Guest Blogger: Lexy Vandekieft
The FiDi Community has grown exponentially over the last several years and the number of families that call downtown home continues to rise. On the FiDi Families blog, we are sharing the story of one local FiDi tween, who has navigated the streets of FiDi since she was a toddler and shares her unique view of Lower Manhattan.
I moved to the Financial District when I was 3, and I have loved it ever since. From the lively, energetic streets during the weekdays and the peaceful blocks on the weekends, it is truly the perfect place to live. FiDi has wonderful restaurants and stores. Nearby are top retail stores such as Gap, Aldo and Abercrombie and Fitch and small stores as well. One of my favorites is Lee Lee’s Forest at the South Street Seaport. When I suddenly need a white shirt for school, I can always find it nearby. I have a lot of homework on the weekdays, but on the weekends we love to eat out. Adrienne’s Pizza Bar always has my vote, but in a family with 2 other kids, we have to take turns. My brother and sister love Fields Good Chicken and Dos Toros. My parents like Jim Brady’s and Bobby Van’s Steakhouse for my dad’s birthday! No matter what type of food we feel like, there are always multiple options. FIDI is also so wonderful because everyone knows each other. There aren’t many places in New York where you can walk into a restaurant or store and be known by your first name.
FiDi has it all. We also have so many great attractions that are within walking distance, including the South Street Seaport, Chinatown, Little Italy and Brookfield Place in Battery Park. There are also many museums nearby. The South Street Seaport Museum, 9/11 Museum and Anne Frank Museum are all just minutes away. Every season there is something to do. In the winter, I enjoy ice skating. In the summer I frequently go riverside rollerblading and on boats, which leaves from Pier 16. My parents also love taking my brother, sister and I for walks across the Brooklyn Bridge.
The Financial District also has a great history. In 2nd grade when we were studying New Amsterdam, I remember being so excited because everything that we studied was right on my corner. Every street has an astonishing history behind it.
I’m so happy to be turning 15 in such a fun and friendly neighborhood!
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FiDi’s Newest Residential Building — Interiors by Acclaimed Designer Piet Boon
Images: Courtesy 101 Wall
Residential buildings in Lower Manhattan used to be a dime a dozen. Times have changed and the neighborhood is getting a revamp with new buildings, new amenities, and dining destinations that are unprecedented. The new luxury buildings that are slated to open in 2016 are impressive and worthy of many discussions on architecture, the new downtown skyline and the onslaught of services that are normally reserved for luxury hotels. A perfect example of luxury and incredible design is the Piet Boon designed 101 Wall residential building. The well-known Dutch designer has created a signature, yet distinctive and unique residential building, with a tip of the hat to the Art Deco architecture of the building.
The building was built in 1931 and Boon has been very thoughtful in his design approach, with a concerted effort to retain the historical details, and he specifically maintained a historical presence of the original design in the lobby. The floorplans are unique and range from one to four bedrooms, as is the neighborhood known as FiDi/Seaport and the building is sophisticated and masterful. The building will offer amenities such as a library, a rooftop lounge, a children’s playroom, and open lounge spaces for residents to enjoy.
101 Wall Building Services and Amenities:
The location of 101 Wall, in the Financial District, will allow residents access to green space such as Pier 15, which is steps away, as well as the Imagination Playground, Pier 17 and the Seaport District. The local Downtown Connection will also allow residents easy transportation to the southernmost tip of Lower Manhattan, back up to Tribeca, all compliments of the Downtown Alliance. To learn more about 101 Wall Street and to visit the sales office, visit their website: www.101Wall.com
Dreamy FiDi Home Offers Massive Indoor and Outdoor Living
Indulge in an artfully designed masterpiece sitting high atop the beautifully reimagined South Star in the heart of the Financial District. This gorgeous 2,100 square foot 3 bed/ 3 bath corner property sports a stunning 1,100 square foot wrap terrace-the largest in the building.
