New York Stock Exchange
Home to the world’s best-known stock exchange (the NYSE), Wall Street is an iconic symbol of US capitalism. About one billion shares...
New York City Police Museum
Until its Sandy-damaged landmark location at 100 Old Slip reopens sometime in 2015, this tribute to ‘New York’s Finest’ will remain on...
Museum of American Finance
Money makes this museum go round, its focus on historic moments in American financial history. Permanent collections include rare...
Blue Bar at India House
Head up the stairs to the lobby, turn left and slip into this blue-walled, wooden-floored beauty. A private members' bar during the day,...
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Federal Hall information
A Greek Revival masterpiece, Federal Hall houses a museum dedicated to postcolonial New York. Themes include George Washington’s inauguration, Alexander Hamilton’s relationship with the city, and the struggles of John Peter Zenger – jailed, tried and acquitted of libel here for exposing government corruption in his newspaper. There's also a visitor information hall which covers downtown cultural happenings.
Distinguished by a huge statue of George Washington, the building itself stands on the site of New York’s original City Hall. It was here that the first US Congress convened and that Washington took the oath of office as the first US president on April 30, 1789. The museum's artifacts include the very slab of stone on which Washington stood while taking that oath. After that structure’s demolition in the early 19th century, the current building rose in its place between 1834 and 1842, serving as the US Customs House until 1862.