South Street Seaport

South Street Seaport information

Location
New York City , USA
Getting there
Subway: A/C, J/Z, 2/3, 4/5 to Fulton St
More information
www.southstreetseaport.com
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This 11-block enclave of cobbled streets, maritime warehouses and shops combines the best and worst in historic preservation. It’s not on the radar for most New Yorkers, but tourists are drawn to the nautical air, the frequent street performers and the mobbed restaurants.

In late 2013, the area's historic Pier 17 was condemned to the wrecking ball, with plans for a new retail, entertainment and marina complex provoking mixed reactions from locals. The future of the pier's neighboring New Amsterdam Market – a much-loved Sunday locavore food market held outside the old Fulton Fish Market – was also up in the air, while the cash-strapped South Street Seaport Museum and its galleries of historic maritime artifacts remained closed indefinitely. The museum's booty extends to the iron-hulled Pioneer at Pier 16, a 19th-century vessel that continues to offer wonderful two-hour sailing journeys through the warmer months. Happy times also await at neighboring Pier 15 , a striking, two-level pier with swathes of soothing lawn and spectacular water views.