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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

On the Market

New York Stock Exhange
Photo by myself of the New York Stock Exchange, at 11 Wall Street.

Although the building has a grand facade, it isn't located in a grand space. Unfortunately, you can only get limited views of the building, which is dramatically lit.

It was a quiet night. Armed guards stood on call outside, just in case.

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Yes, this is the famous place.

You see the interiors sometimes on tv, filled with stressed out bankers. Their arms in the air, they make signs with their fingers to buy and sell or whatever they do. The close of the market each day is rung in by a special bell.

I've only seen this building at night or on the weekend, since I work uptown. I'd love to see what it's like during rush hour. Is there a flood of bankers streaming out? Or is it more like a stampede?

Related posts: Life at the Time & Life Building, Midtown, Architecture, A Glorified Profession and Making an Entrance, in Midtown.

12 comments:

Olivier said...

superbe la lumière sur cette photo de Wall Street.

beautiful light on this picture of Wall Street.

spandrel studios said...

What a lovely shot - very moving.

Daphne said...

Hi Kitty,

I have read your (entire) blog for the past month and I really love it! School can get boring sometimes, so reading your blog is like a breath of fresh air. I esp love how you view your work and transportation issues! NYC isn't always as glamorous as it looks on TV...

I was in NYC last Dec and stayed in Brooklyn for 8 days. Nice touch on the D train at the beginning of your blog in 2007! I took the same train and it was a full hr gg to Manhattan!

I miss NYC but it's great to know more about New York from your blog!

Sunny in Singapore,
Daphne
(I left the same comment on an older post but somehow, it didn't show under the Recent Comments, so I've posted it on yr latest entry. Sry!)

Kitty said...

Merci Olivier!

Thanks Spandrel!
Yes, I think the flags are a relatively recent addition. I don't remember the large one being there previously.

Welcome Daphne and thanks
You're brave to go through the whole blog. Wow. Brave lass. That's 614 posts!

Hope you're at least enjoying school.

Lily Hydrangea said...

this is so cool I have never seen this before. Thanks!

Daphne said...

Hey Kitty,

That's why it took me a whole month to go through the whole blog (plus comments!)

I'm actually about to graduate and will be taking my finals next week. I did one sem over in Buffalo and went over to NYC just before returning to Singapore last year, since I gotta fly back using JFK airport. But it's funny how I can do 3 yrs of my coursework over in Singapore when my university is based in US! They fly some lecturers over.

One of my lecturers was a born-and-bred New Yorker who grew up at the Upper West side during the war... It's a pity u had to move to Brooklyn since yr old place looks so pretty from ur photos! Are u considered a Brooklynite now? Hehe!

I really enjoyed reading the blog. I love the part about your work. The best part are the "b*tches", since they seem so interesting!

Have a great week at work!

Paz said...

Dramatic photo. Never been down here. Not that I remember.

Paz

Ken Mac said...

up the block is the new federal reserve checkpoint, a locked cage above the street manned by guards. Hmmm. wonder what they are afraid of...

Kris said...

That's a bloody great big flag!

Did you go in and buy some pork bellies?

Remember to SELL SELL SELL the frozen orange juice stocks. Or is it BUY BUY BUY?

I always mix it up.

HAN said...

beautiful shot

Fredrik said...

I get mixed feelings. It's a beautiful building, but inside it's rotten. This is the place where the worst economic crisis since the 30's started.

• Eliane • said...

Kudos on this photo, which is superb. It is not easy to capture it: it's always crowded with tourists and difficult to find a good angle.