Get to know Downtown Manhattan
A bustling hub for business and commerce--The Financial District is one of the most historic neighborhoods in Manhattan, and the pulse of our nation’s financial markets. Castle Clinton was America’s first immigration station. Stone Street, the cobblestone alley known for its restaurants, is considered the first paved street in the city, and the Charging Bull statue in front of Bowling Green is one of the city’s most iconic landmarks. The Financial District feels like an urban oasis as it sits at the confluence of the Hudson and East River. With great views, great parks and high-rise buildings, New Yorkers enjoy the beauty of living on the edge of Manhattan.
Congested weekdays due to the 9-to-5 hustle, and easygoing nights and weekends along the water, Downtown Manhattan is a residential catch where parts of the area seem more like a sleepy coastal town instead of a major metropolitan area. Lunch-time is it’s own special beast in the Financial District. Lines spill out onto the sidewalk for fast, take-out options like Chop’t and Shake Shack. Others have power meals at old-fashioned steak houses like Delmonico’s. During the lunch hour, benches and sidewalk tables are filled with people eager to take advantage of a break in the day to enjoy food, conversation, and the outdoors. In the evening, the after-work crowds wind down at local bars and take advantage of happy-hour specials across the neighborhood.
If you're looking for a night out in the neighborhood, you won't want to miss out on Stone Street, which is the center of entertainment this far south on the island. The entire cobblestone block is filled with taverns and restaurants. On this picturesque street, festivities start early and flow late into the night. During the weekend, the neighborhood moves at a much slower pace. Locations like South Street Seaport or Fulton Market are popular destinations for dining, drinking or just sitting outside. Over the past decade, a boom of luxury conversion buildings sprung up in the FiDi. Just across from Battery Park City, high-rise apartments offer doorman security with all the trimmings.