The Financial District
(Everything south of Chambers Street)
Known for Museums, historic sites (like the September 11 Memorial and Museum), architecture, access to Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, and the Brooklyn Bridge
This is where New York City was born. Fast-paced during the day and calm at night, the Financial District is both a bustling financial hub and a residential area. Full of history, it was in this district that the Sons of Liberty gathered to overthrow the British. It was on Wall Street where George Washington took the oath of office as America’s first president. Today, recent events have added to the district's history and for many visitors this has become simply the place to pay respects at Ground Zero. Other top museums here include The Police Museum and The Museum of Jewish Heritage. With some of the most convenient transportation hubs between Staten Island and New Jersey, plus fun attractions like South Street Seaport and the Brooklyn Bridge, make this district a great neighborhood. Nearby neighborhoods include Battery Park City, Tribeca, Chinatown, and the Lower East Side.
Places to Eat
In all honesty, I never eat in the Financial District. I do however eat in Tribeca which is fairly close by, so I've included the top spots I've tried and liked there.
This sleek and small restaurant destination in Tribeca, is perfect for foodies, but only 18 seats. Meaning reservations are hard to come by, unless booked way in advance. But if you snag one, you're in for a pretty great experience. I really love the chef's counter tasting menu concept.
WHAT I LOVED: Watermelon radish and salmon on a seaweed tart, caviar with pear cream.
Laotian-inspired cuisine in a warm, comfy setting. Chef Schwader, though born and raised in Kansas grew up on his family's Laotian cuisine. The menu is designed for sharing, from the sticky rice to exploring a variety of the best Southeast Asian. Vegetarians beware, the menu is beef and pork heavy.
Little Park is actually huge. It has banquet and bistro tables, plush booths, and it occupies an entire corner in Tribeca. It's a seasonal restaurant with an adjoining Evening Bar for late nights. Chef Andrew Carmellini tapped local farmers and ranchers for organic produce and grass-fed meats.
WHAT I LOVED: Kohlrabl to start and beet root risott.
THINGs TO do
World Trade Center Museum & Memorial
9/11 Memorial Plaza is tribute to the past and a place of hope for the future. Here you find the Memorial Museum with an exhibition dedicated to commemorating the unique life of each victim, the memorial pools with names of every person, in bronze, who died in the terrorist attacks of 1993 and 2001.
The Greenwich Street entrance to the new transit hub at the rebuilt World Trade Center site in downtown Manhattan. Designed by architect Santiago Calatrava, the “Oculus” is a train station, plaza and shopping mall adjacent to the memorial site for the September 11, 2001 terror attacks.
Once the tallest building in the city, the church is actually three churches of the same name that were built on the same site. It was the first thing sailors and voyagers saw when pulling into New York Harbor. Today, though it is dwarfed by buildings, it holds a place in the Financial District that is closely intertwined with history.
Wall Street Bull
Charging Bull, which is sometimes referred to as the Wall Street Bull or the Bowling Green Bull, is a bronze sculpture that stands in Bowling Green in the Financial District in Manhattan, New York City. Originally guerrilla art, installed unofficially by Arturo Di Modica, its popularity led to it being a permanent feature.
The Battery is a 25-acre public park located at the southern tip of Manhattan Island in New York City facing New York Harbor. The park and surrounding area is named for the artillery batteries that were positioned there in the city's early years to protect the settlement behind them.
Irish Hunger Memorial
Wedged between financial powerhouses and well-manicured parks, the Irish Hunger Memorial serves as a humble reminder that Manhattan's southern tip was once the first glimpse of freedom for many immigrants. Battery Parks City Conservancy's project memorializes the Great Potato Famine (1845-52).
Stone Street Historic District
This narrow cobblestone street in the heart of the Financial District was the first street paved with stone in the city, back when it was a small Dutch farming and trading colony called New Amsterdam. It was originally paved in 1658, when Wall Street was still a wooden wall built as a protective barrier at the northern edge of New Amsterdam.
With great beer, wine, and cocktails and a low-key vibe, the Stone Street Tavern is a laid-back locale in the middle of the bustling Financial District.
Enjoy a drink outdoors while people watching on Stone Street
Living Room Bar & Terrace
Bold design, jaw-dropping views, and inventive cocktails await at Living Room Bar + Terrace, located in the W Hotel Downtown. A lounge with DJ chill vibes, and by its name, interior living room feel. There's indoor and outdoor areas with comfortable couches. The outside terrace has a breathtaking view of the Freedom Tower.