New York in New York County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Archaeological Discovery/Making Land
Right: Archaeological Discovery
While excavating to build Imagination Playground, archeologists uncovered buried wharfs. Codswise’s Wharf, along John Street, was built between 1803 and 1807 by George Codwise Jr., a prominent New York merchant. Remsen’s Wharf, at Burling Slip and Front Street, was built about ten years earlier.
What is a Wharf?
A wharf is a structure that extends from the shore into a harbor to serve as a docking place for ships. The wharfs on this site was built of pine and hemlock timbers from the Hudson Valley, which were stacked horizontally and notched together like the walls of a log house.
Left: Making Land
As the leading port in New York City, the South Street Seaport was an international center of commerce by the mid-19th century. Making land along the waterfront was common in New York City from the earliest settlement through recent times. Approximately one third of Manhattan’s current landmass south of City Hall is comprised of artificially made land.
Slips provided a place for ships to dock between wharfs. Over time, slips were extended into the river. Most of
Did you know? The place where you are standing used to be under the East River.
Erected by NYC Parks.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & Archaeology • Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1803.
Location. 40° 42.363′ N, 74° 0.227′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is on Burling Slip near South Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Imagination Playground, New York NY 10038, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Urban Archeology/Then and Now (here, next to this marker); 170-6 John Street, 86 South Street (within shouting distance of this marker); High Water Mark (within shouting distance of this marker); Wavertree (within shouting distance of this marker); 207 - 211 Water Street (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 203 Front Street (about 400 feet away); 206 Front Street (about 400 feet away); Fulton Fish Waist - 142 Beekman Street (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 28, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 26, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 91 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on May 26, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.