outdoor movies at south st. seaport. Some things really are free.

July 12, 2013 |  Category:   life nyc








I’m not going to lie. So far the weather this summer has been sort of miserable in that city humidity overload kind of way, so we’ve been spending more time indoors, though there is some relief when the sun goes down. It’s still a bit novel to be out at night with the kids now since they can stay up so much later, so we’ve been doing more things in the evenings. On Wednesday, we went to the South Street Seaport to catch a movie outdoors. The Seaport isn’t a place that we normally go to, but there are some new developments set up this summer called See Change to revitalize the area that includes pop up retail in cargo containers, events like the movie series, and a whole Brooklyn Flea Smorgasbar set up. Plus the branding and signage is really appealing and I’m a sucker for that type of stuff.


First off, Smorgasbar is really great. There are 10 or so booths of food, ample picnic tables, plenty of festive lights, and a super air conditioned restroom trailer that had around 8 stalls (in the women’s side, at least). Locating public restrooms is always on my radar so this was exciting. Mia even remarked that she wanted to stay in there a little longer because the air conditioning was so nice. The movie was set up right adjacent to Smorgasbar on a raised platform of astroturf with rows of reclined chairs. They even passed out blankets for the people up front to sit and lay on, and the bags of popcorn that the staff filled from the popping machine all movie long was also free. The girls and I always debate whether or not anything truly free exists in the world (other than air) and this evening definitely qualified (samples at Costco also qualifies in their book too).
We saw Ice Age that evening and it was a lot of fun. It’s not as big a movie screen or scene as the Bryant Park outdoor movies and quite frankly, who has time to stake out a spot on the lawn hours before sundown anyway. This was smaller and a lot cozier, plus bigger bathrooms and better food. Movie nights are Wednesdays and Saturdays at 8pm and there are a whole bunch of other films that I’d be interested in seeing too (Gigi?? Perhaps my favorite musical of all time? Breaking Away?!). Check out the full event schedule right here.

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  • Jennelle July 12, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    Thanks so much for this! I’ve been meaning to visit that area for the longest, and now I have a good reason to.

    Have you guys been to Wave Hill? It’s a bit of a trek for you guys since it’s located in the Riverdale area of the Bronx, but it’s so worth the visit. And since we’re on the subject of free: admission on Tuesdays and before 12pm on Saturdays is free!

    • Jenna July 13, 2013 at 10:38 am

      We haven’t, jannelle, and it’s been on our list of places to visit for years. We don’t mind the trek since we do have a car. I’m thinking maybe the Fall – this summer is hot!!

  • victoria July 13, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    Well I’ve thought this summer how much fun stuff you guys seem to be doing. It always seems that you’re making the most of what your city and area have to offer, I find it really exciting seeing what you’ve been up to.

  • Gia July 15, 2013 at 9:51 am

    I adore Gigi! And it would be great for your daughters at their age I think! Xo

    • Jenna July 15, 2013 at 10:13 am

      I agree, but we will be in Seattle then. Too bad!