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New York South Street Seaport Walking Tour

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Key Highlights

  • Learn the turbulent history of one of the most interesting parts of New York
  • Commemorate the victims of the Titanic
  • Admire the graceful tall ships
  • Relish the lurid histories of houses of ill repute
  • Step back in time when you view one of Manhattan′s oldest buildings
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    Saturdays

    Duration

    2 hours

    Start time

    Start time: 11:00am
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meeting Point

    Please Meet at the Titanic Lighthouse, intersection of Pearl Street and Fulton street.
    Please reach the meeting point 15 minutes earlier for pre departure briefing.

    Ending Point

    The tour ends at South Street Seaport.

  • Overview & Itinerary

    Overview

    This walking tour lets you explore an area renowned for its turbulent past, majestic tall ships, 1830s Greek Revival warehouses and counting houses, and Federalist buildings dating from the late 1700s. You’ll also get the scoop on the hottest places to shop, eat and socialize.

    Remember the souls who perished aboard the RMS Titanic at the Titanic Memorial Lighthouse. See the historic tall ships, some of which date to the late 19th century.

    Visit the famed Paris Café, established in 1873 and patronized by heroes and scoundrels alike. Soak in the tawdry ambience of Jeremy’s Ale House.

    See the spot where George Washington had his first presidential mansion. Visit the third oldest building in Manhattan and trace its path from stylish home to foul tavern to million-dollar apartments.

    Tour New York’s oldest tavern, which went from brothel to fashionable café.

    Itinerary

    The enthrallingNew York South Street Seaport Walking Tour gets underway when you meet your guide at the Titanic Memorial Lighthouse, at the intersection of Pearl Street and Fulton Street. This memorial to those who died on the RMS Titanic in April 1912 was built in a different location in 1913 and was moved to its present site in 1968.

    The Seaport is a designated historic district, distinct from the neighboring Financial District. It features some of the oldest architecture in downtown Manhattan, and includes the largest concentration of restored early 19th century commercial buildings in the city. During its heyday from 1820 - 1860, it attracted a variety of characters, some less reputable than others.

    Of the many attractions you’ll visit, the renovated sailing ships are sure to be top of anyone’s list. This is the largest privately owned fleet of historic tall ships in the U.S. and includes an 1885 cargo ship, schooners from 1885 and 1893, and a 1908 lightship.

    See the famed Paris Café, established in 1873. This landmark has counted Thomas Edison, Annie Oakley, Buffalo Bill and Teddy Roosevelt among its illustrious guests, as well as famous outlaws and criminals.

    Next, soak in the tawdry ambience of Jeremy’s Ale House, official respite for 9/11 first responders. Popular with firefighters and law enforcement officers, Jeremy’s is reminiscent of your favorite college dive bar, with beer in 32 ounce Styrofoam cups, friendly staff, greasy food, great music and enough TVs to cater to everyone’s viewing tastes.

    You’ll see the location of George Washington's first presidential mansion, known as the Samuel Osgood House and the Walter Franklin House. Washington and his family moved into the house in April 1789, enjoying its living quarters, as well as a private office (the equivalent of the Oval Office) and a public business office (think the West Wing). After nearly a year in this first seat of the executive branch of the federal government, Washington moved to a larger house.

    A building with a less prestigious history awaits you at 273 Water Street, the third oldest building in Manhattan. It was built in the 1770s by Captain Joseph Rose, a mahogany trader who kept his brig moored out the back door. But by the start of the 18th century, the once fashionable neighborhood had declined and Rose’s lovely house became one of the foulest grog shops within staggering distance of the East River wharves. Later it served as a dance hall offering rat and dog fights, and later still as a reform home for fallen women. After other misadventures, the building was abandoned for years before being bought by a developer for $1 in 1997 and turned into four luxury apartments, now costing over $1 million apiece.

    Continuing your tour of dubious buildings, you’ll visit the Bridge Café, New York's oldest drinking establishment. This one-time brothel began as a grocery in 1794 but by 1897, it was a brothel “filled with river pirates”. During Prohibition, the place was run as a restaurant and sold “cider”, but beer was available, supplied by a Brooklyn bootlegger. The current owners bought the building in 1979, and renamed it the Bridge Café. They upgraded the restaurant and bar, but kept the charming 1920s interior.

    The tour ends at the South Street Seaport and from there you can make your way back to your accommodation or onward to your next destination.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • English speaking guide

    Exclusions

    • Transportation
    • Meals and beverages
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.