Things To Do in Lower Manhattan

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1. Statue of Liberty

The head of the statue of liberty

In a land filled with freedom, justice and equality, The Statue of Liberty embodies the American Dream. A gift from France, she depicts Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom, as she towers 305 ft (including the base) over NY’s Liberty Island and weighs in at nearly half a million pounds.

2. Battery Park

A view of the northern end of Battery Park

Battery Park, located on the southern tip of Manhattan, offers beautiful views and meaningful memorials throughout. The Statue of Liberty welcomes visitors to Battery Park as she stands tall and proud in Liberty Island, southwest of the park. Naturally, regular trips to the Statue of Liberty and nearby Ellis Island are offered from Battery Park’s waterfront.

3. Federal Hall National Memorial

First Capitol of the United States

The Federal Hall Memorial building, constructed in 1842, sits on historically important land; the site of the first capital of the USA. Originally the site of NY’s city hall dating back to 1700, the building’s significance increased after the Revolutionary war. Among the milestones at Federal Hall was George Washington’s inauguration as the first president.

4. South Street Seaport

Postcard circa approx. 1900

Officially designated as a historic district, Manhattan’s South Street Seaport sits on the site of NYC’s first port, just east of the Financial District. Known for its modern shopping mall, classy old style brick buildings, and its breathtaking views of Brooklyn, tourists flock to the Seaport for an escape from the “all work, no play.”

5. Brooklyn Bridge


Connecting the borough of Manhattan to Brooklyn stands one of the most legendary 19th century engineering marvels in the world . . . the Brooklyn Bridge. A National Historic Landmark and National Historic Civic Engineering Landmark, it was also featured in the BBC’s “The Seven Wonders of the Industrial World” and numerous other films and shows.

6. Woolworth Building

Oil painting by Colin Campbell Cooper Showing Woolworth & Singer Buildings, at the time tallest buildings in world

The Woolworth Building, once the tallest building in the world, boasts one of the fanciest neo-Gothic style facades in the world. Constructed in 1913 by architect Cass Gilbert, the Woolworth towers over nearby skyscrapers in the the Civic Center/ Financial District areas of lower Manhattan. The Woolworth building was named a National Historic Landmark in 1966.

7. City Hall / Civic Center (Manhattan)

Side view of city hall Image Attribution: Momos -->

New York’s Civic Center is dominated by historic public buildings. Roughly bound by the Financial District to the south, Tribeca to the west, Chinatown to the north, and Two Bridges (Chinatown) to the east, the Civic Center is renown for its beautiful Renaissance style architecture.  City Hall is perhaps the most iconic structure.

8. New York Stock Exchange

The front of the New York Stock Exchange 2012

Let’s preface this article by stating no public access is currently available to the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). However, you are free to visit the outside of this National Historic Landmark.   The world’s largest stock exchange*, the NYSE’s average trading value currently stands at over $150 billion per day!

9. Charging Bull


The brass “charging bull” has become a staple in lower Manhattan. Following the 1987 stock market crash, Italian-American artist Arturo Di Modica crafted this 7,100 lb sculpture spending approximately $360,000 of his own. Presumably referring to the bull market with increasing investor confidence and prosperity, the bull symbolizes the strength of the American people.

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