Dueling Banks

BONY vs Manhattan Trust Co.

Within a block of each other on Wall Street are the BONY (Bank of New York) and Manhattan Trust Buildings. Both are New York City Landmarks and proudly display their plaques. Tourists stop to snap pictures but what many don’t realize is that the buildings are monuments to that famous rivalry between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr.

Hamilton started the Bank of New York in 1784 and Burr started the Manhattan Trust Company in 1799. You can hear the whole story on the Hamilton and Burr Tour!