By Staff | Downtown Alliance
Lower Manhattan Arts + Culture Updates
The Ronald O. Perelman Center for the Performing Arts
Opening early 2023
Scheduled to open in 2023, the Performing Arts Center will be a one-of-a-kind multidisciplinary space, with the latest theatrical design, technology and boundary-pushing work not found anywhere else in New York City. Located at the World Trade Center, the Perelman Center will celebrate life and humanity, producing and premiering work from leading multicultural, international artists in theater, dance, music, film, and chamber and new opera. Its performances will undoubtedly redefine Lower Manhattan as a prime cultural destination and serve as a living testament to the power of the arts to inspire, entertain, and unite us.
Hall des Lumières
Opening September 2022
A new immersive digital art center helmed by global media leaders Culturespaces and IMG, Hall des Lumières is home to the exciting exhibition “Gustav Klimt: Gold in Motion,” a multi-sensory dive into the artist’s famous works. The show opens in September 2022.
Statue of Liberty Museum
This 26,000 square-foot museum on Liberty Island opened to the public in 2019, offering visitors the opportunity to get up-close-and-personal with the statue’s original torch and other Lady Liberty-related artifacts. The space is open to anyone who comes to Liberty Island on a trip to see the Statue of Liberty, with admission included in the price of the ferry ticket. Inside, there are three main gallery spaces (including a theater) and a rooftop terrace.
Lower Manhattan Restaurants + Bars Updates
SAGA / Overstory
Art Deco masterpiece building 70 Pine has become a destination all its own, with not one but three world-class, elegant spots to try. In 2019, James Kent (of 11 Madison and NoMad fame) and business partner Jeff Katz brought the 120-seat Michelin-starred Crown Shy to ground floor of the building, and have since opened SAGA at the top. This restaurant has a sensational multicourse seasonal tasting menu, and exquisite views of Manhattan. And located above SAGA is Overstory, an elegant cocktail bar that offers delicately-crafted drinks from the picturesque 64th floor.
Michelin-starred Chef Daniel Boulud opened Le Gratin, a casual French restaurant on the ground floor of The Beekman, A Thompson Hotel. The menu is inspired by classic Lyonnaise cuisine.
The Tin Building – opening late Summer 2022
Located on the site of The Seaport’s famed Fulton Fish Market, the Tin Building is a new culinary destination curated by acclaimed celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. The 53,000-square food mecca will offer two floors of “immersive concepts,” multiple restaurants and a market where you can buy everything from locally-sourced seafood and meats to fresh produce and specialty items. Fans of Jean-Georges can also find his first seafood restaurant, celebrated spot The Fulton, at The Seaport.
Lower Manhattan Attractions Updates
QC NY Spa on Governors Island
For the first time in its history, Governors Island – a 172-acre island sits in the heart of New York Harbor just yards away from Lower Manhattan – is accessible 365 days per year. This is partially due to the exciting addition of the QC NY Spa, a luxury spa with amenities including relaxation rooms, saunas, massages, wellness water experiences and outdoor thermal pools with stunning 360-degree views of Manhattan, bookable for day trips year round. Governors Island is also home to fields of hammocks, hills of slides, incredible arts programming, and plenty of food options — including Island Oyster, which was nominated for a James Beard Foundation 2019 award for Best Restaurant Design.
The popular Summer Concert Series at Pier 17‘s dramatic rooftop venue is back and bigger than ever, with Summer 2022’s lineup including Pusha T, Bikini Kill, Jason Mraz and Elvis Costello. Kicking off in May and running through October, enjoy a one-of-a-kind, cutting edge experience featuring everything from pop to comedy — plus views that can’t be beat.
Pier 11 — Ferry routes connecting Lower Manhattan to all five boroughs leave from Pier 11: Lower East Side, the Bronx, Astoria, Bay Ridge, Sunset Park, North Brooklyn and the Rockaway beaches and now St. George on Staten Island.
Lower Manhattan Hotel News 2022
With 14 million plus visitors expected this year, the neighborhood has swiftly become a destination of choice to base a stay in New York City. And with 8,000 rooms in 38 hotels and 9 more in the pipeline, there have never been more options within our one square mile. Popular luxury properties include the Beekman Hotel, the Four Seasons, and Mr C Seaport. A number of new hotels have opened since the start of the pandemic, including Casa Cipriani and The Wall Street Hotel, which both offer some of the finest hotel stays in all of New York City. See all hotels here.