Visit the South Street Seaport and get in touch with Old New York. Several hundred years ago, the district served as the main trade and business center for Manhattan.
Now, visitors wander through the quaint cobblestone streets and 19th Century brick buildings and find a massive visitor center and shopping mall complete with restaurants and a shopping mall on Pier 17 offering stunning views of the East River.
History buffs and high-seas enthusiasts should stop by the South Street Seaport Museum on Fulton Street between South and Front Streets. Exhibitions display models of past and current ships, narrate tales of maritime life and culture and explore the rich history of New York Harbor. Adventures types can climb aboard the Peking, one of three stationary ships, and experience the daily life of sailors at the turn of the century.
The Seaport is also a popular location for many of Manhattan’s entertainment and cultural events. This year, the highly-anticipated River to River Festival will kick off at the Seaport with a performance by Animal Collective on June 1. The Seaport also features a TKTS ticket center for those wary of standing in line in Times Square.
- Location: The South Street Seaport is located in Lower Manhattan’s Financial District. It is bordered by the East River, Peck Slip, Water Street, and John Street.
- Get there:: Take the 2, 3, 4, 5, J, Z, or M trains to Fulton Street; A and C to Broadway-Nassau. Walk east on Fulton Street to Water Street.
- Information line: (212) SEA-PORT. (212-732-7678)
- Pier 17 Mall Hours:
- Monday-Saturday: 10:00AM-9:00PM
- Sunday: 11:00AM-8:00PM
- Store Highlights:
- Abercrombie and Fitch
- J. Crew
- Metropolitan Museum of Art Store
- New York Yankees Clubhouse Store
- United Colors of Bennetton
- Click here to find a complete store directory.
- Dining Highlights: