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South Street Seaport

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Once port and fish market, now historic district, museum, and tourism center

Place Details

Borough : Manhattan
Neighborhood : Financial District
Infrastructure, Great Places to Shop, Business and Industry, Historic Site & Museum

Place Matters Profile

Reprint from District Lines newsletter, Spring 2007, Historic Districts Council. Used with permission.

Louis Morino, the proprietor of Sloppy Louie’s Restaurant at Fulton and South Streets in Manhattan, was talking about his building to the writer Joseph Mitchell. It was 1952, and Mitchell was working on what became the title story of his collection of The New Yorker stories, "Up in the Old Hotel." Louie, who was not sloppy at all but came by the name from the previous owner of his restaurant, learned about his building from a title searcher at Title Guarantee & Trust Company, saying that other sources had not yielded much information about its history. "It seems all this end of South Street used to be under water," he told Mitchell. "The East River flowed over it. Then the city filled it in and divided it into lots. In February, 1804, a merchant by the name...

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On The Web

The Seaport website
Video History of the Seaport from Fordham U.


Pamela Lee

This place matters because it's a place that helps you to relax from the stresses of life. Despite the smell, I've always loved this place. It doesn't really remind me much of the city life, which may be a reason why I like it so much. The Seaport is a nice place to shop, go sightseeing, or just to take a walk through.
I think the physical features do matter. It's right by the water, which is its most important feature. Also, the cobblestone is what helps to make everything more relaxing. (Submitted before 2004)

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