Although the neighborhood isn’t home to any of New York City’s signature skyscrapers, Tribeca landmarks include some of the more interesting and often-overlooked threads of the city’s fabric. Whether you want to observe an important piece of American history at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, take a leisurely jog along the river, view public art at its most prestigious, or learn more about the cultures that have helped shape New York City, Lower Manhattan offers an attraction for you.
Tribeca Landmarks and Lower Manhattan Attractions:
One World Trade Center
This mammoth new building looms large over Tribeca — and all of Downtown Manhattan — as the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere. Completed in fall 2014 after eight years of rapid construction, the glass-walled building stands 1,766 feet high in the space once occupied by the twin World Trade Center towers, pre-9/11. Although the interior of the building is not publicly accessible, you can enjoy a great view of the structure from many spots in Tribeca and Lower Manhattan, as well as from the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, near its base.
More info: www.onewtc.com
National September 11 Memorial and Museum
This complex offers the opportunity to pay respect to those affected by the tragic events of September 11, 2001 by visiting the stunning outdoor memorial area or by entering the immersive and educational museum. Memorial Plaza itself is a beautiful eight-acre park meant as a place for respectful reflection on 9/11 and its lingering impact. The cascading water feature, etched with the names of the deceased — along with the survivor tree and the uniform white oak trees — provide a bucolic and peaceful setting in the heart of one of the city’s busiest neighborhoods. The museum displays artifacts, photos, video and other materials related to 9/11.
More info: www.911memorial.org / @sept11memorial
Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)
Located in south SoHo, just outside of Tribeca’s official boundary line, the Museum of Chinese in America presents the ever-evolving living history of Chinese-American culture. The museum focuses on a variety of disciplines, including visual art, archived photography, and hyper-local exhibitions on past and present life in New York’s Chinatown.
More info: www.mocanyc.org / @mocanyc
Hudson River Park
The name says it all: The centerpiece of this park is the Hudson and its splendid sunset views. Hudson River Park stretches from the southern tip of Manhattan up to 59th Street in Midtown, covering approximately 550 acres of land. The second-largest park in Manhattan — after Central Park — hosts a wide variety of events during the year, including yoga classes, ticketed concerts, free films and more. It’s also a great place for a casual bike ride or a jog on the well-maintained greenway.
More info: www.hudsonriverpark.org / @HudsonRiverPark
Jeff Koons Balloon Flower
The south end of Tribeca is home to an original piece by one of the world’s preeminent modern artists, Jeff Koons. The impressively shiny red balloon flower piece — one of several he created as part of the series — sits in the shadow of the new World Trade Center complex, standing as bright and optimistic tribute to the memories of those lost in the 9/11 tragedy.
More info: www.jeffkoons.com
African Burial Ground National Monument
This memorial space highlights an often-overlooked piece of New York City’s history: its relatively large population of Africans in the pre-Revolutionary War era. More than 400 Africans were buried at this spot during the 17th and 18th centuries, making it one of the largest colonial-era cemeteries for people of African descent. The modern monument, designed by Rodney Leon, was unveiled in 2006.
More info: www.nps.gov
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