3.3 out of 10

New St, Financial District

40.7059450087252 -74.0121679884024
Great for
  • Public Transport
  • Pest Free
  • Safe & Sound
Not great for
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Shopping Options
  • Clean & Green
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Tourists


2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Public Transport 5/5

"Not really happening in any way"

New Street is a pretty short street considering how old it is. It's called New Street because it was the first street made after the British takeover in the mid 17th century. It used to be a bit longer, but modernization saw the end of that. New Street crosses Wall Street, so two most well-known Wall street buildings are also on the corner of New. The Bank of New York building and the New York Stock Exchange both hit New Street right as it commences. There really isn't anything new on New Street nowadays. But, New York's first bank and first stock market are right on the corner, so New was once very ahead of its time.
The block between Exchange and Beaver has had a lot of happenings in its history, but now it's mostly bankers and tourists. The Old Standard Oil Building is right here. It's where Mobil got its start and JD Rockefeller had his offices. Across the street, at 34 New, there used to be Sperm Whale shop (how weird is that?) where a fire broke out (even weirder -- why is there fire in a sperm whale shop?) and destroyed 300 buildings in the mid 19th century. A few buildings down, at 58, was the site of the New York Gold Exchange that caused Black Friday in 1869. This poor street couldn't catch a break.
There are a couple of little eateries on this block, but nothing I would deem a restaurant. There's no nightlife scene, and not much to look at in the way of architecture. It's really dead at night and overrun with tourists during the day. I wouldn't live here. Fidi, in general, doesn't have a lot going on and it's pretty expensive.
  • Some historical buildings
  • No bar or restaurant scene
  • Tons of tourists
  • Loud during the day / dead at night
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Tourists
BennettS To be precise it was not a "sperm whale shop", but a shop that sold sperm whale oil, which was a commodity used as an energy source before electricity. Whale oil lamps were ubiquitous. And so why a fire in such an establishment would cause so much destruction can be surmised.
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