Shared Streets: Lower Manhattan

Saturday, August 13, 2016
11 am - 4 pm

Shared Streets

NYC DOT is excited to launch this new public space initiative! Pedestrians, cyclists, and motor vehicles will share the historic streets of Lower Manhattan and motorists are encouraged to drive 5 mph. Click here to download a map of program highlights

Explore all the offerings of Shared Streets: Lower Manhattan and learn more about our fantastic partners!

City Smarts: The NYC History Trivia Quiz Game

Water and Whitehall Plaza, 11 am - 4 pm

Hosted by the official Manhattan Borough Historian, Michael Miscione, audience members will compete for prizes as they answer trivia questions about New York City history, geography, and culture. Smart phone cheaters will be send on a one-way Staten Island Ferry ride!

Creative Insider's Guide to Lower Manhattan 

Water Street

Presented by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC), the Creative Insider's Guide to Lower Manhattan brings together the idiosyncratic histories of Lower Manhattan’s iconic architecture, the ground-breaking artists who have lived and worked here. Much like its print predecessor published in partnership with the Whitney Museum in 1990 as part of the “Forging a Metropolis: Walking Tours of Lower Manhattan Architecture”, this web-based update feeds the curious and creative mind with ways to discover unique aspects of Lower Manhattan’s built environment while exploring its past and imagining its future.

Between June 16 – August 15, 2016, LMCC is proud to share an excerpt of the guide along Water Street between Maiden and Wall Streets. Images and narrative essays about a selection of artists are displayed in DOT’s art display cases. Everyone is encouraged to explore the artists that are included in this exhibition at anytime, day or night, and then find the original location of their work elsewhere in the district. View the complete guide here.

The Creative Insider's Guide is sponsored in part by Lower Manhattan HQ and was launched as part of River To River 2014. The installation along Water Street is coordinated by the DOT Art Program with support from DOT Borough Engineering.

Garden Games!

Hanover Square, 11 am - 4 pm

From Knock-a-Block, a unique urban hybrid of mini-golf and croquet designed specifically for DOT by dub Studios, to table tennis, to giant Connect Four, kids and adults alike are encouraged to come out and play in the beautiful British gardens of Hanover Square.

Get Up and Ride!

Park Row, Tours at 11 am, 2 pm

Get Up and Ride is Brooklyn’s premier tour operator for fun, alternative, outdoor experiences. We focus on the sites that are off the beaten path and showcase local art, urban marketplaces, beautiful parks, great food and interesting history. Learn more!

Tours last approximately 2 hours.

Hungry March Band

Wall Street & Broad Street, 2 pm

Hungry March Band fuses street band tradition with raw power and performance art antics. Founded in 1997 for the Coney Island Mermaid Parade, this award-winning ensemble has shared their creativity with audiences throughout the United States, Canada, South America and Europe. The band’s huge sound links traditional big band with free jazz and connects the sonic space between puck rock and global brass. Imagine what it looks like when the majorettes go AWOL, team up with the band geeks and follow them from Wall Street to Bowling Green starting at 2 pm. Learn more!


Park Row, 11 am - 4 pm

Learn to ride a Tandem Bike and take a loop through the shared streets of Lower Manhattan! InTandem is a not-for-profit organization that provides tandem cycling programs and opportunities to people with disabilities. Our captains (that’s who rides in the front seat) are all experienced cyclists from the community who volunteer their time and energies to ride with our stokers (the rider in the back). InTandem provides the tandem bikes, equipment, and training. Learn more!

Latitude Bike Trips

Park Row, Tours at 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm

Join Latitude Bike Trips as we embrace the shared streets of Lower Manhattan and weave our way through some of the most storied streets and alleys in the city.  Discover stones and foundations dating back to the days of Dutch New Amsterdam, learn the secrets and stories of the titans of finance, and experience art and sculpture in unexpected places.  Learn more!

Tours last approximately 1 hour.

Lower Manhattan Then and NOW

Wall Street & Broad Street, 11 am - 4 pm

Making its debut at Shared Streets, Lower Manhattan Then and NOW is a large folding map of (almost) everything that has ever happened in Lower Manhattan assembled with great care by Culture NOW. Come pick up your free copy! After Shared Streets you can purchase the map from Culture NOW and other cultural institutions in Lower Manhattan.
Learn more!

Lower Manhattan Film and Television Walking Tour

Park Row, East Gate of City Hall Park

Presented by the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and narrated by actor Matthew Modine, this free, self-guided walking tour offers listeners an informative and fun way to learn about the rich and fascinating history of film and television location shooting in New York City. You will traverse lower Manhattan learning about the intriguing historical, architectural, and cultural background of these famous shooting locations.

Tours last approximately 1 hour. Download the free podcast here.

Lower Manhattan Tours

Bowling Green, 11 am - 4 pm

Go beyond Broadway and explore Lower Manhattan with a scavenger hunt!
Get a set of clues and search for the treasures hiding in the Wall Street canyons.
Scavenger hunts can be done at your own pace.  You can start and end at any time. 
Get your friends and family together and see Lower Manhattan. Learn more!

Manhattan By Sail

The Battery Slip 2, 11 am - 4 pm

Manhattan By Sail offers two unique ways to sail through New York Harbor. Our Clipper City Tall Ship is NYC’s largest sailing vessel and comfortably accommodates up to 130 passengers. While onboard you can help hoist the sails with the crew, take in the view from the raised quarterdeck and enjoy our full bar. Our Gatsby-era classic yacht the Shearwater has teak decks to relax upon while enjoying the Manhattan skyline. Whether you’re looking for a quiet afternoon sail with friends or treating colleagues to an office outing, Manhattan By Sail has options which will make for an unforgettable experience.

