Neighborhood Spotlight: The Financial District

Written By Laura Schier | August 16, 2019 | Published in NYC Lifestyle
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A combination of quiet residential streets and bustling commercial areas, the Financial District offers a peaceful yet exciting atmosphere for residents and visitors alike. Located on the water at the tip of Lower Manhattan, the neighborhood showcases both the East and Hudson River and features lots of quiet, relaxing space for New Yorkers to enjoy the panoramic waterfront views. With popular sites, great dining and shopping options, and beautiful cobblestone streets, the Financial District is a vibrant NYC neighborhood with a lot to offer. 

Bustling and busy during the week and quiet, slower and peaceful on the weekends, the Financial District is a constantly changing scene. On weekdays, NYC commuters fill the streets. Whether they are going out to eat at any of the food destinations nearby or are traveling to and from the area, the commercial areas in FiDi are more crowded during the typical work week in this major commerce center. In contrast, the neighborhood has an easygoing and serene atmosphere on the weekends. Locals and visitors can be seen eating at any of the popular food spots, checking out the sites, or meandering around the area.

The architecture throughout the Financial District is elegant and diverse. The residential areas feature luxury condos overlooking winding and narrow streets. As many of these developments were converted from banks and office buildings, many feature rooftop terraces, gyms, and apartments with soaring ceilings. These upscale properties are located throughout the neighborhood along with sleek, high-rise office buildings.

The Financial District has some of the greatest destinations in NYC. Visit One World Observatory for sky-high views of Manhattan, the outer boroughs, and several surrounding states. Experience the National September 11 Memorial at Reflecting Absence, two reflecting pools that feature cascading waterfalls pouring into the 30-foot holes in which the Twin Towers originally stood that honor the victims of 9/11. Throughout the neighborhood are a variety of museums as well, from the National Museum of the American Indian at Bowling Green to the Museum of American Finance on Wall Street.

Those looking for beautiful waterfront views and great entertainment in the Financial District can visit South Street Seaport. Situated on the East River, this scenic and iconic NYC destination has transformed from one of the world’s biggest ports in the 1600s to the upscale Seaport district it is today. Much of the historic architecture from when the area was a commercial hub in the 19th century is still present today, from the Federalist-style buildings to charming cobblestone streets.

South Street Seaport is the perfect spot for those looking to grab a drink with friends, try a new eatery, or simply admire the panoramic river views. For Happy Hour with a view, visit R17, a bar and lounge located on the rooftop of Pier 17. For an indoor, more casual drink spot, try the Tuck Room, a speak-easy with a sizeable food and drink menu. Food options abound in South Street Seaport as well, from fine dining at The Fulton, an upscale seafood restaurant, to casual brunch at Made Fresh Daily, an eatery which only uses all-natural ingredients. And with film screenings, free summer concerts, workout classes, and other events throughout the year, there is always something going on.

If you are looking for a vibrant, scenic place to live with countless activities and destinations right at your fingertips, the Financial District is the right place for you. Visit the Elegran sales page or contact an agent today to find out more about homes in this exciting neighborhood.


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