The Financial District – sometimes abbreviated to FiDi – is the epicenter of business in New York City. Wall Street, the New York Stock Exchange, the famous bull statue, the new World Trade Center…it's all here. This neighborhood is full of financial services companies, skyscrapers, and people in dark suits.
It wasn’t long ago that this area would become a ghost town after the working day ended and people went back to their homes elsewhere. But in recent years tons of money has been invested in the area, bringing in new Starchitect-designed residential buildings, restaurants, and shops, and it's become an appealing place to live, particularly for those who work nearby.
This is a cultural hub for New York, as well. You've got the rebuilt World Trade Center, the 9/11 museum and memorial, Trinity Church (the oldest in Manhattan), the revolutionary era Fraunces Tavern, National Museum of the American Indian, and the historic South Street Seaport, whose cobblestone streets are home to a mall, exhibition space, boutiques, and restaurants. When you're in the mood for something mellower you can walk over to Battery Park and watch the ferries shuttle tourists to the Statue of Liberty.
Wall Street: 0.3 miles / 5 minutes walking
Rockefeller Center: 6.5 miles / 20-40 minutes by car / 25-35 minutes by transit
Jersey City: 8 miles / 20-45 minutes by car / 20-25 minutes by transit