A 50-story tower, new marina and more proposed for South Street Seaport

Plans to redevelop the Financial District attraction have already been booed by residents of the neighborhood

Rendering of the South Street Seaport redevelopment

Rendering of the South Street Seaport redevelopment Rendering courtesy the Howard Hughes Corporation

Big plans have been revealed for the South Street Seaport—and by big, we mean 50 stories high. The Howard Hughes Corporation announced it is seeking to redevelop the Sandy-battered downtown area with a new marina, 50-floor building and food market; integration of the East River Esplanade; reconstruction of the Tin Building; and rebuilding of the rotting wooden piers adjacent to Pier 17. Plans also include an as-yet undetermined solution to aid the financially troubled Seaport Museum.

A press release from the Howard Hughes Corporation, which funds summertime fest See/Change, explained that its goal is to reinvigorate the area, and draw both tourists and locals to the waterside attraction. But Seaport denizens are vehemently opposing the construction of the tower, which would house a hotel and condos. According to Curbed, residents at a community board meeting last night said the tall glassy building would not fit in with the aesthetics of the historic 'hood, and do not want the New Market Building demolished to make space for it.

That meeting is the first of many that will be necessary for the project to move forward. In the meantime, take a look at what the refurbished South Street Seaport might look like, and let us know what you think in the comments below.

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