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City Hall

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2 Lafayette St (at Chambers Street)
New York, NY 10007
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(212) 788-6879
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You can make a reservation to tour City Hall (and the Tweed Courthouse behind it) on any weekday. Actually, Wednesday tours don't require reservations. Just check in at the NYC & ...

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Visitors are always suprised to learn that this relatively small building is the City's center of power. It does look like it would be more at home in Colonial Williamsburg; but i...

You can tour the inside, for free, and it's beautiful 9/22/2010

You can make a reservation to tour City Hall (and the Tweed Courthouse behind it) on any weekday. Actually, Wednesday tours don't require reservations. Just check in at the NYC & Co. booth on Broadway just south of the building. The tour starts at 11, but you'll probably want to come earlier in season, as spots are limited to 20, I believe. The building is more beautiful inside than it is outside. The dome and the grand portrait room are particularly impressive. The city council chamber is less attractive. It originally served as a couple courts and was remodeled with an awkward gallery that wrecks the proportions of the room. My tour guide was less than ideal. She routinely took five minutes to say stuff that could have been said in one and she lacked energy. Ah well, I did get to see Mayor Bloomberg. He walked over and said "hello" to the group. more

Look but don't touch 5/14/2002

Visitors are always suprised to learn that this relatively small building is the City's center of power. It does look like it would be more at home in Colonial Williamsburg; but it's a reall architectural gem, and NYC is lucky to have it. Guiliani had it, and city hall park, all cleaned up. The result is somewhat precious--especially the Park. Did we really need those cheesy gas lamps and reproduction fence? Anyway, admire it from the outside. It's pretty unlikely you'll ever set foot in it. more
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Editorial

  • The Background
    Constructed between 1803 and 1812 by architects John McComb Jr., and Joseph-Francois Mangin, City Hall is considered a fine example of American architecture with French Renaissance influence. The facade is clad in marble, which was originally not used for the building's rear, since no one foresaw the city expanding further north than Chambers Street. Standing proudly atop the building's cupola is the sculpture of Justice. Inside, 10 columns encircle the domed rotunda; just beneath the dome is the marble double staircase, known for its elegance, and also the public's irrational fear that it would collapse: It hasn't so far.

    Features
    Upstairs are the City Council chambers and the Governor's Room, which houses a desk that George Washington used and portraits of historical New York leaders. Group tours of the Hall are available for free by appointment only. Individuals wishing to tour City Hall may contact the office to join a scheduled group.

  • 10/17/2006 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Mon-Fri 9am-4pm
  • Neighborhoods:

    Downtown, Civic Center

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