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How to Enjoy Downtown, New York City

By Darryl Brooks

New York City

New York City is the largest city in the United States and is located at the southeast corner of the state of New York. There are five boroughs that make up the city, including Manhattan, The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island. This article is concerned with downtown New York, New York which is made up of the southern part of the island and borough of Manhattan. It is located in the northeastern part of the United States, so it tends to get cold in the winter and summers are mild to hot.


The downtown part of New York City is the commercial and business center of New York, which is one of the main business centers in the United States. Besides being a business, banking, and financial center, and including the famous Wall Street, it is also a great travel destination. Although there are more famous parts of New York City, such as Times Square and Central Park, the downtown area has plenty to see and do for the tourist and anyone coming to New York will want to spend some time in this dynamic part of the city.

Public areas & parks

There are two main public areas in this part of the city, although downtown, like all of New York, has plenty of parks. One of these is South Street Seaport, which besides being a shipping port, has a public boardwalk and many shops and restaurants. There is always something to do around South Street Seaport, so it is a place not to be missed. The other is Battery Park at the very south end of the city. From here there are great views of the Statue of Liberty. The World Trade Centers were just north of this park. You can also catch the Staten Island Ferry, which is a very inexpensive way to see the Statue of Liberty up close and tour the water south of Manhattan.


Downtown New York, New York also has many distinct and colorful neighbourhoods. Chinatown, Greenwich Village, and Little Italy are all famous areas of this part of New York City. Each of these areas has its own flavor and feel, as well as great restaurants and plenty of choices in shopping and sightseeing. If you like Chinese food and culture, you don’t want to miss Chinatown. This is close to South Street Seaport so both of those areas can be seen on an easy walking tour.


Most of the museums and theaters are just a little north of this part of the city, but for history, walking through this part of the city has a lot to offer. The downtown part of the city is the oldest part of New York City, so a lot of the architecture, especially the churches along Trinity is very interesting and worth a walk. There are a lot of smaller museums in this part of town, however, including the National Museum of the American Indian and the Skyscraper Museum. And as mentioned, the World Trade Centers were in this area, so you may want to visit the memorial to September 11.

Big apple that never sleeps

Keep in mind that while Manhattan is the largest borough and this part of the city is sometimes overwhelming, a visit to downtown New York, New York, doesn’t have to be confined there. The famous New York subway system will get you anywhere in the city very fast, and a lot of the rest of the city is within walking distance. If you like the hustle and bustle of a city that never sleeps, downtown New York, New York is the destination for you.