Financial District and Wall Street

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The Financial District (FiDi), at the southern tip of NYC, was the original settling point of New Yorkers in the 1600s, when the island of Manhattan was purchased by the Dutch from the Indians for 60 guilders (about $24). It is one of NYC’s most bustling business and tourist areas, from Monday to Friday only. It is near dead on the weekends. In recent years, the construction of modern high rise buildings have started attracting more residents and new New Yorkers. 

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Financial District and Wall Street

Things to Do

American Stock Exchange (86 Trinity Place, Pine St) and the New York Stock Exchange (20 Broad St). Closed to public touring indefinitely for security reasons. 

Trinity Church

Brooklyn Bridge – walk across for a great view

NYC Police Museum- 100 Old Slip. Mock jail cell, vintage weaponry, 9/11 exhibit, take a mug shot.

Additional Museums – Fraunces Tavern, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Museum of American Finance, Sports Museum of America

South Street Seaport – shops, restaurants, ships, water views (a little touristy, but nice). During the summer, check the Seaport Music Festival at Pier 17, with FREE music on Friday nights showcasing the views of downtown Manhattan and East River.

TKTS booth – 1 Seaport Plaza (192 Front Street). Less crowded than Times Square for half price Bway Tickets

Staten Island Ferry (South Ferry) Free, passes close to Lady Liberty, runs every 30 minutes and takes approximately 25 minutes each way. (1, 4, 5, N, R, exit South Ferry)

Statue of Liberty

9/11 Memorial and Museum including the Tribute WTC Visitor Center and World Trade Centers

World Trade Center Visitor Tour – Usually led by volunteers (many involved in 9/11 in some way) mostly indoors, travels along the windows of World Financial Center, looking out onto Ground Zero. 120 Liberty Street, about 1 hr 15 min, $10, children under 12 free.

Downtown Alliance – Free 90 minute guided walking tour, Thursday and Saturday at 12:00 pm. Stops include the U.S. Custom House, Trinity Church, Wall Street, the New York Stock Exchange and other architectural and cultural sites.

Wall Street Walks Walking Tour - Join us every Monday at 11 AM and Friday at 1 pm as we explore NYC’s Financial District and learn about the history of the Wall Street Stock Market. Wall Street is not just a street in Downtown Manhattan! It’s a symbol of the U.S.’s financial industry with a fascinating history stretching back over 200 years.

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9-11 Ground Zero Memorial and Museum

One World Trade Center

The 9/11 Memorial, dedicated on the 10th anniversary of 9/11, opened to the public on September 12, 2011.

Read all about ways to honor the memories of the thousands of lives lost on 9-11-01, the Ground Zero Memorial and 9/11 Memorial Museum, opening in 2013.

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See 9 (Nine) New York City Museums for $30

Museum of American Finance NYC

Get $50 of Museum Entries for just $30 with the Downtown Culture Pass!

See how the Brooklyn Bridge was made at the Skyscraper Museum, uncover what makes the NYPD New York’s finest at the New York City Police Museum, find out just exactly what default swaps are at the Museum of American Finance (in photo at left).

Must sees include the 9/11 Preview Site and Memorial and Statue of Liberty.

Also included: Museum of Jewish Heritage and National Museum of the American Indian.

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Downtown NYC Tours and City Passes

The New York Pass


The New York Pass

Includes Tribute WTC Visitor Center ($15 value), Museum of American Finance, Museum of Jewish Heritage, The New York City Police Museum, History of Wall Street Tour (Stock Market history) and Lower Manhattan Walking Tour.

New-York-City-Go-Select-Card-Discount Pass


New York Explorer or Go Select Pass

Choices include: New York Water Taxi’s Hop-On/Hop-Off service with a free timed Visitor Pass to the Memorial ($27 value), Ground Zero Museum Workshop ($25 value – not Downtown), SHARK Speedboat Ride ($22 value) and Wall Street Movie Tour ($20 value).

