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.
(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.
The building is a modified neo-gothic style, a modern skyscraper decked out with gargoyles, spires and flying buttresses like those found in a church.
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.