Fifteen Years after 9/11, NYC & Company Highlights Lower Manhattan’s Transformation Into A New Destination for Visitors and Locals
As the 15th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, NYC & Company, New York City’s officialdestination marketing organization, invites locals and visitors to discover a newly envisioned Lower Manhattan. Over the last several years, the neighborhood has experienced an incredible renaissance with new hotels, fantastic shopping, celebrity chef–owned restaurants and record-breaking attraction openings. A prime destination for tourism, Lower Manhattan is enjoying an extraordinary moment in time, from the opening of the luxury Four Seasons New York Downtown next month to the debut of the Westfield World Trade Center shopping complex.
“Lower Manhattan’s remarkable revitalization over the last 15 years is a cornerstone of the ‘new’ New York City,” said Fred Dixon, president and CEO of NYC & Company. “With tourism reaching record levels in New York City, visitors and locals have more choices to explore, shop, stay and dine than ever before in this newly reimagined downtown neighborhood.”
Whether it’s leisure or business travel, visitors will find a wide variety of new hotel accommodation options throughout the neighborhood. Historic Victorian architecture meets modern luxury at The Beekman, a Thompson Hotel, which opens to the public on August 23. The hotel features 287 rooms, including penthouse suites and an original nine-story glass atrium. The luxurious Four Seasons New York Downtown, which opens in late September, will feature Four Seasons’ well-known hospitality and 189 rooms and suites, situated a block away from the World Trade Center. The hotel will include an urban spa, as well as a new restaurant, CUT by Wolfgang Puck.
Business travelers and families looking for extra space can relax at the newly opened AKA Wall Street, complete with 132 fully furnished extended-stay apartments, or the all-suite Conrad New York, featuring 463 luxury suites overlooking the Hudson River.
The latest fashion trends and name-brand retailers now call Lower Manhattan home. Fulton Center offers a great variety of handcrafted products from retailers such as NYS Collection, Moleskine and Tiecoon. Along the Hudson River waterfront,Brookfield Place, which opened in 2015, is home to contemporary luxury brands such as Diane von Furstenberg, Michael Kors, Lululemon and an 85,000-square-foot Saks Fifth Avenue opening next month. The $1.4 billion Westfield World Trade Center shopping complex has just opened with around 60 stores, with 40 more stores opening by the end of the year to occupy the 365,000 square feet of retail space. Shops that have opened so far include Apple, Under Armour, Kate Spade and Lacoste.
World-renowned chefs, new concepts and outposts of the City’s best restaurants are some of the new culinary experiences to be found in Lower Manhattan. At Brookfield Place, visitors can browse through a French-inspired market at Le District, featuring three restaurants and four districts selling quality meats, cheeses, breads and more. Upstairs from Le District is Hudson Eats,serving up popular dishes from city mainstays including Mighty Quinn’s Barbeque and Num Pang sandwich shop. Another city mainstay, Shake Shack, has recently opened at Fulton Center.
The new Eataly NYC Downtown Italian marketplace debuted at 4 World Trade Center this month and features tastings, a sit-down Southern Italian restaurant, bread bakery, Italian coffee bar and several to-go options. Pier A Harbor House, which opened last year in Battery Park, is an old immigration hall turned into a restaurant and beer hall, featuring fresh seafood and private event space with views of the Statue of Liberty.
Wolfgang Puck will open his award-winning steakhouse CUT by Wolfgang Puck next month at the Four Seasons New York Downtown, his first restaurant in the City. At The Beekman, a Thompson Hotel. acclaimed chef Tom Colicchio will open his signature Fowler & Wells restaurant, along with restaurateur Keith McNally and his Brasserie-style restaurant Augustine, onAugust 23. Celebrity chef John-Georges Vongerichten plans to debut a food hall–style fish market and restaurant in Pier 17 atSouth Street Seaport in 2017. Additionally, David Chang is planning a dynamic new concept at the same location.
For unbeatable views of Lower Manhattan, visitors can grab a signature Prosecco & Ice Pop cocktail atop The Conrad New York’sLoop Doopy Rooftop Bar (open seasonally).
ATTRACTIONS & CULTURE
Visitors to Lower Manhattan will find a new hub of culture and attractions throughout the neighborhood. The crown jewel of the area’s redevelopment is the 1,776-foot One World Trade Center, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and home toOne World Observatory, opened in May 2015. To honor the 15th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, the NationalSeptember 11 Memorial & Museum will open a new exhibit Rendering the Unthinkable: Artists Respond to 9/11 on September 12.
In spring 2015, the aqua-themed SeaGlass Carousel opened at Battery Park, as well as the expansion of the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration in New York Harbor. South Street Seaport is currently going through a transformation with a new iPic luxury cinema opening on October 7, the reopening of the South Street Seaport Museum earlier this winter and 300,000 square feet of new retail space opening next year.
Just a ferry ride away from Lower Manhattan, Governors Island completed its transformation this summer into a cultural and educational hub with the opening of The Hills, four man-made hills that provide unparalleled views of the skyline, featuring the tallest slide in the City.
To support the new development efforts in Lower Manhattan, there have been several enhancements to the neighborhood’s transportation infrastructure. Fulton Center, which debuted in November 2014, is a retail and transportation hub that connects to nine MTA subway lines and five subway stations for more than 300,000 riders. In October 2015, Mayor De Blasio announced that the free Staten Island Ferry service will run at least every 30 minutes, seven days a week between Lower Manhattan and Staten Island.
The World Trade Center Transportation Hub, which was completed in May, connects visitors seamlessly to 11 subway lines, PATH trains to New Jersey, Battery Park City Ferry Terminal, Brookfield Place and the World Trade Center complex. The hub seamlessly creates an underground connection that stretches between Brookfield Place and Fulton Center. This state-of-the-art transportation hub is housed under the Santiago Calatrava–designed Oculus, serving 200,000 daily commuters and home to the Westfield World Trade Center shopping complex.