Although the Financial District of NYC is immediately associated with Wall Street, the stock market and investment bankers, the neighborhood at the southern tip of Manhattan is better recognized historically as the original settlement of New York City. This is where the arriving Dutch settlers under Peter Stuyvesant built their homes; Wall Street was the location of an actual defensive wall, constructed across the northern edge of the village. This neighborhood is so old the streets still have names and not numbers on the NYC street grid.
The concrete canyons of the Financial District contain few historic relics but those that are here are treasures: Fraunces Tavern, a hub of Revolutionary War activity; Federal Hall where George Washington took the oath of office as the first President of the United States; and Trinity Church, the standard bearer for Gothic architecture in America. Castle Clinton is where 8.5 million people landed before the establishment of Ellis Island. Today this is where the Staten Island Ferry docks for 21 million passengers each year - all riding for free.
The Financial District, of course, is where the bears, bulls and wolves of Wall Street hunker down in high-rise apartments after the market closes. When the money crowd plays they go uptown but residents can still get a steak at Delmonicos as New Yorkers have done since 1837 when it opened as the city's first real restaurant. The suddenly quiet nights and weekends of the Financial District can be enjoyed in cafes and taverns on side streets like Stone and John and Broad.
Most of NYC's subways eventually find their way to the Financial District; the 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 lines link lower Manhattan with Uptown and the Bronx and the 2 and 3 lines connect Wall Street with Brooklyn.
Rental Prices:$2,500 ― $4,300
Sales Prices:$610,000 ― $1,035,000
Landmarks:New York Stock Exchange, Federal Reserve Bank, World Trade Center Memorial