Seaport Report: October, 2016

iPic Theaters Premium plus tickets at iPic Theaters not only offers uber-comfy lounge seats, but also unlimited popcorn.

iPic Theaters
Premium plus tickets at iPic Theaters not only offers uber-comfy lounge seats, but also unlimited popcorn.

By Janel Bladow

Feels like we’re getting some welcome Indian Summer just when lots of fun events pop up on our calendar!

SCREEN & SIP… So excited about the grand opening of iPic Theaters at the Fulton Market Building in the Seaport District on Oct. 7. Can’t wait to go to the movies right down the street! To celebrate, iPic Theaters is giving locals a free gift package valued at $68. The package features one Premium movie ticket (a $29 value, good through Nov. 16), plus a free year of Sapphire-level membership (normally $29) that includes one free Premium ticket on your birthday, free dessert on your anniversary, and other member perks such as priority ticket purchases and invites to special events. The offer is good until Oct. 12, so sign up at ipicmember.com or visit guest services at the theater. Grand opening feature films include: “Girl on a Train,” “Birth of a Nation,” “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” and “Masterminds.” Tickets available for purchase via www.ipic.com or through the iPic app. The Seaport is also celebrating the new iPic Theater with a “Social Cinema” contest with a $60,000 prize! Post a 60-second film inspired by the Seaport to Instagram with the hashtag #seaportsocialcinema. Details at: www.southstreetseaport.com/socialcinema/

WAVERTREE RETURNS… See the full story here.

Photo by Milo Hess The South Street Seaport Museum opens a new exhibit this month, called “The Architecture of Trade: Schermerhorn Row and the Seaport,” to celebrate some of the most historic buildings in Downtown Manhattan.

Photo by Milo Hess
The South Street Seaport Museum opens a new exhibit this month, called “The Architecture of Trade: Schermerhorn Row and the Seaport,” to celebrate some of the most historic buildings in Downtown Manhattan.

CELEBRATE SCHERMERHORN ROW… NYC’s annual Architecture and Design Month picked Schermerhorn Row as Archtober Building of the Day on Monday, Oct. 10. To celebrate the honor, the South Street Seaport Museum opens a new exhibit, “The Architecture of Trade: Schermerhorn Row and the Seaport.” Presented in two parts, on the mezzanine level and in fourth-floor galleries at 12 Fulton St., the show looks at the Federal-style merchant county houses and what happened on the Seaport’s cobbled streets in the last two centuries. Access to the fourth floor exhibit is by guided tour only. Meanwhile the museum has lots of other fun October events: walking tours of the city’s oldest buildings, sailing aboard the Pioneer, building tours of Schermerhorn Row and Free Friday — with free admission to the museum — on Oct. 28 from 3–7 p.m. Check the site for details: www.southstreetseaportmuseum.org.

NEW OSA BOARD MEMBER… Long-time Seaport resident Neil Mossberg is the newly elected co-chair of the board of directors for the Old Seaport Alliance (OSA), a non-profit neighborhood improvement organization founded after Hurricane Sandy by business owners in the neighborhood. He takes over from Vbar Seaport owner Enrico Ciotti, who will continue on the board and will work alongside current OSA co-chair Sara Williams, owner of Fresh Salt. OSA wants to expand its board and membership base in order to ramp up its programs and strengthen its role in the community. A couple of its successes include turning Peck Slip into a plaza and securing the Citibike station there. If you want to learn more or get involved go to www.oldseaportny.com.

Photo by Maggie Lava The annual Taste of the Seaport food festival, which raises funds for the Spruce Street School and the Peck Slip School, returns Oct. 15.

Photo by Maggie Lava
The annual Taste of the Seaport food festival, which raises funds for the Spruce Street School and the Peck Slip School, returns Oct. 15.

LIP-SMACKING GOOD… It’s time for the 7th-annual Taste of the Seaport food festival! More than 40 food vendors, artists and entertainers are lined up for the event on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 11 a.m.–3 p.m., along Front St. between Fulton St. and Peck Slip. Barbalu, Mark Joseph Steakhouse, and Tolache Taqueria are among the local spots dishing out tastes. Entertainment includes The Besnard Lakes and Control the Sound — and organizers promise more. Kids Zone activities include cardboard ship building and some sensational, seasonal, scary face painting. The event is sponsored by the Howard Hughes Corporation and benefits our two public schools — PS 397, the Spruce Street School and PS 343, the Peck Slip School. Get advance tickets, $35 for 5 tastes at www.tasteoftheseaport.org, or at the festival on Front Street, $40 for 5 tastes.

WOOHOO WARRIORS… Over the last 10 months, our neighborhood’s Aikido and Yoga studio, Warrior Bridge has outgrown its 275 Water St. storefront. By the end of the month, the new, much larger, studio at 250 Front St. will open. The new location has more practice spaces, higher ceilings, larger changing rooms and showers. “We can have way more classes in each art we offer and there will be ten new evening yoga classes,” boasts Sean Langhaus, manager of the yoga and acroyoga programs. He’s partnered with founder Gary Snyder, a 7th-degree Black Belt in Aikido with over 35 years of martial arts training. “We’ve become one of the most popular acroyoga programs anywhere and this new studio ensures we can continue to grow,” Langhaus said. Congrats!

MINI MOVIE FEST… Animation Nights New York (ANNY) celebrated its first anniversary with a two-day festival last weekend. Panel judges including writer Anthony Haden-Guest picked 20 films to showcase from the 200 shorts screened during monthly events. With animation screenings, artist installations and panel discussions on topics from “Technology and Story in Animation” to “Voiceover Acting in Animation and Games” the fest was a huge success.  Meanwhile, if you haven’t popped in, stop by for the “Art in Motion” exhibit of drawings, cells, video, painting, and sculptures before it ends on Oct. 7. ANNY is at 180 Maiden Lane, entrance on South St. Some of the featured filmmakers are Nin Brudermann, Emily Hubley, and my friend Bill Plympton!

RAMPING UP… The latest big announcement — 10 Corso Como is coming to the Seaport District. The “world concept store” was founded in 1991 by former fashion editor Carla Sozzani as a union of culture and commerce by blending fashion, food, art, music, design and lifestyle. With retail venues around the globe from Milan to Beijing, this will be the company’s only first and only location in the U.S. The new spot will cover approximately 13,000 square feet. “As a European, I am very excited to see 10 Corso Como come to the place where New York City was born,” said Sozzani in a press release. And David R. Weinreb, CEO of The Howard Hughes Corporation, noted: “Given the Seaport District’s history as the city’s birthplace of innovation, we have been sharply focused on curating cutting-edge experiences across food, entertainment, fashion and culture. 10 Corso Como is a consummate example of our vision for the Seaport District.” This latest addition joins other upmarket offerings already announced for the Seaport, including restaurants by Jean-Georges Vongerichten and the Momofuku Group.

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