to Experience NYC's Wall Street Area
Including Ground Zero
Ground Zero - World Trade Center site
Above: Blast debris and human remains--what could be found of them--have been removed and restoration has begun. At this point the sole facility now open is a PATH subway station to Jersey City and Newark on the right.
On September 11, 2001, nearly 3,000 people lost
their lives at this sombre location, more than died at Pearl Harbour, the Japanese attack that led the United States into World War 2.
I highly suggest that you join a free walking tour of this area. These must be booked in advance. Although "free," please donate to help keep these tours operating. Note that the tour does not operate daily.
This was the site of the first
capitol building of the United States. The Bill of Rights was written
here. George Washington was inaugurated as president here. Although
the former U.S. capitol building was torn down in 1812, the present
building was once the city hall of New York City.
Just after the Federal Hall site,
turn right onto William Street.
After one block, turn right onto
Turn right onto Broad Street.
At 20 Broad, you've reached the
New York Stock Exchange.
Tickets for 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
tours on Monday through Friday are very limited, and tours may be
cancelled due to any increase in the terror threat level.
Return to Exchange Place, and turn
Walk westbound to Broadway (in this area called the Canyon of
Above: This portion of Broadway, the Canyon of Heroes is where New York City and the entire USA due to live broadcasts celebrates the achievements of its heroes with ticker tape parades.
Ticker tape refers to
the thin ribbons of paper once used in stock ticker machines in stock brokerage offices above the street, which provided a running print-out of stock market fluctuations. So much would be thrown out of windows that it created an exciting snow blizzard-like flurry. Of course, technological advances have eliminated the need for this tape.
Turn left onto Broadway, Canyon of the Heroes,
and walk southbound.