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While New York City’s South Street Seaport has been updated to STH /ST /SEAPRT /NYC in honor of its 2015 season, the basic fun-day elements of East River, sailing ships, Brooklyn Bridge views, shops, cafes and a museum are back, and better than ever.
The Howard Hughes Corporation’s SEE/CHANGE program, launched in the summer of 2013 and repeated successfully in 2014, was been a big contributor to the revitalization of the neighborhood devastated by super storm Sandy several years ago. It brought in retail pop-ups along Pier 17, culinary offerings, live music, a DJ series and an outdoor film series, with new events each weekend. There was a lot of family-friendly fare and most of these summer programs were absolutely free.
Fortunately, the fun is back for 2015.
Shop & Dine at South Street Seaport
The basic change for past South Street Seaport goers is that the spacious main thoroughfare on South Street leading to Pier 17 is the happening hub for shopping, dining, and a non-stop outdoor entertainment experience.
Along Fulton Street between South Street and Front Street, there are several new shops, as well as many stylish boutiques in the indoor mall on Pier 17. From a Hagen-Daaz to Industry Kitchen, several cafes to Ambrose Beer & Lobster, there are plenty of dining choices, too. The more formal restaurants require advance weekend bookings, especially if they have waterview cafes.
Nearby at 19 Fulton Street, Seaport Studios, a stylish two-level space curated by WWD magazine, will sell new designers producing everything from leather to jewelry to surfboards and shoes. It's scheduled to close by year's end, so hurry down.
Off the pier are other businesses of great use to tourists, including a TKTS discount ticketing booth for Broadway and Off Broadway shows. It's located at located at the corner of Front and John Streets, near the rear of the Resnick/Prudential Building at 199 Water Street.
South Street Munchies, Music, Movies, and More
Also be sure to check out the Seaport’s Smorgasburg, an offshoot of the popular food, beer, wine and spirits garden organized by Brooklyn Flea. Smorgasburg features a line of food vendors, as well as a bar serving local and artisanal spirits. Picture Mexican side-by-side with grilled cheese and Philippino spring rolls. With a variety of grounded food truck favorites, the Seaport has just about anything to satisfy any foodie or shopaholic’s craving.
Best of all, STH /ST /SEAPRT /NYC is still committed to free outdoor entertainment. Almost daily from June 7th to early August (what's on their calendar so far), there are photography, dance and music performances as part of the River to River Festival in Lower Manhattan. And around the pier, there's plenty of free, live entertainment as well as interactive programs, from balloon-making to face painting and games. Be sure to check out the Seaport's full list of events to keep up to date with performances.
South Street Seaport Museum Summer Programs
This cultural complex does not fail to cater to little kids, too. There's a fun and educational South Street Seaport Museum, founded in 1967 to preserve and interpret the history of New York as a great port city. Designated by Congress as America's National Maritime Museum in 1998, the Museum houses galleries and performance spaces, working 19th-century print shops, a maritime library, a maritime craft center, and a fleet of historic vessels (some of which can be toured at the pier.)
This summer, their Mini Mates day camp will operate Thursdays, June 25-July 23 and on Fridays, June 26-July 24. Aimed at children ages 18 months to 4 years and their parents or caregivers, this is a 75-minute nursery camp program led by a museum educator, designed for local parents. Of course, the museum has many scheduled events for toddlers who just drop by while sightseeing.
For more information, visit the official South Street Seaport website for all the details on upcoming free events and services. And if you’re planning on heading out to the Seaport, check out our own New York travel guide for more tips on where to go and what to do, especially in lower Manhattan.