X. Front Cover
1. Objectives of 9-11 DBCC and Roster of Sponsors and Supporters
2. History of Downtown and Interesting Places - Plus A Virtual Tour
3.
Getting Around Downtown (Lower Manhattan)
4.
DBCC-Directory I - Shopping and Dining
5.
DBCC-Directory II - Financial and Professional Services and Technology Businesses
6.
9-11 Memorial Websites - Poems, Songs, Photos, Videos and Stories
7.
Utility Tools - Area Code and International Call Tables and World Wide Toll Free Directory

8. Acknowledgement of Contributors 

9. Contact Us and Order Information
   
   

Despite the temporary loss of several rail connections, when it comes to public transportation no neighborhood in the city is more accessible than Downtown New York. In the concentrated one-square mile area of Lower Manhattan, there are more than 10 subway lines, numerous local and express bus routes, several ferry terminals, and plans are afoot to restore service on the New Jersey PATH trains. Check out these links for mass transit  maps, schedules and information for getting around downtown New York. A guide for getting around downtown, in battery park city and the financial district is available from Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) website

The following items are gathered in DBCC so you may access them faster without searching and network delay.  

A. Subway: Map and Brief Instruction-Metropolitan Transit Authority

This is the MTA (Metropolitan Transportation Authority) New York City Subway Map. New York boasts one of the most accessible subway systems in the world. The system covers five boroughs of the City that is Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island. The entire system consists of many subway lines labeled by numerical numbers as letters. This on-line map is a 150 KB PDF file. It will take a few seconds to minutes to download depending on your Internet network conditions. Once you have downloaded the map you can view it with different scales as permitted by your browser. The map is in color and the subway lines are color coded. This PDF file is not suitable for printing on a PC printer. Please note that, except solely for your own personal and non-commercial use, no part of these maps may be copied or used without the prior written permission of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. You can write to or call ( This links to MTA phone directory, For example for ordering maps, 1-718-694-4903 and 1-718-694-5560 Fax) MTA to request a paper copy of the subway map. The New York Subway is one of the most cost effective public transportation systems. 

You may also visit the on-line interactive subway map where you can click on any station on the map to link to information about the lines serving it. In case the map link is changed by the MTA, you can visit MTA's main website to find it. See also the detailed map (in PDF format for download) showing Lower Manhattan bus and subway access. This map is especially useful if you like to interchange subway and bus or take a combination service to get to your destiny. The Manhattan Bus of the New York Bus System will be introduced in the next section. 
  
B. Manhattan Bus Map and Instruction - New York City Transit

New York City also has a very extensive bus system serving the five boroughs. This map in PDF format is 293 KB which will take a little longer to download than the subway map. The map is also in color with bus routes color coded and named with Mxx where xx is one or two digit number. Obviously M stands for Manhattan. Q stands for Queens, B for Brooklyn, Bx for Bronx and S for Staten Island. To find bus maps for the other boroughs, click here. Again, you may need to consult the Lower Manhattan bus and subway access map to determine how you may make interchanges between subways and buses.


C. MTA Lower Manhattan Map - Metropolitan Transit Authority

Lower Manhattan is different from mid-town and up-town Manhattan in that its streets are not on a rectangular grid system. You do need a good street map to find your way around. If you know the street name, you can always go to MAPQUEST to print a local map. However, the MTA's Lower Manhattan is a PDF file of 178 KB which can be downloaded in just a few second. The advantage of this map is that it is a single map that can be viewed in different scale as permitted by your browser. Starting from a 50%, you will have a bird's eye view of the Lower Manhattan. At 100%, you can see how various public transportations (subways, Buses and Railroads) are connected. At 150%, you can see the names and locations of all major subway stations and the subway lines. At 200%, you will be able to see the names of most streets and superimposed street and subway map clearly. At 400%, many of the landmarks, for example, hospitals and police stations are well indicated on the map. At 800% or 1600%, you probably will get only diminishing returns.

