Admire the beauty of the Brooklyn Bridge and learn about the history of lower Manhattan on a leisurely paced walking tour with one of New York’s best tour guides. Become knowledgeable about New York’s past as you explore this part of the city.
What to Expect
New York City’s history began in lower Manhattan in 1626 as the Dutch colony town of Nieuw Amsterdam. It expanded from the Battery Park area another quarter-mile north, to what is now Wall Street.
Taken over by the British in 1664, New York then grew beyond the wall northward, eventually taking over the entire 13-mile Manhattan island.
The 2-hour Olde New York Tour begins and ends at historic South Street Seaport, once the hub of New York’s maritime trading empire.
You’ll have a great view of the Statue of Liberty, The Sphere, a sculpture that once graced the World Trade Center, and the New York Stock Exchange. Note that the tour does not enter the National 9/11 Memorial.
The Seaport was once known as Sailortown, a rough and tough area whose residents were largely Irish-American and African-American. Farther up the hill in the Lower East Side, Germans and German Jews arrived in the 1850s.
Italians came streaming in between 1861 and 1930. A few Chinese arrived during the late 19th century, and their numbers rose quickly after 1965. New York's Chinatown is the largest Chinese-speaking district outside of China.
You’ll see evidence of this remarkable immigrant history as you visit the area around the Brooklyn Bridge. You’ll also have a chance to take in spectacular views in all directions from the top of the Brooklyn Bridge.
What's Not Included
- Hotel pick-up and drop off