A Spring Walk in Lower Manhattan from the Battery to the Courthouses

This walk, particularly nice in springtime, takes in dramatic sites in Lower Manhattan where blooming trees line several urban canyons. A 2-mile walk north and then east includes views of One World Trade Center, the Hudson River, and the Irish Hunger Memorial, all on the west side, and then stately government buildings near City Hall farther the east.

Begin at Battery Park and walk north for an excellent view of One World Trade Center.

This walk should appeal also to those interested in history and politics in New York City. Beginning at one of the earliest Dutch-settled areas of the city, the Battery, the walk moves north toward the World Trade Center, a significant symbol of the contemporary city. Moving back in time, the nearby Irish Hunger Memorial recalls the tragic period from 1845 to 1849 when mass starvation forced a wave of emigration from Ireland, many to these shores.

The walk concludes at City Hall Park and the courthouses. The Daniel Patrick Moynihan United States Courthouse at 500 Pearl Street serves as the home for legal proceedings undertaken by by the Southern District of New York, now a hothouse of activity involving the most powerful officials in the federal government. New York was briefly the capital of the United States from 1785 until 1790, but nowadays, it feels like it still is.

• View of One World Trade Center on walk from Battery Park

• Blooming trees adjacent to World Financial Center/Brookfield Place Plaza

The park just to the south of the World Financial Center/Brookfield Place provides a serene spot for blooms and water views.

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• Brookfield Place (Winter Garden)

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• Irish Hunger Memorial, corner of Vesey St. and North End Avenue, north of Brookfield Place

A sod-bearing humble structure with plantings that evoke the Irish countryside. 

• City Hall Park path, near Broadway and Chambers Street.

Follow the path between City Hall and the Tweed Courthouse.

• The David N. Dinkins Manhattan Municipal Building, 1 Centre Street

The Municipal Building (1909-1914) was the first skyscraper designed by the famous firm of McKim, Mead & White.

• Courthouses

The New York County Supreme Court (left); Daniel Patrick Moynihan US Courthouse (tall building in background); Thurgood Marshall Courthouse (right).


Images by Walking Off the Big Apple from April 20, 2018. Follow me on Instagram @ttynes.


A Spring Walk from Union Square to Madison Square (April 28, 2018).

A Spring Walk to the Brooklyn Heights Promenade and Brooklyn Bridge Park (May 4, 2018).

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