South Street Seaport

A pedestrian-friendly shopping mall set against a seafaring backdrop.

South Street Seaport showcases the historic area where Fulton Street meets the East River. Converted 19th-century mercantile buildings house Seaport’s restaurants and exhibition spaces, while Pier 17 greets visitors with the familiar sight of conventional chain stores on an uncommon platform—national retailers compose the neighborhood's floating mall. Seaport’s incessant foot traffic can be attributed in part to its shopping diversions, but many appreciate this neighborhood for its views of NYC’s Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges and restored old-world ships.

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On the Map

South Street Seaport is within Financial District and Manhattan and bordered by Civic Center and Chinatown

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Difficult

JFK Airport: 30 minutes by cab without traffic
Laguardia Airport: 25 minutes by cab without traffic
Times Square: 20 minutes by subway
Wall Street / Financial District: 10 minute walk

The Shops of South Street Seaport

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Lots of shopping (Abercrombie & Fitch, Coach, Express, Ann Taylor...) dining (Red, Heartland Brewery, Il Porto), the Bodies Exhibit, and Water Taxi Beach! The Seaport offers bike rentals, art exhibits, and a farmers market."

Bridges and Ships are Still Public Spectacles

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Although South Street Seaport often teems with tourists, locals can still rediscover the neighborhood's awe-inspiring views.

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It's nice to see a familiar place with new eyes, and in this case, it's OK to stare.

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The Seaport is a really cool neighborhood with amazing restaurants right around the corner on the quaint cobble stoned Front Street...The East River path is [great] for running, walking, skating or biking with great views of the Brooklyn Bridge and the East River..."

Financial District Destination

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Coming from the Financial District? Fulton Street offers direct access to South Street Seaport.

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Wall Streeters make the trek many times a week. South Street Seaport's casual restaurants are a favored way to spend a lunch hour.

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Take the Train

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The subway will get you to South Street Seaport in a flash.

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The added bonus of its subway station? You won't have to park.

Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Kenn Tam is a Canadian photographer living and working in New York City's Manhattan, that specializes in portraits and street photography. And yes, he was that high school year book guy with a 50mm lens for a face.

Kenn Tam

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