Lower Manhattan Attractions
The Battery Park is the cradle of New York City history. Back in 1623, Dutch settlers landed here and established New Amsterdam. This 25-acre Public Park is located at the Southern tip of Manhattan and has an incredible view of the Statue of Liberty and the bay. You will find a collection of memorials and gardens including the Hope Garden, a rose garden with 10,000 specimens, planted in 1992 as a memorial to those who died of AIDS, the memorial to the veterans of World War II and the Korean War. <br/> Many cultural institutions are within walking distance of the Battery Park: the South Street Seaport, the New York Stock Exchange, the Smithsonian’s Museum of the American Indians, the Museum of Jewish Heritage, and the Skyscraper Museum. Enjoy the park pedestrian promenade on foot, biking, or rollerblading. Check out the recreation department kiosk, where kids can borrow badminton sets, pogo sticks and more. In summertime you often see street musician shows that can add a magic note to your experience. Finish your day by just relaxing on ample benches facing the Hudson River to watch the sunset and keep an indelible picture of the Island of Liberty with the imposing Statue of Liberty.
The World Financial Center is comprised of four copper-crowned granite and glass towers, offering over eight million square feet of premier office space for corporations all over the world; a 10-story glass centerpiece pavilion, the Winter Garden, with more than 40 retailers, restaurants, specialty & services; an outdoor water front esplanade with an astonishing view of the Hudson River. The Winter Green and its adjacent outdoor plaza are places for private functions as well as the award-winning Brookfield’s Arts & Events program, offering to the public year around art exhibits, musical and cultural performances, all free of charge. This conglomerate of modern buildings is ideally situated in the center of Manhattan’s greatest neighborhood, where you can have a good time while lavishing in the success filled atmosphere.<br/> The plans for 2013 are lofty. A collection of best-in-class local and international retail stores, six signature restaurants with waterfront access and varied price points, 15 chef-driven casual dining choices with eclectic, market style environment, and an European-style market place offering an abundance of culinary accents. In addition, there is plenty of green space and waterfront access for biking, walking and exploring. Its unique spaces, arts and events make the World Financial Center the ultimate cultural destination.
The South Street Seaport is a historic area in the New York City borough of Manhattan, located where Fulton Street meets the East River, and adjacent to the Financial District. The Seaport is usually considered a historical district, distinct from the neighboring Financial District. It features some of the oldest architecture in downtown Manhattan. This includes renovated original mercantile buildings from the early 19th century, renovated sailing ships, the former Fulton Fish Market, and modern tourist malls featuring food, shopping and nightlife, with a view of Brooklyn Bridge. <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org" target="new">Source</a>
The Brooklyn Bridge, one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States, stretches 5,989 feet over the East River connecting the New York City boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn. On completion, it was the largest suspension bridge in the world and the first steel-wire suspension bridge.<br> The Brooklyn Bridge has a center lane open to bicycles and pedestrians, just above automobile traffic. While the bridge has always permitted the passage of pedestrians across its span, its role in allowing thousands to cross takes on a special importance in times of crisis and becomes a symbol of New Yorkers' resilience.
On Monday, April 30, 2012, at approximately 2:00 p.m., the Port Authority will mark a major milestone in the construction of One World Trade Center with the installation of steel columns that will make the skyscraper the tallest building in New York. When the columns are put in place, the building will officially surpass the height of the Empire State Building, which currently is the tallest structure in New York City.
The National September 11 Memorial is a tribute of remembrance and honor to the nearly 3,000 people killed in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center site, near Shanksville, Pa., and at the Pentagon, as well as the six people killed in the World Trade Center bombing in February 1993. <br/> The Memorial’s twin reflecting pools are each nearly an acre in size and feature the largest manmade waterfalls in the North America. The pools sit within the footprints where the Twin Towers once stood. Architect Michael Arad and landscape architect Peter Walker created the Memorial design selected from a global design competition that included more than 5,200 entries from 63 nations.<br/> The names of every person who died in the 2001 and 1993 attacks are inscribed into bronze panels edging the Memorial pools, a powerful reminder of the largest loss of life resulting from a foreign attack on American soil and the greatest single loss of rescue personnel in American history.
The Tribute Center embodies the need to gather at the World Trade Center site, connect with the people, places and events of February 26, 1993 and September 11, 2001, and reflect. Tribute WTC Visitor Center is a project of the September 11th Families' Association, a 501(C)3 non-profit corporation. The Tribute WTC Visitor Center expands upon the September 11th Families’ Association mission to unite and support victims of terrorism by incorporating the entire 9/11 community – families, survivors, residents, rescue workers and volunteers affected by 9/11/01. The Center creates a central place for information about 9/11 at the WTC site. Visitors learn factual information about the events on September 11th, the identity of 2,973 people killed in the attacks, the unprecedented rescue and recovery operations and the tremendous spirit of support and generosity that arose after the attacks.
Founded in 1697, Trinity Church is a vibrant Episcopal parish, where daily worship services form the heart of our Christian identity. Trinity is a grant-making organization, streaming funds throughout the city and the world, as well as a resource for Lower Manhattan's commuters and tourists, who find inspirational music within its walls. Through its congregational staff and maintenance teams, it is a sacred oasis amid the busy downtown streets. It is an important player in the world of New York City commercial realty, and home to an award-winning preschool. It is the home to the committees, guilds, and task-forces of a congregation committed to bringing God's Kingdom to this world.
As the 20th century dawned, the NYSE was firmly established as one of America’s preeminent financial institutions. It was also experiencing a sustained rise in trading volume. Trading in listed stocks had tripled between 1896 and 1899. It would nearly double again by 1901. <br> More space was clearly needed. So the Exchange invited eight of New York City’s leading architects to join in a competition to design a grand new building. Their instructions: The trading floor was to have more space, more light, and more convenience for the transaction of business.
In 1982, President Ronald Reagan asked Lee Iacocca, then Chairman of Chrysler Corporation, to head a private sector effort to raise funds for the restoration and preservation of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation (SOLEIF) was founded. <br> The Foundation's fundraising drive sparked a dramatic response. The American people contributed more than $500 million (and counting!) to the repair, restoration, and maintenance of these two great monuments to freedom. All funds for the Foundation’s projects have come from the American people – no government funds have been used.
The excerpts etched into the New York Vietnam Veterans Memorial were chosen from letters, diary entries, and poems written by Americans during the Vietnam Era, which were submitted to the New York Vietnam Veterans Memorial Commission. These quotes are supplemented by news dispatches and public statements about the war. It is fitting that the Memorial is located one block east of Fraunces Tavern, where George Washington bade farewell to his officers at the end of the Revolutionary War.
The building depicted above is New York City's third City Hall. Constructed from 1803-1812, it was designed by John McComb, Jr. and Joseph-Francois Mangin. The building has undergone many restorations during its almost two hundred-year history. The original copper roof of City Hall was installed in 1811; it was replaced in 1853, and five years later, due to fire damage, replaced again. Additional work on the roof was undertaken in the early part of this century. Since that time, the last recorded work on the roof was undertaken in 1970, when roof openings were installed to accommodate new air conditioning units.
Located in New York Harbor, the Statue of Liberty was a gift of international friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States and is one of the most universal symbols of political freedom and democracy. The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886 and was designated a National Monument on October 15, 1924. The Statue was extensively restored in time for her spectacular centennial on July 4, 1986.
Castle Garden, today known as Castle Clinton National Monument, is the major landmark within The Battery, the 23 acre waterfront park at the tip of Manhattan. From 1855 to 1890, the Castle was America's first official immigration center, a pioneering collaboration of New York State and New York City.