Financial District

Home to numerous museums and some of New Yorks oldest buildings, the Financial District is far more than a collection of office towers

New York Financial District
New York Financial District cc licensed photo by Daniel Bonatto

On the southern tip of Manhattan, the Financial District is home to the offices and headquarters of many of the world's financial institutions, including the New York Stock Exchange and the New York Federal Reserve Bank. Some of the oldest buildings in New York City can be found here, including Federal Hall, where George Washington was inaugurated as the first president and the First Congress met.

Development of Manhattan began in the Financial District in the 17th century because it provided a convenient location for seafaring settlers. It is also home to the World Trade Center where the Twin Towers were destroyed and the New York skyline was altered forever in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. New York resolved to rebuild and Ground Zero has been transformed into not only a bustling commerce center again, but also the grounds around ground zero at the footprint of the former Twin Towers are now a dedicated to the 9/11 Memorial Museum. There is also the 9/11 Tribute Center on Liberty Street, run by the September 11th Families Association, which offers walking tours of the Memorial and and exhibit gallery to memorialise the darkest day in New York's history.

The Downtown Alliance offers a 90 minute tour of the Financial District every Thursday and Sunday which includes the US Customs House, Wall Street, the New York Stock Exchange and other points of interest. The Financial District also has a number of museums including the NYPD Museum, Museum of American Finance, Museum of Jewish Heritage, Museum of the American Indian, Sports Museum of America and the Skyscraper Museum. Other tourist destinations include St Paul's Chapel, Trinity Church, City Hall Park, Vietnam Veteran's Plaza, Titanic Memorial Park and Fraunces Tavern. While you are sightseeing, be sure to stop at one of the restaurants on Stone Street, a cobblestone pedestrian thoroughfare for an alfresco lunch. For an extravagant New York dining experience, Delmonico's has been voted one of the best restaurants in the country. It is pricey, but worth every penny.

Despite being one of New York's busiest business and tourist destinations, it can actually be a bit of a ghost town on weekends, so if you want to avoid crowds that would be a great time to stroll around the area.


Subway Line Nearest Station Walking Time
EWorld Trade Center0 minutes
4 or 5Bowling Green0 minutes
N or RCortlandt Street0 minutes
2, 3, 4, 5, J or ZFulton Street0 minutes
2 or 3Wall Street 0 minutes
J or ZBroad Street0 minutes
N, R or 1Rector Street0 minutes

How to get to Financial District by Subway

There are many trains servicing the Financial District. Any of the above subway line and stations will get you into the area.

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