As we fight to save the Historic South Street Seaport District from an outlandish and arrogant proposal by the Howard Hughes Corp. (HHC), we go directly to the source for advice.
And we can’t help but notice, some past voices are noticeable absent in this current battle.
Oct 2008: Margaret Chin, at a CB1 meeting regarding the Howard Hughes Corp.’s predecessor General Growth Properties’ plan for a tower over the New Market site – “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 the Seaport.”
Tellyingly, it was said when she was trying to get elected to the City Council; and the GGP tower was provoking enormous community backlash at the time. Though the comment was made in regard to the GGP plan, it is still very relevant today to 250Water – which is very much ” in the Seaport”
And from NYC Borough President Gail Brewer: “As I’ve said before, building a tower at the South Street Seaport is like building a tower at Colonial Williamsburg.“