No NYC neighborhood has greater historical resonance than Lower Manhattan. This is, after all, where the City began—a fact evident in the asymmetrical lanes that were footpaths and canals well before the skyscrapers came. Sights like Trinity Church, Federal Hall, Wall Street, One World Trade and the 9/11 Memorial & Museum are centuries apart in their creation, but all bring undeniable emotional impact. Lower Manhattan’s role in American finance looms large too, but that doesn’t mean it’s a stuffy nine-to-five district; a thriving restaurant and shopping scene, anchored by Brookfield Place, draws visitors in equal numbers to powerbrokers.
Satisfy cravings for culture, cuisine, shopping and investment alike with a visit to Lower Manhattan.
The China Institute & Gallery is a cultural institution that hosts diverse programming including art exhibitions, performing arts, film, lectures, culinary circle, corporate programs, school of Chinese language and culture.
The great legacy of infamous Tammany Hall leader William "Boss" Tweed (who used the building's construction to embezzle large sums of money from the city government), the Tweed Courthouse is a landmarked building and an architectural marvel.
The building that put the “finance” in the Financial District and made the name “Wall Street” synonymous with bankers, brokers and cash, the New York Stock Exchange is not just a landmark—it’s a living piece of American history, and the world’s largest stock exchange, where billions of dollars of stocks are traded daily.
The American Family Immigration History Center at Ellis Island, an archive of more than 50 million Port of New York passenger arrival records and 900 ship pictures circa 1892–1957, allows you to explore your family’s arrival in America.
Located on lower Broadway and the world’s tallest building upon its completion in 1913, the neo-Gothic Woolworth Building is one of New York City’s most celebrated and recognizable skyscrapers—and a stunning achievement in American architecture.
Presented in partnership with the Smithsonian Latino Center, this major bilingual exhibit showcases select pieces from one of the world's largest and rarely seen collections of more than 10,000 ancient ceramic objects from the Americas. The selected pieces showcase Central America's first peoples and the societies they developed through seven regions (Ulúa River, Maya, Lempa River, Greater Nicoya, Central Caribbean, Greater Chiriquí and Greater Coclé) that today make up parts of Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama.
In honor of the docking of the replica of Marquis de Lafayette’s L’Hermione at South Street Seaport over July 4th, the museum presents an eighteen month long exhibit of twenty Lafayette related historic objects. Among the highlights are Lafayette's calling card and the general's sash on which he bled at the Battle of Brandywine.