Lower Manhattan Self Guided Walking Tours and Printable Maps

“Downtown” or Lower Manhattan is the southern tip of the island below 14th Street. The area includes Battery Park, Battery Park City, the Financial District and China Town. This is the business and governmental center of the city. New York City Hall, the Municipal Building and many courts are located in this area near City Hall Park. The New York Stock Exchange, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the headquarters of numerous Fortune 500 companies conduct business in the Financial District. This is the country’s fourth ranked business district after Midtown Manhattan, the Loop in Chicago and Washington, D.C. Lower Manhattan was the location of the World Trade Center buildings that were destroyed on September 11, 2001. The site is currently under redevelopment and will make the location the third largest business area, overtaking the District of Columbia.

Lower Manhattan is not only the center of business and government. It is also a dynamic center for leisure activities and the arts. Several of Manhattan’s chic, trendy neighborhoods and historic sites are also situated in Lower Manhattan. Castle Clinton is a National Landmark and the embarkation point for the ferries that service Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. This is also the backdrop for the historic South Street Seaport. Federal Hall, the nation’s first capitol building, is located on Wall Street. Besides China Town, the rich tapestry of neighborhoods includes Greenwich Village, Tribeca, SoHo and the Meat Packing District.

There are many references to the area in pop culture. In 1964, Petula Clark sang about going downtown. Billy Joel contrasted his downtown image with that of his uptown girl in his 1983 hit song.


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