5 Things to Do at the South Street Seaport

The South Street Seaport is a historic neighborhood bounded by the Financial District,  East River, and Two Bridges. The juxtaposition of old and new makes this part of NYC worth visiting. From the former Fulton Fish Market and sailing ships to the modern malls filled with shops and food, the South Street Seaport has much to offer.

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1. South Seaport Museum

South Street Seaport Museum defines itself as “a cultural institution dedicated to telling the story of the rise of New York as a port city and its critical role in the development of the United States. The Museum uses its historic buildings and ships to provide interactive exhibits, education, and experiences.”

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2. Fulton Market


3. Live Music

There is also a stage where bands and musicians play, throughout the summer and autumn. 

4. Shop

The mall at the South Street Seaport includes an eclectic range of stores and shops, which sell items ranging from stationery to clothing.


5. Eat and Drink

In the mood for Italian? Seafood? Asian Fusion? Check out Fresh Salt or Fishmarket Restaurant or VBar Seaport or the Seaport Food Lab.




5 Facts about the New York Stock Exchange

1. The NYSE is the oldest stock exchange in the United States. It was founded when brokers signed the “Buttonwood Agreement” on May 17, 1792.

2. In 1863, its name changed from New York Stock & Exchange Board (NYS&EB) to the New York Stock Exchange.

3. It has been closed to the public since 9/11.

4. Membership in the NYSE was $1.5 million in 1987, a record.

5. George B. Post designed what is now the NYSE building, which was completed in 1903. J.A. Ward sculpted the facade, which is titled “Integrity Protecting the Works of Man.”

The Financial Crisis Tour – The Wall Street Experience

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The 2008 Financial Crisis Tour – Where it Happened

The Financial Crisis Tour
In front of The New York Stock Exchange

The ramifications of the 2008 recession are still being felt throughout the world. But how did this disaster come to pass? Our Financial Crisis Tour doesn’t skimp on detail. From CDOs to CDSs, this tour is an education in what not to do in the markets.

Our founder, Andrew Luan, discusses the events that led to the creation of the tour in the following video.

The Story Behind The Legendary Charging Bull

The Charging Bull has become a symbol of the American Stock Market. It is also one of the most popular sights in New York City. Tourists journey from all around to see the bronze beast, striking poses and snapping pictures in front of it.

The creator of the Charging Bull, Arturo Di Modica, is an Italian-American artist born in Sicily in 1941. Di Modica started sculpting in his teen years and quickly began to get recognized for it. By the age of 19, he moved to Florence. Within 12 years he became known throughout Italy for his sculptures. In the early 70’s, Di Modica moved to New York and opened a studio on Grand Street.

Di Modica created the Charging Bull using $360,000 of his own money. The sculpture weighs over 7,000 pounds and is 11 feet tall. You can find the Bull in Bowling Green near Battery Park and Wall Street. However, this was not the original location of the Bull. On December 15th, 1989, Di Modica set out during the early hours of the morning to place the statue. With the help of the Bedi Makky Art Foundry, they found a home for the Bull right outside of the New York Stock Exchange on Broad Street.

The Stock Market Crash of 1987 inspired the artist’s choice of animal. For Di Modica, the Bull was a symbol of the ”strength and power of the American people.”

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The Charging Bull still enjoys an immense degree of popularity, and made headlines when Kristen Visbal’s Fearless Girl was placed in front of it. Di Modica put the statue up for sale in 2004 under the condition that it remain in the same place. However, he still owns the copyright for the piece.

Learn more about Wall Street on one of our critically acclaimed tours. 

The History Behind Federal Hall

Before Washington D.C., the nation’s capital was New York City. In the early days of America, the Founding Fathers met at Federal Hall to propose, debate, and argue ideas and legislation that would ultimately shape the new country’s future.

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Before Federal Hall,  there was City Hall at 26 Wall Street. Some significant moments of colonial American history happened there, including the meeting of the Stamp Act Congress, which protested “taxation without representation.” Once the Thirteen Colonies won independence from Great Britain, the Continental Congress convened at City Hall.

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At the time of the Constitution’s ratification in 1788, New York City was still the country’s capital. Remodeled for the new government, City Hall became Federal Hall. The First Congress  met and wrote the Bill of Rights there, and it was where George Washington was inaugurated as the  nation’s first President.

In 1790, the capital moved to Philadelphia, and city government once again occupied Federal Hall. It was demolished in 1812.

The current structure now known as Federal Hall opened as a Customs House in 1842. When Customs moved to 55 Wall Street in 1862, the building became the US Sub-Treasury, which was then replaced by the Federal Reserve Bank in 1920.

Learn more about the history of Federal Hall on one of our critically acclaimed tours.