Manhattan Memorials & Monuments
Hamilton Grange National Memorial was the home of Alexander Hamilton, the first U.S. Secretary of the Treasury. Hourly tours are led by National Park Service Rangers.
The final resting place of Ulyssess S. Grant, the General Grant National Memorial presents costumed interpreters, exhibits on the General's life and ranger-led programs.
Constructed to help defend New York Harbor, Castle Clinton National Monument has been many things-an opera house and theater, a restaurant, an immigrant landing depot and an aquarium. Today, programs and tours led by National Park Service Rangers as well as costumed interpreters help bring the history of Castle Clinton to visitors.
After 9/11, the World Trade Center site has become a memorial to remember the attacks on America's financial pillar and the nearly 3,000 people who were killed that day. The monument features twin reflecting pools, each about an acre in size sitting in the Twin Towers footprints. There are also Bronze panels that name each person who died in the 2001 and 1993 attacks. The 9/11 Memorial is located at the World Trade Center and a visitor pass must be presented in order to visit, with priority going to victims' family members. Passes may be obtained online. Public transportation is recommended for getting here.
On the site of George Washington's inauguration in 1789, Federal Hall National Memorial is the current structure. Self-guided tours and ranger-led programs are offered at the Memorial.
Bellerophon Taming Pegasus
Towering over 5 stories on the side of the famed Colombia Law School, this statue depicting the mythical battle between Pegasus and Bellerophon is one of the largest in Manhattan. Cast in bronze by artist Jacques Lipchitz in 1973, it was also his last public work.
A design reminiscent of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, the Washington Arch celebrates the inauguration of George Washington. The arch is located at the entrance of Washington Square Park.
Dedicated in 1997, this Police Memorial in Lower Manhattan honors those who lost their lives in the line of duty. The edge of the memorial holds the names of the officers and dates on which they were killed.
The John Lennon Memorial (Strawberry Fields)
This touching memorial is located near the entrance to Central Park and a stone's throw from where John Lennon was shot in 1980 outside the Dakota. The simple word Imagine is etched into the marble piece, which is always strewn with fresh flowers as visitors pay homage to the peace activist and former Beatle.
Originally erected in the Greek city of Heliopolis back in 1450 BC, this obelisk is actually part of a pair, the sister monument is now in London, England. Each of these rich historical figures were relocated in the nineteenth century and have inspired poets and artists alike. A popular jazz club nearby takes its name from Cleopatra's Needle.