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Thank you, CB1, for "fully opposing the extremely complex and convoluted package of zoning actions" intended to upzone a...
07/28/2021

Thank you, CB1, for "fully opposing the extremely complex and convoluted package of zoning actions" intended to upzone a site in the South Street Seaport Historic District to allow for the proposed oversized HHC building at 250 Water Street.

Meet the All-Star Legal Team Dedicated to Saving The South Street Seaport Historic District…Among the country’s most exp...
07/26/2021

Meet the All-Star Legal Team Dedicated to Saving The South Street Seaport Historic District…
Among the country’s most experienced and effective attorneys in preservation, land use, and public interest battles, they have united with us in this fight!
BUT WE NEED YOUR HELP…
TO MAKE SURE WE WIN!

This is an all-out effort to defend the low-rise neighborhood from greedy developers, protect our school children and preserve beloved historic districts throughout the City!

It will take thousands of dollars to do this and every donation counts.

What can you do?
1. Click here to donate by credit card or Pay Pal

https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=5UWJACX9R4UJA

2. Send checks to:
South Street Seaport Coalition, Inc.
c/o Southbridge Towers Management Office
90 Beekman Street, New York, NY 10038

3. Forward this email to friends and let us know about others who will help. Contact Elaine Kennedy: [email protected]

The South Street Seaport Coalition Inc. is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to protect the Seaport Historic District, one of the City's most important historic sites, in the interest of the general public, to learn from and enjoy. Contributions made for the charitable purposes of the South Street Seaport Coalition Inc. are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Meet The Legal Team!
The South Street Seaport Coalition, Inc. legal team is hard at work preparing to argue our lawsuit against the Howard Hughes Corporation and Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) to stop the outrageous and inappropriate high-rise development at 250 Water Street in the Historic Seaport District.

Michael Gruen
has been involved in preservation-related law in New York City for decades, working on cases with the Municipal Art Society and the City Club of New York, where he is the past President. He has handled high-profile cases from the 1978’s battle to save Grand Central Station to the 2017 fight over Pier 55 (now known as Little Island), creating favorable outcomes for his clients. His involvement with the New York City Landmarks Law goes back to 1973, when he helped draft amendments that provided for the designation of interior and scenic landmarks, among other changes that preservationists had sought.

Saul A. Schapiro
is a highly experienced litigator and transactional attorney who has represented for-profit, not-for-profit, and governmental clients in complex cases in both private and public sector law, including land use, preservation, housing and urban renewal. He has advised his public entity clients in areas such as housing and urban renewal, legal compliance and risk management. He is a member of the Massachusetts Bar and will be admitted to the New York Bar for the purposes of this case.

Reed Super
has represented non-profit organizations including the Sierra Club and the Waterkeeper Alliance, as well as community groups and citizens, in public interest, environmental and land use litigation for more than 25 years. He advises clients across a broad range of environmental practice areas and litigates in a variety of federal and state courts and before administrative agencies. His experience includes the Administrative Procedures Act, Environmental Impact Review, Freedom of Information, Article 78 and Writs of Mandate.

This Dream Team will be ably assisted by a host of attorneys, volunteer members of South Street Seaport Coalition, Inc. including Michael Yamin, Mary Oleske and Warren Green.
The Coalition’s charitable purposes encompass protection of the Seaport Historic District in the interest of the general public to enjoy and learn from as one of the City's most important historic sites.

What Next?
Our first lawsuit was filed in May. It argues that the plan for 250 Water Street, as approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission, violates the Landmarks Law – so much so that it does not in any way promote the primary purpose of the Commission to promote preservation; and it conflicts with the Commission’s own previous rejection of plans for as little as 10 stories; it disregards a central characteristic of the historic district, its almost exclusively low-rise buildings; and much more.

We are also deeply involved in the ULURP, SEQRA, and Brownfield Cleanup processes for this site, and will be addressing these important issues in the coming weeks and months.

Thank you for being a part of the fight to save the Historic Seaport! If this mega tower gets approved it would set a precedent and change the rules for historic preservation in NYC forever!
We must stop it now.

Stay tuned for more updates as the 250 Water Street proposal goes before Community Board 1 and the City in a series of steps in the ULURP (land use) process over the coming months.

Meet the All-Star Legal Team Dedicated to Saving The South Street Seaport Historic District…
Among the country’s most experienced and effective attorneys in preservation, land use, and public interest battles, they have united with us in this fight!
BUT WE NEED YOUR HELP…
TO MAKE SURE WE WIN!

