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Great Falls, Virginia
February 27, 2007
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!Information:Address:Fulton & South Streets, Pier 17Website: www.southstreetseaport.com
Hours Mall:Monday-Saturday: 10am-7pm Sunday: 11am-6pmRestaurants: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…What’s more to see:Bodies The Exhibition (ends 5/31/2007)The Exhibition features 22 whole body specimens. Also more than 260 additional organ and partial body specimens. Location: Historic Cobblestone DistrictHours: Mon-Thurs 10am-7pm and Fri-Sun 10am-10pm
From journal Santa Takes Manhattan
December 17, 2006
I know what you are probably thinking. How can someone consider the South Street Seaport a relaxing, cheap option in NYC? Well, allow me a moment to explain.What is South Street Seaport?South Street Seaport is filled with history and is now a tourist destination. Tourists came here because the area is home to some of New York cities oldest buildings. Renovations have encouraged more tourist visits because there is now a mall, restaurants, museums, and boat tours. Besides the mall, it is reminiscent of Old New York. The added value of South Street Seaport is that there are street performers and its on the East River location makes it an ideal place to catch the Brooklyn Skyline. Museum and ShopSouth Street Seaport Museum Family fun giving visitors a look back into NY's history. Admission: $8 adults; $6 students/seniors with ID; $4 children 5-12; children under 5 and Museum Members free. On Mondays, admission for adults is $5, seniors and students $3, and children age 5-12, $1. Shop. There are typical mall stores like Bath and Body Works or Abercrombie and Fitch. There are also New York focused boutiques where NYC themed art is for sale. There is a little bit for everyone Why is it cheap? How is it relaxing?Here's where I offer advice. If you go into the shops and window shop your way right past all the stores and food places, there's a deck with a bunch of deck chairs where you can sit to your heart's content. Here you get a great view of Brooklyn and the Brooklyn Bridge. The deck chairs are comfortable and this is probably one of the best places to catch up on some reading, take in the sites or just RELAX. And it is absolutely free.Last bit of advice: FOODNYC is known for its great restaurants. I would have to say that South Street Seaport is not a place to eat. Like any mall in America, the food options are boring and highly priced. I did eat at the Irish pub and was highly disappointed. The sandwich was two pieces of wonder bread with about 1 1/2 inches of the saltiest turkey I've ever tasted piled inside. Mayonnaise rounded out the sandwich. No lettuce, no tomato. Every bite of this sandwich burned my mouth. It was that salty. As a side item, I choose potato salad. The potato salad was diced potatoes with mayo. White bread, white turkey, mayo and potatoes. There was no color to this dish and absolutely no flavor but salt. Please look elsewhere for your food, don't make the same mistake I did.I recommend this area to anyone who really loves NYC and wants to see it in the closest resemblance to its history available today.
From journal Relax in NYC: On the Cheap
December 12, 2005
South Street Seaport is home to a fleet of ships, some of which are open to the public and permanently docked there. The Ambrose, the Waverunner, and the Peking were all built around the turn of the 20th century to serve different purposes, such as merchant ship or light-ship. All three are open to the public for viewing today. South Street Seaport also has several charters (both for private parties and groups of tourists) that leave from its piers.
The Fulton Street Fish Market still operates out of this area, though it is intended to move soon to Brooklyn. If you're a fish lover, you can visit the market in the early-morning hours when it is a bustling center of fish-commerce. For those like me, however, you'll want to avoid the market and its fishy smell (wink!).
Pier 17 of South Street Seaport has been renovated in recent years and is now home to retail spaces and restaurants. The mall here has pretty standard stores (the Gap, J Crew, etc.), but there are also several gift shops that are worth looking in for souvenirs from your trip. Also, from the top floor of the mall on the south end, you can get a fantastic view of the Brooklyn Bridge as it spans the East River. It is quite a sight to behold!
Outside of the shopping centers, there are often musical or street performers, which add to the charming ambiance of this area. Even in the cold Christmas season, I spotted a choir huddled together singing Christmas carols.
South Street Seaport is an excellent place to visit on your trip to New York City. It has so many different things to do that you would be hard-pressed to only spend an hour there. At least there is something for everyone!
From journal New York City
Bayside, New York
August 28, 2001
On weekends, especially in the summer, there are always innovative acts of one man shows, jugglers, fire eaters, magicians, break dancers, and ad hoc musicians who just beat on a variety of plastic containers and manage to produce rhythms.
One of the greatest acts is that of a Latin dancer with his life-size doll partner, if you're lucky to catch him. He will bring tears to your eyes. Mid-summer, they have a week long craft show with tents which are set up on the cobblestone walkway. There are also free music concerts and dance cruises departing from the seaport. We have been there during the day, and at night. Expect some great seafood dishes, although the clam chowder will never come close to Boston. There are also a couple of sea-oriented stores with gifts from the sea. They also have some amazing natural stones for sale, as well as innovative jewelry made with shells and the like.
If you need brand names, you'll find them here, mostly indoors. Sharper Image, Bath & Body, Victoria's Secret, Banana Republic, Coach Leather, Express; The Body Shop and Abercrombie and Fitch are on the promenade. There is also the Seaport Museum which you can visit, the Nature companpy also has a store here which is fun to shop as there are always interesting things to learn. If you don't want to shop or eat, you can go to the second or third level, sit on a bench and drown in the breathtaking view of the East River and the Brooklyn Bridge.
From journal New New York