Join Save Our Seaport for our next meeting on November 18 at 6:30pm

Mark your calendar: The next meeting of Save Our Seaport will be on Wednesday, November 18, at 6:30 in the St. Margaret’s House conference rooms. More to come…..

In the meantime, our friends at Historic Districts Council want to let you know about a great program that HDC started last year called Preservation School.  The series seeks to provide basic background and skills about historic preservation in NYC in an informal setting.  The classes are held on Monday nights once a month from September to June at their Neighborhood Preservation Center (232 East 11th Street).  Each class lasts about an hour and includes a Q&A period.  Last year 8 classes were offered, all very well received.  The series is offered again this year with a few new classes mixed in (see the list below).

You’re invited and welcome to join for any and all of the 2015-16 series.   Also, please forward the info to any friends, neighbors or colleagues that you think might be interested.  Spread the word!

Here is the list of classes and dates still to come:

  • Working with Elected Officials (NEW!) – December 7
  • Zoning 101 – February 8
  • Architectural Photography – March 14
  • Reading Architectural Drawings – April 11
  • Building Materials – May 9
  • Social Media for Preservation Campaigns (NEW!) – June 13

Here is the link to learn more and to register for individual classes or for the whole series:


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There Will Be No Tall (Seaport) Tower

[Download Press Release]

New York, NY (November 6, 2015) – “There will be no tall (Seaport) tower on the New Market site ”says an Howard Hughes Corporation (“HHC”) spokeswoman.

“That is not happening.”      (As quoted in Thursday’s New York Post).

Save Our Seaport’s Michael Kramer said that the grassroots group was encouraged by today’s announcement.  “Both the Seaport Working Group and Manhattan Community Board One have strongly opposed inappropriate development at the historic Old Fish Market site. We echo their call to extend the South Street Seaport Historic District to include the New Market Building, that further there be no “tower” on that site, and ask for a Master Planning Process to find a way to re-use this unique structure and its location to honor its maritime history with a water dependent or enhancing use.”

David Sheldon of Save Our Seaport added: “there is a certain sense of promise as we see our years of advocacy for the South Street Seaport Historic District finally bearing fruit.”

Save Our Seaport, a grassroots organization developed by South Street Seaport Museum volunteers and former staff and joined by local concerned citizens, is fighting the Howard Hughes Corporation’s (“HHC”) proposed redevelopment plans at New York City’s historic port, which would otherwise result in debasement of the city’s only lasting tribute to the city’s seafaring heritage.

The NYC Economic Development Corporation had been charged with maintaining the New Market Building, since the relocation of the Fish Market to Hunters Point in 2005. The “Seaport Speaks” workshop attended by all stakeholders back then, made a series of recommendations; which fell on deaf ears during the Bloomberg Administration.

Unfortunately, the New Market Building has been allowed to fall into an extreme state of disrepair, post-Sandy. NYCEDC has just announced that they will make emergency repairs in November to stabilize and maintain the building and the pier infrastructure.

After emerging from Bankruptcy Court in 2010, the Howard Hughes Corporation was given a “sweetheart” lease deal by the NYCEDC to spearhead Seaport redevelopment. HHC pays the City less than $3.50 psf while demanding market rents from their retail tenants.

According to the New York Post article, “the original plan, which had at times called for a tower as tall as 50 stories, drew significant opposition from community and preservation groups who vowed to derail it. That may have worked.”

Save Our Seaport continues to call for a transparent and public planning process to find a new use for this iconic building and site. The Seaport should reclaim its history as NYC’s maritime market district, a place of exchange where the East River meets the Harbor – with the museum and its ships, its historic buildings and the water’s edges supported, reinvented and reconnected to other citywide efforts along the Harbor District. The South Street Seaport district is unique and irreplaceable and therefore must be valued in any city transaction as a cultural resource.

About Save Our Seaport

Seaport (SOS) is a grassroots organization that began primarily among South Street Seaport Museum volunteers and former staff, including its founding President, Peter Stanford. Since 2011, SOS has grown to include a broad array of citizens concerned with the preservation of the Museum, the Seaport Historic District, New York and American maritime history, the Museum ships and waterfront, and the District’s public markets.

SOS continues to defend the inherent character and public purpose of this neighborhood, seeks to ensure its revitalization, and opposes the imposition of development interests over those of residents and New Yorkers at large.

Visit our website:  On Twitter: @SaveOurSeaport and on Facebook:

Patricia Jones

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Join Save Our Seaport for our next meeting on October 29 at 6:30pm

Save Our Seaport will have its next meeting on Thursday, October 29, from 6:30 to 8:30, in St. Margaret’s House, 49 Fulton Street, conference rooms 2 & 3.

It’s been a while, and there will be a lot coming up, so respond to this e-mail if there is something in particular that you think will need to be added on the agenda. We’ll try to get through as much as we can.

Looking forward to our meeting on the 29th!

Download the meeting flyer:
SOS Meeting flyer 102915R

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The South Street Seaport Museum Needs Your Support Today!


The South Street Seaport Museum needs your support today!

LMDC will hold a public forum starting at 4:30pm this afternoon to hear comments regarding potential projects to be supported with federal funds obtained through a settlement reached with Bovis Lendlease which made $50 million available for reallocation by LMDC. This includes the South Street Seaport Museum. Members of the public are invited to share their ideas and comments with LMDC at this public forum. Let’s show up to support the museum! If you can’t attend – please help spread the word! 

Click here to learn more:

LMDC Seaport Museum – Water Street 9-2015 FINAL

The meeting is TODAY: Thursday, September 17, 2015 from 4:30 pm through 7:00 pm

The meeting will end promptly at 7:00 pm. If there are speakers present who have not been heard a second meeting may be held. Speakers must arrive and register to speak before 6:30 p.m.


Fiterman Hall/Borough of Manhattan Community College

245 Greenwich Street (Barclay Street – Side Entrance) 13th Floor New York, New York 10007

Click here for details:  Renew NYC

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Listen to An Interview with Save Our Seaport on WBAI Radio

On September 3, Save Our Seaport spokesperson Michael Kramer was interviewed on WBAI’s morning show to discuss the latest news on our fight to Save Our Seaport. You can download an audio file and listen to the interview here: WBAI Interview with Save Our Seaport

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Tuesday’s Landmarks Preservation Commission Public Hearing is Open to All of Us!

Here’s what the Landmarks Preservation Commission had to say about the new design of Pier 17 back in 2012. It’s an example of the kinds of things that concern the LPC. It also shows how the first design of Pier 17 has been changing: LPC Report 129003 8-22-12

Remember that each speaker will have three minutes and three minutes only. Testimony can also be submitted in writing.

The South Street Seaport Historic District is important to us all: neighbors, New Yorkers, visitors, and friends the world over.

Tuesday’s public hearing is open to all of us.

Please help spread the word!

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Reminder! The Landmarks Preservation Commission Hearing is Tuesday, August 4

The Landmarks Preservation Commission hearing agenda for Tuesday, August 4 now shows the Seaport application as Item 13, final item:

Approximate Time: 3:30 – End

It is recommended to be there by 2:30

(ID REQUIRED for entry, and security can take some time.)


NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission

Municipal Building, South Entrance

1 Centre Street

9th Floor

Look for Save Our Seaport on the 9th Floor around 2:30PM.

The LPC website has put up a link to the full 52-page HHC Seaport presentation for the LPC Public Hearing on 08/04:

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