The Skyscraper Museum has debuted a new web project that takes the city’s Heritage Trails, a mid-1990s project that explored the history of lower Manhattan’s public landmarks, and converted it into an interactive map that allows users to embark on a series of four walking tours that highlights 40 different site markers.
The original Heritage Trails was crafted by architect Richard D. Kaplan and implemented between 1995 and 2001. Kaplan’s intent for the project was to “address the many contemporary problems of lower Manhattan” and later on was used as a guide for tourists.
The revived edition of Heritage Trails New York expands upon the original model by adding sites from 1998 to the present day and gives users the option to follow one of the four pathways on foot or from the convenience of your mobile device or your computer screen.
The Green Trail takes you down Wall Street and gives insight into some of the skyscrapers that date back to the 1920s as well as the New York Stock Exchange; there is a Red Trail that tells that history of the Woolworth building, the African Burial Ground, and City Hall; the Blue Trail takes you through the Seaport District; and the Orange Trail explores Battery Park City and the World Trade Center.
- Heritage Trails New York [Skyscraper Museum]