Seaport Report, Week of Aug. 13, 2015

Downtown Express photo by Janel Bladow.  Thanks to a new city law, sliders at Jeremy’s Ale House now come in paper containers instead of foam and their famed 32-ounce beers…gasp — are no longer served in Styrofoam.

Downtown Express photo by Janel Bladow.
Thanks to a new city law, sliders at Jeremy’s Ale House now come in paper containers instead of foam and their famed 32-ounce beers…gasp — are no longer served in Styrofoam.

BY JANEL BLADOW  |   Dog days of summer? Not in the Seaport…lots of action, something for everyone.

The artistic…Look for pop-up art galleries and events though January. Some empty storefronts (think the old Wendy’s on Pearl and Beekman Sts.) become temporary exhibition spots under the umbrella “Seaport Culture District.”

Opening Mon., Aug. 17, is The Portrait Project in Cannon’s Walk, 206 Front St. Here an outdoor sound-light show joins together internationally known photographers, engineers from the firm Arup and Art Start, a group that uses the arts to help homeless kids.

The exhibit gives viewers a chance to hear the dreams and see the imaginations of these teens.  While there, take a #SeeMeBecause selfie to show the world what makes you special.

And what could be more appealing to New Yorkers than telling the world what makes them rock? The exhibit runs through December.

Coming in September, HarperCollins will celebrate its return to the Seaport. Surprised? Yes, the mega-publisher began nearly 200 years ago along our cobbled streets. They will introduce HarperCollins BookLab, a reading lounge and event space which will host author events, readings, panels, signings and receptions.

Located in Seaport Studios, 19 Fulton St., you can while away hours while taking in the historic view of Schermerhorn Row.

Other events and installations include photomurals by architectural photographer Elizabeth Felicella at 159 John St.  and a Guggenheim project at 190 Fulton St. Visit www.southstreetseaport.com for details.

Passing on plastics…Out with the old Styrofoam quarts and on with the new glass pints at Jeremy’s Ale House at 228 Front St.

The city made history as the largest in the U.S. to ban restaurants from using plastic foam containers. The ban went into effect July 1 and Mayor de Blasio predicted that would clear nearly 30,000 tons of expanded polystyrene waste from landfills, streets and waterways.

Downtown Express photo by Josh Rogers Howard Hughes Corp. last week sold 80 South St., as part of a $390 million deal with a Chinese investment firm. The building is just outside the neighborhood’s historic district and could be redeveloped into an 800,000 square foot tower.

Downtown Express photo by Josh Rogers
Howard Hughes Corp. last week sold 80 South St., as part of a $390 million deal with a Chinese investment firm. The building is just outside the neighborhood’s historic district and could be redeveloped into an 800,000 square foot tower.

Since then, Jeremy’s has been busy transitioning all their food and beverage containers, including the 32-ounce Styrofoam cup used to serve hundreds of beers daily and made the Downtown dive bar an international must-stop. 

Yelp user Joe C. of Rhode Island cites as #1 in his “One of My Favorite Manhattan Bars” list: “Draft beers in styrofoam (sic) cups.  A 32 ounce domestic draft beer in a styrofoam (sic) cup for 5 bucks.  In NYC???  A great deal.  The styrofoam (sic) cup is the signature of this place and I think it’s pretty cool.”

So the bar loses its Styro-cool but not its overall divey-ness. The waterfront watering hole fairs well this month without its trademark white super cups.

Bar namesake and proprietor Jeremy Holin said, “The change is going relatively smoothly. We have had to put in two dishwashers [mechanical] and hire one [human]. It is an era that is over after 42 years. But our garbage is smaller.

Seaport a china annex?...Or is Howard Hughes Corp just flipping mad? H.H.C. sold the air rights to build a huge skyscraper over 80 South St. and 163 Front St., both just outside the historic district.

According to Crain’s New York Business, China Oceanwide Holdings, a Beijing-based investment company, bought the two parcels and could build an 820,000 square foot building with commercial and residential space. The Chinese company paid $390-million for the plots which H.H.C. acquired earlier this year for $186 million. You do the math. It pays to have bucks to throw around.

Smell something fishy?…The first benefit for the South Street Seaport Museum was set for last week. Duran Duran and Wyclef Jean were to headline the event, Dock Rocks. Sounded like a super cool night of partying and music for a great cause. Suddenly it was canceled the week before, citing problems with permits. Rumors are running all over the ‘hood about what happened, who pulled the plug and sunk the boat. We contacted museum reps to quell the gossip but the sources say they’ll get back when they have more details.

Sunset salutations…Free yoga every Tuesday is a surefire happy hour. Yogasmoga: Outdoor Yoga from 5:30-6:30 pm, as weather permits is a new offering from Seaport Studios. The Fulton Street classes are led by a different teacher every week.

On Aug. 18 Exceed Physical Culture is out front while Lauren Taus of Front St. heads up the bending and stretching the following week. Classes are free but you must R.S.V.P. for a space atmeetup.com/yogasmoga-Fitness-Classes-Seaport-Studios/.

While on the site, check out their other free offerings including Pilates classes and kids programs.

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