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Historic Lower Manhattan
Front steps of the U.S. Custom House, AKA the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian

Explore the neighborhood where New York began! Meeting on the steps of the US Custom House, the former site of the Dutch Fort Amsterdam, this tour will span 400 years of New York City history. From the original Dutch settlement and trading outpost at Bowling Green, to the peaceful takeover of the British in 1664, to the world financial capital of today, this tour has it all. Our walk weaves together the history of Lower Manhattan with the architecture, people and events that power “Wall Street”. We will visit many stops including Trinity Church, Federal Hall, the New-York Stock Exchange, sites associated with 18th century slave uprisings, Alexander Hamilton, George Washington, Victoria Woodhull, JP Morgan and Abbie Hoffman. Prepayment Optional Many Big Onion customers prefer to pay in advance. Prepayment also helps us determine group size and appropriate guide numbers. To preregister and pay for your tour, click the “Book Now” button below. You will receive an e-mail confirmation and receipt once your order has been processed. We regard an senior one 65+ years and a student anyone enrolled in full-time study. Please bring ID indicating senior status (i.e. age) and/or full-time active enrollment. If someone in your party is eligible for a senior discount, please use the coupon code “SENIOR” when booking. For our active military discount, please enter “MILITARY”. For full-time student please use coupon code “STUDENT”. If you have questions please email us at PLEASE NOTE: booking a combination of adults with students and seniors has highlighted a flaw in our e-commerce system. Please enter number of adults and select “Traveling with children” to indicate number of discounted persons. We apologize for this inconvenience and are working with our third-party e-commerce provider to develop the system we require. - See more at:

Date: May 24, 2014
Time: 2:00 PM-4:30 PM

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