Top 10 Wonders of FiDi

When most people hear of The Financial District (FiDi) they think of Wall Street. Who wouldn't? It’s infamous and there have been countless movies made about it. Who doesn’t love The Wolf Of Wall Street? However, there is so much more to see in FiDi than just a famous street.


Pier 17

 
Pier 17 - as you are looking off the pier at the three bridges, there’s a trick to tell which one is which. From closest to farthest, they stand for BWM. Brooklyn Bridge is closest, Williamsburg Bridge is in the middle, and Manhattan Bridge is the farthest.

Pier 17 - as you are looking off the pier at the three bridges, there’s a trick to tell which one is which. From closest to farthest, they stand for BWM. Brooklyn Bridge is closest, Williamsburg Bridge is in the middle, and Manhattan Bridge is the farthest.

 

This is a semi-secret outdoor bar that only locals seem to know about. It’s located in the South Street Seaport on Pier 17. You’ll know you’ve found the right place by the iconic colorful balloons that hang right above the bar. It’s the perfect spot to grab a cool drink on a hot summer day. Take a seat and look at the gorgeous view of the river and some of Manhattan’s famous bridges!


Van Leeuwen Ice Cream

Just a short walk from Pier 17 is Van Leeuwen Ice Cream. They have so many cool flavors to choose from including vegan options! Grab some ice cream and keep walking around The South Street Seaport!


Stone Street

 
Image by Charissa Fay via  AFAR

Image by Charissa Fay via AFAR

 

Looking for a fun bar crawl? Check out Stone Street. It’s one of the oldest streets in NYC and has a lot of history behind it. Now, it’s home to some great bars with tons of outdoor eating options!


9/11 Memorial & Museum

No matter where you were in the world at the time, 9/11 left a mark on everyone’s heart. The 9/11 Memorial is a beautiful tribute to those whose lives were lost during the attack, and the museum is a stunning and emotional collection of artifacts and memories from that awful day. Both are very worth visiting. The museum can be very emotional, as it contains some audio recordings from the planes that went down, as well as burnt and melted pieces from the World Trade Center.

 
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The Beekman Hotel

While I have never had the experience of staying as a guest at the Beekman Hotel, it is one of my favorite brunches places downtown. Their banana bread French toast and burrata is to die for!


One World Observatory

A little touristy, but worth it for the view! Go get the most amazing view of Manhattan from the 102nd floor of the World Trade Center!

 
Also known as The Freedom Tower

Also known as The Freedom Tower

 

The Oculus

Walk through The Oculus. It serves as a train station as well as a shopping mall. The incredible building looks like it could be something right out of Star Wars and loosely resembles a dove.

 
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Battery Park

Take a stroll or bike ride around Battery Park. Located right on the water at the tip of Manhattan, it’s the perfect place for people watching or a fun picnic!


The Charging Bull

 
Image by  Sam Valadi  via Flickr

Image by Sam Valadi via Flickr

 

Visit the iconic bronze statue that’s located in Bowling Green. The bull is a famous Wall Street statue, symbolizing the aggression necessary for financial prosperity on Wall Street


iPic Movie Theater

Rainy day in the city? Movie theater day! But wait. This isn’t just any movie theater. The iPic Movie Theater on Fulton Street meshes luxury movie experience and serviced dining. I highly suggest splurging on the premium plus seats, which come with food service directly to your chair. The chairs are large recliners that are in private pods of two and come with a pillow and blanket. Hungry? Popcorn is free and all you have to do is push the little blue button to call a server to come take your order. There’s even a bar upstairs!

 
Premium plus seats at the iPic theater on Fulton Street.

Premium plus seats at the iPic theater on Fulton Street.

 

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