This small tract of land is so rich in American history it can be almost overwhelming. I have been there several times and will go back again and again. New York City as a whole is much more than just a big city, it is an experiment in sociology, to see if all the peoples of the world, can live in a single place. Originally a Dutch settlement called "New Amsterdam" this tract of land would become the starting point for America. One of the must see places there is Fraunces Tavern, Fraunces Tavern served as the meeting place for the Sons of Liberty, and George Washington delivered his farewell address to his Revolutionary War officers there in 1783. This building is nearly 300 years old, and one of the places that Americas forefathers conspired to overthrow a king. Another must do is the Staten Island Ferry, it takes you right in front of the Statue Of Liberty, and you get to see New York from a different vantage point, the water. The ferry ride to and from Staten Island is free and will take up a little more than 1 hour of your time. Battery Park or The Battery lies on the southernmost tip of lower Manhattan, this is where Castle Clinton is, another historical landmark you really should check out. Trinity Church and its graveyard are also located in the lower part of Lower Manhattan, the church is nothing short of amazing and the graveyard contains some very important people, like Alexander Hamilton. Also in this area you will find Wall St. and the famous charging bull statue. One of the best things about this area is the street food, I had the best hotdog of my life across the street from the charging bull. There are a lot of food choices in this area, so try a little of everything. I would also like to note that Lower Manhattan is very safe day or night, there is a heavy police presence all over Manhattan but, especially in Lower Manhattan. Of course no visit would be complete without seeing the World Trade Center 9/11 Memorial, you will need to get passes online before you go if you want to reserve a certain time. Check the website for passes and rules, this is not a public park, it is a memorial to nearly 3000 people that died, you are expected to be respectful at all times. Federal Hall is another great place to see if you like history. In Lower Manhattan there are two neighborhood that are adjoined, Chinatown and Little Italy and this is where you will find some of the best food in the world. Hester St. is the unofficial dividing line between these two neighborhoods, at the intersection of Hester and Mott St. you can do some hardcore people watching while sitting at a Italian café. This area is where two of the worlds oldest and greatest food cultures meet together, if you can't find something good to eat here, it's because you are dead. All the languages of the world (over 800) are spoken in NYC and Lower Manhattan is the center of it all, so be prepared for a culture shock if you have never been to a city this size. I truly hope this review is helpful to as many people as possible, however, I have only scratched the surface of Lower Manhattan. There is almost an endless list of things to do in Lower Manhattan, do your research and pick and choose what interests you and your family. *Just a side note about Federal Hall, on either side of the steps there are two plaques, the one on the right shows George Washington kneeling down with his hands clasp together. If you turn your head to look to see what he is looking at you will get a pleasant surprise. Go there and see for yourself, you won't be disappointed. In summary, Lower Manhattan is one of the most interesting places in the world, there is no place like it anywhere. You should allow at least one long day to see just this area of NYC, and you will want to see it after the sun sets too, it is beautiful. Remember, you only live once, get out there and have fun!
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