The immaculate loft-style space includes: dramatic 11 foot beamed ceilings, hardwood floors, Lutron lighting system, two master suites and a dozen oversized windows. As you enter the sundrenched living space you are greeted with a spectacular flood of southern and eastern light. A custom floor to ceiling entertainment center with a built in Bose surround sound system makes this the ideal setting for entertaining. From the great room, step out onto the wraparound terrace which is fully equipped with an outdoor shower and fully piped gas grill.
The chef’s kitchen sits just off the living space and stuns with granite countertops and custom wood cabinets. Top of the line appliances from Viking, Bosch, Subzero; along with a Wolf gas range, make this a chef’s paradise. A separate laundry room is just off the hall with a full sized washer and dryer and plenty of storage space.
The master suite is a true oasis with a sitting area, gas fireplace, walk-in closet, built-in surround sound, private access to the terrace, and spa like en suite bathroom with a deep soaking tub.
The second master suite includes another full en suite bath featuring a large clawfoot tub and immense closet space. The third guest suite is adjacent to the third full bathroom and makes for an ideal third bedroom or home office.
The South Star is a full-service building offering a 24-hour doorman, live-in super, and is garage accessible from the building elevators. Located in one of the most historic and dynamic neighborhoods, the South Star is central to grocery stores, the newly completed Fulton Street Transportation Hub, South Street Seaport, Stone Street, and Westfield and Brookfield Place shopping destinations.
$3.995M /PRICE REDUCED: $3.845M Address: 80 John Street 15AB
To learn more, please visit the Town Residential website and contact Nicole Birkhold.
The New York real estate market is a constant evolving machine of progress, redevelopment and contradiction. Lower Manhattan is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the City we call home and yet modern buildings such as 50 West are being built and embraced, as much as the conservation of 100+ year old buildings throughout downtown. One example is the Battery Maritime Building, which was built in 1909. It is getting re-invented as a harborside hotel and will no doubt become a jewel in the Lower Manhattan crown.
With commercial development heating up, the continued progression of the neighborhood from a strictly 9 – 5 neighborhood is pretty much all sewn up. The amenities now include more than a dozen new hotels that were completed in the last 12 months with many more to come. Restaurants are open on weekends, offering up brunch, lunch, dinner and happy hours galore. Barber shops, beauty destinations, dry cleaners, postal options and museums are full and offering an array of offerings for both residents and visitors. The schools are full of students and the folks that work downtown are discovering the neighborhoods for themselves. Businesses are experiencing foot traffic like never before.
So, how does someone find out if Lower Manhattan and its many pockets of neighborhoods, such as the Financial District, Battery Park, Tribeca, Chinatown, etc are the right place to rent or buy? Research of course, articles about the quality of life, plans for the future development and an understanding of the neighborhoods past. That is where FiDi Families can offer a platform to the folks who are living and breathing real estate in NYC. As we roll out our new real estate section this summer, be on the look out for editorial and listings from some of the best brokerage firms, agents, residents and parents, who are selling the Big Apple. The FiDi Real Estate section will be a platform for them to showcase their knowledge and the properties that are perfect for the right person and/or family.
As we celebrate Lower Manhattan and the rise of the “Diaper District” as coined by Vivian S. Toy in the NY Times, we also say thank you to our growing newsletter subscribers, our amazing followers on Instagram and Twitter and grateful for the push by so many to launch this section of the website. This is for you!
Meet Jennifer West-Van de Kieft, a Downtown Mom & Native New Yorker
Jennifer West does east to west best! A born and raised Manhattanite, Jennifer knows the city intimately and enjoys sharing her expertise with her real estate clients, no matter where they want to live. Born and raised on the Upper East Side where she spent more than three decades of her life, Jennifer later moved down to the Financial District where she’s resided for 12+ years. Specializing in luxury rentals and apartment sales throughout Manhattan, she believes that New York is the ultimate place to live, and that real estate here is the best investment you can make.
To view her current listings, please visit her site at: https://thejessicacohenteam.elliman.com/about/11576