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Also called the Financial District (or, per the trend of shortening all communities into catchy abbreviations, FiDi), the Wall Street neighborhood is generally considered to include everything south of City Hall Park except Battery Park City and the South Street Seaport. Although FiDi is far more famous for being the world's financial capital than for its role as a residential neighborhood, the past two decades has seen more and more beautiful Wall Street apartments come onto the market. This growth was spurred both by the construction of new contemporary towers and the gut renovations of majestic old office buildings into luxury homes. Obviously Wall Street, the street, runs through Wall Street, the community, with all of its landmarks: Federal Hall (the first United States Capitol), the pyramid-peaked Bankers Trust Building at 14 Wall, The New York Stock Exchange, and the cast-iron-topped tower at 40 Wall Street (now called the Trump), which, when it was completed in 1930, briefly claimed the title of the tallest building in the world, only to be passed that same year by the Chrysler Building in Midtown. Other attractions in the Financial District include the underrated National Museum of the American Indian at the old U.S. Custom House and Bowling Green Park, which was the starting point of New York City's spectacular ticker-tape parades through the Canyon of Heroes on lower Broadway. Fraunces Tavern on Pearl Street (once "paved" with oyster shells, hence its name) is housed in Manhattan's oldest surviving building (finished in 1791) where George Washington delivered his farewell speech to his officers of the Continental Army after a lavish "turtle feast". There's no shortage of historic landmarks on Wall Street, but it wasn't until recently that the neighborhood became a legitimate seven-days-a-week community, able to service and support young families and bar-hopping twenty-something’s who lived there for the walk-to-work commute. Today there's a huge Whole Foods supermarket on West Street; a terrific, recently refurbished playground on Pearl Street that's one of the city's most popular; solid neighborhood restaurant choices such as the great Adrienne's Pizzabar on Stone Street; and, of course, there's the multi-purpose—relaxing, running, biking, kayaking, play grounding, concert-watching—public acreage of Battery Park City and Rockefeller Park.

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