Moving On Up in Lower Manhattan
Lower Manhattan has traditionally been a spot for suits and tourists (and tourist traps) but lately, going downtown—way downtown—has a new air of cool. The all-the-way-south neighborhood stretching from Chambers Street to the bottom of the island has found itself in the midst of a micro-Renaissance, becoming an of-the-moment district where celebrity chefs, luxury hotels, and world-class architects are elevating the scene.
First came the social-media catnip of architect Santiago Calatrava’s awe-inspiring Oculus (panynj.gov), a sculptural shopping center featuring high-end shops like Salavatore Ferragamo, Ermenegildo Zegna, and Tom Ford. Next it was interior designer Martin Brudnizki’s turn to add some edge to the buttoned-up neighbor-hood, revamping Beekman Street’s historic Temple Court building into the Beekman, a Thompson Hotel (thompsonhotels.com). Opened in September, the property was an instant hit, both for its velvet-and-crystal décor and its restaurants by Tom Colicchio and Keith McNally.
Just opposite City Hall Park is Lower Manhattan’s latest reason to look up and check in: Robert A. M. Stern’s 82-story 30 Park Place (thirtyparkplace.com), which opened in September, houses a collection of over-the-top condominiums and the slick 189-room Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown (fourseasons.com). The latter, Manhattan’s second Four Seasons–branded property, brings with it an outpost of Wolfgang Puck’s steak house Cut with a sultry scarlet lounge where stylish New Yorkers—and yes, suits and tourists—mingle every night of the week.