If you’re looking for family-friendly things to do in downtown NYC, you can’t go past recommendations from FiDi Families founder Denise Courter. We caught up with the mom of two to learn more about her winter favorites in the Seaport—not just for kids but for moms and dads, too.
A PARENT'S GUIDE TO THE SEAPORT
HONOR BLACK HISTORY MONTH WITH
BLACK GOTHAM EXPERIENCE
This year marks the tenth anniversary of Black Gotham Experience, and this month the studio honors Black History Month with a full slate of events and activations. Here’s a taste of what’s on throughout February.
MEET THE ARTIST: KAMAU WARE OF BLACK GOTHAM EXPERIENCE
It’s not hard to find stories from the past in New York City but, as artist and educator Kamau Ware discovered, there are huge gaps in the city’s history—especially when it comes to Manhattan’s first black communities. While leading a tour at the city’s Tenement Museum, Ware was posed with a question he couldn’t answer: “Where were the black people?”
THE SEAPORT DISTRICT'S MOST
What to order when you’re celebrating, splurging or simply looking for the best of the best in downtown dining this winter (and beyond).
SEAPORT DISTRICT HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE 2019
‘Tis the season—for holiday shopping. If you’re still looking for that perfect gift for someone (or everyone) on your list, we’ve got you covered here in the Seaport District. Head on down to the cobblestones with this handy guide and don’t forget to pick up a little something for yourself, too.
HELENE HENDERSON'S SPAGHETTI
’Tis the season for festive gatherings and hearty dishes to keep us warm. On winter nights to come, you may like to try a favorite dish of Helene Henderson’s. As the owner of Malibu Farm New York, Helene tends to focus on a lot of fresh, seasonal produce. But that doesn’t mean she doesn’t like to whip something indulgent every now and then as well.
HOLIDAYS IN THE SEAPORT
Our Holiday Tree is lit, skating is underway at Winterland Rink, festive treats are popping up on restaurant menus, and the stores are rolling out the year’s best gifts and our favorite holiday music. Yes, things are getting decidedly festive here in the Seaport District. Here’s where you can get into the spirit of the season around the neighborhood.
SKATE THE SKYLINE AT PIER 17
Ice-skating in New York City is one of those classic experiences that never gets old. But there’s always room to elevate your rink game—and you can do it right here in the Seaport District, with a spin on the ice atop The Rooftop at Pier 17. After a wildly successful debut last season, the Winterland Rink returns this November, serving up more spectacular views of the East River, the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan skyline.
NEIGHBORS: BOWNE & CO.'S ROBERT WILSON
As the art director of Bowne & Co., Stationers—part of the South Street Seaport Museum—Robert Wilson spends his days running a working print shop on Water Street. When he’s not setting type, printing orders for clients or deep in the museum’s letterpress archives, here’s where you’ll find Wilson in and around Lower Manhattan.
FRESH TALK WITH MALIBU FARM'S
Farm-to-table dining may seem ubiquitous these days, but the chef behind Pier 17’s newest restaurant, Malibu Farm, has been cooking with fresh, organic produce for years—so fresh that in the early days of her first casual-service counter on the Malibu Pier, the eggs came from her chickens and the oranges and lemons from the trees in her backyard.
NEIGHBORS: PRIMP NYC & FELLOW BARBER
FALL BOOK PICKS FROM MCNALLY JACKSON
Looking for your next great read, but not sure where to start? Let the McNally Jackson Seaport team point you in the right direction with one of these top fall book recommendations.
NEIGHBORS: FASHION DESIGNER
Designer Lauren Farrell is the CEO and Creative Director of her own line of stylish, sporty handbags and accessories. Her latest collection of clutches, totes and cross-body bags is now available at her Seaport pop-up through the end of the month.
SWEET SUMMER SPOTS FOR ICE CREAM IN THE SEAPORT
Sweltering summer days and balmy nights in the city call for one coping mechanism above all others: ice cream. The Seaport’s got you. Here’s where to find the best cones, scoops, cups, pops, sundaes and desserts in the neighborhood.
CATCH OF THE DAY: THE SEAPORT'S BEST SEAFOOD
The sun is still scorching and we’re craving cool breezes and light bites. From sushi and oysters to lobster rolls and whole fish, seafood is one of the quintessential tastes of summer. And, not surprisingly for a neighborhood that once housed New York’s famous Fulton Fish Market, the Seaport District is brimming with options to get your fix. Here are the Seaport’s top spots for seafood.
WHAT'S NEW IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD: AUGUST
With some of New York’s best restaurants, bars, luxury boutiques and unique outdoor spaces, the Seaport is always offering something new to see, do, taste and experience. No more so than in the summer, when pop-ups, art installations and special events hit the cobblestones and the pier. Like these latest additions to the neighborhood.
