City, has long disappeared under Lower Manhattan – yet it remains a fascinating part of the great city to explore. But first look from the water – ride the subway to South Ferry and take a free round trip on the Staten Island Ferry (try for one of the older boats with open decks). Those harbour views are to die for, and you can’t help but admire New York’s iconic skyline.
Back in Manhattan, walk into Battery Park, with its Castle Clinton National Monument and superb waterfront views of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Head up State Street to the Bowling Green at the foot of Broadway. The city’s oldest park offers a fine view of the impressive Alexander Hamilton Customs House. Go down Whitehall Street to the junction with Water Street. Turn left, walk a block east and go left again up Broad Street, then right into Pearl Street. Go up Pearl (pausing for refreshment at the atmospheric Georgian Fraunces Tavern) and turn left into Wall Street, lined with spectacular skyscrapers and noble buildings, including the Stock Exchange, Morgan Guaranty Trust Company and Citibank. Rest awhile in the tranquil graveyard of Trinity Church at the junction with Broadway. Turn north past historic St Paul’s Chapel and go on to City Hall Park, overlooked by the fabulous Woolworth Building and home to New York’s venerable City Hall.
End the tour by strolling south down partially pedestrianized Nassau and Fulton Streets to the South Street Seaport Historic District, complete with its working Fulton Fish Market, pavement cafés, Victorian shop fronts, trendy boutiques, street entertainers… and tall ships. The old waterfront is the place to spend the rest of the day, enjoying one of frantic Manhattan’s most relaxed quarters.
Junction of Water Street and Whitehall Street – commemorating the shrewd Dutchman who purchased Manhattan Island for peanuts.
The Parthenon-like Federal Hall National Memorial on Wall Street, at the very spot where George Washington took the Oath of Office to become first President of the USA.
The Fulton Market Building at Fulton and Front Streets – the wet fish Is all gone by dawn, leaving the restored building to Interesting shops and tempting restaurants.
YOU SHOULD KNOW:
Wall Street used to be…a wall (built by the Dutch In 1653 to defend what Is now Lower Manhattan from hostile Indians).