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Noticing a distinct lack of tourists, the Observer wonders whether the South Street Seaport will ever be cool. Although it's early to say with certainty which retailers and restaurants will populate the overhauled Seaport, this is the final summer for Pier 17's cheesy existing tenants, which will vacate by September. It's also unclear whether this ragtag, DIY summer is a transition to hipness or a placeholder, with another round of mass-market chains waiting in the still-soggy wings for a permanent home on the East River." [NYO]