Preserving South Street Seaport: The Dream and Reality of a New York Urban Renewal District, by James M. Lindgren
Preserving South Street Seaport tells the fascinating story, from the 1960s to the present, of the South Street Seaport District of Lower Manhattan.
Home to the original Fulton Fish Market and then the South Street Seaport Museum, it is one of the last neighborhoods of late 18th- and early 19th-century New York City not to be destroyed by urban development. Today, the future of this pioneering museum is in doubt, as its waterfront district is eyed by powerful commercial developers.
Preserving South Street Seaport reveals the pitfalls of privatizing urban renewal, but it also tells the story of how a seedy, decrepit piece of waterfront became a wonderful venue for all New Yorkers and visitors from around the world to enjoy.
Featuring over 40 archival and contemporary black-and-white photographs, this is the first history of a remarkable historic district and maritime museum.
“The author has done exhaustive research in assembling factual evidence of what went wrong . . . . This cautionary tale informs readers how not to run a museum and is recommended for museum educators, historical preservationists, and New York City history buffs.”- Library Journal