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Wrap Up- Downtown’s New Retail Destination: A WLI Tour of Brookfield Place

brookfield2The sold out tour of the newly remodeled Brookfield Place (formerly World Financial Center), was an exclusive look at what is slated to be one of the pillars in Manhattan’s new center of gravity. Standing intrepidly across West Street from One World Trade Center and facing the expanse that is New York harbor to the west, Brookfield Place boasts an impressive 250,000 square feet of retail space.

Over 80 attendees were led through Brookfield Place by members of the project’s team. Megan Brothers, Vice President of Design and Construction, Tara Goldstein, Vice President of Marketing, Callie Haines, Vice President of Asset Management and Sara Queen, Executive Vice President of Asset Management, led the tours and hosted a presentation following the tours.

Beginning in the Winter Garden Atrium, attendees looked out geometrically arranged windows to the patio facing the Hudson. Reconstruction following the World Financial Center’s destruction required 2,000 panes of glass and 60,000 sf of marble flooring and stairs. The atrium and neighboring patio host robust arts programming as part of “Arts Brookfield,” Brookfield’s global initiative to engage communities with free cultural events.

brookfield1Amid its luxury fashion tenants, Brookfield Place boasts the home of two diverse dining options. Le District, which sits beside the atrium, is a 30,000 sf French-inspired marketplace/restaurant. Directly above it lies Hudson Eats, a food hall boasting trendy New York restaurants including Umami Burger, Dos Toros, and Num Pang, among others. Brookfield Place’s office tenants thus far include Time Inc. and the College Board.

The presentation that followed was an enlightening discussion to the years of work and the Brookfield Place team has invested. From a stone-scoping trip to a quarry in Italy, to managing negotiating transit financing with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Brookfield Place appears ready to draw tourists and midtown shoppers to its marble laden castle.

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