The starfish and sea creatures at the Seaport


I haven’t uncovered much about the history of this red-brick building on Beekman and Front Streets at the South Street Seaport.

But I love the whimsical decorative touches put in by whoever built it.

Instead of using regular tie-rod washers, the builder chose washers shaped like starfish. And rather than plain window arches, terra-cotta fish figures were added.


It’s an homage of sorts to the sea creatures fished by vessels that once docked at New York’s seaport, before it was remade into a mall.

Farther uptown, there’s another building decorated with ocean-dwelling critters.

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2 Responses to “The starfish and sea creatures at the Seaport”

  1. Bob_in_MA Says:

    Boy, you don’t miss much.

    Thanks for taking the time to share all these finds. Too bad there isn’t an easy way to make a Google map with them all. It would probably be a popular app.

  2. ephemeralnewyork Says:

    You’re welcome! There probably is a way to make that app. A very good idea indeed!

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