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Nicole Longchamp
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Concierge, The W New York–Downtown
Nicole Longchamp
Concierge, The W New York–Downtown
123 Washington St.
646-826-8600

Lower Manhattan—the southernmost section of the island—is New York City’s center of business and government. It is also an area full of several notable attractions, says Nicole Longchamp, concierge at the W New York–Downtown. The 9/11 Memorial is a place to remember the nearly 3,000 victims of the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001. Two reflecting pools, as well as more than 400 trees, highlight the landmark. “The World Trade Center site holds a special place in my heart,” Longchamp says—an area where she often enjoyed events in the complex’s plaza. In 2014, the memorial will welcome the Pavilion Museum on the footprints of the former Twin Towers. Two iconic images of New York City, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island are also worth a visit. Although the Statue and Ellis Island are closed for renovations and repair post Hurricane Sandy, hoping to reopen sometime in the Spring, there are harbor cruises available that allow visitors to get excellent photos of Lady Liberty, as well as Ellis Island—“the series of buildings that are known as the figurative doorway to the New World.” The venerable Brooklyn Bridge is also a must-see attraction. The wife of the architect who began the project, but passed away before it was finished, completed the bridge in 1883. “I think it’s cool that a woman was the head of a project that size before women’s liberation came about,” Longchamp says. The area near the bridge is also a picturesque spot for a quick run at dawn or dusk, as well as a place to snap dramatic photos of the New York Harbor and East River. The South Street Seaport is a historic district in Lower Manhattan teeming with restored early 19th-century commercial buildings. The area was well known for the Fulton Mall and the Fulton Fish Market—the main hub for all seafood coming into the New York Harbor for more than 200 years. Today, visitors can explore the Seaport Museum, various retail stores, Chinese Junk boats and Tall ships. This location also gives a great view of the Brooklyn Bridge at night—also making it a dynamic photo-op of the bridge, downtown Brooklyn and the East River. Of course, for a relaxing break from exploring Lower Manhattan, head to the W New York–Downtown’s Living Room Bar & Terrace, which offers weekend DJs and dynamic views inside and out. “The LED lighting in the Living Room—reflecting off of the polished granite flooring—lends the illusion to silver-ridged caverns or the belly of a whale,” Longchamp says. “The Terrace presents a panoramic perspective overlooking the World Trade Center site while enjoying a cocktail.”