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Welcome to Day 4 of my method to the madness that is New York City! Below you’ll find a comprehensive guide to these must-see spots, divided into a 4 day itinerary. I’ll also include transit information to help you get from place to place — let’s go!

Day 4 – Downtown Manhattan

(Brooklyn Bridge and FDR Drive)
Brooklyn Bridge

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Photo: National Review – Leung Photography

One of the most recognizable bridge in the world, the Brooklyn Bridge is the most scenic connection between the borough and Manhattan. Take a stroll down the bridge for a photo and a fantastic view!

(17 minute walk – Park Pl and Broadway)
World Trade Center Transportation Hub

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Photo: Pursuitist

Here is the newest item on this tour! The World Trade Center Transportation Hub was completed this year, and serves as a base for over 250,000 travelers a day. It’s state of the art structure and interior filled with shops makes it one of the most fascinating pieces of architecture in the city to date!

(4 minute walk – 180 Greenwich St)
9/11 Memorial

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Photo: NYC Go

Located at the base of the former twin towers are two fountain memorials. The names of those whose lives were tragically taken on September 11, 2001 are carved in the stone surrounding, and the water below streams toward a hollow center. Take in this striking memorial as it leaves a void where the buildings once stood.

(1 minute walk – 1 World Trade Center)
Freedom Tower

Freedom Tower
Photo: Wall Street Journal – Courtesy of Legends

Seated nearby is the shining Freedom Tower, which is the main building of the rebuilt World Trade Center. Boldly it stands as the largest skyscraper in New York AND the Western Hemisphere, representing the patriotism and strength Americans have for their country.

(7 minute walk, 2/3 train to Wall St, 2 minute walk – Wall St)
Wall Street

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Photo: Wall Street Journal – Victor J. Blue

Right in the downtown Financial District you’ll find the famous Wall Street. Home to many headquarters, they are well known as the home for the New York Stock Exchange. Wander down taking in the robust structures and suit-clad men and women.

(6 minute walk – Morris St and Broadway)
Charging Bull

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Photo: China Daily

You can’t go this far downtown without taking a picture with a 7,000 pound bronze sculpture! This bull is the symbol of “aggressive financial optimism and prosperity,” and attracts thousands of visitors a day.

(8 minute walk – Battery Pl and State St)
Battery Park

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Photo: The Battery Conservancy

On the very southern tip of Manhattan you’ll find Battery Park. Sneak away from the skyscrapers to the green and get a great view. Check out a glimpse of the Statue of Liberty as well!

(4 minute walk – 4 Whitehall St)
Staten Island Ferry

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Photo: The Odyssey Online

If that peek of lady liberty wasn’t enough, hop on the Staten Island Ferry to get a closer look! You will be joined by many commuters and tourists alike. Snap photos as you ride the ferry across the front of the Statue of Liberty both ways. The best part? The ride is free!

Optional Additions

(1 E 161st St)
Yankee Stadium

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Photo: Diversified

Located in the borough of the Bronx, Yankee Stadium is a staple for sports lovers. It is home to the New York Yankees and is the most expensive stadium ever built.

(1208 Surf Ave)
Coney Island

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Photo: Spoiled NYC

Escape deep into Brooklyn to wake up in an amusement park dream. Filled to the brim with all the treats, eats and rides you could imagine! Walk a few feet to enjoy the beach, or keep up with the many events (like the Mermaid Parade) going on throughout the year.

(Canal St)

Photo: The Purple Passport – entrelestombeaux

Try out this neighborhood in southern Manhattan to satisfy all your haggling needs. Along the streets in Chinatown you’ll find designer purses, sunglasses, scarves etc. all ripe for the picking. Stick around to try traditional Asian cuisine and experience culture!

(Grand St)
Little Italy

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Photo: Huffington Post

This last neighborhood in lower Manhattan is exactly what they call it. Wander through the blocks to experience all sorts of Italian culture, shops and dining. And don’t forget, no trip to Little Italy would be complete without a fresh cannoli!

Believe it or not, this guide just covers 1 out of the 4 days of this guide to New York City! Check out the highlights of Uptown, Middle and Lower Manhattan below!

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