“Travel can be one of the most rewarding forms of introspection.”
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.