Sunday, June 26, 2011

Wall Street Walks Tour: Atop the Steps of Federal Hall

One of the stops on each Wall Street Walks guided walking tour is 26 Wall Street, now known as Federal Hall. This location has been an important site in the history of the United States from the very beginning, and in later blog posts we will discuss all that has transpired here. The U.S. Capitol building once stood on this site, back when New York City was the capitol of the United States. That building was later demolished and the New York Customs House was built on the site.
Here, tour guide Annaline Dinkelmann speaks to her tour group on the very same spot that many newscasters use when reporting on the goings-on of Wall Street. The elevation of the steps, and the NYSE in the background, make for a perfect spot to discuss the intricacies of Wall Street.
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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The Wall Street Bull: a stop on the Wall Street Walks Tour

The Wall Street Bull is an iconic sculpture located in a median in the middle of Broadway in the Financial District of Lower Manhattan, very close to Wall Street. In the 1980s, when he created the Bull sculpture, the artist deposited it in front of the New York Stock Exchange in the middle of the night. The following day was probably the only day in history a bull was not welcome on Wall Street, and the sculpture was removed. However, the public demanded that the Bull sculpture be returned to Lower Manhattan, and shortly thereafter we experienced the very strong bull market from the 1990s. The sculpture was placed temporarily in a median in the middle of Broadway and was never moved. As you can see from the video, the Wall Street Bull is a popular tourist attraction. To learn more about the Wall Street Bull and all the other intricacies of the history of the Financial District, click through to reserve tickets for a Wall Street Walks tour.