Lower Manhattan History Walk
Taught by James Hoffman
James Hoffman is a seasoned licensed New York City tour guide with over a decade of experience. He’s set up an array of sightseeing walks and bike tours that span from iconic landmarks like Grand Central Terminal to the historic Green-Wood Cemetery.
When he's not leading tours he runs open board game nights at victorypints.com and donates his time to the Guides Association of New York City (GANYC), working alongside fellow guides to promote live tour guides.
When it comes to historical neighborhoods in New York they don’t get much more older than Lower Manhattan. Join us for a two-hour walk through the Financial District where we’ll learn about some of it’s most famous landmarks. We’ll see Alexander Hamilton’s gravesite, talk about the actual wall of Wall Street, and walk the oldest streets of Manhattan dating back to the very beginnings of New York City.
In addition to seeing it’s more well-known attractions we’ll also point some more hidden stuff including secret ciphers on tombstones, blast marks from 1920s terrorism and where to find fragments of George Washington’s teeth. You’ll learn where Donald Trump’s grandfather first set foot on American soil, how a statue changed its nationality, and what a simple black fence has to do with the turmoil of the Revolutionary War.
This walk will meet in Lower Manhattan near the National Museum of the American Indian. Exact meeting location will be sent the day before the walk.