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.
This is the heart of New York's 19th century seaport, between lower Manhattan and the Cvic Center. It is a part historical, part commercial district. There's a museum and some finely preserved and renovated buildings in the area - not just on Fulton but also on Beekman, Dover Street and Peck Slip.
As you're walking toward it, don't miss the Titanic Memorial Lighthouse at Fulton and Water St.
Along Fulton St you'll find Schemerhorn Row, warehouses built in the early 1800's, which now house various businesses including many shops and restaurants/cafés.
Historic ships including the Peking, Wavertree and Ambrose are docked alongside the piers, where you'll also find Pier 17, a building with 3 floors of shops but, more importantly, spectacular views from the Brooklyn Bridge which overlooks the whole area (go to the top floor, then to the back deck of the pavillion). From here you'll also see the Fulton Fish Market below. (for as long as it's still there, since it will be moving to the Bronx).
It's worth taking a stroll along South Street toward the Brooklyn Bridge, at Peck Slip you can see the Consolidated Edison, an electrical substation with a nice illusionistic mural by Richard Haas on its facade, depicting the Brooklyn Bridge.
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
During most of the 19th century, New York City's seaport on East River was the biggest port in the United States. After being more or less abandoned for several decades, South Street Seaport now has a new touristic vocation: over 100 shops and restaurants can be found in the restored buildings located along its charming cobblestone streets, while historic sailing ships are docked at its piers. Although it was fairly quiet when we were there in November, I've got a feeling the area must be pretty crowded in the summertime. Also, what I found the most attractive about the area was the great views it offered of the financial district, Brooklyn Heights and Brooklyn Bridge, so make sure you don't forget your camera!
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.
The Seaport is usually considered a historical district featuring some of the oldest architecture in downtown Manhattan, and includes the largest concentration of restored early 19th-century commercial buildings in the city. This includes renovated original mercantile buildings, renovated sailing ships, the former Fulton Fish Market, and modern tourist malls featuring food, shopping and nightlife, with a view of the Brooklyn Bridge.
On a warm day; after work; we enjoy getting a half price frozen margarita at Sequoia's and people watching. the views of the Bridge and water are impressive, so are all of the colorful people that walk by. Most weekends have the seaport has a theme with many street performers.
Located along the East River is the Public Art Work by Olafor Eliasson, the Waterfalls. The four waterfalls are located strategically along the East River with views of all four of the waterfalls from the South Street Seaport.
The waterfalls are made of materials such as scaffolding which pump the water to a pool wich filters the water and pumps it directly to the top fo the fall then allowing the water to flow down like a waterfall.
You can hop on one of the many ferry rides along the river for up close views of the waterfalls.
PLEASE NOTE: - This special event/exhibit runs from June 26, 2008-October 13, 2008.
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.
South Street Seaport is a great spot to hang out and take pictures of the East River and the Brooklyn Bridge. I have not been since September 11th 2001 and can not imagine the experience without the World Trade Center towering enormously above. Pier 17 also has a great mall to shop around in and some excellent restaurants.
South Street Seaport may be famous for its restaurants and shopping centre, and of course for the old-fashioned sailing boats anchoring there. My fondest memory, however, is the early morning view on three of New York's most impressive bridges: Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan Bridge and Williamsburg Bridge. All of them are visible from the pier or the area close by. The morning I went there, the light was rather pale and hazy. This made the bridges look even more spectacular. Definitely a nice view to enjoy, especially this early when there are no tourist hordes around!
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.
We spent an evening at the seaport. The views of Brooklyn Bridge are very good and an excellent photo opportunity yet I was not really happy with this place. I thought it was a little scruffy really, the buildings at Pier 17 just looked as if they needed a good clean. A coach party turned up while we were there but all they could have done is wonder around the shopping centre which was geared for tourist tat. There was a good poster shop that I spent ages looking at though nothing quite captured my eye.
The cobbled area across the road offered better restaurants by the look of it.
The Seaport district dates back to the 1600s and, over a period of 300 years, grew into one of the City's most vital commercial centers, serving as the international gateway to New York (in fact, New York became a great city because of its access to the sea).
South Street Seaport is on the lower east side of Manhatton in the financial district.
There are shops, restaurant, museums, and lovely cobbled streets. Wonderful views of Brooklyn Bridge, spanning the East River. Here is also Fulton Fish market, which has been in business here since 1835! You can even tour the fish market when they are at their busiest- just before dawn!!!!
The shops are open each day, until I think 10pm, although the restaurants/bars are open later. There is even street entertainment in this area, a band was just packing up when we arrived, dont know if they had heard we were coming!!!! Probably best to get some kind of information before heading down here in case there is something going on you would like to see.