The area around the South Street Seaport, a 13-block historic district bounded by the East River and by Dover Street and the Brooklyn Bridge to the north, Pearl Street to the west, and John Street to the south, is now a neighborhood with two very different characters.
To the north is a growing residential area served by small businesses like Jack’s Stir Brew Coffee and Pasanella & Sons Vintners. To the south, below Beekman Street, is the tourists’ domain, where busloads of visitors wander by the chain stores along Fulton Street and the souvenir shops at Pier 17.
New outdoor spaces include the Imagination Playground, at Front, John and South Streets. Designed by David Rockwell, it is thronged by children and parents. Earlier this summer, construction was completed on the first phase of the East River Waterfront Esplanade, between Wall Street and Maiden Lane.
There are also newly opened bike lanes and a new East River Ferry at Pier 11. The New Amsterdam Market, an upscale farmers’ market held weekly at the former fish market, has also drawn local food-lovers. (read more at NYTimes)