The new Seaport will have a distinct mix of shops, restaurants, and cafes, as well as retail for everyday living. The Fulton Stall Market will bring a contemporary use to the former wholesale fish stalls as an exciting and affordable venue for local, regional and international chefs and artisans. The Fulton stalls have played an instrumental role in feeding New Yorkers for over 200 years.
Designed to be Lower Manhattan’s east-side shopping destination, the Seaport will blend streetscape retail with the pier’s iconic waterfront views.
An array of high-quality, affordable, and eclectic shops will be located on the west end of Pier 17 in four freestanding retail buildings. These two-story pavilions, which will stand 40 feet tall, have been designed to create pedestrian-only streets that extend the city grid onto the pier.
The four retail buildings will serve as the base for a small boutique hotel, which will consist of two structures linked by sky bridges.
Anchoring this new retail plan will be a three-story specialty retailer built around the base of a hotel/residential building. In addition to this specialty store, décor, home-furnishing, and fashion retailers will create a shopping experience on Pier 17 that is both practical for local residents and unique to New York City.
Fulton Stall Market is located in the Financial District neighborhood of Manhattan. The financial hub of the United States, the seat of New York City government, and home to some of New York's oldest buildings, the Financial District has an illustrious history. 17th century settlers began building here, and given the many seafarers of the time, boats could be conveniently docked at one of the slips right near the settlements of wooden homes. Right nearby, in the heart of the district is Federal Hall, where George Washington was inaugurated as the first President of the United States in 1789, also the meeting site for the First Congress. New York City was both the capital of the United States and New York State at the time. The street names reflect the district's fascinating history: Fulton Street, named after Robert Fulton, the inventor of the steamboat; Maiden Lane, originally called Magde Platje in Dutch; Beaver Street, recalling the once-significant beaver pelt trade, etc. The area today houses some great economic powerhouses, including the headquarters of major banks, the New York Stock Exchange, in addition to the World Financial Center. Contrasts are extraordinary, from old two- and three-story old brick buildings near South Street Seaport to the nearby modern mega-skyscrapers. Some of the numerous other attractions include Fraunces Tavern, where George Washington bid farewell to his troops (also, they have a museum!); the newly-landscaped City Hall Park; the Museum of the American Indian and the US Custom House at Bowling Green; Trinity Church, the first parish church in New York City and the resting place of Alexander Hamilton and Robert Fulton, among others; War Of 1812 strong hold Castle Clinton; the Staten Island-bound South Ferry; Battery Park; and the Federal Reserve Bank. Sadly, the biggest attraction since 9/11 has been the former World Trade Center site, although, thankfully, construction has finally filled the long-standing gouge in Lower Manhattan's face, and the stunning 9/11 Memorial and its attendant museum are welcome signs of a healing city. And, of course, soaring a symbolic 1,776 feet over the memorial is the new 1 World Trade Center!
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