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Ground Zero and Wall Street

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Ground Zero - World Trade Center site

As you exit the Rector Street station, you may be a bit disorientated.

No worries. Just just ask anyone to point you north toward Ground Zero, the site of the former World Trade Center complex.

Walk north several blocks to Liberty Street, the edge of Ground Zero.

On September 11, 2001, nearly 3,000 people lost their lives at this sombre location, more than died at Pearl Harbour.

You won't receive exact directions to walk around the perimeter of the site, as the streets closed off may change many times.

However, if you wish to go around, turn left at Liberty Street, and then keep turning right whenever possible. When you reach Church Street, turn right on Church, which turns into Trinity (a nice touch), and walk south. Turn left on Liberty to Broadway, which is also called Canyon of the Heroes in this area. Turn right on Broadway, and walk south.

Otherwise, if you don't wish to make your way around the World Trade Center, turn right on Liberty, and continue eastbound to Broadway, which is also called Canyon of the Heroes in this area. Turn right on Broadway, and walk south.

Everyone should be southbound on Broadway, the Canyon of the Heroes, now.

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Wall Street

On your right, you'll reach the charming and historic Trinity Church, which was happily not destroyed during the September 11th attacks. This used to be the tallest building in Lower Manhattan, a sort of de facto lighthouse for ships coming into New York Harbour.

The tombstones in the churchyard are especially interesting to explore, as they mark the graves of many famous Americans, including Alexander Hamilton and Robert Fulton.

At Trinity Church, turn left onto Wall Street.

At 26 Wall Street, you've reached the Federal Hall National Memorial.

This was the site of the first capitol building of the United States. The Bill of Rights was written here. George Washington was inaugurated as president here. Although the former U.S. capitol building was torn down in 1812, the present building was once the city hall of New York City.

Just after the Federal Hall site, turn right onto William Street.

After one block, turn right onto Exchange Place.

Turn right onto Broad Street.

At 20 Broad, you've reached the New York Stock Exchange.

Tickets for 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. tours on Monday through Friday are very limited, and tours may be cancelled due to an increase in the terror threat level.

Return to Exchange Place, and turn right.

Walk westbound to the Canyon of the Heroes, Broadway.

Turn left onto Canyon of the Heroes, and walk southbound.

Continue your New York City walk with Battery Park, Ellis Island, NYC Harbour.

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Go to >> Times Square
Go to >> Carnegie Hall and Columbus Circle
Go to >> Donald Trump
Go to >> Lincoln Center and Upper East Side
Go to >> Art Museums (Whitney, Guggenheim, Metropolitan)
Go to >> Fifth Avenue, Grand Army Plaza, and Plaza Hotel
Go to >> Miracle Mile and Rockefeller Center
Go to >> Public Library and Empire State Building
Go to >> Union Square and Greenwich Village
Go to >> Ground Zero and Wall Street
Go to >> Battery Park, Ellis Island, NYC Harbour
Go to >> Chinatown and Little Italy

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