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Category Archives: South Street Seaport Museum

Fulton Ferry and the Creation of New York’s First Suburb

Ferries have made a bit of a comeback lately with the East River Ferry, Governor’s Island Ferry, and even a ferry to Ikea in Brooklyn.  The first ferry route between … Continue reading

March 12, 2013 · 3 Comments

Beefsteaks – A 19th-century Dining Craze

Do you remember several years ago when some New York restaurants actually had their patrons dining on beds? That short-lived phenomenon is just one of many dining fads that have … Continue reading

December 11, 2012 · 1 Comment

Oysters: From Rags to Riches

Today, it’s hard to find an oyster for less than $2 a pop, but until the turn of the 20th century, oysters were so plentiful in New York, rich and … Continue reading

October 16, 2012 · 2 Comments

The Restoration of a Pilot House

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, cargo containers coming into New York Harbor were loaded from ocean-going vessels onto large barges with railroad tracks on the deck. Vessels like … Continue reading

August 28, 2012 · 1 Comment

Saving the Titanic Memorial Lighthouse

April 16, 1912 was supposed to have been a joyous day for Seamen’s Church Institute.  That evening, they were scheduled to celebrate laying the cornerstone of their new building at … Continue reading

April 10, 2012 · 3 Comments

South Street Seaport’s Library and Archive

Greetings from the South Street Seaport Museum’s library and archive!  In October of last year the Museum of the City of New York assumed the operation of the South Street … Continue reading

March 13, 2012 · 3 Comments

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