Financial District – Ariel Cohen, Douglas Elliman’s The Ariel Cohen Team

The Financial District (aka FiDi) is one of the most dynamic and historic neighborhoods in Manhattan and it’s easily the most accessible, with 7 subway lines, 2 bus lines, multiple ferry stops and quick access to the FDR and West Side Highway – there’s even a heliport in FiDi.

From top restaurants, to boutiques and luxury retailers, parks and museums, this neighborhood has something for everyone. In recent years, it has transformed into a 24/7 residential community and will continue to evolve and welcome new businesses and residents as new residential developments are being planned, tech companies move in and One World Trade Center is nears completion.

Ariel ‘s Suggestions:

01La Maison du Chocolat
La Maison du Chocolat is the ultimate destination for those with a sweet tooth. This international chocolatier serves up specialty chocolates and other decadent treats with artful presentation. You have to try their hot chocolate. Nearest subway: Wall Street

02Stone Street
This historic cobble-stoned street is filled with popular bars and restaurants, like Ulysses and The Dubliner. During the warmer months, the street is filled with long picnic tables, where you can sit and enjoy a drink or a meal.  Nearest subway: Wall Street

03Andaz, Wall Street
This Hyatt-managed hotel is home to three of my favorite FiDi hotspots: Bar Seven Five, a sophisticated bar and lounge; Wall & Water, a must-try farm-to-table restaurant; and, lastly, a seasonal outdoor biergarten, which is a great place to catch up with friends over delicious brews and bites. Nearest subway: Wall Street

04South Street Seaport
There is so much to do at the South Street Seaport, from shopping and dining to neighborhood events. You can even catch a movie outside in the summer.  Nearest subway: Fulton Street

05Imagination Playground
My kids just love this playground. It’s fun for them to explore, climb and expel some of their unlimited energy.  Nearest subway: Fulton Street


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