This is an all-out effort to defend the low-rise neighborhood from greedy developers, protect our school children and preserve beloved historic districts throughout the City!

It will take thousands of dollars to do this and every donation counts.

What can you do?
1. Click here to donate by credit card or Pay Pal

https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=5UWJACX9R4UJA

2. Send checks to:
South Street Seaport Coalition, Inc.
c/o Southbridge Towers Management Office
90 Beekman Street, New York, NY 10038

3. Forward this email to friends and let us know about others who will help. Contact Elaine Kennedy: [email protected]

The South Street Seaport Coalition Inc. is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to protect the Seaport Historic District, one of the City's most important historic sites, in the interest of the general public, to learn from and enjoy. Contributions made for the charitable purposes of the South Street Seaport Coalition Inc. are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Meet The Legal Team!
The South Street Seaport Coalition, Inc. legal team is hard at work preparing to argue our lawsuit against the Howard Hughes Corporation and Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) to stop the outrageous and inappropriate high-rise development at 250 Water Street in the Historic Seaport District.

Michael Gruen
has been involved in preservation-related law in New York City for decades, working on cases with the Municipal Art Society and the City Club of New York, where he is the past President. He has handled high-profile cases from the 1978’s battle to save Grand Central Station to the 2017 fight over Pier 55 (now known as Little Island), creating favorable outcomes for his clients. His involvement with the New York City Landmarks Law goes back to 1973, when he helped draft amendments that provided for the designation of interior and scenic landmarks, among other changes that preservationists had sought.

Saul A. Schapiro
is a highly experienced litigator and transactional attorney who has represented for-profit, not-for-profit, and governmental clients in complex cases in both private and public sector law, including land use, preservation, housing and urban renewal. He has advised his public entity clients in areas such as housing and urban renewal, legal compliance and risk management. He is a member of the Massachusetts Bar and will be admitted to the New York Bar for the purposes of this case.

Reed Super
has represented non-profit organizations including the Sierra Club and the Waterkeeper Alliance, as well as community groups and citizens, in public interest, environmental and land use litigation for more than 25 years. He advises clients across a broad range of environmental practice areas and litigates in a variety of federal and state courts and before administrative agencies. His experience includes the Administrative Procedures Act, Environmental Impact Review, Freedom of Information, Article 78 and Writs of Mandate.

This Dream Team will be ably assisted by a host of attorneys, volunteer members of South Street Seaport Coalition, Inc. including Michael Yamin, Mary Oleske and Warren Green.
The Coalition’s charitable purposes encompass protection of the Seaport Historic District in the interest of the general public to enjoy and learn from as one of the City's most important historic sites.

What Next?
Our first lawsuit was filed in May. It argues that the plan for 250 Water Street, as approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission, violates the Landmarks Law – so much so that it does not in any way promote the primary purpose of the Commission to promote preservation; and it conflicts with the Commission’s own previous rejection of plans for as little as 10 stories; it disregards a central characteristic of the historic district, its almost exclusively low-rise buildings; and much more.

We are also deeply involved in the ULURP, SEQRA, and Brownfield Cleanup processes for this site, and will be addressing these important issues in the coming weeks and months.

Thank you for being a part of the fight to save the Historic Seaport! If this mega tower gets approved it would set a precedent and change the rules for historic preservation in NYC forever!
We must stop it now.

Stay tuned for more updates as the 250 Water Street proposal goes before Community Board 1 and the City in a series of steps in the ULURP (land use) process over the coming months.

Thanks to CB1's Land Use Committee for turning down the HHC ULURP application unanimously. Next step is the CB1 Environm...
07/13/2021

Thanks to CB1's Land Use Committee for turning down the HHC ULURP application unanimously. Next step is the CB1 Environmental Committee meeting on July 26th where the HHC Environmental Impact Statement is presented by the developer, along with a draft Remedial Action Work Plan which will be critiqued by Community consultant Lawra Dodge. The next evening (July 27th) the full Manhattan Community Board One will vote on committee resolutions.

On the legal front, were in court briefly this week and now the case is adjourned to perhaps mid-September for arguments challenging the recent Landmarks Preservation Commission approvals. Stay tuned.

