Rise of the New Downtown New York

The spotlight is on the bold Manhattan skyline of the once-sleepy Financial District as developers, restaurateurs, and retailers rebrand the area for luxury shops and residences.

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50 West Street

Designed by renowned German American architect Helmut Jahn, 50 West will be a 64-story residential tower outfitted for indulgence (radiant floor heating in master baths, anyone?), with panoramic views of New York Harbor and the Hudson and the East Rivers. The interiors are curated by Danish designer Thomas Juul-Hansen. Opens in late 2016. Apartments start at $1.8 million.