Advocates Demand End to Monied Influence in City Real Estate Deals

On May 4, 2016 on the steps of City Hall, Friends of South Street Seaport (FOSSS)  joined advocate groups from all over the city -under the coalition umbrella of “New Yorkers for A Human Scale City” – to remind elected officials that they weren’t elected to pay lip-service to the public’s interests while working back room deals with real estate interests. Coalition site:  http://www.humanscale.nyc For Daily News article on the press conference: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/mayor-de-blasio-fosters-pay-to-play-culture-activists-claim-article-1.2625399

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MIXED USE PROJECT – not today!
Christopher Curry, Sr. EVP of Howard Hughes Corp. (HHC) at Manh. CB1 meeting, Jan. 19, 2016:
“Let me state this very clearly. That is not the project we’re proposing TODAY. That is not the project.” [emphasis added]

And for once we have to agree – HHC was not going to propose (and certainly not expose) the “Mixed Use Project”.

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Friends of South Street Seaport Reveals Clandestine Hotel Tower & other Mixed Use Planning in Historic Seaport

FOSSS obtained secretly submitted documents filed by joint “Project Applicants” NYC Economic Development Corp. (EDC) and Howard Hughes Corp. (HHC) for a “Mixed Use Project”.
When confronted with the FOIL evidence, HHC representative Chris Curry and HHC counsel Paul Selver denied that there were Mixed Use plans at this time. Mr. Curry: “…at this point, that is not the plan”.
In the face of over 400 pages of filings, no one in the know was buying it.

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