Lots of tourists visit New York every year. My friends who come to NY for the first time usually ask me to provide them with itineraries to visit the city at its best. As an adoptive newyorker, I love that the city is so easy to navigate on foot and with public transportation. I will be honest I am writing this post from a crowded subway train on my way to work. That is how spoiled I am by this amazing city. Lots of tourists are scared of the subway because they hear only the horror stories that reverberate in the news. The NYC subway is one of the safest places day and night because there is always someone watching and contrary to popular belief newyorkers are kind and helpful when you ask for help.
Now for the walking itineraries, I thought about dividing them by neighborhood so that they are easier to navigate and can be used in conjunction with a guidebook or map. First walking tour is Financial District and Tribeca. For a larger version of the interactive map above please click here.
You should start your walking tour at South Street Seaport, the XIX century area on the East River. Visiting the South Street Seaport Museum is always a good idea as it tells about the nautical past of the city. You can grab a quick bite at one of the outdoor cafes and then head west on Fulton Street to Ground Zero, the former location of the Twin Towers. As we speak the Freedom Tower is almost completed, but visiting the Twin Tower Memorial is an experience not to be missed. From Ground Zero you can walk down to the Trinity Church a beautiful Gothic church that is located in the heart of the heart of the Financial District. It is quite striking to see this Gothic masterpiece surrounded by modern buildings and stock brokers in a rush! After visiting the church you should visit wall street. I particularly like the George Washington Statue, in front of Federal Hall. Not many know that George Washington inauguration was on the steps of this building. From Wall street you should proceed south on Broadway and take the typical picture in front of the Charging Bull by an Italian sculptor (Arturo Di Modica). Walking further south you can check out Battery Park City and the Hudson River Walk. From there you can take the ferry to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. When you are back from your tour you can walk or take the subway (green line) back to Fulton Street and decide whether you want to rest and explore the City Hall Park or walk the Brooklyn Bridge.
What are your favorite places in the Financial District and Tribeca?