Seaport Report

BY Janel Bladow

Neither snow nor cold could stop the residents of the South Street Seaport and Financial District from having a hot time in the hood these past few weeks….

Super Duper:

Super Bowl saw Steelers and Packer fans load into Meade’s on Peck Slip for beers and cheers. Happily for some of us, Cheeseheads reign!

Devine Cupid:

Cupid spread his heartwarming message throughout the hood Monday. The day started with brisk sales at Godiva, Victoria’s Secret and La Maison du Chocolate and demos at Tiffany’s (37 Wall St.) by master engraver Timothy Murphy.

Many local restaurants offered love potions and passion-inducing nibbles. At Acqua (Peck Slip and Water St.) romantic candlelight, free Prosecco and a fresh rose captured the spirit while Wall and Water kicked up libido with a special of oysters, mussels and lobster. SuteiShi (24 Peck Slip) had Chef Paul put together a delectable tasting menu for two, including dashi scallop carpaccio, spicy tuna tartar, pickled ginger and chocolate mousse.

Even Mad Dog & Beans (83 Pearl St.) got into the action – but with a twist. They took the opposite position and severed up anti-Valentine’s Day spirits. Special on their menu Monday night were drinks such as Sweet Revenge and Swingers Sangria.

Dog love:

Westminister Dog Show fans had a lot to bark about this week too. The howling good times continued Tuesday night when dog lovers packed the Paris Café (South & Peck Slip) for a Westminister Dog Show Party. Pooch parents couldn’t bring their babies, but they did sip and nosh while watching all sizes and shapes of dogs appear larger than life on the café’s six-foot TV screen. The Salty Paw (38 Peck Slip) had fun, fab prizes and giveways and everyone played dog-themed games during commercial breaks. Woof!

Meanwhile non-dog people or maybe just people who didn’t want to watch the best in show or just like a good deal joined the fun at Cowgirl Seahorse (259 Front St.) for Tuesday $2 fish tacos. Yum!

Get connected for free:

Downtown Alliance opens two new free WiFi hot spots in the area. Look for a signal at Peter Minuit Plaza, in front of the Staten Island Ferry Terminal and at the upcoming pedestrian seating area designed by the NY Department of Transportation at Whitehall and Water Sts. These bring the number to 12 hot spots, spanning a half million square feet in park and public spaces in the hood. SR’s favs include Pier 17 marketplace where you can eat, drink and be wired!

Dancing with Swords:

SR wouldn’t recommend you try it any more than you should run with scissors but you might not want to miss the 26th annual New York Sword Dancing Festival. This ancient winter celebration of life with fast-paced rapper sword and long sword dancing is unique and sure to be gasp inducing. Four to six dancers, circle around and merge together to create complex patterns and images all while displaying their amazing skill and precision with lethal weapons. Two hour-long performances take place Saturday, Feb. 19,1 and 3 pm at Seaport Museum New York (12 Front St.). Free to members, $15 adults, seniors/students $12. www.seany.org.

Show your support:

Earlier this month, the financially strapped 44-year old museum laid off five workers, including the captain of the Pioneer sailing ship. Also it’s been reported that the museum stopped paying 30 New York Harbor School students their stipends and now owes them oodles of moola.