Seaport's 107-Year-Old Seafood Restaurant Sinks

By Jillian Scharr
|  Tuesday, Jul 6, 2010  |  Updated 7:15 PM EDT
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Seaport's 107-Year-Old Seafood Restaurant Sinks

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Visitors walk though South Street Seaport August 18, 2005 in New York City.

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NYC landlubbers aren't going to be seeing one of South Street Seaport's oldest treasures anymore.

Nautical-themed restaurant Carmine's Italian Seafood has run aground -- the 107-year-old eatery closed on Wednesday, AMNY reported.

The Beekman street restaurant, a vestige of Old New York with no connection to the more well-known Carmine's chain of family-style Italian restaurants.

Locals say Carmine's Italian Seafood was better-known for its ship-shape decor--which includes a huge ship's helm--than its fishy food.

The restaurant may have closed not because of the stormy economy, but because its owners didn't want to pay the increased rent, AMNY reported.

"It didn't close because of business.  The people around here are wealthy.  It's not that there is a change in the neighborhood," a neighboring restaurant owner, who didn't wish to be named, told AMNY.

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