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Summer is Far From Over at South Street Seaport

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If you're looking for something to do this weekend, the South Street Seaport is playing host to all kinds of activities. NY1's Stephanie Simon filed the following report.

Summer is not over yet and if you still want to cram in lots of last-minute summertime activities a great place to start is at the South Street Seaport where you can get a waterfront breeze, plus free outdoor movies, exercise classes, and live music.

"The Seaport Music Festival features a lot if great indie rock bands. We also have coming up Dandy Wellington and his vintage jazz group. It's really, really exciting. A little bit of something for everyone," says Tom Kovacic of the South Street Seaport.

You can also see blockbuster movies like "Frozen" and independent films like the new baseball documentary "The Only Real Game" written and directed by New Yorker Mirra Bank. It's a story about the popularity of baseball in a remote war-torn region of northeast India.

"What we found was that there were many leagues. Something like 20 different groups playing the game - four of them women. And women are among not only the strongest and best baseball players. They're also in many ways the people who drive the game. They see it as a safe haven for their kids. They see it as a fair and honest sport," says Banks.

Baseball was brought to the region by American serviceman during World War II. The film also looks at how the New York non-profit group First Pitch teamed up with Major League Baseball and Spalding to get real equipment and even coaches to Manipur, India.

"Because they had nothing they were carving their own bats, they were seeing old mitts together, they were playing barefoot," notes Banks.

Nearly all the activities at the seaport are free: The music, the movies, even the popcorn.

The summer activities run through Labor Day, but there's also plenty on the schedule for fall as well.

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