Downtown Manhattan Walking Route

Hello Molaviajeros! How are you? We’re here today ready to give you a hand. But the good cane, to move the body walking. So be warned: today we have to have a strong breakfast because we are going to make a route walking through downtown Manhattan of those that if you wear a clock of those who count the steps, is going to give you congratulations! We begin!

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Where is downtown Manhattan?

Downtown Manhattan is located in the south of the island. To give you an idea, we recommend that you visit this post with the Manhattan neighborhoods that we did some time ago.

Well, if you look at that map, in this route walking through downtown Manhattan we are going to go through the financial district, part of Battery Park, the area of Two Bridges and the civic center.

Downtown Manhattan

Map and video of this route walking through downtown Manhattan

In order to facilitate a little the location of all the places that we have visited, next we leave you the map with all the geolocations and in nothing, you have here right available the video with the route walking made by us.

How much time does it take to get this route through downtown Manhattan?

To this we reply to the Galician: Do you only want to walk? Or do you also want to visit the attractions that you will find along the way?

We, on this route, did not enter any attraction, because several of them had already visited them and it took us a total of 6 hours to complete it.

If it’s your first time in Manhattan, and you don’t plan to return soon, our advice is to visit the corresponding attractions. (Don’t worry, we’ll tell you throughout the post, what these are and the recommendations to see them without lines and well) In this case, keep in mind three things:

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1- The alarm clock is going to be your best ally: it’s time to get up early

2-Consider buying a pass card to enter places like the One World Trade Center, the 9/11 museum or visit the Statue of Liberty, saving more than if you had to buy the tickets separately. Here is a comparison of all of them.

3-Easily you can invest 10-11 hours in completing this route, counting breaks and time to eat, so, as we said at the beginning, don’t be remorseful about “passing” at breakfast and remember that nobody said “Tourist life was easy”.

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Ready? We start the route through downtown Manhattan!

First stop: The subway stop!

You have several ways to get to downtown Manhattan depending on where you are: walking, cycling, ferry, taxi, uber… But we opted for the subway: comfortable, fast, cheap and leaves us in the best location.

Our stop was South Street Station, which we left geolocalized at the end of the post. We even got to her with the red line 1.

If you still have the yellow R or W on your way, you can also use them to get to the beginning of our route through downtown, down at the Whitehall Street station, both stations accessible from the same point.

If you take a look around you, you will come across the Staten Island Ferry entrance: This is the free ferry that allows you to have views of the Statue of Liberty, the Manhattan skyline and to get to New York’s new outlets: Empire Outlets. We leave you here a video about the ferry and soon about the new outlets. By the way, don’t be ripped off! There are people who sell tickets for this ferry, which as we said before, is free!

We continue to explore the Financial District and Battery Park

It’s called New Amsterdam Pavilion and it would be “one more cafeteria” if it weren’t for the fact that this eye-catching building is a gift that the Dutch gave to New York in 2009, on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s arrival there.

A few more steps and we arrive at a place that seems to have remained intact over time. They are the sanctuary of Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first American to be sanctified and the church of Our Lady of the Rosary. There, the Irish Charlotte Grace O’Brien, was in charge back in 1883, that all Irish women who came to the United States looking for a better world, did not fall into shady matters. Before, this place was the James Watson House. James was a merchant who owned boats and who, among other things, became the first speaker at the New York assembly. Did you know that they are said to be made from the wooden masts of James’ own ships?

If you walk south, you’ll start walking into Battery Park. I’m sure you’ll be struck by a beautiful carousel, in which neither the music nor the horses are like the ones we usually see in this type of carousel. The seahorses rather beat him, and this is a carousel set in the aquatic life. It’s called SEAGLASS carousel, it’s open every day of the week from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and the tickets to go up can be bought right there for $5. It’s hard to resist as an adult, so imagine going with children!

After passing through the carousel, we continue our stroll through Battery Park, Manhattan’s southernmost park offering scandalous views of the Statue of Liberty and nearby small islands such as Governor’s Island or Ellis Island.

In addition to the views and a pleasant walk, Battery Park contains a lot of points that according to your tastes, can interest you to visit:

Bike trailsAn urban garden involving hundreds of students from New York CityUp to 22 monuments / memorials dedicated to various people or moments in history.