The following picture and statement is the standard statement MTA has on their on-line map website. We quote it here so the users will not abuse the intellectual property law concerning copy righted materials. If the above PDF maps are stored on this CD, browsing is far more rapid and efficient. However, this can only be done with MTA's written permission. We apologize that we did not have the time to obtain the written permission before publishing this CD.


(Please note that, except solely for your own personal and non-commercial use, no part of these maps may be copied or used without the prior written permission of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.)

D. NJ Path Map and Brief Instruction

This is a small PDF map with 45.3 KB. hence it can be downloaded rather quickly. It shows the PATH connection between New Jersey and Manhattan New York. It shows train stop locations and their railroad connections. The PATH connects between Newark New jersey to Penn Station on 33rd Street in Manhattan. There is connection to Newark Airport at Newark and there are connections to Long Island Railroad and Amtrak trains at the Penn Station. These connections help people to get into New York and to Lower Manhattan easily.


E. Ferry Html Page and Link

As a port and an island, Manhattan offers ferry for transportation as well as for sight-seeing. This web link gives information on the ferry run by the Department of Transportation and a number of private ferries. The pages contain general information and regulations about riding the ferry as well as a search facility for ferry schedules by destination or by ferry operator. Don't be surprised if you hear a steam-boat whistle signaling departure while using the back button to return to the main page of this website, it is just from a virtual boat you are seeing on the page.


F. Road Access MAP and Instruction

If you prefer driving or you just wanted to experience how New Yorkers drive, you might need to consult this web page about road access conditions or regulations. The road access through roads, bridges and tunnels to Manhattan is described on this web page. Of course you may want to tune to the traffic report which is discussed next.


G. Commuter Links to Traffic Reports

This web link reports traffic conditions in major cities. New York is listed at the top of the page. Click New York you will have traffic reports displayed in a scrolling bulleting format. Any major road condition will be reported here. You have the financial district, the village and the China Town which seem always to be challenging motorists. So do consult the reports before you venture Downtown.


H. Directions to NYC Chinatown

New York China Town is the biggest china town in the world. With hundreds (or is it a thousand no one seems to know for sure) of restaurants and many unique shops, China Town draws a great number of visitors and tourists. China Town is also notorious for its parking and driving challenges. We highly recommend using public transportation or walking to get around China Town.  

Big Apple Greeter

Downtown has always been a great attraction as a part of the Big Apple. Big Apple Greeter founded by Ms Lynn Brooks offers a greeter service to out of town visitors with a personal introduction and guide to New York neighborhoods. Lower Manhattan is one of the few neighborhoods in the City that is not lined with streets in a checker board pattern. It will be a great challenge to anyone visiting Downtown for the first time to find his or her way around. However, if you were smart to call BigAppleGreeter and reserve a personal guide, then you would be thankful to your greeter who could lead you to some off-beaten tracks for new and interesting discoveries. You may bring your findings in the virtual tour you took in Chapter 2 to ask the greeter to take you there.

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Free Wall Street Walking Tour

Downtown is one of the few regions in the City that is not on a grid system. One of the best ways to orient yourself to the winding streets of Downtown is to take a leisurely walk. The Wall Street Walking Tour is a free, 90 minute walk. Given twice weekly, this guided tour explores the vivid history of downtown and reveals the amazing architecture of our first national capital, birthplace of immigrants and the world's center of finance. Stops include the New York Stock Exchange, Trinity Church, Federal Hall National Monument and numerous other historic sites. The Wall Street Walking Tour is co-sponsored by the Downtown Alliance and Delta Air Lines. You may want to take our virtual tour on this CD first to find the spots that interest you and then book a Wall Street Walking Tour when you visit new York to see the real place. Wouldn't that be fun?!

Date: Every Thursday and Saturday, rain or shine
Time: Noon
Place: Meet on the steps of the US Custom House at One Bowling Green
Cost: Free

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