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Advocates Say NO to South Street Seaport High Rise

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Preservation groups are speaking out against a development plan to dismantle and move the old Fulton Fish Market in Lower Manhattan, saying the 42-story hotel and apartment tower in the proposed complex would overwhelm the low-scale historic district. Simeon Bankoff is executive director of an advocacy group called the Historic Districts Council.

BANKOFF: This plan is a disaster. It's a disaster for New York, it's a disaster for the seaport. The South Street Seaport is New York's-- is Manhattan's--oldest neighborhood, and definitely it's most intact historic neighborhood. It's a unique place.

REPORTER: The city's Landmarks Commission held a hearing on the development plan yesterday. It doesn't have a say on the hotel tower, which would be just outside the Historic District, but it will consider the Chicago-based developer's other plans for the area within the next few months. The City Council will have to approve the tower.

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