Spend Free Time at The National Museum of the American Indian

Spending a day in the city can drain your wallet if you’re not careful. There’s so much to do that’s worth laying down money for! It doesn’t have to be that way, though. New York’s full of awesome destinations where you don’t have to pay a dime. For example, you can visit the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, located at 1 Bowling Green, without shelling out a single cent! It’s a short half mile away from Seastreak’s docks at Pier 11, and it’s a terrific snapshot of the various peoples native to the Americas.

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Customs in the US Customs Building

Located in the U.S. Customs building, the National Museum of the American Indian is dedicated to displaying the diverse and fascinating cultures of the native peoples from the Americas. From permanent art exhibits to dance performances and film screenings, the museum shows glimpses traditions in ways we might not experience otherwise.

Take one of the museum’s tours for a guided journey through the daily lives of various tribes and peoples. Learn more about the art of those who lived throughout North, Central, and South America. Hear about the myths and legends that inspired the art and folklore, and discover how the shared cultures influenced us all.

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Souvenirs for Less

What’s better than free? Discounted free! If you think that’s not possible, let us show you how it works. For a short time, you can take advantage of the Lower Manhattan Tuesdays promotion. Get a 10% discount at the National Museum of the American Indian’s gift shop! They’ve got some neat items for you to take home as a memento of your visit, including toys, handcrafted jewelry, pottery, and more.

At Seastreak, we’re dedicated to keeping your wallet fat and happy. We pride ourselves on providing great service for a reasonable price. Our luxurious catamarans will make you feel like you spent a million bucks!

 

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The Seastreak Family

 

 

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One Night Only! Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg in Conversation with Stephen Colbert

At Seastreak, we like to keep our customers updated on the most interesting things to do in New York, so you don’t have to go digging for a way to pass the time. Folks who don’t know about our blog (poor, deprived souls that they are) and want to know what’s happening in the city might have to google it. You can learn more about the birth of that expression, “just google it”, and the success of the company behind it, at 92Y, Kaufmann Concert Hall (1395 Lexington Avenue) on September 23. Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg in Conversation with Stephen Colbert promises to be a funny and informative evening with people who helped make Google the internet leviathan it is today.

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An Evening with Internet Architects

The expression “just google it” has become part of our everyday lexicon. It’s synonymous with telling someone to look something up, or even to use any search engine to find a fact. Google has changed the way we think, and how we function in our daily lives. Two of the search giant’s brightest stars are sitting down with the infamous Stephen Colbert to talk about their new book, How Google Works, and give an inside view of Google’s culture, strategies, and values.

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Eric Schmidt was Google’s CEO from 2001 until 2011, and is now its executive chairman. Jonathan Rosenberg managed both design and development of many of Google’s most popular products, such as Gmail and Android, and now serves as advisor to Google’s CEO Larry Page. They’re perfectly poised to give insights into how Google has achieved success and notoriety.

Your Search For a Ferry Company is Over

No need to reach for Google when you’re looking for the best way to get to Manhattan. Seastreak’s luxurious ferries, and fantastic customer service, end your search with a smile!

 

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The Seastreak Family

 

 

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Beef Up Your Next Meal at Les Halles Downtown

Seastreak’s full of patriots, and we’re big believers in the red, white, and blue. (Though when you look at our ferries, you’ll notice we’re kind of fond of blue. What can we say? It’s nautical.) One of the coolest parts of America is how it’s full of influences from other countries brought together to give us the best of everything! You can support the USA while still enjoying the tastes of other cultures. Don’t believe us? Head for Les Halles Brasserie at 15 John Street!

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All About That Beef

How, you may wonder, does eating at a French restaurant support the United States? Les Halles buys and serves prime American beef! Their in-house butcher cuts it in the French style, known for searching out the meat’s unique qualities so as to give each kind of steak its own texture and taste.

Since they’re open from 8 AM until midnight, you can drop in for breakfast foods worth waking up for, like chocolate croissants, delicious crepes, or a big plate of steak and eggs. (Saturdays and Sundays, you can get brunch, and mimosas, too.) Lunch and dinner are just as tempting. Pork tenderloin with garlic confit and mashed potatoes? Maine mussels with fries and a variety of delicious sauces? You might want to just camp out at a table, and ask them to bring food every few hours.

