On the Waterfront

New York, U.S.A.

New York City’s skyscrapers are so dramatic, you might forget what makes that skyline image so indelible: one of the world’s most recognisable cities is also an island, better known as Manhattan – or Manahatta, “island of many hills,” as the Lenape Indians, New York’s original inhabitants, named it. The city is reflected in and framed by its miles and miles of surrounding waterfront.

A five-minute walk from Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown is all it takes to discover the waterfront, beginning with Hudson River Park. A 500-acre (200-hectare) ribbon of parkland right beside the river’s edge, it's a breath of fresh air just steps from the city’s bustle.

Nestled against it are the high-end boutiques of Brookfield Place. After you shop, grab a bite from Le District's gourmet food hall, pull up to the 16-seat Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar, or grab a gourmet picnic basket and dine overlooking the yachts in North Cove Marina. In winter, you can lace up skates here and take a turn around the rink.

Walk, bike or jog along the Greenway bike trail – all the way to the United Nations Park and Headquarters – for full-circle views of downtown and landmark stops on the way.

At Battery Park, you can treat the kids to a ride on the magical Seaglass Carousel. Catch a ferry to the Statue of Liberty or Ellis Island. Or, spend an afternoon nearby at the National Museum of the American Indian.

On the East River, you’ll find the cobbled streets of the Seaport District, whose piers are being massively transformed. The district will house a new shopping, cultural and culinary destination with a Jean-Georges restaurant and seafood market in tribute to the original Fulton Fish Market that comprised South Street Seaport.

A little further, walk hand-in-hand across the famed Brooklyn Bridge. Then come back in the evening to see those amazing city lights from this historic viewpoint.

Speaking of Brooklyn, NYC’s second borough is being transformed, too, from Williamsburg’s rooftop bars and trendy shops to sports and shows at Barclays Center. And it’s all so close to your base at Four Seasons New York Downtown.