The park has also played host to three different fountains.
This post covers things to do in Lower Manhattan, including recommendations for tours.
More than any other neighborhood in New York City, Lower Manhattan offers a stark contrast between the old and the new.
When the site was chosen in 1803, it was located at the northern boundary of the city and most of the population lived and worked south of what is now called Chambers Street.
The architects Mangin and Mc Comb designed the building so that its elegant Georgian and French Renaissance-style marble façade would face the city.
You can take this tour on your own or use it as a primer or companion to our guided tour of Lower Manhattan or you could download our app for an audio tour of Lower Manhattan led by a Free Tours by Foot guide.
Do take a look at our other self-guided New York tours.
On this self-guided tour, you will visit attractions that date back to the time of Dutch , see buildings built when New York was still a British colony and stand on the exact spots where American history was made.
After your self-guided tour is over, there’s still more to do in the area.
That’s because Lower Manhattan is where New York the city began when the Dutch created dirt paths to travel from farm to farm.
Later, the British paved these unaligned paths into proper roads and now they are some of the oldest streets in America.
(1913) At more than 790 feet (240m) tall, with 57 floors, this building held the title of the world’s tallest building until the completion of 40 Wall Street in 1930. He commissioned one of the most talented architects of the 20th century, Cass Gilbert, who also designed the Alexander Hamilton Custom House which you will see later in the tour.