Financial District: It Happened Here First

Janes Walk

Led By Laurie Lewis

The Financial District is the area where early European settlers—initially the Dutch, then the English—put down their roots. So it is not surprising that many firsts occurred here: New York City’s first public park, first religious services, first print shop, first financial institutions, first government buildings. We’ll look at these sites, as well as later New York originals. Some were not just the first in the city but the first in the nation. Although many old buildings are gone (historic pictures will be shown for these places), others remain and some have been repurposed, such as former office buildings that are now apartments. You may be amazed at some of New York’s forgotten history!


About 1¼ miles on flat terrain on sometimes narrow sidewalks; no stairs

Location Information

RSVP is required and capacity is limited. Meeting location, ending location, and directions will be provided via email before walk date.


Friday, May 5, 2023
3:00 PM
Greater than 1 hour

Borough: Manhattan
Theme: History & Culture
Language: English
Manhattan's Financial District on a bright summer day. Photo: Wikimedia Commons, JJBers. Modifications: photo cropped.