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Lower Manhattan Today

 
 
Lower Manhattan Today Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, December 1, 2018
1. Lower Manhattan Today Marker
Inscription.  Lower Manhattan Today The ever-growing Manhattan community is a dynamic mixture of businesses, residences, and cultural institutions of interest to visitors and residents alike.
Destinations marked in a red dot indicate those points of interest which have contemporary and historical relevance to Native American cultures.

1) Governors Island US Coast Guard Base
In the early 17th century, the island was a place of extensive trade between Native Americans and Dutch colonists for the much-coveted fur trade of the region.
2) Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty
A sacred site to the Delaware people, this island became a central entry point for US immigrants from 1892-1954.
3) Castle Clinton National Memorial, Battery Park
In 1833, shortly after surrendering to the US, Sauk-Fox leader Black Hawk visited this former military outpost.
5) Alexander Hamilton US Customs House and Bowling Green Park, 1 Bowling Green
The National Museum of the US Indian in the US Customs House now occupies the original site of the Dutch-built Fort Amsterdam. One of the most popular myths about Manhattan is Peter Minuitís “purchase”
Lower Manhattan Today Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, December 1, 2018
2. Lower Manhattan Today Marker
Lower Manhattan Today Marker
of the island from local native peoples. The place now known as Bowling Green Park.
7) Vietnam Veterans Memorial, 54 Pearl Street
This memorial pays tribute to the men and women who served in the Vietnam War, among them over 41,500 Native Americans.
10) Wall Street
In 1653, Dutch colonists built a great wooden wall to keep out the “northern Indians”. When the barrier was dismantled, the path left behind became known as Wall Street.
14) World Trade Center
The “twin towers”, tallest buildings in New York, were constructed with the help of native American steelworkers.
16) Brooklyn Bridge
Towering above a canoe route once used by native people, the Brooklyn Bridge spans the shortest distance between Manhattan and Brooklyn.
27) American Indian Community House, 404 Lafayette Street
American Indian Community House Gallery, 708 Broadway, 2nd floor
Founded in 1978, American Indian Community House is the only American Indian-owned and operated-gallery in the greater New York area. The gallery exhibits contemporary fine art in all media by native Americans nationwide.

“It appears that the museum is on the road to fulfilling its potential and viable resource for education, training, and employment for the Native American community and most importantly as a vehicle for reinforcing out sense of pride
The National Museum of the American Indian (and Federal Bankruptcy Court), 1 Bowling Green image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, October 10, 2015
3. The National Museum of the American Indian (and Federal Bankruptcy Court), 1 Bowling Green
Formerly the Alexander Hamilton Custom House. The marker bank is to the left of the entrance. Number 5 on the list.
as who were are as people.”
Rosemary Richmond (Mohawk)
Executive Director
American Indian Community House
 
Location. 40° 42.266′ N, 74° 0.813′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is on Whitehall Street near Bowling Green. Touch for map. The marker is one of several in a bank to the left of the main entrance to the National Museum of the American Indian. Marker is in this post office area: New York NY 10004, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Place Of Many Names (here, next to this marker); Menatay, An Island Crossroads (here, next to this marker); From Menatay... (here, next to this marker); ...to Manhattan (here, next to this marker); Drawn To The City (here, next to this marker); The Marketplace (within shouting distance of this marker); “North America” sculpted by Daniel Chester French (within shouting distance of this marker); Places of Exchange (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
 
More about this marker. The inlay has faded so much that the marker is very difficult to read.
 
Categories. Native Americans
 
Governors Island image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, 1979
4. Governors Island
Number 1 on the list, when it was still a USCG base. Taken from the open air observation deck at the World Trade Center.
The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, 1998
5. The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
Number 2 on the list. Taken from Battery Park.
Castle Clinton National Memorial, Battery Park image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, 1999
6. Castle Clinton National Memorial, Battery Park
Number 3 on the list.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial, 54 Pearl Street image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, 1997
7. Vietnam Veterans Memorial, 54 Pearl Street
Number 7 on the list.
Wall Street image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, November 3, 2018
8. Wall Street
Number 10 on the list. The palisade path.
World Trade Center image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, 1973
9. World Trade Center
Number 14 on the list. Still under construction, 1973.
The Brooklyn Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, February 15, 2015
10. The Brooklyn Bridge
Number 16 on the list.
American Indian Community House no longer, 404 Lafayette Street image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, March 20, 2019
11. American Indian Community House no longer, 404 Lafayette Street
Number 27 on the list. Vacant, gutted, and part of the NYU empire.
American Indian Community House Gallery no longer, 708 Broadway image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, March 20, 2019
12. American Indian Community House Gallery no longer, 708 Broadway
Number 27 on the list. Vacant and gutted.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 10, 2019. This page originally submitted on March 16, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 55 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on March 16, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.   7, 8, 9. submitted on March 19, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.   10, 11, 12. submitted on March 21, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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