“Nobody Knows That We’re Here” What Happened to That Promised Salvation on the East River?
This concluding chapter examines the ups and downs of the South Street Seaport Museum as it tried to realize its historic preservation vision, which included saving an urban renewal district and restoring historic ships. It reflects on the struggle between diverse New Yorkers who dreamed of preserving Gotham's history, particularly Peter M. Stanford, and the city's power brokers that included politicians, bureaucrats, and developers such as James Rouse Company. It also considers the Seaport's novel financing mechanisms such as selling air rights and dollar memberships, along with the focus of City Hall, Wall Street, and the American Association of Museums on business-minded partnerships and corporate-ordered museums.
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