7.0 out of 10

Wall St, Financial District

Ranked 7th best street in Financial District
40.7060731107012 -74.0089297906315
Great for
  • Public Transport
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Pest Free
Not great for
  • Childcare
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Cost of Living
  • Medical Facilities
  • Eating Out
Who lives here?
  • Singles
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists

Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
2yrs+

"Fantastic old buildings and a lot of bankers"

Wall Street is one of the oldest streets in New York. And, it actually used to be a wall. The wall was built for protection and was dismantled at the end of the 17th century. It has almost always been a street with heavy financial transactions (this is the street where slaves were sold in the 1700's); and, as we all know, it is one of the most famous money streets in the world today. Being that it's one of the oldest streets in the city, it has some of the oldest buildings on the street.
The street starts off with one of my favorite old buildings in the city: Trinity Church. Trinity has been at this site since 1697 though the building has been replaced a few times due to collapse and fires. The current church is nothing short of spectacular. It's a gorgeous Gothic church.
The next block houses the oldest bank in New York, The Bank of New York, which was started by Alexander Hamilton in the 18th century. And, the next block down houses the New York Stock Exchange which made Wall Street famous. The stock exchange actually started on Wall Street under a tree in 1792 and didn't fully move indoors until 1836. It has been in this building since 1903 and the structure of the building is really beautiful. It's weird to think that so much shady activity is conducted in such an open building -- though, I guess, it did start under a tree so shady is really the only to go. Badum bum. The building next door to the stock exchange is where the Dow Jones company started in the 19th century. . . which makes sense.
The corner of Wall and Broad is where the worst fire in New York City started in the early 19th century which makes the buildings that have survived down here so much more special. One such building is Federal Hall directly across the street. It was built in 1703 and it's where the Bill of Rights was formed and George Washington was sworn in. There are a lot of bank buildings on this block, as is to be expected, but the most notable one is at 40 Wall Street. It has a sort of turquoise top and you cant miss it. It was built in the 18th century and was meant to be the tallest building in the world (until the Chrysler building came along). It housed a bank started by Aaron Burr to combat Hamilton's Bank of New York. It's now a Chase bank.
This block has also housed some famous money thieves in history. Alexander Hamilton lived at 58 and the pirate Captain Kidd lived at 56. The rest of the block is all bank buildings and a couple of really cool Greek revival buildings.
95 Wall street was the site of Merchant's Coffee House where Paul Revere dropped a message from Boston about the closing of the harbor and the Bank of New York had its first meeting. Apparently, coffee shops have always been the stomping grounds of startup endeavors in this country. Now, I don't feel so bad when I go to them to work. But, I still give evil eye to people in my favorite seat checking their facebook.
Wall Street is basically filled with bankers, traders, and other monied employees and businesses. But, it's a gorgeous street that has a lot of life during the day. It's really dead at night and I wouldn't want to live here because of the crowds and social boredom factor. But, I highly recommend that everyone see it. The buildings alone are worth the walk.
Pros
  • Beautiful buildings
  • Famous landmarks
  • Great museums in the area
  • Great transportation
  • Historic sites of interest
Cons
  • Limited restaurant scene
  • Not livable
  • Too busy at times
  • Too many people at times
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"More than just the bull and bear"

Even if you're not a New Yorker, you're probably intimately familiar with the connotations of Wall Street. A place where bankers and traders meet to put their nose to the grindstone, move around other people's money, and morph into the "fat cats" that "real America" is so fond of mocking. But while would-be residents may want to look into a more livable area, tourists and workers alike should certainly give this historic street a go. Named for the old city boundaries of New Amsterdam, Wall Street is filled with stunning examples of Gilded Age architecture, and is one of the rare sections of New York City that has maintained its pre-20th century character. That, along with the New York Stock Exchange, render Wall Street a must-visit location for tourists. New Yorkers may want to take a gander and hit the (4,5,2,3, J, or Z - there's a lot of lines) subway: Wall Street has a booming shopping and restaurant culture. While most of these places are aimed at businessmen looking for working lunches, try neighborhood favorite Delmonico's or upscale chain Cipriani for an enjoyable night out. Wall Street is also home to some great high-end shopping, including Tiffany's & Co, Tumi, and Thomas Pink.
Pros
  • Historic sites of interest
  • Great transportation
  • Beautiful buildings
Cons
  • Not livable
  • Limited restaurant scene
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"Wall St - The Heart of the Financial District"

Wall St itself is a very busy area. But the heart of the place is The New York Stock Exchange. This is otherwise known as the capital or heart of the financial district. If you walk a couple of blocks past Broad St, you end up at the Stock Exchange. If you go down in the other direction, you can take turn onto Water St and head right for the former location of the WTC site.

