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Floodwaters rising over Pier 16 on October 29th. 2012. Photo courtesy of the South Street Seaport Museum facebook page


Believe it or not, it has been more than three years since Hurricane Sandy surged in and flooded the South Street Seaport Museum, ruining much of the mechanics of the historic location.

The lobby and cafe, underwater. Photo courtesy of the South Street Seaport Museum facebook page


WHC is thrilled to share the news that the SSSM is returning with a new exhibit, “Street of Ships: The Port and Its People” which will open on March 17, 2016.

Street of Ships in 2005 with Wavertree in the foreground. Photo by Sfoskett (CC 3.0)


Curbed: The exhibit, which will be staged in the museum’s front lobby (work continues on the rest of the institution), will feature artifacts from the museum’s extensive collection of maritime ephemera; it’ll also provide more insight into the restoration of the Wavertree, an iron sailing ship that’s currently being restored in Staten Island.

South Street Seaport Museum. Photo by Sfoskett (CC 3.0)


In a statement, executive director Jonathan Boulware said, “We’re absolutely thrilled to finally be bringing artifacts from the collection forward to the public for the first time since Sandy.”  Read more from Curbed here…

posted by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee


New Jersey National Guard Soldiers assist displaced residents at the town of Hoboken Oct. 31, 2012. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Joseph Davis/Released)


Hoboken residents packed the Hoboken Historical Museum this week to voice their opposition to the building of seawalls in and around their neighborhoods.

The 5 plans proposed by State all include seawalls, to protect low-lying Hoboken from flooding in the event of another Sandy-strength storm surge.



Image via NJ DEP


NBC 4 New York: Residents in Hoboken are lashing out against the state’s proposals to build a seawall that could obstruct the prized waterfront view of Manhattan. 

Mayor Dawn Zimmer tried responding to concerns from the heated crowd, but the prevailing thought was clear. No one wanted to face the unpleasant aesthetic of having a protective wall in their city. [See the plans here.]

The 3rd public session is scheduled for tomorrow, December 17th, from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at the Hoboken Housing Authority Senior Building, 221 Jackson St., Hoboken.

Read more from NBC 4 New York here…


posted by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

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