(1913) At more than 790 feet (240m) tall, with 57 floors, this building held the title of the world’s tallest building until the completion of 40 Wall Street in 1930. He commissioned one of the most talented architects of the 20th century, Cass Gilbert, who also designed the Alexander Hamilton Custom House which you will see later in the tour.The building is a modified neo-gothic style, a modern skyscraper decked out with gargoyles, spires and flying buttresses like those found in a church.We now have a GPS-enabled audio tour of Lower Manhattan, led by one of our tour guides, that you could take with you anytime.And for more ideas for your time in the Big Apple, check out our definitive guide “Things to Do in NYC“.The park has also played host to three different fountains.The current Mould fountain was the park’s first, built in 1871.The old and the new, the triumphant and the tragic, architectural diversity and human stories – There are so many things to do in Lower Manhattan.
The Delacorte stood in the park from 1972 until the park was renovated in 1999 and it was moved to Bronx Borough Hall Park.
We’ve also provided a downloadable version of the Lower Manhattan Self Guided Tour. Be sure to read our post comparing the different New York bus tour companies.
(1915) At the intersection of Centre and Chambers Streets stands one of New York City’s most enchanting buildings. It is the headquarters of many of the city’s administrative agencies, filing up 40 floors of the building with bureaucracy. The expression “getting married at City Hall” really means coming to this building for a simple civil service and picking up your marriage certificate.
To lower construction costs, the back façade was built using cheaper brownstone.
The architects could not foresee just how rapidly the city would grow during the 1800s, expanding north of Chambers Street, thus giving many of the city’s residents a view of the less than stately rear façade. (1871) This may be the most relaxing thing to do in Lower Manhattan.