Seaport Museum gets Sandy Money

The South Street Seaport Museum received $10.4 million in much needed federal money this month to repair damage from Superstorm Sandy three years ago.

On Aug. 13, the museum and U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler announced the funds, which come in the form of a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Nadler said the allocation was important in “securing the long-term health and prosperity of the museum.”

“After Hurricane Sandy, we fought to secure the necessary emergency funding to help New York recover,” Nadler said in a statement. “Lower Manhattan was badly hit by the storm and the Downtown community continues to struggle to rebuild.”

Almost three years ago, on Oct. 29, 2012, the Seaport Museum was inundated with up to seven feet of salty water — destroying elevators, escalators, electrical equipment as well as the heating and cooling system, according to the release.

“We’ve been working for more than two years to secure funding for Sandy recovery,” Captain Jonathan Boulware, the museum’s executive director, said in a statement. “This grant is a strong step in the right direction for the Seaport Museum.”

In 2013, Downtown Express reported that the Seaport Museum needed around $22 million for all the repairs.