Use offer code: MBSDT16 for 20% off any of our sails. Call 212-619-6900 or book on-line.

Mulally Bikepark: Strider Adventure Zone

Park Row, 11 am - 4 pm

Located at 164th St & River Ave in the Bronx, Mullaly is NYC’s Longest Running Ramp Park, home to wheels of all varieties for three decades. Kids are invited to join us to learn balance and riding techniques on our exciting Strider track! Learn more!

NYC Mechanical Gardens Bike Coop

Park Row, 11 am - 4 pm

Free one-on-one diagnosis and bike repair, especially convenient for cyclists arriving from the northernmost point of Summer Streets! Also, drop in to one or more of the Coop’s 30 minute workshops covering cleaning and oiling your gears and chain to installing new brake pads.

New York Mechanical Gardens Bike Coop is a bicycle repair and education center dedicated to expanding public access to bike repair tools and knowledge. We put the tools for happiness in the hands of New Yorkers. By creating opportunities to get our hands dirty together, we are helping countless riders overcome personal discomfort, financial disparities, education gaps, and discrimination in order to keep their bikes moving and their spirits happy. Learn more!

Opening the Way: Women’s History Walking Tour

Bowling Green, Tours at 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm

Presented by Women’s eNews, this guided walking tour will provide a glimpse across three centuries of women working in Lower Manhattan as writers, agitators, abolitionists, suffragists, and those we now call activists, as well as three heroes who gave their lives on September 11, 2001. As you walk the streets, you will be able to absorb a sense of the world in which they worked and made themselves heard above the roar of the city.

Participants can take home a copy of the fascinating women and places covered on this one hour tour, researched and written by Betsy Wade, former New York Times editor, and James Boylan, historian and editor of the Columbia Journalism Review.

Women's eNews is an award-winning nonprofit news service covering issues of particular concern to women and providing women's perspectives on public policy. With writers and readers around the globe, Women's eNews' audience stretches from New York City to New Delhi and all points between, reaching an estimated 1.5 million readers each year. Learn more!

Public Art Fund Exhibition Tour: The Language of Things at City Hall Park

Park Row and Broadway, Tour at 2 pm

Join Public Art Fund Associate Curator Emma Enderby for a tour of The Language of Things, a new group exhibition in City Hall Park featuring renowned artists Carol Bove, Claudia Comte, Michael Dean, Adam Pendleton, Tino Sehgal, Chris Watson, and Hannah Weiner. Inspired by the idea that language is not limited simply to the form of words, the show brings together new and existing objects, a live artwork, sound installation, and poetry, which speak to our innate desire to read patterns and coded communications in the world around us. The talk begins at the southern end of the park, near the intersection of Broadway and Park Row. Learn more!

Transportation Alternatives Bike Valet

Park Row, 11 am - 4 pm

Bike valet is like a coat check...for your bike! T.A. staff and volunteers set up a secure area of bike racks, and offer free valet service to event goers who arrive by bike.

Transportation Alternatives’ mission is to reclaim New York City's streets from the automobile and to promote bicycling, walking and public transit. With 100,000 active supporters and a committee of activists working locally in every borough, T.A. fights for the installation of infrastructure improvements that reduce speeding and traffic crashes, save lives and improve everyday transportation for all New Yorkers. Learn more!


Wall Street & Broad Street, 11 am - 4 pm

Come browse a selection of books at this pop-up reading room curated for this historic location, including special collections from area institutions including the NMAI, the Skyscraper Museum, the China Institute, Federal Hall National Memorial, and others. Find out more about Federal Hall by participating in the National Park Service's Junior Ranger program, popping-up on the steps of the memorial alongside the Uni for the day. Learn more!


Bowling Green, 11 am - 4 pm

Find high-quality art materials at this pop-up drawing studio offered in the midst of historic buildings for your sketching pleasure, with self-guided activities created by the NMAI, the Skyscraper Museum, NYC artists, illustrators, architects and others. Learn more!


Park Row, 11 am - 4 pm

WE Bike NYC is an all volunteer-run organization. All women, female identifying or gender non-conforming people in New York City are invited to join us in planning and leading events. WE offer monthly planning meetings as well as Ride Leader Trainings and other leadership events. Learn more!

Special Offers from Area Museums

11 am - 4 pm

Fraunces Tavern Museum
$1 admission, free hourly docent-led tours, and fife and drum drills
National Museum of the American Indian
Free admission
Skyscraper Museum
2 for 1 admission and free admission for kids accompanied by a paying adult
South Street Seaport Museum
2 for 1 admission and free letterpress printing demos

Special Offers from Area Businesses

11 am - 4 pm

Take a seat and dine al fresco at any of these participating area restaurants:

Cowgirl Sea-horse
259 Front Street

Jim Brady’s Irish Pub
75 Maiden Lane

Lane Deli
75 Maiden Lane

Pisillo Italian Panini
97 Nassau St.

62 Pearl Street

Take advantage of the *special offers* from these area businesses:

Insomnia Cookies
76 Pearl Street
*$1 off Cookiewhich*

Jack’s Stir Brew Coffee
*Free Cold Brew Coffee Samples at Fulton & Gold Street*

Residence Inn Marriott World Trade Center
170 Broadway
*Free Refreshing Lemonade*

50 Broad Street
*Special Pricing on men’s suits*

Shobha FiDi
65 Broadway

14 Wall Street
*Enjoy Outdoor Seating*