Living in NYC is a lesson in renewal. After Hurricane Sandy the South St Seaport and Pier 17 were in bad shape and even now many shops are still boarded up, see the video clip for post Sandy footage.
Now a redevelopment plan has been agreed between the City Council a developer, Howard Hughes Corp and local business people.
South Street Seaport is to get 2 food markets, one in the old Fulton Fish Market and another selling locally sourced food in the Link building, see here.
Over the years this vibrant area which has become a tourist destination with lots of beautiful small shops all with facades in keeping with 19th Century origins of the area.
And of course the Pier 17 Mall and the Summer Music Festival always held on Pier 17 are big drawcards. Now the mall will be redeveloped to a timetable which will suit local businesses who want to recoup some of their losses by having a summer season before the rebuilding begins.
This is great news for NYC for the whole process has allowed interested parties to argue their case and now a solution which suits everyone has been found. Shout out to all involved and can’t wait to see the finished product. LIKE thoughtful New York renewal.