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Financial District

Nicknamed "FiDi," to highlight its neighborhood appeal, Lower Manhattan has historically been and still remains the City's primary business district. The pall cast over Lower Manhattan by the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 was surprisingly short-lived because of the City and federal government's resolve to rebuild and entice residents and businesses to the area. Despite prolonged controversies over the design of a rebuilt Ground Zero, Lower Manhattan began to pulse with new activity as old and bold office buildings were converted to apartments and as TriBeCa boomed with dozens of new and architecturally innovative developments. 

The South Street Seaport and the Brooklyn Bridge along the East River offer a good variety of shops, cafes, hotels and restaurants as well as regularly scheduled concerts, boat rides and other activities, which adds to its ability to attract an influx of new residents, putting Lower Manhattan well on its way to becoming a vibrant mixed-use community. 

North of Wall Street and the South Street Seaport lie City Hall, the Civic Center and the courts around Foley Square, Chinatown and Little Italy all within walking distance of the Financial District as is the Hudson-side esplanade at Battery Park City, the major retail facilities at the World Financial Center and the many restaurants and nightlife spots of TriBeCa to the west. Though the area has obvious appeal for people who work in the district, nearly all major subways stop close by.

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