MCNY “talking” with Floundering Seaport Museum

Things have been looking bad for the Seaport Museum of New York this year; they fired half of their staff, closed their galleries, and are looking to sell their boats. Yikes!

But The Tribeca Trib reported last week that things may be looking up. Just a few days before their meeting with Community Board 1, Save our Seaport met with the Museum of the City of New York to “discuss the Seaport Museum’s future.”

Michael Kramer, a Save Our Seaport member who attended the meeting, called the dialogue with Museum of the City of New York representatives “wonderfully productive.”

“They were receptive to the information we supplied to them, which included the Community Board resolution, and they were open to future meetings,” Kramer, a CB1 public member, told the committee. “So we are hoping that’s a good sign.”

But they won’t get their hopes up, I’m sure.

The Museum of the City of New York has not made any promises, Stanford said, and the substance of its talks with the Seaport Museum were not discussed at the meeting. However, according to Stanford, the New York history museum indicated that it would be open to consulting with Save Our Seaport should it get involved with the Seaport Museum in the future.

“It’s very important that we not for one moment suggest any commitment by the museum to take over the Seaport Museum or run it,” Stanford said.

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