LOCAL PROFILES: Annaline Dinkelmann (Wall Street Walks)(1.15.18)
Whether you're a local or a tourist, there's always something new to discover downtown, be it a new restaurant or a historic landmark you've passed 100 times but never knew existed. Sometimes when family and friends visit us from out of town, it's fun to play tourist and explore our neighborhood in a different way. For those looking for a chance to learn something new about Tribeca, Battery Park or FiDi, Wall Street Walks is the Way to go. We spoke with Wall Street Walks owner Annaline Winkelman, a former Morgan Stanley employee, to learn more. She left Mogran Stanley in 2007 and started Wall Street Walks, the first tour company focusing on tours about Wall Street and the stock market, a year later.
Check out our interview with her to learn how the tours have evolved to covering much more than just Wall Street, and what's coming up for you to check out!
How have the neighborhoods below Canal Street impacted Wall Street Walks?
The neighborhoods below Canal Street have impacted me a lot. I was part of the recovery post 9/11. For example, while giving tours they were paving Wall Street and beautifying the ugly security that installed post 911. I also saw many new parks develop in the area. It has gotten better every single year.
What are your favorite parts of Tribeca, Battery Park and FiDi?
My favorite parts of Tribeca, Battery Park and FiDi. For FiDi, I think it's the coffee shops. They are best! My favorite is the Financier on Cedar Street where you can sit outside to enjoy your coffee. The light reflected on the various buildings is one of my favorite views. And then seeing all the conversions of the buildings and the old buildings come back to life with the glamour that they used to have a hundred years ago.
Battery Park has many favorite spots. I think just walking around the waterfront, is one of my favorite things. And just sitting in the gardens watching all the tourists is a fun activity.
For Tribeca, it's the restaurants. I've eaten at many of the different restaurants. The wide variety of food choices available in Tribeca is amazing.
What's unique about Wall Street Walks?
Many of our guides are ex-Wall Street folks and with interesting backgrouns. We are part of the Downtown Culture Pass. The Downtown Culture Pass is the group of Lower Manhattan museums and cultural organizations. As we are highlighting the neighborhood, we are also connecting and bringing visitors to all of the different museums.
What should locals know about Wall Street Walks?
Our tours, it's not just for tourists, it's also for locals. Many locals take our tours. They see on the news all the changes in Lower Manhattan, and they are curious to learn more about it. Or they have out of town family, and they are visiting with them.