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NYC – Lower Manhattan -quick guide

Lower Manhattan

I have done previous Blogs about Lower Manhattan but today’s Blog is an update with current things of interest. Most people think of Lower Manhattan as a place to visit the Stock Exchange and the site of the 911 Memorial. This area saw the inauguration of our first president, the fire of 1835 and the attacks of September 11. Today, it is alive and well with great restaurants as well as many shopping experiences. Here is my partial list:

Food – While there are many restaurants in this area that are excellent I share with you Stone Street – cobble stones and sitting outside is an experience!

Stone Street

               Henry’s Café & Steak – underground busy bar and lively crowd. Mad Dog & Beans – Mexican Happy Hour in an old barn. Beckett’s Bar & Grill –burgers, beans and connected to the outside seating. Urban Lobster Shack – to-go food here plus more. Just a few of the many places to eat.

Should See Sites

Most of the following charge an entrance fee . I think they still have the downtown Culture Pass gets discount. www.downtownculturepass.org

New York Stock Exchange-11 wall St – good photos outside –inside not open. Museum of American Finance – inside nation’s first bank. History of money. Federal Hall National Memorial – 54 Pearl St – – George Washington inaugurated on balcony. Weekday tours Fraunces Tavern – Washington’s place to have a drink. Can visit period room and see artifacts.

Wall Street

Police Museum

 New York City Police Museum – 100 Old Slip – a neat little museum with old-time uniforms etc. Kid friendly. Also near South Street Seaport. Museum of Jewish Heritage – 36 Battery Place – memorial to those lost in the Holocaust. National Museum of the American Indian – 1 Bowling Green – Smithsonian owned. Great building and exhibits and free. The Skyscraper Museum – 39 Battery Place – nice but not my favorite.

 Hotels – many great ones around here. Stay in this area only if you are doing business or staying in the area for a bit. Very few people around during evening hours. LM is quite a distance from mid-town.

Other Thoughts

911 Memorial Preview Site – 20 Vesey ST – have not visit yet. Check for details at


Bridge Café – 279 Water Street – Real old tavern with history. Not sure of food but worth a look inside.

Food Carts – you will see a lot of them down here. Workers don’t have a lot time for lunch.

Century 21 – 22 Courtlandt St. – discounts on designer clothing

Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and Governors Island are all accessible from this area as well

Battery Park – great views of the Hudson River and Statue of Liberty

South Street Seaport is in this area and a fun place for kids (ok, adults too.)

NOTE – NOTE – NOTE – On weekends this area can be very quiet – exception of tourists – some things may not be open. However, it is a great place to walk around the side streets during the day and the more tourist like places at night.

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