The Stock Exchange was built on the corner of Wall Street and Broad Street in Manhattan. It is managed by the stock exchange board of directors, which handles the day-to-day operation of stock exchange systems, handling of listed companies and the approval of new candidates as stock exchange members.
About half of all trade occurs here, and the other half electronically over the computers. Each hour, huge amounts of money is traded here, with thousands of different stocks and values.
The New York Stock Exchange was established in 1792, northeast of where the building is located today. The original building reminds of a Greek temple, where Federal Hall sits. From here you can see the statue of George Washington that was placed here a few years earlier, after he was sworn in as President of the United States.
In downtown Manhattan, a long time ago Wall Street was built along a wooden fence (wall), created to protect the island, for fear of a British invasion. No remains of the fence are left today, but when it was still standing, in 1685, Wall Street was paved 32 years after the fence.
Later, stocks began being traded, and the local stock exchange was created. In the southern states, like Virginia and Georgia, there were already stock exchanges, and also in Canada to the north. Anyways, this incredible and almost unexplainable phenomena began happening, and it became the New York Stock Exchange, the same one that sits in the small street in Manhattan, the central nervous center of the world's businesses.
This happened because in Manhattan sat the Bank of New York. In 1792 the bank procured 24 stockbrokers, people who traded stocks, for a conference where it was agreed to begin selling stocks in an organized market. Naturally, the stock exchange that was chosen was in Manhattan, and the first stock to be traded, was for the Bank of New York, the founder and first member of the stock exchange.
After the end of the War of 1812, the building of the stock exchange began, and it began to expand. Three years later, a book of rules was legislated, Book of Laws and Regulations of the New York Stock Exchange, and in 1817 all the brokers of New York came together on 40 Wall Street.