One could argue that Brookfield Place is the Manhattan equivalent of a suburban shopping mall. There’s the massive glass pavilion with atrium style seating. There’s the highbrow display of the world’s most luxurious boutiques. And of course, the epicurean version of a classic food court. But upon closer inspection, Brookfield Place reveals itself as so much more than a shopping center. This sleek structure housed along the Hudson River in Battery Park – just a 10-minute walk from the Wagner Battery Park – is a downtown cultural hub, where visitors can wander through airy promenades and come together under giant palm trees. From dining to shopping, Brookfield Place offers a full day of enjoyment, complete with little delights unearthed in-between.
Start your day at Brookfield Place with a hand-rolled, wood-oven baked bagel at Black Seed Bagels, a hip shop created by the restauranteurs behind Mile End Deli and The Smile. Load up on smoked fish and homemade spreads and pair this epic New York nosh with an espresso from Le District, the French patisserie known for its freshly roasted coffees.
Head into the plaza for the latest cultural event curated by Arts Brookfield, which promotes free world-class experiences to the public. This spring, artist Carlos Rolón’s exhibition, “When We Were Young” explores the bicycle’s exquisite mix of engineering and craftsmanship. The New York Guitar Festival will also present performances devoted to the classical and flamenco guitar music of Spain.
If cultural affairs pique your hunger, pop into Parm, a popular eatery that celebrates casual Italian-American cuisine. Indulge in the best chicken parmesan sandwich you’ll ever have. For something lighter, order a detoxifying concoction at Juice Press, where just about everything on the menu features kale. Work off lunch at Brookfield’s Ice Rink, a beautifully enclosed skating rink on the Hudson River, where you can practice your triple axel or simply breathe in the spring air while attempting to stay on your feet.
After a few spins, it’s time to decamp for the real calling card of Brookfield Place – the shopping. Dip into Hermes or Gucci to check out spring’s runway offerings, or hit up Oliver Peoples or Vilbrequin for a fresh summer look. Get a luxe new hair-do at DryBar, the cheeky blow-dry salon and descend onto P.J. Clarke’s riverfront promenade just in time for Happy Hour. Soak up the late afternoon sun as it sets behind the yachts docked outside. Feast on some oysters and a martini as you plan your next Brookfield Place outing.