Financial District, Manhattan Places

Part of our Manhattan travel guide; our list of the best things to see in Financial District, including Federal Hall, Governors Island and African Burial Ground National Monument.
  • The best place in Financial District Manhattan: Federal Hall

    Federal Hall

    26 Wall St
    On this site on April 30, 1789, George Washington stood on a balcony overlooking Wall Street and was inaugurated as the first president of the United States. The old building on the site had been used as New York's city hall and had hosted some of the first congregations of the colonies in the lead-up to the American Revolution, such as the Stamp Act Congress. After the revolution the building, now Federal Hall, briefly housed Congress, the Supreme Court, and Executive Branch offices before the national capital moved to Philadelphia. The current building dates to 1842 and was used first as a Customs House, then later the US Sub-Treasury (millions of dollars of gold and silver were kept in the basement vaults). Today the building is maintained by the National Park Service as a museum dedicated to the history of the site. Guided tours of the building are available, or you can just walk in and look up at the rotunda and view some of the artifacts, such as the bible Washington used in his inauguration ceremony.
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  • Governors Island

    Governors Island

    ferries depart from the Battery Maritime Building at 10 South Street
    Open seasonally; W-Th guided tours take place at 10AM and 1PM, F ferries leave every hour 10AM-3PM, Sa-Su ferries leave every hour 10AM-5PM, from Brooklyn ferries leave every 20 minutes. Free. Governors Island has a long military history, home to headquarters and military posts of the United States Army from 1794 until 1966, then a complex for the U.S. Coast Guard before becoming a historic district open to tours.
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  • African Burial Ground National Monument

    African Burial Ground National Monument

    290 Broadway, 1st floor
    Visitor Center: Tu-Sa 10AM-4PM except Federal holidays; Memorial: Daily 9AM-5PM except Federal holidays. Free. For most of the 18th century, Africans in New York City were buried in a graveyard outside the city. The graveyard was eventually forgotten and was rediscovered in 1991. This museum and memorial site commemorate the estimated 15,000 Africans that were interred on the site of the memorial. Note that the museum is located inside of a Federal building so airport-style security should be expected.
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  • J&R Music and Computer World

    J&R Music and Computer World

    23 Park Row
    M-Sa 9AM-7:30PM, Su 10:30AM-6:30PM. Occupies an entire block of stores right across the street from City Hall Park and sells the widest selection of computers, computer accessories, and various other electronic products (including blank CDs and batteries) in New York, at the lowest prices short of ordering through the internet. It is also probably the second best source of digital cameras and accessories in New York (B&H near Penn Station is generally considered by New Yorkers to be the best source). Well worth visiting if you need something right away or prefer to look at products before purchasing them. Generous return policies, too.
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  • National September 11 Memorial & Museum

    National September 11 Memorial & Museum

    1 Albany St
    M-F 10AM-8PM, Sa-Su and holidays 9AM-8PM (last entry one hour before closing). Free. On the site of the former World Trade Center towers, the memorial consists of two enormous waterfalls and reflecting pools set within the footprints of the twin towers, lined with bronze panels with the names of the nearly 3,000 victims of that fateful day inscribed. The surrounding plaza holds a grove of trees. A museum is under construction nearby - for now only the glass pavilion which will serve as the entrance is visible, with two large artifacts from the towers within. Due to construction on new towers and facilities on the WTC site, access to the site is currently restricted - a timed reservation system is being used and you must reserve your tickets in advance. Go to the website [2] to reserve a pass.
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  • World Financial Center

    World Financial Center

    Shopping, dining, events and the Winter Garden all open to the public.
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  • M-F 7AM-6PM, Sa 8AM-4PM, Su 7AM-4PM. Free. An Episcopalian (Anglican) church and parish was first established on this site in 1697 under charter by King William III. The present Neo-Gothic Revival church building (the third incarnation) dates from 1846 and remains a significant landmark within Downtown. The original burial ground at Trinity Church includes the graves and memorials of many historic figures, including Alexander Hamilton, William Bradford, Robert Fulton, and Albert Gallatin.
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  • South Street Seaport Museum

    South Street Seaport Museum

    12 Fulton St
    Jan-Mar: F-M 10AM-5PM, Ships noon-4PM; Apr-Dec: Tu-Su 10AM-6PM. $10 adults, $8 students/seniors, $5 children, children under 5 free. A museum with exhibits on the historic Seaport area and a collection of ships at the South Street Seaport on the East River open for tours.
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  • Fordham College at Lincoln Center

    on 60th St
    between Columbus and Amsterdam, is a branch of Fordham University.
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  • Museum of American Finance

