The Financial District has morphed into one of the fastest growing residential neighborhoods in New York City, with a vibrant community of full-time residents complimenting the Wall Streeters who flock to the area during business hours. We think this photo, from the roof deck of 90 William Street, perfectly illustrates the old and new “FiDi.” Daybeds, greenery, skyscrapers and the old Federal Reserve — the city’s past, present and future on full view in an ever-changing New York.
The rising 1 World Trade Center is changing the face of the Lower Manhattan skyline as it climbs all the way up to 1,776 feet, which will make it America’s tallest building. On the Lower East Side, another downtown neighborhood, but one known more for nightlife and historic tenements than tourists and office towers, the view from 195 Bowery is perfectly unobstructed, giving you a one-of-a-kind glimpse into the changing cityscape. Looking out over the rooftops, all the way to the skyscrapers of the Financial District, the view cuts to the core of what New York City really is: a collection of diverse neighborhoods.
This “nose” unit at the landmarked Cocoa Exchange in the Financial District has a curved living room, allowing light to pour in from the windows. The distinctive architecture (and a very cool address) makes the building one of the standouts in Downtown’s fastest-growing neighborhood, and a 3-bedroom apartment at this price point sweetens the deal.
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Last night I went to the soft opening party for Todd English’s new restaurant Libertine, located in the new Thompson Hotel at 15 Gold Street in the Financial District, conveniently located near the William Beaver House which has started its closings. Todd and his fiancé Erica are friends and clients, and my mother Emily and I were fortunate enough to get to come see his newest creation.
The hotel used to be a crappy Holiday Inn, and Thompson Hotels has completely transformed the space and I think it will become an instant downtown destination. The restaurant is named Libertine, and located in the lobby of the hotel. This boite is really sleek and sexy; convenient since there are rooms available upstairs. Parts of the floor are leather; there is an incredible Brazilian Mahogany staircase with Brass railing that leads up to a library/lounge, making this the perfect place to relax and knock back a few.
The food is English’s take on pub fare, and judging from the hors d’oeuvres served last night, I like Mr. English’s interpretation. He made seemingly everyday dishes stand out and sing. Waiters walked around with lobster rolls avec dollops of caviar, Kobe beef franks (never seen that before), Deviled eggs with crab meat, and buckets of Truffle dusted pop corn lined the bar, I must warn you although, the popcorn a la English is slightly more addictive than crack.