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Settings for a Scene

From the biggest names in fashion retailing to internationally renowned restauranteurs and spectacular waterfront parks, Lower Manhattan has everything you’d expect from a first class 21st century urban neighborhood.  

Over the last several years Lower Manhattan has undergone  a retail and dining revolution with projects at Westfield World Trade Center, Brookfield Place and the South Street Seaport. By 2019, Lower Manhattan is expected to have more than 7 million square feet of retail, an increase of nearly 3 million square feet since 2014. Drawn to the estimated $8.4 billion in spending power in the Lower Manhattan market, the constellation of quality brands is varied and rich: Anthropologie, Saks Fifth Avenue and Century 21, Zara and Urban Outfitters, Target and Whole Foods (coming 2020), Salvatore Ferragamo and Tiffany - just to name a few. These brand name retailers are being joined by exciting new restaurants lead by international culinary stars including Tom Colicchio, Stephen Starr and Wolfgang Puck and legendary restauranteurs such as Danny Meyer, Keith McNally and David Chang. Dozens of new bars and entertainment venues like The Mailroom, The Rooftop at Pier 17, and Alamo Drafthouse (coming late 2019) are enlivening the historic streets of Lower Manhattan as well. You can grab a cup of coffee at over 80 unique local coffee shops.

Surrounded on three sides by water, Lower Manhattan boasts over 84 acres of open space and some of the best waterfront views in the entire city. Lower Manhattan’s parks range from quiet contemplative spaces to waterfront esplanades and major recreational facilities such as The Battery. Spectacular Governor’s Island is a short ferry ride from Lower Manhattan.

Lower Manhattan is brimming with free music and events. Stop by the Seaport District for summer concerts and cultural events on its cobblestone streets or check out the world class cultural offerings at Brookfield Place and the River to River festival.

Dozens of museums and cultural organizations enrich life in one of New York City’s most historic neighborhoods. Tourists are flocking to Lower Manhattan with 14.6 million tourists visiting the neighborhood in 2018. Over 7,600 hotel rooms are now available in Lower Manhattan with 12 additional hotels scheduled for completion in the next couple years. Lower Manhattan is also home to a vibrant residential community with over 62,000 residents who live in 33,250 units across the neighborhood, and another 2,900 units are in the works.


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