It was here New York was born when the first European settlements from Holland in 1625 came. If you want to search for New York’s history you should begin in Downtown.
Downtown includes everything south of Chambers Street. Battery Park is located at the bottom and is the starting point for ferries to the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and Staten Island.
South Street Seaport is pretty touristic now but you can still see a bit from when shipping was the lifeblood of New York. The area lies just south of the magnificent Brooklyn Bridge.
At the bottom of Lower Manhattan, Downtown or it´s also called the Financial District, also includes Wall Street and Ground Zero. There is still a lot of construction going on around Ground Zero with the building a Freedom Tower and other sights.
A small selection of places we recommend:
9/11 Memorial Site
Be sure to visit the new 9/11 memorial site. Two giant pools with waterfalls has been build in the site where the Twin Towers stood. On the edges of the basin are the names of all the people killed in the tragic terror attacks.
New York’s oldest bar is well-stocked and have great bartenders. A lot of good seafood dishes.
279 Water Street
Right next to Ground Zero is the huge Century 21 and here are all the major designers represented. You can do amazing bargains, prices can sometimes be 25 – 75% lower than in regular stores. Check out especially their huge assortment of shoes.
22 Cortland Street
Jacks Stir Brew Coffee
Favorite place for coffee lovers. They have their own organic coffee brand, Ronny Brook Farm yogurt and maybe the best bagels in town from H & H Bagels.
222 Front Street
Through exhibitions, programs and publications, the museum explores tall buildings as objects of design, products of technology, sites of construction, investments in real estate, and places of work and residence.
39 Battery Place
The best views of the Manhattan skyline will you get if you take the Staten Island ferry from Battery Park. The trip is free and takes about 1 1/2 hour round trip including a stop on Staten Island.
Statue of Liberty
The statue that symbolizes the American dream and that France once donated to the United States.
Tours starts from Battery Park.
Buy tickets here:
New York City Downtown Tour & Statue of Liberty / Ellis Island
Stone Street Historic District
A charming area with low rise houses, built after the great fire 1835. Many nice restaurants.
South Street Seaport Museum
11 quarters at East River filled with galleries, historic ships, museums, restaurants, shops, a working 19th-century print shop, an archeology museum, a maritime library, and a visitor center.
12 Fulton Street