Updated: Oct 12
"Lower Manhattan is a gate to the nation's history and a bridge to our nation's future."
Every time I have the chance to take the subway north or south, I take it south because walking this part of New York City feels like you're walking through history.
There is so much to do and see here (past and modern) and it's all the highest achievement of the human race. There's the Statue of Liberty, South Seaport, Financial District, One World Trade, Brooklyn Bridge, Trinity on Wall Street - all of it can be found in one square mile of Lower Manhattan.
With so much to see and do, I've put together a brief guide from my experience living in New York City. If I was to host friends or recommend things to do... Here's what to see and how to make the most of your time here:
To get here (from anywhere in the 5 boroughs),
Take the 1,2,3,4,5,6,A,C,E, N,Q,R,F,M, J,Z or Staten Island Ferry.
That's how connected this area is - there's not a bad subway stop (unless it's Chambers St. and it's not bad - it's just gross.)
ONCE YOU'RE THERE
Grab a bagel and explore!
Start the day off with the Holy Spirit at Trinity on Wall Street.
George Washington rode his horse on these cobblestone streets and Alexander Hamilton is buried in the graveyard right next to the church. If you're a fan of history, scheduled tours are offered each afternoon. Morning prayer begins at 8:15AM. (Click here for additional service times.)
The front doors of Trinity open into the mouth of Wall Street. The heart of the financial district (Wall Street - Broad Street). Known as the most economically powerful crevice in the world, Wall Street plays headquarters to NASDAQ, Dow Jones, and SNP500.
This rich, historic neighborhood is home to the nation's great triumphs and tragedies. Here, we had the inauguration of our first President George Washington. Here, is also where the global economy crashed.
THINGS TO DO...
Wall Street Bull - Broadway and Morris Street
Museum of American Finance- 48 Wall St, New York, NY 10005
Museum of Jewish Heritage - 36 Battery Pl, New York, NY 10280
Skyscraper Museum - 39 Battery Place, New York, NY 10280
9/11 Memorial- 1 Audrey Zapp Drive, Jersey City, NJ 07305
One World Trade- The 4th Tallest Building in the World.
Whether you're a historian, party animal, or family wanting a wholesome experience, there's a cruise for everyone! The Staten Island Ferry is free and offers breathtaking views of the Statue of Liberty and South Seaport Harbor. The Statue Cruises will take you to Ellis Island and Liberty Island, and of course there's the always enlightening (or sickening) booze cruise.
On the other side of the island, there's the Brooklyn Bridge. When you finish seeing everything you want to see in Lower Manhattan, walk to Brooklyn and eat a slice of Grimaldi's Pizza! It's all cardio and beautiful views.
As you can see, there's a lot to do and it might be fair to estimate 2 DAYS or more if you're a museum go-er. In the Summer when everybody's out, there's several outdoor markets in bowling green and city hall. I hope this guide helps your utilize your time to the fullest! Take care and check back soon!