The Seaport District Today

Located along the East River with front-row views of the Brooklyn Bridge and the city skyline, the Seaport District is one of the most dynamic neighborhoods in New York City.

The charming cobblestone streets and historic buildings of the city’s oldest waterfront neighborhood are now the cultural heart of downtown Manhattan and home to some of the city’s most innovative culinary, fashion and entertainment experiences.

To honor the area’s history as New York’s original commercial hub, The Howard Hughes Corporation has been artfully transforming several city blocks of the Seaport into a modern “port of discovery.”

Anchoring the development is Pier 17, the home of year-round rooftop entertainment and new waterfront restaurants from powerhouse chefs, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, David Chang, Helene Henderson and Andrew Carmellini.

The Seaport offers many other excellent food and beverage options, including Cobble & Co., by CHLOE and Big Gay Ice Cream. In the warmer months, Fulton Street comes alive with locals and visitors mingling over drinks at Garden Bar, the largest outdoor bar in the city.

Fashion, beauty, art and culture are at the beating heart of the Seaport District, where shoppers can browse brands including Cynthia Rowley, Scotch & Soda, SJP and the eclectic mix at 10 Corso Como — Carla Sozzani’s pioneering experiential concept store from Milan.

Coming Soon: The Seaport District continues to evolve, with new outlets on the way, including a 50,000-square-foot food hall by Jean-Georges Vongerichten in the restored Tin Building.

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For nearly four centuries, the Seaport District has been at the cutting-edge of commerce. In the 17th century, 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, living up to New York’s nickname as “the city that never sleeps.” Ships from this era can still be seen today at the South Street Seaport Museum. The 19th century also saw the opening of the Fulton Fish Market, one of the busiest in the nation.

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, a block of historic buildings constructed along Fulton Street 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 exciting retail, dining, cultural and waterfront attractions and 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.