CB1 Issues Resolution Supporting Sal Polisi And The Maritime Crafts Center

Following last week’s testimony before Community Board 1 by Sal Polisi and his supporters, the Board yesterday issued the following Resolution:

Relocation of Maritime Crafts Center

WHEREAS: Sal Polisi, the proprietor of the Maritime Crafts Center is a master woodcarver who has worked at the South Street Seaport for nearly 30 years in a small woodcarving shop drawing dozens of curious visitors every day, and,

WHEREAS: The nautical master woodcarver is credited with building a new figurehead for the Wavertree, teak benches for the Peking and worked on other vessels at the Seaport, and,

WHEREAS: The shop is located near Pier 15 under the FDR Drive and Mr. Polisi has been told by the NYCEDC that the facility must be moved because to allow for pedestrian traffic flow on the new East River Waterfront esplanade, and,

WHEREAS: A Preliminary Scope Report, prepared in February 15, 2011 by HRD Consultants recommended a site under the FDR Drive to which the facility could be moved but that will not work because there is not enough space for handicapped accessibility, and other potential locations, including an NYCEDC-owned lot on John Street, have also not been successful for other considerations, and

WHEREAS: The NYCEDC is working with the South Street Seaport Museum on a new location for the shop on Water Street, but advocates said the location is not ideal because it is farther from the East River and the museum’s historic boats, now

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT: Community Board One encourages the NYCEDC and the South Street Seaport Museum to find a suitable relocation site for the Maritime Crafts Center.

We’ll keep you posted on further developments.

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One Response to CB1 Issues Resolution Supporting Sal Polisi And The Maritime Crafts Center

  1. Greg J. Williams says:

    I am a friend and co-worker of Sal Polisi. I used to be a volunteer for the Seaport in building and restoring model ships and worked at the Maritime Crafts Center. Can you tell me where the Maritime Crafts Center (model shop) has been moved? When I return to NYC, I would like to visit the Center again. Thanks for your patience. G.J. Williams

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