Wall St does have a number of shops and department stores, along with places you can go to eat, but the primary things you will see when going there are commercial buildings where the elite are seen coming out of on a regular basis.

If you like making money and hanging out with the big shots, you might just like being at the New St part of Wall St.
Pros
  • Great museums in the area
  • Famous landmarks
Cons
  • Too busy at times
  • Too many people at times
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"understanding our money"

Ever wonder who those people are you see on cnn ringing the bell for the stockmarket? Well if you get to Wall st you yourself can see that. Financial offices line the street along with statues from a variety of artists. When I was a kid i saw the thinker on wall street. Food choice on wall st however at the time was limited to the hot dog vendor. Which is okay if you are in a hurry like many of those employed on Wall st. Its a great way to catch up on our countries economy.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
5/5
2yrs+

"Just for big buildings for working..."

Yes,street is not for living.However,it looks very nice...Good place for banks...I would like there is a lot of trees..
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Retirees
2/5
2yrs+

"Lively M-F, a desert on Sa and Su"

Wall street is an interesting street but only during the week when the Stock Market and its busy firms are open. From Monday to Friday you can have a glimpse into how the world economic leaders look like, and admire its magnificent buildings, among them the Trump Building and the New York Stock Exchange. During the weekend Wall Street turns into a desert, where only few tourists stop by for a picture. It is one of the few places in New York that is not open 24/7.
4/5
2yrs+

"Still missing something after 2001"

New York Stock Exchange stands as a reminder of what Wall Street was before 2001. While some businesses have up and moved from the area Wall Street is still a place rich in history worth a visit for those looking for some financial atmosphere. Business suits and stock brokers are still the main demographic in the area and that likely will never change but higher security has pulled some of the lively atmosphere from the area leaving it only a ghost of what it once was.
4/5
2yrs+

"A true rush."

The Wall Street of today may not be what it was prior to September 11th but it is still a worthy place to visit. Seen as the financial center of the world, Wall Street is still a face paced and quick moving area. If you happen upon the street during rush hours it's best to keep it moving. The sheer number of business suits running around is a sight worth seeing.The NYSE is such an amazing building it makes you want to jump right in and become a trader. The Charging Bull statue, now located in Bowling Green Park, is perhaps one of my favorite statues in the city. The massive bronze sculptor is both menacing and beautiful and a worthy photo opportunity for any tourist.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
3/5
2yrs+

"A little depressing"

Barricades abound this area ever since the terrorist attacks of Sept 11 and since then, much of the life that existed before those events have migrated. Currently, wall st is far from being the financial district it once was... it is more residential if anything but a new budding one if anything... food delivery and grocers are not as abundant as other areas of new york but thank God there is fresh direct!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5
2yrs+

"Making Money Move"

Wall Street is the home of the New York Stock Exchange and of the men in business suits. To the ladies: this is a wonderful place to sit and cruise eligible bachelors working in the NYSE, and also to have a hot dog on the famous stairs. This block’s beautiful architecture is truly breathtaking, as the heart of the financial district is as visually lucrative as are the business which call the street home. This street is a quintessential stop on a New York City tour, and an interesting stop on an American History Tour. Who knows: you might catch a glimpse of a heavy hitter or two!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
5/5
2yrs+

"My favorite place to be in NYC"

Wall street is by far my favorite place in New York City. Business has always fascinated me, so naturally what is seen as the business street of the world. The area has an upbeat pace, lots of quick places to get a quick bite or a quick coffee. Nothing really stands out, except the obvious excess of wealth, but it's a good experience to simply say you've walked down Wall Street.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
2/5
2yrs+

"Business Attire Recommended, Not Required"

Not really, but if you get your kicks seeing people in business attire, this is where you wanna be! Take a tour at the NYSE, or just throw your money away there. There's mediocre museums in the area. And quick food for people on a businessy schedule. For some financial inspiration, check out the bull statue. But where's the corresponding bear one?
5/5
2yrs+

"The heart of the Financial District."

There is an underlying energy one experiences whether you are working or visiting Wall St. Almost as if you belong there and always have and will belong there.
It is no wonder why this street was picked to be home to the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), the American Stock Exchange (AMEX), New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX), the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD), and the New York Board of Trade (NYBOT).
The surrounding area has come to be known as Wall St.
Recommended for
  • Singles

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