For more than a century, downtown New York has been a site used almost exclusively for business, with residential housing moving always further and further north. But it wasn't always that way. For more than 200 years almost every citizen of New York lived and worked at this cramped end of the city. Today, though, when you go downtown you often find yourself walking in the shadowed canyons of skyscrapers, active and noisy during the day, but quiet and deserted at night as workers head for home. In the last decade there has been more and more residential development going on downtown, but for the most part, this is an area to be visited and explored during the day.
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