5 buildings with history in New York

1) Federal Hall

Just steps away from the New York Stock Exchange, Federal Hall marks the spot that was once America’s first Capitol. Its columns loom majestically over Wall Street, with a statue of George Washington out front. Explore the stunning Greek Revival architecture inside, along with historical exhibitions. Free.

Federal Hall NYC

26 Wall Street (corner of Broad Street)

+1 212 825 6990


2) Fraunces Tavern

This landmarked 1719 building was HQ to George Washington during the American Revolution. Originally built by Henry Holt, who taught dance and held balls in the space. Take a guided tour to be taken back to colonial times. Or, take in history at the still operating tavern.

interior of Fraunces Tavern

54 Pearl Street (at Broad Street)

+1 212 425 1778


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3) Library of Bronx Community College

A beautiful example of a Beaux Arts building designed by architect Stanford White, featuring the breathtaking dome of the Gould Memorial Library, out tted in marble, mosaics, and Tiffany glass. At its rear, The Hall of Fame offers views of the Harlem River and busts of great Americans.

Library of Bronx Community College

2155 University Avenue

+1 718 289 5100


4) Trinity Church

It’s amusing to think that Trinity Church was once the tallest structure in NYC. Its Gothic Revival architecture dates back to 1846, with surrounding cemetery dating back much further, housing the grave of Alexander Hamilton, America’s first Secretary of the Treasury (and current Broadway musical smash). Concerts are held regularly in St. Paul’s Chapel.

interior of Trinity Church New York

5) Grand Central Station

Opened in 1913, the main train hub in NYC harkens back to a time of sophisticated travel. Meet at the Clock, which is centered below the Sky Ceiling, an opulent astronomical mural. Downstairs, in front of the Oyster Bar, is the famous whisper wall, from which two people can communicate via whisper from opposite archways.

people in the hall of Grand Central Station NYC

Nicolas Vollmer

89 East 42nd Street (at Park Avenue)

+1 212 340 2583


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