Take a walk in the footsteps of George Washington and Alexander Hamilton, revel in beautiful architecture across four centuries, hear stories of heroes and rogues that have shaped our history as a country and as a city. Our newest tour, 400 Years in 1 Mile, looks at the history of New York City by walking a mile long portion of Lower Broadway. In this area of Lower Manhattan, you can find examples of streets and structures that date from our Dutch past to the 21st century. Architectural and technological breakthroughs from all period of the city’s history can be found here.
- A walk through City Hall Park and its storied history
- Federal Hall – the site where Washington, Adams, Jefferson, and Hamilton, all worked
- Learn about the first department store in the United States and hear a story about propaganda carved in stone
- Brooklyn Bridge, Newspaper Row; the church where President Washington worshipped; the oldest park in the City; the New York Stock Exchange and the site of a horrific bombing
What to know: The tour is two-hours long; please consult with the MTA for weekend subway schedules and routing changes.
What to bring: Comfortable walking shoes
About your tour guide: Alan Cohen is passionate about New York City. Diverse neighborhoods, the food, public art, architecture, and cultural institutions are sources of endless delight and fascination for this native of Brooklyn and Manhattan resident. Alan, a retired psychologist and college professor, has been exploring those layers most of his adult life. He became a tour guide for the Central Park Conservancy and a licensed New York City sightseeing guide because he loves to share New York’s beauty and its stories. Alan is enjoying this time of his life by being a docent at the Museum of the City of New York, giving tours in Central Park, taking history courses at NYU and trying to learn Spanish.
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