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Financial District
Architect and developer Joseph Pell Lombardi was one of the first to see the appeal of Wall Street — he bought 55 Liberty Street in 1978, and converted the building to luxury co-ops in 1980 — and he still believes the area has plenty of room for growth as a residential neighborhood. "If you converted 1 million square feet of commercial space to residential space, you would still only have converted a fraction of the square feet of space that exists on Wall Street," he says. As long as people like Patty Rockmore, co-owner of advertising firm Patty & Toshi, keep moving in, developers will create space for them. Rockmore sold her Park Avenue co-op to renovate cottages in Southampton, then changed her mind and returned to the city in January. "I was on the board of my building, and I loved it -- loved it," she says. Now Rockmore pays $1,800 a month for a large studio at 100 John Street that "looks like a Prada showroom," with frosted-glass panels to offset her bedroom and a view of the Manhattan Bridge. "People like it better than my Park Avenue co-op," she says. "It's like a new beginning." — LAURIE SANDELL

In our archive
Best of New York: Lower Manhattan and Chinatown (March 25, 2002)
Real Estate 2002: Up-and-Coming Neighborhoods (March 11, 2002)
Real Estate 2002: Battery Park City (March 11, 2002)
Real Estate 2001: Lower Manhattan (March 12, 2001)
Rent Asunder (November 26, 2001)
Fixing Downtown (November 12, 2001)
Real Estate Listings

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Brokers specializing in Battery Park City properties
Innovation Group

Properties in the Financial District
Le Rivage
7 Essex

The Schools

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Elementary and Middle Schools

School District 2

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Stuyvesant High School

High School of Economics and Finance

Leadership/Public Service High School

Murray Bergtraum High School for Business Careers

University Neighborhood High School

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Board of Ed site (in PDF format)

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Weekly Crime Stats (in PDF format)
Precinct 1 (Little Italy, TriBeCa, Lower Manhattan): 16 Erickson Place, 212-334-0611
The Scene
Vine: Haute cuisine on Wall Street? A bull-market gamble, but it's working.

Bo Ky: Savor the smells wafting from bowls of Chinese, Cambodian and Vietnamese home cooking.

Bridge Cafe: Opened in 1794, this worn-in tavern has seen more trends come and go than Anna Wintour and Diana Vreeland combined.

More Financial District Restaurants

Winnie's: Divey Chinatown karaoke bar catering to Mandarin-speakers and hipsters alike.

Fun: At this 3,000-square-foot post-pubescent pretty-people playpen, waiting in line to get in is just about the only not fun part.

More Finanial District Bars & Nightclubs

J&R Music World: Not for stereo snobs, but the best prices in town keep the rest of us coming back. CDs, too.

Century 21: This beloved mecca for heavily discounted designer fashion was damaged in the World Trade Center attacks, but will reopen soon.

More Financial District Stores
Other Helpful (or Interesting) Websites

Offsite resources
Battery Park City Online

Community Board 1

Gateway Plaza Tenants Association

The Downtown Alliance

Financial District Guide from

Sponsor Directory
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