421 West 17th Street
New York, NY 10011
(212) 255-5005 Fax (212) 627-7059
West 16th Street/West 19th Street
9th Avenue/10th Avenue
A, C, E to West 14th Street and 8th Avenue
L to 8th Avenue (last stop)
1, 2, 3, 9 to West 14th Street and 7th Avenue
M14 to 9th Avenue and West 15th Street
M11 (South) to 9th Avenue and West 18th Street
M11 (North) to 10th Avenue and West 18th Street
M23 to 9th Avenue and West 23rd Street
NAMED AFTER: ROBERT FULTON (1765 - 1815) – A trained artist who preferred being an engineer and inventor, Fulton produced the first practical steamboat, the "Clermont," though he did not invent the steam engine or the steamboat. The Clermont made its first successful voyage from New Harbor, up the Hudson River, to Albany. He was also credited with developing the first useful submarine and torpedo. Actually, he had proposed building a submarine to the French government, which he then did on a grant from Napoleon. That submarine was called "the Nautilus." Eventually, Fulton had a monopoly on steamboat operations in New York State waters and wrote a Treatise on the Improvement of Canal Navigation. Fulton also designed the world's first steam-powered warship, which was launched after his death. Fulton Houses is in Manhattan.
SITE STATISTICS AND DESCRIPTION:
Robert Fulton Houses in Manhattan has eleven buildings, 6 and 25-stories tall housing some 2,077 people in 945 apartments. Completed March 31, 1965, the 6.27-acre site is on Ninth Avenue between West 16th and West 19th Streets.