Lower Manhattan is the lowest tip of Manhattan. It includes Battery Park, One World Observatory, 9/11 Memorial Pools, 9/11 Museum and South Street Seaport. It is bordered by the Financial District, the Hudson River and the East River. In Battery Park are several memorial sculptures. These include a tribute to World War II and the famous 9/11 Sphere. The park contains the landing spot for the Liberty and Ellis Island ferries. Historians will enjoy the American Indian Museum located across the street.
One World Observatory is built on the former World Trade Center site. The 9/11 Memorial Pools as well as the 9/11 Museum are opposite One World Observatory. Both are located on the site of the September 11 2001 tragedy. Walk over to the pyramid-shaped Museum of Jewish Heritage dedicated to educating visitors about Jewish life before, during and after the Holocaust.
Moving east is the Financial District, home of the New York Stock Exchange and the Museum of American Finance. The area also contains an enclave of historic buildings including Trinity Church. Many early American legends are buried in its backyard. Other places of interest include Federal Hall, where the historic Bill of Rights was signed. Just a few blocks south is Fraunces Tavern. This place served as George Washington’s headquarters during the Revolutionary War and is probably the oldest in Manhattan!
Turning north, stop by the old Woolworth headquarters in this area, once the tallest skyscraper in the city. Across the street is City Hall as well as the City Hall stop, the oldest subway stop in the Transit system. Now closed to the public, its beautiful early 1900’s décor is still preserved and is available for viewing by private appointment.
Furthermore, east is South Street Seaport, a United States Historic District featuring many of the oldest architectures in town. These structures include mercantile buildings, refurbished sailing ships, print shops, and even a repurposed fish market which lie in contrast to the modern building around them. They are blended with modern tourist amenities including shopping and dining, including the new iPic Fulton Market Center. Tourists can hop on and off the Water Taxi or take high speed thrill rides aboard the SHARK. Also, the new NYC Ferry will take you to points throughout Queens and Brooklyn for the cost of a metrocard.