Conveniently located a couple blocks from the Duane Street Hotel, the Financial District is one of the most intriguing neighborhoods in NYC. More than a hotbed for finance-types, FiDi is packed with historical sites, breathtaking views and designer shopping. Here’s what to do in NYC’s Financial District.
One of the most poignant scenes in NYC, the 9/11 Museum and Memorial is a must see. Reflect by the flowing waterfalls that fill the foundations of the Twin Towers—encircled by the names of every victim of the 2001 attacks. Then make your may into the underground museum where relics from Ground Zero, like a firetruck and personal items left in the buildings, are on display.
National 9/11 Memorial & Museum. 180 Greenwich St, New York, NY. (212) 393-9160
Federal Hall’s rich history has been well documented since its construction in 1700. But the building has no greater claim to fame than serving as the United States’ first capitol building—and the place where the nation’s first President, George Washington, was sworn into office. While the original building was largely demolished and reconstructed in the early 1800s. Now a national monument, both self-guided and ranger-led tours are available every day. The best part? Admission is free.
Federal Hall National Memorial. 26 Wall St, New York, NY. (212) 825-6990
Sure there’s some controversy over whether or not One World Trade Center is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. But one thing we can all agree on is that it does have the highest observation deck in the city—and the views are out of this world. At $34 a piece for adult tickets it’s a bargain when considering its the only observatory on the East Coast high enough to see the curvature of the Earth.
One World Trade Center. 285 Fulton Street, New York, NY. (844) 696-1776
Just across the street from One World Trade Center is Brookfield Place. Recently reopened after a gut renovation following damage sustained during 9/11, Brookfield Place has become one of New York City’s premier shopping destinations. Housing fashion giants like Gucci, Saks Fifth Avenue and Ferragamo it’s downtown Manhattan’s destination for luxury shopping. You’re sure to work up and appetite and Brookfield has you covered with a world class food court—offering New York icons like Blackseed Bagel and Parm.
Brookfield Place. 230 Vesey St, New York, NY. (212) 978-1698
Since the 1700s Trinity Church has been serving Lower Manhattan and continues to operate today. Whether you want to attend a service or just admire an amazing piece of Gothic Revival architecture it’s worth stopping by 75 Broadway on your next trip to NYC. Experiencing a surge in popularity lately, thanks to Lin-Manuel Miranda, is the gravesite of former attendee Alexander Hamilton, located at the church’s burial ground.
Trinity Church. 75 Broadway, New York, NY. (212) 602-0800