History


The Seaport District is New York’s original commercial hub, located on the East River in Lower Manhattan with unparalleled views of the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, and the city skyline. 

For nearly four centuries, the Seaport District has been at the cutting-edge of commerce, a vibrant commercial and residential neighborhood that pays homage to the past while looking towards the future.

The Seaport can trace its roots to the 17th century, when the neighborhood served as a vital Dutch West India Company outpost connecting the new and old worlds. During these years, the trade at the Seaport helped catapult New York City’s economy into one of the most robust in the world.

By the 1860s, the Seaport was a 24/7 commercial hub, showing that New York was truly “the city that never sleeps.” Ships from this era can still be seen at the South Street Seaport Museum. The 19th century also saw the opening of the Fulton Fish Market, which became home to one of the nation’s busiest.

As shipping and trade transformed in the 20th century, so too did the Seaport. In the 1970s, the district pioneered a new urban renewal concept that historic buildings could be preserved while modern development occurred alongside it. This concept helped preserve Schermerhorn Row, historic buildings constructed in 1811 to facilitate growth at the Seaport.

More recently, the Seaport District has demonstrated its resilience as a dynamic commercial and residential hub. The neighborhood, along with the rest of Lower Manhattan, suffered in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks and Superstorm Sandy. Yet today, Lower Manhattan is the fastest growing neighborhood in the city.

Today, neighborhood residents and visitors are drawn to the Seaport for its top retail, dining, cultural and waterfront attractions as well as its unparalleled views of the Brooklyn Bridge and the city skyline. With continued investment in its revitalization, the Seaport District NYC will continue to thrive and serve as a beacon for the future.

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Vision


The re-envisioned Seaport District will continue to function as a community anchor and “port of discovery” for the rapidly growing population of Lower Manhattan. The Howard Hughes Corporation® is leveraging the Seaport’s history as the birthplace of innovation as it transforms a district spanning several city blocks, creating more than 400,000 square feet of dynamic culinary, fashion, entertainment and cultural experiences.

Highlighting the revitalized Seaport District is the new Pier 17, poised to become an iconic entertainment destination with a 1.5-acre rooftop that will serve as a year-round community amenity, including a restaurant, outdoor bars and a venue for concerts, cultural and special events. The Pier Village will include waterfront restaurants from culinary powerhouses such as Andrew Carmellini, David Chang of the Momofuku Group, Helene Henderson of Malibu Farm, and Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Pier 17 is home to ESPN’s new live broadcast studios.

The Seaport District will be home to the only U.S. location of Carla Sozzani’s pioneering experiential concept store 10 Corso Como, and to a 50,000-square-foot food hall by Jean-Georges in the restored Tin Building. Also located at the Seaport District is Manhattan’s first iPic Theater, the highest grossing location in the premier cinema operator’s portfolio.

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