Is the baby boom over in FiDi?
Since its inauguration in the last couple of years as an epicenter for young families, developers in the Financial District have sought to mold it as a toddler-oriented mecca, a sort of southern Tribeca for clans that can afford it, the Observer reported. The $4.5 million Imagination Playground and good public schools continue to attract families, as do the European-feeling streets that are quiet as soon as the closing bell rings. But the “baby boomlet,” as the New York Times called it in 2009, seems to have crested in FiDi, with luxury rentals now more likely to be converted to hold roommates than playpens. According to resident Angela Tai, a creative recruiter originally from Taiwan, each FiDi high-rise has its own identity. Her own building, at 2 Gold Street, is in the mid-range — somewhere between 99 John Street, which is teeming with young children and families, and 200 Water Street, which is “like a “high-end dorm,” she says. Her own building is a good mix of people like her: “childless, but with some money — and dogs,” she says. In addition to the families and singles, amenities for older folks keep popping up in FiDi as well, such as Todd English’s Libertine at the Gild Hall hotel, and Bayard’s Blue Bar. [NYO]