The Best of New York's Lower Manhattan, New York

The Best of New York's Lower Manhattan, New York

Lower (aka Downtown) Manhattan is a cluster of attractions. Following the September 11 attacks and ensued reconstruction of the area, the skyline of Lower Manhattan has been transformed and dominated by the newly-built One World Trade Center. The site of the former World Trade Center now holds The 9/11 Memorial & Museum. Lower Manhattan contains many other historic buildings, such as the old United States Customs House, Federal Hall, not to mention Wall Street and many, many more. To find your way around this plethora of landmarks and not get lost, follow this self-guided walking tour and enjoy your time in New York!
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The Best of New York's Lower Manhattan Map

Guide Name: The Best of New York's Lower Manhattan
Guide Location: USA » New York (See other walking tours in New York)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 km
Author: doris
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World Trade Center

1) World Trade Center (must see)

The World Trade Center is a complex of buildings in Lower Manhattan, New York City, replacing an earlier complex of seven buildings with the same name on the same site that were damaged or destroyed in the September 11 attacks. The site is being rebuilt with six new skyscrapers, a memorial and museum to those killed in the attacks, and a transportation hub. One World Trade Center, the tallest building in the United States, is the lead building for the new complex, reaching more than 100 stories...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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National September 11 Memorial & Museum

2) National September 11 Memorial & Museum (must see)

The National September 11 Memorial & Museum (known separately as the 9/11 Memorial and 9/11 Memorial Museum) are the principal memorial and museum, respectively. They commemorate the September 11, 2001, attacks, which killed 2,977 victims, and the World Trade Center bombing of 1993, which killed six. The memorial is located at the World Trade Center site, the former location of the Twin Towers, which were destroyed during the September 11 attacks. It is operated by a non-profit corporation...   view more
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Battery Park

3) Battery Park (must see)

Battery Park is a well known green space in New York City. Along the waterfront of the garden, ferries depart taking visitors to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. The park also has many monuments and memorials within its grounds.

Battery Park gets its name from the artillery stationed by the British in the location to protect the early New York settlements. Castle Clinton, the last remnant of the fortress that protected the city, built in 1812, lies at its northern end. Pier A, a...   view more
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Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House

4) Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House

The Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House is an imposing building constructed to handle the increasing duty collection requirements for the prospering port of New York City. In 1990, the United States Congress passed a legislation to name the building in honor of Alexander Hamilton, the first secretary of the U.S. treasury.

The present Custom House stands in the location of an earlier customs office that burned down in 1814. The building was designed in Beaux Arts style by Minnesota...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Bowling Green Park

5) Bowling Green Park

Located near the financial district of New York City, Bowling Green Park is a fenced in garden that was once used for bowling. It is the place where the Dutch Governor, Peter Minuit, bought Manhattan for $24 worth of merchandise and is regarded as the birthplace of New York City. The crescent shaped Bowling Green Park, enclosed by its original 18th century fence, has benches and tables making it a favorite lunchtime destination for financial district employees. The charging bull statue of the...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Church of the Holy Trinity

6) Church of the Holy Trinity

The Episcopal Church of the Holy Trinity serves the residents of the Upper East Side of New York City. It is a functioning parish church that opens its doors to worshipers from all walks of life.

The Episcopal Church of Holy Trinity was consecrated in 1899. The structure was designed by J. Smith Barney of the New York firm of Barney and Chapman. The inspiration of the interior plan was the Litchfield Cathedral in England. It has an octagonal apse and an open timbered ceiling. There are 17...   view more
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Federal Hall

7) Federal Hall

This building, regarded as the finest example of classical architecture bears witness to momentous events in the history of New York City and the entire nation. Today, the building houses a museum dedicated to the history of the city after independence.

Federal Hall stands on the location of the former city hall built by the British in 1700. The first congress met in the building after the revolutions and it was here that George Washington was declared President. In 1789, architect Charles...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Wall Street

8) Wall Street (must see)

The best known location in the United States, Wall Street symbolizes the financial markets of the country. It is the principal financial center of the world. The street consists of eight blocks and runs from Broadway to South Street in the East River, Manhattan.

Wall Street was originally De Waal Straat after a wall built by the Dutch to protect their settlements from the British and Native Americans. A small group of traders met under a buttonwood tree after the war of independence and...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Brooklyn Bridge

9) Brooklyn Bridge (must see)

When the Brooklyn Bridge was dedicated in 1883, it was the largest suspension bridge in the world and regarded at the time as the 8th wonder of the world. The bridge connects the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn over the East River.

The design of the Brooklyn Bridge was drawn up by John Augustus Roebling who had previously planned other smaller suspension bridges. Construction began under the supervision of his son Washington Roebling and later his daughter in law Emily Roebling oversaw...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in New York, New York

Brooklyn New York Walking Tour

Brooklyn New York Walking Tour

Brooklyn, one of New York City’s 5 boroughs, occupies the western tip of Long Island and is connected to neighboring Manhattan via the iconic Brooklyn Bridge. The area is known primarily these days for its ethnic diversity; it also abounds in a variety of recreational, cultural and historic attractions. The most notable landmarks include Park Slope, Prospect Park, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn Museum and the Central Library overlooking Grand Army Plaza. For a more detailed view of Brooklyn and its key attractions, follow this self-guided tour and explore.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 km
New York's Central Park Walking Tour

New York's Central Park Walking Tour

It is the first public park built in America, and the most famous park in the world today. Enjoy a great relaxing time, surrounded by natural beauty, gazing upon numerous man-made wonders - fountains, monuments, sculptures, bridges and arches. Central Park offers over 50 delightful attractions. Take this walking tour to explore the beauties of the Central Park.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.3 km
Souvenir Shopping Part 2

Souvenir Shopping Part 2

It would be a pity to leave New York without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to New York, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.7 km
Souvenir Shopping Part 1

Souvenir Shopping Part 1

It would be a pity to leave New York without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to New York, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 km
Orientation Tour in New York City's Midtown Manhattan

Orientation Tour in New York City's Midtown Manhattan

Midtown Manhattan is the largest commercial, entertainment, and media center of the United States. The area is a home to some of NYC's most iconic landmarks, such as the Empire State Building and Chrysler Building, as well as the world-famous Rockefeller Center, Broadway, and Times Square. Check out this orientation walk and explore Midtown, NY for yourself!

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.6 km
New York's Top Museums Walking Tour

New York's Top Museums Walking Tour

New York is an amazing city, that offers something for everyone. It is home to top-notch museums of art, architecture, photography, natural history, television, radio and technology. Take this tour to explore the most visited museums in New York City.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.4 km

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