Your fascinating New York Financial District Walking Tour begins when you meet your guide at the entrance of Battery Park at the intersection of Battery Park Place, State Street, and Broadway.
You’ll visit the grave of Alexander Hamilton – Founding Father, soldier, economist, political philosopher, one of America's first constitutional lawyers and the first Secretary of the Treasury. Learn how Hamilton was the primary author of the economic policies of the George Washington administration.
And speaking of our first President, you’ll stand near the very spot where George Washington was inaugurated – Federal Hall. This was the birthplace of the American government and home to the first Congress, Supreme Court, and Executive Branch offices. Built in 1700, it served as the first U.S. Capitol building under the Constitution and was where the United States Bill of Rights was introduced. Federal Hall was demolished in 1812; the current structure is now a museum and a memorial to the first President.
Battery Park and its military and historical relics await you next. This 25 acre public park is located at the southern tip of Manhattan. It is named for artillery batteries positioned there in the city's early years. At the north end is Castle Clinton; Pier A, formerly a fireboat station; and Hope Garden, a memorial to AIDS victims. The park is also the site of several memorials, such as the East Coast Memorial commemorating U.S. servicemen who died in the Atlantic in World War II.
You’ll see Fraunces Tavern, where Washington bade farewell to his officers of the Continental Army in December 1783. Fraunces Tavern is a tavern, restaurant and museum housed in a conjectural reconstruction of a building that played a prominent role in pre-Revolution and American Revolution history.
Next, discover how the Dutch settled in the area by establishing a trading post they called New Amsterdam. This eventually became Wall Street and the home of two of today's most powerful financial institutions – the New York Stock Exchange and the Federal Reserve Bank – where billions are staked each day.
The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) originated in 1792 and today is the world's largest stock exchange by market capitalization of its listed companies. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York is one of the 12 U.S. Federal Reserve Banks. Working within the Federal Reserve System, the New York Fed implements monetary policy; supervises and regulates financial institutions; and helps maintain the nation's payment systems. Reputedly the largest gold repository in the world, it holds more than Fort Knox.
Next up is Hanover Square, a public park. For many years, Hanover Square was the center of New York's commodity market. The square was also known as "Printing House Square," and it was here that the Great Fire of New York broke out on December 16, 1835, decimating much of Lower Manhattan.
You’ll see the legendary Delmonico's, opened in 1837 as America's first fine dining restaurant and renowned as the birthplace of the Delmonico steak.
Uncover more history at the renowned Trinity Church, also known as Trinity Wall Street. The first Trinity Church building was constructed in 1698 but destroyed by fire. Its successor was completed in 1790 but demolished after the severe snowstorms of 1838-1839. The third and current Trinity Church was finished in 1846 and at the time of its completion, its 281-foot spire and cross was the highest point in New York. During the September 11 attacks, people took refuge inside the church to escape the massive debris cloud.
Your tour ends at Trinity Church and from there you can make your way back to your accommodation or onward to your next destination.