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While the streets of Manhattan are named by numbers, this rule applies only north of Greenwich village and neighbouring parts. From here on the streets are no longer laid out like a grid, but become 'twistet'. This is because south Manhattan is the 'Old Town', here is where the first settlers settled down. The streets don't follow a rule, and they have names: Pearl street, Bleecker street, Canal street, etc. Here is where you find the 'old' historic buildings.
One of them is "Fraunces Tavern" on Pearl street. Built in 1719 by a rich french hugenott, in 1757 it becomes a store and warehouse. In 1762 it's purchased by Samuel Fraunces from the West Indies, and he opens a tavern which becomes the gathering spot for the merchants and politicians. Today it is a very nice restaurant. Upstairs there's the "Sons of the Revolution" museum and the so called "Long Room", where George Washington said good bye to his officers in 1783. The museum exhibits revolution-memorabilia, and G. Washington's remains …. I mean, parts of him …. I mean, like a tooth and a hair lock …. if this sounds morbid, I appologize. … But, I mean, it's the truth.
On Pearl Street you can also find a block of buildings built by the dutch settlers, dating from the 17th cent. when NY was called New Amsterdam.