From the glory of the World Trade Center we reached Wall Street
. This is the indicator of the world’s stock and finance market. The richest and corporation owners of the world look upon this place as their mecca. They gather here harboring dreams of huge riches. No matter where you are, mention the word “Wall Street” and everyone will know what you are talking about. However, as you stand in the middle of the road and you look around you, you’ll see that on the surface it does not look as bustling as it seems. The streets are relatively calm, and once in a while you’ll see people walking in and out of the Trading Building. It does not have all the bustling activities in a city, nor the grandeur of New York
. In comparison to the glorious trade center and the Empire State Building
that is still standing, this street looks like a run down alleyway.
Not only does it not look great, the street is narrow and short. From Broadway to East River one counts only 7 blocks in terms of distance, and the width is only 11 m. However, here you will find people and forces who can move the world’s finances. From Morgan Stanley’s head honchos, the gasoline kings at Rockefeller, to management offices of banks, insurance, logistics and freight companies run by DuPont Consortium, they’re all concentrated here. The famous New York Stock Exchange
can also be found here, and it is still the headquarters of several main stock exchanges, such as Nasdaq, American Stock Exchange, New York Futures Exchange, etc. “Wall Street” itself has already extended beyond this mere street and now refers to the entire nearby area. It also refers to the whole financial market or any financial organizations which have influence over the United States' overall economy.