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Lower Manhattan has its roots as a tiny Dutch settlement at the very southern tip of Manhattan Island. The city slowly expanded, and as the city limits pushed northward, so too did the concept of downtown. Today's lower Manhattan includes such landmarks as the Freedom Tower, Trinity Church, South Street Seaport, and Fraunces Tavern, as well as neighborhoods such as Chinatown, Little Italy, SoHo, and TriBeCa. The Wall Street area, the heart of lower Manhattan, has changed the most over the last 200 years, while in Greenwich Village you can still find many original early nineteenth century residences.
Lower Manhattan is a truly vibrant place, bustling with commerce and crowded with tourists, yet it is also home to many thousands of New Yorkers. It is both modern and old fashioned, stately and quirky at the same time. From the country's tallest skyscraper to streets with the feel of a small European village, lower Manhattan is New York City at its best and most fascinatingly diverse, offering a wide array of shopping, restaurants, and historic sites.
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About the Author
RICHARD R. PANCHYK was born and raised in Queens and attended the prestigious Stuyvesant High School in Lower Manhattan. It was during an elective senior year class on New York City history that he first became fascinated with the story of the Big Apple. He published his first book at age 21, and since then has authored or edited 25 books. His New York City books include: German New York City, Catholic New York City, New York City Skyscrapers, and New York City History for Kids. He has also authored four books on Long Island's history, and four books on American history.