Save Our Seaport

Save Our Seaport Visit us for more info http://www.saveourseaport.org

Were you looking for Save Our Ships NY and the Fireboat Harvey? You can find them at www.SOSNY.org

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.

#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.

With NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission Chair Sarah Carroll at today's Historic Districts Council Conference. The Sea...
03/07/2020

With NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission Chair Sarah Carroll at today's Historic Districts Council Conference. The Seaport Coalition (wo)manned a table and ran a 45 minute break-out session entitled "Defending the South Street Seaport Historic District'.

03/04/2020

Tonight, HHC Stakeholder Workshop III we finally saw the super tall tower alternatives under consideration for 250 WATER STREET. Please watch this video to see the 990', 880', 770' and 570' choices that were presented for the low-rise South Street Seaport Historic District which had been downzoned in 2003 to limit the height of new buildings to 120'.

SOUTH STREET SEAPORT MUSEUM: THE 1885 SAILING SHIP WAVERTREE | NEW YORK CITYIt’s been many years since the Preservation ...
03/03/2020

SOUTH STREET SEAPORT MUSEUM: THE 1885 SAILING SHIP WAVERTREE | NEW YORK CITY

It’s been many years since the Preservation League of NYS honored a maritime vessel – the John J. Harvey Fireboat in 2002. The return of the wrought-iron Tall Ship Wavertree to as-built sailing condition in 2018 not only required strict attention to detail and best practices, but the assembly of a team of artisans skilled in long-lost trades. The public-private partnership among the City and other funders is commendable, and we hope the vessel will continue to be used for trades training. The restoration of the Wavertree helps to chart a new and exciting course for the South Street Seaport.

Howard Hughes Corporation VP Saul Scherl "cited an interesting example that by engaging with the community surrounding S...
02/18/2020

Howard Hughes Corporation VP Saul Scherl "cited an interesting example that by engaging with the community surrounding Seaport District project he realized that the community was irked by the simple omission of the word “historic” from “Seaport Historic District.” And that this would be a simple change that could go a long way in winning over the crowd.“ (Cornell Real Estate Panel 02.12.20)

No, Saul, it's not just about the word.

Seaport Coalition Parents Call for City Oversight to Protect Children from Harmful Mercury Poisoning...Chin bill creates...
02/10/2020

Seaport Coalition Parents Call for City Oversight to Protect Children from Harmful Mercury Poisoning...Chin bill creates strict City procedure to identify and remediate elemental mercury before approving risky ground work like the remediation of the toxic parking lot at 250 Water Street.

Save Our Seaport's cover photo
02/10/2020

Save Our Seaport's cover photo

Breaking News! "The NYSDEC and the NYS Department of Health are reviewing these [numerous} comments  and have had follow...
01/31/2020

Breaking News! "The NYSDEC and the NYS Department of Health are reviewing these [numerous} comments and have had follow-up conversations with the Seaport Coalition’s Independent Community Monitor Lawra Dodge of Excel Environmental Resources, with Ramboll Engineers representing the Blue School and with Langan Engineers, the applicant HHC’s consultant to discuss the comments and obtain clarification. Further conversations are anticipated as the review process continues. The NYSDEC has already requested preliminary revisions to the work plan based on the comments received. As the review of comments process continues, further requests from the NYSDEC and NYSDOH to Langan to revise the work plan are expected. Langan Engineers is being very cooperative in this process.

Based on discussions with Langan and HHC, no field work, including the non-intrusive tasks [Baseline Community Air Monitoring & Geophysics], will be performed until the complete work plan is in final form. How long the comment review and work plan revision process will take is unclear at this time, but it will be a thorough process and done in consultation with the communities’ consultants and other parties involved."

The $5,568,000 re-design of PECK SLIP Park has now started. Front Street at Peck Slip will no longer be open to traffic....
01/29/2020

The $5,568,000 re-design of PECK SLIP Park has now started. Front Street at Peck Slip will no longer be open to traffic. The work is expected to be completed in one year.

