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The Ultimate Guide to the NYC Financial District

Published on October 10, 2017 by rae steinbach

The Financial District: An Overview

The Financial District is best known for its maze-like setup and housing some of the coolest buildings in NYC.  It’s actually an enjoyable activity “getting lost” in the streets in this downtown portion of New York City.

In this neighborhood, a little from Manhattan’s colonial time is left over. This comes in the form of a valuable couple of structures constructed in the 1700s. However, you can still get an even greater sense of history in the South Street Seaport’s nineteenth-century block exteriors. Also, it’s felt in pedestrianized Stone Street’s outdoor tables.

There’s life to be found in the tall office towers and luxury apartment rentals of Wall Street and lower Broadway. This is the case as more and more residents move into the area. And it’s no wonder why: the attractions in FiDi (as it’s termed by the locals) are truly amazing. With more than 200,000 people between the ages of 18-44, the area only continues to grow.

FiDi is bounded by the East and Hudson Rivers, and by Chambers Street and Battery Park to the north and south. The following are the sights, attractions, and restaurants that you must try the next time you’re in this area. This is your ultimate guide to the NYC Financial District.

guide to the Financial District NYC

Sights/Attractions:

Brooklyn Bridge:

This stunning stone bridge is known as one of the most prestigious and recognizable landmarks of New York City. The bridge extends over the East River and connects Manhattan and Brooklyn. It is one of the best attractions of Financial District and well worth a visit. The Brooklyn Bridge offers stunning views, morning through evening.

Bowling Green:

This part of FiDi is most popularly known as the home of Arturo Di Modica’s 7,000-pound, bronze Charging Bull statue (1989). Bowling Green is located at the foot of Broadway. When it was first constructed in 1733, it was NYC’s first public park. Besides the statue, it is a beautifully maintained portion of the neighborhood.

9/11 Memorial and Plaza:

The memorial was opened at the tenth commemoration of 9/11. It was designed by Michael Arad and Peter Walker and takes up an extensive swath of the 16-acres of the land of World Trade Center complex. The memorial and plaza frame what’s known as the Memorial Plaza. With its sobering message and awe-inspiring appearance, the landmark is truly one of the most inspiring attractions in NYC.

Restaurants:

Adrienne’s Pizza Bar:

The best pizza place in town dishes them out in an old-fashioned style just as they taste in Italy. Tangy tomato sauce, crispy crust, and loads of cheese keep the lines forming. It is a perfect option for lunching with your friends and family.

Ulysses:

This casual Irish restaurant is located right in the midst of the Financial District’s tall skyscrapers and the NYC Stock Exchange. Ulysses is a popular pub with 12 beers on tap and good pub-grub options. These incude mini cheeseburgers, fried oysters, nachos, and wings.

Financier Patisserie:

As the name suggests, this French bakery serves an array of fancy pastries and even some savory food items. It’s located on Stone Street. This is the pedestrian street of the Financial District. With its wealth of restaurants and bars that spill into the outdoor seating, Stone Street is now recognized as pub row.   

With so much to see and do in the Financial District, it’s become a popular spot for those seeking an NYC apartment rental. Let Short Term Rentals NYC help you in your apartment search. Our unbeatable inventory of FiDi apartments can be refined by your preferences, ensuring you end up in the NYC rental of your dreams.

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