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New York City Sights – The Financial Buildings

By Brian | June 28, 2009 | Share on Facebook

Back in the day, if you wanted to see the buildings that made up Wall Street’s titans, you had to go to, well. . . Wall Street.  Not so much anymore.  The recession of 2000 started the move away from that expensive, if not historical, real estate, and the attacks of 9/11/01 accelerated it.  Today, you can find Wall Street firms all over New York (and sometimes in New Jersey!).  Here are some examples (all pictures taken from “The Top of the Rock,” located at the top of the famous 30 Rockefeller Plaza – an attraction I highly recommend).

We begin with an iconic building – Citi Tower, one of many Citigroup offices around New York:

Next, we have the newly opened Bank of America Tower, the second tallest building in New York (behind the Empire State Building). If you look real close, to the left of the tower and across the Hudson river in the background, you’ll see a skyscraper that is taller than the other buildings around it, although it looks relatively small in this picture. That’s the Goldman Sachs building in Jersey City, New Jersey. It’s diminutive size is just a matter of photographic perspective in this case – it’s actually quite tall. Also of note, the original plan was to build matching “twin” towers, but after the 9/11 attacks, Goldman was worried about their ability to fill both towers. The site for what was to be the second tower is now a large parking lot that services the first tower. That’s the kind of thing you can do in New Jersey, but not in New York:

And then there’s the World Financial Center, home of Merrill Lynch and many other, smaller financial services firms:

Finally, we have an iconic building that isn’t exactly a Wall Street firm, but still in the financial services industry. Those “of a certain age” will remember this as the Pan Am building, but for many years now, it’s stood as a crown jewel in MetLife’s portfolio of New York Real Estate. Alert readers will also notice the historic (but not financial services related) Chrysler building just behind it. Also, it should be noted that New York’s famous Grand Central Station (the train station that serves commuters from upstate New York and Connecticut ) is in the basement of this building (not pictured, of course):

This concludes our brief tour of financial services buildings. There are, of course, dozens more to choose from. This group was, quite frankly, what I happened to shoot that day in Top of the Rock. If you have another favorite you’d like to see, let me know and I’ll do what I can…

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