Community groups and star chefs are banding together to prevent developers from tearing down the old Fulton Fish Market at the South Street Seaport. In a video encouraging the public to sign a petition to preserve the space as a public market where both restaurateurs and locals can shop for fresh food, 10 popular chefs, including Daniel Boulud, Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Bill Telepan, stated their case for preserving this rich part of New York City history. The campaign is seeking to acquire 10,000 signatures in support of the petition by the end of this month.
“We are requesting of the City Council that the rezoning of the area preserve the fish market as a public market site,” said Robert LaValva, founder and president of New Amsterdam Market, to Crains New York. The original fish market relocated to the Bronx back in 2005. The petition is also supported by grassroots organization, Save our Seaport, and will submitted to the City Council later this month.
The fish market’s Tin Building and New Market building are owned by the city, therefore requiring developers, in this case the operator of the Pier 17 mall, to go through the Uniform Land use Review Procedure before beginning construction to have their plans approved by community groups and city officials.
Howard Hughes Corp. is presently in the process of clearing Pier 17 of tenants in anticipation of redeveloping the site this summer as early as July 1st. Tenants of the mall will have to vacate by April 30th. According to Crain’s New York the final stage of the process ends with the City Council, which is expected to hold a hearing on the matter this month.
Via Crain’s New York