5. Landmarked Colonial Manhattan Street Plan

Castello Plan-Remnants of Dutch New Amsterdam-1660-Manhattan-NYC1916 Redrawing of The Castello Plan, map of 1660 New Amsterdam via Wikimedia Commons.

While many of the buildings in downtown Manhattan are landmarked, you may be surprised to discover that the colonial street plan itself was landmarked in 1983. As the designation report states, “The street plan of lower Manhattan, south of Wall Street, within the confines of the Dutch settlement of New Amsterdam, is a striking reminder of New York’s colonial past and provides virtually the only above-ground physical evidence in Manhattan of the Dutch presence in New York during the 17th century.” The Landmarks Preservation Commission also notes that the narrow winding streets have accommodated the growth of 360 years of New York City.

This colonial street grid is the subject of our upcoming walking tour “Remnants of Dutch New Amsterdam” which will delve into this landmarked grid, along with the above ground remnants that can still be visited today. Join us on this tour in March or April, led by Untapped New York’s’ tour guide Justin Rivers, a playwright specializing in New York City history:

Tour of The Remnants of Dutch New Amsterdam