Some excerpts from NY Magazine article, by Justin Davidson Dec. 23, 2014: “The plan would save the neighborhood in order to destroy it… .” “…, what makes the tower a neighborhood-killer is not its size but its site.” “Finding a new location for the seaport tower is “a red herring,” the head of the city’s Economic […]
The plan presented, as a whole, is a new attempt at reviving the failed festival marketplace strategy of decades ago and adding a 2014 patina of more bulk and retail to the district. The current schematic takes the oldest neighborhood in New York City and dresses it in an abundance of fluorescent lights, covers it in peculiar paving and awnings, and alters its historic buildings and urban fabric.
The Howard Hughes Corp. refuses to use “historic” when referring to the name of our Seaport District seeking to bury South Street’s contribution to the American Story under its development plans. HHC’s aim is to marginalize hundreds of years of American history disregarding the South Street Seaport’s major contribution to the founding of the United States in order to promote it’s “new vision” for the South Street Seaport.
“I question whether the proposal from Howard Hughes for a huge tower on the New Market site meets the Seaport Working Group’s guidelines developed over many months of discussion with the community, urban planners and other stakeholders.” – Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer. For full article go to website www.DowntownPostNYC.com.