The New York Stock Exchange, across the way, is the largest in the United States and well worth a visit. The entrance at 20 Broad Street leads into the visitors’ gallery, open during most of the Exchange’s trading hours (10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday). From there you’ll have a bird’s-eye view of the trading floor. You may not have the slightest idea of what’s going on, but the sight is one you’ll never forget. You can learn about the workings of the Exchange from a permanent exhibit and a film, as well as a guided tour. A demonstration of the famous ticker tape is also featured. Entrance is free.
After the stress and strain of the stock market, relax for a bit in one of the coolest spots in Manhattan Batten Park on the southern tip of the island.
You have a splendid view of New York Bay. The round fortress on the water is Castle Clinton. Built in 1811 but never used, for military purposes, it was later converted to a theatre and renamed Castle Garden. Lafayette was received here with great ceremony in 1825. 41
From 1855 to 1890 Castle Garden served as an immigration reception centre: 7 million Europeans passed through this building. From 1896 to 1941 it housed the aquarium. Now classified as a historical monument. Castle Clinton has been restored to its original state and name and contains a small museum. Guided tours start hourly from 9 a. m. to 4.30 p. m. Open weekdays only in winter.
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