CONCERNING 250 WATER STREET, SOUTH STREET SEAPORT MUSEUM, 173-69 JOHN STREET DEVELOPMENT PROPOSAL
As a preservation professional and New York City history enthusiast, one of the greatest joys I receive from volunteering at the South Street Seaport Museum is an opportunity to introduce the museum visitors to fascinating maritime history of New York City and, from standing on the deck of the sailing ship Wavertree, point to them many of the places where events took place that shaped not only the history of New York City and of the United State, but also of the history of the world.
Despite having been greatly affected by the tragic events of the 9/11 and the Hurricane Sandy, the South Street Seaport Museum was able to survive and to endure mostly due to the selfless dedication of the museums staff and volunteers. The new challenges caused by the COVID pandemic put the museums future in peril ones again and this time there is no certainty that the museum may recover.
The loss of the museum would be a great blow to New York City ability to attract tourists and visitors, and for the South Street Seaport community to provide cultural and educational services to the residents, tourists, and victors alike.
With the reliable recurrent revenue, coming from the proposed development project, the museum will be able to reopen safely with programming for children and adults and begin to plan for the future expansion of access to museums collection and services to the community.
After careful review of the available materials and conversations with local residents and with history and preservation experts, I concluded that the proposed development will not only provide the necessary funds for the museum, but will also bring in the much needed social, economical, and cultural diversity to the neighborhood.
There are, however, a few voices that raised concern that the new development will change the historic layout of the South Street Seaport neighborhood.
To those I have say that opposing the development will preserve nothing but a commercial parking lot situated on top of a contaminated ground that will remain an environmental hazard to the South Street Seaport neighborhood and to the New York Harbor and its waterways.
Mayor Dinkins referred to New York City as “The Gorgeous Mosaic”, I prefer to think of New York City as “The Ever Changing Beautiful Kaleidoscope Pattern”. Change and Strive for Improvement are in the Heart and in the Soul of New York City, to deny them is to go against it’s History and it’s Spirit, which the most of us, as the citizens of The Greatest City In The World, stand for.
https://seaportvision.nyc/ - development proposal
https://250bcp.com/ - environmental cleanup
250 Water Street, New York, NY NYSDEC BCP Site No. C231127