Manhattan below 14th Street is an eclectic mix of neighborhoods and happenings. This is the strollable New York City where there is no end to interesting sights and people-watching opportunities. Walk past the historic townhouses of Greenwich Village or the vintage shops of the East Village, watch the chess players in Washington Square Park or have a coffee and observe the financiers of Wall Street. Lower Manhattan will have shoppers salivating over the prospects of SoHo and the gastronome gushing over the myriad dim sum possibilities in Chinatown.
It can take days to meander through the neighborhoods and discover all the intriguing nooks and crannies of Lower Manhattan—but there are a few must-see attractions. The National September 11 Memorial and Museum is a moving tribute, while the Statue of Liberty graces New York Harbor as a proud symbol of freedom. On the way there, try a pickle out of a barrel on the Lower East Side and wander the cobblestone streets of TriBeCa to get a sense of the “real” New York.