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Show Your Mussels

This is even easier to do, if you catch the Lower Manhattan Tuesdays special. Until September 30, which is depressingly close, you can get bottomless Moules Mariniere for $19.95 when you take advantage of the special deal.

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Sacre bleu! Don’t get on that other ferry! Seastreak has clean and comfortable seats both inside and outside, a full-service bar, and fantastic customer service. Let us show you why we’re your best choice when you need a lift over the water.

 

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The Seastreak Family

 

 

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Learn More About New York’s Guardians at the New York City Police Museum

New York’s police force is full of heroes. Sure, everyone grumbles about the police now and then, but we know that no matter what trouble hits New York, the police will meet the challenge. You can learn more about the history of our world-famous police force at the New York City Police Museum! It’s at 45 Wall Street, not even half a mile from our docks at Pier 11!

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The History of Heroes

This museum has made its mission the preservation of the New York City Police Department’s long and storied history. The police you see on the street today are the product of the department’s long years serving the people of New York. See how they’ve changed from the very first days of the force!

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See police uniforms from times gone by on display, along with pictures that show just how far the force has come. Every Wednesday and Saturday, you can catch a walking tour that follows the history of the police force from its inception to current times. As of this posting, there’s also an exhibit which shows the history of women on the police force, back from the times when their uniforms included high heels and specially designed handbags for their guns.

Don’t Cop Out!

You’ve only got a couple Tuesdays left to take advantage of the Lower Manhattan Tuesdays promotion! When you sign up, you can get 10% off at the New York City Police Museum’s gift shop. Grab these deals before they disappear on September 30!

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Seastreak salutes all the men and women in uniform who help keep our great city safe. We appreciate everything you do to make our city the greatest in the country! To learn more about some of our city’s other big heroes, don’t miss the New York City Fire Museum.

 

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The Seastreak Family

 

 

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Find a New Favorite Café at Jack’s Wife Freda

Food doesn’t just have to nourish the body. Some foods also nourish the soul, with flavors that soothe the spirit as much as they fill the stomach. Doesn’t even matter if you’re familiar with a particular dish. Eating it still feels like going home. When you’re looking for a little culinary comfort, head up to SoHo, and Jack’s Wife Freda at 224 Lafayette Street. It’s a café with an odd name, but a menu full of satisfying dishes that’ll have you coming back over and over.

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Jack of All Foods

Jack’s Wife Freda (named after the grandparents of one of the owners) serves up meals with familiar components put together in unique and unusual ways. You’ll find an interesting variety of cultural foods and old favorites both. Breakfast, lunch, or dinner, doesn’t matter. You won’t be disappointed any time of day.

Waffle devotees will definitely want to try the rosewater waffles, with Lebanese yogurt, mixed berries, and honey syrup. When its eggs you want, grab a plate of green shakshuka. Two baked eggs in a green shakshuka sauce, and served with challah toast.

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Café Food With a Twist

There’s nothing like a sandwich for lunch or supper, and Jack’s Wife Freda knows how to make them. The Prego roll sandwich has Portuguese skirt steak with garlic butter, and thick fries on the side. Jack’s burger features grilled tomato and fried onion. Throw a little gruyere cheese on it, you’re in burger heaven.

They say sailing’s good for the soul, too, and Seastreak’s here to help you on your spiritual journey. (Or really, to get you to Manhattan, New Jersey, and Martha’s Vineyard, which are just like spiritual journeys.) Sit out on the deck and watch the world go by, or relax in our comfortable indoor seats with a drink and a good book.

 

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The Seastreak Family

 

 

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Watch a Phenomenal Rotating Cast in Love Letters

The most memorable plays are often the most intimate, where we have the opportunity to grow close to a small cast. By the end, we feel like we know the characters as we would our best friends. Step into the lives of two pen pals as they share each other’s best and worst times in the Pulitzer Prize finalist play Love Letters! This star-studded revival opens this week at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on Broadway! (256 West 47th Street.)

