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Federal Reserve Bank of New York

A major financial decision-maker, this bank played a key role in the authorities' reaction to the recent economic crisis.

TravelCurious Tip

The Museum of American Finance is just a couple of blocks away, in case you just can't get enough of the dollar signs

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York is one of the 12 Federal Reserve Bank of the USA, though it is by far the largest and most influential. As part of the federal reserve system it holds great responsibility in implementing monetary policy, regulating financial institutions and maintaining the nation’s payment systems.


Found at 33 Liberty Street, the Federal Reserve occupies the full block between Liberty, Willian and Nassau streets and Maiden Lane. It is a forbidding presence: monumentally large and built like a fortress in the neo-Renaissance style, echoing for example Florence’s Palazzo Vecchio. Stretching fourteen floors up and reaching a further five underground, it is a structure that inspires a sense of the strength and stability of the institution within.


Golddigger

With a tour you can explore the inside of the Federal Reserve and ogle at the high-security vault, the stuff of every other heist movie, where more than 10,000 tons of gold reserves are held — only 80ft underground.


It is reputedly the largest gold repository in the world, though this cannot be confirmed since Swiss banks do not report their gold stocks. Surprisingly, 98% of the gold held there is actually owned by the central banks of foreign nations. The federal reserve acts as guardian of the precious metal.


In fact most gold bars are not 100% pure gold. If they were, the bars would be too malleable to preserve their distinctive trapezoidal shape. Each bar therefore contains a small amount of at least one one other metal, such as copper, silver or platinum, lending it a distinctive hue. Platinum gives it a whitish shade, whereas copper is often found in redder bars — though you might not get close enough to tell.

Nearby Attractions

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National September 11 Memorial & Museum
A quieting tribute to the earth-shattering events of September 11, 2001.
Wall Street
The hub of US financial services that has come to represent capitalism in its purest form.
New York Stock Exchange
The world's most valuable stock exchange, trading billions of dollars daily.
Federal Hall National Memorial
A monument on the site of the old Federal Hall, where George Washington was inaugurated as the first president of the United States.
Trinity Church
A venerable church in the Wall Street area, with a turbulent history and reported land holdings of over $2 billion.
St Paul's Chapel
Episcopal Church that still has pew where George Washington prayed after his inauguration

Related Tours

Private Walking Tour of Historic Wall Street District
The past of New York is always close to the southern tip of Manhattan. From the legacy of Dutch settlers to the Al-Qaeda terrorist attacks in 2001, it remains a place at the forefront of the human story. Go with your own guide on a journey around the city’s historic heart.   

  • Learn about New Amsterdam in the Historic District of New York
  • See the best financial sights of Lower Manhattan, including Wall Street and the New York Stock Exchange
  • Visit the National 9/11 Memorial and see how the tragic events of 2001 are remembered
America: Humble Beginnings and Financial Power

Your  tour  starts with the unpretentious tale of the early settlers to the city, from a sleepy Dutch trading post to the dazzling rise of the world's busiest financial capital. You will have the pleasure of visiting Stone Street in the Historic District before moving north, just as the settlers did.

As you make your way through Wall Street you will discover how an 18th century street bazaar would eventually become a center for global commerce. Your expert local guide will give you valuable behind the scenes insight into some of the world’s most powerful financial institutions, as you walk by New York Stock Exchange and Federal Hall. Here you will see the spot where George Washington was inaugurated and enjoy the handsome Federal Reserve. There will also be a chance to pop into Trinity Church, which has roots dating back to 1697.
 
 A Moving Memorial
 

 At the National 9/11 Memorial your guide will share with you the history of the World Trade Center, discuss the tragic events of 9/11, and walk you through the Memorial’s design. The area formerly known as 'Ground Zero' is now the site of a moving memorial and has indeed become an important historic landmark. Next to it is the rebuilt One World Trade Center. Often referred to as Freedom Tower, it stretches 1776 feet above the ground. 

