Remedial Investigation Wo...
04/08/2020

250 Water Street Update: Today we learned that the presentation by Langan/HHC of their revised Remedial Investigation Work Plan will NOT take place on April 20th.
More details to follow (hopefully when we are allowed to meet together in the same room). Stay safe and Be well.

Save Our Seaport's cover photo
04/03/2020

Save Our Seaport's cover photo

10 Corso Como is Closing at the Seaport (read down)According to yesterday's NY Post's Steve Couzzo, "HOWARD HUGHES CORP....
03/31/2020

10 Corso Como is Closing at the Seaport (read down)

According to yesterday's NY Post's Steve Couzzo, "HOWARD HUGHES CORP.: The publicly traded Seaport District owner got a boost when Pershing Square Capital head Bill Ackman, who’s also HHC’s board chairman, agreed on Friday to buy 10 million additional shares of HHC stock at $50 each.

The transaction nets HHC $488 million, and leaves the company with about $1 billion in cash, which bodes well for its US properties far from South Street.

HHC said it would use the proceeds “for general corporate purposes including to strengthen the balance sheet and provide liquidity.” The good news wasn’t enough to save 10 Corso Como, the 18,000-square-foot Italian design store and restaurant at the Seaport’s Fulton building. Both just closed permanently by mutual agreement between HHC and the store’s owners, who attributed it partly to uncertainty caused by the pandemic."

According to ousted HHC CEO David Weinreb speaking to The Villager back in 2018: "10 Corso Como was founded in 1991 by Milan-based fashion editor Carla Sozzani with the idea of creating a “living magazine,”... who claimed that the development company settled on Sozzani’s boutique after scouring the globe for the perfect store to match its vision for the former fish market.

“We went around the world searching for the most dynamic retail concept and immediately recognized that 10 Corso Como was the ideal fit for our vision of the Seaport’s transformation,” Weinreb said."

"After booking a huge windfall shielding himself from stock market chaos, hedge fund operator Bill Ackman is upping his ...
03/29/2020

"After booking a huge windfall shielding himself from stock market chaos, hedge fund operator Bill Ackman is upping his stake in Summerlin {Seaport} developer Howard Hughes Corp. by half a billion dollars.

Ackman, a 53-year-old billionaire, is chairman of Hughes Corp.’s board of directors. He owned more than 1.2 million shares of company stock as of a year ago, giving him a 2.8 percent ownership stake, though under the deal announced Friday his stake would climb to about 30 percent, securities filings show...

Ackman’s increased investment comes as the new coronavirus sparks turmoil across the U.S. with sweeping business closures and stay-at-home orders in an effort to contain its spread. The stock market has also been plunging, and Ackman announced Wednesday he made more than $2 billion protecting himself from the volatility.
Pershing Square had spent $27 million on credit protection amid concerns of the virus’ effect on financial markets and the broader economy, then booked $2.6 billion in proceeds on the bets, Ackman wrote in a letter to investors.

Hughes Corp. is one of many companies whose stock price has dropped sharply as the virus upends daily life. On Feb. 20, its shares closed at $129.35."

(excerpts from Las Vegas Review Journal article) Eli Segall at [email protected]

Kudos to the South Street Seaport Museum in these troubled times... "In the museum field, we use nitrile gloves, masks a...
03/26/2020

Kudos to the South Street Seaport Museum in these troubled times... "In the museum field, we use nitrile gloves, masks and coveralls when we care for our collections and historic ships. Today we donated our supplies to Columbia University’s Irving Medical Center.

We hope this small action helps, and we are glad we're able to lend a hand in the fight against #COVID19. Thank you to the healthcare workers who are putting themselves at risk to help others.

If you or someone you know has supplies they would like to donate in the New York City area you can contact [email protected] to learn how you can help."

This pavement at 250 Water Street seals off the toxins in the soil beneath it. Is it currently effective? What work woul...
03/22/2020

This pavement at 250 Water Street seals off the toxins in the soil beneath it. Is it currently effective? What work would be needed if it is compromised? A professional assessment should be required!

Stay safe everyone...we are in uncharted territory.
03/16/2020

Stay safe everyone...we are in uncharted territory.

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i liked your page at an invitation. i love the seaport. but im still angry you got rid of the peking
The Seaport is an invaluable part of our history. Where are the political leaders of New York City. Why hasn't the City Council steppedin to secure and support the Seaport?
How can we maintain a viable South Street Seaport Historic District for ourselves and future generations? The next public meeting of Save Our Seaport 
will be on Thursday, August 23rd in the Southbridge Towers Community Meeting Room (just north of Squire’s Diner) 90 Beekman Street. 6:30 PM Please join us...All are welcome...Save the Date...
Hi. My grandfather who is 90 has such fond memories of the seaport and his fathers stories from the 1800's. When my grandfather for back from ww2 he was quite active in the area working. He went on to run. Construction company and proudly recalls building a stage near the pier. He is saddened by the modernization and lack of history and culture passesd down to the younger generations. He also is a big fan of everything nautical and loves art. He has a wonderful original wall mural of the seaport how it looked in1876. It's from renowned artist Carl Evers. It's actually an original handmade Serigraph and it's gorgeous. And big! He really wanted to donate or have it end up at the seaport museum but he needs to sell it to help pay the bills. He still is very concerned where it ends up and would love it if it were to be bought by someone with ties to the seaport and be able to be seen and appreciated. Either in an office, shop, restaraunt, or even a private home. He just wants it to be seen as he never was able to display it himself. So maybe someone here is The right fit for it and if it's ok I would love to share pics and a video of it. I'm happy to give detailed info about it but want to make sure it's ok to share here. It's currently on ebay and video is on YouTube. You would search for Carl Evers Old South St wall mural. Please let me know if it's possible to feature it here. Thanks a lot and look forward to hopeful success in saving, preserving, and educating whT the seaport truely is about!