THE INSIDE STORY OF PRIMP NYC
After years in corporate communications at Universal Music Group, FiDi resident Maria Ho-Burge decided it was time to fulfill a long-standing dream of opening her own salon. For this downtown-loving mom of two, there was only one place to do just that—right here in the Seaport District.
NEIGHBORS: SEAPORT RESIDENT NICOLE ROSSI
A former investment banker and entrepreneur, Nicole Rossi loves raising her daughter, 4, and son, 3, in the Seaport District. Here, she shares her favorite spots around the neighborhood.
WHERE TO PREGAME SUMMER CONCERTS AT PIER 17
The Seaport District is home to an impressive clutch of bars and restaurants perfect for pre-concert drinks. In fact, it may be too hard to choose just one—and who says you need to? Feel free to craft your own bar crawl from this list of the top watering holes in and around the Seaport, and get ready for an epic night ahead.
NEIGHBORS: FIDI FAMILIES' DENISE COURTER
As the founder and publisher of FiDi Families, Denise Courter knows a thing or two about kid-friendly activities in downtown New York. On the website, and via a newsletter and social media, Courter and her team share their local intel on new classes, schools, stores, family-friendly restaurants and kid-approved activities across Lower Manhattan.
FREE THINGS TO DO IN THE SEAPORT THIS SUMMER
There’s no mistaking it—it’s summer in the city and we’re all looking for things to do outdoors and ways to keep cool. From rooftop movies to al fresco DJ sessions and beyond, the Seaport District is a hub for some of the best summer activities in Manhattan. Better yet, all the ones on this list are free.
SEAPORT FIT'S PHISIQUE 57 MASTER TRAINERS ON THEIR TOP FITNESS TIPS
Working out on the Rooftop at Pier 17 is a surefire way to smash your summer fitness goals—but how do you keep the #fitspo coming year-round? Easy—you ask the experts. Physique 57 shares their top inside tips and motivational strategies for getting started and staying the course with your workouts.
NEIGHBORS: CYNTHIA ROWLEY'S ALLIE EGAN
Where do Seaport residents, workers and business owners go to start their days, find inspiration or simply kick back over happy hour in downtown NYC? We check in with our neighbors to get the scoop on their Lower Manhattan favorites.
MEET THE ARTISTS: TIN & ED
Stroll through the breezeway on the ground floor of Pier 17 this summer and you might just find yourself in the middle of an impromptu dance party, courtesy of the digital installation We Come in Peace by Tin & Ed.
SEE HOW LETTERPRESS PRINTING HELPED SHAPE THE SEAPORT
History buffs, graphic design enthusiasts and lovers of all things type, take note: The South Street Seaport Museum has a new exhibition called The Printed Port that charts the history of printing in the Seaport District.
CELEBRATE PRIDE AT THE SEAPORT DISTRICT
We’ve been celebrating Pride all month long here in NYC, and the party’s just getting started.
MEET THE ARTIST: MIKE PERRY
If you’re heading up to The Rooftop at Pier 17 this summer, you’ll be transported into a kaleidoscopic underwater journey, thanks to the mural Wiggling Waves & Water Wanders that takes over two floors of the building’s interior.
THE SUMMER'S HOTTEST DOWNTOWN DESTINATION: PIER 17
We call it Summer by the Sea and you’ll find it all at Pier 17 and on the surrounding cobblestones of the Seaport. Here’s a taste of what’s on tap in the neighborhood this summer.
THE FULTON BY JEAN-GEORGES IS NOW OPEN AT PIER 17
Get ready for a summer full of fresh seafood and ridiculously good water views. The new restaurant is set to become a downtown favorite, with a setting on the East River and jaw-dropping views of the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges.
FIND NEW YORK'S BEST LOCAL FLAVORS AT FULTON STALL MARKET
Phrases like “local” and “seasonal” are thrown into almost every menu these days but, for decades, farmers markets have embodied the true essence of the words, bringing fresh produce into city communities across the country.
EXPLORING NYC'S PAST AT THE SOUTH STREET SEAPORT MUSEUM
The Seaport District has a long, rich history that’s woven into the evolution of New York City—a story that comes alive when you visit the district’s cultural anchor, the South Street Seaport Museum.
EAT YOUR WAY THROUGH THE SEAPORT
From cult vegan cuisine to authentic Italian specialties indulgent burgers to addictive ice cream, it’s easy to spend a full day and night eating your way around the waterfront—with more to come back for.
AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE
ABT Principal Dancer David Hallberg launches ABT Incubator with photo shoot at the Seaport District.
The award-winning plant-based restaurant by Chloe opens its newest location at the Seaport District.
BIG GAY ICE CREAM
With its sassy unicorn mascot, imaginative flavors, and colorful toppings, Big Gay Ice Cream reinvented the traditional ice cream parlor....
A showcase for Sarah Jessica Parker's beloved shoe line, SJP Collection, is now open at the Seaport...