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.
The world's largest stock exchange, the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), is one of many reasons why New York City is the world's most important financial centre. The building that houses NYSE is located at 11 Wall Street, but the actual trading floor, frequently seen on TV, is located behind the Neoclassical façade at 18 Broad Street (seen in the attached photos). Although NYSE traces its roots back to the year 1792, it moved around a bit until the construction of the existing building in 1903. It was designed by the architect George Post and only became a National Historic Landmark in 1978. In the past, visitors could tour the NYSE, but due to recent security concerns, tours have been suspended indefinitely. I was fortunate enough to go on a tour of the exchange in 1995!
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.
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.
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.
Wall Street is an actual street in New York City that holds the NYSE (New York Stock Exchange). With all the recent turmoil in the markets though, they are wise to fence off the perimeter of the building from any & all excursions. Great photo op if you wanted to give Wall Street the literal finger though.
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.
Wanna trade with stocks? The New York Stock Exchange is the place to be. This is the well-know stock exchange in the world.
But the best way is to put your money in a sock and do this sock under your bed.
This is a surprising looking building to me. I think of the Stock Exchange as being very sleek and new and when you see the architecture surrounding it, you should be surprised as I was that the buildings retain some history. I'm so glad of that. Everyone must take pictures in that area.
It was cordoned off with police tape...supposedly to restrain terrorists, I suppose. I rather doubt that these barricades are going to prevent anything....but I'm seeing them more and more in NYC and in DC. Perhaps we are supposed to live in fear....but I do not. They will not take my feeling of freedom from me. (Sorry...just a little standing on the soap box there)
This is the detail at the top of the NY Stock Exchange bldg. I'm sure the figures represent something...not sure of the story behind it, but they are an interesting collection of workers. Very nice sculpture. Be sure to notice such detail in the buildings as you go through the city.
Interesting to walk the financial district of the city and the infamous WALL STREET. The street signs mark the district..which ends at the waterfront with views of the Brooklyn Bridge.
The sign reads, " BANKING CAPITOL OF THE WORLD "
This is where about a billion of shares are traded each day. The building is in a neoclassical style with Corinthian columns. Due to security issues the general public are not allowed on the trading floor however you can get an idea of what its like from many films. I was in NYC during a particular bad time for America's economy so needless to say not too many happy faces in Wall street.
Federal Hall is just opposite with a statue of Washington outside as he was inaugurated there. The building is now a museum dedicated to postcolonial New York.
Statue in front stands on the site where George Washington took his presidential oath. We went inside to the free & small museum containing photographs, paintings, memorabilia and George's inaugural bible.
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.
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.
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!