Piers 17 and 18, located in the South Street Historic District Extension, stand as physical evidence of the water-oriented economy of New York City in its developmental years. The current piers were built in 1906 on the site of older piers dating to the eighteenth century. Wharves, ferry terminals and fish markets have been predominant in the district throughout its history, requiring and utilizing the construction and maintenance of the piers and significantly affecting the economy of the early city.
A Visual History of Mannahatta to New Amsterdam up to Present Day.
Learn about NYC’s fascinating past and explore the natural forces that shaped the environment and landscape, along with the people who would transform the “Island of Many Hills” into the greatest and most influential city in the world.
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