New Market Building is Place Matters building of the month!

Place Matters names the New Market Building as building of the month Dear Friends, The New Market Building, the original site of the Fulton Fish Market along the East River, lays empty today. Activist groups have worked over the last few decades to restore the market to its former importance as part of a revitalization of […]

Holiday Book Party and Fundraiser: South Street Seaport

Thank you to everyone who attended our holiday party and fundraiser at Bowne & Co. Stationers on December 5, 2012. HDC had a wonderful time seeing everyone and we could not have held the event in a better space. The Bowne & Co. building is beautiful and we hope that you will continue to show […]

LPC Reacts Favorably to Proposal for New Pier 17 Building

  Although a formal vote was not taken, the Landmarks Preservation Commission agreed yesterday to permit the demolition of the 1985 Pier 17 Building and allow its replacement with a glassy new building by ShoP Architects. HDC opposed the proposal, stating that the building’s noted architect, Benjamin Thompson, made specific references to the South Street […]

Archaeological Finds At New Amsterdam Market

A NINETEENTH CENTURY DINNER SETTING ARCHAEOLOGICAL FINDS AT NEW AMSTERDAM MARKET Sunday, November 13, 11am – 5pm New Amsterdam Market South Street between Beekman Street & Peck Slip The recent street reconstructions all around the East River Market District have resulted in some very exciting finds that will be placed on view at the market […]

Battery-Maritime Building Gets a Hotel Tiara?

From the New York Times November 25, 2007DispatchesDiscontent on a Tip of the Island at the Center of the WorldBy JAKE MOONEYON a cold morning last week, bundled-up tourists strolled south along the East River from the South Street Seaport, past the pier where they could buy helicopter rides and the ornate Battery Maritime Building, […]

What will be the Future of the South Street Seaport?

From amNY.comChanges in store for South Street SeaportBy David Freedlander, amNewYork Staff Writerdfreedlander@am-ny.com November 13, 2007 The South Street Seaport, an area for decades dismissed as “just for tourists,” has re-emerged in the forefront of New Yorkers’ minds as architects, preservations and local residents wrestle over the waterfront of the future. It’s been two years […]

There Once Was a Neighborhood: Exhibit at the South Street Seaport Museum

A young Rebecca Lepkoff, camera in hand, navigated the streets of the Lower East Side of New York in the 1930s and 1940s, before the Alfred E. Smith housing project largely demolished and forever changed its character. She captured the lives and times of a vibrant, close-knit, and functional multiethnic community. Through her lens, she […]

Peck Slip Redo Coming to Consensus

From the Downtown ExpressCity stops to plant flowers in Peck Slip planBy Skye H. McFarlane Though two big regulatory hurdles still lie ahead, park advocates and preservationists appear to have reached an agreement on the redesign of Peck Slip. “We’re very restricted on this site, but…I think we’ve reached a good compromise,” said John Fratta, […]

Peck Slip Plans To be Heard

Dear Friend of the Seaport, As you know, the design for Peck Slip is undergoing a revision in response to the call of the Community Board for more “greenery” within the historic site. The landscape firm of Quennell Rothschild and the New York City Department of Parks will unveil their new plan at three key […]

Following up on the Peck Slip Redo

From the Downtown Express The proposed “ghost ship” design for Peck Slip met with unhappy reviews when the Parks Department presented it to Community Board 1’s Seaport Committee on March 13. Neighborhood residents at the meeting asked the Parks Department to redesign the space to create a more park-like atmosphere while still respecting the slip’s […]