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 created lofts and apartments with high ceilings and modern amenities such as gyms, concierges, and computer systems that e-mail you when your dry cleaning has arrived. Buyers are often impressed by the quality of the buildings offering considerable value opportunities. Top 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. And when you’re in the Financial District don’t miss St. Paul’s Chapel, the only surviving pre-Revolutionary War building in Manhattan. Shopping options include Tiffany’s, Thomas Pink, and Hermès, with all sorts of luxury goods for sale. Foodies love gourmet boutique City Acres 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 a new ice skating rink called Seaport Ice. There’s also a terrific maritime museum and water views that will take your breath away.