Of all of them, we highlight several that we leave you geolocalized in our map of the route walking through downtown Manhattan at the end of the post and that are the following ones:

The East Coast Memorial, dedicated to the 4601 American soldiers who lost their lives in combat in the Atlantic Ocean during World War II The Monument to Immigrants, sculpted by Spanish Luis Sanguino The Monument to the American soldiers who served in the Korean War.

But you may be interested in visiting the full list of memorials and deciding if any of them interest you more than the previous ones. We’ll leave it here

In addition to these points, Battery Park is the departure dock for boats such as the old-looking Clipper City or the Statue Cruises, which are the only ones to reach the Statue of Liberty. And speaking of Miss Liberty, IMPORTANT ADVICE: You can take the opportunity to visit the Statue of Liberty, the same day you do this route through Downtown Manhattan, but we recommend you get up early and try to go to see her in the first boats that leave in the morning. We leave more advice at the end of the post By the way, do you remember what to do to climb to the Crown of the Statue of Liberty? We’ll leave it to you in the next video.

Climb to the crown of the Statue of Liberty. New York

If you have or want tickets to the Statue of Liberty, chances are you’ll have to stop by Clinton Castle first. Although this castle was originally built in 1808-1811 to protect the city from naval invasions, it has had many purposes in its useful life: It was used to host concerts, representations, various shows, opera… After this, it was the place where immigrants were received, and later, it even housed the New York aquarium. Finally, it became what it is today, a national monument that is run by the national parks service and which you have to go to to get tickets for the ferry that leads to the Statue of Liberty or to show some of the pass cards like the ones we mentioned at the beginning, which have this attraction included.

Shall we go to the museums near Battery Park?

For information purposes, here are the museums you’ll find very close to Battery Park. It is necessary to say that in a route walking by Downtown Manhattan as this one that today we bring you, it is necessary to be careful with the time, since if you visit all of them, the best thing will be to leave in two days this route to go comfortable.

If you continue walking through Battery Park to the west, you will reach the museum dedicated to Jewish history, a religious community very present in New York. If you are more interested in this subject, we recommend that you do not miss the excursion of contrasts, which shows one of the most striking faces of this community.

This museum is open every day except Saturdays (Jewish rest day) from 10 am to 9 pm, except on Fridays, which closes at 5 pm. Admission is $16, but it’s also included in the more popular New York Pass and Sightseeing Pass cards and often has special exhibits that may have to be paid for separately if you want to visit them.

On the other hand, very close, but already outside of Bryant Park, is the museum of skyscrapers. If you are architecture lovers, this is a place that is going to steal some time from you. If you don’t have an amusement pass, you’ll have to pay a $5 entrance fee. It is open from 12 noon to 6 p.m., from Wednesday to Sunday, but as we always say, if you want to go, check the official timetables on their website.

And finally and for the moment… are you interested in the history of the American Indians? In this case we recommend entering the Museum of the American Indians, whose entrance is free and just to see the dome, it is worth entering. Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except Thursdays, which is open until 8 p.m.

We entered the financial district

After this section with the museums, we are going to continue the route walking through downtown Manhattan through one of the most well-known points in the area. Who hasn’t seen the famous Bull of the Stock Exchange on television?

Well, this is in Bowling Green, Manhattan’s oldest park, which once (back in the 1700s) used to be used as a cattle market or a parade ground. Here begins the longest avenue in NY and one of the longest in the world. Who knows what it is? Indeed, you have guessed: Broadway.

Voviendo al Toro de la Bolsa, an obligatory stop on this route Did you know that it weighs 3200kg and that it was not always here?

Its creator, Arturo Di Modica sculpted this bull after the black Monday of 1987 in his SoHo workshop and the best thing is that for what it seems, he paid it out of his own pocket. A whopping $360,000 nothing more and nothing less!

The story goes that in December of 1989, and a little sneaking, he placed his newly finished bull under the Christmas tree of the Stock Exchange, as a gift for New York City. This did not please the authorities very much, who immediately ordered him to be taken from there, but the public protested and had to relocate him, a week later, to his current Bowling Green location. By the way, did you get your picture taken by touching his head and back attributes? They say it’s lucky…

If you continue walking, leaving behind the bull you will reach one of the most impressive points in this route through downtown Manhattan. The Church of the Trinity.

