Details: Lower Manhattan guided sightseeing tour
Tour Lower Manhattan, where industry, immigration, and colonial history converge. As the symbol of Western capitalism, Wall Street's modern traders bristle with cell phones, PDAs, and other modern tech accessories. This area's original traders, however, were Dutch colonialists, who gave the street its name by building a wall here to protect themselves from British settlers. Nearby Trinity Church, once the tallest building in the city, holds the grave of Alexander Hamilton and other Revolutionary luminaries who helped shape the emerging United States, and thousands of immigrants, who shaped the modern country, came in through Battery Park, the immigration entry point for the city until the operation moved to Ellis Island.
Details: SoHo gallery walk
In the 1960’s and 70’s large historical buildings throughout New York were considered unattractive and impractical for industry use and were left abandoned. With their large open spaces and big windows to let in natural light, these buildings were highly valued by the New York artist community who began to move into the area and set up shop. Visit SoHo today to see the large collection of art galleries, artists’ lofts and hear about how the area got its name.