NileGuide Expert Says:
South Street Seaport (11 Fulton Street, to be exact) is home to the acclaimed Bodies: The Exhibition, an up-close-and-personal tour through the intricate and seemingly miraculous workings of the human body.
12 Fulton St
Fulton & South Streets
New York City, NY 10038
Lower Manhattan: Tribeca, Battery Park City & the Financial District
tel: +1 212 732 7678
fax: +1 212 964 8056
Museum Apr-Dec Tues-Sun 10am-6pm, Thurs 10am-8pm; Jan-Mar Fri-Mon 10am-5pm (On Mon, Schermerhorn Row galleries only); ships open noon-4pm
NileGuide Expert tip:
The Titanic Memorial, a small white lighthouse located at the intersection of Fulton and Water streets at the gateway to the seaport, commemorates the sinking of the RMS Titanic in 1912.
This historic trading port, which dates back to the 1600s, is located on the edge of the Financial District, where Fulton Street meets the East River. It was restored and revitalized for tourist use in the late 1960s, and now boasts more than 120 shops, restaurants, and bars, as well as the South Street Seaport Museum, the Pier 17 Pavilion, and the New York City Police Museum. Visitors to the Seaport will also find some of the oldest architecture in downtown Manhattan, including renovated original mercantile buildings from the early 19th century, renovated sailing ships, and the former Fulton Fish Market.
With its cobblestone streets and broad piers, South Street Seaport offers a welcome escape from the congested, skyscraper-lined streets of downtown. There are usually free outdoor performances going on - check out a number of prominent and up-and-coming acts at the outdoor stage set up in the summertime - and the cool breezes, fun people-watching, and beautiful views of the Brooklyn Bridge can all be enjoyed for free.
Photo courtesy of visitingdc.com