South Street Seaport
Lonely Planet review for South Street Seaport
This 11-block enclave of shops, piers and sights combines the best and worst in historic preservation. It’s not on the radar for most New Yorkers, but tourists are drawn to the sea air, the nautical feel, the frequent street performers and the mobbed restaurants. Pier 17, beyond the elevated FDR Dr, is a waterfront-development project that’s home to several floors of shops, restaurants and a rare public bathroom – plus the permanent creepy-fascinating ‘Bodies: The Exhibition.’ Clustered around the piers are some genuinely significant 18th- and 19th-century buildings dating from the heyday of this old East River ferry port, which fell into disuse with the building of the Brooklyn Bridge and the establishment of deep-water jetties on the Hudson River. The pedestrian malls, historic tall ships and riverside locale make the seaport a picturesque destination or detour – and create a lovely backdrop if you happen to be standing in line for discounted Broadway tickets at the downtown TKTS Booth. Schermerhorn Row, a block of old warehouses bordered by Fulton, Front and South Sts, contains novelty shops, upscale boutiques and the New York Yankees Clubhouse, where you can purchase fee-free game tickets and plenty of Yankees souvenirs. In the summertime, the outdoor courtyard becomes home to an often worthy series of performances from local blues, jazz and rock bands.