New York's South Street Seaport Museum, long plagued by financial troubles and nearly sundered by Hurricane Sandy, is righting itself under a leader with little museum experienc but a background in seagoing and historic ships, writes The Wall Street Journal.
Captain Jonathan Boulware's work focused on preservation and ship-based education programs before he joined the museum on the lower Manhattan waterfront, founded in 1967 to chronicle New York's maritime history. He became its interim director in mid-2013, when the museum was taken over by the city — several months after it suffered some $20 million in Sandy-related damage — and became executive director in April.
Mr. Boulware has charted a community- and education-focused course as he seeks to position the museum as a bulwark of lower Manhattan's rapidly changing historic district, the Journal says. Helping further those efforts, it received $10.4 million this month from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, putting it in a position to renovate its 87,000-square-foot space.