New York City is chock-a-block full of history! Around every corner, there is something historical built or has occurred on the streets of New York. NYC was first established by a European explorer, Giovanni da Verrazzano, in 1524. Over the centuries many major events have defined United States history from General George Washington’s first victory in the war in 1783 at the Battle of Harlem Heights, the opening of the Erie Canal in 1821, economic boom following the Great Depression and WWII, to the survival of September 11th 2001 on the World Trade Centers and Hurricane Sandy in 2012 to the everyday hustle and bustle of the streets of New York today.
Federal Hall National Memorial
photo by Lloydbyronjones (Wikimedia)
Sitting on Wall Street, the Federal Hall National Memorial is where George Washington took his oath as our first President, and this location was home to the first Congress, Supreme Court, and Executive Branch offices. You could say that Federal Hall is where the United States government was born. The current structure, which is a Customs House, later used as part of the US Sub-Treasury. Now, the building is a museum and memorial to our first President and the beginnings of the United States of America.
Hamilton Grange National Memorial
photo by nationalparks.org
Hamilton Grange National Memorial is open year-round and is in Manhattan’s Hamilton Heights Historic District. Admission to the site is free and is open Wednesday through Sunday. Alexander Hamilton was born and raised in the West Indies and came to New York in 1772. During his career, Hamilton was a military officer, lawyer, member of the United States Constitutional Convention, and George Washington’s right-hand man. Hamilton commissioned architect John McComb Jr. to design a country home on Hamilton’s 32 acres estate in upper Manhattan. This home has been relocated twice to where the home now sits.
Jerry Seinfeld & Cosmo Kramer Apartment
photo by Seinfeld
You might not think that this would be a historical landscape but if you have ever watched The Seinfeld Show you will see how after so many years of running on TV you might understand why New York has made this apartment a historical landmark. More so the address since the complex that you see throughout the show is based in L.A. and not in New York.
Castle Clinton National Monument
Castle Clinton National Monument, New York
Located at the Southern tip of Manhattan, Castle Clinton sits where the foundation of New York City began. Here you can see not only the city’s growth, but you can also see how much our Nation as grown too over time. This Castle was originally intended to prevent a British invasion in 1812. Now the fort has slowly been transformed over the years to welcome theatergoers, immigrants, sightseers, and now, almost a billion visitors who have come to the New York Harbor.
Stonewall National Monument
photo by Stonewall Inn
The Stonewall National Monument is the foundation and location of the Stonewall Uprising on June 28, 1968. Before the 1960s nearly everything about living openly as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) person was prohibited. Have you ever heard of the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” rule with the military, it wasn’t just confined to military enlistment but to every aspect of life in New York City laws against homosexual actions were rather harsh. The Stonewall Uprising is a momentous breakthrough in the pursuit of LGBT civil rights and provided
Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site
photo by Malcolm Brown
Take a Journey through the childhood home of the first U.S. president who was born in New York City. Roosevelt was raised at 28 E. 20th St. New York, New York. Theodore Roosevelt would eventually grow up to be our 26th President and was immortalized on Mount Rushmore and said to be one of the great presidents of our country. You can enjoy a tour through the rooms that Teddy ran through as a child, or the backyard he rolled in the mud as a young boy. If these walls could talk, the stories they would tell you of the Roosevelt family and young Teddy too.
photo by scoutingny.com
Wander down Doyers Street, which is at the heart of Chinatown. There are some very, very old businesses located down this 200-foot-long street. Like the Nom Wah Tea Parlor opened at 13 Doyers Street in 1927 and is still in operation; other longstanding businesses include Ting’s Gift Shop at 18 Doyers. From 1893 to 1911, 5–7 Doyers Street was the site of New York’s Chinese language theater. Later the theater was converted to a rescue mission for homeless citizens. This street was also known as the “Deadliest street in American History” or “Murder Alley” – though this isn’t what current history is down Doyers Street you can still find remanence of some spooky history of New York.