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Resembling an Ancient Greek temple, Federal Hall was built between 1836 - 1842, originally as the US Customs House. The structure lies on the site of the old City Hall, which dated from 1700 and had served as the US Capitol Building when NYC was briefly the capital of the US immediately after Independence. In front of the Neoclassical façade is a statue of George Washington, erected on the spot where he took his oath of office in 1789. Nowadays, this historic site is dwarfed by the soaring skyscrapers of Wall Street all around.
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American International Building
New York's fifth highest skyscraper, the 290-metre American International Building is located just off Wall Street. It was built in 1932 during the decadent period when numerous skyscrapers in the city were racing upwards. Although it never won the title of the highest in the world, the skyscraper was the third highest, after the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building, for a while after its construction. It was built for the Cities Service Company, the oil giant later known as Citco, but was acquired by the American International Group (AIG) in 1964 and has since been known as the American International Building. The structure somewhat resembles the Empire State Building and is nowadays the highest in lower Manhattan.
40 Wall Street
The world's highest building for just under two months in 1930, 40 Wall Street was one of three buildings in Manhattan to race for the title. The other two were the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building, each of which did win the crown, but the latter was the ultimate winner. 40 Wall Street was the first of the three to be completed in 1930, as the headquarters of the Bank of Manhattan Trust, which eventually merged with Chase Bank. Its antenna, above its pyramidal copper roof, gives it a total height of 283 metres. The building is infamous for having a small plane crash into it in 1946! Nowadays, the landmark building is officially called the Trump Building, but everyone refers to it by its street address.
One Wall Street
Built in 1931 as the Irving Trust Company Building, this skyscraper has the lucky address of One Wall Street, opposite Trinity Church. The 199 metre tower is a subtle Art Déco structure, but is most famous for its dazzling mosaic lobby. When the Irving Trust Co. merged with the Bank of NY in 1989, the building changed its name to The Bank of New York Building, but is often confused with another Bank of NY building further down on Wall Street. Many now refer to it by its address. Despite being 199 metres high, the building is not even within the top 50 skyscrapers in Manhattan!
One of New York's oldest churches, Trinity Church commands a strategic view down Wall Street. Seeing the graceful church dwarfed by the skyscrapers all around makes it hard to believe that its 86-metre spire was the city's highest structure until 1890. Although the existing Gothic Revival structure was built in 1846, it was the third church on the site, with the first dating from 1698. Next to it is an old cemetery where many notable New Yorkers are buried. Trinity Church is an Episcopalian church.
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Wall Street - Best through an Insider Tour
Wall Street is perhaps one of the most beautiful place in New York City with its winding, cobble stone street and amazing architecture (art deco, greek revival, gothic terra cotta, post modern). This place reminds me of magnificent European cities. This downtown area has many nearby attractions including South Street Seaport where you can view the 3 speculator NYC bridges.
However the real drama and attraction of Wall Street lies inside the banks and financial institutions of Wall Street. A tour that brings this out is The Wall Street Experience. Their walking tours of Wall Street are guided by real Wall Street insiders who gives an exclusive look into the culture, lifestyle and major financial events of our times. They weave this into a historical context so visitors have a broader perspective of our financial history.
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Walk around Wall Street
Wall Street has become one of the icons of the United States and the main symbol of its economic power. You will not care about the fact that most of the financial institutions and big corporations are no longer domiciliated on or around Wall Street; as all you want to do is take a picture of the NYSE, whose Neo-classical façade covered by an oversized flag of the US, is tucked in the middle of the densest area with highscrapers. Wall Street is still the seat of the New York Stock Exchange and its name is synonimous with big business and important decisions for the global economy, and that is all which is important to us.
The area is fascinating to walk around, even if well known beforehand by all the newcomers, as it is often shown in movies and economy news reports. However, the high density of the buildings in relatively narrow streets, the art deco constructions and the bustling activity never fail to impress a first time visitor.
walking in the heart of kapitalism is for free :)
Ok, Wall Street (pic 1) is famous around the world as the heart of the financial district in NY but that doesn’t mean it’s something good to see especially when its full of tourists. The story behind the name is interesting though. In 1653 a defensive wall was built there as the north border of New Amsterdam so the Indians to be outside! What I like most was the ironic image of a church that overlooks the famous Wall street.
It’s the Trinity church(pic 2) that is located at the intersection of Broadway avenue and Wall street. It was built in 1846 by Richard Upjohn in gothic style but there was an older Trinity church that was burnt out of the great fire in 1766. Next to the church is the Trinity building a gothic skyscraper that was built in the early 20th century.
Then we walked for a while at the confusing small streets around there and we noticed many churches, some big but old skyscrapers (again!) and some interesting sculptures like the four trees (pic 3) a black and white sculpture made by Jean Dubuffet in 1969. It’s located at the Chase Manhattan Bank Plaza, off Pine street and is made of synthetic plastic..
We took some photos of buildings like the Federal Hall (pic 4) at 26 Wall street or the New York Stock Exhange (pic 5) at 8 Broad street (closed for the public) and it was very funny to see all the visitors with the cameras at hand and the at the same time all the businessmen trying to smoke a cigarette before returning to their relaxing work, you know that money swapping thing :) It was time for a walk at the Battery Park.
Battery Park is one of the popular parks in NY located at Lower Manhattan. Along the waterfront you can take the ferry for the Statue of Liberty, a watertaxi or the ferry for the Statten Island. The green area was very useful because of the hot sun above us. There are some sculptures like Fritz Koenig’s The Sphere that was once at the World Trade Center’s plaza.
The Financial District
This is one of the oldest part of Manhattan, so you can see lots of buildings with gothic revival architecture.
Some of them are:
Chamber of Commerce
New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)
Bank of New York
US Custom House
and my favourite... the Charging Bull and it's big balls!
Wall Street is located in lower Manhattan. It stretches from Broadway to South Street on the East River and along with the Trade Centre area is the most famous area of the financial district. Wall Street is home to the New York Stock Exchange and many financial companies have their headquarters around the area of Wall Street.
Where the money's at!
Wall Street--the city's financial district, where the big dogs are...
We were there on a weekend so the majority of action was that of the fellow tourists. The NYSE building is a sight to see with it's giant flag and architecture.
Wall Street is almost a synonym for the NY Financial Districs being home to the largest stock exchange in the world (NYSE) and headquarters of many banks and other financial firms. Unfortunatelly NYSE can no longer be seen from the inside and not only this but also other building are guerded pretty well.
There is Federal Reserve Bank in the district. The bank has a gold vault 25 m beneath the street and its depository is the largest in the world.
40 wall street Building
40 Wall Street was build in 1930 with the height of 282 and with 72 floors the owner was Bank of Manhattan trust co.Originally the headquarters of the bank of Manhattan
Renovated in 1996 by Donald Trump Tallest building in the world for a brief period in 1930
Also known as The Crown Jewel of Wall Street or as the Trump building
In the fog, the building was hit by a US Coast Guard plane in 1946, killing four people.
The Bronze Bull - Wall St "Bull Market"
Walking along Wall Street you cannot miss the huge Bronze Bull standing on an island in the middle of the road. It is the symbol of a rising stock market and is always a favourite of tourists. You can see me patting the bull hoping the market will rise to pay for our holiday.
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The Financial District is an area at the southern tip of Manhattan. Major sights include South Street Seaport, Wall Street and the New York Stock Exchange, Battery Park, Trinity Church and the Woolworth Building.
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