The Financial District, stylized since about 2007 as “FiDi,” is both rich in history and where the money is. This neighborhood is considered the leading financial center of the world because of prominent financial institutions here such as the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
Table of Contents
- 1 Need a Personal Injury Attorney in the Financial District?
- 2 Our Trial Attorneys Are Focused on Mesothelioma Claims
- 3 Award-Winning Lawyers Serving FiDi
- 4 Our Top-Rated Law Firm Is Known for Delivering Results
- 5 Our Legal Services
- 6 Key Features of the Area
- 7 Brief History of the Financial District
- 8 Location
- 9 Interesting Facts About the Financial District
- 10 Directions to Belluck & Fox from the Financial District
Need a Personal Injury Attorney in the Financial District?
The nationally respected NYC mesothelioma cancer attorneys at Belluck & Fox have dedicated their careers to fighting for the unjustly injured. With more than two decades of experience, our law firm has built a strong track record of securing maximum compensation for those who have been seriously harmed due to negligence.
Our seasoned trial attorneys in Financial District or nearby areas that we serve have the skills and the resources to take on large corporations and insurance companies, and we won’t back down from a fight for what’s right.
Our Trial Attorneys Are Focused on Mesothelioma Claims
Mesothelioma is a life-threatening cancer whose only known cause is exposure to asbestos. Companies used asbestos in factories, shipyards, manufacturing plants, commercial and residential buildings for many years. In fact, the deadly material is still not banned in the United States.
Although companies knew the dangers posed by asbestos exposure, they failed to warn workers and the public. Decades after exposure, many people continue to be diagnosed with devastating asbestos diseases such as pleural mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis.
Our nationally respected mesothelioma trial lawyers are committed to holding these negligent companies accountable and obtaining justice for asbestos victims. Our law firm has documented where asbestos was used in jobsites across New York, and we work diligently to identify all possible sources of compensation for clients.
Award-Winning Lawyers Serving FiDi
Our NYC personal injury lawyers have earned recognition from many respected publications and professional review services, such as:
- The National Law Journal
- Martindale Hubbell
- Best Lawyers
- Super Lawyers
Our Top-Rated Law Firm Is Known for Delivering Results
Both across New York and throughout the nation, Belluck & Fox is widely recognized for our long track record of delivering results for clients. Our respected personal injury attorneys have secured more than $1 billion in jury awards and settlements for our clients and their families. Learn more about our case results.
Our Legal Services
Our award-winning Manhattan personal injury lawyers have the experience necessary to handle a wide range of complex cases involving:
- Defective products
- Mesothelioma Cancer Diagnosis
- Asbestos diseases
- Dangerous pharmaceuticals
- Workplace accidents
- Construction accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Nursing home abuse
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle wrecks
- Wrongful death
Key Features of the Area
The Financial District overlaps roughly with the boundaries of New Amsterdam, the original Dutch settlement that grew into New York City itself. The term “Wall Street” is sometimes synonymous with the Financial District because of the NYSE, a National Historic Landmark at 11 Wall St.
A bronze sculpture called Charging Bull, or the Wall Street Bull, stands at Bowling Green and Broadway, a symbol of prosperity and financial optimism. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York — one of 12 such banks in the nation — at 33 Liberty St. is reputedly the world’s largest gold repository and has a vault that lies 80 feet below street level.
One World Trade Center, also known as the Freedom Tower, can be found here, replacing the original World Trade Center destroyed in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The National September 11 Memorial & Museum are located at 180 Greenwich St., with the memorial’s waterfall design in the footprints of the original Twin Towers.
The Freedom Tower is the tallest building in the United States, measuring 1,776 feet, and the fourth tallest in the world. Visitors can enjoy panoramic city views from the One World Observatory.
Other historic sites in the Financial District include the Federal Hall National Memorial at Wall and Nassau streets, marking the site of the first U.S. Capitol and where George Washington was inaugurated as the nation’s first president.
The National Museum of the American Indian is housed in a former customs house at 1 Bowling Green, displaying Native American art and artifacts, some dating back 12,000 years.
Trinity Church, Manhattan’s oldest parish, sits on Broadway near Wall Street. American statesman Alexander Hamilton is buried in the church’s cemetery.
St. Paul’s Chapel of Trinity Church at Vesey Street and Broadway has long had the distinction of being Manhattan’s oldest public building in continuous use, as well as a place where President Washington worshipped. After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, it became known as “the Little Chapel That Stood” and a refuge for recovery workers.
Because of its heavy business concentration, the Financial District for decades had been one area of New York City that seemed to clear out after dark. But after the September 11 terrorist attacks, many buildings converted to apartments and condominiums. An estimated 61,000 residents now live here, more than twice the amount recorded during the 2000 Census.
Brief History of the Financial District
1624: The Dutch settlement of New Amsterdam is established in southern Manhattan, forming the boundaries of the future Financial District.
1664: The British conquer the colonial Dutch province of New Netherland, and New Amsterdam becomes New York.
1789: After the American Revolutionary War, George Washington takes the oath of office here as the nation’s first president.
1792: The New York Stock Exchange is founded.
1973: The World Trade Center opens.
1975: A three-alarm fire breaks out on the 11th floor of the World Trade Center’s North Tower, which at the time had no sprinkler systems.
1993: A Ryder truck filled with 1,500 pounds of explosives is detonated in the North Tower’s underground garage, killing six people and injuring 1,042 others. Six men are later convicted.
2001: Terrorists hijack two commercial airliners and crash them into both towers of the World Trade Center, collapsing the buildings and killing at least 2,606 people.
2012: The FBI and NYPD arrest a 21-year-old man attempting to detonate what he thought was an 800-pound bomb at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He receives 30 years in a federal prison.
2014: One World Trade Center opens.
The Financial District covers the area roughly south of City Hall Park but doesn’t include Battery Park or Battery Park City. Its heart is often considered to be the corner of Wall Street and Broad Street. Several subway lines run through the Financial District, including the N, 2, 3 and 4.
Interesting Facts About the Financial District
- The Canyon of Heroes along lower Broadway is part of the parade route for celebratory ticker-tape parades. Such parades have honored V-J Day in 1945, marking the end of World War II; the Apollo 11 astronauts in 1969; the World Championship New York Yankees in 2000; and the U.S. women’s national soccer team 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup win.
- French performer Philippe Petit enthralled people in the Financial District for 45 minutes in August 1974, traversing a high wire he and his cohorts suspended between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. A judge dismissed criminal charges against them in exchange for performing for children in Central Park.
- The Financial District is featured in several films, including Man on Wire and The Walk, both about Petit’s stunt; Working Girl; Die Hard with a Vengeance; and of course, Wall Street.
Directions to Belluck & Fox from the Financial District
Belluck & Fox’s Manhattan law office is located in Midtown at 546 Fifth Ave., 5th Floor, New York NY 10036. From the Financial District, head south on Broadway to State Street and get on the FDR Drive northbound to First Avenue/United Nations Plaza (Exit 9). Turn left onto East 47th Street, then left again onto Fifth Avenue.
Our office also is accessible by taking the 2 or 3 subway train uptown from the Wall Street Station to Times Square/42nd Street.