Walking an Uncertain Wall Street: A Strolling Guide to Stops, Sleepovers, and Anxieties in the Financial District
|Bank of New York Mellon at 1 Wall Street.|
|Walk where the streets lead|
Wall Street, the actual street in lower Manhattan, as opposed to the highly-charged symbol of high finance, can be coldly seductive. Beginning with the formidable Art Deco masterpiece at 1 Wall Street, Bank of New York Mellon, there's something alluring, dangerous even, in the way the narrow street moves down its shadowed canyons toward the East River. In their steely heights, the famous Stock Exchange on Broad Street, the Morgan building, the Federal Hall, the Trump Building, Tiffany's, the Bank of New York Building, and others, lure the visitor into the corridors of power. The fact that there's a heavy security presence at the Stock Exchange can create an aura of exciting danger. It's helpful to have Trinity Church at the head of the street, praying over the whole dark den of worldly greed.
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|Andax Hotel at 75 Wall Street (at Water)|
Never plan a fixed walk anywhere, especially downtown. Let John, William, Nassau, Broad, and Water Pearl lead the way. Walking the streets of the Financial District, like a moody romance, can be unusually uncertain. Yet, it's not unusually unpleasant either.
|Along S. William Street. Don't let those Dutch gables lure you into thinking you've found New Amsterdam. They were built much later. The Wall Street Inn is here, too, as well as the Dubliner tavern (on the right). Stone Street is behind this block.|
Images by Walking Off the Big Apple from July 20, 2010. More can be found in this set on Flickr WOTBA.