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7 Things to Do at South Street Seaport in the Financial District

The South Street Seaport is a historic neighborhood in the southeast corner of the Financial District, bordered by the East River and Two Bridges. The juxtaposition of old and new makes this part of New York special. It’s a fun place to visit when you’re near Wall Street, so I’ve rounded up a list of things to do in South Street Seaport while you’re in the area. But first, let me share a little history….

Ticker tape parade in New York City in honor of the Apollo 11 astronauts

The Canyon of Heroes: NYC’s Most Overlooked Monument

One of the best things about exploring New York City is discovering all the history that’s hidden in plain sight. Since the city is so big, it’s full of monuments that even locals aren’t familiar with — the Canyon of Heroes is one of them. This series of plaques is like New York’s version of Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, but not nearly as famous. With only the city street signs to signify their existence, hundreds…

Fraunces Tavern

Fraunces Tavern in NYC: Where Dining and History Meet

Credit: Arun De Joe / CC BY-SA 3.0 Sitting on the corner of Broad and Pearl Street, Fraunces Tavern is as unassuming as any average building in New York. Were it not for the three historical plaques posted outside, you’d probably have no idea that the building was even significant. Isn’t it just another restaurant? Fraunces Tavern is indeed a restaurant, but it’s so much more. The tavern has more history than almost any other…

New York Stock Exchange building

How to Experience the New York Stock Exchange

Want to experience the New York Stock Exchange? It’s not the most obvious NYC attraction, but it’s one of the most defining places for the city. This birthplace of businesses will forever stand as an anchor of Lower Manhattan’s financial community. Compared to its early days, NYSE visits to the stock exchange have changed quite a bit. But it’s still worth visiting today. Like so many New York landmarks, the stock exchange isn’t just a…

Federal Hall, NYC

Federal Hall National Memorial: NYC’s Forgotten Attraction 

Right in the center of Wall Street sits one of America’s most significant landmarks. No, I’m not talking about the New York Stock Exchange — this is the Federal Hall National Memorial. This historic building is often overshadowed and overlooked by many, even locals. That’s why it’s my favorite stop on any Wall Street tour here in Lower Manhattan. Every tour guide dreams of teaching people something they didn’t know before, and almost nobody knows…

Stone Street NYC

A Trip Down Stone Street: Food, Architecture, History in NYC

One of my favorite neighborhoods in New York City is the Financial District and within that compact area is another NYC treasure: Stone Street. There are so many sights to see already in the Financial District: the New York Stock Exchange, Wall Street, the World Trade Center. You could probably spend almost an entire day exploring. As a Lower Manhattan tour guide, I’m often asked to recommend where to visit while downtown. My first answer…

The Charging Bull

History of the Charging Bull (and How To See It)

The Charging Bull has become a universal symbol of the American stock market and big business. It’s also one of the most popular sights in New York City. Tourists travel from around the world to see the bronze beast, striking poses and snapping pictures in front of it.  It makes you wonder, how did it become so famous? Most people visiting don’t even know the story. Well, as a tour guide, that’s part of my…

Hamilton Walking Tour Landmark in NYC

5 Hamilton Landmarks in the Financial District

Alexander Hamilton is and was many things: an immigrant, a founding father, the face on the $10 bill, and the creator of the Federalist Party, the United States Coast Guard, and The New York Post newspaper. He was also the nation’s first Secretary of the Treasury and, as such, was responsible for designing the American financial system — the Bank of the United States. You might have heard of him from the hit Broadway musical….

New York Stock Exchange building in NYC

5 Facts About the New York Stock Exchange You Never Knew

Planning a visit to Wall Street and want to learn more about the New York Stock Exchange? Here are five NYSE facts you probably didn’t know before. 1. It’s old — really old. In fact, the NYSE is the oldest stock exchange in the United States. It was founded when brokers signed the “Buttonwood Agreement” on May 17, 1792. 2. Over the years, it’s had more than one name. In 1863, its name changed from…

Tour group examines images presented by Guide as part of the Wall Street tour.

Financial Crisis Tour: How The Wall Street Experience Began

Even 10 years later, the ramifications of the 2008 recession are still felt throughout the world. But how did it happen? Our Financial Crisis Tour has the answers, and it doesn’t skimp on detail. From CDOs to CDSs, this tour is an education in what not to do in the markets. Each walking tour is led by a Wall Street veteran who can tell you what really happened here back in 2008. You’ll learn about…