THE SEAPORT WORKING GROUP

This brief is part of the WHY WE FIGHT FOR THE SOUTH STREET SEAPORT series, to inform the public about the struggle to keep the Seaport historic in the face of commercial pressure.  THE SEAPORT WORKING GROUP was an advisory body that brought together a diverse group of people concerned with the revitalization of the South Street Seaport. It was convened in 2015 by Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and NYC Council Member Margaret Chin, prompted by controversy over the development plans of the Howard Hughes Corporation. While it was strongly guided by the NYC ...

Read More


SAVE OUR SEAPORT testimony at the Landmarks Preservation Commission hearing December 12

SOS Testimony – December 12, 2017 – NYC Landmarks Application PC - 19 - 1 9 352 SAVE OUR SEAPORT remembers LPC’s 2012 and 2015 discussions about Pier 17 where we expressed our concerns about building height, view corridors, and most importantly, placemaking in the South Street Seaport Historic District. We remind you that an uncovered public/private open space was a most welcome outcome. The permit for the approved building states that it “…will be comparable to the existing building in terms of footprint and height.” The proposal before you today ...

Read More


Pier 17 Roof: SOS Statement at Community Board 1 Town Meeting 12.04.17

Save Our Seaport Testimony for Community Board #1 Town Meeting – 12.04.17 As your friends and neighbors in the South Street Seaport Historic District, we are greatly disturbed by the prospect of absorbing the significant impact on quality of life by the Howard Hughes Corporation’s (“HHC”) aspirational rooftop space which is preemptively promoted to be the “ premiere boutique entertainment venue in the world”. (2014 Letter to Shareholders) For the past three years, we have already been troubled by the loud music and other noisy activities from the uplands ...

Read More


From the SOS mailbox

Re: Ambrose Channel Lightship My father was a sailor — a  bona fide Greek sailor who helped his father skipper their 104-foot schooner to distribute merchandise from the Port of Piraeus to the various Cycladic and Sporadic Islands. After World War II he became an American merchant mariner, a job he did for over 30 years.  He worked for all the major American shipping lines and their vessels.  A short trip was 3 weeks; a long one 6 months. I remember when I was a very little girl, before I knew the names of any ships, my father would say to me, "When we ...

Read More


THE LIGHTSHIP AMBROSE

This brief is part of the WHY WE FIGHT FOR THE SOUTH STREET SEAPORT series, to inform the public about the struggle to keep the Seaport historic in the face of commercial pressure. Here’s why we fight to preserve  the Lightship Ambrose. ONE OF THE best-known vessels at South Street Seaport Museum is USLV No. 87/WAL-512, more commonly known as the Lightship AMBROSE. This National Historic Landmark vessel is arguably the most celebrated lightship in American history, due to her role as the very first ship to mark the entrance to the Ambrose Channel, the ...

Read More