Arguably one of the best parts of sailing with Skyline Cruises is being able to enjoy the stunning New York Harbor aboard the beautiful Skyline Princess. You will enjoy terrific food, entertainment, and the spectacular views including the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, and the Empire State Building. Another famous landmark you will see is iconic South Street Seaport, which offers insight into New York’s rich maritime history while providing a great place for shopping and dining.
History of South Street Seaport
The South Street Seaport is located just at the tip of lower Manhattan, alongside the East River (the same river you will sail down aboard a Skyline Cruise!). The neighborhood traces its history to the 17th century when it was a key outpost for the Dutch West India Company. During the mid-1800’s, the South Street Seaport was a very busy commercial hub and home to the Fulton Fish Market, which quickly became one of America’s busiest fish markets.
During the first half of the 19th century, New York City’s economic growth was driven by the Port of New York’s position as an import-export exchange and cargo center for emerging American and global markets. International shipping, maritime activities, and the wholesale fish trade all became possible due to the Seaport District on the East River.
Through the turn of the century, the district remained a vibrant business center. South Street was known as the “Street of Ships,” and it was the birthplace of the finance and print press industries. However, by the 1930’s, the seaport became too shallow for a majority of newer ships. These ships began docking instead on the West Side and in Hoboken, New Jersey. Piers 15, 16, and 17 were nearly completely vacant by the late 1950’s.
Hope came to the neighborhood in 1967 when Peter and Norma Stanford decided to start the South Street Seaport Museum. This redevelopment led to the opening of modern shopping spaces in 1982. South Street Seaport was born again as a tourist attraction and shopping center.
South Street Seaport Today
The New York City we know and love today was born at the Seaport District. Today, South Street Seaport is an area which features rich history mixed with trendy amenities. You can shop till you drop at upscale stores, have a drink at a bar, or savor some delicious food. Take in the antique navigational instruments and shipbuilding tools at the South Street Seaport Museum, or take a walk along the gorgeous waterfront.
Whether you are looking for an intimate lunch or dinner cruise date for two, or if you are planning a milestone party, your dream wedding at sea, or a corporate event, consider holding it aboard the Skyline Princess for a guaranteed unique celebration. Contact Skyline today and speak with one of our event coordinators to discuss your options and itineraries! We look forward to cruising with you!