Robert Fulton revolutionized travel across the East River with the inauguration of his steamship ferry in 1814. Almost immediately, the areas on either end of the eponymously-named Fulton Ferry exploded: ease of travel across the river led to the establishment of the Village of Brooklyn in 1816, followed by the incorporation of the City of Brooklyn in 1830, while the new surge in traffic arriving in the Port of New York (today known as the South Street Seaport) led to a boom in port businesses. And it is in part due to the success of the Fulton Ferry that created the need for the Brooklyn Bridge in the late 19th century, by which time the City of Brooklyn had become the 3rd largest city in the nation (and the City of New York the largest). Alas, with the opening of the bridge, demand for Fulton's Ferry declined, and it concluded its ferry service in 1924, after 110 years of operation.
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