Seaport Report, Week of July 25, 2012

BY JANEL BLADOW  |  Midsummer — one of the steamiest we’ve seen in a while. Plus, with the construction on Peck and Water Streets, Fulton Street and beyond, it’s enough to send some Seaporters running to the Hamptons!

Summer suds… Instead, head to the Porterhouse Bar at Fraunces Tavern, 54 Pearl St., for their Sunshine Beer Fest all summer long. Daily features include Founders Cerise, Sam Adams Summer Ale and Saranac Blueberry Blonde.

Join their Tastings Tuesday, 6 to 8 p.m., and sip samples from boutique breweries. On Aug. 14, Blue Point Brewery, Long Island’s only microbrewery, is featured. Founded in 1998 by two friends, Blue Point, which brews as many as 21 flavors, always keeps six in stock, including Toasted Lager, Hoptical Illusion and Summer Ale. The brewskis are all natural, poured without preservatives and unpasteurized. Even if you aren’t a beer drinker, you have to love what one of our founding fathers, Ben Franklin (who probably drank at Fraunces Tavern) had to say: “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.”

Plus, you might want to head over to their web site, www.francestavern.com, and make some suggestions for their huge 250th anniversary celebration in September. They’re open to ideas.

See city at sea level… Up for a swim? How about an Aquathlon? Qualified swimmers can sign up to breaststroke or backstroke their way around New York Harbor in the second annual Governors Island Swim on Sat., July 28. Apply at www.nycswim.org. Water temps average 72-77-degrees, and wetsuits are welcomed. Water hazards include substantial water chop and random bits of flotsam and jetsam. But if you’re more of a landlubber, join the fun from the shore with a picnic and cheers.  Picnics and cheers are welcomed.

The swim starts at 11:35 a.m. at Governors Island Pier 101, Castle Williams and ends at the pier by the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel air vent. The awards ceremony starts 20 minutes, after the last swimmer comes ashore.

Smoke in… Didn’t get your ash on last time? Well, the second Longest Ash contest takes place at Cigar Landing, 150 Beekman St., on Thurs., Aug. 2, at  6 pm. The $20 entry fee gets you a cigar and a chance to win a $50 gift certificate or $100 toward membership.

Just wondering… Will Water Street between Beekman and Dover Streets ever return to its peaceful, cobbled two blocks? Seems peculiar that when a fire breaks out under the pier, its owners want to tear down during the height of summer.

Birthday invitees posed for a photo at Kathleen Joyce’s birthday party at Meade’s at the South Street Seaport.

Birthday beauties blast… Neighbors might have wondered what the ruckus was or hopped down to join in the fun at Meade’s, at Peck Slip and Water Street, on Fri., July 13. It was the annual birthday bash for the best bartender.

Kathleen Joyce celebrated hers that night, along with her bestie Amber McMillan. Theme was “F— it, make it big,” which Katie says is their motto “to live happy, adventurous, thrilling lives.” You go, girls!

Tons of out-of-town guests joined Meade’s customer, childhood and city friends to celebrate the ladies. Katie’s mom came in from New Jersey, her sister and brother-in-law drove in from Pennsylvania and her aunt came up from Atlanta. Katie’s friends, Tim and Dawn, arrived from Florida and Canada, respectively.

The joint was packed and spilled onto Peck Slip. Staff bartenders Chano and Izzy rocked behind the bar, “Making it big,” says Katie, with gigantic margaritas. “Amazing to turn 34 – when did that happen? – surrounded by so many of my awesome friends and family,” the birthday girl told the Seaport Report. All guests left with a special pint glass to commemorate the occasion, but we can’t print the slogan in a family newspaper!

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15 Responses to Seaport Report, Week of July 25, 2012

  1. Dee "Charles"

    What a FABULOUS night that was! I grew up in the neighborhood, and Katie has been my lifelong confidante; you couldn't meet a nicer person. In a town as gloomy as New York City, Katie is that one person who could bring hope and happiness to the grumpiest, most jaded of people! Happy Birthday Katie!!!! You're amazing!! Many more to come – MAKE.IT.BIG.

