Some information about the Financial District
Before discovering the things to see in the Financial District, here is some information you should know about this district:
- At the end of the XNUMXth century, this part was called the New Amsterdam. It was therefore a Dutch colony and even today some examples of architecture reminiscent of this period can be seen in the middle of the skyscrapers (south of Pearl Street). In 1664, New Amsterdam fell into British hands.
- Financial and business district, it is estimated that more than 60 000 the number of people coming to work each day in the towers of this district.
- If you want to put yourself in the shoes of a New Yorker, don't say “Financial District”, but “ FiDi“Is the acronym used to nickname this district.
What to see in this very “business” district?
If the Financial District is above all a destination for people coming to work in its offices, this district also has a concentration of interesting places that are worth a visit. Here is an overview of its essentials. Good visit !
Visit One World Trade Center and the 9/11 Memorial
In New York, the One World Trade Center is easily spotted thanks to its height (541 meters), its reflective glass facade and its incredible antenna. The tallest monument in New York, the One World Trade Center is therefore an impressive skyscraper and offers you a incredible vantage point : from here, one 360 ° view of New York can be seen! A simply magical landscape!
Its address is: 285 Fulton St, New York, NY 10007.
At the foot of One World Trade Center, do not miss the 9/11 Memorial, a place that pays homage to all those who died in the attacks of September 11, 2001. This construction is made up of two basins built on the very site of the old twin towers destroyed during this terrible event. On each basin, the names of the victims are engraved.
Entrance to the 9/11 Memorial is free and if you wish, visit the September 11 museum which traces the tragic events of these attacks.
Walk Battery Park
Want to relax? Meet at Battery Park on green lung of the Financial District ! What a park 10 hectares is very nice and from here you can enjoy a nice view of the Statue of Liberty. I also advise you to stroll in the alleys of the park; you will be able to discover several monuments, statues, but also The Sphere, an immense sculpture which was at the foot of the twin towers before the attacks of 2001.
Battery Park is also the departure point for ferries to the Statue of Liberty.
Take a picture of the Wall Street bull
Near Battery Park, in Bowling Green Park is the famous wall street bull, A huge bronze sculpture produced by Arturo Di Modica. Very symbolic, the Wall Street bull deserves of course to be photographed, but remember to arrive early, because during the day, it is stormed by tourists also wishing to see it and take a picture of it!
Soak up the atmosphere of Wall Street
During your visit to the Financial District, a little trip to Wall Street is to be expected! Why ? Because this famous street is ideal for soak up the atmosphere as much as possible from the NYC business district!
Visit Trinity Church
Inaugurated in 1846, Trinity Church is a pretty church in neogothic style. From the bell tower you can take pretty pictures with the One World Trade Center right behind it and if you like to get chills, take a walk to the cemetery where the white tombstones look like they're straight out of a horror movie!
The address of the church is: 75 Broadway, New York, NY 10006.
Contemplate the Woolworth Building
In the Financial District, other places are worth visiting. This is the case of the Woolworth Building (233 Broadway, New York, NY 10007), a former New York skyscraper (it was the tallest in 1913 (date of its inauguration)). Today, this building cannot be visited, but if you pass by, take the time to contemplate its Beaux-Arts style architecture. She is very pretty and elegant!
Enjoying South Street Seaport
For a moment of relaxation, I invite you to meet at South Street Seaport, the famous New York harbor ! From its docks, you can see the Brooklyn Bridge and many others! So keep your eyes open and just enjoy!
Take a tour of the museum
The Financial District is also home to several museums: the Museum of American Finance, the place dedicated to finance or the Police Museum to know everything about the New York police.
- Museum of American Finance : 48 Wall St, New York, NY 10005.
- Police Museum : 100 Old Slip, New York.
The best restaurants in the area
In the Financial District, there is no shortage of restaurants! You will therefore have a wide choice of establishments! For my part, I recommend the restaurant Pisillo Italian Panini (97 Nassau St, New York, NY 10038) which offers good and very filling paninis and sandwiches. And if you want to eat a sandwich, but with lobster, go to Luke's Lobster (26 S William St, New York, NY 10004)! You will not be disappointed: the sandwiches are tasty and generous!
If you prefer burgers, I recommend the O’Hara’s Restaurant and Pub, near Ground Zero (address is: 120 Cedar St, New York, NY 10006). This place is warm, the atmosphere is very good and once inside, you will be immersed in the heart of an Irish pub! Flat level, everything is good and the plates are generous.
Finally, The Capital Grille is another restaurant where you will be sure to eat well! Its address is: 120 Broadway, New York, NY 10271.
Where is the business district located?
Financial District is a district located all south of Manhattan. It is bounded by the East River to the east, West Street to the west and Chambers Street to the north. Here is its location on the map:
With this guide to the Financial District, you now have everything at your fingertips to discover this district and not miss a thing! You know what to visit and which places are worth discovering. All you have to do is go to the heart of New York's financial district!
And for those wishing to visit the trendy Big Apple district, here is the Meatpacking District!