The Seaport Coalition, a group of community activists, has a plan for the future of the South Street Seaport Historic District that preserves its integrity and accepts place-making as its “highest and best use”. Public assets and open space should be used to maximize public benefits therein. The District’s waterfront is not just for show, but for maritime use- public, private, commercial, historic, large, small, stationary, visiting vessels.
This is what makes a seaport.
The Historic District’s low-scale architecture should be respected and celebrated without changes in the current zoning. Any excavation work (archeological or remediation) must be done using best practices in a safe and speedy fashion.
The South Street Seaport Museum, with its landmarked buildings, ships requiring adequate pier space, collections, and activities, must be rejuvenated; as the NYC Economic Development Corporation has shown itself to be a failed steward of the District.
A different form of governance, one successful in other parts of the City, is called for, one that will represent all interests in the Seaport Historic District.
We call for the East River Trust!
See the impact this out-of-scale development would have on the Historic District
Birdseye view of the Historic District today