NEW YORK CITY
The lower tip of Manhattan, where the Hudson and East rivers meet, is an architectural and historical melting pot. The old colonial churches and early American monuments, dating back to the time when New York City was America's capitol, stand in the shadows of modern skyscrapers of polished steel and glass.
Peter Minuite purchased the land from the Algonquan Indians for $24 worth of beads and goods. The island of Man-a-hatt-ta, as it had been named by the Indians, has flourished to become the financial captial of the world.
There are limitless things to do and see in Manhattan and the surrounding area.
Places to visit include:
The Brooklyn Bridge, Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, Central Park, The Charging Bull, Chrysler Building, Chelsea Hotel, Chinatown, City Hall, Empire State Building, East Village, The Federal Reserve Bank, Flatiron Building, Grand Central Terminal, Greenwich Village, Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum, Lincoln Center, Little Italy, Lower East Side Tenement Museum, Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center, SOHO, South Street Seaport, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Staten Island Ferry, Statue of Liberty, New York Stock Exchange, Strawberry Fields, Times Square, Tribeca, Union Square, United Nations, Washington Square Park, Ellis Island, Guggenheim Museum, Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, American Museum of Natural History, 92nd Street Y, Battery City Park, Brooklyn Brewery, Castle Clinton, Coney Island, Hamilton Grange, General Grant National Memorial, Theodore Roosevelt birthplace, the Theater District, the Financial District, Trinity Church, Woolworth Building, Fulton Fish Market, World Financial Center, Museum of Jewish Heritage, National Museum of the American Indian, Con Edison Energy Museum, Federal Hall National Museum, Fraunces Tavern Museum, Gramercy Park, John Street Church, Museum of American Financial History, New York City Fire Museum, New York University, Police Academy Museum, St Mark's Church in the Bowery, St Paul's Church, and the site where the World Trade Center once stood (now fenced off with the names of those who died posted around it).
The above is not ALL there is to do in this area, but its a good start! I didn't even get started on the multitudes of restaurants you can try out!
A few pictures from my trip to Manhattan, New York
The Financial District includes South Street Seaport, Wall Street, The New York Stock Exchange, the Woolworth Building, various museums, and Battery City Park. The site of "Ground Zero" from the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack was about 2 blocks from the hotel.
My view of the Hudson River from my room at the Marriott, Financial District
I need not tell you about the tragedy that occured Sept 11, 2001
Some of the buildings still have damage on them. The area that the twin towers stood is a very large hole. They did appear to have the subway working again.
Battery Park is at the southern tip of Manhattan. It was the site of a fort establised by the first Dutch settlers in 1624. The park has views of the New York Harbor and Statue of Liberty. The East Coast War Memorial is inscribed with the names of thousands of American servicemen who died on the seas during WWII.
Castle Clinton National Monument commemorates the 1811 West Battery Fort built to defend New York Harbor. The fort was US Army headquarters during the War of 1812. In 1817, the fort was named Castle Clinton in honor of the Mayor, DeWitt Clinton. Its original name was "The Southwest Battery". The Army vacated the fort in 1821 and it was deeded to the city in 1823. In the summer of 1824, a restaurant and entertainment center opened a the site, now called Castle Garden. A roof was added in the 1840's and Castle Garden served as an opera house and theater until 1854. On August 3, 1855, Castle Garden, now leasted to NY State, opened as an immigrant landing depot. Over 8 million people entered the US through Castle Garden until it was closed on April 18, 1890. The building was altered again and reopened on Dec 10, 1896, as the New York City Aquarium. It was one of the city's most popular attractions until it closed in 1941. From here you purchase tickets for the ferries that go to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
The World Trade Center Sphere. This sculpture stood in the plaza of the World Trade Center for three decades as a symbol of world peace. It was damaged during the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001, but endures as an icon of hope and serves as a memorial to the lives lost that day. The eternal flame was ignited on September 11, 2002.
Wall Street and area
Wall Street is the financial keystone of the country. It takes its name from the wooden wall erected by the Dutch burghers in 1653 to protect the colony from attack
Trinity Church at Broadway and Wall Street was originally built 1696-97. In 1754, it was the first site of King's College (Columbia University). The present edifice was completed in 1846. Alexander Hamilton and Robert Fulton are buried at the church.
The New York Stock Exchange. A buttonwood tree stands outside where traders once gathered to exchange stock.
The wall street BULL! (for a bullish market!)
Federal Hall National Museum was built in 1842. It is on the site of the first US Capital. The museum contains material pertaining to George Washingtons inauguration, the Bill of Rights and old Federal Hall.
Walking through town to Chinatown and Little Italy
The new US Courthouse. (I couldn't get it all in one picture)
Miscellaneous buildings around the US Courthouse area.
City Hall (on the left) sits near the park at Chambers and Broadway. Near this spot, in the presence of George Washington, the Declaration of Independence was read to the Army on July 9, 1776
On the right is the US Customs House
Little Italy District
Little Italy! The best smelling part of Manhattan is full of small restaurants and shops. It was the busiest area of all the ones we walked through. The streets were blocked off so nothing other than foot traffic can go through.
Chinatown at rush hour! A busy place! Tons of shops to look at and restaurants. These vendors will "work with you" on a price! But be wary of what you are buying! This Chinatown is said to be the largest in the world outside of Asia!
Staten Island Ferry ride
The Staten Island ferry will take you for free to Staten Island and back to Manhattan. On the way there is a wonderful view of Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and New Jersey. The ferry has been a municipal service since 1905. It currently carries over 19 million passengers annually on a 5.2 mi run. It runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year - and its free.
Ellis Island, a 27 acre island, is where 17 million immigrants passed through from 1892 - 1954. The 3-story Ellis Island Museum is housed in the same building that the immigrants came through in those 64 years.
The Statue of Liberty. She stands on her own island welcoming millions to the country. She was a gift from the French to a young and new America.
Brooklyn from the Staten Island Ferry
The Brooklyn Bridge, East River, is the world's first steel suspension bridge.
Lower Manhattan from the Staten Island Ferry
More links for you:
New York City visitor guide
Staten Island Ferry, Battery Park, Financial District, CHinatown, Little Italy and more
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