We live in a district with rich history and deep cultural significance. From the top of the district to its bottom where we welcomed immigrants from across the sea, the history of Lower Manhattan is vast and a source of great pride. In fact, our district is a source of pride to the country. For instance, The American Revolution was plotted and executed from Fraunces Tavern on Pearl Street. George Washington’s inauguration took place on the balcony of Federal Hall. From Centre Street, P.T. Barnum led 21 elephants and 17 camels across the Brooklyn Bridge. And immigrants who travelled through Ellis Island first stepped onto Manhattan at Castle Garden in the Battery. 

The history of Lower Manhattan includes the birthplace of American Government at Federal Hall

The Birthplace of American Government

Of course, District 1 was first the Dutch-occupied New Amsterdam before being sold to the British. It was the birthplace of the New York Stock Exchange. And contains Manhattan’s Chinatown, which has the largest ethnic Chinese population outside of Asia. It is the location of the East Coast Memorial, which commemorates the servicemen who died in World War 2. And, most recently, it is where the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center occured, and now is the home to the 9/11 museum and memorial.

The history of Lower Manhattan includes the sad history of the World Trade Center and the way we've come together to rebuild

Celebrating the History of Lower Manhattan Together

For those of us who are lucky enough to call District 1 home, it can be easy to forget the powerful history of the neighborhoods that surround us. But it is so important to recognize the significance of these historic places and fight to preserve them. 

No discussion about the history of Lower Manhattan would be complete without discussing the world's largest Chinatown

That is why we are launching a campaign to highlight some of the many historic locations found in Lower Manhattan. Every Thursday, we will be posting on instagram about a noteworthy landmark in District 1. If you want to explore our incredible neighborhoods with me, make sure to follow me at @MaudMaronNYC And please share the photos and stories of our district’s history that mean the most to you.

Looking forward to learning more about District 1 with you all #DowntownTogether