Plan Your Site-Specific Opera Experience

Every On Site Opera production is unique, inviting our patrons to experience new corners of New York City. To help you enjoy your outing, we have compiled a list of dining options, transportation tips, and more.

On Site Opera’s upcoming production of Il Tabarro will be performed at the Lightship Ambrose at the South Street Seaport Museum. Located on Pier 16 at the foot of Fulton St. New York, NY 10038. The venue is within close walking distance to many dining, transportation, and parking options in the Seaport.

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Please note that at Pier 16 the temperature drops significantly once the sun descends below the surrounding buildings. 

Dining Options

Cobble Fish, our dining partner
Boxed dinners are available for pre-sale HERE. Guests will have the option to bring their meals to their seats while they enjoy the opera. View their menu here.
89 South St Pier 16, New York, NY 10038

Pier 17
Pier 17 has many different food options, including Malibu Farm, The Fulton, and Momofuku
89 South St, Pier 17, New York, NY 10038

Industry Kitchen
Industrial-chic New American restaurant offering wood-fired pizzas & mains, plus a river view.
70 South Street At Maiden Lane, New York, NY 10005

Dorlan’s Tavern
Handsome place for oysters, fried seafood & sandwiches, along with beer & fresh cocktails.
213 Front St, New York, NY 10038

Il Brigante
Southern Italian cuisine
214 Front St, New York, NY 10038

Cowgirl Seahorse
Casual restaurant with offbeat nautical decor serving Southwestern faves, some with seafood twists.
259 Front St, New York, NY 10038

Hey Thai
Thai restaurant with a diverse menu
127 John St, New York, NY 10038

Mexican eatery painted with wrestling masks, offering tacos, burritos & quesadillas.
87 South St, New York, NY 10038


Lightship LV-87, also known as Ambrose, was built in 1907 as a floating lighthouse to guide ships safely from the Atlantic Ocean into the broad mouth of lower New York Bay between Coney Island, New York, and Sandy Hook, New Jersey–an area filled with sand bars and shoals perilous to approaching vessels. South Street Seaport Museum’s Ambrose occupied her original station from her launching in 1908 until 1932. In 1921 Ambrose became the first lightship to be fitted with a radio beacon, greatly assisting navigation of the channel in poor visibility. In her role as navigational aid, she was also witness to the largest period of immigration in U.S. history, seeing some six million immigrants pass her station. After her half-century career, she was donated to the newly-formed South Street Seaport Museum by the U.S. Coast Guard in 1968. Guided tours of the 1908 lightship Ambrose are offered Wednesday–Sunday, 11am–5pm.


The venue is accessible via several public transportation options:

  • 2 and 3 Trains at Fulton St.(approx. 7 minutes walking)
  • J and Z Trains at Fulton St. (approx. 9 minutes walking)
  • 4 and 5 Trains at Fulton St. (approx. 10 minutes walking)
  • N, R, and W Trains at Cortlandt St. (approx. 12 minutes walking)
  • 6 Train at Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall (approx. 12 minutes walking)
  • M15 Bus Service (approx. 5 minutes walking)
  • NYC Ferry at Pier 11/Wall St. (approx. 5 minutes walking)

To see if there are any other planned service changes that may affect your route to the venue, the MTA lists them on their website, available here.



Parking is available on the street or in the following nearby garages:

City Parking
15 Cliff St, New York, NY 10038

NYC Parking Garage
9 Cedar St, New York, NY 10038

Icon Parking
15 William St, New York, NY 10005



The performance area of Il tabarro is ADA accessible, though on a pier with rough wooden planks. The restrooms next door at Cobble Fish are not ADA accessible. There are bathrooms within the Pier 17 building that are ADA accessible. For more information please contact

Weather Policy

Performances will take place outdoors on the pier. In the event of inclement weather, patrons are welcome to exchange their tickets for another performance, free of charge, pending availability.

Shared Agreements

On Site Opera is committed to creating safe and respectful spaces for artists, staff, patrons, volunteers, and audience members alike. All On Site Opera activities are governed and informed by our company’s Values and Commitments, our Anti-Harassment Policy, and our commitment to Anti-Racism. By entering any On Site Opera program in any capacity, you agree to support and abide by these Shared Agreements.

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