Taking its cue from two-story recreation piers of the late 19th century, Pier 15 lifts its primary recreation area to the second level. Nestled beneath the recreation area, and recalling historic storehouses and cargo areas that were located on the lower level of recreation piers are two “boxes” which house waterfront related programming. On the north edge of the pier is a ramp leading up to an “amphitheater” seating area, which gives intimate views of the tall, historic ships of the South Street Seaport. Reaching the upper level, visitors can picnic, sunbathe, or simply lounge on its gently sloped lawns, and enjoy spectacular views of the East River and New York Harbor from its elevated perspective.