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Preserving South Street SeaportThe Dream and Reality of a New York Urban Renewal District$
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James M. Lindgren

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781479822577

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479822577.001.0001

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“Look at Our Waterfront! Just Look”

“Look at Our Waterfront! Just Look”

How Earth Day Boomed the Seaport

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Preserving South Street Seaport

James M. Lindgren

NYU Press

This chapter examines how an event called Earth Day helped revive the South Street Seaport. It begins with an overview of the crises that set the Seaport's context during the 1960s and 1970s, from racial tensions and protests to countercultures, pollution, cultural alienation, political corruption, and physical degradation. It then considers the Seaport's experimentation with programs and policies still debated today and how South Street Seaport Museum redefined the concept of a history museum. It also discusses the Seaport's community-building efforts, such as getting involved in the environmental movement, and goes on to explore how Pier 16 became a centerpiece for Earth Day in the early 1970s. It concludes with an assessment of the Pioneer program and the establishment of the Pioneer Sail Training School, later replaced by the Pioneer Marine School, whose mission was to help inner-city former drug addicts become self-reliant citizens by teaching them marine repair and construction.

Keywords:   drug addicts, Earth Day, South Street Seaport, South Street Seaport Museum, environmental movement, Pier 16, Pioneer program, Pioneer Sail Training School, Pioneer Marine School

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