Popular tourist destination South Street Seaport will be recovering from the damage it suffered during Hurricane Sandy with exciting new summer programming and shipping container shops. Developer Howard Hughes Corp. and NYC partnered together to bring visitors back to the area beginning Memorial Day weekend with a new season of fun attractions called See/Change. The plan includes a summer full of concerts, artisanal foods and happy hour evenings inside two-story shipping containers.

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Already in transition, the seaport is making room for a stage that will be installed for weekly outdoor film screenings and concerts.  Grass will be rolled out over the cobble stone streets to integrate a park-like feeling to the surroundings and a beer garden-style space will be erected featuring Brooklyn beers, Brooklyn Soda Works and spiked slushes. Pop-up boutiques (tenants yet to be confirmed) will find a temporary home in refurbished shipping containers. Oddly enough, glitter rain (yes, you read that right) will christen the festivities.

“The area suffered so much damage we were excited to be bringing life and commerce back to the area,” said Jonathan Butler, co-founder of Brooklyn Flea, to the New York Times. “It’s also a chance to elevate the level of food available there. It’s high quality and a little more interesting with a local angle.”

The Pier 17 indoor mall will also remain open this summer but will close in June for renovations. The South Street Seaport Museum, which had to close its doors due to severe damage to its heating and cooling systems, elevator and escalator during Sandy will remain closed as debates continue between the city and the Howard Hughes Corp. about whether the museum will be torn down or funding for repairs will take place.

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Via The New York Times