What Is The Seaport Community Coalition?
The Seaport Community Coalition is comprised of representatives of several community groups and residents from the area south of the Brooklyn Bridge and east of lower Broadway. The Coalition was established in 1986 in order to bring a unified voice and channel for action to quality of life issues that impact the residents and businesses of the area. Through strong working relationships with Community Board #1 and local elected officials, the Coalition spearheads efforts regarding waterfront usage, environmental protection, historic preservation, commercial and residential development, sanitation and health, parks and recreation, and crime prevention.
What has the Seaport Community Coalition accomplished?
Since its founding in 1986, the Coalition has initiated action on many fronts and chalked up a number of successes. Among them are:
- Extension of South Street Seaport Historic District to include Block 106 (Peck Slip to Dover Street, Pearl Street to Water Street)
- Defeating inappropriate development at 250 Water Street
- Establishment of award-winning FishBridge Park
- Relocation of tour bus staging areas away from Seaport
- Sidewalk access for persons with disabilities to Seaport restaurants and shops
- Installation of child-proof railings on the piers at the South Street Seaport
- Created South Street Seaport street parking plan for Community Board No. 1 that was implemented by NYC D.O.T.
- Neighborhood liaison with Con Edison concerning the 1990 Peck Slip substation fire and blackout
- Presentation of a comprehensive, community-based plan for the use and development of the East River waterfront from the Brooklyn Bridge to the Battery
- For 25+ years sponsored the Seaport's Halloween celebration
- Establishment of Jerry Driscoll Walk, the portion of the East River Bikeway/Walkway from Peck Slip to Dover Street
- Initiated with Community Board No. 1 the successful ULURP that downzoned 10 blocks of the South Street Seaport Historic District
- Organized and sponsored the 2006 SeaportSpeaks charrette on the future of the South Street Seaport Historic District and environs
What is the Seaport Community Coalition currently working on?
Among the Coalition's current concerns are:
- Preservation of Peck Slip as unencumbered open space
- Re-opening and renovation of Jerry Driscoll Walk
- Appropriate development of the former Fulton Fish Market properties
- Ongoing care and maintenance of the East River coastline
- Capitol improvements in FishBridge Park