South Street Seaport, New York City

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19 Fulton Street, Second FloorNew York, NY 10038

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    If you are in the area...

    by illtryanythingonce Written Jan 3, 2011

    South Street Seaport is part shopping mall, part scenic area - don't make a point of stopping, but if you are in the area, it may be a good spot for some lunch, a drink or to sit and relax. The best view of the Brooklyn Bridge is at the east-end patios. In nicer weather, get a beer from one of the vendors and relax there. Plenty of shops if you are in the mood, high-speed ferry across to Brooklyn departs from here, plenty of open-air cobblestoned areas to mingle. It makes a nice spot if you need to "regroup" after a trip to the WTC site or Staten Island Ferry.

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    Tango Dancing

    by adrienneo Written Apr 11, 2010

    It is fun/romantic/playful to dance tango, listen to tango music, or watch people dance tango. In the summer, people dance out side in Central Park, The South Street Seaport, and at various moving locations around the city. There are many places to dance, La National, The Lafayette Grill, and various dance schools. Triangulo, with it's warm atmosphere of a dance hall from another time (at 135 west 20th street, in chelsea)- has a welcoming friday and saturday afternoon milonga (dance).

    The website listed below gives current information about where to dance, including where and when there is live music.

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    Seaport

    by apbeaches Written Jan 16, 2010

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    The Seaport is usually considered a historical district featuring some of the oldest architecture in downtown Manhattan, and includes the largest concentration of restored early 19th-century commercial buildings in the city. This includes renovated original mercantile buildings, renovated sailing ships, the former Fulton Fish Market, and modern tourist malls featuring food, shopping and nightlife, with a view of the Brooklyn Bridge.

    On a warm day; after work; we enjoy getting a half price frozen margarita at Sequoia's and people watching. the views of the Bridge and water are impressive, so are all of the colorful people that walk by. Most weekends have the seaport has a theme with many street performers.

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    South Street Seaport Entertainment District

    by TexasDave Written Oct 18, 2009
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    This area is comprised of the old Fulton Fish Market, South St. Seaport Museum, Fulton Market, Pier 17, to name a few.
    There are historic and entertainment elements along with restaurants, souvenir shops, etc.

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    Seaport

    by apbeaches Updated Oct 13, 2009

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    We enjoy walking through the Seaport looking at the shops, restaurants, boats and people. Often we find special events staged at the Seaport. We enjoy Happy Hour at Sequoia's. We sit on the water sipping $5. Frozen Margarita's between 3 to 7 daily.

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    Festivals by the South Street Seaport

    by iam1wthee Updated Apr 15, 2009

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    Normally on Memorial Day May 29th and Independence Day July 4th there are street celebrations here and many vendors selling barbecue ribs etc. The shopping mall in the seaport sells alot of eclectic things that make great presents or memoriabilia. You can also take party boat trips from this pier during the fall, summer, and spring time.
    Go to the top floor of the mall they have this new ride that can pivot you into the air.

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    South Street Seaport.

    by a5floor Updated Nov 30, 2008

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    At South Street Seaport you will find 2 old boats. These boats are really interesting to watch. When you are standing next to it, you will see how massive these boats are. You are feeling small.

    South Street Seaport has it own mall. Allthough it is a small one, but you will find here nice little shops and restaurants.

    Accross South Street Seaport you will find more restaurants and shops.

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    Special Events-NYC Waterfalls

    by Gypsystravels Updated Aug 28, 2008

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    My babe and the Brooklyn Bridge waterfall
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    Located along the East River is the Public Art Work by Olafor Eliasson, the Waterfalls. The four waterfalls are located strategically along the East River with views of all four of the waterfalls from the South Street Seaport.

    The waterfalls are made of materials such as scaffolding which pump the water to a pool wich filters the water and pumps it directly to the top fo the fall then allowing the water to flow down like a waterfall.

    You can hop on one of the many ferry rides along the river for up close views of the waterfalls.

    PLEASE NOTE: - This special event/exhibit runs from June 26, 2008-October 13, 2008.

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    Three bridges view

    by King_Golo Written Jan 17, 2008

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    View from South Street Seaport

    South Street Seaport may be famous for its restaurants and shopping centre, and of course for the old-fashioned sailing boats anchoring there. My fondest memory, however, is the early morning view on three of New York's most impressive bridges: Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan Bridge and Williamsburg Bridge. All of them are visible from the pier or the area close by. The morning I went there, the light was rather pale and hazy. This made the bridges look even more spectacular. Definitely a nice view to enjoy, especially this early when there are no tourist hordes around!

