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.
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.
2. Farm Candy
Quaint store selling small-batch handcrafted artisanal products to accompany chefs and entertainers of all shapes and sizes. Delicious and well packaged goods include chocolates, flower and spice infused salts, fruit and herbed sugar, dips and spreads, award winning organic olive oils and vinegars.
3. Fresh Salt
Authentically old-school bar and café near the old Fulton Fish Market (the name comes from the faded sign on the front of the 1885 smokehouse) adorned with vintage neon signs and touches of exposed brick and plank wood. On any given day you'll find writers and local folks grabbing a tasty lunch and then musicians, artists, and even the occasional sailor or two by night.
4. Imagination Playground
Imagination Playground, designed by famed architect David Rockwell, is an interactive, transformable space that prompts children to manipulate their environment and create a play space of their own with sand, water and loose parts. With giant foam blocks, mats, wagons, fabric, and crates at their fingertips, children have the potential to build and explore endless possibilities.
5. The Titanic Memorial
Built at the insistence of Titanic survivor Margaret (Molly) Brown, The Titanic Memorial is a 60-foot-tall (18 m) lighthouse. It was built to remember the 1,500 people who died on the RMS Titanic on April 15, 1912. Originally erected on the roof of the old Seamen's Church Institute of New York and New Jersey just a year after the disaster, the memorial has welcomed visitors to the South Street Seaport at its current location since May, 1976.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.