Wall Street is a world famous term at this point, serving as a metonym for the financial district and the business and finance world. It is named for the wall that once stood in its place, built by the Dutch to keep Native Americans and British out.
Originally a work of geurilla art, the Charging Bull by Arturo di Modica is now an international symbol of Wall Street. Di Modica originally showed the work in December of 1989, under a christmas tree in front of the New York Stock Exchange. His aim was to show the "strength and power of the American people" after the 1987 stock market crash. The bull was impounded by police but after significant public outcry, the city decided to install it two blocks away, in the plaza of Bowling Green.
The New York Stock Exhchange
The New York Stock Exchange was started unofficially over 200 years ago. In 1792, 24 stock brokers signed the Buttonwood agreement under a buttonwood tree outside of 68 Wall Street. 25 years later, the group officially became the New York Stock & Exchange Board. Today it is the world's largest stock exchange and in 2008, average daily trading value was around $153 billion. It is the sight of the most recent
Zucotti Park is the scene of the famous Occupy Wall Street demonstrations that set off the Occupy movement across the country. The park was created in 1968 by United States Steel.