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It would be easy to spend weeks soaking up the city that never sleeps and still not get your fill, but to maximize one day here, prioritize the pleasures of Lower Manhattan and the Brooklyn waterfront. Between iconic restaurants, boundary-pushing architecture and some of the most staggeringly beautiful views on Earth, even one day exploring Lower Manhattan will give you a taste of all that makes it one of the greatest cities in the world.



  • Room with a View.

    Start your day with a closer look at Lady Liberty. All statue-view rooms and suites at The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park come outfitted with telescopes to take in the iconic statue and other sites that dot New York Harbor.

  • New York City Breakfast.

    Enjoy breakfast at 2West, where upscale comfort fare is paired with a modern dining room, where floor to ceiling windows provide views of Robert Wagner Park.

  • Bird’s-Eye View.

    Reserve a ticket for the Observatory at One World Trade. Get a mini history lesson in the 47-second, 3-D elevator ride to the 102nd floor for an altogether different view of Lower Manhattan, the harbor, Brooklyn and beyond.

  • Downtown Sites.

    Pay a visit to the site of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum to see the twin reflecting pools where the towers once stood. Afterward, walk through Oculus, the visually captivating transportation hub designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava to resemble a bird in flight.  

  • Lunch on the Water.

    Walk across the street to Brookfield Place, home to a sleek office complex, shopping and quick-but-delicious lunch options. Opt for takeout (Le District makes an excellent, authentic crepe) and snag a table by the glass walls overlooking the Hudson, or sit down at PJ Clarke’s for one of the city’s best burgers at an outdoor table by the dock.

  • Battery Park. .

    Make time for a walk through the lively, garden-dotted Battery Park for more iconic views of the harbor, Statue of Liberty, Ellis and Governors islands, and the Brooklyn waterfront. All ages are welcome on the ethereal SeaGlass Carousel for a lighthearted spin inside twinkling, pastel-colored fish to the tune of classical music.

  • Cocktails on the Water.

    In warm weather, head for a pre-dinner drink at Pilot — a vintage boat-turned-oyster bar on the Brooklyn waterfront. If the seasonal bar is closed, try the equally stellar BlackTail. The celebrated, Havana-themed bar serves five categories of retro-style drinks — highballs, punches, sours, old-fashioneds and cocktails — and you can’t go wrong ordering any of them.

  • Dinner in Brooklyn.

    Traverse the iconic Brooklyn Bridge to dine while taking in unparalleled views of the New York City skyline at The River Café.

  • End Your Evening on a High Note.

    Pop into the bar at 2West for a nightcap and toast to a great day while taking in views of Robert Wagner Park.