The one you see before you is not the original church, but the one built in 1698 was burned in 1776 and remained in ruins until a new Trinity Church was built in 1790. If the previous one was destroyed by fire, the one from 1790 fell in 1839 after not surviving an enormous snowfall. So in 1846, at last, this church was built which remains standing and we hope it will be so for many years to come.

It is one of the richest churches in the world, because by agreements that were closed more than 300 years ago, still today has several properties around, many of them being commercial areas and generating some benefits not inconsiderable. In the cemetery next door, which is the only asset of Manhattan, you can see buried, among others, Alexander Hamilton, one of the most relevant figures in the history of New York and the United States.

Important points to visit in the area of the Stock Exchange:

Leaving Trinity Church behind, you will see a narrow street in front of you, called Wall Street.

Wall Street, funny name, isn’t it? “The street of the wall” This is because when New York was a Dutch colony, and was called New Amsterdam, back in 1653, Governor Peter Stuyvesant in command, ordered to build a wall to protect them from Native Americans or the British, and for that he created an exemplary wall, at least 3 m high and made it create river to river!

The first thing you find is the Federal Hall: This is where George Washigton was sworn in as the first president of the United States on April 30, 1789. That’s why you’ll see a statue of him at the top of the stairs.

If you walk along Wall Street, you will not reach the New York Stock Exchange in no time. Did you know that it was born from a group of merchants who in 1792 met daily under the shade of a tree that was next to their offices, at 68 Wall Street? After meeting daily, these people ended up signing an agreement, which became known as the Buttonwood agreement and which finally resulted in the New York Stock Exchange as we know it today.

Although some of you may have seen pictures of her in front of the bull we have seen before, they soon took her out of there and left in her place a plaque that invites you to put your feet on it, and imitate her, with your arms in a jug. It is said that it was because the number of people who stopped to get the perfect photograph made vehicle traffic dangerous.

The fact is that this statue is the result of an initiative by State Street Global Advisors. Following the release of a study in 2017 showing that companies with women in their board of directors functioned better than when there were only men, they opted to do something big for international women’s day. They decided to create a symbol that would become a model of female leadership for the whole world.

We do not know if this is true, but according to data from this company, after the birth of the girl without fear, 423 companies added women to management teams. So successful has this girl been that even for a time, there was a replica of her in the London Stock Exchange.

Historic places we still find on this route walking through downtown Manhattan

If you continue to the corner of Pearl Street, you will see before you an old building. There you will find Fraunces Tavern, one of Manhattan’s most historic buildings. Built in 1719 as the home of a colonial leader, it went down in history among other things for being the place where George Washington gave his farewell speech to his army in 1783. Today, it is possible to visit its interior, which has been preserved as a museum and even have a drink in the tavern it has, of which they have been able to preserve the air of the time. You can eat inside, although there are no street food car prices precisely, 😉

We hope you haven’t used up all your camera battery, because at our next stop, Stone Street, it’s going to be impossible to resist a good photo. There we decided to take a break from the route to eat, although walking a little longer, we would not have minded anything to eat overlooking the river as we tell you below.

Continuing our route through downtown Manhattan, we came across Delmonico’s. This is one of the first restaurants in New York, which opened its doors in 1837 after the great fire of 1835. Do you know that it is said that the columns at the entrance to the building belong to the ruins of Pompeii? It seems that it was the first restaurant to have a printed menu, a separate wine list, individual tables, tablecloths… it is even said that here were born dishes that you can see in many restaurants in New York such as eggs benedict, oysters Rockefeller, delmonico steak, lobster newberg…

If you continue walking towards the East River, you will arrive at the restaurant that we show in the video and that we leave you geolocalized in our map, for if you want to eat there or if you prefer to take food with you and enjoy it seated in the chairs that we show in the video.

We decided to rest a little at pier 15, where the Hornblower cruises are located, and a very good looking bar called Watermark. If you want to continue exploring, very close to there, you also have an elevated garden, the elevated acre, which we leave geolocated on the map.

And after the break, it’s time to continue with our route walking through downtown Manhattan…

In no time we will reach another of the coolest points on this route walking through downtown Manhattan, the Southstreet Seaport. On the river side, you can see vintage boats next to Pier 17, which in winter is known, among other things, for hosting one of New York’s ice rinks.