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The Power of Words

Melissa Gardner and Andrew Makepeace Ladd III have exchanged letters for more than fifty years. A lifetime of messages have created a deep connection between the pair, and now, they must look back and wonder if they’ve made the right choices. Could they have missed writing the most important letter of all, the one that brings them the love of their lives?

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Part laugh-out-loud comedy, part heartbreakingly poignant drama, Love Letters will feature a jaw-dropping cast of big-name actors throughout its limited run. Depending on when you attend, you’ll be treated to the brightest stars of both the big and small screens.

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Signed, Sealed, and Delivered

Until October 10, Brian Dennehy and Mia Farrow play the roles of Melissa and Andrew. Subsequent actors include Carol Burnett, Alan Alda, Candice Bergen, Stacy Keach, Diana Rigg, Anjelica Huston, and Martin Sheen. This is a production worth seeing more than once, so you can catch your favorite names on stage.

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This play has seen success around the world, and is a favorite for benefit or cameo performances by busy actors. It’s brought together acting pairs such as Mel Gibson and Sissy Spacek, and Elizabeth Taylor and James Earl Jones despite the Writers Guild strike of 2007.

Seastreak delivers you to your favorite shows and back on our comfortable catamarans. Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays our ferries from getting you where you need to be! (Though you might check our service alerts just to be sure.)

 

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Don’t Miss Jordan Casteel’s “Visible Man” Exhibition at Sargent’s Daughters

The purpose of art has many layers. On the topmost layer, it looks nice hanging on the wall, and lends its joyfulness or gravitas to the room in which it is displayed. As you dig down through the layers of art’s objective, however, you find far more than the decorative reasons. Art can challenge how we think, and can provide a visual representation of concepts we see in our lives. A good example of this is Jordan Casteel’s “Visible Man” exhibition at Sargent’s Daughters (179 East Broadway).

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What Has Been Seen

Casteel’s paintings for this display all portray nude (but modest) black men in casual, resting positions, surrounded by the trappings of everyday life. Each subject looks directly at the viewer, creating an intimate connection between the subject and the beholder. By choosing to paint each man without clothes, Casteel has brought a vulnerability to her subjects, leaving them bare to observation and open to consideration.

On deeper consideration, Casteel’s work challenges our ideas of race and ethnicity. While her works of art clearly portray black men, she’s chosen to use a variety of shades as the hues for the men’s skins. By doing so, she asks us to think about what we believe constitutes race, and what it truly means.

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Young Artist, Mature Ideas

Casteel is an artist fresh out of grad school, having graduated from Yale this year, but already she’s making a splash in the art community. With this exhibit, she represents the themes explored in Ralph Ellison’s novel Invisible Man. The exhibition goes through September 14, so this is your last chance to see it! It’s a great way to spend a little time, and the gallery is not quite a mile and a half from Pier 11.

When you’re done at the gallery, come back to take in one of Seastreak’s visible ferries! If you sit up on the deck, you’ll always see where you’re going while you ride on one of our luxurious catamarans.

 

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The Seastreak Family

 

 

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Spice Up Your Next Meal with a Little Fresh Salt

You can find a little bit of everything at South Street Seaport. Catch a movie, buy a brand new bag, or fill your belly with a variety of different treats. Could be, though, you’re just looking for a comfortable place to settle in for some good food in a relaxed atmosphere. In that case, you just need to add a little Fresh Salt. Not the spice, the restaurant! It’s at 146 Beekman Street, not even half a mile from Pier 11, and it’s the perfect refuge from the bright lights and big city.

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Salted Comfort Food

Since 2004, this vintage-flavored establishment has been serving up the kind of food that brings people back again and again. Their cuisine features dishes that taste like home and comfort while still adding a creative flair all their own. Try their delicious quiche of the day, or tuck into a meatloaf sandwich with some tomato and horseradish mayo. From 10:30 in the morning until 3 in the afternoon, you can enjoy brunch with a mimosa to wash it down.

