New York always has a neighborhood being touted as its newest hotspot, from Midtown enclaves to areas of upper Manhattan undergoing rapid transformations. However, despite highs and lows in the New York economy and outer boroughs getting their due, there’s one area of the city that’s never lost its cool: downtown Manhattan. In fact, in recent years, Park Row in particular has made an incredible resurgence, becoming a hotspot for existing city-dwellers and those hoping to call Manhattan home alike. So, what’s behind the uptick in interest in this enchanting neighborhood?
Ask anyone who’s ever set foot in downtown Manhattan and they’ll tell you: the neighborhood is a particularly beautiful blend of architectural genres. While the area has retained countless low-slung brick and stone buildings dating back to the early days of the United States, it’s also home to some of the city’s most beautiful modern architecture, as well. Park Row in particular is home to a wealth of impressive architecture, including 25 Park Row, a modern luxury tower designed that pays homage to some of the area’s most impressive structures, including the Woolworth Building. The COOKFOX-designed skyscraper, done in modern gothic style with stunning exterior balconies and landscaped roof space, is also home to some of the city’s most desirable amenities, including an attended lobby and concierge, a 60-foot swimming pool, grand library, and ample outdoor space perfect for relaxing or mingling with neighbors.
While Park Row has undeniably transformed over recent years, it’s always been a historical hub in the city. Starting in the late 18th century, the area became a major center for business, with everything from tobacco manufacturing companies to printing outfits, like the publishers of the New York World Telegram calling the neighborhood home. By the end of the 1800s, the area was a hotbed for publishing activity, with nearby Chatham Street earning the nickname “Newspaper Row,” thanks to the wealth of print businesses on that street.
Proximity to Work in the Financial District
The Financial District is, without a doubt, Manhattan’s busiest hub when it comes to employment opportunities, from retail work to Wall Street to jobs in the legal sector. And for those lucky enough to live on Park Row, work is often mere steps away. Especially as the neighborhood’s retail sector continues to grow with the addition of shopping centers like Brookfield Place, there are more jobs than ever for individuals from all walks of life.
Ample Transportation Opportunities
There’s no denying it: some Manhattan neighborhoods simply have a dearth of transportation options. The good news? Downtown Manhattan and Park Row aren’t among them. With the Park Place and World Trade Center stations just blocks away, the Battery Park City Ferry Terminal, and countless Uber and Lyft drivers roaming the neighborhood all day long, those who call the area home will never risk running late again.
If you’re looking for great shopping in Manhattan, Downtown is the place to be. Just blocks away from Park Row, you’ll find shopping and dining destinations like South Street Seaport and Brookfield Place. The latter, more recently-developed center is home to shops like Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bodega Veneto, Tory Burch, Theory, and Vince, in addition to dining destinations like Knob and Eataly.
Whether you’re moving to the city for the first time or have lived there for years, there’s no denying the magnetism of downtown Manhattan’s Park Row. If you’re looking for the perfect area to call home – one with amazing buildings, restaurants, shopping, culture, and walkability – look no further.