Seaport Summer: Where to Eat, Drink and Play
Summer’s not over yet, and definitely not for the recently redeveloped Seaport District NYC. From workout classes to rooftop concerts to art installations, there’s so much going on in this historic yet rapidly changing section of the city. What was once a dated, snoozy tourist destination is now a local hotspot attracting big names in food, fashion, art, music and more, making it well worth it to stay and play in Lower Manhattan.
Check out these great happenings at the Seaport District this summer so you can brag about going there before it was cool.
1. Pier 17 Rooftop Concert Series
Easily Manhattan’s best new concert venue, the massive rooftop space at Pier 17 covers 1.5 acres and has room for up to 3,400 standing guests. It also boasts bird’s-eye views of Governor’s Island, the Statue of Liberty, One World Trade, all three East River bridges and the Empire State Building. The A-list artist lineup doesn’t hurt either, with big names like Dashboard Confessional, Ziggy Marley, deadmau5, St. Lucia and Diana Ross set to perform on the elevated stage. Grab your tickets here.
2. Seaport Fit
Workouts are #betterwithaview, according to Seaport Fit, and we couldn’t agree more. Every Tuesday and Thursday until October 23rd, Seaport Square at Pier 17 will host fitness classes led by some of New York’s top instructors. Classes include boot camp, circuit training, yoga and more. All classes are free to attend, but be sure to RSVP online as space is limited.
3. Pier 17 Cinema Club
Movies are also #betterwithaview! Just when you thought Pier 17 couldn’t get any better, the space is also hosting rooftop movie screenings on select Wednesdays. Enjoy your favorite movie-time snacks and watch popular flicks like Minions and Sex and the City with New York City at twilight serving as the backdrop. Tickets are free but capacity is limited. The doors open at 6:30pm, but arrive early to grab a seat.
4. River Lounge
Cool off with a waterside cocktail at River Lounge, the Seaport’s new pop-up bar located on the ground floor of Pier 17. You’ll sip hand-crafted specialty drinks by mixologist Mark Murphy of the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse while taking in some of the best views in NYC. The lush green surroundings and lounge-like atmosphere create a tropical summer vacation vibe right in the city.
5. Market Hall
Eat, drink and enjoy the view all at once at Market Hall, featuring cocktails and all-day grab-and-go dining on the north side of Pier 17. The globally-influenced menu, curated by Chef David Kornell of Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill, integrates seasonal recipes and locally-sourced ingredients to create dishes like white and blue fish salad, crabmeat arepa, beet tartare and spicy sesame string beans. Market Hall is open daily from 11am to 9pm.
6. Fulton Market Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
Speaking of markets, enroll in the Fulton Market CSA to receive delicious, locally-produced summer vegetables, fruit, eggs, cheese, fresh pasta, seafood and meat on a weekly basis. Pick up your CSA basket every Thursday evening between 5:30 and 8pm at the Fulton Stall Market (FSM), an indoor non-profit public farmers market operating daily in the Seaport. The Summer 2018 FSM CSA runs through September 13. You can enroll anytime, but costs are prorated based on weeks remaining in the season.
7. Geronimo Sculpture
On June 30th, Pier 17 unveiled Turkish-American visual artist GERONIMO‘s large-scale, semi-permanent installation of hundreds of colorful balloons. The vibrant balloons hang above the River Lounge and are visible from across the water in Brooklyn. Come see them for yourself before summer’s end.
8. Lincoln Summerhouse
Ever wanted to drive a Lincoln through the streets of Lower Manhattan? Now’s your chance with the Lincoln Summerhouse event at Pier 17, taking place on select dates through September 30. Customize your test drive experience ahead of time, from the music to the position of the moon roof, then show up at the Seaport Square and hop in. After channeling your inner stunt driver, wind down with some tunes and treats at the Lincoln Summerhouse space. More information here.
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