Neighborhood Spotlight: Financial District (FiDi)
As the oldest settled neighborhood, the Financial District is home to more historical markers than any other part of the city. Federal Hall, the first capitol of the United States, and Trinity Church - once the tallest building in Manhattan, are both located in the district. The New York Stock Exchange, the Federal Reserve Bank, the first precursor bank to what is now JPMorgan Chase, and the Charging Bull Statue all decorate the neighborhood to remind visitors of its storied financial history. Famous examples of modern skyscrapers tower over the streets. The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island are both just a short ferry ride away.
Residents include many professionals who work on Wall Street and those who are attracted to the ease of travel throughout Manhattan. Encompassing the major financial center, FiDi is no stranger to heavy foot traffic during the day. During the weekend, however, the neighborhood has a much slower pace. Locals take advantage of the picturesque, waterfront views and the many restaurants and bars in the area.
Over the years FiDi has welcomed many new attractions and developments solidifying the iconic nature of the neighborhood. Oculus, the newly designed transportation hub, and the 9/11 memorial ground have both brought a new appreciation to a neighborhood where the history became overshadowed by its financial character.
The up and coming highlight of FiDi is the relocation of Nobu, the exquisite Japanese and Peruvian cuisine opening up at 195 Broadway at the head of FiDi — confirmed from a chef of the restaurant's current location (105 Hudson Street).
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