(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

As we mentioned a couple of months ago, Smorgasburg isn’t returning to the South Street Seaport this summer (they’ll no doubt have their hands full with their new outdoor restaurant in Chelsea). Instead, the Seaport opened a Garden Bar last night.

DJs will be spinning here throughout the summer. At last night’s launch, Brooklyn-based electro act Body Language rocked out on a small stage set up next to the newish iPic Theater while the happy hour crowd swarmed the foliage-festooned, 78-foot-long bar. Also launching last night were two WantedDesign stores, selling chic, funky home goods and accessories at 6 and 16 Fulton Street. The stores take the place of the Design Market that was across the street, at 19 Fulton– that corner is now freshly occupied by Clinton Hall, the burger, beer, and ping-pong joint shown here:

These aren’t the only changes coming to the Seaport, which will eventually get restaurants by Jean-Georges Vongerichten and David Chang. This summer, it’ll play host to a dinner series giving two-week residencies to chefs like Dale Talde, acclaimed Georgia restaurateur Hugh Acheson, and Jessica Koslow. Koslow’s painfully popular Los Angeles restaurant, Sqirl, doesn’t take reservations, but you won’t have to line up down the block, like they do in LA, to taste some of its dishes at the Seaport Food Lab. Instead, you’ll be able to book a spot via Resy.

Last but not least, the Festival of Independence– which brought bands like Wild Nothing, Porches, and Public Access TV to the Seaport last year, will be back again on 4th of July weekend. The lineup has yet to be announced, but it’s a safe bet it’ll totally make up for The Taylor Swift Experience.