Downtown, from the West Side Highway to the East River, from the tip of Manhattan to the Brooklyn Bridge and Park Place.
Easy access to transportation has brought a new wave of condo buyers into the Financial District, known to its residents
as “FiDi.” Recent conversions of office buildings in the Financial District have generated lofts and apartments with high
ceilings and modern amenities such as gyms, concierges, and advanced computer systems. Rental buildings have
modern lounges for socializing and roof decks that go on and on, with views to match. The new luxury high-rises have
joined such classic Financial District co-ops as 3 Hanover Square, a conversion of the former Cotton Exchange.
There’s plenty of history here: the narrow cobblestone streets of Lower Manhattan were once frequented by Herman
Melville (born on Pearl Street). At Federal Hall National Monument, you can see one of Downtown’s most famous
sites —where George Washington accepted the presidency. Don’t miss St. Paul’s Chapel, one of the few surviving preRevolutionary
War buildings in Manhattan. Shopping options include Tiffany’s, Thomas Pink, and Hermès, with all
sorts of luxury goods for sale. Foodies love gourmet boutique Zeytuna Market. It’s also great fun to head to the South
Street Seaport, which boasts more than 100 cafés, restaurants, and shops as well as an ice skating rink and terrific
maritime museum. Enjoy the water views; they will take your breath away.