NYC Gateway to America Official Mobile Guides begin Downtown and on New York Harbor, the place that has shaped our heritage from the time of the First People and the first explorers to successive waves of immigrants, ship masters, and pleasure boaters propelling our growth into the nation’s most populous and vibrant city.
These free tours are produced by the Federal Hall Conservancy, and the United States National Park Service, the largest caretaker of shoreline on New York Harbor. Its network of 24 historic sites and recreation areas arc to three other boroughs of the city, and across to New Jersey. They connect to national parks across the nation, preserved and protected for the American people to experience, and to share with visitors from around the world.
This is New York. We invite you to tune out the present, to imagine the past on your journey through these narrow and winding centuries-old streetscapes you otherwise might have taken for granted. Hear that cacophony? It’s the sound of the city, a vibrant city, a city where history happened. And is still happening.
Each tour takes about 90 minutes and covers distinctive locations heading north, from the Battery on New York Harbor. At each—at the very place where history happened—you’ll listen to several minutes of expert commentary, and view historic or contemporary imagery, all of which will also be available later on your mobile device. You can walk the trail at your own pace. This Gateway Guide features an interactive map showing all tour stops, your current location, and directions to the next stop. You access the map by tapping the icon at the bottom of the screen.
The images you’ll see during these first two tours—prints, portraits, paintings, engravings, maps, documents, original sketches, and photographs—are among the treasures of The New York Public Library and from the illustrious archives of The New York Times. Funding provided by Lower Manhattan Marketing Association.