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Secrets of New York: Captains, Pirates and Ghosts

“Captains, Pirates and Ghosts,” from the documentary series, Secrets of New York, hosted  by Kelly Choi.  It includes some nice shots of the South Street Seaport Museum‘s schooner Pioneer, with commentary by the museum’s Executive Director, Captain Johnathon Boulware.  Segments from the Bridge Cafe, … Continue reading

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Restoring the Wavertree 2015

If you are in the neighborhood tomorrow, Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 12:30PM, you may wish to stop by the “bon-voyage” party on Pier 17 in New York’s South Street Seaport for the Wavertree, as she slips her lines and is … Continue reading

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New York — A Tough Town for Historic Ships

A recent article in the TribecaTribOnline was titled, “Two Historic Sailing Ships Could Dock at Seaport This Summer.” The story is that Jonathan Boulware, the South Street Seaport Museum’s interim president, is working very hard to arrange dock space for … Continue reading

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Salvatore Polisi 1935 – 2015

New York harbor has lost part of its living history with the passing of Sal Polisi, longtime volunteer and master carver at the South Street Seaport Museum. For three decades, Polisi carved everything from figureheads to wooden signs, using the time honored methods of … Continue reading

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Spring Revival at the South Street Seaport Museum on the Street of Ships

This Saturday, the South Street Seaport Museum celebrated its Spring Revival with the grand re-opening of Pier 16 and the Street of Ships. The ceremony began with the ringing of the bell on the historic lightship Ambrose built in 1907. The … Continue reading

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Statement on Museum of City of New York’s Oversight of South Street Seaport Museum

Many of us are still realing from the news that the Museum of the City of New York is withdrawing from managing the South Street Seaport Museum as of July 5, 2013.  The future of New York’s premier maritime museum is … Continue reading

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Horrible News for New York’s South Street Seaport Museum

Back in 2011, there was new hope for the New York’s South Street Seaport Museum when the struggling institution was rescued by the City Museum of New York.  A $2 million grant from the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation gave the City Museum … Continue reading

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South Street Seaport Museum’s Schooner Pioneer Sails Again

This weekend,  the South Street Seaport Museum’s schooner Pioneer set sail again from the seaport in New York’s East River.  After two summers of sitting tied to the dock the venerable old schooner, built of iron in 1885, is again carrying passengers on regular sails in … Continue reading

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Saving the Lettie G Howard – South Street Seaport Museum Raises $250,000 to Restore Historic Schooner

Wonderful news!  In February 2012, the 1893 built, Freedonia class fishing schooner, Lettie G. Howard was drydocked to repair rot in her keelson.  The rot was found to be far more extensive than expected and since then the South Street … Continue reading

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Celebrating Surviving Sandy – South Street Seaport Reopens with Two New Exhibits

When I first visited New York’s South Street Seaport in the early 70s, it was a fairly lonely place. There was no shopping mall on Pier 17 and the high-end chain-stores like Guess, Abecrombe and Fitch and Brookstone had not yet been … Continue reading

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South Street Seaport Museum Reopening December 14th with New Exhibits

The South Street Seaport Museum is reopening on Friday, December 14 with the launch of two new exhibitions –  A Fisherman’s Dream: Folk Art by Mario Sanchez and Street Shots/NYC, a presentation of contemporary New York City street photography. They … Continue reading

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Will the South Street Seaport Sink Post-Sandy?

The news this week from the South Street Seaport Museum was good. The Museum’s Bowne Stationers has reopened its doors after being flooded by Superstorm Sandy.  There had been serious concern that the 19th century type and letterpress equipment  might be seriously damaged or destroyed by the flood. … Continue reading

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New York’s South Street Seaport Museum – the Good and Really, Really Bad News

The area around the South Street Seaport on the East River in lower Manhattan was particularly hard hit by the storm surge from Hurricane Sandy.  The rising water reached the first floor eaves, devastating homes and businesses. The only good news was that the seven historic vessels at … Continue reading

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Windjammer Peking – Disappointment in Hamburg

On Friday, we posted that the windjammer Peking is in need a new home.  The 101 year old four masted steel ship has spent the last 37 years as a museum ship at New York’s South Street Seaport Museum.  The … Continue reading

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Windjammer Peking Needs a New Home – South Street Deal with Hamburg Falls Through

The Peking, a steel-hulled four-masted barque built in 1911, which has been a largely neglected fixture at New York’s South Street Seaport for almost the last 40 years, is now in desperate need of a new home. The South Street Seaport Museum thought that … Continue reading

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Help Save the Schooner Lettie G. Howard

The Lettie G. Howard is in trouble.  The wooden Fredonia schooner was built in Essex, Massachusetts in 1893. She was acquired by the South Street Seaport Museum in 1968 and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1989.  She was recently drydocked … Continue reading

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Still a Work in Progress, the South Street Seaport Museum Reopens

Last February, the chronically mismanaged Seaport Museum of New York (the ex-South Street Seaport Museum) laid off its staff and shut its doors. (See our post  The Rise and Fall of the South Street Seaport Museum.)  Today, under new management, with new funding … Continue reading

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Volunteers Allowed Back to Work at the South Street Seaport Museum

Several years ago I took a sail on the AJ Meerwald in New York harbor. While on the sail I saw the schooner Pioneer, owned and operated by the South Street Seaport Museum, also sailing in the harbor. Despite having … Continue reading

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NY Maritime Museum Revival – Return Of The South Street Seaport Museum & the Brooklyn Navy Yard Museum Opens

The two events are unrelated, but they are both highly welcome. The South Street Seaport Museum is on its way toward reopening, while a new museum celebrating over 200 years of shipbuilding and maritime history at the Brooklyn Navy Yard is openings its doors on … Continue reading

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Museum of the City of New York to Take Over Seaport Museum with $2M Grant

The Seaport Museum of New York, better known as the South Street Seaport Museum, will be taken over by the Museum of the City of New York with starting funds of $2 million in the form of a grant from the … Continue reading

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