USA Series: Wall Street and the High Line

NYSE

NYSE

Tuesday and day four of our month long trip in the USA for Alex and I.

Today our plan for New York is to visit Wall Street, explore the Financial District and then walk the High Line (which I told Alex was an acrobatic act).

12:00pm
Our first stop is the financial district of New York which is situated near at the bottom tip of Manhattan and a direct trip on our regular line 1 on the subway. 

Subway

Subway

The financial district is often referenced simply as “Wall Street”. 

This must be the place

This must be the place

Wall Street, apart from being an actual street is also where the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) is located.  The front of the NYSE sits adjacent Federal Hall which also has an impressive facade. 

Bulding opposite the NYSE

Bulding opposite the NYSE

There is no access inside either of these buildings so, once done with photos, we continue on to walk the length of Wall Street.

Look Alex… another Tiffany’s store…

We could go in?

We could go in?

Also nearby is the “Charging Bull”.  This is a sculpture representing the stock market prosperity and a regular stock exchange trading reference.  Apparently it is ritual to rub the bulls nuts, though I am not sure whether J-Man (Alex’s nephew) has advised us of this just to make us do something stupid?

3:00pm
Having walked the length of Wall Street we arrive at South Street Seaport precinct.

We pass an information desk.  I go to the desk and ask the girl about whether the Fullerton Markets (after which the building is named) are markets that still operate.  The answer is that the market no longer exists, just the building which goes by the same name remains.

Nothing to see here folks

Nothing to see here folks

Then I think to ask further about the area… having passed some cafes and shops and wanting to know if there are other attractions in the area, I ask “are there just shops and eateries here?” To my surprise the reply was “No, there’s nothing here”.  Honest truth that is what she said.  I do not make this stuff up.

Nothing to see here folks

Nothing to see here folks

Best just to explore ourselves maybe.  Located here is Pier 17 and South Street Seaport which overlooks the East River and the Brooklyn Bridge. 

Outside the Pier 17 building is a guy with a snake wrapped around his neck…. ok, moving on…. inside are more normal things like eateries and shops.   It’s a good enough place as any for lunch.

View from Pier 17

View from Pier 17

5:00pm
From South Street Seaport we take a line 3 train three stops to the Meatpacker District / Greenwich Village.  A short walk from our station is the High Line.  The High Line is not an acrobatic act (like I told Alex it was).

The High Line and Friends of High Line provide the following information about the park:

“The High Line is a public park built on an historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. It is owned by the City of New York, and maintained and operated by Friends of the High Line. Founded in 1999 by community residents, Friends of the High Line fought for the High Line’s preservation and transformation at a time when the historic structure was under the threat of demolition.”

Walking the high line

Walking the high line

See the railway line left here

See the railway line left here

Alex and I walk the length of the High Line.  Running partly parallel with the Hudson River, there are even water glimpses. 

Cafes along the High Line

Cafes along the High Line

Walking along you can appreciate what a great concept the High Line is and quite special and the assorted plants giving off perfumed scent as you pass by was so enjoyable on a mild New York evening…

High line in-between buildings

High line in-between buildings

Thank goodness the “rules” of walking the High Line prohibit joggers.

I know I parked here somewhere

I know I parked here somewhere

7:00pm
There are coffee spots and facilities along its length and we enjoy a proper coffee sitting on the High Line as the sun threatens to begin its descent into early evening.

Sunset as we enjoy a coffee

Sunset as we enjoy a coffee

8:30pm
One at the end of the High Line we do struggle to find the subway for our return trip home but eventually we do at Pennsylvania.  Once back in the Upper West Side we find a local Italian restaurant and enjoy the time to sit down (for what feels like the first time today).  We have walked for (another) 6 hours today and my feet officially hate me.  Sorry shoes.[showmyads]

For previous USA series post see Midtown Manhattan including the Rockefeller Centre and Times Square
For next USA series post stay tuned…