Tag: Lower Manhattan

The Frederick Hotel

The Frederick Hotel

If you’re flying into New York for a few days or desperately in need of a staycation, stay at The Frederick Hotel in Lower Manhattan. Centrally located in Tribeca, but easily accessible to any part of New York City through a multitude of options (try…

Black Tail

Black Tail

Located in the Pier A Harbor House in New York’s Battery Park City and brought to you by the makers of Dead Rabbit, Grocery and Grog (also in Lower Manhattan), is Black Tail, a Cuban-esque restaurant and bar inspired by the days of Prohibition when…

The Revitalization of Lower Manhattan

The Revitalization of Lower Manhattan

It’s difficult talking New York without talking about one of the worst tragedies in New York’s history, as well as modern day American history. However, if New Yorkers are anything, they are resilient.

Sixteen years later, New York City’s Lower Manhattan is reborn. One World Trade Center is on its feet and attracting more visitors than ever. There are two reflecting pools and an oculus where two towers once stood each commemorating the nearly 3,000 people that lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001. In addition, two upscale retail malls have been added to the area, several new hotels and restaurants have opened for business, both Conde Nast and Time, Inc. have relocated their headquarters to One World Trade, downtown residential and commercial real estate continues to boom and somehow (not overnight) Lower Manhattan has become a destination for both work and play.

The revitalization of the city’s downtown area continues and is no accident. Soon after 9/11, government funding for disaster relief began to pour in, as did private investments, driving a massive rebuilding effort that continues to this day. Nearly $30 billion powers the reconstruction we see years later, along with the spirit and will to breathe life back into an area devastated by loss. Furthermore, a vibrancy that was not there before was born from the ashes and continues to also fuel much of the change we see today.

Now, there are more than double the dining options, world-class shopping, luxury real estate, chic hotels and cultural exhibitions and events than there were twenty years ago. Lower Manhattan is now cool and hip and, while New York will never forget 9/11, there is clearly a continual commitment to rebuild and to keep this part of New York moving forward and into the future.

Manhattan by Sail

Manhattan by Sail

“I would give the greatest sunset in the world for one sight of New York’s skyline.” – Ayn Rand Thanks to Manhattan by Sail New Yorkers and out-of-towners can easily experience both the sunset and the sights. Step onboard Manhattan by Sail’s Clipper City Tall…

Gild Hall

Gild Hall

Fact: New York City offers a plethora of dining, shopping, hotel, art and cultural options, but if you want to experience how the other half lives (and, by other half, we mean bankers, brokers, you know, your typical 20-something finance guys), then plan a stay…

A Day Trip to Governor’s Island

A Day Trip to Governor’s Island

In 1554, Giovanni da Verrazano became the first European and explorer on record to discover New York Harbor, including the area of land off the southern tip of Manhattan: Governors Island.

One hundred years later, the Dutch West India Company sent 30 families to live and work in a settlement on the island. There, the settlers began new lives; they set up trading posts and traded furs before, eventually, relocating to mainland.

Today, Governors Island is a 172-acre oasis in the heart of New York Harbor with unparalleled views of the New York City skyline and extraordinary outdoor spaces. Easily accessible by ferry and open to the public during the summer, it is a popular destination with an active calendar of events including zip-lining, rock climbing, guided tours, jazz parties and poetry events.

In 2003, about 22-acres of the island was land-marked and designated a National Park to be managed by the National Park Service (www.nps.gov/gois); the remaining 150-acres of the island was transferred to the City and State of New York and is currently run by The Trust for Governor’s Island, the 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization charged with the planning, redevelopment, and ongoing municipal operations of the island.

Governors Island is open May 1- Oct. 31 and is only 800 yards from Lower Manhattan, and even closer to Brooklyn. It is a world within itself, rich in history and full of possibility.

For more information or to plan a day trip, please visit www.govisland.com.