Downtown Manhattan Fit For A Queen
Tuesday, June 29th, 2010
The trumpets may blow for a royal appearance on July 6.
Queen Elizabeth II, accompanied by her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, will visit New York for the first time since the 1976 Bicentennial.
The royal couple will pay tribute to the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks at the former World Trade Center with a special visit to the British Garden at Hanover Square. The Queen will later deliver remarks before the United Nations General Assembly.
The Downtown Alliance, an advocacy group for lower Manhattan, proposes a royal itinerary that showcases the history and culture of the neighborhood.
1. Canyon of Heroes. Stroll along the historic path for the city’s ticker-tape parades in lower Broadway and the Financial District. Stop by at the Trinity Church, which was designed by British-born American architect Richard Upjohn.
2. Stone Street. A narrow, cobblestone lane first developed by Dutch colonists in the 1600s, Stone Street presents 19th century New York: quaint, low-rise buildings, zigzagging fire escapes and old-fashioned black lighting fixtures. The Stone Street Tavern offers fish and chips alongside frosty Boddingtons.
3. Fraunces Tavern Museum, built in 1719, is Manhattan’s only museum of the American Revolution. The tavern is currently undergoing renovations, but the museum – with eight galleries of exhibits on two floors remains open.
4. Castle Clinton, originally built to stop a British invasion in 1812, is now a national monument and the venue for free concerts as part of the River to River Festival. Or catch a ferry to the Statue of Liberty from Battery Park.
5. Downtown Connection, the Downtown Alliance’s free bus service, accommodates 900,000 riders each year from Battery Park City to South Street Seaport.
6. Wall Street. Luxury chains such as Tiffany’s and Thomas Pink and mid-tier retailers such as J&R and Century 21 have set up shop for the royal spenders.
7. Financial District offers high tea at La Maison du Chocolat and scones at Crumbs bakery.
8. South Street Seaport features a maritime adventure: Titanic Park (which currently is under renovation), the Titanic Memorial lighthouse and the Wavertree, one of the last large sailing ships built of wrought iron.
9. Ale and Supper. Enjoy shepherd’s pie at Pound & Pence or Gild Hall’s Libertine.