The title of this post is the most deceptive google search ever. The only hits it gives are to Martin Scorcese’s movie with a similar name. But, as every New Yorker knows, the wall in Wall Street was a real physical thing. A plaque on the road (see the photo below) informs us that “Wall Street is named for a defensive wall of logs, known as a palisade, erected in 1653 along the northern border of New Amsterdam.”
The bland plaque hides the early history of the era. The Dutch East Indies Company’s port town of New Amsterdam was the capital of New Netherlands. The wall was erected in the same year that the English crossed into former Dutch holdings in Connecticut. By 1664 the town fell to the English forces, and the wall was torn down in 1669. Now all that you can see are commemorative logs on the street (featured photo) and the plaque that you can see in the photo above.
Trinity Church, visible at the end of Wall Street, is an Anglican church which has stood in this spot since 1698. The current structure is much more recent. I was happy to find an ice cream truck parked at the end of Wall Street. Although it may not be there 300 years from now, I liked the fact that it chose to be there at the same time as me.