The Financial District is the neighborhood located in the oldest section of New York City. The neighborhood is mainly situated south of City Hall Park from West Street, or the West Side Highway, to South Street along the East River. Wall Street is completely within the Financial District’s boundaries. During the daytime hours, the district can be quite crowded, as it is primarily office space. The Financial District is also home to some of Manhattan’s most popular attractions for tourists. South Street Seaport, The 9/11 Memorial and World Trade Center site, Wall Street, Federal Hall National Monument, Wall Street Bull statue, Battery Park, and Museum of the American Indian are all located within the confines of the Financial District.
The Financial District is also home to the Staten Island Ferry and ferries from Castle Clinton to both the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island from Battery Park.
|The Wall Street Bull|
The character of the neighborhood changes when the men and women who work in the Financial District end their workdays and start heading home, starting usually around 5:00PM. By 6:30PM, the streets in the Financial District are quite a bit less crowded than earlier in the day. The traveler should be aware of the fact that most of the restaurants in the Financial District, apart from the ones close to the South Street Seaport, may close earlier than anticipated.
As Autumn continues, some of the major attractions in the Financial District may adjust their hours. Please check with the National Park Service’s website prior to traveling to New York City so you can be sure of the times the Statue of Liberty will be open. Please check with the 9/11 Memorial website as well so you can be sure of the times the 9/11 Memorial will be open.
The Financial District is compact and easily walkable. It can be reached via the R train from Times Square/42nd Street to Whitehall Street or the 4/5 train from Grand Central to Wall Street, or the 1 train from Times Square/42nd Street to Chambers Street.