Fulton Ferry Landing
The Fulton Ferry Landing Pier marks the location of the first ferry service between Brooklyn and Manhattan in 1642. It is located at the foot of Old Fulton Street. Dutch settlers came to the area in the 1640s, and the ferry crossing allowed farmers and merchants to reach the Manhattan shore to sell their products. After some revamping, it reopened in 1997 and now mostly touts its views of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Lower Manhattan skyline.
Backstory and Context
Though various services had been around for decades, it was Robert Fulton’s steam Fulton Ferry Company in 1814 that revolutionized travel across the East River between Brooklyn and Manhattan. The Brooklyn Bridge opened in 1883 and proved to be the beginning of the end for major ferry services. Fulton Ferry ended service in 1924.
New York Water Taxi began operating a seasonal ferry service in 2006, and New York Waterway began offering year-round service in 2011. In addition to ferry services, today Fulton Ferry Landing offers a place for visitors to relax and enjoy its unique views; Bargemusic, a floating music hall; Luke’s Lobster and No. 7 Sub restaurants, and the original location of the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory, which stands in a landmark fireboat house on the pier.
The Landing also features marine railing that interweaves Walt Whitman’s famous “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry” poem with imagery evocative of the Brooklyn Bridge. Other drawings of historic scenes are embedded in the pier deck.
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