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OSA Newsletter - June 27, 2016
Seaport resident and artist, Gregory Lira, has been maintaining Peck Slip Plaza. 

Caring for Peck Slip's Open Spaces

OSA Partners with Community Stakeholders in Beautifying & Maintaining Peck Slip Plaza and Park

Peck Slip has fulfilled many roles over the centuries, from boat slip to markets, from parking lot, to construction staging sites. Today, thanks to a multi-pronged collaboration between the OSA and NYC DOT, NYC DDC, and Community Board 1, Peck Slip is currently serving as open, public plaza and park spaces, right in the heart of the Old Seaport.

In 2014, the OSA took the necessary steps for Peck Slip to become part of NYC's Plaza Program, and subsequently signed the required contract and secured the insurance policy that allows it to remain open and accessible for public use. Soon after, the Seaport received a Citibike Station. 

Since then, the OSA's dedicated volunteers - both businesses and residents - have worked to maintain both sides of Peck Slip. This summer, the OSA is pleased to have hired local Seaport artist, Gregory Lira to care for the space each day. This special treatment for Peck Slip Plaza is thanks to a new partnership and shared funding with the Seaport Community Coalition, headed by Gary Fagin of the Seaport's own Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra. Fulfilling its newest role as community hub, Peck Slip continues to bring the neighborhood together!

You can find Greg, a regular vendor at our OSA Night Markets, caring for the Western portion of Peck Slip, taking the tables and chairs in and out each morning and evening, watering the planters, and keeping the space clean. When you see Greg, please say Hello, and thank him for his great work on behalf of our neighborhood's cherished public space.

Rendering of New Peck Slip Design - Image courtesy of CB1

Peck Slip Redesign - Coming Soon!

Join the OSA & Partners in Advocating for a More Open, Flexible Peck Slip Redesign

Peck Slip Plaza (the side with the Citibikes) and Peck Slip Park (the larger portion next to South Street) are used daily by Blue School kids, local residents, dogs, and visitors alike, in addition to cinematographers and photographers, special events, and more. 

However, later this year, the NYC Parks Department is scheduled to begin reconstruction on Peck Slip, based on a design approved back in 2006, and construction is estimated to take at least 18 months. The OSA, CB1, and our local schools, among an increasing number of other stakeholders, feel strongly that this design is very reflective of the Seaport of ten years ago, but not at all reflective of the needs of the Seaport's growing residential, school, and small business community. This sentiment is gaining momentum, and as a result, the OSA is ramping up advocacy efforts for a more flexible, open design for Peck Slip.

If you would like to get involved with our efforts to advocate for a modified version of the Peck Slip redesign, click here, and please spread the word to your friends, colleagues and neighbors. We'll make sure to include you in our efforts, so stay tuned for information about our letter writing campaign, and thanks for your help!



Strut, Swagger, & Slobber 2016

Saturday, June 18, 2016

This summer's Strut, Swagger, & Slobber Bully Beach Party was tremendously fun and successful. The pups enjoyed frolicking in the pools and the sunshine, all while raising money to help other dogs through the Midatlantic Bulldog Rescue and Bumper Bulldog Rescue. Thanks for joining, and stay tuned for the next event to benefit rescue efforts!

Animation Nights New York (ANNY) hosts monthly animation screening and networking events at 180 Maiden Lane. (Photo credit: Ellen Qbertplaya)

Animation Nights New York (ANNY)

July Pictures: An evening of Animated Short Films
Wednesday, July 13, 2016 · 8pm · 180 Maiden Ln

Join ANNY for July's screening of expertly curated Animated Short Films from around the world. Admission is free and food, refreshments, beer and wine are on offer. Come enjoy an evening of beautiful Animated Shorts and network with fellow artists and animation lovers. Afterwards, be sure to take a stroll through the historic Seaport neighborhood for even more inspiration!

Fourth of July Events - 2016

Enjoy music, fireworks, and more in the Seaport

The Howard Hughes Corporation, in partnership with Noisey, will be presenting musical and family friendly performances throughout the afternoon and evening on July 3rd and 4th. For a full lineup of performances and more information, click here. Old Seaport restaurants will remain open, so come on down!

Geared toward local New Yorkers, The South Street Seaport Museum will be hosting an exclusive Fireworks Celebration on the evening of the Fourth on Pier 16. Get your tickets now to enjoy unparalleled firework views, local food trucks, and beers from Staten Island's Flagship Brewing Co. All ages are welcome, so bring your lawn chairs, beach blankets and kids, and enjoy your independence on the East River!



Increased Security on July 3rd and 4th Will Affect Local Access

Attention Seaport Residents and Businesses: If you plan to host an event in your business establishment, or invite guests to enjoy fireworks at your residence on the 4th of July, please send a letter, flyer, or ticket identifying your event, including your name and address to: Please provide guests with information on the closest access point, and, if possible, a contact name and number should security need to verify the validity of the credentials.

While the Seaport will remain open to the public, if the pedestrian counts exceed capacity as the evening wears on, security will begin to block off entry points, making access difficult without some form of ticket or invitation. Below is a map of the Security and Pedestrian Flow Plan. 

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