New York City is many things to many people. Yet, amid the shopping and skyscrapers it might be easy to forget that this is a playground for history buffs with a number of historic sites, landmarks and museums just waiting to be explored.
Here are just five of the historical activities you can experience in NYC.
History in the theater
For something a bit different, there’s a Broadway smash hit to enjoy. Settle in for a lesson you’ll never forget in the entertaining Latin History for Morons. Enjoy the Emmy Award winner John Leguizamo’s hilarious one-man show as he trails through 3000 years of history, meeting characters and uncovering truths along the way.
Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace
Theodore Roosevelt was the first U.S. president to be born in New York City, so why not celebrate his life by visiting his childhood home? Raised in a townhouse between Broadway and Park Avenue South, Theodore Roosevelt was born at Number 28 on October 27th 1858 and lived there until he was 14 years old. Learn more about the famed 26th president’s life whilst visiting each fully-furnished room, taking note of the military and political exhibits.
City Hall Subway
Also known as the city hall loop, visit the original southern terminal station on New York’s first ever subway line. The abandoned subway station can be found in Lower Manhattan at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge. It first opened in 1904 and the fare to ride was only five cents. It closed in 1945 and was forgotten about until decades later, where it still remains in pristine condition. Take a tour to follow its paved arches below ground level to see the vaulted ceilings, stained glass windows, brass chandeliers, oak furnishings and decorative plaques.
Memorial North and South Pool
Found where the Twin Towers once stood, the North and South Memorial Pools pay tribute to the thousands of people who were killed in the September 11th terror attack in 2001 and the six people killed during the World Trade Center bombing in 1993. Their names can be found engraved into the bronze panels that surrounds the pools. Nearly an acre in size, the Memorial’s twin reflecting pools feature the largest manmade waterfalls in North America.
Brooklyn Heights Historic District
Not on everyone’s history hit list, Brooklyn Heights Historic District is a fantastic neighborhood to spend time in, especially with its great views of the Brooklyn Bridge. The historic district is home to more than 600 pre-Civil War houses and other architectural wonders to marvel over. These include the structurally stunning Grace Church. Spend an afternoon strolling through America’s first suburb in search of the old home of famous playwright Arthur Miller and the area’s oldest dwelling, built in 1824.