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Federal Reserve Bank of New York, New York City

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The Federal Reserve Bank of New York Building at 33 Liberty Street, which occupies the full block between Liberty, William and Nassau Streets and Maiden Lane in the Financial District of Manhattan, New York City, is the headquarters of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. It is where the monetary policy of the United States is executed by trading dollars and United States Treasury securities.As of September 2015, the building's vault holds $565 million worth of gold bullion and $3 million in gold coins, a little more than 5% of the United States' total gold reserve, and 3.76% of the world's reserves.The building was designated a landmark by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission in 1965, and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.Building and architectureThe visual impact of the neo-Renaissance structure derives from its monumental size, fortress-like appearance, fine proportions and the overall quality of construction. It set the precedent for many later banks which were greatly influenced by its design.
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  • My daughter talked me into signing up for the free tour of the Federal Reserve Museum and Gold Vault. Even if you aren't into economics, monetary policies, or what the heck is the federal reserve syst...  more »
  • If you are looking for something different to do on your trip to NY, check out the Federal Bank. Each day they do small group trips down to the gold vaults, 80ft beneath the street level. An informati...  more »
  • If you love history and bank notes and currency then this tour is for you! The tour includes a visit to the vault all the way down into the Manhattan bedrock. Fantastic and educational!  more »
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  • Very good tour! A good opportunity to getting to know some of the inner things and everyday tasks in a reserve bank and the business of money, securities and gold custody. Photos are not allowed here.
  • I had a good experience at the federal reserve that included a learning experience as well as good hospitality. The tour guide was really nice and knew the answer to every question that someone asked her. It was fun to learn about the federal reserve, but to be honest there wasn't much to do after we went down to the gold storage. On the tour they should have more then just quotes on a tv screen. For example they could show a documentary on how the federal reserve was made and the process of what the federal reserve does. This would make the experience better instead of standing around looking at a poster with little pictures. Other then that it was a cool building to be in with the great architecture throughout the building. Some things I learned on the trip were that the Federal Reserve holds a quarter of the worlds gold. I found that interesting that countries would trust us with all that gold. I believe we should charge countries to hold their gold because we are doing them a service with little in return except for the title of having the biggest gold storage in the world. I also learned about money and the process it goes through. For example I didn't know the government shredded money to circulate in new money. This made me realize why old money is such a good collectors item because a lot of the old money gets replaced by the new ones. It was also cool how we learned about the stamps that each dollar has that shows where the bill came from. This isn't very important, but I found it very interesting. TBL: The Federal Reserve is a great place to visit for an educational experience and I recommend other schools to go here on a field trip.
  • The fed is a great place to come and visit to learn and explore about the money supply. This place is amazing field trip material for any class. Recently my class has gone on a field trip to the fed and we all enjoyed our time there. You can learn so many great and valuable thing about the country's money supply. Our time there we learned about the foundation of banks and how the fed came to be. It's truly a very good experience for anyone wanting to know more about the country's money supply. I advise anyone who is just eager to learn to go and visit the fed. It is honestly a really good place to go and learn. TLDR: The fed is a good place to have a class trip to Learn about and experience what a federal bank dealing with gold is like.
  • Wolves in sheep's clothing.. er, wool suits.
  • Free, Reservations required, no photography check the website for a list of requirements. Great tour of the gold vault. Displays of rare coins on the ground floor.