LOCAL PROFILES: David Huesser (Brookfield Place) (7.6.17)
One of our favorite places below Canal Street is Brookfield Place, a downtown shopping center in Battery Park that replaced what was originally known as World Financial Center. Providing the indoor/outdoor retail, dining and arts experience the neighborhood was missing for years, it provides a great place for any type of meal, a refuge for the family (or anyone) when the weather is less than idea, A+ shopping.
We love being able to bring the kids early to Hudson Eats food hall for early morning Black Seed Bagels, running to Saks for any (and we mean any) occasion we can think of, the rotating art exhibits friends and visitors enjoy checking out, and just spending time exploring what’s new.
Recently, Brookfield and Battery Park City Authority kicked off the 2017 Summer season at Brookfield Place and the North Cove Marina with an epic lineup of events planned for the iconic waterfront destination.
For example, every evening, June through August, the Terrace Bar outdoor lounge on the Waterfront Plaza will be open for special events, featuring relaxing activities to enjoy with friends, colleagues and family, including:
· Monday (5pm-8pm)- The Coloring Bar
· Tuesday (5pm-8pm)- Tuesday Trivia
· Wednesday (5pm-8pm, June 14 – August 16)- Après Wednesdays
· Thursday (5pm-8pm)- Sunset Hour
· Friday (3pm-8pm)- Summer Friday’s
· Sunday (2pm-5pm)- Lazy Sundays
Some other fun events coming up include (these can all be found on the LBC calendar!)...
The annual two-day summer concert staple, the Lowdown Hudson Music Fest, will be headlined this year by rapper and producer Common on July 18 and veteran indie rockers OK GO on July 19. Grab a drink at the festival bar and claim the best standing room only spot when the venue opens at 5PM.
Wrapping up the dog days of summer is dOGUMENTA, August 11-13—not by or about dogs, but a curated art show for dogs. The exhibition is the first in America to ask artists to address the canine community’s concerns, interests and worldview and to make artwork catering to a four-legged sensibility.
August 28 – September 1: Tennis on the Waterfront Plaza
For the second year in a row, Brookfield will create a tennis court on the Waterfront Plaza that will be open to the public for clinics. Stay tuned for information on how to sign up.
To celebrate, we spoke with David Huesser, General Manager, Retail of Brookfield Place and local resident, to learn more about what brought him below Canal Street, his favorite spots, and what else is going on at Brookfield Place this summer.
What can you tell us about Brookfield?
Brookfield Property Partners is a global real estate company, building vibrant communities throughout our global portfolio. In New York City you’ll see our place-making with our projects at Brookfield Place and Manhattan West.
How has it evolved since opening as a result of the neighborhood? Brookfield views itself as a significant part of the community and, to that end, sees the need to create amazing place-making opportunities. As part of the evolution of Lower Manhattan we feel we have been a driver of growth in this thriving district, and will continue to seek place-making opportunities for the community to continue to patriciate in.
What should people know about Brookfield Place that they may not know?
It’s a beautiful place within a very thriving community. If you haven’t experience the beauty of the Winter Garden, our the outdoor spaces which includes the marina and many outdoor seating areas, which often includes some great entertainment performances with the backdrop of the Hudson River, it’s a must see.
How can locals support Brookfield Place?
Come enjoy our wide variety of events that occur here; from the art installations, performances, the marina and just a cool place to hang out by yourself, with friends or with your family.
What are you favorite aspects/places about working downtown?
Downtown has a cool vibe; whether it’s the views overlooking the Hudson River, the restaurants, shopping or the attractions throughout downtown it’s just a cool place to live and work.
I’ve lived downtown for over a year now, and love that whether it’s a quick walk to work, heading to Equinox, or just dining or shopping at one of the many new establishments downtown, there is so much here for everyone.