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OSA Newsletter 11.22.16

OSA General Meeting Recap

Couldn't make it? Here's what you need to know! 

What is the OSA? The Old Seaport Alliance (OSA) is the Seaport's non-profit neighborhood improvement organization, which works to promote and support local businesses, Seaport residents, and other stakeholders.  The OSA seeks to honor the Seaport's rich history, while working to ensure thoughtful progress and improved resiliency.

What have we been working on? The OSA supports local businesses by hosting neighborhood events, including our Night Markets, our monthly OSA Happy Hours, Halloween Trick-or-Treating, and more. We are working to improve and care for our public spaces, like Peck Slip, the East River Esplanade, and the under-used and neglected areas around the Brooklyn Bridge. 

Meeting Overview & Highlights:

  • Welcome and introductions from OSA Co-Chairs, Sara Williams and Neil Mossberg
  • Year in review - updates on OSA initiatives, and upcoming events - including the OSA's 2017 gala, to be held aboard the Seaport Museum's Wavertree!
  • Talk and presentation by Captain Jonathan Boulware, Executive Director of the South Street Seaport Museum on the history of the Seaport and updates on the Museum's programs, events, and new developments
  • Introduction to the newly developed Old Seaport App, created by P3GM in partnership with OSA. The new App will promote our local businesses, and offer specials for residents and visitors, among many other features. We'll let you know as soon as it's live! 
  • A hearty 'Thank you' to our partners at North Street Creative for creating our beautiful OSA website! is an information hub, serving and promoting businesses and the Seaport community, and beyond! 
  • Call to Action: The OSA and partners are excited to welcome so many new volunteers! Thank you for joining us!

We want to hear from you! The Old Seaport Alliance wants to ensure that our work is reflective of the vision and needs of residents and local businesses, so we're all ears! Please reach out or stop by our monthly Happy Hour and let us know how the OSA can improve your neighborhood! Better yet, become a volunteer!

Volunteer Kick Off Meeting

Monday, December 5, 2016 · 7:15 TO 8:15 PM

Please join us Monday, December 5th (location TBD), for our volunteer kick off meeting. This first meeting will be an opportunity to meet other volunteers, and to begin planning for local efforts and initiatives, such as our second annual fundraising gala aboard the Wavertree, and our campaign for a more thoughtful and appropriate Peck Slip redesign. We're also eager to hear more from residents about the issues they care most about, so we can adjust our collective actions accordingly. If you'd like to join our volunteers, please email us so we can ensure you're kept in the loop. 

Participate in a global day of giving! 

TUESDAY, NOV. 29, 2016

This year, the Old Seaport Alliance will be participating in #GivingTuesday, an annual global day of giving. Since its founding in 2012, #GivingTuesday has inspired giving around the world, resulting in greater donations, volunteer hours, and activities that bring about real change in communities.  We invite you to join the movement and to give back to the Seaport Community this #GivingTuesday.

Seaport small business owner Amanda Zink on The Today Show, promoting The Salty Paw and the importance of supporting local businesses

Small Business Saturday

SATURDAY, NOV. 26, 2016 

Head to the Seaport this Saturday to support the local small businesses that make the Seaport the wonderful and unique district that it is! The Seaport neighborhood wouldn't be what we know and love it to be without the tireless work of local business owners and their employees, and it's time we show them some serious love! Making an effort to shop and dine local is an easy way to give back to the community and support our local economy, so be sure to keep all the wonderful Seaport businesses in mind as you make your shopping and dining rounds this weekend and throughout the holiday season!

Thanksgiving Specials 

THURSDAY, NOV. 24, 2016 

Not in the mood to cook? Need some time away from crammed kitchens and tense dinner table conversation? These Seaport Restaurants have got you covered! Acqua and the Trading Post will be serving traditional Thanksgiving specials with their own signature twists, while Keg229 serves up classic American comfort foods! Any way you go, you're guaranteed a delicious meal in a fun and friendly place! 

33rd Annual Seaport Tree Lighting

TUESDAY, NOV. 29, 2016 · 6:30 PM

The Seaport District kicks off the holiday season with its 33rd annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Tuesday, November 29 at 6:30 pm, presented by Hallmark Channel.
To celebrate the nautical history of New York’s “oldest new neighborhood,” this year’s 60-foot Norway Spruce from Hinsdale, PA will be decorated with a “Constellation” theme depicting the tools sailors of the Old World used to traverse the globe. Held on the Fulton Street cobblestones, the tree lighting evening will include special live performances by Vy Higginsen’s Gospel Choir of Harlem and Grace VanderWaal, winner of the 2016 season of America’s Got Talent, singing songs from her debut EP Perfectly Imperfect out Friday, December 2.

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