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Financial District Neighborhood Guide

Discover Things to Do in Lower Manhattan

The Financial District is the historic heart of New York yet also one of it’s most modern neighborhoods. Winding, cobbled streets and Federalist buildings meet elevated highways and towering skyscrapers at Manhattan’s southern tip, known for its world-class shopping, dining, and waterfront entertainment.

The Seaport District

Enjoy the warm weather with a stroll through the revitalized Seaport District, located less than a mile away from AKA Wall Street, Explore a varied selection of brand new dining, shopping, and cultural attractions, including SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker, Scotch and Soda, and Big Gay Ice Cream, while enjoying the spectacular waterfront views of the New York City skyline. 

SJP: 93 South Street

Scotch and Soda: 18 Fulton Street

Big Gay Ice Cream: 207 Front Street

Where to Eat in the Financial District

Harry’s Cafe & Steak is a Wall Street institution located in the historic India House. Its steak and wine list has made it a popular neighborhood spot in Hanover Square since 1972. A more modern affair, Le District is a massive French food hall in the luxury Brookfield Place shopping mall. The Financial District’s unique waterfront setting also makes for relaxed dining on the river—the low-key SUteiShi Japanese restaurant offers outdoor seating in the Seaport District.

Harry’s Cafe & Steak: 1 Hanover Square

Le District: 225 Liberty St

SUteiShi: 24 Peck Slip

Shopping in the Financial District

At Brookfield Place, find all the newest shops for fashion, beauty, lifestyle, food, and more. The adjoining Westfield World Trade Center offers the same high-end shopping for well-heeled locals and visitors in an architecturally stunning Oculus designed by world-famous architect Santiago Calatrava. It is the largest indoor shopping mall in New York City.

Brookfield Place: 230 Vesey St

Westfield World Trade Center: 185 Greenwich St

Financial District Museums

Discover paintings, ship models, scrimshaws, and more on vintage docks at the South Street Seaport Museum. Uncover New York’s beginning as a port city and its rise in the development of the United States.

South Street Seaport Museum: 12 Fulton St

Nearby Universities

Downtown Manhattan is home to some of New York City's top-tier universities, such as Pace University and NYU

Pace University: 1 Pace Plaza

NYU: New York, NY

Outdoor Activities in the Financial District

Take in river views from Pier 15 in the Financial District. The public pier offers two levels for snapping photos or enjoying a light meal outdoors, as well as a bar and cafe. A few blocks north, the Seaport District is home to dining, shopping, and entertainment venues that have retained their historic architecture and cobbled streets. Or, take a walk over the Brooklyn Bridge, one of the oldest roadways in the country, to the Brooklyn Bridge Park where you'll find the best views of the Manhattan skyline.

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