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The best places to reel in a seaman this Fleet Week

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Tolly Wright

Say what you will about Sex in the City, but Carrie Bradshaw knew exactly where to find the hunks—her love of Fleet Week was on point. When several Navy and Coast Guard ships dock in New York City tomorrow afternoon, they’ll unload 1,500 uniformed dreamboats—most of whom have gone for months without getting any—onto our shores. So support the troops, and extend a welcoming hand, mouth or what-have-you to our weeklong visitors.   

RECOMMENDED: See the full Fleet Week NYC guide

Baseball games
As a special perk, many of the uniformed men and women get free tickets to see tourist attractions, Broadway shows, and America’s favorite past time. While you can certainly try your pick up lines between acts at the Phantom of the Opera or at the 9/11 Memorial Museum, you’re more likely to reach home base at Citi Field or Yankee Stadium.

On a tour of a navy ship
This might seem a little bit on the nose, but according to an officer in a New York Post article from last year, they like the bold initiative. Check out their home at sea during free open-to-the-public ship tours Thursday through Monday on pier 91 and 86. They might be proud of their living quarters, but chances are they’d prefer to bunk up at your cabin (apartment) that night.

While they're required to stay in uniform while in New York, the sailors and marines will be at ease at local watering holes. For a sea of white and khaki head to Staten Island's Flagship Brewery's Fleet Week Music Festival on Saturday where Navy band Rhode Island Sound will be jamming out along with local bands. In Manhattan your "shore" bets are probably giant Irish pubs like O'Lunney's or historic tourist-destination McSorley's. Ladies, just think twice about meeting these guys shot-for-shot, lest you'll be the one with sea-legs.   

Staten Island Ferry
Several of the ships are moored at Staten Island’s Stapleton waterfront, which leaves many of the troops stuck taking the ferry if they want to get to where most of the action is. Treat a sailor to a $4.50 beer, hit deck to see the Statue of Liberty, and tell him about your plans to liberate the statue in his pants.

Military concerts, demonstrations and other official events
Each year the military creates an official itinerary of Fleet Week events that include performances by the US Navy Band Northeast, a movie screening of Top Gun, and parades. It's part of the sailors, marines and coast-guardsmen duty to attend these programs, so there's guaranteed to be a bunch of men and women in their military finest there. 

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