Fodor's Expert Review South Street Seaport Historic District

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South Street Seaport, Financial District, New York City, New York, USA, North America

Had this charming cobblestone corner of the city not been declared a historic district in 1977, the city's largest concentration of early-19th-century commercial buildings would have been destroyed. In recent years, the landmarked district has undergone a thorough makeover as a culinary and high-end shopping destination, with seasonal markets, installations, and live entertainment.

At the intersection of Fulton and Water Streets, the gateway to the seaport, is the Titanic Memorial Lighthouse, a small white lighthouse that commemorates the sinking of the RMS Titanic in 1912. Beyond the lighthouse, Fulton Street turns into a cobblestone pedestrian mall. On the south side of Fulton is the seaport's architectural centerpiece, Schermerhorn Row, a redbrick terrace of Georgian- and Federal-style warehouses and countinghouses built from 1810 to 1812. Cross South Street to Pier 16, where historic 19th- and 20th-century ships are docked. Pier 16 also is the departure point for various... READ MORE

Had this charming cobblestone corner of the city not been declared a historic district in 1977, the city's largest concentration of early-19th-century commercial buildings would have been destroyed. In recent years, the landmarked district has undergone a thorough makeover as a culinary and high-end shopping destination, with seasonal markets, installations, and live entertainment.

At the intersection of Fulton and Water Streets, the gateway to the seaport, is the Titanic Memorial Lighthouse, a small white lighthouse that commemorates the sinking of the RMS Titanic in 1912. Beyond the lighthouse, Fulton Street turns into a cobblestone pedestrian mall. On the south side of Fulton is the seaport's architectural centerpiece, Schermerhorn Row, a redbrick terrace of Georgian- and Federal-style warehouses and countinghouses built from 1810 to 1812. Cross South Street to Pier 16, where historic 19th- and 20th-century ships are docked. Pier 16 also is the departure point for various seasonal cruises. (Ship tours are included in the admission to the South Street Seaport Museum).

To the north are Pier 17 and the renovated Tin Building, previously the longtime site of the Fulton Fish Market. Since 2018, the pier is a multilevel dining and office complex with a 60,000-square-foot rooftop that's open to the public and programmed with live shows in summer.

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New York, New York  10038, USA

212-732–8257-for event and shopping info

www.southstreetseaport.com

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