- Wall Street runs east from Broadway downhill to South Street on the East River, through the historical center of the Financial District. During the 17th century, Wall Street formed the northern boundary of the New Amsterdam settlement. As the first permanent home of the New York Stock Exchange, Wall Street became the name of the surrounding area and a shorthand term for leading U.S. financial interests in general. Though many New York-based financial companies are no longer headquartered there, it is still the home of several major U.S. stock and other exchanges, including the NYSE, NASDAQ, AMEX, NYMEX, and NYBOT.
The heart of the Financial District is often considered to be the corner of Wall and Broad Streets. The neighborhood, New York's oldest, was anchored by the World Trade Center towers until the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Now, visitors to Wall Street and the Financial District find an increasingly residential neighborhood, with a number of new restaurants and bars and a relatively lively atmosphere after work and on weekends.
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