Putting downtown New York City back on the map

A satellite image of Lower Manhattan was taken Sept. 15, 2001. The image shows the remains of the World Trade Center, and the debris and dust that settled in the area.
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Visitors and those seeking permanent residence alike have flocked back to Lower Manhattan in recent years, according to findings of various organizations like the Alliance for Downtown New York.

The numbers tell a blatantly obvious story — tourism up 30 percent, residents have doubled — and Mayor Michael Bloomberg yesterday put it into words.

“Over the past decade, New York City has come roaring back, faster and stronger than anyone thought possible. And with the biggest cuts in crime, the biggest growth in population and the biggest investments in commercial development have all happened right here in Lower Manhattan,” he said. “I believe the rebirth and revitalization of Lower Manhattan will be remembered as one of the greatest comeback stories in American history.”

Here’s a more in-depth look at the numbers and what’s going on downtown.

What’s going on

New eateries and pubs:  

North End Grill: New Danny Meyer restaurant with a specialty in grilling will be close to the future Conrad New York Hotel.

Takahachi Bakery: Japanese bake shop serving mocha-stuffed buns, plus orange and wasabi mousse, from Hiroyuki Takahachi, a forerunner in New York Japanese cuisine.

Luke’s Lobster:
Seafood joint recently opened in the Financial District and is known for its Maine-style lobster rolls on a buttered & toasted New England-style bun with a swipe of mayo and a sprinkle of their secret spice.

Local projects

Tallest residential building in NYC history: The new $875 million, 76-story project called “New York by Gehry” has been described by The New York Times as the city’s finest skyscraper in half a century and “seems to lift lower Manhattan out of its decade-long gloom.”
 
Tallest building in the U.S.: In 2014, Conde Nast headquarters will be located in 1 World Trade Center.


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