by nycgo.com staff
City Hall. Photo: Will Steacy
Lower Manhattan is the seat of the City's government, the home of Wall Street and a place where much of America's early history unfolded. The area is packed with cultural institutions, including the Skyscraper Museum and the Museum of Jewish Heritage. Battery Park features 25 acres of open space—including gardens and the Castle Clinton National Monument, a fort built in preparation for the War of 1812. Stone Street, an appropriately named cobblestone thoroughfare, features a wide range of worthwhile drinking and dining establishments including Harry’s Cafe and Steak, Vintry Wine & Whiskey and many more. Nearby, City Hall—one of America’s oldest functioning seats of municipal government—offers public tours. After visiting the premises, consider walking across the iconic Brooklyn Bridge, located just across the street. For more on downtown, see our Lower Manhattan page.