Originally created in the mid-1990s, the Heritage Trails were a set of self-guided sightseeing locations in Lower Manhattan that included information you could read about each landmark and historically significant location while standing in front of them. In the years following 9/11, the Heritage Trails map disappeared as most of the street trails were closed off due to security concerns and construction.
Earlier this year, the Skyscraper Museum was able to locate the original digital files used to create these maps, so they created an interactive website where you can click to explore the trails. If you want to follow it on your phone, most of the streets are open again to the public. Actual sidewalk markers are in the planning stage to accompany the trail as well.
Check out the accompanying site to explore the interactive map and learn more about the Heritage Trails.
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