Treasure Island! NYC Customs and the Collection of Money

Janes Walk

Led By Rhonda Heise Asher

This walk is about money, a whole lot of money! Manhattan’s lucrative location on water gives us a history rich in trade. On this downtown route, we’ll visit places to see how our nation’s foundation is anchored in tariffs, especially the customs collected in the port of New York. We’ll hear about people in history, from pillars in the city (and some scoundrels) to workers doing their jobs. Along the way, we’ll see art and architecture and take in stories about riots, pirates, liberties, and tomatoes.

BONUS: At the end of our walk, we’ll look inside the beautiful Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House. This building has airport-style bag-check and metal detector at the entrance – please don’t bring sharp items, etc.


Distance: 1.5 miles. Some stairs, all with ramp or elevator access. Route includes some narrow old sidewalks.

Location Information

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


Saturday, May 6, 2023
11:00 AM
Greater than 1 hour

Borough: Manhattan
Theme: Art & Architecture, History & Culture
Language: English
The Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House in Manhattan. Photo: Wikimedia Commons, Ajay Suresh.