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YOUR WALKING TOUR GUIDE

Here is information about some sites to visit on your walking tour. For addtional information, see the exhibit located on the first floor of the Birnbaum Library near the Information Desk and opposite the public workstations. 

FEDERAL HALL NATIONAL MEMORIAL

 

26 Wall Street, near the corner of Wall & Nassau Streets

Open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. No admission fee

http://www.nps.gov/feha/index.htm

Federal Hall National Memorial is the site of New York City's original city hall which was constructed between 1699 and 1703.  George Washington was inaugurated on this site as the country's first president on April 30, 1789.

The current building was built as a customs house which opened in 1842.  It now serves as a museum and memorial to the first president and the beginnings of the United States.  It is operated by the National Park Service and guided tours are available.  Groups of 10 or more can make reservations for private programs by completing an online form. 

AFRICAN BURIAL GROUND NATIONAL MONUMENT VISITOR CENTER and OUTDOOR MEMORIAL

 

Ted Weiss Federal Building, first floor

290 Broadway (just north of City Hall)

Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

www.nps.gov/afbg

The African burial ground is the nation's earliest known African American cemetery.  It was used from the 1690's until 1795 and was rediscovered during excavation for a federal office building.  The remains of  419 free and enslaved Africans were discovered and the site was designated a national monument in 2006. It is operated by the National Park Service and there is no admission charge.

The visitor center houses exhibits about the burial ground and the lives of Africans and their descendants in New Amterdam and New York.  There is a theater, a resource library, primary materials, and a bookstore.  Educational programs can be arranged in advance and held either at the center or here at Pace.

The outdoor memorial is located around the corner from the visitor center on the corner of Duane Street and African Burial Ground Way (Elk Street.)

FRAUNCES TAVERN MUSEUM

 54 Pearl Street at the corner of Broad Street

Open Monday-Sunday, Noon-5:00 p.m.

Admission: Adults $7.00; Students, Seniors & Children (6-18) $4.00

Children 5 & under free

www.frauncestavernmuseum.org

Fraunces Tavern, built in 1719, is the oldest surviving structure in Manhattan.  It is the site of George Washington's farewell address to his officers in 1783.  The museum's mission "is to educate the public about New York City history as it relates to colonial America, the Revolutionary War, and the the early republic."  The collection includes artifacts, paintings, and documents.  Group tours can be arranged as well as on-site school programs that are modified for the age of each class.

The building also houses Fraunces Tavern Restaurant which features wide plank floors and long wooden tables.

BROOKLYN BRIDGE

The Brooklyn Bridge connects Lower Manhattan with Brooklyn. You can access it from the Manhattan side near City Hall Park at Park Row and Centre Street (just north of Pace University.)

The construction of the Brooklyn Bridge began in 1869 and was completed 14 years later in 1883.  It is among the oldest suspension bridges in the country and one of the most famous. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1964 and a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark in 1972.

The Brooklyn Bridge has a wide pedestrian walkway and the beautiful walk across it offers dramatic views of the Manhattan and Brooklyn skylines and an up close view of the bridge itself. 

TRINITY CHURCH

Broadway at Wall Street

Open weekdays 7:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.; Saturday 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

 Sunday 7:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

www.trinitywallstreet.org

The original Trinity Church, constructed in 1698, was destroyed by a fire in 1776.  The second Trinity Church opened in 1790 but was torn down after being weakened by severe snow storms during the winter of 1838-39. The third and current church was finished in 1846.  In 1976 the U.S. Department of the Interior designated Trinity Church a National Historic Landmark because of its architectural significance.  Alexander Hamilton and Robert Fulton are among those buried in the church cemetery.

In addition to the daily worship services, the church is home to many musical events and The Trinity Museum hosts a number of special exhibitions that rotate throughout the year.

 

 

ST. PAUL'S CHAPEL

Broadway and Fulton Streets

Open 10:00 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Saturday,

 7:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. Sunday

St. Paul's Chapel, part of the parish of Trinity Church, opened in 1766. It is the only colonial-era church remaining in Manhattan and a place where George Washington worshiped.  It survived a devastating fire in 1776 that destroyed the much larger Trinity Church, and it was not damaged on 9/11 when the World Trade Center buildings collapsed across the street.  9/11 recovery workers received round-the-clock care in the chapel. In addition to services, the chapel hosts concerts, community sing-alongs, visiting choirs, organ recitals, and other events.  It is surrounded by an historic churchyard with unique gravestones and memorials, some from Revolutionary War days.

 

 

MUSEUM OF AMERICAN FINANCE

48 Wall Street on the corner of Wall & William Streets

Open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Admission: $8 for adults, $5 for students & seniors,

 children 6 and under are admitted free

www.moaf.org

The museum's mission is to "preserve, exhibit, and teach finance and financial history ."  Permanent exhibits cover financial markets, banking, money, and Alexander Hamilton. Rotating exhibits are also presented.  The museum houses an archive of many historical financial documents and artifacts, some dating back to the 18th century, and also a collection of photographs.

Group tours and classes can be arranged in advance.  The Museum Finance Academy was launched in October, 2011.  It is a 10-week financial literacy curriculum for high school juniors and seniors.

NEW YORK CITY POLICE MUSEUM

100 Old Slip (between Water & South Streets)

Open Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m;

Sunday 12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Admission: Adults: $8.00; Children & Seniors: $5.00

www.nycpm.org

The museum is housed in the city's first police precinct built 1909-1911 overlooking the East River.  In 1973 the 1st precinct merged with the 4th and personnel were moved to the 4th precinct's larger building.  In 2001 the building was dedicated as a museum.

The museum is "dedicated to preserving the history of the New York City Police Department, the world's largest."  It houses documents, photographs, and artifacts dating back to the Dutch settlers.  Permanent exhibits include one devoted to the role played by the NYPD in response to the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001 with exclusive on-camera interviews, photographs, and Ground Zero artifacts.  There is also a special children's exhibit called the Junior Officers Discovery Zone.

 

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN

One Bowling Green

10 a.m.–5 p.m. daily; Thursdays until 8 PM

Admission is free

www.nmai.si.edu

The National Museum of the American Indian, a museum of the Smithsonian Institution, is "dedicated to the preservation, study and exhibition of the life, languages, literature, history and arts of Native Americans." The museum is home to one of the most extensive collections of Native American arts and artifacts in the world.  It offers school programs and tours as well as professional development workshops for teachers.

The museum is housed in the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, a Beaux Arts building completed in 1907 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.