District PRofile: Financial District

As part of our District PRofile series, we tapped one of our good girlfriends and fellow PR girl Nicole (@nbrigagliano) to provide insight into the southernmost section of Manhattan, the Financial District. Here are her musts of the area:

When most people think of the Financial District, Wall Street and power suits are top of mind, but the Financial District has so much more to offer.  Moving to NYC in Summer `10, I was unsure of where to live and moved into an apartment on Wall Street. I quickly fell in love with the area and all it had to offer. It’s been almost a year and a half for me in FiDi, as the locals call it, and I am still happy to call it home.

Below are some of my FiDi favorites:

TO SEE: After 10 years, the  World Trade Center Memorial  is now open to the public and has proved to be a big attraction among locals and tourists alike. I recommend seeing the memorial at night when the red, white & blue lights of the Freedom Tower are gleaming bright. If you plan to check out the WTC Memorial don’t forget to reserve tickets ahead of time!

TO DRINK: Among the windy streets of the Financial District sits  Stone Street, a cute cobblestone street dating back to the 1600s. Upscale restaurants and pubs line both sides of street including Adrienne’s Pizzabar, Beckett’s Bar & Grill and Ulysses Folk House. Stone Street is the perfect place for grabbing a beer with friends during your favorite sports games or wine & dining with a date. Make sure to stop by during the warmer months (May-October) and see the street lined with tables for some outdoor fun!

TO EAT: While you are in FiDi, don’t forget to stop by the  South Street Seaport. Situated at Pier 17, the South Street Seaport is home to numerous shops, restaurants and attractions offering everyone something to do. Some of the best restaurants can be found on Front Street located right in the middle of the action. My personal favorites are  Il Brigante  for trattoria-style Italian cuisine and  SuteiShi  for fresh sushi and Japanese specialities.

TO DO: My favorite thing to do in NYC is wander through  Battery Park. It proves to provide amazing views of the Statue of LIberty and Ellis Island as well as Downtown NYC. As a fan of the water, I can sit down and take in that view for hours. If you are seeking some adventure hop on board the Circle Line Cruise for a sail around the city or rent a bike and  pedal around lower Manhattan.

Where are your favorite places to go in the Financial District?

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