In a long dispute ending in 2003, New Yorkers fought to protect the Seaport Historic District from hi-rise development on the Milstein lot, 250 Water Street. The struggle concluded with the down-zoning of the site. Now this same fight has resumed, with a new developer owning the site, and the same determination on the part of New Yorkers to protect the Historic District and its maritime history of their city.
As background to the current situation, please see what was accomplished, and how, the last time around….
Save Our Seaport Decries the use of “Fake Facts” by The NYC Economic Development Corporation seeking to justify the imminent demolition of the new (Fulton Fish) market building in New York City’s Historic South Street Seaport. Learn More.
Save Our Seaport denounces plan by NYC to demolish the new Fulton Fish market building at New York City’s Historic South Street Seaport. Learn More.
The South Street Seaport Museum is still in peril and development projects slated for the district are all focused on retail, dining, and entertainment uses. Public use and maritime history are being squeezed out. It will take vigilant and informed public effort to keep the South Street Seaport historic. To support this effort, we offer briefs to the key elements of the Seaport that are in play, and the issues that are at stake. We hope you will find these briefs helpful, and will share them with others. Together, we can save our Seaport. Learn More.
In March of 2013, the New York City Council issued this press release describing agreements made with Howard Hughes Corporation, South Street Seaport Limited Partnership, and the NYC Economic Development Corporation. The deal included a commitment for a food market in the redeveloped Tin Building, an agreement that the Pier 17 roof would be open to the public when not in use for private events, and noise abatement measures to address concerns about Pier 17 concerts and other events. Learn More.
South Street Seaport: The Longer View. Borough President Gale Brewer in this October 2016 letter to the City Planning Commission puts current events In the South Street Seaport Historic District in true perspective! Learn More.
SOS has always been an informal, consensus- based organization with a discrete leadership. As the years accumulate and the effort continues, something more formal has been called for. Here are the new By-Laws of Save Our Seaport. Learn More.
FAIR LEASE = FAIR WINDS. 08/11/2015. Advocating for the South Street Seaport Museum, the Historic District, and its Waterfront. Learn More.
Save Our Seaport published its vision for the future of the Tin and New Market Buildings at the Seaport in 2015. Learn More.
In August of 2015, Borough President Gale Brewer and Council Member Margaret Chin wrote to Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen, concerning the erosion of the South Street Seaport Museum's presence in the Seaport and the need for the city to revisit the Museum's lease. Learn More.
Many elected officials signed a letter of concern for the South Street Seaport Historic District addressed to the New York Economic Development Corporation in 2013. Learn More.
In 2013, the New York Economic Development Corporation ameneded the South Street Seaport Museum's "Marketplace" lease. Learn More.
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.
In a Letter of Intent between Howard Hughes Corporation and the New York Economic Development Corporation, these milestones were stipulated for the development project in South Street Seaport. Learn More.
In 2010, a consulting engineering firm was contracted to inspect structures in the Fulton Fish Market, specifically the Tin Building, the New Market Building, and the West Apron. Here is that report. Learn More.
The Market Place Lease for the South Street Seaport Historic District, originally from 1981, as amended in 2013. Learn More.
Map accompanying the Market Place Lease as amended in 2013. Learn More.
Save Our Seaport (SOS) is a grassroots organization working to defend the South Street Seaport Historic District.
Save Our Seaport is a grassroots organization devoted to creating a new vision of the South Street Seaport Museum, the Museum’s waterfront and boats, the Historic District and the old Fulton Market.