The South Street Seaport (and here for Wikipedia) is a going concern in Manhattan where Fulton Street meets the East River. It includes Pier 17 and buildings around and landward of it. It appears from the website link that it will look very different by 2017. I must visit again!
In 2014 there was a museum, some nautical craftwork and a ship, the name of which I did not note. We tend to be walking tourists rather than gawking tourists so we didn’t go into the museum.
On the riverside itself, near the ferry terminal, was this service, positively reinforcing the idea of carrying your own water bottle.