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Financial District

The Financial District is an area located at Southern spot of the borough of Manhattan. It is a place where many of the city’s financial institutions and headquarters are housed. It includes the New York Stock Exchange, Wall Street and much more. The District made New York City into the world’s leading financial center, and the most economically powerful city.

Wall Street

Wall Street is, and has for quite a long time been a symbol of money and power. In 1653, during the tenure of Peter Stuyvesant, a wall stretched from the Hudson River to the East River. The Dutch built it to protect themselves from the British, who were at the time inhabiting the north. The wall was not required for defense purposes, and the British tore in down in 1699. A path, named Wall Street, connected the banks of the East and Hudson rivers. Early merchants built important buildings on this path, such as a city hall, church, shops and warehouses. Later, the exchange rented a place on Wall Street, and worked the organization from there from then on.

One of the most famous attractions of Wall Street is the Charging Bull. The bronze sculpture was installed in 1987 following the stock market crash of that year.The Bull was designed and sculpted by the artist, Arturo Di Modica. It was, and still is, a symbol of “the strength and power of the American people”. Once the Bull was set up, it instantly became a hit amongst photographers, and a major tourist destination of the Financial District.

Charging Bull Color Photograph
Charging Bull Color Photograph

New York Stock Exchange

The NYSE is home to over 2,800 companies that collectively exceed the value of $15 trillion. After the American Revolution, Congress issued $80 million in bonds to pay for war debt. A certain marketplace was necessary to hold this type of activity. So, after years of informal exchange in coffeehouses, a group of brokers decided to do something about that; so they got together and came up with the “Buttonwood Agreement” on May 17th, 1792. Their plan marked the beginning of the New York Stock Exchange.

In 1934, the NYSE registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commissions as a national securities exchange. Until 1938, the main governing body was the Governing Committee. Then, the exchange hired their first paid president and created up with a board of governors made up of 33 members. Later on, in 1972, the exchange became much more organized with 25 member board directors, 12 representatives, a chairman, CEO, and others. The NYSE is the second largest stock exchange in the world.

New York Stock Exchange Watercolor Painting
New York Stock Exchange Watercolor Painting

The photos and artworks at nyArt.com capture various parts of the Financial District. Rather than focusing solely on the Bull or the NYSE headquarters, our art gives you a taste of both from different perspectives. The photographs’ quality allows you to see the light reflecting off the shining, bronze statue of the Bull, and the paintings use color to emphasize the bright and cheery lights of the Christmas tree standing outside the New York Stock Exchange.

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Twin Towers

The fabled Twin Towers were the city’s tallest skyscrapers until the Freedom Tower. They are most noted for being hosts to one the country’s most tragic disasters, known as  9/11. The 110-story buildings were a visitor attraction due to the various shops and restaurants placed just beneath the buildings. Designers made up the World Trade Center complex of seven buildings, and a large plaza; the Trade Center housed trade organizations, brokerages, international banks, steamship lines, freight handlers, government agencies, and the U.S. Custom House.

History of Twin Towers

Officials proposed the idea for a World Trade Center in 1960, and opened for business ten or so years later. However, constructors did not complete the buildings until 1973. The idea, essentially, was to build a sort of city within a city. The complex would have its own medical facility, police station, along with banks, shops, and restaurants. Minoru Yamasaki designed the buildings, and constructed over a course of many hardworking years. In 1970, the first tower stood, completed. Followed shortly by the finalization of the construction of tower #2 in 1971.

Twin Towers Black and White Photograph
Twin Towers Black and White Photograph

Over the years, the Twin Towers were hosts to many astonishing events. For example, a car bomb being set off by terrorists in the garage beneath the building on February 26, 1993; a large fire on the 11th floor of the North Tower earlier in 1975, and many others. However, no event was as memorable yet horrifying as the tragedy of September 11, 2001.

Attack of 9/11

In the early morning, a hijacked commercial jet crashed straight into the North Tower starting a fire so intense it exceeded 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Not twenty minutes after, a second plane crash occurred, this time aimed to the South Tower. Approximately 1-2 hours later, the South Tower collapsed. It was followed shortly by the North Tower, clouding the street in ash, smoke, and tangled steel.

Fortunately, the majority of the 50,000 people working in the towers escaped with minor injuries, while 3,682 in total died including the casualties from the plane crash. All throughout the weeks, people walked around the street with photographs of loved ones begging the search crews to recover their bodies, but in the end, many bodies were left buried deep in the rubble, unable to be recovered.

Twin Towers Black and White Photograph
Twin Towers Black and White Photograph

All the art and photos offered at nyArt.com show the grand towers standing side by side, looming over the entire city. For so long, the towers have been a key piece of the New York City landscape; everybody became accustomed to seeing them cast their shadows over the other buildings and looking out on to the Brooklyn Bridge and river beneath. Every photo highlights not only the tragedy that brought the towers down, but also the memories that came along with them. Buy some of the historic art to have a piece of these memories that can never be recreated.