By Jorge Sidron
New York -- On Columbus Day, the Alliance for Downtown New York
will sponsor a self-guided walking tour of lower Manhattan that
will include a number of sites usually off-limits to the
Titled "Buildings on Broadway," the tour will include 14 sites
of architectural and historical significance, starting from
Broadway and Bowling Green and ending at City Hall. The tour will
take place Sunday, Oct. 12, from noon to 5 p.m. It will include
five building interiors normally closed to the public.
The sites are the Governors Room at City Hall; the Bank of New
York's gold- and red-mosaic reception room at 1 Wall Street; the
former Lawyers Club at 115 Broadway, with its two-story
stained-glass window depicting the history of law, and the trading
floor of the American Stock Exchange. In addition, two downtown
museums not normally open to the public on Sundays -- the
Skyscraper Museum at 44 Wall and the Museum of American Financial
History at 28 Broadway -- will be open during tour hours.
On tour day, the Museum of American Financial History will offer
a preview of its November exhibit titled "The Financing of
America." The Skyscraper Museum will sponsor a series of lectures
on the high-rise history of lower Broadway, and visitors will be
able to check out the exhibit titled "Downtown New York: The
Architecture of Business/The Business of Buildings."
The "Buildings on Broadway" tour is the latest so-called open
house sponsored by the alliance, which manages the Downtown-Lower
Manhattan Business Improvement District (BID). The aim of the
Downtown BID -- one of 38 BIDs in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx
and Queens -- is to transform the southern tip of Manhattan from a
daytime-only business district to a livelier place for locals and
visitors through more business and attractions. A spokesman for the
Alliance said previous "open house" tours have drawn from 5,000 to
12,000 people. For tour information, call the Alliance for Downtown
New York at (212) 566-6700.