In a low lying area of Lower Manhattan directly across from the Brooklyn Bridge and right on the East River is New York’s famous South Street Seaport, home to the South Street Seaport Museum which was heavily damaged during Superstorm Sandy. Today we’re learning that an anonymous donor floated a $500,000 monetary gift to the museum to aid in its recovery from the storm.
The Downtown Magazine NYC reported that although none of the museum’s ships anchored in the harbor and none of the museum’s exhibits were damaged in the storm, the Seaport Museum itself, located at 12 Fulton Street, experienced five feet of flooding on its first floor. The main lobby, ticket counter, food stand, and gift shop are all located on that once flooded first floor,
And although the available $750k sounds like a lot of recovery funds, officials estimate that the museum needs a total of $22 million in repairs to storm damaged equipment and building systems.
The museum is currently open for business.
You can visit the South Street Seaport Museum website here.
For more on the storm damage at the museum, see the video accompanying this article.
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