New York City Bus Tours

New York City Bus Tours

Both the Downtown Tour and Super Downtown Tour have drop off locations near the Ground Zero Memorial. Click here for $5 OFF any NYC Bus Tour or read more about New York City Bus Tours.

One World Trade Center Night NYC 9-10-2011

Guided Statue of Liberty and 9/11 Memorial Tours

  • FREEDOM Comprehensive 9/11 Memorial, Lower Manhattan and Statue of Liberty Tour
  • WTC MEMORIAL and Lower Manhattan Tour
  • LIBERTY Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and 9/11 Memorial Tour
  • Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Escorted Tour

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New York City Helicopter Tours

NYC Helicopter Tours

New York City Helicopter Tours

Enjoy spectacular aerial views of the Statue of Liberty, Wall Street, Ground Zero Memorial, World Trade Center and Ellis Island downtown. On longer tours, catch Central Park and Yankee Stadium from above. The tours leave from the Downtown Heliport near the Financial District.

I LOVED my tour…check out some of my photos and review at New York City Helicopter Tour.

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Recommended Restaurants

North End Grill (104 North End Avenue) – opened 2012, another Danny Meyer’s success! American bar and grill. Try and make an advance reservation, and be sure to tell Jason (the Beverage Manager) you’re an NYC Insider (and say hello for me!)

Les Halles (15 John Street)– French Bistro, also one in Murray Hill

Ulysses’ (95 Pearl St, near Hanover Sq) – great pub and night spot with live music. A favorite happy hour and post-work stop for the Wall St crowd.

Delmonico’s (56 Beaver St, William St) – Steak, opened in 1837. Old-boys, historical, expensive steakhouse. More casual and less expensive Grill attached. It’s a Wall Street classic institution, think power lunch, business, politics.

CLOSED Demi Monde (90 Broad St, Stone St) – an underground cocktail lounge for the Wall Street crowd, from the owners of Death + Company, serving caviar, vermouth-pickled oysters and bacon-wrapped dates. Closed due to Hurricane Sandy. 

See Tribeca for many more choices, all a 5-10 minute walk.

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Century 21 (22 Cortlandt, Church/Broadway)  – designer discount shopping. Huge Men’s department, Work directly with the garment district reps, and only stock locally. Designers include Armani, Pucci, Prada and Missoni, great shoe department for both men and women.

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Financial District Hotels

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Club Quarters World Trade Center

Cosmopolitan Hotel

Millennium Hilton

New York Marriott Downtown

Smyth Tribeca Hotel

World Center Hotel

W New York Downtown

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Boutique Hotels in New York City

Financial District | Tribeca | Battery Park City

Smyth Tribeca Hotel


From: $249

Smyth Tribeca Hotel

The Smyth, a Thompson Hotel, is located next to the Chambers Street Subway Station and features massages, a restaurant and rooms include iPod docking stations. Each room at Smyth provides a flat-screen cable TV with DVD player. Minibars and bathrobes are also included.

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Cosmopolitan Hotel NYC


From: $262

Cosmopolitan Hotel NYC

Owned by local New Yorkers, the Cosmopolitan Hotel is located in Tribeca near the World Trade Center site and Statue of Liberty. With only 150 guest rooms, the hotel is peaceful and private. The Cosmopolitan often feels more like a bed and breakfast than a lower Manhattan hotel, but the excitement of NYC is just outside their door.

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W New York Downtown


From: $240

W New York Downtown Boutique Hotel

New in 2010 – with 217 rooms and 58 floors, explore the signature W bed and innovative technology while being near Wall Street, the Statue of Liberty and Freedom Tower. The new sleek and chic Living Room Bar & Terrace is definite downtown after-work happy hour hot spot and the waterfront views are certainly worth a look. 123 Washington Street.

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More Downtown Hotels

Millennium Hilton,  55 Church St

New York Marriott Downtown, 85 West St

Club Quarters World Trade Center, 140 Washington Street

World Center Hotel, 144 Washington Street

See also Tribeca and Battery Park City for nearby Hotels

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