If you live in New York or are planning to visit our great city, there are soooooo many places to go for a night out (or day, of course). Between the five boroughs, you will not get bored at all!
The South Street Seaport is located on South Street in Manhattan. It is in walking distance (a 10 minute straight walk) from the Staten Island Ferry.
Before Hurricane Sandy in 2012, the South Street Seaport had a large indoor mall with many places to shop. There was also several restaurants in the mall. Outside, along the pier, there were stands with a variety of things to buy. There was a stage that held free concerts (yes I saw Jon Secada there for anyone who might be from that era). It was just a fun place to be. Across the street from the seaport was even more shopping along cobble stoned streets. My mother used to work at the offices at the Seaport and I would meet her once in a while for lunch and shopping.
After Hurricane Sandy, however, the Seaport was completely destroyed. There was nothing left of it. I am glad to say, however, that they slowly built it back up and it is lovely. The indoor mall no longer exists, though. In its place is a concert venue (no longer free, however). You’re allowed to take the escalators up to the roof to look at the stage and look over the harbor. There is also a restaurant/lounge on the roof.
Next to the pier is an LED display known as The Nautilus. You grab a beam and this causes other beams to light up. With everyone holding beams it is hard to tell which one you have lit up but it’s a nice photo op and kids seem to be amused by it.
Across the street from the Seaport, there are now several places to shop as well as an ice cream shop called Big Gay Ice Cream. The ice cream is really good and I recommend you get a cone if you are there.
There is also a restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating called Industry Kitchen. I ordered a traditional burger with fries and it’s a pretty nice sized burger. The strawberry margarita was definitely worth it as well and I love that it wasn’t watered down.
The outdoor bar reminds me of an outdoor tiki bar I went to several times during my internship in Jersey City. I love warm weather, cool breezes and good company and music. The DJ was spinning African inspired beats and some people got up to dance.
Good crowd. Good food. Good drinks. Good prices. Good scenery.
*Another good photo op is with the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges behind you.
**There are also party boat cruises that leave from the Pier. They are offered at different times. I have been on two so far and plan on doing another one next week. The first was Hornblower Rock the Yacht. It boards at 8:30 pm and goes from 9 to 12 am. What I liked about it was that there was such a diverse crowd, not only people of different cultures but also different age ranges. The DJ played music for everyone from all the decades and it was just a really good time.
I also took my son on a sightseeing boat tour last summer that left from the seaport and goes around the harbor. On any of these boat rides, you have the opportunity to take pics in front of the Statue of Liberty and under the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges. We were the only people on the boat that were actually from New York but it was a nice experience to see things from a nautical point of view. ⛴