On the Edge: Original Shoreline of Lower Manhattan

Janes Walk

Led By Rhonda Heise Asher

Downtown Manhattan might be the center of the world, but much of that center is landfill. Let’s explore where the shoreline of lower Manhattan used to be, before land was added to the edges. We’ll travel back in time on a 1.5 mile walk from what was once the western edge of the island, around the southern tip, to the eastern edge. Along the way we’ll stop at spots that give us hints about the former shore and talk about stories from the area’s past too. The walk ends at South Street Seaport where walkers can visit the shops and eateries, extend their hike along the current waterfront, or walk 10 minutes to nearest subway at Fulton St station. Wear comfy shoes and bring water to drink on our “edgy” walk.


Some sections of the 1.5 mile route are on narrow, older sidewalks. Route also includes some steps. A bathroom stop is available mid-route and hike leader will point out where to find restrooms at end of route. There are no bathrooms at the meeting location.

Location Information

RSVP is required and capacity is limited. Meeting location, ending location, and directions will be provided via email before walk date.


Friday, May 6, 2022
11:00 AM
Greater than 1 hour

Borough: Manhattan
Theme: History & Culture
Language: English
South Street Seaport in Manhattan. Photo: Wikimedia Commons, Sfoskett. Modifications: photo cropped.