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!
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.
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.
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