SOS Town Meeting Monday September 15th (updated with more speakers)

Save Our Seaport invites the public to its seventh Town Meeting

sosMonday, September 15, 2014
7:00PM

Southbridge Towers Community Room
90 Beekman Street (Map)

Guest Speakers will include:

Jim Caras, General Counsel and Land Use Director for Borough President Gale Brewer

Mary Cooley, District Office Director for State Senator Daniel Squadron

Paul Goldstein, District Office Director for State Assemblyman Sheldon Silver

Brendan Sexton, former board member, South Street Seaport Museum

After the speakers there will be a brief question and answer period with open discussion, followed by a walk through the South Street Historic District.

Save Our Seaport is hosting a series of Town Meetings to talk and walk about New York’s South Street Seaport Historic District.

Developing and preserving the NY South Street Seaport Historic District is a two-fold challenge. It requires a responsible development plan which guarantees the economic viability of the District while also maintaining, preserving and celebrating the historic importance of this integral part of our city’s history.

SOS invites the public —New Yorkers and visitors to our city alike—to examine development that preserves the view of the iconic Brooklyn Bridge and the Tall Ships; re-establishes the vibrancy and color of the Seaport District; fully engages the educational work of the South Street Seaport Museum, maintains ties to an active waterfront, and locates a world class food mecca in the New Amsterdam Market.

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SOS Response to NY Times Op-Ed: The Source of New York’s Greatness

The Source of New York’s Greatness
By RUSSELL SHORTO
SEPT. 7, 2014
www.nytimes.com/2014/09/08/opinion/the-source-of-new-yorks-greatness.html

The author speaks eloquently of free trade as the crux of cultures convening in Manhattan. This provided an atmosphere conducive to tolerance, understanding, and prosperity. We can keep this spirit alive by preserving the historic cradle of free trade in New York—the landmark South Street Seaport. It appears that city government and the developer Howard Hughes Corporation would like to deface history by converting the irreplaceable antique streets and buildings into a generic flashy shopping center and entertainment venue.

The best way to honor New York’s historic anniversary is to rescue the South Street Seaport Museum (with its majestic tall ships and unique architecture), and create a world-class PUBLIC market. We need to stop the sell-off of public assets that will destroy these precious remnants of Old New York.

We implore our civic leaders to take action before it is too late!

Save Our Seaport (a citizen’s group)
saveourseaport.org

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Our Next SOS Town Meeting: Wednesday August 27

Save Our Seaport invites the public to its sixth Town Meeting

sosWednesday, August 27, 2014 6:30-7:30PM

St. Margaret’s House Conference Room

49 Fulton Street

Guest Speakers include:

Roland Lewis, Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance

Victor Papa, Two Bridges Neighborhood Council

After the speakers there will be a brief question and answer period with open discussion, followed by a walk through the South Street Historic District.

Save Our Seaport is hosting a series of Town Meetings to talk and walk about New York’s South Street Seaport Historic District.

Developing and preserving the NY South Street Seaport Historic District is a two-fold challenge. It requires a responsible development plan which guarantees the economic viability of the District while also maintaining, preserving and celebrating the historic importance of this integral part of our city’s history.

SOS invites the public —New Yorkers and visitors to our city alike—to examine development that preserves the view of the iconic Brooklyn Bridge and the Tall Ships; re-establishes the vibrancy and color of the Seaport District; fully engages the educational work of the South Street Seaport Museum, maintains ties to an active waterfront, and locates a world class food mecca in the New Amsterdam Market.

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The following SOS Town Meeting will be on Monday, September 15.

 

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Reminder: Save Our Seaport Meeting Tonight / Social Media SOS

Reminder: Our next Save Our Seaport Meeting is TONIGHT August 20th, 6:30pm at the St. Margaret’s Conference Rooms. St. Margaret’s is located at 49 Fulton St. (Map)

Please join us!

Click to download the flyer to distribute to your friends and neighbors.

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Social Media SOS

We are launching a worldwide social media campaign to alert city officials that we need to Save Our Seaport from irresponsible development that would marginalize the importance of our Historic Seaport District and erect a 50-story hi-rise as its new centerpiece. This development would dominate the view of the South Street Seaport, the iconic Brooklyn Bridge, and our Tall Ships, leaving only the few who can afford luxury hi-rise living as its beneficiaries.

YOU can help!  Let’s see how many languages we can gather to Facebook to say to our mayor: SAVE OUR SEAPORT!

Please post to our Facebook page, and include your photos, your impressions of seeing the Historic Seaport, its view of the Brooklyn Bridge, the Tall Ships. Post to our Facebook page and send this to all your friends and family around the world. Even if people have never visited New York, they all know the Brooklyn Bridge and your and their expression of support counts!

facebook.com/SaveOurSeaport

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NY Daily News

Last weekend, the NY Daily News published an excellent Op-Ed by Jeremiah Moss from the blog Vanishing New York, calling upon Mayor de Blasio to help halt the squeezing out of small businesses in our city.

It’s been on our Facebook page, but we need more comments – not on Facebook, but on the Daily News site. Please read the article HERE, and post your comments!

(Note that you can’t see or post comments on the Daily News mobile site, you’ll need to visit on a computer.)

See you at tonight’s meeting!

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Save Our Seaport Meeting Wednesday August 20

Our next Save Our Seaport Meeting is this Wednesday, August 20th, 6:30pm at the St. Margaret’s Conference Rooms. St. Margaret’s is located at 49 Fulton St. (Map)

Please join us!

Click to download this flyer to distribute to your friends and neighbors.

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Save Our Seaport’s Fifth Town Meeting This Wednesday

Save Our Seaport invites the public to its fifth Town Meeting

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 6:30-7:30PM
Southbridge Towers Community Room

Guest Speakers include:

Maureen Koetz, Environmental Law Attorney

Joanne Gorman, Southbridge Towers resident, SOS Activist

Bridget Schuy, Realty Specialist Lower Manhattan

After the speakers there will be a brief question and answer period with open discussion, followed by a walk through the South Street Historic District.

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Save Our Seaport is hosting a series of Town Meetings to talk and walk about New York’s South Street Seaport Historic District.

Developing and preserving the NY South Street Seaport Historic District is a two-fold challenge. It requires a responsible development plan which guarantees the economic viability of the District while also maintaining, preserving and celebrating the historic importance of this integral part of our city’s history.

SOS invites the public —New Yorkers and visitors to our city alike—to examine development that preserves the view of the iconic Brooklyn Bridge and the Tall Ships; re-establishes the vibrancy and color of the Seaport District; fully engages the educational work of the South Street Seaport Museum, maintains ties to an active waterfront, and locates a world class food mecca in the New Amsterdam Market.

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The following SOS Town Meeting will be on Wednesday, August 27, in Titanic Memorial Park, Fulton & Water Streets

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Help Spread The Word About Upcoming SOS Events

Save Our Seaport met last week and made plans for three more public Town Meetings and for a Public Forum with the City Club of New York early this Fall. And there will be more to come!

Can you spare an hour or two in the coming month to help get out the word to our neighbors and yours?

We’ll be starting the campaign this Saturday on Fulton Street at 4:00 pm.

Please e-mail us at saveourseaport@gmail.com if you will be able to contribute some time — any time — from Saturday on.

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