The Dutch 19 Neighborhood
What comes to mind when you hear the words “Financial District?” Corporate CEOs sitting in penthouse offices at the top of a towering skyscraper? Wall Street’s stock exchanges, the One World Trade Center, or that picturesque view of the Big Apple grazing the clouds above?
While all of those are an integral part of Manhattan’s financial heart, there’s a lot more to this neighborhood than meets the eye. Ask anyone who resides on the lower tip of Manhattan and they’ll tell you that this area is teeming with arts, fine dining, and the premier shopping that New York is known for around every corner. Here’s a guide to help you get to know more about the area.
Where Rivers Collide
At the tip of the Financial District, the Hudson and East Rivers meet to deliver a cool rush of air through lower Manhattan. Aside from breathtaking views, including the Statue of Liberty, there’s a lot you can do on the rivers themselves.
Every tourist knows about the guided boat rides to Lady Liberty, but locals are privy to the finer points this area offers. There are local hangouts such as Pier 15 where you can catch a moment of silence in the hustle and bustle of this business center, sip on a mimosa for brunch, or enjoy the scenery of their garden bar. Skip pier 17, though. It’s tourist central.
If you’re the boating type, then North Cove Marina is only a short distance away from any of the apartments downtown. However, you can still catch a ride on the waves via the Tall Ships on the East River. These 1800’s ships are authentic, gorgeous, and a one-of-a-kind experience that anyone living in the area should try.
Getting Your Art Fix
Everyone knows that famous statues like Charging Bull on Wall Street and Group of Four Trees are here, especially if you live in or around Manhattan. While there’s something special about living in an area that so many incredible sculptures call their home, the Financial district has three distinct art galleries that change their scenery.
Fulton Street is probably the most visited thanks to its constant supply of well-known talent in the industry. You can find a few local nights here as well but come for the big shows. Why? Perry Rubenstein is the place to be for local talent. Despite this being the business district, you’d be surprised at what the artists in the area are capable of.
Finally, there’s Melissa McCaig-Welles. The outside doesn’t scream “fine art gallery,” but looks are deceiving. This is where you’ll find the spirit of the city captured in paintings, prints, and installations. It’s an urban meets Warhol kind of vibe and more than worth your time.
Trees and Steel
Moments away from downtown sits Battery Park, a reprieve for days off or a quiet afternoon out. Located right next to the water, this is a summertime haven for anyone living in the area. You’ll find unique statues and installations like the 9/11 memorial Eternal Flame, but it’s the touch of green amidst the towering skyscrapers of the city that make this place special. Pack a picnic, take a jog, do whatever you do to unwind here.
While the apartment community you live in will probably have its own gym, there are plenty of high-end options available if it doesn’t. Equinox on Wall Street is a popular option. They over dozens of personal training programs from high-intensity Tabata to the Firestarter cardio workout that will leave you drenched. State of the art equipment is available for strength training, too.
Their Pilates program and spa are also highly recommended, but you’ll receive five-star service no matter what you chose to do here. After all, this is a luxury gym.
SoulCycle on Maiden Lane is another excellent option if you enjoy riding an exercise bike. They offer 45-minute classes with choreography designed to shape and sculpt your body. The idea is to create a mind and body workout, which candlelit rooms and a sense of comradery help to establish. It’s unique from any other cycling studio out there and worth a try.
When Hunger Strikes
There are three must-try locations in the Financial District, despite its tendency to offer up a continually varying selection of exceptional dining experiences. First up is historical Delmonico’s. If you’re from the city, then you already know why. If not, this restaurant has served the likes of Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and Charles Dickens.
If you’re looking for something more unique, then give Nobu a try. This kitchen is run by celebrity chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa, and he serves up a fusion of Japanese and Peruvian dishes. The plating is artistic, the ingredients are fresh, and the food is out of this world.
There’s also El Luchador Taqueria, which brings the flavors of SoCal to the Big Apple. It’s considered Mexican street food, but the veggies are fresh and the taste is bold. If you catch yourself with a shorter than usual lunch break, then this is the place to go.
More Than Just A Place to Live
19 Dutch is the newest addition to this downtown area, and it offers an entirely new take on city living. Cozy, warm, and welcoming, it creates a real home in the heart of such a bustling area. Gracious floor plans meet with state of the art appliances and oak wood flooring, while the floor to ceiling windows bring in an abundance of natural lighting. The rooftop terrace provides breathtaking views of the city skyline, while its key location offers quick travel to various New York City transits.