On a drizzly winter day recently, we took a temporary elevator up to the dizzying heights of the elaborate construction project that is One Wall Street. This historic 1920’s building is on its way to becoming the most fashionable place to live below Canal Street – though it’s still a couple of years from completion.
The odd thing is, there was a time not all that long ago, when very few people would have found excitement in the opportunity to acquire a Wall Street home address. Who, after all, wanted to live amongst the bankers during the week, and amidst all the veritable desolation at the weekends?
But the financial giants have mostly decamped to Midtown, leaving behind a visually striking neighborhood with an almost European-like maze of streets, and a wealth of historic architecture. And despite the banking exodus, views from some of what will be One Wall Street’s most coveted apartments will still be directly into the Stock Exchange (though we don’t recommend spying for stock tips). Still others, especially at the higher floors, boast views that seem to stretch across the Hudson to, well, eternity.