• Enjoy spectacular views of the NY Harbor while learning about the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and the American immigrant experience
• Explore the “heart” of Wall Street and learn about the New York Stock Exchange, the former “House of Morgan”, the site where George Washington became America’s first president, and where a deadly explosion temporarily shut down Wall Street in 1920
• Explore the early history of Manhattan, from the “island of many hills” to New Amsterdam to New York and learn about some of the most important individuals and rivalries that shaped the city
• Visit Saint Paul’s Chapel, NY’s oldest public building, which survived two great fires and the attacks on 9/11; learn about the redevelopment of the World Trade Center while admiring the beautiful new “Freedom Tower” (tour ends near 9/11 Memorial)
• Discover important NY architecture, including the beautiful Alexander Hamilton Custom House and the pivotal Equitable Building, which led to Manhattan’s “Wedding Cake” skyline
On this fun and informative 3-3.5 hour Downtown & Wall Street walking tour, we’ll start off where it all began — near the southern tip of the island of Manhattan. During our time together, we will time-travel through four centuries of growth, conquests, rebellions, fires, market crashes, tragedies, rebirths, and bitter rivalries. Along the way, we will see some of the most important and famous Downtown landmarks, including the Alexander Hamilton Custom House, Trinity Church, the New York Stock Exchange, 40 Wall Street (once the world’s tallest skyscraper), Saint Paul’s Chapel, Federal Reserve Bank of NY, and much more. We will also explore Battery Park and enjoy fine views of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island in the harbor, while learning about what the “tired, poor, huddled masses” had to go through to get here.
Within a square mile, we will cover a lot of historical and cultural ground, from Dutch roots to modern finance. We will also speak about Wall Street’s humble beginnings and about some of its famous figures, rivalries, and sites. We will explore the Financial District’s nooks and crannies, presenting you with stories about the buildings, places, and personalities you won’t find in a guide book.
The tour ends conveniently near the entrance to the 9/11 Memorial (visitor passes must be reserved at 911Memorial.org).
Basic Tour Info:
• Schedule: Tuesdays at 10am, starting March 25
• Length and Distance: 3 to 3.5 hours; 2 miles on foot (3 kilometers)
• Cost: $45 for adults, $25 for kids 12 and under
• Size: Maximum group size is 12 adults
• Break: There will be 1 bathroom break
• Language: Our tours are currently offered only in English
• Private Option: This tour is also offered privately
• Location: Starts near Bowling Green Park (you will receive detailed info after booking), ends near the 9/11 Memorial, in case you are planning a visit.
Recent Reviews For This Tour:
“We were very impressed by Max Vishnev and his walking tour–Behind the Wall: 400 Years of Downtown Tales of Intrigue. It was one of several events we offered in celebration of our 25th Anniversary. He was engaging and informative as he enthusiastically shared stories of characters that shaped the history of downtown. As New Yorkers we already knew quite a bit of local history; but Max successfully raised our level of knowledge, recounted fascinating tales of intrigue as promised. We highly recommend this tour and specifically Max as an excellent tour guide.”
Additional Tour Info:
9/11 Memorial: The end point of this walking tour is very near the security entrance to the 9/11 Memorial. While we will talk about the World Trade Center redevelopment and the Memorial, we will not visit the actual Memorial as a group, because we feel that the Memorial should be explored and appreciated privately at your own pace. So we strongly suggest that you reserve your visitor passes online at 911Memorial.org. Our tour should end no later than 3.5 hours after the start time, so keep that in mind as you make your reservation.
Are gratuities included? Guide gratuities are not included in the tour price, so if you enjoy your tour, tips are very much appreciated.
Stops: We normally make one pit stop on this walk for optional refreshments (not included in tour price) and bathroom facilities.