Berthed on the South Street Seaport are historical ships that range from a little tugboat, the W.O. Decker to the four-masted Peking and my favorite, the blazing red-colored light ship Ambrose (see pictures). Although I've never done it, the schooner Pioneer is open to visitors.
In all, South Street Seaport contains America's largest collection of privately maintained historic ships in what is arguably still the country's most important seaport.
This designated historic area is the location of New York City's original seaport, with Pier 17 as the focal point of interest. Now a full-fledged tourist attraction, Pier 17 houses several restaurants and stores, and is a good place to get a nice lunch after exploring the nearby financial district. It's also a good vantage point from where to take snaps of New York's most famous bridge, Brooklyn Bridge.
In Pier 17 a true effort to preserve the real history of the city became a must of New York.
Historic buildings, historic ships, and a lively commerce, with Brooklin Bridge at one side and Battery Park in the other, are in all the visitors "to see" list.
We visited in February and were incredibly lucky with the weather. It was a lovely place to come and escape the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy the views across the water. There are plenty of bars and restaurants in the area for a refuel and wasn't as crowded as other areas of the city.
In the summer there are a lot of activities in this area, which just don't seem to happen in the winter but it is still worth a visit. Once you cross back over the road to go back into the city there are some lovely bars and shops!
We were incredibly fortunate that the day we visited here was glorious sunshine (despite being the end of February). We wandered around and admired the views in a relatively uncrowded area. There were some great photo opportunities from here.
There were plenty of places to eat and drink here and I thought it was especially good for families with children.
I could imagine that this area would be chaos in the summer months but it offers good breezes and a chance to cool down as it is near the river.
This is a nice area to have a wander round at a relaxed place compared to other parts of the city.
South Street Seaport is really becoming one of my favorite areas of town. I really like the view of all of the bridges up the Hudson River, and there is a great selection of restaurants and shops there as well.! It is a great place to bring your friends from out of town, or if you're a tourist and looking for something a little off the beaten path, I highly recommend it.
Here's a great review/article about some things to do while you're at the Seaport: http://www.dormliberation.com/2011/11/south-street-seaport/#more-1459
Have a great time!
Dialog in the Dark is a new amazing exhibition down at the South Street Seaport - it is actually located in the same venue as BODIES...The Exhibition.
The goal of Dialog in the Dark is for people to experience what it is like to be blind living in New York City. Small groups are led by visually challenged guides through different interactive galleries - you get to experience the sounds and smells of the city, but of course not the sights.
It is truly a thought provoking exhibit, highly recommended as a unique way to experience NYC!
Although it can be very crowded particularly on a sunny weekend day, South Street Seaport is a lot of fun. Full of street perfomers of all kinds, shops, restaurants, etc. Sitting at one of the great outdoor cafes is the perfect way to relax and enjoy people-watching.
Shop at any of the dozens of stores including Brookstone, A & F, Coach, GameStop, J Crew, Victoria's Secret, etc., etc., etc.!
Eat at one of the great restaurants/cafes or have a quick snack.
Check out the Maritime Museum or one of the special exhibits (we saw the amazing Bodies....The Exhibition).
Check the website for Seasonal Events.
You can also catch a Harbor tour from the pier.
Monday-Saturday: 10:00am-9:00pm, Sunday: 11:00am-8:00pm, Restaurants & Bars Have Extended Hours
Wander around the South Street Seaport District, where you find an array of stores and restaurants. It is a close walking distance from Chinatown in Manhattan and a nice area to relax, people-watch, and shop for souvenirs.
Pier 17 is a busy tourist attraction created from an old fish market. There are plenty of restaurants & a mall selling somewhat kitsch stuff. The views of Brooklyn bridge are quite spectacular and when we went there was an art installation of waterfalls which has been funded by the public art fund, the tallest waterfall being as large as the statue of liberty. All the electricity used to display this project is offset against green renewable energy. Unfortunately this display only ran up to October 13.
The south seaport is where locals go for discounted tickets instead of the touristy half price ticket booth at time square.
A great place to sit outside on a warm summers day for lunch South Street Seaport is home to more than 35 restaurants & eateries, from quick to casual to formal It is located in the heart of the financial district and is one of this city’s top five attractions. Cobblestone streets, strolling performers and panoramic breathtaking views
The South Street Seaport Museum is home to the nation's largest fleet of privately maintained historic vessels. The vessels represent a range of craft typical of the kinds of cargo ships and working vessels that once filled New York Harbor in the 19th and early 20th century, when most freight and people traveled by water. The museum vessels are of three types:
Even though it's located away from the better-known attractions, New Yorkers certainly know where to find the South Street Seaport (and how to hop subway cars at every station in order to be among the first five cars on the #1 and #9 trains to get off at the South Street Seaport terminus). Along the waterfront you'll find places to relax, eat, socialize, and for those with bicycles a bike path along the harbor. On Pier 6 is the heliport for chopper tours of Manhattan, and at Pier 17 are old sailing vessels now standing as museums. The Peking is a German sailing ship from 1911 that carried cargoes from Europe around Cape Horn when modern steamers used the Panama Canal. The Wavertree next to it is an 1885 English ship that carried freight wherever she could find it until wounded in a gale around Cape Horn. She limped into Argentina as a floating warehouse until acquired by the South Street Seaport Museum for restoration and presentation here. Remarkably, both ships were obsolete when they were built! Along with a few other ships here, the seaport is a fine retreat and an interesting look at old transportation on the high seas.
On the East side on Southern Manhattan(NYC) you'll find the South Street Seaport. Nestled amoung tall ships you'll find a "touristy" place to shop and have Dinner. The "seaport" is 12 city blocks that consists of cobble stone streets lined with shops, tall ships and Pier 17. Take in awesome views of the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges from this location. There are many local artists that frequent these parts making it an interesting place to visit. There are free music concerts in the summer.
Pier 17 is a historic barge that has been converted into a three story shopping mall with well known shops such as Gap, J.Crew and Abercrombie & Fitch.
There are over 35 places to eat here, some of the quick fast food variety and some sit down restaurants. In the Summer I love to have dinner at one of the outside restaurants. For Cuban food I highly recommend
This is a very special place for me. It was here where my life really changed. Always a good time, there are many bars and stores to occupy you. Come in and have a drink overlooking the river and Brooklyn. There is always something going on here in the summer time. Live music either during lunch or after work. Street performers. The best of the bunch was a Wednesday afternoon. You’ll not be bored with old ships to check out while waiting for the tours of the water that leave and arrive from here. On Wednesdays in the summer there has been live music outside. Usually Latin music on the days I find myself here.
Sometimes I would walk here during my lunch breaks to get a bite to eat or to shop at the mall at Pier 17. Though touristy in some respects, it's still a neat little place to visit and even unwind. What's especially great about this area are the fantastic views you're able to get of the Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn itself, and Lower Manhattan's skyscrapers. From what I understand, there's also supposed to be a museum here, but I never got around to visiting it.