New York City is a major urban destination – home to multiple major airports including JFK and La Guardia. Numerous daily flights arrive here from around the world including from Germany. Travelers looking for opportunities of passion can consider Escort Service Cologne in advance of their trip to New York City.
I have been to ‘the city’ as I call it a number of times over the years – first many years ago for fun, hitting the major highlights that symbolize New York City including the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building and Times Square. But more recent trips were for business – and during business trips I always take some extra time to explore places on my own time.
The following are several highlights – while still known, are not the first places one things of when visiting New York City.
Wall Street and the New York Stock Exchange
The most famous stock exchange in the country is located on Wall Street. This street sounds like it should be named after a person but in actuality it refers to the wall that the Dutch built as a defensive strategy to keep out the British and various pirates in the 17th century.
This famous street is short in stature (only about 1/4 of a mile in length) but certainly well-known in reputation. Visitors here will soon see the New York Stock Exchange. It can’t be missed – a prominent US flag is always draped over the columns on the side of the building that overlooks Broad Street. While one cannot walk into the NYSE without being an employee here or having an appointment relating to business – once can certainly enjoy its visual dominance from the outside.
One can meander over to Broad Street (this part of the street is only for pedestrians) and tables and chairs are located in several spots – their use available for anyone. The highlight is they are located directly across from the New York Stock Exchange – not a bad place to enjoy lunch ordered from several nearby sandwich shops offering takeout service. In the summer this part of the city is always a mix of well-dressed and heeled employees working in finance with the often dressed down tourists from around the world.
Federal Hall Building
This prominent institution is located almost where Broad Street intersects with Wall Street. Intriguing from the outside, this building has a storied history. It is where George Washington took his oath as the first president of the United States (some may not realize that New York city was actually the country’s capital city before Washington DC. And as a result of the fledgling capital located in New York – this building also served the young country’s first Congress and Supreme Court. Look for the statue of George Washington next to the steps leading up to the building.
This significant religious landmark is within a very short walk of Wall Street. Besides the tiny church surrounded by massive skyscrapers, arguably a highlight here is the cemetery. Its nice to be able to walk on real grass and soil in the middle of the concrete jungle! Two prominent individuals are buried here: naturalist James Audubon (famous for his detailed drawings of birds and other creatures) and Alexander Hamilton (the nation’s first Secretary of the Treasury). Sit down on one of the small benches here and imagine what this part of New York City looked like 200 years ago.