Downtown, south of 14th Street, is where New York is happening in the moment. By day or after hours, the streets are alive. People are shopping up-and-coming international designers in SoHo. Discovering new culinary destinations, quaint bars and speakeasies, and clubs for dining, music and dancing. Exploring modern art in brand new museums. Looking upwards to another work of art in that famous and evolving skyline. Or looking down on its streets from the top of the world. Be where New York’s past meets its future, from the Meatpacking District to Tribeca to the cobbled streets of the historic Wall Street district … and Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown.
Step right outside Four Seasons to explore this exciting community of shops and restaurants in converted lofts and warehouses. Let our Concierge guide you to the best of Tribeca.
The historic and symbolic centre of the finance world in America, Wall Street is also a prime tourist destination in New York City. Our Concierge would be pleased to help you explore on your own or arrange a walking tour with expert guides.
The SoHo-Cast Iron Historic District houses hundreds of beautiful 19th-century buildings with cast iron façades, full of trendy restaurants, galleries, vintage clothing stores and designer boutiques. But the real draw is the emerging NYC design talent you won't find anywhere else, from cutting-edge artists to couturiers.
Statue of Liberty
A must for any NYC trip, The Statue of Liberty Enlightens the World is a symbol of freedom for the city and the country. A National Monument, the dramatic copper statue with Lady Liberty’s famous torch rises in the harbour to welcome guests from around the world to New York City and America. Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown is a convenient ride away from the boat launch to Liberty Island. The Concierge can help you arrange your tickets.
Once the “eighth wonder of the world” when it was completed in 1883, the iconic suspension bridge (and its partner in crossing the East River, the Manhattan Bridge) is just blocks from the Hotel in the Two Bridges district. A stroll or jog over the bridge at sunrise or sunset is a must-do, must-see experience.
Tribeca Film Festival
An annual spring festival of independent film since 2002, the Tribeca Film Festival attracts nearly half a million viewers a year. Be first to see the films that film-lovers talk about and watch the emerging actors and directors who'll lead the industry forward.
A short walk from Four Seasons, right on the Hudson River waterfront, Brookfield Place offers high-end shopping and dining – including the diverse Parisian-style market known as Le District. Step outside to refresh by the water, from winter skating on the rink to sailing from North Cove Marina.
Hudson River Park
Hugging the Hudson River’s edge from 59th Street to Battery Place, Hudson River Park welcomes joggers, bikers and power walkers to navigate 500 acres of Manhattan waterfront. Explore the many piers that feature everything from mini golf and sand volleyball courts to sprawling lawns fit for sunbathers or exercise boot camp classes. Or simply breathe in the green space and take in expansive river views from front-row park benches and café-style seating.
One World Observatory
Soar to the 102nd floor in less than 60 seconds and scan the horizon from the observatory atop One World Trade Center, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. Step onto the Sky Portal to feel what it might be like to have a bird’s-eye view of the streets below.
The Whitney Museum
Champion of 20th- and 21st-century American art, The Whitney celebrated its new downtown address when it moved from uptown New York to its new Meatpacking District building in 2015.
In this waterfront park at the tip of Manhattan, you can stroll through Piet Oudolf-designed gardens, watch free summer performances of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, launch off to explore New York Harbor by tall ship, or ferry to the Statue of Liberty or Ellis Island.
9/11 Museum and Memorial Plaza
Honouring the victims of the September 11 attacks and placing history into a global context, the 9/11 Museum and Memorial are both educational and moving.
National Museum of the American Indian
Journey through 12,000+ years of Native American history, from paleo to contemporary, covering more than 1,200 indigenous cultures. One of the world’s most extensive collections of Native American arts and artefacts, it ranges from rare objects to photographs, film and audio records.
Next door to the Hotel is one of the most beautiful examples of neo-Gothic architecture in New York City, as one peep into the magnificent lobby will attest. Custom private tours are available, which our Concierge would be happy to arrange.
Like a giant nautilus shell swimming with iridescent sea creatures, Battery Park’s Seaglass Carousel commemorates the site of New York's first aquarium. Enjoy a gentle undersea adventure as you ride the giant fish through the shimmering light. Pure magic for the child in each of us.
Oculus at World Trade Center
Connect with a brand-new mega-hub of transit in the sculptural winged pavilion called the Oculus, designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. This sunlit structure, symbolizing a bird taking flight, features a glass retractable skylight surrounded by curved white columns rising 160 feet (49 metres) in the air. Browse 100 upscale shops in a luminous pavilion that boasts more than 350,000 square feet (32,516 square metres) of fashion retail, culinary and artistic space at Westfield World Trade Center.
The High Line
Built on a historic, elevated rail line, the High Line is a public park, a Piet Oudolf-designed garden, and an international attraction. It begins by the Whitney Museum on Gansevoort Street and runs to West 34th Street, between 10th and 12th Avenues. Walk through the changing seasons, soak up the sunshine on the benches, or enjoy the many public programs. And be prepared to people watch.