  2. Janel Bladow must get a heck of a lot of free drinks at Meade's, considering all the amazing publicity in Seaport Report. I don't know if Janel lives down here, but if she does, she ought to know the residents dislike the fraternity type atmosphere encouraged by certain bars, in particular the pigsty Jeremy's that's been the bane of the neighborhood for more years than we care to remember, whose customers pee and do much more all over the place when they're done at the bar, and drop their styro containers wherever they please. Meade's is a notch or two up from Jeremy's, food the same, owner the same. We have far too many bars in the neighborhood and far too many dogs whose owners are unable to find enough dog walkers even on Craig's list, and these poor animals are left alone all day long. So why encourage this sort of thing in the neighborhood with your glowing "reports" of these activities?
    For most of us Seaport residents, life here is not an on-going party. With construction and so much more, It's a daily struggle to return to the type of life we had before 9/11, before "musical chair" renters were encouraged to move into the neighborhood. That life was quiet, or not quiet, or artistic or involved, but certainly not the suburban mall type events you like to report. Perhaps you can perform a public service and advise these people to move to the suburbs with their dogs and their beers? This area has become just a layover anyway for post college types on their way to MacMansions. It's not the cozy, intimate thing you like to project. Above poster calls it a "gloomy New York City?" He, for example, shouldn't be here at all.

    • @faladora. It saddens me that I did not see your post earlier than just now because I am sure you will never see this post. Allow me to introduce myself, I am Lee Holin and I am unfortunately posting this though my phone so pardon the misspelling and grammatical errors. I am 36 years old and my father Jeremy opened Jeremy's ale House in 1974 in the south street seaport. I have grown up in this neighborhood and I have seen it change greatly. In some ways for the better and in some ways for the worse. Jeremy's ale House has always (no matter how much the neighborhood does not realize) tried to do its best to make the area a better place. In the 1970's and 80's it closed as early as 9:00 p.m. And even now only stays open till midnight. The people "peeing" on the street at 2 or 4 in the morning or causing destruction are most likely not from either of our establishments. Not to say I don't support the other businesses in the area, because I do. This is Manhattan and not a suburb you seem to dislike so much and things can happen in any neighborhood anywhere. You speak of this artistic community that is being chased out, well I am an artist. I am artist of some note and if you came to either Meades or Jeremy's ale House you might know this.

      The neighborhood is changing, I know this as much as anyone, but to blame the only establishment in the area with am actual doorman, and the longest running business in the neighborhood is only being blind to what your issue really is. Manhattan was a vibrant exciting and wonderful place once, and removing or fighting against places, people, and flavor that made it this way is only helping to make Manhattan the suburb of itself that I am not happy with either. Try and steer the neighborhood away from what it is becoming which is a bland and boring tourist location and keep it the neighborhood it always has been since the 1800's! A vibrate colorful and exciting place for all kinds.

      Lee Holin

  3. Speaking as a resident of the Seaport and as a regular patron of Meade’s I have to respond to the comment above. I am tired of the attitude so prevalent among 40 and 50-somethings downtown who feel entitled to declare who can live here and who cannot. Many of them, probably including the poster above, came to the neighborhood when it was an inexpensive and less desirable place to live. Their tenacity is admirable. But you of all people should know that this neighborhood has always had a wild streak, from its beginnings as one of the world’s major ports to today. Completely contrary to what you suggest, I think that the decline of this neighborhood will not come from an excessive number of bars or drunk Wall Streeters stumbling down Front Street, but from elitist institutions like the Blue School, where TriBeCa moms arrive in droves in their livery cabs every morning to take little Macy, Greyson or Connor to their $30,000 a year pre-school class. ! A family on Beekman Street has a habit of putting a blowup bouncy castle in the middle of the sidewalk for their child’s birthday every year,… If anything is unfaithful to the roots of the seaport, it’s trends such as these. Yet you say it’s the BEER DRINKERS and DOG OWNERS that are out of place in this urban environment?

    Finally, I’d like to suggest that disparaging an entire generation of your neighbors does nothing to make them feel like they can be a part of this community. Many of the “musical chair” renters that you refer to would gladly stay longer and even put down roots in our community if greedy management companies and landlords would allow them to sign longer leases or give them a break in spiraling rent.

    If you want to live in a neighborhood where baby yoga studios and cupcake shops replace bars and restaurants, perhaps YOU are the one who needs to leave. Or perhaps if you wait long enough your dream will come to fruition and you’ll have your rich man’s paradise. In the meantime I’ll be at Meades, having a pint with my neighbors and friends, enjoying a sense of community which you’ve most likely long forgotten.