Please take a minute today (FRIDAY, JULY 9TH) to tell Manhattan Community Board One that you OPPOSE the HHC 99-year plan...
07/08/2021
250 Water Street ULURP Application Written Comment Submission Form

Please take a minute today (FRIDAY, JULY 9TH) to tell Manhattan Community Board One that you OPPOSE the HHC 99-year plan to super-size and privatize the Seaport Historic District. Today is the deadline for registering your comments directly to the Board. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdmbKvFISti2a01WpW83qy57sJwkLDkLnv7URiD4KpoC9hDXQ/viewform

An application has been filed by 250 Seaport District, LLC for land use approvals to facilitate the redevelopment of the full block in lower Manhattan at 250 Water Street bounded by Water Street, Beekman Street, Pearl Street, and Peck Slip Application materials can be accessed on City Planning's Zon...

On June 14 the following petition and signatories will be read aloud as oral testimony against the 250 Water Street ULUR...
06/11/2021

On June 14 the following petition and signatories will be read aloud as oral testimony against the 250 Water Street ULURP application at the Community Board 1 Land Use, Zoning & Economic Development Committee. Please sign this petition in solidarity against this proposed monstrous intrusion into the Seaport Historic District:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScKBXfauXa7OGLWVaCH_1jd3me26ETHxe9BMwPTiHk77nvDfA/viewform

On June 14 the following petition and signatories will be read aloud as oral testimony against the 250 Water Street ULURP application at the Community Board 1 Land Use, Zoning & Economic Development Committee. Please sign this petition in solidarity against this proposed monstrous intrusion into the Seaport Historic District:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScKBXfauXa7OGLWVaCH_1jd3me26ETHxe9BMwPTiHk77nvDfA/viewform

Thanks to the City Club for their commentary in opposition to the Howard Hughes Corporation's Tower in an Historic Distr...
06/03/2021
Commentary: City Club of New York Opposes LPC Approval of New South Street Seaport Tower - CityLand

Thanks to the City Club for their commentary in opposition to the Howard Hughes Corporation's Tower in an Historic District. Next stop is a Public Hearing at CB1 on June 14th at 6pm. More details to follow.
https://www.citylandnyc.org/commentary-city-club-of-new-york-opposes-lpc-approval-of-new-south-street-seaport-tower/#more-31032

On Tuesday, May 4, the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) approved by a 6-2 vote an application for a new residential tower at 250 Water Street in the South Street Seaport Historic District. This was the third time the Howard Hughes Corporation had presented the project, and this time, after th...

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/06/nyregion/south-street-seaport-parking-lot-development.html?referringSource=articleSha...
05/06/2021
How a $180 Million Parking Lot Could Change N.Y.C.’s Historic Character

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/06/nyregion/south-street-seaport-parking-lot-development.html?referringSource=articleShare
Fundraising to Defend our South Street Seaport Historic District is about to begin. Please send a private message via FB to SOS for more details. All comments to the NY Times would be helpful.

Will a skyscraper at the South Street Seaport set a precedent for development in historic districts?

05/05/2021
05/05/2021
Write a quick letter to Landmark today!Can you believe the NERVE?!Howard Hughes Corporation is returning to the Landmark...
05/02/2021

Write a quick letter to Landmark today!
Can you believe the NERVE?!
Howard Hughes Corporation is returning to the Landmark Preservation Commission (LPC) for the third time with a building still three times taller than zoning allows and more than 100 times larger than the 18th-century homes next door. They only took 21 feet off the top.

What should I do?
Let’s FLOOD LPC with opposition letters. This height is NOT acceptable. Send HHC back to the drawing board until they get it right.
Your voice counts!
In fact, they report the numbers at every meeting, so dash off a quick note today and tell them how you feel.

***Letters MUST be emailed by Monday, May 3rd before 12 PM. Cut & paste the LPC opposition letter sample letter below, then personalize and edit as you see fit. Or, write your own - can be super short!***

What should I talk about?
The Landmark Commission will focus on the appropriateness and impact of the building on the Historic District, but remember, every floor built over the 120-foot tall zoning will result in a longer construction timeline, deeper foundations, noise, traffic, and increasing negative impacts on the education of students and health of nearby residents and small businesses. Just build the base within the existing zoning envelope. See our latest post regarding CB1's resolution to Save the Museum without destroying the Historic District.

Say “NO” however you choose to do it, however you can, this is an opportunity to be counted in the fight to preserve the South Street Seaport Historic District!

