The brick walk-up at 115 South Street in lower Manhattan, with its clean facade and stone base was once a ship chandlery belonging to whaling outfitters Slate, Gardiner & Howell. The neighborhood, known as South Street Seaport, got its start in 1625 when the Dutch West India Company built an outpost near this spot, making it a key port for Dutch trade. By the time the building at 115 South Street was erected in the mid-19th century, the area was home to bars and brothels supported by the maritime clientele that poured out of the trading ships docked at the neighboring pier.
More than 150 years later, one-fifteen was plucked from the dreck that was post-9/11 South Street Seaport: most windows in the area were dark, few New Yorkers inhabited or even conducted business these forgotten maritime ziggurats—some even slated for demolition, there was a certain quiet on these lower streets.
Former architect and vinter-cum-author Marco Pansanella bought the building at 115 South Street in 2002 with his wife, the interior designer Rebecca Robertson, because they saw what it would one day become.
In the fifteen years since Marco and Rebecca bought the building, the neighborhood has caught up to what they envisioned more than a decade ago. Now filled with world-class restaurants, shopping, and nightlife, it’s as if Marco and Rebecca stood atop the five-story walk-up, looked out at its views of the harbor and the East River and called out the future.
We stepped inside this expansive loft, currently listed as a rental property by Corcoran Group, to get a glimpse of what it has become