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Wall Street

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It is funny how this little street that is just over 600 metres in length, less than half a mile, has become so well known around the world. Wall Street starts in Broadway, next to the heavily-photographed Trinity Church, and runs east to the East River and is known worldwide as a synonym for hustle and bustle, aggressive executives, a lot of stress and a lot of money. Without a doubt, you are in the real historic heart of New York and the world centre of capitalism.

The name of Wall Street has a strange origin, when it was the boundary of New Amsterdam, the 17th century Dutch settlement. It was Peter Stuyvesant who ordered the building of a wooden and mud fence to ward off any attacks by Native Americans and the British, but unfortunately it was used primarily to ensure African slaves did not escape. Although the British ordered it be torn down in 1699, the name of Wall Street is still a reminder of this wall.

Nowadays it is a pleasure to walk along this narrow street and observe the comings and goings of executives and it is interesting to admire the architectural contrast of its buildings. Skyscrapers coexist here alongside classic low-rise buildings. For example, one of most popular photographs for tourists is the Trinity Church, flanked by the tall buildings of Wall Street. Do not leave it out of your photo album.

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