South Street Seaport, NYC Attractions

South Street Seaport, NYC Attractions
When the Fulton Street Fish Market moved to the Bronx, the South Street Seaport lost a big chunk of its history. Yes, there are vendors selling sunglasses around every corner and a bonsai tree shop inside of a three-floor shopping mall. However, there is more to this tourist favorite than the sales at Abercrombie & Fitch.

Seaport Music Festival

Over the summer months, the South Street Seaport transforms into an indie rock concert venue. The usual mob of tourists is replaced by a sea of Brooklyn hipsters, and since most of them are young and broke (or pretend like they are) the promoters cut the ticket price to zero dollars. Previous lineups included Deerhunter, and the winners of HMV's 2009 Album of the Year, Animal Collective. The concerts are usually on Fridays, and unbelievably free. New York still has a heart after all. Check the website for updates.

South Street Seaport
Fulton and South Streets, Pier 17
New York, NY 10038

South Street Seaport Museum

Despite the fact that a large portion of South Street Seaport is now a mall, the Seaport is actually one of New York City's historic districts. Embracing nineteenth century maritime life, the Seaport has kept reminders of the past including cobblestone streets and renovated mercantile buildings throughout the area. Often an overlooked museum in New York City, the South Street Seaport Museum was founded in 1967 after real estate developers attempted to demolish the 200-year-old district. Without the museum and a supportive group of activists, South Street Seaport would probably be just another condo in the Financial District. Giving a rich history of the area through various rotating exhibitions, the museum has shown some very interesting artifacts, including the original 1626 letter documenting the purchase of Manhattan for the bargain price of 60 guilders. The museum collection also includes eight ships as part of a floating exhibition. "Pioneer," the only iron-hulled American merchant sailing vessel left in existence, is available for tours of the harbor. The museum is free to the public every third Friday of the month.

South Street Seaport Museum
12 Fulton Street
New York, NY‎ 10038
(212) 748-8786‎

Water Taxi Beach

On a warm day, the Seaport is one of the most relaxing spots in New York City due in part to the numerous options one has for drinking outdoors. The Water Taxi Beach--which opened in the summer 2009 after the success of its Long Island City sister establishment--is a large manmade beach on the boardwalk of the Seaport. Serving up a kind of beach pub grub, visitors can order fish tacos, wings, fish and chips, and even a soy dog if they are vegan. There are also ping-pong tables and a nine-hole miniature golf course. During the day, most people just grab a bench by the water, order margaritas and chill out while the Circle Line tour boats cruise by. At night the beach is lit up with giant LED palm trees and a DJ spins top 40 hits until late in the evening.

Water Taxi Beach
South Street Seaport Pier 17
New York, NY 10038

Article Written By Travis DeLingua

Travis DeLingua has been writing professionally for print and online publications since 2005. He has been published in magazines including "Time Out New York" and the "New York Press."

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