BEST PLACES IN STREET SEAPORT SOUTH NYC

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BEST PLACES IN STREET SEAPORT SOUTH NYC

BEST PLACES IN STREET SEAPORT SOUTH  NYC

BEST PLACES IN STREET SEAPORT SOUTH NYC

From its beginnings as a Native American trading hub to its current status as the primary U.S. port for trade with Europe and China, Manhattan’s South Street Seaport has come a long way. It was once the site of the fabled Fulton Fish Market, which during its heyday in the 1920s sold a quarter of all seafood in the country. Following the devastation caused by Superstorm Sandy in 2012, when the storm destroyed store inventories, restaurant dining rooms and kitchens, and flooded basements, real estate developer Howard Hughes Corporation revived the Seaport and completely renovated Pier 17, the neighborhood’s hub. This East River location is now well-known for its breathtaking views of the Brooklyn Bridge and summertime music events on the water.BEST PLACES IN STREET SEAPORT SOUTH NYC

Today the Seaport has morphed into a spot where locals go for brunch at Sunday in Brooklyn, for a casual bite at Mister Dips, for a more upscale, waterfront seafood dinner at the Fulton, and for shopping and dining at Jean-Georges’ new, 53,000-square-foot culinary marketplace, the Tin Building.

Here’s how to make the most of your visit to one of New York’s most delightful neighborhoods, a wonderful place to wander on a summer or fall day.

Best things to do in South Street Seaport

South Street Seaport Museum

 

Within the historic Schermerhorn Row of 12 brick warehouses built in 1811, the South Street Seaport Museum will fill you in on this neighborhood’s fascinating past. Among exhibits on display is the charming, interactive Seaport Discovery: Exploring Our Waters with Eric Carle, which looks at the children’s book illustrator’s use of color and pattern through immersive murals and hands-on activities (on display through spring 2024). Don’t miss tours of the museum’s 1908 lightship, Ambrose, and its tall ship, the Wavertree. If you time it right, you can also participate in special painting parties, vinyasa yoga sessions, and sea chantey sing-alongs on the Wavertree.

25 Fulton Street

 

The Birth of Punk, an exhibit on display through August 31 at a pop-up gallery at 25 Fulton Street, calls itself “a journey through the rise of Punk and the city that helped forge it.” It’s illustrated through period black-and-white photos of Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, Debbie Harry, and Lou Reed, among others; album covers; videos; and an audio guide with a punk soundtrack.

Manhattan By Sail

 

Not surprisingly, there are multiple sailing options here. Among the most diverse are those offered by Manhattan By Sail, a replica of a 19th-century lumber schooner. These include daytime cruises past the Statue of Liberty; sunset sails of the harbor with drinks served at a full bar; a harbor lights sail with New York’s nothing-like-it skyline on full display; and craft beer, wine and jazz, and burlesque cruises.

The Rooftop at Pier 17 is now one of the best outdoor concert venues in NYC.
The Rooftop at Pier 17 is now one of the best outdoor concert venues in NYC.

Courtesy of South Street Seaport District

 

The Rooftop at Pier 17

 

With panoramic views of the Brooklyn Bridge and Lower Manhattan’s skyline, The Rooftop at Pier 17 is one of the most scenic spots in the city for outdoor concerts through late October. Upcoming performers include Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit (September 1 and 2) and Zach Bryan (September 27), among others.

IPIC Fulton Market

 

The seaport location of the IPIC movie theater chain offers à la carte, in-theater dining, everything from burgers and pizzas to fish and chips, plus a separate cocktail bar.

Hester Street Fair

 

Named after a Lower East Side street settled by Eastern European Jewish immigrants, the Hester Street Fair holds weekend outdoor markets through early November. Vendors bring their best vintage thrift and denim, smoking accessories, personalized jewelry, kids’ eyewear and streetwear, and baked goods, among other sundries.

 

 

Where to shop at South Street Seaport

By far the biggest retail—and dining—news at the seaport this summer is the opening of the Tin Building. This 53,000-square-foot culinary marketplace from Jean-Georges occupies a reconstruction of the 1907 home of the Fulton Fish Market, which moved to the Bronx in 2005 after operating on Fulton Street since 1822. The marketplace has more than 20 restaurants, bars, and fast-casual dining spots, as well as an Asian retail market, specialty grocery, and purveyors of fresh seafood and confections. Almost 40 percent of retail items are produced locally. The Tin Building is now open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m – 9 p.m.

Funny Face Bakery

 

This cheeky bakery at 6 Fulton Street makes amazing meme-inspired and custom-portrait cookies, as well as a “City Slicker Starter Pack,” with cookies depicting the Statue of Liberty and other New York treasures.

 

McNally Jackson

 

This branch of the independent bookseller has more than 65,000 titles on two floors in Schermerhorn Row, plus a bar and café.

 

Bowne and Co.

 

Established in 1775, Bowne is New York’s oldest-operating business under the same name—a gift emporium and letterpress print shop operated by the South Street Seaport Museum in an 1839 cast-iron stove warehouse at 211 Water Street. In 1975, it partnered with the museum to open its shop, which sells paper goods, books, museum merchandise, and house-designed notecards and broadside posters. It also does letterpress printing on-site, using seven historic presses from the museum’s collection.

BEST PLACES IN STREET SEAPORT SOUTH  NYC
BEST PLACES IN STREET SEAPORT SOUTH NYC
Mr C

Courtesy of South Street Seaport District

 

Where to stay at South Street Seaport

Mr. C Seaport

 

 

 

Mr C. Seaport is the 33 Peck Slip location of the Mr. C Hotels brand, launched by fourth-generation members of the Cipriani family, legendary Venetian purveyors of hospitality. This luxury hotel, with 66 guest rooms and suites, features a Bellini Restaurant, named after Cipriani’s signature cocktail; a lobby lounge and bar; and a fitness center. One unexpected treat for guests in certain suites: views from the bathtub of the Brooklyn Bridge.

 

AC Hotel New York Downtown

 

This modern hotel at 151 Maiden Lane has an undulating facade inspired by the seaport’s waters and sleek, white decor in its 274 guest rooms. The AC—a Marriott brand that originated in Madrid in 1999—offers a European-influenced breakfast, a lounge serving tapas and Spanish wines, and a 24-hour fitness center.

 

BEST PLACES IN STREET SEAPORT SOUTH NYC

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