A Rare Look Inside the New York Stock Exchange

01/22/2020 in
A Rare Look Inside the New York Stock Exchange

The New York Stock Exchange used to be a major attraction for tourists and curious locals alike. From 1939 to 2001, pretty much anyone could pop into the trading floor to glimpse the hustle and bustle of high finance. That’s how this legendary prank in 1967 could even take place. But these days, paying visits to the trading floor has become a rare commodity. The NYSE closed its doors to the public just after 9/11 and didn’t open them up again.

Until just recently. The Ultimate Wall Street Experience escorted some of the Downtown Alliance’s staff on a bright and early morning by checking in at the security booth on Wall and Broad Streets. Once inside, coats checked and fancy golden name tags donned, we got to explore the inner workings of this centuries-old institution, from the founding document that created the New York Stock Exchange, The Buttonwood Agreement, signed under a buttonwood tree back in 1792 …

… to the golden-crested original trading floor — with a Fabergé urn in the corner (the largest piece ever created by the jeweler of those iconic gem-encrusted eggs) …

… to vintage ticker-tape machines …

… and maps of Lower Manhattan past.

At 9:15, we were ushered into the modern-day trading floor, stationed with dozens of news crews, for the market’s opening bell, which rang out at 9:30 to wide applause. Even those among us a bit critical of capitalism enjoyed such an iconic New York City ritual.

Tags: attractions and museums, nyse, tourism, ultimate wall street experience

Related articles

Readers, Writers and Poetry Lovers: Spend a Day in the Stacks at Poets House
Readers, Writers and Poetry Lovers: Spend a Day in the Stacks at Poets House

Much-loved poetry sanctuary Poets House has finally reopened after several years of closure.

New Walking Tour Will Introduce You to Lower Manhattan’s Most Dastardly Outlaws
New Walking Tour Will Introduce You to Lower Manhattan’s Most Dastardly Outlaws

A new downtown walking tour will dig into the stories of New York's heroes, villains and the ambiguous in-betweens.

Immersive Mercer Labs, Museum of Art and Technology, Is a Trippy Feast for the Senses 
Immersive Mercer Labs, Museum of Art and Technology, Is a Trippy Feast for the Senses 

Just a stone’s throw from the Oculus and next door to the reborn Century 21, you’ll find Lower Manhattan’s most Instagrammable attraction