Lower Manhattan Guide
Lower Manhattan is home to some of New York City’s most fascinating history and some of its most famous sites. The streets date back centuries, and relics of Manhattan’s past are around every corner.
Lower Manhattan played a major role in the American Revolution, and was a backdrop for historical power players like George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, and Nathan Hale.
Lower Manhattan is also home to New York Harbor, where countless immigrants once arrived to begin new lives in the United States. Today, it’s the departure point for tours of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, as well as the Staten Island Ferry.
The United States’ financial world centers around Lower Manhattan. Here, you can explore Wall Street, see the New York Stock Exchange and the Wall Street Bull, and get a feel for the place where major financial decisions are made every day.
Of course, Lower Manhattan was also deeply impacted by the terrorist attacks of 9/11. The neighborhood’s major losses, rebuilding process, and revitalization are a reflection of New York City’s strength. The World Trade Center is a major focal point of the neighborhood, with the Freedom Tower standing tall, and the nearby Oculus complementing the building with its own architectural beauty.
Today, the neighborhood is rapidly becoming one of the most desirable residential areas in New York City. New attractions are popping up all over the neighborhood alongside the historic sites that have remained as important as ever.
What To See In Lower Manhattan
- St. Paul’s Chapel
- The New York Stock Exchange
- The Wall Street Bull
- Federal Hall
- Fraunces Tavern
- Trinity Church
- Bowling Green
- The National Museum of the American Indian
- National September 11 Memorial and Museum
- The Statue of Liberty
- Ellis Island
- Battery Park
- Brooklyn Bridge
- Stone Street Historic District (an excellent place to grab dinner after exploring)