The business end of Manhattan can get unexpectedly emotional. Besides the unnaturally altered skyline marked by the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, there are stirring riverside views of the Statue of Liberty. Romantics can sail into the sunset from Battery Park, where ferries depart to Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and Staten Island. The bronze Wall Street bull at Bowling Green Park has survived mockery and guerrilla art, including yarn-bombing that left the fierce beast wearing a pink crocheted cozy. Economic outrage brought Occupy Wall Street to the Financial District's Zuccotti Park, but raw deals aren't new around here. In 1626, Dutch traders bought Manhattan from Native American Lenape people for about $1,000 in trade goods. Some restitution has been made for unfair trading: The old US Customs House now serves as the National Museum of American Indian. Business is forgotten inside trendy bars at South Street Seaport, as long as you're buying.
Getting Around New York City
The best way to get around New York is by walking and using the subway. The subway and bus system generally runs 24 hours, with some exceptions. Taxis are readily available, but traffic can make it a costly and slow option.
Nearby Airports
  • John F. Kennedy International Airport-JFK
  • LaGuardia Airport-LGA
  • Newark International Airport-EWR
Airport Taxis
  • $52 from JFK
  • $26 from LGA
  • $35 from EWR
  • (All rates are exclusive of bridge and tunnel tolls, which can range from $4-$6.)
Things to Do and See Near Wall Street