Activism


Lawsuit filed vs Landmarks Preservation Commission

The Seaport Coalition, including SOS, filed a lawsuit on May 16 against the Landmarks Preservation Commission. The Coalition asserts that the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) ignored its mandate May 4th when it found the Howard Hughes Corporation’s zone-busting proposal for 250 Water Street “appropriate” in the Historic District, despite being more than three times the height of any existing building in the district. The Coalition’s litigation challenges the decision to grant such a grossly out of scale and clearly inappropriate project an LPC Certification ...

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Howard Hughes Corp sued by Hawaii condo owners for low-balling maintenance expenses, building code violations and construction defects

Local residents in a new condominium tower at Ward Village in Kakaako on Oahu, Hawaii,  have sued the project’s developer, Howard Hughes Corporation, over alleged maintenance expense low-balling, building code violations and construction defects. The statement from board members states condo owners don’t have the resources to fix the problems and felt they had to take legal action after an unsuccessful effort to resolve issues with the developer. Read more here.

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THE HISTORIC SAGA OF THE SOUTH STREET SEAPORT

This article chronicles the history of the struggle to save the unique history of the South Street Seaport and New York itself against the economic push to commercialize and turn profits.

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Seaport Working Group discuss the parameters of development

In 2014 the Seaport Working Group (SWG) met over a period of ten weeks to discuss the parameters of development in the South Street Seaport Historic District. Here are the "Guidelines & Principles" that the group produced. More information about the SWG is available at the Manhattan Community Board 1 website. Learn More.

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EDC Responds to Elected Officials’ Letter regarding Air Rights

The Economic Development Corporation (EDC) responded to a letter from elected officials and made it clear that HHC only owns 341,000 sf of air rights and 685,000 sf are owned by the city on other sites. The letter shows that the building that HHC has proposed on 250 Water St is three times larger than what they could build given the current ownership and zoning. HHC’s proposal would require multiple ULURPs and the sale of city owned air rights.   

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