    48 Wall Street
    $8 adults, $5 students/seniors, children 6 and under free. A small museum dedicated to finance and the markets, with exhibits that change periodically.
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  • Century 21

    22 Cortlandt St
    M-W 7:45AM-9PM, Th-F 9:45AM-9:30PM, Sa 10AM-9PM, Su 11AM-8PM. Sells remaindered designer clothes, often at deep discounts, and is popular with tourists and locals, alike. The store can be so crowded around Christmastime that it's a hellish experience, but it's civilized most other times of the year, especially during the day on weekdays.
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  • North Pole post office

    North Pole
    Send greeting cards with 'North Pole 12997' postmarks by stamping them then bundling them into a parcel labelled “Christmas re-mailing” addressed to the local postmaster.
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  • Juilliard School of Dance, Drama, and Music

    on 65th St
    between Amsterdam and Columbus, is one of the foremost conservatories of those disciplines in the United States.
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  • Skyscraper Museum

    39 Battery Pl
    50 students/seniors. Exhibits on the history of highrise and skyscraper construction.
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  • Manhattan School of Music

    on 122nd St
    and Broadway, is another conservatory of music.
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  • St Paul's Chapel

    209 Broadway
    Built in 1776, the chapel is an active part of the Parish of Trinity Church and is Manhattan's oldest public building in continuous use. It is the only remaining colonial church in New York City and was George Washington's place of worship after he was inaugurated as president, but more recently the chapel became known for surviving the events of 9/11 without even a broken window - despite being located across the street from the World Trade Center - and its role as a place of refuge for the WTC recovery workers in the days that followed.
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  • New York City Police Museum

    100 Old Slip
    $7 adults, $5 seniors/students/children, children under 2 free. A museum dedicated to the history of the NYPD.
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  • Blue Man Group

    Astor Place Theatre, 434 Lafayette St
    Purchase tickets to see the Blue Man Group.
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  • National Museum of the American Indian

    One Bowling Green
    F-W 10AM–5PM, Th 10AM-8PM. Free. Housed in the Alexander Hamilton US Custom House, this Smithsonian museum is the New York branch of the National Museum of the American Indian (the other branches are in Washington, D.C. and Maryland).
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  • Bangkok Center Grocery

    104 Mosco St
    This modest-sized store contains a large quantity of Thai goods of various descriptions, and also sells inexpensive prepared sweet and savory items. Friendly, helpful service.
  • The Mannes College of Music

    on 85th St
    between Amsterdam and Columbus, is the New School's classical conservatory of music.
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  • Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

    at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center
    The Chamber Music Society is the most prestigious chamber music ensemble in the United States, playing in the acoustically impeccable Alice Tully Hall.
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  • New York City Police Department

    New York City Police Department

    120 W 82nd St
    The New York City Police Department, established in 1845, is the largest municipal police force in the United States, with primary responsibilities in law enforcement and investigation within the five boroughs of New York City. The NYPD is one of the oldest police departments established in the United States; tracing its roots back to the first Dutch eight man night watch in 1625, when New York City was New Amsterdam. It has its headquarters at One Police Plaza in Lower Manhattan.
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  • Equitable Building

    Equitable Building

    120 Broadway
    The Equitable Building is a 38-story office building in New York City, located at 120 Broadway in the Financial District of Lower Manhattan. A landmark engineering achievement as a skyscraper, it was designed by Ernest R. Graham and completed in 1915. The controversy surrounding its construction contributed to the adoption of the first modern building and zoning restrictions on vertical structures in Manhattan. Although it is now dwarfed by taller buildings in its vicinity, it still retains a distinctive identity in its surroundings on Lower Broadway. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1978.
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  • Staten Island Ferry

    Staten Island Ferry

    1 Bay St
    The Staten Island Ferry is a passenger ferry service operated by the New York City Department of Transportation that runs between the boroughs of Manhattan and Staten Island.
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  • The Esplanade

    The Esplanade

    Battery Park City
    Battery Park City is a 92-acre planned community at the southwestern tip of Lower Manhattan in New York City, United States. The land upon which it stands was created by land reclamation on the Hudson River using 1.2 million cubic yards of soil and rocks excavated during the construction of the World Trade Center and certain other construction projects, as well as from sand dredged from New York Harbor off Staten Island. The neighborhood, which is the site of the World Financial Center along with numerous housing, commercial and retail buildings, is named for adjacent Battery Park.
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