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South Street Seaport, Piers 17 & 18, South Street into East River at Fulton Street, New York, New York County, NY


South Street Seaport, Piers 17 & 18, South Street into East River at Fulton Street, New York, New York County, NY



Significance: 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.
Survey number: HAER NY-156
Building/structure dates: 1906 Initial Construction
Building/structure dates: 1979 Subsequent Work

The City History Collection. Predominantly Manhattan Views.

The history of New York City's transportation system. New York City is distinguished from other U.S. cities for its low personal automobile ownership and its significant use of public transportation. New York is the only city in the United States where over half of all households do not own a car (Manhattan's non-ownership is even higher, around 75%; nationally, the rate is 8%). New York City has, by far, the highest rate of public transportation use of any American city. New York City also has the longest mean travel time for commuters (39 minutes) among major U.S. cities. The Second Industrial Revolution fundamentally changed the city – the port infrastructure grew at such a rapid pace after the 1825 completion of the Erie Canal that New York became the most important connection between all of Europe and the interior of the United States. Elevated trains and subterranean transportation ('El trains' and 'subways') were introduced between 1867 and 1904. Private automobiles brought an additional change for the city by around 1930, notably the 1927 Holland Tunnel.

Set of images depicting various harbors, ports, and piers together with ships, fishing and sailing boats, and all types of haven-like places and views. All large image sets on are made in two steps: First, we picked a set to train AI vision to recognize the feature, and after that, we ran all 25M+ images in our database through an image recognition machine. As usual, all media in the collection belong to the public domain. There is no limitation on the dataset usage - educational, scientific, or commercial.



1969 - 1980


Historic American Engineering Record, creator
Yearby, Jean P, transmitter
Orgel, Celia, photographer


New York, United States40.71023, -74.00774
Google Map of 40.7102288, -74.0077407


Library of Congress

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