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 Manhattan and Financial District and bordered by Chinatown and Civic Center

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

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Difficult

The Shops of South Street Seaport

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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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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.


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

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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.