“Money Never Sleeps” – Gordon Gekko, Wall Street
The Financial District has so much personal significance. My first ever trip to New York City was November 2001, just two months after the horrific 9/11 attacks. In this solemn time, I absolutely fell in love with the city and its resilience, determination, and compassion. I just knew that I had to live here and experience it all myself. A decade after my first visit, I made that a reality. So what makes the Financial District so enchanting? Read the latest Local Spotlight to find out!
Located at the southernmost tip of Manhattan, the Financial District (known as FiDi) is a popular tourist destination for many as the financial center of the United States. The Financial District occupies the space below City Hall Park and excludes Battery Park City and the Seaport. The Financial District is bustling during the workweek with many office headquarters located in the area and can be much quieter – for Manhattan – at night and on the weekends.
9/11 Memorial & Museum
Trying to imagine a better way to showcase the historical perspective and create a tribute to the victims is just not possible because it already exists. Even as a local, I could continue to go back to the 9/11 Memorial & Museum and have a completely different experience each time. It is an absolute must-do for all, and tickets can be purchased online starting at $24 for adults with additional tours and guides available. After a visit to the museum, take a moment to think at the Memorial, taking in the vast twin reflecting pools.
One World Observatory
I typically do not recommend paying to see great views as there are so many rooftop bars that accomplish the same goal. However, the views from the One World Observatory are an exception with tickets at $34 for adults purchased online. At over 100 stories up, the panoramic views of Manhattan, Brooklyn and the surrounding waters are breathtaking.
Visit the famous Wall Street and view the façade of the New York Stock Exchange. Around the corner is Bowling Green park where you can see the Charging Bull statue, which celebrates the spirit of hardworking and determined Americans. This area is best visited in the mornings on a weekday to really take in the hustle and bustle of the financial markets.
The Westfield World Trade Center mall is the largest in Manhattan and features an architectural feat called the Oculus. Designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, the Oculus also serves as a train station and major transportation hub between New York and New Jersey. Opened just last year, gaze up in the Oculus and visit the numerous stores that populate the mall.
Eats & Drinks
Opened by New York restauranteur Keith McNally, Augustine is a French brasserie within the Beekman Hotel. A delicious and sleek experience, Augustine delivers on quality and service. Be sure to order the beef tartare and anything from the rotisserie section!
Labeled the World’s Best Bar of 2016, Dead Rabbit is a mix of a classic Irish pub and a cocktail bar. This three-story bar founded by two Irishmen looks like your classic tavern but serves some of the most incredible cocktails with a menu that changes every six months.
During happy hour on a weeknight, Stone Street is the place to be. The street is closed to traffic and the streets are filled with communal tables where you can sit back, relax and enjoy a beer. There are numerous restaurants and bars to sample with a personal favorite being Adrienne’s Pizza.
An Italian restaurant with an extensive wine list, Felice has a great vibe and delicious pastas.
Vintry Wine and Whisky
A seemingly odd couple, wine and whisky make a perfect pair at Vintry on Stone Street. The craft cocktails and wine menu are extensive with a dimly lit interior.
★★★★★: Four Seasons Downtown, The Beekman
★★★★: Millennium Hilton, W New York
★★★: Courtyard New York Downtown, Wall Street Inn
Have you ever been to the Financial District? What was your favorite part? Did I miss anything?
I’d love to hear from you!
xx Jet Set Steph