Towering office complexes meld with old world conversions and new luxurious residential constructions in the Financial District (FiDi). Tourists, vendors and corporate workers mesh in a daily dance amongst everyday conveniences ranging from coffee shops and quick lunch spots to fine dining and shopping. All roads and transport paths in New York seem to begin or end here. Such is a quick snapshot of life in the Financial District, home to the largest financial institutions in the world and reasonably-priced, full-served high-rise apartments. Walking around today, it's hard to believe this was once the cradle of New York City, but ever so often you'll get a glimpse. As you move towards the "foot" of the island where you can find signs that depict former locations of structures from the early 1600s, or weave between its cozy streets, one can clearly imagine what once was. Much revitalization of former government buildings, financial institutions and older housing constructions is breathing new life into FiDi as the residential population of the area remains on the rise. This is expected to continue with the refurbishment of the highly-utilized subway hub at Fulton Street.
While high-rise office buildings and narrow, often winding paved and cobblestone streets typify the area, numerous luxury conversions and some new construction have prompted a residential boom in FiDi over the past decade. Whether just across from Battery Park City, down the narrow streets of Wall, William and John or over in the burgeoning and historic Fulton Market area, a full selection of new and revitalized residential housing has emerged. Wedged in between, there are restaurants, storefronts, even fitness facilities and nightlife. FiDi's physical dimensions are river to river, with the exception of Battery Park City to the west. To the north is Vesey Street, and its southern tip is defined by State and Water Streets. Broadway, the only street in all of Manhattan that runs completely north to south, also has its beginning here. Every major subway line converges in the Financial District, many at Fulton Street. Further south you can still catch the 2, 3, 4, 5 and R trains before departing to Brooklyn. The 1 subway line also begins at the terminus of the Staten Island Ferry, right at the base of Manhattan.