With New York being one of the biggest financial centres in the world, Wall Street is the anchor for where it all happens. They say money makes the world go round and that is certainly evident here in lower Manhattan where the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and the massive Federal Reserve Bank are both housed. The bank has a huge gold vault underneath the street which is even larger than Fort Knox.
A huge attraction for tourism of New York, the narrow winding streets of the area will introduce you to the hectic life of one of the busiest working areas in the world where you will hear great stories from the trenches of Wall Street traders that will entertain and maybe shock you. During the week the area is alive with the bustle of commerce but by the weekend the place is a ghost town which bodes well for tours and tourists to get the best views when it is more peaceful. Make sure to visit the big Charging Bull at the Bowling Green Park which was created after the stock market crash in 1987 as a symbol of strength and power of the American people. Great for photo opportunities.
Learn about the great history of the area in the early days of New York where American commerce met New World capitalism and forged an alliance to become one of the leading districts of the finance field. The name Wall Street is said to have derived from a protective barrier that marked a boundary of a tiny Dutch settlement of New Amsterdam.
See where it all happens, witness the trading floor which is as exciting as any attraction and admire the architecture of the New York Stock Exchange that holds its huge American flag over its doors. It is a place that has to be on your must see areas. Nearby you can also visit the Smithsonian
, Ground Zero
and St Pauls Chapel
Stay close to this bustling area full of attractions with a stay in great hotels like Club Quarters Wall Street
, Millenium Hilton
and The Standard, New York