“Salvation on the East River”: How a Clever Editor Saw Jehovah’s Light
This introduction focuses on the South Street Seaport Museum in Lower Manhattan, New York City, and its efforts to preserve the historic district of South Street Seaport. It considers the historic preservation movement that emerged following the demolition of Pennsylvania Station that began in 1963. In particular, it discusses the efforts of Peter M. Stanford, who formed the Friends of South Street Maritime Museum to jump-start the proposal of state senator Whitney North Seymour Jr. to establish the New York State Maritime Museum at the Schermerhorn Row. It also examines the Friends' vision for the South Street Seaport, such as creating a fleet of historic ships, to be called “Street of Ships,” on the East River. Finally, it highlights the problems faced by the South Street Seaport Museum in its crusade to preserve the port and its history.
Keywords: historic preservation, South Street Seaport Museum, Lower Manhattan, New York City, South Street Seaport, Pennsylvania Station, Peter M. Stanford, Whitney North Seymour Jr., historic ships, Street of Ships
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