SOS Meetings, and Spring Revival at SSSM

Save Our Seaport met last week and decided to move forward on several plans to bring the defense of the Seaport Historic District to a larger public. We will be holding more public events – If you would like to help and have a few hours free in the coming months you can be part of making this happen. Please respond if you can lend a hand.

You can reach us at saveourseaport@gmail.com — or better yet, come to our next meeting.

Speaking of which…

Our next Save Our Seaport meeting is scheduled for  Wednesday, April 23rd, 6:30pm at St. Margaret’s Conference Rooms 2&3.

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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The South Street Seaport Museum’s Spring Revival is coming up in just two weeks, and it looks like quite a party! Check out this message from Captain Jonathan Boulware, and download a flyer below.

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Local Leaders React to de Blasio Appointment That May Determine Future of Seaport

From today’s The Broadsheet Daily:

Save Our Seaport: “[W]e hope that Michael Schlein’s appointment at the EDC marks a change in direction and an increase in transparency. It seems to us that under Bloomberg, the EDC was in an unseemly rush to hand the Seaport Historic District over to the private developer Howard Hughes Corporation with no public oversight or concern for the public economic benefit. The apparent disregard for the South Street Seaport Museum, the Historic District and its waterfront, and its visual corridors, was a continual shock to us.”

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“We would like to remind people that under Mayor Bloomberg, Howard Hughes Corporation was awarded no-bid control of almost the entire Seaport by the EDC,” Mr. Sheldon continued. “The EDC denied Freedom-of-Information requests on the grounds that trade secrets belonging to Howard Hughes Corporation would be revealed; the rent the EDC is charging Howard Hughes Corporation is approximately 50 percent, based on inflation, of what they were charging 30 years ago. And the EDC did not assist the South Street Seaport Museum with post-Sandy repairs on the same building in which they did assist Howard Hughes Corporation.”

“Our hope is that this new appointment will help in righting some of these past wrongs,” Mr. Sheldon added, “and that the playing field will be leveled to some extent, such that the public can benefit from the EDC’s role in the City, and not just large out-of-state corporations.”

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SOS Meeting Tomorrow, April 2nd

Our next Save Our Seaport meeting is tomorrow, April 2nd, 6:30pm at St. Margaret’s Conference Rooms 1&2.

We have a full agenda and lots to discuss…

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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Reminder: SOS Meeting Tonight

Reminder!

Our next public meeting is TONIGHT, Wednesday March 12th, 6:30pm, at St. Margaret’s Meeting Room 2, 49 Fulton St. (Map).

Please join us!

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Save Our Seaport statement on the Seaport Working Group

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!

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Reminder: SOS Meeting Tonight and Some Bad News about Meade’s

This is your reminder of tonight’s Save Our Seaport meeting, but first, some news.

Many of us, and probably many of you, have made Meade’s on Peck Slip our home-away-from-home for years. A place to unwind after volunteering or working at the Museum, always familiar smiling faces. And many SOS planning sessions as well.

Meade’s announced suddenly on Monday that they will be closing. This Sunday will be their last day. It’s a very sad week.

Meade's

There is sure to be a contingent heading over to raise a glass or three after tonight’s meeting. Please come along!

Speaking of tonight’s meeting…

Save Our Seaport Meeting
Wednesday, February 19th
6:30pm
St. Margaret’s
49 Fulton St. (Map)

We will meet Wednesday, February 19th, at St. Margaret’s House, Meeting Room 2, 49 Fulton Street, 6:30pm.

We hope to see you there!

You can download and pass this flyer on to your friends and neighbors.

SOS-Meeting-flyer-20140219

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SOS Meeting Date Changed – Wednesday February 19th

SOS MEETING DATE CHANGED TO WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 19th

Our apologies for the late change, there was an accidental double-booking at our meeting location. Please join us this Wednesday.

Save Our Seaport Meeting
Wednesday, February 19th
6:30pm
St. Margaret’s
49 Fulton St. (Map)

We will meet Wednesday, February 19th, at St. Margaret’s House, Meeting Room 2, 49 Fulton Street, 6:30pm.

We hope to see you there!

You can download and pass this flyer on to your friends and neighbors.

SOS-Meeting-flyer-20140219

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