Fodor's Expert Review Gracie Mansion

Upper East Side Government Building
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The official mayor's residence, Gracie Mansion was built in 1799 by shipping merchant Archibald Gracie, and enlarged in 1966. Ten mayors have lived here since it became the official residence in 1942, though Michael Bloomberg stayed in his own 79th Street town house during his three terms as mayor. He poured millions into renovations at Gracie Mansion, rejuvenating both the interior and exterior and turning the second floor into a house museum.

In 2014, the mansion became home to Mayor Bill de Blasio and his family. Visitors to the "People's House"—with all its history and colorful rooms furnished over centuries and packed with American objets d'art—can see that the resident first family of New York City has added its personal touch to the mansion, swapping out much of the artwork to better reflect the city's diversity. The collection now includes a bill of sale for a slave, a portrait of Frederick Douglass, and Native American artifacts. Tours are offered on Monday, and reservations... READ MORE

The official mayor's residence, Gracie Mansion was built in 1799 by shipping merchant Archibald Gracie, and enlarged in 1966. Ten mayors have lived here since it became the official residence in 1942, though Michael Bloomberg stayed in his own 79th Street town house during his three terms as mayor. He poured millions into renovations at Gracie Mansion, rejuvenating both the interior and exterior and turning the second floor into a house museum.

In 2014, the mansion became home to Mayor Bill de Blasio and his family. Visitors to the "People's House"—with all its history and colorful rooms furnished over centuries and packed with American objets d'art—can see that the resident first family of New York City has added its personal touch to the mansion, swapping out much of the artwork to better reflect the city's diversity. The collection now includes a bill of sale for a slave, a portrait of Frederick Douglass, and Native American artifacts. Tours are offered on Monday, and reservations must be made online; plan at least two weeks in advance, if possible.

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East End Ave.
New York, New York  10028, USA

212-676–3060

www1.nyc.gov/gracie

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Rate Includes: Free, Closed Tues.–Sun.

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