Why Now: While “downtown” has typically described anywhere below 14th Street, Manhattan’s southernmost end is establishing itself as the new downtown. Fashionable hotels, restaurants and attractions have arrived following the opening of the rebuilt One World Trade Center in November 2014, providing ample reasons to hang in the neighborhood after the stock market closes.
Where to Go: Anchor your stay at the AKA Wall Street, where all of the 132 suites are bigger than most New Yorkers’ apartments. If you need even more room, head up to the hotel’s private year-round roof deck for a coffee and sunrise views of the World Trade Center. Then pay your respects at the 9/11 Memorial Museum, which powerfully recounts what happened on September 11, 2001, and the days just before. In a city once “meh” on malls, the sleek, neighboring Westfield World Trade Center and Brookfield Place shopping complexes cover the designer spectrum from Apple to Zegna. Come dinnertime, there’s refined French fare at Augustine, the elegant restaurant from Keith McNally, an original influencer on the NYC dining scene. And when the need for a beverage strikes, BlackTail, a Cuban-inspired establishment, will satisfy your appetite for sours, highballs and punches. Meanwhile, The Bennett’s cocktail queen, Meaghan Dorman, shakes up classic drinks with a twist, such as the amaro-meets-spiced- maple Manhattan riff.
HIT THE TOWN
Eataly The Italian food emporium recently opened inside Four World Trade Center.
Northern Grade The roving marketplace’s first permanent retail location features American-made brands.
L’Appart An intimate 28-seat space with an open kitchen and terrace that brings prix fixe fine dining to the ‘hood.