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    NYC's historic waterfront district

    by Jefie Written Dec 16, 2007

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    During most of the 19th century, New York City's seaport on East River was the biggest port in the United States. After being more or less abandoned for several decades, South Street Seaport now has a new touristic vocation: over 100 shops and restaurants can be found in the restored buildings located along its charming cobblestone streets, while historic sailing ships are docked at its piers. Although it was fairly quiet when we were there in November, I've got a feeling the area must be pretty crowded in the summertime. Also, what I found the most attractive about the area was the great views it offered of the financial district, Brooklyn Heights and Brooklyn Bridge, so make sure you don't forget your camera!

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  • A Hidden Gem!!

    by zoearcher Written Oct 14, 2007

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    Anyone who goes to New York must take a taxi to Pier 17. At first it doesnt look much but there is so much to do you could easily spend a day here.

    There is nothing better than having a leisurely drink watching the world go by overlooked by Brooklyn Bridge and The Statue of Liberty.

    The variety of shops and little boutiques really astounded me.

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    Hanging at the Pier 17

    by HotRodEtte Written Sep 12, 2007

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    South Street Seaport is a nice place to eat, shop, hang outside & take photos and also to pick up discount show tickets at the TKTS booth. The shops and restaurants inside include the usual places such as Express and Dunkin Donuts, as well as souvenir shops and a fun, indoor/outdoor pier restaurant.

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    amazing free summer concerts

    by stephaniejune27 Updated Aug 20, 2007
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    make your way down to the south street seaport pier 17 for free summer concerts. they had a great group of musicians come through this summer. (including menomena, ra ra riot, the forms, the national, and battles)

    an awesome place to hear some great music. it was nice being right on the water surrounded by ships. i wish they had better restaurants right here on the seaport (really "unos"?? come on!) but oh well you cant have everything! even in the rain, it was amazing.

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    Tourist Tat for sale

    by davesut Written Apr 21, 2007

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    We spent an evening at the seaport. The views of Brooklyn Bridge are very good and an excellent photo opportunity yet I was not really happy with this place. I thought it was a little scruffy really, the buildings at Pier 17 just looked as if they needed a good clean. A coach party turned up while we were there but all they could have done is wonder around the shopping centre which was geared for tourist tat. There was a good poster shop that I spent ages looking at though nothing quite captured my eye.

    The cobbled area across the road offered better restaurants by the look of it.

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    All in one: Shopping, dining, great views!

    by Dutchnatasja Written Apr 17, 2007

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    South Street Seaport is located south of the Brooklyn Bridge. After walking the Brooklyn Bridge it was time to slow down a bit. South Street Seaport is a nice place to unwind and relax. Here I was sitting on a bench, watching the (many) tourists and the ships. These ships are now museums. The ships are docked along the pier. It’s a great contrast to see the old ships and the modern buildings at the background.

    There’s more to see, for example the many shops in the heart of South Street. This cobblestone street is closed to vehicles. I found that very pleasant. The shops has a large variety, from upscale to tourists shops. Shops like Victoria's Secret, Guess, Coach, and more are ready to welcome you.

    Pier 17 is a 3 floor building with shops, restaurants and a food court. If you want to give your feet some rest, go to third floor. Here you’ll find lounge chairs overlooking the river. Although it was in December, the temperature was very good. It was very enjoyable to sit in the sun. You can imagine how its like in the summer! Sitting down, with a cool breeze, looking at the Brooklyn Bridge.

    There’s a lot activity in the summer, like street performers, live music and outdoor eating. Check the events calendar once in a while for concerts.

    During the holiday there is the ‘singing Christmas tree’ performed by the Big Apple Chorus. For years they are performing on Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the Holiday. All famous Christmas carols are coming by. They climbing up the tree and begin to sing. It’s funny to see these people with their red hats and green coats singing along! It was very crowdie around the Christmas tree.

    Personally I think the summer is the best time to visit South Street Seaport, although, you don’t want to miss the singing Christmas tree!

    Restaurants:
    Heartland Brewery & Beer Hall (Historic Cobble Stone district)
    Seaport Cafe (Pier 17)
    Pacific Grill (Pier 17)
    Cyber Cigar Coffee Bar (Food court)
    Haagen Dazs (Pier 17)
    MacMenamin's Irish Pub (Pier 17)
    And more…

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