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“Fresh Salt” is a pretty odd name for a bar and café tucked into an odd little building between Front and South. Once upon a time, back in 1885, the place was a smokehouse that had fish on offer. Their sign read, “Fresh, Salt, and Smoked Fish”. The signage, and the name, stuck.

Buy One, Get One

Time’s ticking down to the end of the Lower Manhattan Tuesdays promotion! September 30 is the last day to get great deals at some of the best places in the area. Sign up for a buy one, get one free special at Fresh Salt, and lift a glass for us!

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At Seastreak, the only salt you’ll find is in the brackish waters of the harbor. No salty language, just salt-of-the-earth (or sea) good service. We’re the ferry company you can always count on to make your trip smooth and easy.

 

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The Seastreak Family

 

 

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Create a Stir With Coffee from Jack’s Stir Brew

Making coffee’s part art, part science, but the basics of it are pretty simple. In most cases, water goes through the grounds and comes out the other side as the elixir of life and wakefulness. At Jack’s Stir Brew, however, they like to stir things up. Literally. Next time you’re stepping off a Seastreak ferry and feel the need for a cup, head over to 222 Front Street. You don’t even have to go half a mile from our docks at Pier 11 to get your hands on a hot coffee with a great flavor.

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Stirred, Not Shaken

This coffee shop has innovated the way coffee is prepared. Jack, owner and namesake of the business, invented the stir-brewing machines that give their product a distinctive taste. Stirring the grounds as water drips through them oxygenates them, and the end result is a smooth, full-bodied brew. You won’t find any other coffee in town with this distinctive taste.

It’s not just the coffee that’s quality. Jack’s uses only milk from the Hudson Valley Fresh cooperative, which is made up of all local dairy farmers. You won’t find any antibiotics or hormones in this stuff, just fresh milk you know came from a cow near you.

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Discount Coffee? Sign Me Up!

Wednesday may be Hump Day, but Tuesdays are Coffee Day! At least, until September 30. You can get 10% off coffee and baked goods at Jack’s Stir Brew during the Lower Manhattan Tuesdays promotion. Like you needed more excuses to grab a coffee.

Ask anyone what the best things in life are, and you’ll get different answers. We’re pretty sure “Seastreak ferries” are on everyone’s list, though. Luxurious indoor and outdoor seating and great customer service earn us a place as everyone’s favorite ferry!

 

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The Seastreak Family

 

 

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Opening on Broadway – This Is Our Youth

Coming of age, and dipping your toes into adulthood, don’t always go smoothly. It’s a time filled with learning about who you are, where you fit in the world, and discovering that for all you do know, there’s three things you don’t. Opening on Broadway this week is a play that shows the struggle for identity and the ache of growing pains. This Is Our Youth is playing at the Cort Theater, 138 West 48th Street. It stars Michael Cera, Kieran Culkin, and Tavi Gevinson!

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Two Days in Three Lives

The time is 1982, and the place is New York City. When Warren steals money from his abusive father, he turns to his friend Dennis for help. Dennis, a slightly older youth who wields his charisma like a weapon, offers to help put that money to work dealing drugs. Their story is complicated by Jessica, the woman who has caught Warren’s eye.

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You might recognize Michael Cera from such cinematic hits as Juno and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. He was also a favorite in the popular television show Arrested Development. He’s joined on stage by Kieran Culkin, brother of the somewhat infamous Macaulay Culkin, and Cera’s co-star from Scott Pilgrim. This Is Our Youth marks the debut of Tavi Gevinson, and it’s sure to be the start of an illustrious career!

An International Success

The play itself has attracted a great deal of starring talent over the years. In its various runs, it’s seen stars like Mark Ruffalo (The Avengers), Matt Damon (Good Will Hunting), and Anna Paquin (True Blood). It’s found international success as well, in London and also in Australia.

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Whether you’re looking for your place in the streets of New York, or you’re going back to your place on the other side of the river, Seastreak’s comfortable catamarans are the way to travel! Treat yourself to a night on Broadway, and a luxurious ride back home again.

 

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