NEW YORK — As the 15th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, Lower Manhattan has experienced a renaissance, with new hotels, shopping, celebrity chef-owned restaurants and attractions opening up.
Additions to the area include the Four Seasons New York Downtown, expected to open next month, and the debut of the Westfield World Trade Center shopping complex.
The Beekman, a Thompson Hotel, opens to the public on Aug. 23. The hotel features 287 rooms, including penthouse suites and a nine-story glass atrium. The Four Seasons New York Downtown, which opens late September, will feature 189 rooms and suites, situated a block away from the World Trade Center. The hotel will include an urban spa, as well as a new restaurant, CUT by Wolfgang Puck.
In addition, there’s the newly opened AKA Wall Street, complete with 132 fully furnished extended-stay apartments, or the all-suite Conrad New York, featuring 463 suites overlooking the Hudson River.
Celebrity chefs, new concepts and outposts of the city’s best restaurants are some of the new culinary experiences to be found in Lower Manhattan. At Brookfield Place, visitors can browse through a French-inspired market at Le District, featuring three restaurants and four districts selling meats, cheeses, breads and more. Upstairs from Le District is Hudson Eats, serving up popular dishes from city mainstays including Mighty Quinn’s Barbeque and Num Pang sandwich shop. The new Eataly NYC Downtown Italian marketplace debuted at 4 World Trade Center this month and features tastings, a sit-down Southern Italian restaurant, bread bakery, Italian coffee bar and several to-go options.
Pier A Harbor House, which opened last year in Battery Park, is an old immigration hall turned into a restaurant and beer hall, featuring fresh seafood and private event space with views of the Statue of Liberty. Wolfgang Puck will open his steakhouse CUT by Wolfgang Puck next month at the Four Seasons New York Downtown, his first restaurant in the city. At The Beekman, a Thompson Hotel, chef Tom Colicchio will open his signature Fowler & Wells restaurant, along with restaurateur Keith McNally and his brasserie-style restaurant Augustine, on Aug. 23. Celebrity chef John-Georges Vongerichten plans to debut a food hall–style fish market and restaurant in Pier 17 at South Street Seaport in 2017.
Visitors to Lower Manhattan will find a new hub of culture and attractions throughout the neighbourhood. The crown jewel of the area’s redevelopment is the 1,776-foot One World Trade Center, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and home to One World Observatory, opened in May 2015.