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Learn how the seaport developed in the 1800’s then fell into abandonment to finally being New York’s favorite shopping and dining hangout today.
See how New York’s original harbor and trading center transformed itself to New York’s trendiest spot for historic shopping and dining.
Under the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge, this tour will take you by the old streets, shops, houses, that defined early New York.
From the earliest days of sailing ships to the bustling retail center of today, "Sails to Sales" tour will take you by the old streets, bars, taverns, shops, houses, and ships that made this area the "gateway" to the world. Starting with the wealthy Schermerhorn's who built a large row of buildings at the seaport, to sailors from all over the world who found entertainment at the seaport with prostitutes, dog and rat fights, our tour covers many different facets of early seaport life. You will be but a few steps from many of the greatest parts of New York's history including the Brooklyn Bridge, to places like the famous Fulton Fish market and the Paris Cafe, where in 1881 one great inventor named Thomas Edison set up shop there as he electrified lower Manhattan. Guests will learn how the seaport developed in the 1800's then fell into abandonment to finally being New York's favorite shopping and dining hangout today.
11am Saturdays; the tour lasts approximately two hours. Distance covered is roughly 1.5 miles.