36 Hours in Lower Manhattan
You’ve stayed in midtown, maybe even in Upper West Side – hell you might have rented a 200 sq. ft. studio in Chinatown for the experience but have you stayed in the Financial District in New York City? Lower Manhattan holds the most history, offers some of the best shopping in town and borders the Hudson Harbor providing some of the island’s best views. Here is a guide on how you should spend your weekend getaway in Downtown NYC:
Visit the monuments, 3pm.
Start your adventure at the iconic Charging Bull (between Broadway and Morris Street). After taking a few pictures for your Instagram, head towards Battery Park with the Statue of Liberty in sight and enjoy a nice leisurely stroll through the park. Lower Manhattan is particularly serene during the warmer months (June – October), especially alongside the water.
Ariel views of Lady Liberty, 5pm.
Enjoy 15 minutes of never-been-seen views of NYC and the Statue of Liberty with New York Helicopter Rides. Check out what Ellis Island looks from above while passing from Brooklyn to Manhattan.
Happy hour then dinner, 6pm.
The Dead Rabbit, one of lower Manhattan’s most iconic bars, offers libations and an assortment of small and large plates. Enjoy live performances every Friday night from 9pm to 2am.
Coffee and pastries, 9am.
Visit Black Fox Coffee Co., the Australian owned coffee bar, on 70 Pine Street for a robust cup of joe and a delicious pastry.
World Trade Center, 10am.
Spend a bulk of your morning touring the memorial site where the Twin Towers once stood tall. Now, One World Trade Center, the tallest building in Manhattan offers one-of-a-kind views of Downtown Manhattan. Be sure to visit the National September 11 Memorial & Museum while you’re in the area.
Shopping and dining at Brookfield Place, 1pm.
Hit Brookfield Place, the upscale luxury shopping mall, which offers more than just brand name designers. After spending a few coins, or hours, shopping, visit the international food court, Le District, for an afternoon snack and cocktail.
Dinner by the water, 8pm.
Miramar Mediterranean Seafood Restaurant, an upscale waterfront eatery, serves an array of seafood dishes and steaks with impeccable views of the Hudson.
Brunch time, 11am.
Brunch like a Manhattanite at Crepes Du Nord. Choose from savory or sweet crepes with a mimosa on the side.
South Street Seaport, 1pm.
Wrap up your stay venturing through the many shops and restaurants at the South Street Seaport. If you have a little extra time, visit the South Street Seaport Museum or Design Market.
Where to stay?
Q&A Residential Hotel, located at 70 Pine, serves all the needs of business and leisure travelers. All of the accommodations are real apartments and are 3 times larger than typical hotel rooms with complete kitchens and spacious closets. Book direct through the website for best rates.