In the commercial part of the port, with cobblestone streets, you will find bars, shops, some restaurants, the iPic Theatre which is a cinema that while you watch the movie serves you food and cocktails 😉 and even the South Street Seaport museum in which if you are interested, you can learn more about this area of downtown Manhattan … And all this framed in an atmosphere with a very cool antique touch.

Don’t be surprised to see a photo of Sarah Jessica Parker showing her shoes in a store, there is one of her stores. TKTS, the famous Broadway cheap ticket office, is another of the shops that will ring out for you in the area. We recommend you to read the post that we leave you linked and to compare prices, since they are not always the bargains that we are looking for.

As soon as you leave the south Street Seaport behind you, you will walk to a lighthouse. Well, it is not just any lighthouse, you are in front of the memorial to all the people who died as a result of the accident of the Titanic, which was scheduled to arrive in New York in 1912.

On a route through downtown Manhattan you can’t miss a visit to Ground Zero…

Leaving the East River behind, we continue to “scan” downtown Manhattan, making our way to the One World Observatory, but before that there are a few stops left:

We couldn’t resist the temptation to enter Midtown Comic’s. It’s not the only store of this type or this name you’re going to see in Manhattan, but this one caught us on the way, so I had no choice but to sniff the products sold in New York on my beloved Goku, jijiji …

Then we went straight to ground zero. One of the first stops was St Paul’s Church. In front of you is the oldest building in Manhattan that has been in use since its inauguration and the only church that survives not only the New York colonial days, but also survived the attacks of the 11s, which took place very close by. What’s more, a few years ago, with the recent catastrophe, you could see murals with memories, photos, personal objects… in short, it became a kind of place of homage where loved ones remembered the people they had lost in the attack.

In addition to this church, on this block, there are several points of interest nearby:

On the one hand, we have the Fulton Center. A mixture of subway station and small shopping center, where among others, you will find a Shake Shack in which to eat one of the best burgers in New York.

If you keep walking, you won’t see a flashy white structure at all. Possibly Calatrava’sculus. Here’s a post we made about this place: curiosities of the oculus of calatrava in New York.

This is not the time to go shopping, we recommend you leave it for the end of the day when there is no light, but it should be noted that here next to it is the 21st Century, one of the most famous outlets in New York. And on the other hand, in the mall opposite the 21st Century and next to the Oculus, you can enter one of the Eataly’s in Manhattan, whose restaurant has a privileged view of ground zero. We also leave this geolocalized on the map at the end of the post.

Outlets in New York. Century 21

Needless to say, one of the greatest protagonists of this route walking through downtown Manhattan, located at ground zero is the One World Trade Center. It is currently the tallest building in New York and one of the tallest in the world at 1776 feet. Be careful, that number is not a coincidence. 1776 was the year of U.S. independence. Almost nothing is left to improvisation in a work like this with the symbolism it contains after what happened there.

One World Trade Center Observatory. New York

Without a doubt, we recommend going up to see it. The climb itself makes our hair stand on end, and the views complete the experience. As we always tell you, before buying the ticket separately, value using a pass card to save money from the travel budget. Here you have more information about the pass card that includes the One World ticket.

The counterpoint to this immense building is the two fountains that occupy the void left by the missing twin towers and on whose walls you can see engraved the names of each of the victims who lost their lives in the attack. The fountains, the tree that survived the attack and the museum dedicated to 11S are the three key points of this visit to Ground Zero during the route walking through downtown Manhattan. The first two can be visited without buying a ticket.

For the museum, it is required to buy a ticket or to present one of the accepted passes. This museum is open every day from 9 am to 8 pm, except on Fridays and Saturdays, which is open until 9 pm. Please note that visitors are not allowed after 6 p.m. weekdays and 7 p.m. on weekends and bear in mind that these times are subject to possible changes that are usually communicated on their official website.

11S Memorial Museum Guide. New York

Watch out, you can see sometimes that there’s talk of the 11s tribute. This we leave geolocalized here and not in the map of the beginning of the post, so you don’t get confused, ok? The museum is located in the area of the memorial, while the tribute / homage to all those who died, in the attack, to those who helped build the area and to those who continue to do so today, is found here.

Downtown route or Amazon shopping?

When we finished our visit to Ground Zero, we walked towards the Hudson to enter the Brookfield Place shopping center.

