Working toward a better South Street Seaport for all
Our city and the Seaport neighborhood are taking the first steps toward recovering from the impacts of the pandemic. To do that, we need responsible economic stimulus, affordable housing, new jobs, and increased support for local businesses.
The port is a symbol of limitless imagination and aspiration, connecting New York City to the world beyond. It survived a raging fire and a terrible hurricane, earning the character that lives on in the stately facades of Schermerhorn Row, in battered cobblestones, and in the river that sweeps past its piers and banks.
Our responsibility and commitment is to invest in this great neighborhood, to preserve what makes it shine. We’re working to address the Seaport’s needs while staying true to its character.
Learning from past Seaport plans
Working alongside SOM, we’ve explored the history of the neighborhood and its many evolutions.
We’ve learned from past efforts to deliver improvements to the Seaport, and we’ve coordinated our proposal with important guidelines, reports, and studies authored by those who’ve come before us and who continue to work with us.
Community engagement and an open process.
We’ve made it our mission to engage in principled urban development, finding solutions that both meet the needs of the neighborhood and allow the Seaport to contribute positively to the city as a whole. To achieve this, we’ve taken two important steps – bringing on the renowned architectural and urban planning firm of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM), and expanding opportunities for constructive dialogue with local residents, businesses, and community leaders.
At Taste of the Seaport and the Fulton Stall Market, we asked over 150 people to fill out surveys and participate in design exercises. Nearly half of the participants lived nearby, and a robust 81% felt the neighborhood has improved over the past few years.
We’ve also brought the community together for a series of planning and design workshops, building a collaborative and inclusive process that considers the diverse needs and perspectives of our neighborhood.
Our initial workshop focused on presenting the historic context of the Seaport, sharing details about zoning parameters for height, bulk, and possible uses, generating ideas, and gathering feedback from participants.
68% of participants live, work, or both in the Seaport
Our second workshop presented findings from the initial workshop and from our community pop-ups. We also highlighted the unique opportunity and benefits of taking a holistic approach to the area. Finally, we presented a summary of existing development rights and shared preliminary ideas for three development sites – generating substantive feedback from workshop participants.
70% of participants think the Seaport has improved in recent years
Our third workshop led with a recap of findings and ideas shared in previous sessions, and presented refinements of our initial design concepts based on input from the community. We discussed a comprehensive planning framework and how we might deliver priority improvements for the Seaport neighborhood. We gathered additional feedback from participants, and established a plan for ongoing communication.
Ten years of investment and partnership
Since 2010, The Howard Hughes Corporation has been a proud member of the Seaport community. To date, we’ve invested over $900 million to preserve and develop the neighborhood, creating thousands of jobs and over a billion dollars of economic activity.
We are also deeply committed to supporting this unique part of New York City through additional investment, economic development, and partnerships with local educational and cultural organizations.
Supporting our community
We’ve worked together with our government and elected leaders and other partners to help the Seaport through crises. Following the 2008 financial crisis, HHC invested in Lower Manhattan helping spur the neighborhood’s economic recovery. We responded to the damage wrought by Superstorm Sandy by developing and implementing restoration and resiliency measures to sustain the Seaport’s history while safeguarding its future.
Today, the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have been felt across the city and country, including the Seaport neighborhood. We’re dedicated to helping our community through this difficult time.
Select examples of this important work include:
Sustaining local businessesWe’re working with the Alliance for Downtown New York, Brookfield Place New York, and Silverstein Properties to help businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic through $800,000 in immediate cash grants to small businesses in Lower Manhattan.
Protecting healthcare workersHHC has donated to NewYork-Presbyterian Hospitals’ Healthcare Workers Fund to support the physical and emotional wellbeing of healthcare workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Supporting home healthcareWe’ve worked with the Chinese-American Planning Council to donate gloves and masks for home health care attendants in need of protective equipment.
Promoting access to fresh foodWe’ve provided emergency funds to keep the Fulton Stall Market operating to bring fresh produce and other foods to residents.
Neighborhood partnershipsHHC is proudly working alongside Council Member Margaret Chin, TUFF-LES, Vision Urbana and Two Bridges Neighborhood Council to provide weekly food donations to help feed our neighbors during this crisis.
NYC Housing AuthorityHHC is partnering with the NYC Housing Authority to send weekly food deliveries to Smith Houses, home to nearly 6,000 residents impacted by the pandemic.
Grand St. SettlementWe’re donating a weekly shipment of food from U.S. Food Delivery to the Grand St. Settlement pantry to help provide access to food for nearly 500 seniors and 800 families in our community.
Bowery MissionWe worked with the Bowery Mission to donate perishable food from Seaport restaurants to families and those in need.
We’ve welcomed people of all faiths and cultures to the Seaport through diverse programming, social activities, and public amenities including holiday lighting ceremonies and the Lunar New Year Festival, Seaport Fit, the Fulton Stall Public Market, and Taste of the Seaport.
“I imagine a historic Seaport that is a more diverse and inclusive neighborhood.“
Our commitment to the neighborhood is visible as well through our work in education and the arts. We’ve supported local public schools and after-school programs, as well as helping A Place for Kids further their mission of enriching the lives of area children. We’ve also been key supporters of cultural activities in the Seaport – partnering with the LMCC River to River Festival, hosting the Waterfront Alliance City of Water Day, and providing space for the Black Gotham Experience. Perhaps the most prominent manifestation of our support for the Seaport’s history and culture is our commitment to the South Street Seaport Museum – support that lies at the heart of our vision for the Seaport’s future.
Progress we've made: destinations and amenities
In addition to housing creative tenants including Nike and ESPN, the new Pier 17 offers dining with acclaimed chefs, and spectacular views of the Brooklyn Bridge, the Empire State Building, and the Statue of Liberty. Its unmatched rooftop open space provides an awe-inspiring setting for screenings of classic films, yoga and fitness, winter skating, and an epic summer concert series.
The newest cinema house in Lower Manhattan, the iPic features a lively bar for pre-film drinks, and 8 theaters with luxurious seating and in–theater dining service from James Beard Award-winning Chef Sherry Yard.
Mr. C Hotel
Visitors to the Seaport can now stay in the new Mr. C Hotel. The latest urban oasis from the fourth-generation of the Cipriani family deftly balances a contemporary experience with the eclectic character of the Seaport.
Next year we’ll unveil the revitalized Tin Building, preserving a landmarked piece of the Seaport’s architectural history and further enhancing the area’s access to fresh seafood and produce from local vendors.
See more about our vision for a brighter future for the Seaport
Discover our plans to turn a surface parking lot into a new mixed-income development that delivers essential benefits to the Seaport.
Our plan generates over $1.2 billion in economic stimulus for New York City and state, helping support our recovery from the ongoing pandemic.
Our proposal establishes a $50 million fund to restore and reopen the South Street Seaport Museum.