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20 Must-Visit Attractions in Manhattan's Financial District

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Updated: 7 September 2017
Have a thing for history? Manhattan’s Financial District is home to more historical landmarks than any other New York neighborhood, making it a must-visit for history buffs. Mix in a few modern attractions, like ethnic institutions and a seriously standout pizza joint, and you have an ageless area that’s not quite your grandmother’s FiDi, but she’ll enjoy it all the same.

9/11 Memorial and Museum

A tribute to the nearly 3,000 people killed in the events of September 11, 2001 and a testament to New York’s resilience, the 9/11 Memorial and Museum may be the city’s most unforgettable attraction. In the place once occupied by the Twin Towers, the largest artificial waterfalls in the country, twin reflection pools, and inscriptions of the names of every victim of the 1993 and 2001 terror attacks now stand.

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Image courtesy of 9/11 Memorial and Museum | Image courtesy of 9/11 Memorial and Museum

Brooklyn Bridge

Those willing to brave the crowds at New York City’s iconic Brooklyn Bridge will be rewarded with sweeping views of both the Brooklyn and Manhattan skylines.

Tip: by beginning your journey across the bridge in Brooklyn (as opposed to the more commonly used Manhattan-into-Brooklyn route), you can make Manhattan’s Financial District— and all its restaurants, bars, and attractions— your destination.

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Brooklyn Bridge l Daniel X. O' Neil/Flickr | Brooklyn Bridge l Daniel X. O’ Neil/Flickr

Fraunces Tavern Museum

A timeless taste of America’s Revolutionary era is what’s on the menu at Fraunces Tavern Museum. Here, informative tours on spies of the Revolution are offered alongside jazz brunches, where fish and chips, scotch eggs, and more colonial cuisine are enjoyed by eaters of all ages.

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Image courtesy of Fraunces Tavern Museum | Image courtesy of Fraunces Tavern Museum

Charging Bull

Only in New York could a piece of illegally-installed guerrilla art become a globally-recognized symbol of success and of a city itself. Measuring 11 feet tall and weighing 7,100 pounds, the Charging Bull stands guard over Manhattan’s Financial District, and is the city’s most menacing mascot.

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Charging Bull l Sam valadi/Flickr | Charging Bull l Sam valadi/Flickr

Seaport District NYC

Seaport District NYC, or ‘South Street Seaport’ as it’s known colloquially, is one New York City attraction tourists and locals alike can agree on. Old-fashioned ice cream parlors, a luxury movie theater, and breathtaking vistas of New York’s East River and Brooklyn Bridge all have a place at this timeless FiDi find.

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Image courtesy of Seaport District NYC, credit: Jane Kratochvil | Image courtesy of Seaport District NYC, credit: Jane Kratochvil

South Street Historic District

Enjoy Old New York charm and timeless tastes at South Street Historic District, a cobblestone corner crowded with 19th-century architecture and internationally-inspired restaurants. Since its establishment as a historic district in 1977, this compact culinary haven has made history with cult-favorite world cuisine from Germany, Scandinavia, and beyond.

Delmonico’s

Since 1837, the best steak in New York City has been served by FiDi’s Delmonico’s. Trust the eatery that invented such modern-day staples as Eggs Benedict and Baked Alaska to transform classic American cuisine into something refreshingly foreign. Here, American Waygu tartare is served alongside potato chips, crisp maple bacon is cured in-house, and top-tier steak (Delmonico’s signature dish) is served in five unique styles.

Image courtesy of Delmonico's Restaurant, credit: Paul_Wagtouicz
Image courtesy of Delmonico's Restaurant, credit: Paul_Wagtouicz |