July 19, 2017
Weekender In New York's Financial District
The Financial District has Raised its Game. Manhattan’s oldest neighborhood, the Financial District, was forever considered the territory of bankers and businesspeople, without much in the way of nightlife or culture. In the last year, the completion of One World Trade Center and the architecturally significant Oculus building, as well as the opening of two incredible new hotels, Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown and The Beekman - A Thompson Hotel, have transformed this area into one of Manhattan’s most dynamic new neighborhoods for dining, shopping and nightlife.
American Excursionist has designed an ideal weekend itinerary, including a unique sailing excursion, mixology class, walking tour and helicopter ride, as well as dining recommendations, to showcase the possibilities available without ever setting foot North of Chambers Street.
- Friday Afternoon - City overview: Arrive in the Big Apple and check into either The Four Seasons Hotel Downtown or The Beekman Hotel. No time to get comfy though, because the weekend starts with a literal overview of the city - from the cockpit of a private helicopter. Soar over the island of Manhattan as the city’s iconic landmarks are pointed out by a knowledgeable guide.
- Friday Evening - No prohibition here: Take a private mixology class with a master bartender in the back room of one of New York’s coolest prohibition-style speakeasies. Learn the fundamental techniques of flavor building and drink construction, while whipping up a refreshing aperitif before heading out to dinner. For dinner, travel from 1920’s NYC to 1920’s Paris - at one of the most elegant Parisian style bistros this side of the Atlantic, Augustine, Keith McNally’s latest venture, and one of two restaurants located within the Beekman Hotel.
- Saturday Morning - Once a trading post, always a trading post: Wake up early and hit the streets for a walking tour with a local expert guide. Learn about the earliest chapters of the city’s history - back when it was a Dutch fur trading village known as New Amsterdam - and keep on the look out for relics of centuries past (Wall Street was named for the fortification that stood as protection from pirates, Native Americans and the British!). Afterwards, head to the architectural marvel that is the Oculus, perusing its fantastic shopping opportunities and admire its bold design, worth all of the $3.9 billion.
- Saturday Afternoon - Views from the icon: Join a guide for a private tour of one of the United States' most iconic buildings, the One World Trade Center. Fly up to the 100th floor in less than 60 seconds and to the observatory of the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere. Check out the discovery level next for a 360˚ view of the emblematic NYC skyline. Skip the line for the elevator and head back to earth.
- Saturday Evening - Sunset cruising: The evening begins with a cruise around the Statue of Liberty. Many visitors to the city take to the water to enjoy the views of the world’s most famous skyline, but few ever get the opportunity to enjoy the sunset this way; from the privacy of their own sailboat and with a glass of champagne in hand. Back onshore to one of Manhattan's other sought after destinations - dinner at Danny Meyer’s renowned North End Grill, just steps from the water.
- Sunday Morning - The real New Yorker tradition: Brunch is the quintessential New York tradition, and one that no trip to NYC is complete without. For a truly new take on it savor the delectable one of a kind “foie graffle” at Tom Colicchio’s Fowler & Wells, on the ground floor of the Beekman Hotel. Leave the city feeling victorious, and start to think about which neighborhood to hit next time.