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Family Travel in Lower Manhattan
In a city that never stands still, I find it ironic that the oldest part of Manhattan inhabited by European settlers is also the part that has some of the newest land mass. In the early 17th century, the Dutch settled the tip of Manhattan and set up a battery of cannons to protect their colony. This area came to be known as the Battery. From the 19th century though, the original shoreline of Manhattan harbour was extended by many acres as landfill began to be deposited in the area gobbling up bits of the East River like a diabetic in a candy store.
The World Financial Centre
The original construction of the Twin Towers provided a huge quantity of that landfill. On the landfill, the World Financial Centre was built in the 1980’s. After the destruction of the 9/11, the area had to be revamped again. The World Financial Centre is now the recently opened swanky shopping and office space, Brookfield Place. When we visited at the end of 2015, Brookfield Place was full of life as the centrepiece for holiday festivities in the area and a fabulous new ice skating rink. Brookfield Place is also a foodie destination with both cafes and restaurants upstairs and Le District (a French-style shopping street) downstairs.
The Battery Conservancy
Along with the re-emergence of the area around the Twin Towers, the Battery Conservancy is revamping the whole 25 acres of the Battery Park area nearby. When the park is finished, it will have bike paths, pedestrian walkways, playgrounds and gardens. This revamp will restore the area to its 19th century prominence when Manhattan harbour was a popular promenade location. You can see the restoration process of some original monuments are still underway because they are covered in scaffolding.
The Seaglass Carousel
Toys “R” Us
Battery Park City
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