Bankhurst — the highly-developed corridor of office buildings, government offices, shops, luxury apartments and condominiums is the heart of the Northside, and one of the world’s great centers of finance.
Named for the Revolutionary War hero of the Battle of the Stewart River, who after the war had a farm not far from the Berkely Center , Bankhurst is a hustling, bustling place where the only thing taller than the skyscrapers are the egos of some of the people who work in them.
Most people come to Bankhurst to work or to shop. It has relatively few residential buildings, and even the cheapest of those has rents in the many thousands of dollars per month. Only the extremely wealthy live here — and usually they’re nouveau riche to boot, since old money prefers Irishtown.
Only in Bankhurst would “rooftop helipad” be included in a real estate listing.
- The Hudson City Stock Exchange
- The Lowdown
- The Berkely Commercial Center And Sports Metroplex
- The Murchison Building
- Stailey Towers
- The Stewart Regency Hotel
- Feinblum’s Jewelry
- Mortenson and Sons Tailors
- Aces High
- Biff’s Grill
- The Garden
- Running With Scissors
- Satin Angels
- Top Of The World
The southernmost part of Bankhurst is known as Lower Downtown, or more commonly just “the Lowdown.” Despite the poor connotations of the name, which was coined a few decades ago by snobbish residents of the “upper” part of Bankhurst, Lowdown is every bit as nice as the rest of Bankhurst.
Many people claim the best part of the Lowdown is Timothy Street, a road that was once little more than an alley.
Over the past couple of decades developers have transformed it into a half-elegant, half-trendy/hip shopping area, almost like a pedestrian mall.
Visit the Longino & Pierce art gallery for the latest selection from Hudson City’s art community, stop by the Bagel Joint for some breakfast, or get a new suit at the local branch of Berghalter & Sneed!
Although slightly more residential than the Lowdown or the main part of Bankhurst, with a tendency toward small, elegant brownstones painted cream or shades of tan, it’s still primarily a business neighborhood.
The buildings aren’t quite as tall as they are to the immediate east, but they’re just as filled with stockbrokers, lawyers, accountants, and businessmen of every variety.
The Murchison Building was built in the 1920s with an art-deco style. It is the home to the offices of many important and powerful companies.
With its arch-like polished copper roof, the Murchison Building is a distinctive part of the lower Northside skyline.
Nestled right underneath that roof is the Huntsman’s Club, a members-only club popular among wealthy businessmen who work in the building or elsewhere in Bankhurst.
Built in the early 1980s, these two buildings have an unusual “nested” configuration. The larger (48 stories) and more northerly of them is vaguely crescent-shaped and seems almost to wrap or “embrace” the shorter (36 stories), square-shaped building (despite the fact that the two are separated by enough space that there’s no skywalk connecting them).
The brainchild of architect Monroe Stailey, the Towers have become associated with “trendy” up-and-coming companies, including many software firms with more money than sense.
Owned and operated by Melinda McKittrick, Cartographica sells maps, atlases, globes, and similar objects, both antique and modern.
Specializing in the most exclusive of designer fashions for women, Elegancia is a muststop destination for wealthy young women, movie actresses, and others who insist on looking their absolute best no matter what the cost.
After buying a few frocks at Elegancia, a woman needs jewelry to go with them, doesn’t she?
Fortunately, all she has to do is stroll half a block down the street to Feinblum’s, supplier of the finest in jewelry to discriminating clients for over 55 years.
Men who refuse to buy “off the rack” — even at the most upscale of stores — turn to “Morrie” Mortenson and his four sons for the best in custom-tailored suits, tuxedos, and casual wear.
An inviting atmosphere, a festive crowd, and inexpensive drinks and appetizers bring in a crowd every night at Aces High, a nightclub in the Lowdown. It plays only soft music.
Biff ’s, a Hudson City institution for nearly forty years, serves well-cooked American food in a restaurant decorated like a Fifties diner.
Fine food, lush music, and elegant decor combine to make the Garden a destination spot for those whose idea of entertainment runs more toward dining and dancing than ear-splitting rock music.
Phoenix is a restaurant for Hudsonites with discriminating palates and “an inclination toward gustatory experimentation,” as owner and head chef Alberto Raimundo puts it. Phoenix specializes in rare and exotic foods: elephant, scorpion, caribou, iguana, weird Asian and Oceanic vegetables, you name it — the more unusual, the better.
Up and coming rock, rhythm and blues, and soul acts dream of getting a gig at Running With Scissors, one of the most prominent music clubs on the East Coast.
Located on the top floor of the eighty-story office building known simply as 3418 Hastings, Top of the World is one of the most exclusive and elegant nightclub/bars in Hudson City.
Most people can barely afford to have one drink, much less an evening’s worth of them or a meal, at TotW, but for those with money to spend it’s one of the most popular watering holes in Bankhurst.