The New York Stock exchange, or “The Big Board” as traders know it, is one of the most important financial institutions located in Manhattan, New York. It’s the world’s largest stock exchange, and the average trading value, per day, is an estimated 153 billion dollars. Another landmark that’s a must-see when visiting Manhattan, The New York Stock Exchange is also home to some amazing American films, such as, Trading Places with Eddie Murphy, and Wall Street with Michael Douglas. It’s one of the most well-known buildings in The Financial District, located on 11 Wall Street near Battery Park City, for its Classical Revival architecture type, leaving the building looking majestic and honorable.
For visitors, it’s always mind-blowing to see where most of the world’s stocks, bonds and common commodities travel through, and gives a sense of reality to the fragility of currency. It’s just one of those places you always hear about, but never get the chance to see. So, while you’re visiting Manhattan, New York, make sure to stop by, and give the building some time of the day, so you can be the one to return home with a little knowledge of the largest stock exchange. To make sure you learn all about it, take the NY See It All Tour or the NYC Freedom Tour to see the New York Stock Exchange on Wall Street. The New York Stock Exchange is a popular stop on OnBoard’s sightseeing tours. Our Tour Guides walk the group off Broadway onto Wall Street and provide the tour group a historical narrative on the New York Stock Exchange, as well as the history of Wall Street and Federal Hall, where George Washington was inaugurated. This brisk walk down to Wall Street takes only 10 minutes.
The NYSE is situated on Broad Street. The Visitor Gallery has been shut down since the terrorist attack in 2001, and there is no sign of whether it will open again. However we get a wonderful perspective of the spectacular Corinthian columns on the front of the building. The Exchange was established in 1792 when 24 New York City companies and suppliers finalized the Buttonwood Contract under a buttonwood shrub. Since then, the NYSE has expanded to become the international icon it is these days.
From the NYSE, you can head back to Broadway and stroll down to the popular Wall Street Bull, one of the best picture possibilities in the area. Designed by then-unknown artist Arturo Di Modica, this icon since 1989 features a 7,000 pound version of a asking for bull with flaring nose that are touched or rubbed for best of fortune by many investors in the day. The statue was motivated by the 1987 Crash.