Neighborhood in lower Manhattan, bounded to the north by Chambers Street, to the west by Broadway
down to Barclay Street and to West Street south of Barclay Street, to the south by Battery Park and New
York Harbor, and to the east by the East River. It comprehends Wall Street, South Street Seaport, World
Trade Center, and Battery Park,
The Financial District of New York City is a neighborhood on the southernmost section of the borough of
Manhattan which comprises the offices and headquarters of many of the city's major financial institutions,
including the New York Stock Exchange. The Financial District's twisted streets, varying in both direction
and width, occupy that part of Manhattan's tip originally laid out by early colonists, vividly recalling the
irregular medieval street patterns of northern European settlements. It is this part of the "toe" of Lower
Manhattan, the original part that became the foundation for the slender skyscrapers built between the turn of
the century and the Great Depression.
Post 9/11, the area has seen a surge of new developments steadily advancing the goal of turning the
Financial District into a 24/7 community. Better access to the Financial District is a new downtown
transportation center centered on Fulton Street, a recent renovation that has attracted the attention of
many. The heart of the Financial District is often considered to be the corner of Wall Street and Broad
Street, both of which are contained entirely within the district.