South Street Seaport hooks high-end shoppers with $731M makeover

The South Street Seaport — an East River-side neighborhood now known as the Seaport District — has seen many lives.

Beginning as a Dutch West India Company outpost in the 17th century, then famed for being the longtime home to the Fulton Fish Market, it would give way to a tourist-heavy shopping mall-style atmosphere that Financial District locals avoided. But today, the area has taken a high-gloss turn (thanks to an ongoing $731 million makeover).

New attractions now include the plush iPic cinema, and the modern, glassy Pier 17 building, which replaced the former barn-looking structure on the pier. Even Jean-Georges is planning to open a spot here.

But the area is still home to several businesses open for over a century that add history and charm. Read on to see what’s new — and what’s old.


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