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Things to do in The Seaport and Pier 17, in New York City

Since I “discovered” the Seaport a few years ago, I always say how much I love to walk around the area and how charming the place is. It is a small neighborhood between Brooklyn Bridge and Wall Street, the gateway to Lower Manhattan’s rich maritime history. Entertainment, shopping, culture, and gastronomy are part of the local experience. Expect to find yourself in a super charming area, with cobblestones streets and beautiful views – it doesn’t even look like you’re in Manhattan. I like to go there, especially in the summer, as the streets come to life – like everything in the city – but the winter season is no excuse for not exploring the place. Today I list everything interesting in The Seaport:

Culture and entertainment

The South Street Seaport Museum is a cultural institution dedicated to telling the story of the rise of New York as a port city and its critical role in the development of the United States. The Museum uses its historic buildings and ships to provide interactive exhibits, education, and experiences. Tickets are $20 and include admission to the permanent exhibition, “Street of Ships: The Port and Its People,” special exhibitions, and a tour of the historic ships Wavertree and lightship Ambrose.

What about enjoying a movie? IPic, a chain of luxury cinemas with armchairs and food and beverage services comparable to those offered in the first classes of the airlines, has a location in the Seaport. The place had a capacity of 505 people and has 8 rooms. It is a totally different cinema experience; tickets cost $14 to $28 per person. You can see the schedule here.

If you are into nightlife, keep an eye on the Rooftop at Pier 17 calendar. From May to September, the rooftop becomes a stage for great concerts. You can check the events calendar by clicking here. There are also open-air cinema sessions – you can check the events for the community by clicking here.


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If you like a local bookstore, you need to stop by to check out Mcnally Jackson. I fall in love with this place! This bookshop has two floors and, during its renovation, the project kept the character of the original building, Schermerhorn Row, which was built in 1811. The inventory includes 65,000 titles. There is also a cafe, super charming. The bookstore promotes events periodically – you can check more details here.



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The Fulton is a restaurant located at the new Pier 17. Under the direction of the world-renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, it is the chef’s first restaurant focused on seafood. It has a super sophisticated atmosphere – plus the incredible view of the East River and the magnificent Brooklyn Bridge. The restaurant is open for lunch, dinner, and brunch, and the menu includes various fish and seafood dishes. Seafood dishes are usually more expensive on average, and here these dishes cost from $21 to $42. You can check all the options by clicking here.


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Dante Negroni Bar is a bar at Pier 17 with a beautiful environment and amazing views to the East River and Brooklyn Bridge. A great option for drinks at the end of the day.

Malibu Farm is also located at Pier 17 and brings the farm-to-table concept, with fresh and local ingredients and a lot of  vegetarian/vegan options.


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Café Patoro is a super charming Brazilian coffee place, full of delights! It is a good place to grab a bite to eat if you don’t plan to have dinner or lunch in the area. They have cheese bread, guaraná, brigadeiro, and several wonderful cakes.



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Big Gay Ice Cream seasonal truck debuted in June 2009 and since then the business has seen a whirlwind of publicity and has been become an NYC favorite. Mixing high-quality ingredients with guilty pleasures, traditional flavors with the unexpected, the place became famous.  The first Big Gay Ice Cream Shop opened in September 2011 in New York City’s East Village. In June 2012, Dessert Professional featured Big Gay Ice Cream in their 10 best ice cream parlors in the U.S. issue. Then in May 2013, The Daily Beast and USA Today ranked Big Gay Ice Cream as the #5 best ice cream parlor in the world – the highest-ranked U.S. ice cream parlor on the list. The Salty Pimp is a customer favorite: vanilla soft serve, dulce de leche, and a sprinkling of sea salt, all dipped into a chocolate shell. I am a confirmed addict of sweet and salty desserts, so this is the perfect ice cream cone for me.


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Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream started in 2008 out of a buttery yellow truck on the streets of NYC. They make all their ice cream from scratch in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The Classic scoops are crafted with nothing more than fresh milk and cream, cane sugar, and egg yolks. The Vegan scoops are made with housemade cashew milk, organic coconut milk, organic extra virgin coconut oil, organic cane sugar, pure cocoa butter, and organic carob bean. There are a lot of flavors and it is delicious!


The Seaport has several fantastic stores; you can check them by clicking here. 

Spotlight: Tin Building

This new food destination from chef Jean-Georges features 12 restaurants – 6 fast-casual and 6 with table service plus marketplaces. Pizza, French Cuisine, beers, candies – it’s gonna be hard to choose! Another great reason to visit the Seaport. Did you know? Tin Building opened in the area in 1907, and it used to house the Fulton Fish Market. In 2012, Hurricane Sandy destroyed buildings and businesses in the area. In 2018, the Tin Building was raised and relocated 32 feet east as a measure against extreme weather conditions.

To end this post, I share some photos of the Seaport and Pier 17 to simply encourage you to walk there and enjoy all the charming architecture and incredible views from the pier. Even if you are not going to eat, drink or buy – I still think it is worth visiting the area – especially if you are coming in the spring/summer.


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