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The Hidden Treasures of Lower Manhattan

The secrets are out...Lower Manhattan is not only home to some of the most renowned tourist destinations in the world, it’s also flled with hidden gems that only those who live and work there know about.  

19.07.2013 18:46 |  Alliance for Downtown New York  | 

Now, people’re letting the world know about the many great experiences, interesting spots, cool places and killer views that encompass and surround this rich and vibrant neighborhood.

The Elevated Acre
This tucked away full acre of green space that overlooks the East River morphs into either a quiet perch or an amphitheater in summer months. Sometimes referred to as Lower Manhattan’s very own Highline, The Elevated Acre is our secret garden. The Acre makes for a peaceful, quiet spot where you can soak up the sun and enjoy the sights along the river and over to Brooklyn.

Imagination Playground
Need a place to delight the kids while on your tour of Lower Manhattan? Look no further. Located at South Street Seaport and conceived and designed by internationally acclaimed architect, David Rockwell, the traditional playground is reinvented at the Imagination Playground. Unique features allow kids to become masters of their universe as they engage in “free play” through interaction with sand, water, loose parts, blocks, mats, and more.
www.nycgovparks.org/parks/imagination playground

Gigino’s Wagner Park

Sit out on the patio of a great lawn at the island’s end and enjoy the breezes of New York Harbor and spectacular views of Lady Liberty. Just off the beaten path, this waterside Southern Italian’s food and drinks are enhanced by the priceless vistas that amaze and impress locals and visitors alike.

Concerts at One
Immerse yourself in wonderful music at this free lunchtime series of performances at the historic Trinity Wall Street Church. Enjoy major artists and arts organizations who present a wide spectrum of work at various times throughout the year. After you’ve spent an hour communing with Bach, visit the church’s cemetery where founding father Alexander Hamilton is buried.

Stone Street Oyster Festival
As part of New York Oyster Week held each fall, Lower Manhattan’s cobblestoned historic Stone Street is transformed into the city’s largest outdoor Oyster Festival. Diners, chefs, restaurateurs and oyster lovers alike celebrate by unlocking its shell and kissing the sea on the lips. A once important, abundant and marketable area resource, history repeats itself every fall as the mollusks take over the neighborhood. Oyster Week is special but so too is Stone Street any week of the year.

A Broader View: Slavery In New York
A little known fact about our country’s awful legacy of slavery is that New York City was second only to Charleston, South Carolina as an urban center of slavery. Hear stories of struggle and triumph in this fascinating walking tour with a National Park Service Ranger. Visit the sites of slave revolts and the Wall Street Slave market and end your tour at the African Burial Ground memorial. It is a free tour and lasts approximately two hours.

The Dead Rabbit
This new hot spot cocktail bar offers a unique experience that brings you back in history. It’s a high-concept-meets-rough-Irish-roots as you enter the 19th Century when gangs (including its namesake) roamed New York City streets. Surround yourself with an old world atmosphere that pays homage to Lower Manhattan’s history while enjoying a great pub menu, rare cocktail recipes from the days of horse drawn buggies and gas lamps and other specialty pours.

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