South Street Seaport
The Seaport is located at the end of Fulton Street where it meets the East River, and is adjacent to the Financial District. It is designated as a historic district and quite distinct from the neighbourhood of the Financial District, this area features some of the oldest architecture in downtown Manhattan. Its first pier was established in 1625 by the Dutch West India Company and with the influx of the first settlers and much later the immigrants, the area was quickly developed and expanded further. In January 1818, the first large 424-ton James Monroe sailed from Liverpool, opening the very first trans-Atlantic voyage route, which then led to the creation of many competing ocean liners. However, by 1880s the port began to be depleted of resources and space and it also became too shallow for newer ships. In 1982, redevelopment went underway to turn this area into a tourist attraction. Today, the area is filled with shops, cafes and restaurants. You could see the views of Brooklyn, as well as the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges.