We hope you this note finds you well, and we send wishes for a healthy and safe 2021.
Thank you again for being a part of the Our City, Our Seaport: Campaign to Save the South Street Seaport Museum.
Many of you came out virtually in support of the Museum at this month’s Landmarks Preservation Commission hearing. It was a long day of testimony, but there’s no doubt that our presence made a difference: in addition to all of the written testimony that many submitted for the record, out of 123 total verbal testimonies, 67 were in support of the project—a remarkable feat and a clear indication of the strength and momentum this campaign has achieved.
Not only did we have an incredible group of testifiers that validated the importance of the Seaport Museum—the very large majority of speakers, in fact—but we also received strong coverage from the media. Stories in The Real Deal, Gothamist, and New York YIMBY highlighted the project while the editorial boards of The New York Times, New York Post, the New York Daily News and the Wall Street Journal all endorsed the broader proposal. It is rare to have every single editorial board agree on an issue, which is yet another resounding affirmation of this proposal.
Throughout this ongoing discussion, one thing is clear: there is a strong and intense desire from a vast array of voices to save this museum.
We launched this campaign because of you—our supporters who have found a second home and place of belonging at the Museum and who recognize the unique challenges it has faced. Each of you understands what New York has to lose if this one-of-a-kind institution closes for good, and none of us are going to let that happen without a fight.
Thanks again for your continued support and we look forward to working with you as the campaign to save the South Street Seaport Museum rolls on.