New Amsterdam Market Scores $250,000 in a Larger Initiative to Help Revamp the East River Market District

New Amsterdam Market in peak season, photo courtesy New Amsterdam Market

Good news over the weekend: New Amsterdam Market has won a $250,000 post 9-11 grant as part of a larger plan to impr0ve the quality of life for those living in Lower Manhattan, a number that has increased considerably in the past decade, according to a piece in yesterday’s Times Metropolitan section on changes in the community. In fact they report the area is one of the 10 fastest growing census tracts in the city. We’d move there too, if only to count New Amsterdam as our local supermarket. (It holds court every Sunday from now till November 27.)

Below is the release from their director, Robert Lavalva. Be sure to check out New Amsterdam’s vision for the new improved East River Market District, of which NAM will be focal point. It’s pretty tasty news for all those new residents, in particular.

Dear Friends and Supporters:

We are honored, and extremely grateful, to announce that the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation has selected New Amsterdam Market as one of 38 recipients of its final round of Community and Cultural Enhancement Funds.  These grants were created in the aftermath of 9/11 to improve the quality of life in Lower Manhattan for its residents, workers and visitors.  The $250,000 allocation will help us develop programming and infrastructure to make New Amsterdam Market the anchor of a revitalized East River Market District.

In an equally exciting development, the LMDC has awarded the Museum of the City of New York $2,000,000 to assume management of the South Street Seaport Museum. Under new leadership, this institution can revive its role as steward of the Market District, whose integrity remains threatened.  We look forward to joining in this effort.

As noted at the September 7 L.M.D.C. Board Meeting by Robert K. Steel, the New York City Deputy Mayor for Economic Development:

Vibrant community and cultural institutions are a key ingredient in creating vibrant neighborhoods because they attract residents, visitors, jobs, and private investment. These investments by the LMDC will help expand the depth and breadth of these vital institutions with deep roots in Lower Manhattan, one of the fastest-growing neighborhoods in New York City.

New Amsterdam Market, founded in 2005 to serve Lower Manhattan, has long championed the potential for the East River Market District to become its vibrant cultural and commercial forum.  Key to this revival will be preservation, restoration, and reinvention of the Fulton Fish Market Tin Building and New Market Building as public market sites.  We thank the elected officials who have shown their ongoing support of this vision, including:
United States Representative Jerrold Nadler
New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver
New York State Senator Daniel Squadron
New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg
New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn
Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer
New York City Council Member Margaret Chin

Manhattan Community Board One
which first endorsed our endeavor in September, 2006.
Our next market will be held on Sunday, September 11, 2011.  We will hold markets every Sunday through December 18, save for November 27.
Until Sunday,
The New Amsterdam Public Market Association
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