The main street which runs through downtown manchester. It is said to be the longest dead end street, be it New Hampshire folk lore or not. Elm street is supposed to be the only Main street in america, that ends in a dead end, again wives tale or not it's a fun tid bit of info. I believe that the tree in the pic is an old elm tree.
I grew up fishing here at the falls. There are Bass at the bottum of the falls, and the salmon try to swim up the falls but cannot. Manchester has since built a fish observatory which allows the fish to bypass the falls and swim upstream to hatch their eggs. The observatory has different levels and goes aroud the falls to the side, which has thick glass windows where you can actually see all kinds of fish.
This historical building is still in Manchester today. I used to go to The Young Mens Christian Association, or better known as The Y, or YMCA. I grew up going here as a kid. I also shool Bill Clintons hand while he was the presidential canidate in the early 90's. He came up to me and said " I'm Bill Clinton tell your parents about me". I was so excited sure enough I went and told my parents, I was about 12 then. Little did I know where hid hands had been, I might not have been so excited to have shook his hand!
A visitor cannot fully-appreciate the importance of Manchester's past without a stroll through the Millyard and the adjacent residential streets. The Amoskeag Manufacturing Company. employed, at one point, 17,000 workers, many of whom lived in housing built by the company. The now-elegant row houses that run uphill to the downtown financial district(Elm St.) are fine examples of how this corporation ruled every aspect of worker-life. A stroll from the riverfront/Arms Park, through the Millyard, across Canal, up Merrimack St., across City Hall Plaza and up tony Hanover is a charming experience.
The Currier Museum has an impressive collection for a institution of it's size; however, it is the Zimmerman House that puts the feather in its cap, so to speak.
The North End home is a fascinating example of Wright's attempt to meld the habitats of man and nature. A guided tour excited me for days afterwards. Highly recommended.
Commercial street has renovated the factories and filled them with, cafes, resteraunts, universites, clubs, pubs, bars, lofts, apartments, gyms, businesses, and museums. It's a bit of old world style with new world commerce at Manchester's Commercial street.
Manchester's Art gallerey has paintings of world famous artists such as Picasso, Monet, O'Keeffe, and Wyeth! The museaum has a vast variety of paintings, scultpures and photographs. There are lots of local artists that have there work displayed here with an abundance of New England style art.
The tallest Building in Manchester is also the City Hall. It's not the Empire State Building, but for NH residents it is the closest thing. Not many cities have their city hall as the tallest skyskraper in the city.
American Lung Associations throughout the country are joining forces to Blow the Whistle on Asthma. Walk teams of co-workers, friends, family members and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) patients will raise funds and awareness in the fight against lung disease.
Blow the Whistle on Asthma is a 5K walk in downtown Manchester. An anticipated 300-500 walkers of all ages and fitness levels will participate in the inaugural event.
Over 20,000 New Hampshire children suffer from asthma. The American Lung Association of NH provides asthma education programs to kids and adults throughout the state, but they need your help to expand their services and make a difference in the lives of families who struggle with asthma.
Manchester has some great places to eat and enjoy adult beverages. For Italian I would suggest "Piccola". For Mexican (my personal favorite place to eat anytime) "La Carretta" . For a more sophisticated atmosphere I would suggest "Baldwins on Elm" or "Fratellos". For a great breakfast and diner atmosphere you have to check out "The Red Arrow". Excellent chinese food can be found at the "Szechuan house". I'm sure I can think of more but you're only allowed to write so much.
Currier Art Museum offers to the public schedule viewing of the Zimmerman House which was built under the design and directions of Frank Lloyd Wright in the 1950's. The orginal owners left the house with all the original furnishings to the museum
SEE MY ZIMMERMAN HOUSE TRAVELOGUE FOR MORE PICTURES
The area around Victory Park is bracketed by historic edifices(indeed, the entire area is on the National Register, added 1996), and is a nice spot to sit down for a lunch break. The newest addition to the cityscape is the latest addition to the New Hampshire Institute of Art, festooned with rainbow flags and dominating the northwest corner - its modern design may be a bit out of place, but the school saved the long-abandoned Sargent House that fronts it, and it adds some vitality to the square.
As has the rapid expansion of the school.
And, as far as a park goes in an American city, Victory Park is not tooo overrun with homeless and lunatics. So, enjoy :)
DRIVE DOWN COMMERCIAL AVENUE BY THE MERRIMACK RIVER to see the great old industrial buildings, now used for business offices, a university, and the occasional restaurant.
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Good information can be found, especially at the Manchester Historic Association Millyard Museum, (also at Manchester Historical Society and Carpenter Memorial Library) but you have to know enough to know what to look for. Go to the exhibit in Lowell, MA first; the information is gathered into a more coherent whole there, and will give you a good idea of era, architecture, and worker’s culture. The Manchester buildings and information will have some context then. There is considerable historical similarity of the old cities along the Merrimack: Lawrence, Haverhill, Lowell, Nashua, Manchester, and to a lesser extent, Concord, Franklin and Laconia.
Every year in manchester for the 4th of juky they have river fest downtown. There are fireworks and lots of festive fun. People gather all around downtown to go see the the festival.