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New York Stock Exchange

The world's most valuable stock exchange, trading billions of dollars daily.

TravelCurious Tip

You can go during the day when the markets are open, but it is also worth a visit at night when the facade is dramatically illuminated. Less excitement in the air, but beautiful nonetheless

Alexander Hamilton, then First Secretary of the Treasury, first issued bonds in 1790, to consolidate the debts accumulated during the American revolution and thus lend credibility to the new nation. That was when securities trading began: traders would gather under a buttonwood tree and haggle on prices and terms. Once the Buttonwood Agreement was signed in 1792, the predecessor of the New York Stock Exchange was born.


Found on 11 Wall Street, behind a grand Romanesque facade, the New York Stock Exchange remains the heart of world finance. Every day about a billion shares change hands there. It epitomises free trade, power and prestige; and perhaps greed, deception and manipulation too. It was both Gordon Gecko’s stamping ground and where the anticapitalist group Rage Against the Machine were famously arrested for their impromptu, live performance of “Sleep Now in the Fire”. The Occupy Wall Street movement kicked off in the nearby Zuccotti park in 2011. Simply put, the atmosphere is electric.


The Bonfire of Vanities

Prior to 9/11, it was actually possible to visit the Exchange. You could pick up a free ticket and observe the trading floor: people in different colour jackets signifying their roles, the multitude of computer screens, the frenzied waving, the surging roars, the ticker tape and the mirage of riches. Nowadays, admittance to the trading floor for non-employees is no longer allowed and the entrance is better guarded than most airports. However, tours can still be had — so book in if you want to catch a glimpse of where the world is run.

Nearby Attractions

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Wall Street
The hub of US financial services that has come to represent capitalism in its purest form.
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.
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.
Charging Bull
A guerilla installation following the 1987 stock market crash, the Charging Bull remains in the financial district as a symbol of energy, strength and unpredictability.
Bowling Green
Small park where a statue of George III used to reign over Lower Manhattan

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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