The New Lower Manhattan
When we think of Lower Manhattan, what comes to mind? The World Trade Center, Battery Park, South Street Seaport, Wall Street. While these attractions draw millions of visitors annually, the neighborhood has become a destination in itself since undergoing a remarkable restoration post 9/11. But unbelievably, the development of Lower Manhattan is nothing new. The neighborhood has been steadily evolving for more than a century.
A building boom began in the early 1900s, and gradually, the cityscape became a cluster of handsome towers, and Lower Manhattan began to take shape. The section of the island hasn’t had an easy time of it either. Besides the horrific attacks on September 11, 2001, there was significant infrastructure damage during Superstorm Sandy in 2012. But still, New York recovered. The downtown skyline symbolizes New York City’s resilience, innovation and the ability to reinvent itself time after time.
This video from Commercial Café shows Lower Manhattan’s timeline of growth. See what the district looked like in 1903, throughout the decades, and what it looks like in present day. I’m sure the new Lower Manhattan, like New York, will look different in a year, five years and in a decade – thus, it won’t be new any longer. Whether we like it or not, this city will never stop changing.
Read more about the evolution of the Lower Manhattan skyline in this informative article from Commercial Café.
The Financial District in Lower Manhattan is more than just business. People are moving there and choosing to live in this area of NYC over all others. There are great shops, restaurants, and bars. I recommend spending some time in Battery Park City, if you’ve never been there. It’s an oasis just a quick walk from the New York Stock Exchange.
Plus, despite an ever-changing city, why I still love living in Manhattan.