Stretching from the West Side Highway to the East River, from the tip of Manhattan to the Brooklyn Bridge and Park Place, the Financial District (FiDi) marks the beginnings of New York City history, and is the financial center of the world. Wall Street way back when was literally a “wall” to stop invading troops. Many thoroughfares connected river to river, and in the early 1600s, the area served as a major trading/shipping post because of its prime waterfront location. Today people flock to make their home here, tourists abound, and commerce is booming, because the area is not only beautiful, but ultra-convenient too.
Soaring office complexes sit among NYC apartments in prewar conversions and luxurious new residences in FiDi. The area is bustling with people daily, and filled with everything from coffee shops to fine dining and shopping. Revitalization of old commercial and residential buildings, and the refurbishment of the highly-trafficked Fulton Street subway hub, keeps the area growing strong. Still, history lives on thanks to icons like: Trinity Church, the area’s oldest building and one of America’s oldest churches; St. Paul’s Chapel, Manhattan’s only surviving pre-Revolutionary War building;, the Federal Hall National Monument, where George Washington accepted presidency; and Faunces Tavern, once home to former Mayor Van Cortland. As for easy access, every major subway line stops at FiDi, many at Fulton Street. Further south is the 2, 3, 4, 5 and R trains and the 1 subway line that begins at Staten Island Ferry terminus.