Bowsprite: A New York Harbor Sketchbook

pier 17, simply seafood

Posted in Uncategorized by bowsprite on 2013/10/04

Saturday, October 5th, 2pm. Meet at the corner of Fulton and Water Streets, by the Titanic Memorial Lighthouse http://saveourseaport.wordpress.com/

On the wrecking ball’s to-do list: Pier 17’s red mall.

pier17

Ok, it was never the darling architectural gem of downtown, and the only reason we went in was to use the head or to take sightings with the grey plastic sextant (GPS) in Ches’ celestial nav class from the top floor Food Court wrap-around balconies.
But for one holdout, the building would be gone: Simply Seafood. Go, bring friends, enjoy the whole building and incredible views to yourself.

Update: on wednesday, November 13, a judge ruled in favor of Howard Hughes Corporation, giving them everything they wanted. Simply Seafood owners came to work on Friday, were not permitted in. Their equipment had been dumped in a dumpster and left in a loading dock.

Every politician will say how important small businesses are to the economy, but it is damned difficult to run one in today’s hostile environment, especially if your business butts heads with big-monied corporations. Good luck, Simply Seafood: you’ve been through enough, with Rause, General Growth Properties, and Howard Hughes. Basta!

When you’re bailing on a sinking ship, and the ship’s owner is bailing by your side, give it all you’ve got. If the owner is no where in sight (or pushing you under), get on the lifeboat. Good luck and safer, cleaner, healthier harbors.

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  1. tugster said, on 2013/10/04 at 12:32

    bravo to the Demane family. i’m coming for lunch tomorrow. do you have monkfish on the menuu? http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/304420-lone-seafood-restaurant-refuses-to-leave-pier-17-building/

  2. mageb said, on 2013/10/04 at 17:10

    Sorry you are out of town. I’m waving at the tall ship. :)

  3. bluebrightly said, on 2013/10/06 at 09:52

    I’ve been away from downtown NY a yr & a half now & I didn’t know this was going on – always had mixed feelings about Rouse & the Seaport, didn’t like the commercialization but appreciated the ships and some of what they did – but that’s a very sad story you linked to (Simply Seafood – simple it isn’t!), and it’s kind of emblematic of the whole seaport struggle I guess. Keep the faith!

  4. Michael said, on 2013/10/14 at 14:11

    Hast thou seen the “Hudson River Line” dishery at Fish’s Eddy? It looks very much like your work! Look at this dish and tell me it isn’t yours! http://www.fishseddy.com/browse.cfm/4,5271.html


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