The Seaport’s “uplands” are located between Water and South Streets and Burling Slip (John Street) and Beekman Street. This mostly cobblestone, pedestrian-only historic district will remain largely unchanged. However, GGP’s plan will bring new community amenities—many of which will be introduced during the anticipated four-year construction period on Pier 17.

The most significant additions will make better use of the Fulton Market Building on Fulton and Front Streets.The second floor of the three-story building will house a 30,000-square-foot community space, which will offer something for everyone, from performances and lectures to cooking classes and children’s events.

Retail will continue to occupy sections of Fulton Market Building’s lower floor. By early summer 2008, GGP will reopen the abandoned Fulton Fish Market stalls on the building’s east side as a specialty food market. The Fulton Stall Market will offer affordable and high-quality foods from around the neighborhood and the world. Tenants will range from local purveyors to emerging television food stars and established restaurateurs.

Cultural programming will continue to attract all New Yorkers to the Seaport. The uplands and Pier 17 will remain the anchor for the River to River Festival, the host of the holiday “Chorus Tree,” and the site for the annual Children’s Day.

As construction on the pier begins in approximately 2010, GGP will continue to collaborate with well-established cultural organizations to actively program regular events in the historic district. GGP has partnered with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and Hamilton Madison House in programming “@SEAPORT!”, a 10,000 square foot venue for free arts and cultural events.

At Cannon’s Walk, interior space will exhibit local artists’ work and be available for readings, private receptions, and other community events. GGP has already collaborated with the Moth Storyshop, the Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra, the Seaport Museum, the Seaport Music Festival, and Trinity Church for family programming in uplands spaces.

Among GGP’s planned programs for 2008 is a unique cultural and educational event that re-creates the Amazonian rainforest on Pier 17. “Amazonia Brasil” celebrates local communities and inform visitors about the importance of sustainability in South America. This year, GGP also will partner with the Public Art Fund to support “The New York City Waterfalls,” a new work of temporary public art by the internationally renowned artist Olafur Eliasson.

And for the third consecutive summer, GGP will bring back the enormously popular Spiegeltent, a circus-cabaret show featured in The New York Times, Time Out New York, and New York Magazine.

The diverse events and attractions planned for the uplands will ensure that the Seaport remains a thriving hub of culture and activity during the four-year Pier 17 construction period. The momentum created by this programming will anchor the uplands, upon the project’s completion, as a dynamic gateway to an unparalleled waterfront destination.

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