Helloo, this post is the continuation of the previous one, so if you didn’t read that one, go and check it out!
As I said, we stayed in a hotel in Lower Manhattan, in the Financial District. There is actually a lot to do and see there!
These are all my favourites of that “quiet” part of New York City!
That’s the hotel where we stayed, it’s a very big hotel with 16 floors and a Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar! The rooms in the hotel are very quiet, you never hear anything from the outside or from other guests. Loved it.
- PJ Clarke’s
Is a very cosy restaurant close by Brookfield Place. The staff is very friendly and the food is soo delicious! (try the Caesar Salad and hamburgers)
- Brookfield Place
Is a very small shoppingcenter (for New York standards) and there are quite expensive shops, but also loads of nice places to eat (on the first floor!), there is a relaxed vibe and in summer it’s sooooo cool in there (actually it’s cool everywhere inside the buildings of NYC in summer…)
- Westfield One World Trade Centre
This is a new shopping mall near the One World Trade Centre and the 9/11 memorials. The building symbols a released pigeon, the building is built for the 15th anniversary of 9/11. The futuristic building opened August 16th, so there were still a few shops that needed to open when we visited.
And… if you don’t like shopping, it’s an ideal place to have a look at the architecture of the mall, really a must see !
- Citi Bike
These are the famous(?) blue bikes of New York City! Cycling is an excellent way to discover a big city like this. You pay by credit card, get a code and the bike is all yours (for 30 minutes), then you have to put the bike in another bike-stand and get another code. Sticking to the 30` limit is a challenge and we ended up incurring some fines (…).
Good to know: just opposite the Conrad is a Citi-bike-stand!
- Whole Foods Market
This is an American supermarket chain exclusively featuring foods without artificial preservatives, colors, flavors, sweeteners and hydrogenated fats. It’s a great place to have a fast, proper meal (take-away and take-in). In New York, there are Whole Foods everywhere! Just go to google maps and search your nearby market.
- Staten Island Ferry
This FREE ferry takes you to Staten Island. It’s a no cost way to see the statue of liberty, also at night! The best way is to go at 7 o’clock PM, then you see a beautiful sunset and you don’t have mayhem of people who go working in New York/Staten Island! From Lower Manhattan you can get there using the (again) free red buses serving the area.
- Le Pain Quotidien
This is a Belgian bakery chain where you can have delicious breakfast (take a big basket with bread and jam!). There is one opposite the Conrad Hotel. You can sit inside or outside (covered). The people are also very friendly (like nearly everywhere in NYC) and you have a great choice of breakfast/lunch.