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Lower Manhattan/Brooklyn with kids in August

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Lower Manhattan/Brooklyn with kids in August

Hi! We will be in New York in August with 2 kids aged 13 and 9. I was wondering if anyone could give me a doable itinerary for lower Manhattan taking into account heat, humidity, and 2 kids. Things we definitely want to do are subway to Brooklyn, boardwalk and walk the bridge back, (is this too much in the heat?),Staten Island Ferry, WTC memorial, with or without tickets, St. Paul's Chapel, World Financial Centre, Wall st., South St. Seaport, and maybe or maybe not Chinatown,(this is definitely optional!). My first instinct would be to do it on our first full day, Sunday, but I am thinking there would be no buzz about Wall St. etc, and it may be trickier to work around services at St. Paul's. I have read the Lr. Manhattan sticky at the side, but I don't know if this is too much for kids. Would I be better doing this over 2 mornings instead of one full day? We are willing to use whatever transport is best (in August!), subway, bus or cab. Thanks in advance.

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1. Re: Lower Manhattan/Brooklyn with kids in August

"want to do are subway to Brooklyn, boardwalk and walk the bridge back"

Do you mean the Brooklyn Heights Promenade?

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2. Re: Lower Manhattan/Brooklyn with kids in August

I think so, yes.lol. Sorry to be vague.

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3. Re: Lower Manhattan/Brooklyn with kids in August

Are you saying you want to do all of this on one day? It sounds like a lot, and I'm not sure how fast kids that age can walk, so I'm sure someone else will have better advice on that eventually. If it is hot and humid, it will be a good time to do it, as you're close to the water (cool breezes!), and there are enough park spaces that it will be way better than anywhere else.

You can check

http://www.worldfinancialcenter.com/

or

http://www.artsworldfinancialcenter.com/

and

http://www.rivertorivernyc.com/

and

http://www.bpcparks.org/bpcp/home/index.php

closer to your arrival for more info and to see if there are any special outdoor events that you can include, so you'll have some time to stop and catch your breath.

The Wall Street "buzz" is mostly tourists, plus workers hurrying around and brokers taking smoke breaks. I always get the impression there are more tourists than locals there anyway and since the exchange is no longer open for tours, I don't know that it matters much which day.

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4. Re: Lower Manhattan/Brooklyn with kids in August

When you say "boardwalk," do you mean the actual boardwalk, down in Coney Island, by the ocean? Or do you mean the promenade in Brooklyn Heights, by the river, with the views of Manhattan?

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5. Re: Lower Manhattan/Brooklyn with kids in August

That is an ambitious itinerary. It is doable, but it might be kind of tiring if it is all about walking from point A to point B, and so on. I suggest looking into tours of the lower Manhattan areas you are interested in visiting. If you don't know the history of these areas, you may see things but not appreciate them, and miss other things along the way. I don't pretend to be an expert on tours, but here are a couple providers that seem well-recommended:

http://www.bigonion.com/schedule/

http://www.nyctours.com/

As for your transport question, if you are referring to this itinerary, on foot is the only practical way. If you decide a tour doesn't fit into your plans, get a map and figure out an efficient route to follow. Otherwise, NY's air-conditioned subways are my favorite way to get around in the summer. You escape the perils of traffic, and the idiosyncracies (to be kind) of many of our cabbies.

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6. Re: Lower Manhattan/Brooklyn with kids in August

Thanks for your replies, sounds like it would be a better idea to do it all over 2 days!

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