Around the WTC
Elsewhere around the site, Downtown Manhattan offers a limitless number of things to do. The Financial District to the east and south of the site offers a glimpse of Wall Street, including traders on break from the New York Stock Exchange. Fraunces Tavern and Federal Hall are located in this original "Nieuw Amsterdam" neighborhood, serving as landmarks where George Washington once visited.
As the nation’s first capital, the center of world finance, and a gateway to millions of immigrants, it should come as no surprise, therefore, that Downtown Manhattan is home to countless memorials and landmarks commemorating aspects of its rich history, including the Statue of Liberty, St. Paul’s Chapel, and Castle Clinton National Monument.
Downtown Manhattan also features one of the most concentrated and diverse groups of museums in the world, such as the Museum of American Financial History, Museum of Jewish Heritage: A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, and the Skyscraper Museum. Exhibits range from fascinating multimedia shows to intimate galleries of personal artifacts to dramatic historical landmarks. Visitors from around the world are enthralled by true stories about the lives of early Americans, generations of immigrants, and prominent historic figures. For more information about the museums in the area, click here.
The nearby South Street Seaport also is home to several city landmarks, as well as shopping, dining, open spaces, and some of the best views of New York Harbor and the Brooklyn Bridge. Also around the WTC site, visitors can stop by premier discount clothing emporium Century 21 or nationally known electronics specialty store J&R Computer World, founded in Lower Manhattan in 1971. Many boutique shops and art galleries fill the cobblestone streets of Tribeca, north of the WTC, where some of New York's best and most famous restaurants, like Bouley and Nobu, draw crowds.
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