Today, the eight-block stretch of Wall Street transcends its physical borders (from Broadway to the FDR), garnering international acclaim as the most relevant financial hub of the city, country and world. Aside from the high-rise office buildings, banks and corporate institutions that dot the street and its corners, Wall Street hosts a few hotels and cafes in between.


Wall Street attributes its name to its original purpose – a wall. When the Dutch initially settled the area dubbed "New Amsterdam," they built a physical barricade in 1653 to protect themselves from potential attacks or threats. Because of its prime location between the East and Hudson Rivers, Wall Street naturally became a majorly trafficked trading hub for beaver pelts and other goods. Following the British colonial takeover, the wall was officially dismantled in 1699, but by then the street’s name had stuck and its relevance had only just begun.

In 1792, the signing of the Buttonwood Agreement marked the birth of publicly traded investments and the New York Stock Exchange, the phenomenon that is now known worldwide as the center of global finance. The area, however, made its official segue into trading long beforehand. Historical documentation reveals that the original settlement's traders would gather under a buttonwood tree on the street to execute and negotiate their deals, whether beaver pelts or food.


In the broader spectrum of the Financial District, the area has seen an influx of restaurants and residential development in the past years. Though largely touristy as many flock to visit the National September 11 Memorial & Museum or the Oculus, the Financial District is able to accommodate its busy business professionals and laid back visitors alike with its convenient transportation hubs and plethora of places to eat.

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