Lawra Dodge, speaking to the Seaport Coalition yesterday about the challenges of remediating 250 WATER STREET. Have you ...
01/11/2020

Lawra Dodge, speaking to the Seaport Coalition yesterday about the challenges of remediating 250 WATER STREET. Have you sent in your comments yet? The deadline is January 16th (see previous postings for details)...

The Seaport Coalition is asking our neighbors to send their comments before January 16th to NYSDEC, the agency that will...
01/07/2020

The Seaport Coalition is asking our neighbors to send their comments before January 16th to NYSDEC, the agency that will be overseeing the cleanup of toxins found under the 250 Water Street (formerly Millstein) parking lot.

Here are some talking points:
1. Mercury Action Levels should never exceed background at the site perimeter
2. Double the number of mercury vapor and soil samples taken
3. Double the number of air monitoring stations around the perimeter of the site
4. Use more sensitive mercury detection monitors such as Jerome 505 or Lumex RA915M
5. Establish a "hot line" so community concerns about the site can be called in.
6. Provide real time air monitoring data in an on-line data room for easy access.
7. Curtain or Tent drilling sites to reduce noise, light and vapor releases
8. Notify the schools, residences and commercial establishments 24 hours in advance of perimeter work.
9. Immediate community notification when work site is shut down for any reason.
10. Coordinate emergency response of police, fire, hospitals, DOT prior to any ground intrusive activities.

Responses can be sent to:
[email protected]
518-402-9802

To the Editor, Friday's lead in the Broadsheet, "Doing Good While Doing Well" Howard Hughes Practices Citizen in the Sea...
12/17/2019

To the Editor,

Friday's lead in the Broadsheet, "Doing Good While Doing Well" Howard Hughes Practices Citizen in the Seaport" requires a response from the SEAPORT COALITION (an all-volunteer citizens alliance formed by SAVE OUR SEAPORT, SOUTHBRIDGE TOWERS and CHILDREN FIRST).

Trying not to be cynical, but nothing speaks more to "giving from the heart" than issuing a press release puff piece in the hopes that the local community will take notice.

SEAPORT COALITION members have contributed thousands of unpaid hours advocating to the city and its tenant to plan responsibly for the South Street Seaport Historic District.

Helping the South Street Seaport Museum is commendable, and we strongly urge other companies and individuals to follow their lead in donating generously to bring the Museum back to life with its Street of Ships.

Respecting the South Street Seaport Historic District's carefully crafted "height limits" at their newly acquired 250 Water Street (the former Milstein parking lot) is non-negotiable, as is the responsibility for safe remediation and development in such a "sensitive receptor" given its nearby schools and residents.

Imagining that there will be a "quid pro quo" deal to build a super-tall tower by showering the neighbors with amenities is a complete non-starter.

Happy Holidays to All,
The Seaport Coalition

Seaport Coalition Responses to the draft Remedial                Investigation Work Plan 250 Water Street               ...
12/17/2019

Seaport Coalition Responses to the draft Remedial
Investigation Work Plan 250 Water Street
Brownfield Cleanup

Responses can be emailed, phoned as many times as you want..the deadline is 1/16/20...here are some talking points:

Mr. Rafi Alam Mr. Michael Koromoske, PE
[email protected] [email protected]
518-402-8606 518-402-9802


1. Mercury Action Levels should never exceed background at the site perimeter

2. Double the number of mercury vapor and soil samples taken

3. Double the number of air monitoring stations around the perimeter of the site
4. Use more sensitive mercury detection monitors such as Jerome 505 or Lumex RA915M
5. Establish a “hot line” so community concerns about the site can be called in.
6. Provide real time air monitoring data in an on-line data room for easy access.
7. Curtain or Tent drilling sites to reduce noise, light and vapor releases
8. Notify the schools, residences and commercial establishments 24 hours in advance of perimeter work.
9. Immediate community notification when work site is shut down for any reason.
10. Coordinate emergency response of police, fire, hospitals, DOT prior to any ground intrusive activities.

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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!