Just Press Pause advocates halting current plans for the South Street Seaport and East River waterfront to fully examine how these projects would impact an historic area of international significance.

Our initiative is spurred by the recent and highly controversial proposal to build a commercial and residential tower that will destroy the iconic, city-owned Fulton Fish Market, block equally iconic views of the Brooklyn Bridge, and irrevocably compromise the scale and character of this 400-year-old district and its waterfront.

Just as the proposed East Midtown Rezoning was recently put on hold pending closer study, we seek time to create the first truly comprehensive master plan for the South Street Seaport Historic District and other irreplaceable public assets along the East River waterfront in Lower Manhattan, including the East River Esplanade.

The damage to the Seaport and the surrounding area caused by years of poor planning and programming compounded by Hurricane Sandy and current uncoordinated efforts to implement waterfront resiliency make this the ideal time to pause and reimagine the future of this precious and fragile asset through a collaborative, democratic, transparent process that includes all stakeholders

We urge all our elected officials, starting with Mayor de Blasio and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, to join forces with friends, neighbors, and fellow citizens to support this initiative. Together, we can transform this long neglected remnant of New York’s original working waterfront into a truly vibrant civic space: a compelling shared destination for New Yorkers and international visitors alike. 

Now is the time to Just Press Pause and rethink the South Street Seaport.



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