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One of the renderings shown last night, with bonus bald head
The Seaport arm of Community Board 1 met last night to consider one doozy of an liquor license application, that of New York Water Taxi's third Water Taxi Beach on Pier 17 in the Seaport. Our CB correspondent's report, followed by the full press release:

The good folks from the Water Taxi organization came out in full force, with a slick PowerPoint presentation the likes of which we’ve never seen at CB1. They explained the positive effects the taxis have on the community (they host protests, you know), and then went straight into the news on the South Street Seaport plans.

Start looking forward to a nautical-themed mini golf course, skee ball, and ping-pong tables, as well as a fish shack brought to you by WTB’s resident chef, Harry Hawk. “We’ll have mussels, clams, steamers, lobster rolls, everything!” The normally staid members of CB1 were duly enthralled, not even putting up a fuss with the 3AM weekend closing time. License approved. The beach will open on Memorial Day weekend. See the full press release for more details:

THIRD (AND FINAL) BEACH TO HIT NY HARBOR FOR SUMMER ‘09
WATER TAXI BEACH / SOUTH STREET SEAPORT

Brooklyn, NY March 11 -- Harbor Experience Companies (HEC), recently formed by New York Water Taxi after the acquisition of Circle Line Downtown, will open a third Water Taxi Beach along the New York City waterfront this summer at South Street Seaport. Building upon the popularity of Water Taxi Beach / Long Island City and the much anticipated Water Taxi Beach / Governors Island, slated to open July 4, 2009, Water Taxi Beach / South Street Seaport will open on Memorial Day weekend on the north side of Pier 17 with spectacular views of the Brooklyn Bridge. No swimming allowed.

This Beach will cater to families in search of reasonably priced food and outdoor
entertainment, without leaving town. This 18,000 square foot venue will feature the signature sandy beach where people can relax and take in the views of the East River and the Brooklyn Bridge. Food and beverage will be available at a fish shack that will serve fish and chips, steamers, clams, and daily specials. Recreational opportunities will include a 9-hole miniature golf course, ping pong tables and skeeball with chances to win prizes like free rides aboard the thrill boat Shark and New York Water Taxi.

The only Beach in the HEC portfolio that is accessible by foot, bike, car, mass transit and of course New York Water Taxi, Water Taxi Beach / South Street Seaport will provide a new outdoor destination for lower Manhattan residents and will also host birthday parties, family celebrations and corporate events. There will be music at the Beach on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, and an evening shuttle connecting Fulton Ferry Landing in Downtown Brooklyn with the two new Water Taxi Beaches at South Street Seaport and Governors Island giving New Yorkers access to a variety of waterfront destinations. Tom Fox, president of HEC said “Lower Manhattan is increasingly a family oriented neighborhood and Water Taxi Beach / South Street Seaport will be an exciting new venue New Yorkers can take their family and friends to for some relaxation on the waterfront. We hope that linking South Street, Governors Island and Fulton Ferry Landing with waterborne transport on weekend evenings will help make the waterfront a more popular recreational amenity.”

Updates on WTB / SSS can be found at www.harborexperience.com beginning in May.

— Reporting by Stephanie Butler

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