Alongside Tribeca’s chic boutiques, renowned restaurants, and vibrant galleries are some of New York City’s most captivating landmarks. Just a few blocks from 12 Warren sits a series of contemporary and historical icons that beg to be explored. Here are five of our favorites.
We start with one of the more recent editions. The Oculus is a truly jaw-dropping feat of architecture that must be seen in person. Designed by architect Santiago Calatrava, the massive building fans out in an asymmetrical flourish that looks both prehistoric and modern; it’s like nothing else in the neighborhood—or the entire city, for that matter. The building houses the World Trade Center transportation hub, but is frequented just as often by admirers as it is by commuters.
Stone Street, a small stretch of cobblestone that is closed to traffic, is right in the heart of the Financial District. Lined with bars and restaurants offering alfresco service and tables, Stone Street feels more like Rome or Paris than NYC. The street was originally built in the 1600s and was restored and labeled a historic district in the 90s. If you’re in the mood for something a bit different and a bit whimsical, head over to Stone Street.
One World Observatory
Right down the street from 12 Warren is the shimmering new obelisk that is also the tallest building in the United States: One World Trade. When you gaze up at this building, its significance is immediately felt. The monolithic structure ascends 104 stories through the clouds with a graceful purpose—and the observatory on the 100th floor features the best views in all of Manhattan. There isn’t a higher point in the city; you can see for miles upon miles; there’s a restaurant up there, a glass sky pod elevator, and the sky portal, which has a glass floor and a view straight down to the street. Even New Yorkers who claim to have seen it all are stunned at how spectacular the views are.
Sculptor Fritz Koenig created “The Sphere” in 1971, and it was subsequently housed in the World Trade Center. Miraculously, the sculpture sustained some damage but survived the attacks on 9/11; it was relocated to Battery Park that same year. The sculpture was not fully repaired; the shining gold orb that defines the piece is scuffed and dented, which makes the work that much more impactful, serving as a symbol of remembrance and survival. It’s an iconic piece of history and a landmark that defines a city built on perseverance. There are now plans in the works to relocate “The Sphere” to the World Trade Center.
Hook & Ladder 8
This landmark comes from the world of cinema. The iconic firehouse Hook & Ladder Company 8 was the home of the ghostbusters in the classic, eponymously titled 1984 film. If you’re at all familiar with the movie, you’ll immediately recognize the building with its bright red brick and its stunning beaux arts aesthetic. It also appeared in Seinfeld, the film Hitch, and the new Ghostbusters movie. It’s a beautiful, old-school firehouse that is over a century old, and it’s one of NYC’s premiere cinematic landmarks.