  4. I'd like to respond to "Faladora". First, I'm a woman not a man. Second, it sounds to me like you are a bitter human being who has frozen up like an icicle and cannot bear any change in the world. I'm proud to say I have lived in this neighborhood since I was in infant, and would scream it from the rooftops. Our area is turning more and more into a community and I think that's wonderful. And dear God, if you think New York City ISN'T gloomy, well I don't know what to tell you. We are a community who was hit hard 11 years ago and have done nothing but lean on each other, pick up the pieces, and start this neighborhood anew.

    I will be happily joining the appreciative, kind, whole-hearted neighbors at Meade's for a beer or two, and you can go sulk and watch Lifetime for all I care. Good day to you, "Faladora", and try smiling and being friendly once in awhile. As they say, it takes more muscles to frown than to smile. :)

  5. @faladora. It saddens me that it did not see your post earlier than just now because I sure you will never see this post. Allow me to introduce myself, I am Lee Holin and I am unfortunately posting this though my phone so pardon the misspelling. I am 36 years old and my father Jeremy opened Jeremy's ale House in 1974 in the south street seaport. I have grown up in this neighborhood and I have seen it change greatly. In some ways for the better and in some ways for the worse. Jeremy's ale House has always (no matter how much the neighborhood does not realize) tried to do its best to make the area a better place. In the 1970's and 80's it closed as early as 9:00 p.m. And even now only stays open till midnight. The people "peeing" on the street at 2 or 4 in the morning or causing destruction are most likely not from either of our establishments. Not to say I don't support the other businesses in the area, because I do. This is manhattan and not a suburb you seem to dislike so much and things can happen. You speak of this artistic community that is being chased out well I am an artist. I am artist of some note and if you came to Meades or Jeremy's ale House you might know this.

    The neighborhood is changing, I know this as much as anyone, but to blame the only establishment in the area with am actual doorman, and the longest running business in the neighborhood is only being blind to what your issue really is. There are business that seek alcohol it is manhattan after all not the suburbs you dislike so much, so please stop trying to make manhattan a suburb of itself. Try and steer the neighborhood away from what it is becoming which is a bland and boring tourist location and keep it the neighborhood it always has been since the 1800's! A vibrate colorful and exciting place for all kinds.

    Lee Holin

  6. (EDIT)

    @faladora. It saddens me that I did not see your post earlier than just now because I am sure you will never see this post. Allow me to introduce myself, I am Lee Holin and I am unfortunately posting this though my phone so pardon the misspelling and grammatical errors. I am 36 years old and my father Jeremy opened Jeremy's ale House in 1974 in the south street seaport. I have grown up in this neighborhood and I have seen it change greatly. In some ways for the better and in some ways for the worse. Jeremy's ale House has always (no matter how much the neighborhood does not realize) tried to do its best to make the area a better place. In the 1970's and 80's it closed as early as 9:00 p.m. And even now only stays open till midnight. The people "peeing" on the street at 2 or 4 in the morning or causing destruction are most likely not from either of our establishments. Not to say I don't support the other businesses in the area, because I do. This is Manhattan and not a suburb you seem to dislike so much and things can happen in any neighborhood anywhere. You speak of this artistic community that is being chased out, well I am an artist. I am artist of some note and if you came to either Meades or Jeremy's ale House you might know this.

    The neighborhood is changing, I know this as much as anyone, but to blame the only establishment in the area with am actual doorman, and the longest running business in the neighborhood is only being blind to what your issue really is. Manhattan was a vibrant exciting and wonderful place once, and removing or fighting against places, people, and flavor that made it this way is only helping to make Manhattan the suburb of itself that I am not happy with either. Try and steer the neighborhood away from what it is becoming which is a bland and boring tourist location and keep it the neighborhood it always has been since the 1800's! A vibrate colorful and exciting place for all kinds.

    Lee Holin

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  13. While using cobblestones laid on Front St. plus some people going in the buildings between Beekman St. and Peck Slip, we view indications of recovery around us progressively more. Repairs continues all the way to Dover St. now, so while driving and walking our neighborhood streets still suck, at the least we understand it’s simply a few time.

    I’m implementing a confirmation, even so hear the Bridge Café may no longer be around us unless it could get some good grand patrons with very deep pockets. Workers are there the other day assessing the damages. I listen to it can take between $250,000 and $500,000 to have the wooden building built-in 1794 here we are at code.

  14. Finger lickin’ delish… some of weeks agone, a new, kid-friendly eating house known as Grandma’s House opened its doors on construction-heavy Peck Slip. It’s a daring move, considering the state of unsoundness outside the inviting exterior door

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