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.
South Street Seaport is part shopping mall, part scenic area - don't make a point of stopping, but if you are in the area, it may be a good spot for some lunch, a drink or to sit and relax. The best view of the Brooklyn Bridge is at the east-end patios. In nicer weather, get a beer from one of the vendors and relax there. Plenty of shops if you are in the mood, high-speed ferry across to Brooklyn departs from here, plenty of open-air cobblestoned areas to mingle. It makes a nice spot if you need to "regroup" after a trip to the WTC site or Staten Island Ferry.
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.
This area is comprised of the old Fulton Fish Market, South St. Seaport Museum, Fulton Market, Pier 17, to name a few.
There are historic and entertainment elements along with restaurants, souvenir shops, etc.
We enjoy walking through the Seaport looking at the shops, restaurants, boats and people. Often we find special events staged at the Seaport. We enjoy Happy Hour at Sequoia's. We sit on the water sipping $5. Frozen Margarita's between 3 to 7 daily.
Normally on Memorial Day May 29th and Independence Day July 4th there are street celebrations here and many vendors selling barbecue ribs etc. The shopping mall in the seaport sells alot of eclectic things that make great presents or memoriabilia. You can also take party boat trips from this pier during the fall, summer, and spring time.
Go to the top floor of the mall they have this new ride that can pivot you into the air.
At South Street Seaport you will find 2 old boats. These boats are really interesting to watch. When you are standing next to it, you will see how massive these boats are. You are feeling small.
South Street Seaport has it own mall. Allthough it is a small one, but you will find here nice little shops and restaurants.
Accross South Street Seaport you will find more restaurants and shops.
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