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CITY HALL

 Located in the center of City Hall Park between Broadway & Park Row

 

The design of John McComb, Jr. and Joseph Francois Mangin was selected for the city's third City Hall in 1802.  The building officially opened in 1812 and is the nation's oldest city hall that still houses its original governmental functions. Both its exterior and interior are designated New York City landmarks and are listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Tours of City Hall can be arranged by calling 212-788-2656 or by completing an online form at www.nyc.gov/html/artcom/html/tours/reserve_tour.shtml..

 

CITY HALL PARK

Located between Broadway, Park Row, and Chambers Street

across the street from Pace

This lovely park is the perfect spot for a study break.  Since colonial days the land has been used for, among other things, a pasture, an almshouse, a prison, a parade ground, a spot for barracks to house Civil War soldiers, and an art museum.

In 1999 the park underwent a major restoration.  A central walkway, gardens, grass and trees were added. The park's centerpiece is the fountain designed in 1871 by Jacob Wrey Mould.  It had been moved to the Bronx in 1920 but was returned for the park's restoration. The park is home to several monuments including Frederick MacMonnie's 1893 statue of colonial hero Nathan Hale.  During warm weather a sculpture exhibit is usually on display.

 

CASTLE CLINTON

Located in Battery Park at the southern tip of Manhattan 

It is accessible only by foot, bicycle or wheelchair

www.nps.gov/cacl

Castle Clinton National Monument celebrated its 200th anniversary in 2011.  It was originally built to protect the harbor during the War of 1812.  Today it serves as the starting point for a trip to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.  Ferries depart from the Battery Park Promenade just ouside the monument. The ticket office for Statue cruises can be found inside.

Castle Clinton also offers guided tours, an exhibit room displaying dioramas during the three key periods in its history, a bookstore, and the annual "Music at Castle Clinton" concert series.

 

NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE

11 Wall Street

http://www.nyse.com

 

On May 17, 1792 twenty-four stockbrokers met outside 68 Wall Street to sign an agreement establishing the rules for buying and selling stocks and bonds.

The current neoclassic building was designed by architect George B. Post in 1903.  The facade's pediment is adorned by relief sculptures designed by John Quincy Adams Ward.  In 1978 the building was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF NEW YORK

33 Liberty Street

Open Mondays-Fridays, except bank holidays

There is no admission fee

www.newyorkfed.org

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York is one of 12 regional Reserve Banks which, together with the Board of Governors in Washington, D.C., make up the Federal Reserve System. The Fed was created by Congress in 1913. Its responsibilities include formulating and executing monetary policy, and supervising and regulating depository institutions. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York maintains a vault that lies 80 feet below street level. It is reputedly the largest gold repository in the world (with the possible exception of the Swiss banks which do not report their gold reserves.)

Visitors to the Federal Reserve Bank's museum can arrange to take either a self-guided or a guided 45 minute tour. Tours are free and advance online registration is required. Guided tours include an overview of the Federal Reserve System and an exclusive visit to the gold vault. 

 

 

SOUTH STREET SEAPORT MUSEUM

 12 Fulton Street between Water Street & South Street

Open 7 days a week from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

General Admission: $10.00; students & seniors $4.00;

children under 9 and members: free

www.southstreetseaportmuseum.org


Since January, 2012 the museum has been reopened and revitalized.   A $2 million grant from the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation helped with its rebirth.  The museum’s sixteen galleries include exhibits featuring ship models; reflections of the seaport's former life:  its coffee trade, the Fulton Fish market, and Timescapes, a film on New York City's history.   The museum’s collection of historic ships is under repair and two are now ready to sail. Visit the museum's website for the latest information including descriptions of exhibitions on view, and programs for adults and children.

WOOLWORTH BUILDING

233 Broadway (opposite City Hall Park)

Commissioned by Frank W. Woolworth in 1910, this neo-gothic building was designed by architect Cass Gilbert. When it was completed in 1913, it was dubbed the  "Cathedral of Commerce." At the time it was world's tallest building and is still among the tallest buildings in New York City. The exterior decoration was cast in limestone-colored, terra-cotta panels many of which were replaced with cast stone during a restoration between 1977 and 1981.

Tours of the lobby can be scheduled in advance at woolworthtours.com.   Tours of 15, 45, or 90 minutes cost between $10 and $40 a person.

911 MEMORIAL

www.911.org

The 9/11 Memorial is located at the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan. Visitors can access the Memorial by presenting a visitor pass at the 9/11 Memorial Entry at the northwest corner of Albany and Greenwich Street.

The website guides perspective visitors through the details of planning a visit including information about acquiring visitor passes, directions, hours, a virtual tour, guidelines for family members of victims, and much more.

POETS HOUSE

10 River Terrace

Library & Reading Room

Tues-Fre, 11:00am-7:00pm

Children's Room

Thurs-Sat, 11:05:00pm

212-431-7920

www.poetshouse.org

Poets House was founded in 1985 by the late U.S. Poet Laureate, Stanley Kunitz and arts administrator Elizabeth Kray. It is a national poetry library housing 50,000 books and is among the most comprehensive open-stacks poetry collections in the country.  The library is open and free to everyone. Browsing the book stacks is available to all without time constraints but books do not circulate.

Special programs and workshops are held throughout the year.  Class visits and writing exercises can be arranged for children of all ages.