Here your knowledgeable guide will tell you of the events leading up to the untimely destruction of the towers, as well as sharing some of the heart-wrenching stories of the families, survivors and 9/11 heroes. You will also visit St. Paul's Chapel, that miraculously survived the 9/11 attack. 
Private Full Day Highlights with Top of the Rock tickets
Explore the Big Apple - from the bustling streets of Downtown Manhattan to the serenity of Central Park.  On this private tour you will:

· See the best sights of Lower Manhattan, from the National 9/11 Memorial to St Paul’s Chapel
· Walk around quirky, local Greenwich Village 
· Experience the bustle of Times Square
· Enjoy the grandeur of St Patrick’s Cathedral
· Stroll in both Grand Central Terminal and Central Park
· Finish your tour gazing out on the city from the views from the Rockefeller Center

Your tour begins  at the National 9/11 Memorial and visit Ground Zero— the original site of the The World Financial Center. Here your guide will share with you the history of the World Trade Center and discuss the tragic events of 9/11. You will also visit Saint Paul's Chapel,  which was the base for rescue workers who heroically searched for survivors on that fateful day.

Next you will head towards  trendy Greenwich Village, home to over a century's worth of bohemians, artists, musicians, novelists, poets and intellectuals of New York City. From here you will take the subway to Wall Street in lower Manhattan, arguably the most important financial center of the world. You will learn about some of the most important moments in US history, from the swearing in of George Washington as the first American President, to the signing of the Buttonwood Agreement—the foundation of the New York Stock Exchange. 

Bright Lights

You will also have the opportunity to explore the gothic architecture of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, where writer F. Scott Fitzgerald was married. Then, you will walk to Grand Central Terminal, the most iconic transportation hub in the United States, with the beautiful celestial ceiling murals. 

Your guide will take you to Times Square in the midtown area to view the news ticker on the One Times Square Building, the NASDAQ board, and all the fluorescent neon advertisements. You will then venture to another icon of NYC—the Rockefeller Center. Here, your guide will give you your tickets for the Rockefeller Observation deck and part with you. Cap off your tour with  a breathtaking bird’s eye view of Manhattan and the rest of the Big Apple. 
Origins of NYC walking tour with Statue of Liberty Island Tickets
NYC started as a small Dutch settlement - two centuries later, it is one of the world's greatest cities. This meteoric rise was fuelled by revolutionaries and immigrants.  On this original tour of the Southern Tip of NYC you will: 

  • Learn about one of America's revolutionary founding fathers and famous immigrant, Alexander Hamilton 
  • See what remains of a fence that was cut apart for bullets used by the rebels in the Revolutionary War
  • Visit the site where Washington was inaugurated and gave his farewell address at the historic Fraunces Tavern
  • Hear stories from three centuries of immigrants who made a new life for themselves in New York City
  • Stand in the spot where families waited for news of their loved ones aboard the Titanic
  • Visit the hallowed grounds of the 9/11 Memorial 
  • Learn about the 1920 Wall Street Bombing and the origins of the name of this famous street
  • Hop aboard a ferry to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, for an audio tour of each historic place
Your tour of New York City begins with the story of one of America's most famous immigrants, Alexander Hamilton. The founding father, who created the American financial system, was born in Saint Kitts and Nevis, and departed for the US to attend university. He landed in New York City, where tens of millions of others, have followed in his footsteps. 

On your tour of Lower Manhattan,  see places where events led to the American Revolution, the site of the first inaugural address,  Hamilton's personal residence, his grave site at Trinity Church. You will visit the famous 'Charging Bull' and find Hamilton's fingerprint on our current economic system. 

Then, your tour continues through the story of the immigrants who followed Hamilton through today. See where the family members of Titanic victims awaited news of their loved ones at the White Star line offices, and  then continue on to the National September 11 Memorial pools for each tower. Here, you can pay your respects to the fallen and ponder how the terror attack has impacted US immigration policy for two decades. 

Your guide will then give you your tickets for the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island tour, before departing with you. 

Please allow a total of  3.5 hours for  the entire experience to include the 1.5-hour walking tour and 2 hours for Liberty Island Trip which is done on your own with audio guides
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