Wall Street is a Must See Tourist Attraction

Wall Street is a Must See Tourist Attraction

Wall Street Isn't Just a Street in Vibrant Manhattan, NY Wall Street is far more than just a street in Manhattan; it’s a symbol of the United States financial industry with an intriguing history that dates back more than 200 years. The New York Stock Exchange was founded by a group of businessmen doing business under a Buttonwood tree. Never in their wildest dreams could they have imagined the amount of money that would be exchanged and the volume of fortunes earned and lost over the upcoming years on Wall Street.

 

A Bit of Wall Street History

 

Wall Street runs less than a mile in between Broadway and the East River and it is named after the wooden wall along its path that was built in 1653 by the Dutch. The wall's purpose was to mark the northern border of the recently established Nieuw Amsterdam trading post and was intended to protect the inhabitants from Indian attacks. Then after the British took possession of the colony in 1644 they dismantled the fence (in 1699) and built a street that they lined with administrative buildings and homes. Following the Revolution, the east end of Wall Street became home to several taverns and coffeehouses, earning it, as well as Water Street, the nickname of "Coffeehouse Slip." The legendary Tontine Coffee House, built on the corner in1792, served as the New York Stock Exchanges first home.

 

Today on Wall Street

 

Today, what you'll discover on Wall Street is based on the time of day you visit and what vantage point you see it from. During the weekdays, when the Stock Exchange is open (9:30am to 4pm), the area will be alive with office workers, traders and bankers, excitedly going about their business. If you visit during business hours, you'll be able to step inside the lobbies of some of the most impressive buildings you've ever seen, both of modern and historical architecture, however don't be surprised if you're denied access to some because since 9/11 the security in the financial district has been significant and will probably remain that way indefinitely. During holidays and weekends Wall Street is for the most part brimming with tourists.

 

Wall Street Tours

 

You can make your way around Wall Street on your own but to get the most out of the experience you should consider taking a tour so you don't miss out on anything. Tour guides will be able to share all kinds of interesting history and information. You'll learn about financial rock stars like John D. Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie and J.P. Morgan and how they made history, how it became the most watched financial exchange in the world and who the most powerful brokers are today. You'll also learn a wealth of information regarding how the stock market works and learn about the importance of the Dow Jones Index, making it easier for you to understand "money babble" today's financial shows talk about when they're giving closing bell reports. Whether you choose to explore the financial district on your own or on a tour, make it a point to have lunch at one of the upscale restaurants in the area, where Wall Street power brokers go to lunch. Who knows, maybe you'll end up sitting next to a group of Wall Street strategists who are planning out and plotting their markets. By the end of your visit, you'll have an appreciation of the lifestyle and culture of a Wall Street trader and walk away having learned a few enlightening tips regarding the New York Stock Exchange.

15.6.2014 | Pedros | Cities |
Wall Street is a Must See Tourist Attraction
Wall Street is a Must See Tourist Attraction
Wall Street is a Must See Tourist Attraction
Wall Street is a Must See Tourist Attraction
Wall Street is a Must See Tourist Attraction
Wall Street is a Must See Tourist Attraction
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