New York City Sights

City Hall

  • Government Building

Published 01/10/2017

Fodor's Review

What once marked the northernmost point of Manhattan today houses the office of the mayor, and serves as a gathering place for demonstrators and the news crews who cover their stories. This is the oldest City Hall in the country, a striking (but surprisingly small) building dating back to 1803. If the history of local politics and architecture is your thing, free tours are available (sign up in advance online). Inside, highlights include the Rotunda where President Lincoln lay in state in 1865 under a soaring dome supported by 10 Corinthian columns; the Victorian-style City Council Chamber; and the Governor's Room, an elegantly preserved space with portraits of historic figures, as well as a writing table that George Washington used in 1789 when New York was the U.S. capital. If nothing else, take a moment to snap a photo of the columned exterior and see the small but lovely City Hall Park, bound by Broadway to the west and Chambers Street to the north. This park is a shady respite to stop, enjoy the fountain, and take a breather from the Lower Manhattan hubbub.

Sight Information

Address:

City Hall Park, New York, New York, 10007, USA

Phone:

212-788–2656-for tour reservations

Sight Details:

  • Free

Published 01/10/2017

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