There, in addition to very elegant shops, you will find for example, on the top floor, a lot of restaurants with common tables where you can eat quietly on a cold or rainy day and in the back, you will see a viewpoint towards Jersey City. Very close to there is where they put the ice rink of this shopping center, in winter season.

It was one of the stores that Amazon Go has in New York… In the video you can see how it works, but it’s as simple as scanning an app from your mobile to the entrance, choosing what you want from inside the store, and without the need for cash registers or exchange of money there, Amazon takes care of charging you what you have chosen. Cool, isn’t it?

The end of this route comes walking through downtown Manhattan

Come Molaviajeros, don’t let those forces fall! We continue with the final stretch of this route through downtown Manhattan and continue strolling until we reach the Civic Center.

This is the area of Manhattan where the city hall and other government buildings such as the New York police headquarters or the courthouse are located. Attention because many of these buildings are from the end of the 19th century. Do you see where it says New Amsterdam? And if you look around, can you see the contrast it makes with the skyscraper New York by Ghery? This is a residential building designed by the architect who designed the Guggenheims of Bilbao or the Pritzker pavilion next to the famous Jewess of Chicago.

Very close by is the last point of the route, the national monument dedicated to the hundreds of Africans who served as slaves, and who were buried here between 1600 and 1700. It is the African burial ground national monument and constitutes the largest and oldest discovered African cemetery in the USA today.

And finally Gosi and I went to rest in one of Manhattan’s best rooftops, The Crown on the Lower East Side, geolocated on the map at the beginning.

Top 10 Rooftops in New York. Molaviajar

Tips for interspersing activities on this route walking through downtown Manhattan:

As we said at the beginning, visiting the attractions seems to us a great idea to intercalate with this route, and the times and precautions that we think that you will have to invest in them, depending on your tastes, are the following ones:

– To visit the Statue of Liberty, get up early and try to get out on the first boat. First he’ll take you to Statue Island and then Ellis Island. The visit of both places will take you 2-3 hours going light. It is necessary to count the displacements in boat and exhaustive control of security similar to that of the airports. If you want to make the most of your visit, Ellis Island offers the possibility of a guided tour with an audio guide. In this case, think about 3-4 hours.

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– In the museum of the 11s you can invest a couple of hours of visit. Tell them that you have to stand in line to redeem the ticket in case you carry a pass card, or buy it if you do not have one. You must also pass a security check and remember that there is a free app if you want to have an audio guide of the museum. You can look for it as “9/11 museum audio guide”. Do not forget the last public admission time, 2 hours before closing time.

– To go up to the One World observatory, again count the purchase or redemption of entry, plus the possible row you can find. We recommend going up in broad daylight or to see the sunset, and if that is not possible, one of the good things that the World Trade Center has is that it is open until 21:00 but as long as you arrive before that time, you can stay inside until 22:00.

One word trade center

– To visit each of the museums that you will find on this route walking through downtown Manhattan you will need all the time you want to be in each of them, which will obviously depend on your tastes. Even so, we advise you not to make all the museums next to the route in the same day, it seems practically impossible to us to combine everything at the same time!

How to end this route by walking through downtown Manhattan?

Well, you see that we chose to go to a rooftop of the Lower East Side, but we leave you two other options depending on your tastes and circumstances:

If you do this route through downtown Manhattan in the summer season, when it gets late in the evening, a great option would be to cross the Brooklyn Bridge from City Hall to watch the sunset from Brooklyn Promenade in Brooklyn Heights. We have designed a route walking by Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo that we leave you linkeada, so that you make another day (or that same one if you are faster than the wind) We in this case, we would choose to take something in the Harriet’s rooftop that you saw in the post of rooftops that we left you more above.if you are doing this route in time of cold, or you cannot any more, but there is always a hole for the purchases, the Century 21 can be a good plan to kill the time until returning to the hotel. On top of that, you have a metro nearby that will save you having to walk loaded with your purchases to the hotel.

Third day in New York. Brooklyn Bridge and best Skyline NY

Well molaviajeros, we hope you liked this route through downtown Manhattan. You already know that any doubt, you can send it to us through the contact form, which we will answer you as soon as possible.

Walking route through downtown Manhattan was last modified: October 8th, 2019 by MolaTravel