Lower Man­hat tan

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Lower Man­hat­tan is steeped in U.S. his­tory and home to the coun­try’s fi­nan­cial epi­cen­ter, the New York Stock Ex­change. Venues with panache in­clude Cipri­ani Wall Street (Ri­hanna’s Di­a­mond Ball), the ipic Ful­ton Mar­ket The­aters (with menus by cel­e­brated chef Sherry Yard) and the Royal Suite at the Four Sea­sons Ho­tel New York Down­town (1, 2). The suite can serve as a serene preevent ready room or, with its pri­vate kitchen and 10-seat din­ing room, an ex­clu­sive spot for in­ti­mate din­ners on the 24th floor. Views en­com­pass lower Man­hat­tan, with the strik­ing Ocu­lus at the World Trade Cen­ter in view.

The mul­ti­ple spa­ces of the Sea­port District’s Pier 17 in­clude the grand 65,000square-foot rooftop. A clear Plex­i­glas-walled win­ter­ized tent (opened in mid-de­cem­ber) makes the East River-over­look­ing space us­able in colder months. Over­look­ing the Hud­son River on Lower Man­hat­tan’s west­ern side, the Win­ter Gar­den at Brook­field Place (3) has room for 1,000 in its soar­ing atrium; out­side, the 10,000-square-foot open air Wa­ter­front Plaza has an ice skat­ing rink in win­ter and a pop­u­lar out­door bar once it warms up. There’s room for close to 4,000 at the scenic space. Sev­eral cater­ing op­tions are avail­able.

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