Last year, Sal was told by the City (NYC Economic Development Corp.) that his shop would be relocated underneath the FDR Drive, in close proximity to its current location. Apparently this offer has been rescinded, and he is now facing eviction.
These are all the details we have at this time, and we’ll update when we get more or clearer information.
Sal and his shop have been a beloved part of the South Street Seaport Museum, and the local community, since the early ’80s. You can learn more about Sal and see his work at his website.
The Seaport Committee of Community Board 1 will meet tonight, Tuesday, June 19th, and Sal’s plight will be on the agenda. Please come down and speak on Sal’s behalf, or just show your support by being present.
Also on the agenda will be a discussion of the Howard Hughes Corporation’s plans for their property at the Seaport. There will probably be an opportunity to be heard on this subject as well.
The meeting begins at 6pm at 49-51 Chambers Street, Room 709 (Map). You will need to provide ID and pass through a metal detector, so if you’re stepping off a boat, be sure to leave your rigging gear behind.