This strip of a neighborhood located just south of the Brooklyn Bridge has been a fun, but culturally void, tourist trap for years. But that all started to change after Hurricane Sandy damaged the area in 2012. A massive reconstruction and revitalization effort is almost complete, bringing an influx of new shops, restaurants, compelling attractions and even a new name: Welcome to Seaport District NYC.
Here's a few of our favorite things to do before you catch a New York Water Taxi to DUMBO, Brooklyn.
New York Water Taxi All Day Access Pass map of South Street Seaport
1. South Street Seaport Museum
Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017, this maritime museum is located among the cobblestone streets and 19th century buildings of the Seaport. With over 30,000 sq' of exhibition space, the museum consists of exhibitions that showcase the city's maritime history and an 18th-century printing press and shop featuring recreations of working letterpress machines, reproduction of vintage New York posters and more.
South Street Seaport Museum
2. Brooklyn Bridge
Situated on the East River connecting Manhattan and Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Bridge is a historic beauty both up close and from a distance. Hop off at the South Street Seaport stop and walk over the bridge to get the full NYC experience with panoramic views of the skyline. You can even make it over the bridge to our DUMBO stop at Brooklyn Bridge Park and continue the All Day Access Pass route from Brooklyn!
Since 1883, the bridge's granite towers and steel cables have offered a safe and scenic passage to millions of commuters, tourists, trains, bicycles and cars. The Brooklyn Bridge took over 14 years of construction to complete. Now standing at over 125 years old, this iconic feature of the New York City skyline still carries roughly 150,000 vehicles and pedestrians every day.
View of the Brooklyn Bridge
4. Woolworth Building
The Woolworth Building, towering at 60 stories and 792 feet in Downtown Manhattan, was the tallest building in the world when it was completed in 1913. It was financed in cash by millionaire Frank W. Woolworth and designed by architect Cass Gilbert, winning widespread acclaim for its pioneering steel-frame structure and stunning interior and exterior appearance. Though other skyscrapers have surpassed its height, the Woolworth Building was regarded as a model of construction for years, and remains a favorite sight on the New York City skyline.
5. Wall Street
The Financial District is Manhattan's original neighborhood. Historic sites and high finance sit side by side on narrow streets that hark back to Peter Stuyvesant and the City's days as a Dutch outpost. Among its attractions are Trinity Church, the New York Stock Exchange and the Charging Bull sculpture, as well as Federal Hall, the first capitol of the United States of America and also where George Washington took his oath as the nation's first president.
Up close view of Wall Street street sign
3. Pier 17
Discover diverse dining and inspiring spaces at New York City's newest hub for cutting edge food experiences, art, fitness and entertainment. Pier 17 is your new cultural hub in the South Street Seaport District. The enormous waterfront space also offers sweeping views of the East River and the Statue of Liberty!
Pier 17 at South Street Seaport