SAMPLE LETTER
To: [email protected], [email protected] , [email protected] , [email protected]
Cc: [email protected]
Subject: STILL in opposition of development at 250 Water street / LPC-21-03235

Dear Commissioners,

Howard Hughes is returning to the LPC with no material change and it feels like this process is designed to exhaust the public who so vehemently oppose Howard Hughes' massive and historically out-of-place development at 250 Water Street.

Shaving off of 21 feet is immaterial and demonstrably indiscernible from the last version the Commissioners justly turned less than a month ago.

My name is ######X, and I live near the Seaport. I care deeply about the historic district. It is a legacy that belongs to all New Yorkers and its historic character should be preserved for the enjoyment of our citizens for generations to come.

This building will privatize the distinct; walling it off with a 324-foot tall luxury high-rise that does not belong in this historic space.

At its core, the latest design is no different from SOM’s earlier podium and towers approach the Landmark Preservation Commission turned down in January. Back then, Commissioners criticized its impact noting, “It doesn't say to me I deeply transition to the district; it says, you know, the district ended a block further in...”

Please reject this application by Howard Hughes Corp for a certificate of appropriateness at 250 Water Street. There is nothing appropriate about it.

Thank you

Write a quick letter to Landmark today!
Can you believe the NERVE?!
Howard Hughes Corporation is returning to the Landmark Preservation Commission (LPC) for the third time with a building still three times taller than zoning allows and more than 100 times larger than the 18th-century homes next door. They only took 21 feet off the top.

What should I do?
Let’s FLOOD LPC with opposition letters. This height is NOT acceptable. Send HHC back to the drawing board until they get it right.
Your voice counts!
In fact, they report the numbers at every meeting, so dash off a quick note today and tell them how you feel.

***Letters MUST be emailed by Monday, May 3rd before 12 PM. Cut & paste the LPC opposition letter sample letter below, then personalize and edit as you see fit. Or, write your own - can be super short!***

What should I talk about?
The Landmark Commission will focus on the appropriateness and impact of the building on the Historic District, but remember, every floor built over the 120-foot tall zoning will result in a longer construction timeline, deeper foundations, noise, traffic, and increasing negative impacts on the education of students and health of nearby residents and small businesses. Just build the base within the existing zoning envelope. See our latest post regarding CB1's resolution to Save the Museum without destroying the Historic District.

Say “NO” however you choose to do it, however you can, this is an opportunity to be counted in the fight to preserve the South Street Seaport Historic District!

SAMPLE LETTER
To: [email protected], [email protected] , [email protected] , [email protected]
Cc: [email protected]
Subject: STILL in opposition of development at 250 Water street / LPC-21-03235

Dear Commissioners,

Howard Hughes is returning to the LPC with no material change and it feels like this process is designed to exhaust the public who so vehemently oppose Howard Hughes' massive and historically out-of-place development at 250 Water Street.

Shaving off of 21 feet is immaterial and demonstrably indiscernible from the last version the Commissioners justly turned less than a month ago.

My name is ######X, and I live near the Seaport. I care deeply about the historic district. It is a legacy that belongs to all New Yorkers and its historic character should be preserved for the enjoyment of our citizens for generations to come.

This building will privatize the distinct; walling it off with a 324-foot tall luxury high-rise that does not belong in this historic space.

At its core, the latest design is no different from SOM’s earlier podium and towers approach the Landmark Preservation Commission turned down in January. Back then, Commissioners criticized its impact noting, “It doesn't say to me I deeply transition to the district; it says, you know, the district ended a block further in...”

Please reject this application by Howard Hughes Corp for a certificate of appropriateness at 250 Water Street. There is nothing appropriate about it.

Thank you

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I've known the Seaport most of my life, but recall a time in the late '60's early '70's when the Seaport on Weekends was a ghost town. It seemed to have some Apartments on one end off of Water Street I believe, in old buildings that for whatever reason were mostly empty or abandoned, My brother and I went into them like the adventurers we believed ourselves to be. Was still downtrodden then. We marveled at the small, apartments with fixtures, furnishings and personal effects from another time in the 20th century. Imagining who lived there, when, and why and how they left like a mystery novel. We both so loved that place, the waterfront, boats, fisherman, and People like our Fisherman Father, except he was a white collar guy weekdays, unlike them. My Father would let us explore the place while he was in view or close by. Different world as I was eleven, my brother seven. In my heart and mind always imagine that time stood still there and somewhere the echoes of my long gone brother John and I roam free, taking it all in both fearless, and free. Love the place to today and generally ignore the Dubai like makeover and trust it will pass and return to s ghost town.
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!