The Financial District: More Than Just NYC’s Business Center
When most people think of the Financial District, they most likely think of Wall Street and the Ground Zero memorial. While those two attractions are must sees if you check out new apartments in NYC, there’s so much more to FiDi that many people don’t know about. In addition to being home to Post Towers and 37 Wall Street, this neighborhood features plenty of green space and great restaurants. Whether you’re searching for a new apartment, or something off the beaten path to do as a tourist, here are some of the best things to check out.
What to See & Do in NYC’s Financial District
Visit The Fearless Girl Statue
Location: Wall Street, Directly across from The Charging Bull.
This is a new must-see across from the infamous Charging Bull. Originally only supposed to last until the start of April, The Fearless Girl statue has been given an extension to stare eye-to-eye with the bull until early 2018. Kristen Visbal created the statue in honor of International Women’s Day, which occurs every year in March. It originally was an ad campaign by State Street Global Advisors to highlight the lack of women on corporate boards. Once it took social media and the word was spread, many convinced the city into letting the Fearless Girl Statue stay.
Walk Down Historic Stone Street
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Location: One block south of William St. between Coenties Alley and Hanover St.
Stone Street is considered the oldest paved street in all of New York City. According to NYC.gov, the area was home to many Dutch, English, and Jewish immigrants. The neighborhood was burnt down during the Great Fire of 1835, which affected most of lower Manhattan south of Wall Street. It was rebuilt in the early 1900s by the Eno family, a famous real estate investor who also built many other buildings along Broadway and Fifth Avenue. It was named a historic landmark in 1996, to accommodate housing along with commercial space.
Today, it still remains home to many great bars and restaurants. Enjoy a pint of your favorite Irish beer at the Dubliner, or Swedish meatballs at Smorgas Chef. During the spring and summer, many of the restaurants feature outdoor seating, making it a great spot to grab something to eat.
Did you know that FiDi is home to numerous museums? The 9/11 Memorial and Museum opened a few years ago and features images of ground zero, along with remnants from the original World Trade Center site. The National Museum of the American Indian on Stone Street looks at the life and culture of Native Americans, while The Museum of Jewish Heritage on Battery Place was created as a memorial for Holocaust victims. For American history buffs, Federal Hall on Wall Street was where George Washington became the first U.S. president in 1789 and was also where The Bill of Rights was written.