While Wall Street/Financial District used to be a nabe exclusively reserved for 9 to 5 businessmen, in recent years, this nabe has transformed into a desirable residential area for all sorts of New Yorkers as well. Bustling during the day and relatively quiet at night, this nabe is filled with high rises, historic architecture, and new buildings ready to move into.
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Like all New York neighborhoods, this one is changing. It used to be a graveyard after the 9-5’ers went home. There wasn’t much in the way of dining or attractions except to see the suits race towards the New York Stock Exchange. But nowadays people are moving into luxury condos, bringing more and more bars and restaurants and attracting more tourists to the South Street Seaport for waterfront views, shopping and the mandatory walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. A lot of people are going to knock living in this neighborhood because of its lack of after-hours activity and what appears to be its distance from the rest of Manhattan. But these criticisms are unfounded. The night scene is rapidly changing, but not so much that the area is raucous at night. There are plenty of local favorites. And because of the number of express trains that run down there, it is a very easy commute to other destinations in the city.Beverly W.
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FiDi is one of my favorite places in New York. Brimming with amazing architecture and interesting, winding streets, I love wandering around in the oldest part of New York. There is a lot of high-end shopping, particularly on Wall Street and Broad Street, including Hermes, MySuit, Thomas Pink, and La Maison du Chocolate. The apartments available for rental or purchase tend to be well-sized with sleek modern finishes and the buildings are brimming with amenities like fitness centers and roof decks. The ferry terminal at Wall Street can get you to convenient places like Ikea or the beach relatively quickly.What's awesome
Nice buildings, luxury shopping, quiet, breezyWhat's not so awesome
Some streets are dark
This is Wall St.
where all of NYs most important businessmen, traders and entrepreneurs work. It’s the center of the financial universe, and is filled with lofty highrises and luxury office buildings.
There is a lot of history here, as well as the makings of our future. It is a great spot to stop in, but unless you’re used to NYC’s fast paced lifestyle, not worth a tour.
That doesn’t mean there is any lack of tourists in this area. During the daytime Wall St. is packed with locals and out of towners. You are bound to run into some foreigners if you spend more than 20 minutes in this nabe.
New residential buildings are sprouting. Even some office buildings are converting to accommodate people living here. Who can blame the realtors, though, just check out those water views!
go have an anthropological experience
Pet the charging bull and then get out. No wait, I take that back. Being in the financial district when everyone’s getting to/leaving work is kinda cool—the whole men in suits marching through the streets thing makes u feel like you’re back in the 50s