Save Our Seaport (“SOS”) is pleased to have been invited to participate in the Seaport Working Group. While we cannot predict how this effort will turn out, we are encouraged to see some of our friends and other Save Our Seaport Coalition members taking part as well.
We are also heartened by the political leadership that has created this “pre-certification” process in the aftermath of the record turnout at January’s CB1 Town Hall meeting in opposition to the Howard Hughes Corporation Redevelopment Mixed-Use Project at the Seaport.
However, we are quite troubled by the absence from this Working Group of the South Street Seaport Museum, the keystone of the Seaport – Are its members, volunteers, boat crews, staff and administration not to be heard from? We wonder about the value of any consensus this Working Group can achieve in the absence of this key component.
Where is the New Amsterdam Market? Where is the marketplace that has been celebrated by Manhattan Community Board One and which has brought new life and popular attention to the old Fulton Fish Market? The tens of thousands of New Amsterdam Market shoppers have an important role to play in the revival of this Historic District use.
SOS will take an active part in the Seaport Working Group and will continue to hope for the best:
• a Master Planning process that respects the South Street Seaport Historic District.
• an ongoing stream of revenue to reinvigorate the South Street Seaport Museum.
• a permanent home for the New Amsterdam Market.
• public review of all of the dealings between the NYC Economic Development Corporation and their chosen developer, the Howard Hughes Corporation.
We hope that this Seaport Working Group will have the time and the scope to achieve these goals. But what we see gives us no reason to stop our own work. For the moment, it’s still New York’s Seaport, our Seaport. We will continue our work to keep and preserve it.
Our next public meeting will be Wednesday March 12th, 6:30pm, at St. Margaret’s Meeting Room 2, 49 Fulton St. (Map).
Please join us!