The charging bull is located in downtown Manhattan. It is right on Broadway in the financial district, near Bowling Green.
It is easily reachable by the 4, 5, J, Z, N and R subway trains. It is also easily reachable by many buses. It is very centrally located, and it wouldn’t be difficult for you to take a cab to reach the charging bull either.
All hop-on hop-off buses also stop close to the Charging Bull. So even if you are taking one of these buses, you can reach it conveniently.
What is the Charging Bull?
It is a sculpture of a raging bull made from bronze. It is created by the Italian-American artist Arturo Di Modica. It symbolizes prosperity and aggressive financial optimism.
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It is 11 feet (3.4 meters) tall & 16 feet (4.9 meters) long, and weighs 7,100 lb (3,200 kg).
It is also known as the Wall Street Bull and the Bowling Green Bull.
What can you do once you are there?
Well, the charging bull is one of the New York City and Wall Street icons. So you definitely want to take a lot of pictures while there!
Insider tip 1: People are somehow quite attracted to the balls (or testicles) of the bull! It is common to see tourists holding the balls in their hands and taking pictures (some say it brings good luck). While there, you too would surely see someone doing that. If not, you can be the first one to be pictured holding the bull’s balls!
(Image by Matt Mordfin)
Insider tip 2: If you are fit, you can climb up the statue, and take a picture where you are holding the bull by its horns.
When should you visit the charging bull?
What is the right time to see this bull? The charging bull is out ion the open, and at a location that has a LOT of breeze. So, the ideal time to visit it would be in summer. Do keep in mind that it can get extremely crowded at times due to the nice weather!
However, this attraction is not going to take up too much of your time – about 10 minutes (more if there are a lot of tourists) for the photos, I would say. So, it shouldn’t be a problem in winter as well.
The history behind the Charging Bull
- The artist Arturo Di Modica created this sculpture in 1989 at a cost of $360,000. It was his own money!
- He installed it in front of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), and it was later moved to its current location
- The sculpture is still owned by Arturo Di Modica, and not by New York City
Other attractions near the Charging Bull
Following are the nearby attractions and touristy places – you can combine a visit to the charging bull with a visit to any of these.
- Wall street
- Trinity church
- South street seaport
- Brooklyn bridge
- New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)
- World Trade Center (WTC) memorial
- Battery Park
- Statue of Liberty
- National Museum of the American Indian
- Governors Island