Lower Manhattan Highlights

  • Start: New York, New York
  • End: New York, New York
  • Last Modified: 2014-08-14 18:43:17
  • Total Mileage: 8 Miles
  • Number of stops: 13


How do you tackle the Big Apple? One slice at a time. This itinerary serves up highlights of its oldest and most layered slice: lower Manhattan (aka downtown). Both the Dutch and English settled here. After the Revolution, Washington bade his troops farewell here. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, it gave countless immigrants their first glimpse of America and their first home in it. Of course, lower Manhattan is also where tragedy struck that fateful September day in 2001. Constants throughout it all? Wall Street fortunes made and lost, goods shipped in and out, and the din and motion of an ever-evolving, never-sleeping city.

Travel Tips: Visiting the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island will take up the better part of a day. The tenement museum and other Lower East Side sights, with a stop at McSorley's in the East Village, could fill a half or a full day, depending on how much wandering you decide to do. The 9/11 Museum and Memorial require the better part of a morning or afternoon.

The lack of a grid of numbered streets makes navigation tricky, but lower Manhattan’s history- and culture-rich neighborhoods truly invite exploration on foot. That said, numerous subways and buses serve downtown and can quickly whisk you elsewhere in Manhattan---or Brooklyn, for that matter. A stroll to the latter borough across the Brooklyn or Williamsburg bridges is a great way to spend an hour or two. So is a free ferry ride out and back to Staten Island from downtown’s Whitehall (South) Terminal. Also note: this trip pairs well with the Connecticut Coast & River Tour.

Visitor Info: NYC & Company. 810 7th Ave., 10019, (212) 484-1200, www.nycgo.com.

Stop #1:

Castle Clinton National Monument
New York, New York

Stop #2:

Statue of Liberty National Monument
New York, New York

Stop #3:

Ellis Island Museum of Immigration
New York, New York

Stop #4:

New York, New York

Stop #5:

Lower East Side Tenement Museum
New York, New York

Stop #6:

Essex Street Market
New York, New York

Stop #7:

Katz's Delicatessen
New York, New York

Stop #8:

McSorley's Old Ale House
New York, New York

Stop #9:

National September 11 Memorial & Museum
New York, New York

Stop #10:

Fraunces Tavern
New York, New York

Stop #11:

South Street Seaport Museum
New York, New York

Stop #12:

Staten Island Ferry
New York, New York

Stop #13:

Hotel Blue Moon
New York, New York

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