The East River waterfront of Lower Manhattan played an important part in the early history of New York City. It evolved from a small cluster of wharves in the 18th century to an important part of the leading port of the nation in the mid-19th century reflecting the rise of New York City as an international center of commerce.  The South Street Seaport today is an historic district that contains an important collection of 19th century buildings and one may learn more about the history of this area at the South Street Seaport Museum.

South Street Seaport