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Badly damaged during Hurricane Sandy, the South Street Seaport and its museum are still in the midst of a multi-year renovation. I'd say the only reason to come down here in 2017-2018 is for the daily tours of the historic sailing vessels the museum has moored off Pier 16 (it owns six and many go for daily sails; ask). Other than that, the Museum has been reduced to a "ye olde printing shoppe", some walking tours, and an alcove with wall text on the area.