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News from Gale Brewer

Statement on proposed tower at South Street Seaport

NEW YORK, NY – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer issued the following statement after the South Street Seaport Working Group meeting at which the Howard Hughes Corporation presented its proposal for a tower to be developed at the South Street Seaport.

“I question whether the proposal from Howard Hughes for a huge tower on the New Market site meets the Seaport Working Group’s guidelines developed over many months of discussion with the community, urban planners and other stakeholders.

“Historical context, building heights, and maintaining the vitality of the area are all elements which must be factored in to any final project in this crucial Manhattan neighborhood—the neighborhood where, in many ways, New York City began. As I’ve said before, building a tower at the South Street Seaport is like building a tower at Colonial Williamsburg.

“Council Member Chin and I have requested that the Seaport Working Group convene a meeting right after Thanksgiving to discuss the HHC proposal presented tonight and evaluate it against the Guidelines and Principles the working group developed. I will withhold final judgment until after discussion by the working group.”

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