BY JANEL BLADOW
Where did summer go? Just seems like we broke out the flip-flops…
Peking ducks out… The four-masted barque Peking was set to sail to Caddell Drydock in Staten Island on Tuesday morning after 40 years at the Seaport, but the remains of Hermine got in her way. So she got to stay with us at Pier 16 another day and sailed away on Wednesday, Sept. 7, with a spectacular send off, as Seaport Museum volunteers, neighbors and visitors waved their farewells from the upper level of Pier 15. She’ll remain at Caddell several months while her masts are stepped down and she’s made seaworthy for her momentous trip home across the Atlantic. In the spring, she’ll journey to Europe and her new home at the Stiftung Hamburg Maritim, the maritime museum of Hamburg, Germany. Built there in 1911, Peking was one of the “Flying P Liners,” that made voyages from Europe to the west coast of South America with general cargo and came back filled with seabird guano to make fertilizer and explosives. Peking has had her taste of celebrity. Her story was told in the film “Around Cape Horn,” which detailed her 1929 trip around South America in a hurricane. One other bit of trivia, she was saved by the South Street Seaport Museum from the scrap heap in 1974.
Y’all come… Though the Peking has made her grand departure, the South Street Seaport Museum still wants you to visit. Join them for “Free-Fridays” when the last Friday of the month is free from 3–7 p.m. — Sept. 30 and Oct. 28 are the last two dates. The free admission gets you into its exhibit “Street of Ships: The Port and its People” and a host of other activities, including special tours, artist demos, talks and lectures and hands-on fun for the family. Each Friday has a different theme. But reservations are necessary: https://southstreetseaportmuseum.org/free-fridays/.
On with the show… Who doesn’t like a carnival — and fashion? Combine the two and you have showman extraordinaire Tommy Hilfiger. Collaborating with model Gigi Hadid on his Fashion Week show “Tommy X Gigi Capsule Collection,” Hilfiger turns Pier 16 into “Tommy Pier” for his industry show on Sept. 9 at 7 p.m., then reopens it on Sept. 10, from noon to 10 p.m. for a rebroadcast of the show from the night before on huge LED screens. Tommy Pier will be a full-on fairground, complete with a 40-foot Ferris wheel, carnival rides, games, and classic carney fun foods like corn dogs and cotton candy. The space also features to Tommy X Gigi pop up shops, a vintage Tommy Hilfiger shop and a record store. Gigi says that their capsule collection “celebrates the iconic Tommy lifestyle and mixes a bit of everything: there are styles that are really hippie-chic, styles that are sporty streetwear and styles that are tomboy but girly. Everyone’s is going to love a different part of it.”
See you at the movies… iPic Theater Fulton Street opens next month in the Fulton Market building and we can’t wait. Not only will you be able to watch a film from a pod of your own with a cozy blanket if you wish, but also have unlimited popcorn, a cocktail, even dinner — all with the tap of your smartphone. Using its iPic Theaters app, guests can buy tickets, order food and drinks ahead to be ready by show time. There’s “Premium Plus Seating Pods,” and “Premium Chaise Lounge” seating for your viewing comfort and pleasure. Besides reclining in super comfy oversized leather chairs, you can dine on dishes created by three-time James Beard Award winner Chef Sherry Yard, who worked with Wolfgang Puck for almost 20 years. Drinks are designed by sommelier and executive bartender Adam Seger, who also had a hand in designing The Tuck Room, housed inside the theater on the third floor of the Fulton Street Market and featuring a rotating beverage program. Not only that, his 40-minute film, BarTales, which explores the history of cocktails and the colorful barmen who make them, will premiere at the iPic theater on Oct. 11.
Down on the farm, Seaport style… Join the farm-to-table movement with the first Farm Fresh Festival for Kids on Saturday, Sept. 17, from noon to 4 p.m. This community event intends to connect kids and families to “a wholesome and magical farm experience in NYC.” Kids learn where food comes from, and how to eat healthy while having fun. Games and crafts are part of teaching new eating habits. The event, held on Fulton and Front Sts., is presented by Fresh Kids — a women-owned snack company — the Generation Fresh Foundation, and Howard Hughes Corp. The event is free but you must register first at http://farmfreshfestival.org/.