LOWER MANHATTAN

Want to know what wonderful museums, historical museum houses, sculptures you will encounter in Lower Manhattan, check the neighborhood you want to visit below.

Sanguino, The Immigrant, sculpture
The Immigrant by Luis Sanguino
Castle Clinton renamed after Gov. Dewitt Clinton.
Castle Clinton 1811-1821

BATTERY PARK

(boundaries: Battery Pl, State St. and Whitehall St.)

Battery Park’s history goes back to the Indians, New Amsterdam, and the new English colony of New York. The development of the city began here, this was the place where the first “battery” of cannons was placed in order to defend the city. 

PARKS/ARBORETUM/GARDENS/PRESERVES

BATTERY PARK CITY

(boundaries: West of West Street; Pier A to North Esplanade)

Just north of Battery Park is one of New York City’s most impressive planned communities. Much of the area was created by land reclamation and landfill from the original World Trade Center excavation. 

MUSEUMS/HISTORICAL HOUSES

PARKS/ARBORETUM/GARDENS/PRESERVES

  • GERMAN WALL- Gateway Plaza
  • WORLD FINANCIAL CENTER- Winter Garden
    • RECTOR GATE by R.M. Fischer
    • THE UPPER ROOM by Ned Smyth
  • WFC PLAZA by Siah Armajani, Scott Burton, Cesar Pelli, M. Paul Friedberg
    • PYLONS by Martin Puryear
  • THE PAVILION by Demetri Porphyrios
  • ROCKEFELLER PARK- North end of Battery Park City
    • TOM OTTERNESS SCULPTURES- "The Real World" 
  • TEARDROP PARK- Warren Street and Murray Street by Michael Van VAlkenburgh and Ann Hamilton
  • IRISH HUNGER MEMORIAL- Vesey Street and North End Avenue by Brian Tolle
  • NEW YORK CITY POLICE MEMORIAL by Stuart Crawford
  • ROBERT F. WAGNER PARK
    • RESONATING BODIES by Tony Cragg
    • EYES by Louise Bourgeois
    • APE & CAT by Jim Dine
  • HUDSON RIVER PARK- Batttery Place to West 59th Street, (NYS Parks) 
Irish Famine Memorial
Irish Hunger Memorial by artists Brian Tolle...
NYC Police Memorial, Police Memorial
Police Memorial by architect Stuart Crawford
Marble Cemetery

BOWERY

(boundaries: Canal to 4th Street; Bowery to Allen St/1st Avenue)

The Anglicization of an Old Dutch word Bouwerij for "farm"! In the 1800s the Bowery had grown with mansions and many famous people moved into this area. By the Civil War, the mansions were replaced with shops, brothels, beer gardens and numerous less respectful enterprises. The area had some of the earliest street gangs and gangsters. 

MUSEUMS/HISTORICAL HOUSES

EAST VILLAGE

(boundaries: Houston to 14th St., East River to the Bowery)

The birthplace of "punk rock" and "Nuyorican" literature!  

In the 1950’s the beatniks moved in, the 1960’s the artists, musicians, and hippies moved in, in late 1990’s the area become gentrified. 

MUSEUMS/HISTORICAL HOUSES

  • MUSEUM OF AMERICAN GANGSTERS- 80 St. Marks Place (800) 603-5520
  • MERCHANTS HOUSE MUSEUM- 29 East Fourth Street, New York, NY (212) 777-1089 
  • UKRAINIAN MUSEUM- 222 East Sixth Street, New York, NY (212) 228-0110
  • ALAMO or The Cube (Astor Place Cube) by Bernard Rosenthal at Astor Place and Lafayette Street

PARKS/ARBORETUM/GARDENS/PRESERVES

  • TOMPKINS SQUARE PARK- Ave A to Avenue B, East 7th St. to E. 10th Street
    • SAMUEL SULLIVAN COX- by Louise Lawson
    • TEMPERANCE FOUNTAIN- by Bertel Thorvaldsen
    • SLOCUM DISASTER MEMORIAL- by Bruno Louis Zimm
Old Merchant's House is the only original house in NYC. All the Tredwelll furnishings and decorations are part of the museum.
Old Merchant's House owned by the Tredwell family
The Eldridge Street Synagogue was built in 1887.
Synagogue & Museum at Eldridge Street
Delancey Orchard Mural by Ming Fay at Delancey Street station
Delancey Orchard Mural by Ming Fay

LOWER EAST SIDE

(LES)

(boundaries: Canal to Houston St.; The East River to the Bowery)

An historical immigrant neighborhood constantly changing. This area has gone through such rapid gentrification, that it has been added to The National Trust for Historic Preservations.

MUSEUMS/HISTORICAL HOUSES

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CHINATOWN

(boundaries: Chambers to Delancey St., East Broadway to Broadway)

Chinese immigrants began settling here in the 1870's. Today, it is one of the most densely populated areas in New York City. 

MUSEUMS/HISTORICAL HOUSES

PARKS/ARBORETUM/GARDENS/PRESERVES

  • CHATHAM SQUARE- an intersection of 7 streets (Bowery, East Broadway, St. James Place, Mott Street, Oliver Street, Worth Street and Park Row)
    • KIM LAU MEMORIAL ARCH- (in memory of the Chinese Americans who died in WWII) Chatham Square
    • LIN ZE XU STATUE- Chatham Square, (a 19th century anti-drug hero in China)
    • CONFUCIUS STATUE by Liu Shih
  • FIRST SHEARITH ISRAEL CEMETERY- 55-57 St. James Place

Lin Ze Xu was a 19th Century anti-drug hero in China.
Lin Ze Xu
Confucius by Liu Shih  presented by Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association.
Confucius by Liu Shih
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LITTLE ITALY

(boundaries: Mulberry Street from Canal to Broome St.)

A little slice of Italian cuisine and culture--In the late 1800’s this area was thriving with Italians, their culture, their language and their food. After WWII many of these families moved to other areas of the city, today it is only three blocks around Mulberry Street.

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