“New York City would not be the cultural and financial capital of the United States if not because of its port, and it all began at the South Street Seaport. That rich heritage is worthy of continued preservation, and any development must address that heritage along with the concerns of local community members and organizations”, said Congressman Jerrold Nadler.
When asked about preserving a building in NYC's Chinatown, the Mayor said, "It’s vital that 70 Mulberry continue to be part of Chinatown’s history,” adding he wants to “preserve every piece of history we can.” The Mayor thanked Council Member Margaret Chin, who went to school at 70 Mulberry, for championing the former P.S. 23.
On another occasion : “We are not embarking on a mission to build towering skyscrapers
where they don’t belong. We have a duty to protect and preserve
culture and character of our neighborhoods, and we will do so.”
"The Seaport Coalition and their work advocating on behalf of the downtown families, seniors, and businesses that call the neighborhood home is a model for what community partnership should look like. They have educated, organized, and mobilized to ensure that community voices are centered in all decisions made about the Seaport's future. I fully support the Coalition's efforts to maintain the history, integrity, and vitality of the Historic South Street Seaport, including abiding by the current zoning limit that this community fought so hard for"
“... Howard Hughes' project at 250 W`ater Street has not adhered to the
special zoning at the South Street Seaport Historic District... Even REBNY,
who represents large scale developers, has said that historic districts like
the South Street Seaport need to be preserved ...it is a historic district that
has specific rules that need to be followed."
“Historical context, building heights, and maintaining the vitality of
the area are all elements which must be factored in to any final
project in this crucial Manhattan neighborhood—the neighborhood
where, in many ways, New York City began. As I’ve said before,
building a tower at the South Street Seaport is like building a tower
at Colonial Williamsburg.”
“It just doesn't fit. It just doesn't look right.... People come down to
the Seaport because of its history. A 40-story tower has no place in