A Day In The Financial District
Henry Norman Hotel
East River Ferry
Why not just take a ferry and avoid the trains to get into the city? NY Waterway's East River Ferry features frequent, reliable service that connects Manhattan with various destinations in Brooklyn, Queens and seasonally on Governor's Island. Take the East River Ferry in Greenpoint or Williamsburg and get off at Wall Street. From Here you can walk to the Staten Island and see the Statue of Liberty from the boat. Please note that, you will not be able to leave the boat until you arrive in Staten Island. This ferry does not take you directly to the Statue of Liberty.
Statue of Liberty National Monument
Visiting Liberty Island is one of the most rewarding experiences of any trip to New York City. However, visitors who wish to enter the museum, pedestal or crown must secure reservations. For over a decade, the National Park Service has implemented a reservation system, which is much different from the ways past generations accessed the Statue of Liberty. The National Park Service strongly recommends making advanced ticket reservations. Reservations secured far enough in advance allow visitors to select their desired level of access and also eliminate the need to wait in line to purchase tickets. Crown tickets are available by advanced reservation only. Please stop by the Front Desk and we will be happy to print out directions either by Train or Ferry to make your commute there easier.
New York Stock Exchange
The New York Stock Exchange is an icon of commerce and capitalism. Synonymous with Wall Street, it’s the world’s largest stock exchange. It’s been closed to visitors since 9/11, but the impressive building’s Roman temple design makes an impressive photo stop, complete with soaring columns, carved pediment, lofty proportions, and fluttering US flags.
Federal Hall is located on Wall Street in the heart of New York City's financial district. The site is a few steps away from the New York Stock Exchange and a short walk from both the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island ferry and the 9/11 Memorial. Federal Hall has a long and varied history that is almost as old as New York City itself! There are many things to do here, and a good place to start is at the Visitor Center where visitors can speak to a park ranger, watch an introductory video.
To appreciate how quickly and relatively recently New York City has grown, consider the fact that Trinity Church, upon its completion in 1846, was the tallest building in Manhattan. Today its graceful Gothic spire appears quaint, framed as it is by the tunnel of Wall Street skyscrapers that extend to the East River. Yet a feeling of tranquillity continues to reign here, in the cool vaulted interior of the church and in its gated churchyard, where lie the remains of New Yorkers dating back to 1681.
Stone Street Tavern
Stone Street is lined with a number of restaurants, but to hark back to the thoroughfare’s history—it was originally called Brewer Street—post up at The Growler Bites & Brews. There, you’ll find filling pub grub, as well as a selection of craft beers from local breweries like Singlecut and Barrier.
The Henry Norman Hotel
Surrounded by the flourishing film stages and production offices that have revolutionized and transformed Greenpoint’s industrial sector, the hotel is just down the street from the idyllic Msgr. McGolrick Park, perfect for strolling through its paved lanes, sitting on benches under its majestic grand trees, and taking photos in front of the historic bandstand and monument. The Henry Norman Hotel is part of an area that still holds a local community and small neighborhood allure. At the same time, it is less than a mile to North Williamsburg, which has transformed into one of the hippest and trend setting areas in all of New York City.