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The Wall Street Hotel Aims to Make 1700s-Era Finance Cool Again

A new hangout in the birthplace of finance.

The lobby lounge at the Wall Street Hotel.

The lobby lounge at the Wall Street Hotel.

The block of Wall Street between Pearl and Water in Lower Manhattan has a glamorous history that belies its current state. Where now you’ll find little more than a Verizon store and a standard-issue Hyatt Centric, there used to stand buildings that marked the earliest days of the American finance industry.

On the northwest corner, the onetime Tontine Coffee House was a clubby hangout for New York’s first stockbrokers, who used it as a meeting place to carry out trades and register cargo. Given the time period, those weren’t limited to just financial transactions; historians also believe they engaged in the slave trade.