It was June 6, but the weather had the feel of early October. It didn’t matter though, as a few hundred neighbors gathered for a night of festive drinks, music, food and fun aboard Wavertree.
The Old Seaport Alliance was hosting its second annual gala to raise money for neighborhood improvements.
The Old Seaport Alliance, a non-profit neighborhood improvement organization founded in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy is comprised of Seaport businesses, employees, residents, and other stakeholders. Over the past three years, the OSA has worked to promote, support, enhance and enliven the Old Seaport district.
Among its first successes, the OSA successfully transformed a construction staging area into a public space, made available for use by the community through its Neighborhood Plaza Partnership with the City’s Department of Transportation. OSA then successfully advocated for a Citibike station in the Seaport, as well as clear view corridors across the East River, from Peck Slip to Brooklyn.
OSA’s mission is to promote its neighborhood and local businesses, beautify and enhance the streetscape, and to enrich its unique community through increased programming of its public spaces with events, markets and more. The OSA always seeks to honor the spirit of the Seaport’s history and resiliency while advocating for growth and community.
Maura Kilgore, proprietor of the Seaport’s Seahorse restaurant, seen here with co-chair Neil Mossberg said, ” Despite threats of rain and chilly weather, the whole neighborhood turned out to support our event. That is just the kind of special neighborhood and neighbors we have at the Old Seaport.”