Lower Manhattan, from its southernmost tip to Chambers Street on the north, west from the Hudson River to the East River.
Once the exclusive domain of ambitious day traders, the Financial District has evolved into a genuine neighborhood filled with parks, movie theaters and public schools. There’s activity everywhere you look in “FiDi” and adjacent Battery Park City, from the spandex-clad runners along the Hudson River Esplanade to the grade-school softball game at the Community Ballfields to the parade of parents pushing strollers on their way to a riverfront playground. Residents particularly enjoy the proximity to public transportation, inspiring views and convenient building amenities like rooftop decks, fitness rooms and dry-cleaning services.
In the Financial District, modern high-rises mix with high-ceilinged former office buildings that have been converted into lofts and apartments. In the innovative planned community of Battery Park, soaring condos and rental buildings take advantage of ample green space and astonishing views. Residences include the Solaire and Riverhouse, two of the earliest eco-conscious high-rises in the United States.
After the British evacuated New York City in 1783, George Washington hosted a farewell “turtle feast” for his top officers at Fraunces Tavern, a humble three-story building on Pearl Street that still offers an extensive whiskey menu and live music.
One of the first ideas for shaping Battery Park came in the early 1960’s, when a few officials sought to build 100 acres of truck docks and warehouses along the Hudson River. Fortunately, city planners had an entirely different vision for the waterfront property.
At 1, 776 feet, One World Trade Center is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.