Financial District

A fast-paced 9-to-5 icon of business acumen.

High-rises, high prices, and high blood pressures are common in NYC’s famous Financial District. This financial epicenter's looming buildings bankroll it as one of the city's most recognizable neighborhoods. Financial District may rush by at lightning-speed during the day, but once the last fast-talking mogul leaves for the evening this neighborhood quickly quiets down.

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On the Map

Financial District is within Manhattan and bordered by Chinatown, Battery Park City, South Street Seaport, Tribeca, and Civic Center

LaGuardia Airport: 25 minutes by cab without traffic
JFK Airport: 35 minutes by cab without traffic
Times Square: 18 minutes by subway
Financial District: You're on the money

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Difficult

Soaring Skyscrapers: Icons of Power and Might

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The Financial District and Wall Street are more than sleek suits, shiny briefcases, and the occasional protest.

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This famous neighborhood attracts visitors from the world over, and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in New York.

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As a sculptural representation of tenacity and financial optimism, the charging bull is responsible for countless camera-clicks.

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Suits are well-tailored, shoes are shined, and Casual Friday doesn't exist in the Financial District, quite possibly the most formally dressed neighborhood in New York City.

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What happens on Wall Street affects the global economy. News teams clamoring for the latest coverage are ubiquitous in the Financial District.

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Police squadrons also invest a lot of attention in the Financial District. As a neighborhood that influences big decisions with heavy consequences, the Financial District institutes safety checkpoints.

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From High Towers to High-Powered Lunches

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The Financial District's restaurants and cafes cater to the fast-paced lifestyles of its busy professionals.

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It's not all work and no play. When colleagues have the time to enjoy a longer lunch, there are plenty of casual spots to dine.

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When companies are really looking to impress, sophisticated spots like Delmonico's make for memorable three-martini lunches.

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Powerful Public Transit

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Like everything else in the Financial District, public transit is fast.

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The Financial District is made for more than Manhattanites. The neighborhood boasts the Staten Island Ferry and Path trains, which provide convenient service to and from Staten Island and New Jersey.

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Of course, you can drive yourself, but beware– parking in the Financial District costs a fortune.


Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Kenn Tam

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Kenn Tam is a Canadian photographer living and working in New York City's Manhattan, that specializes in portraits and street photography. And yes, he was that high school year book guy with a 50mm lens for a face.