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City Hall Park

Discover this lovely little park as you take a walking tour of lower Manhattan. Stop at its visitor center to pick up information for the rest of your trip.

From its roots as a livestock pasture and parade ground, this space has become City Hall Park, a pleasant green oasis close to New York City’s financial district. Stop here as you tour lower Manhattan.

New York City’s early development started with Dutch settlement at the southern tip of Manhattan. In the colonial days, settlers grazed livestock next to a Native American trail in a public area known as the Commons. Over time, the space held an almshouse, a debtors’ prison and a soldiers’ barracks. Appreciate its current use as a public park convenient to government buildings.

By the early 1800s, the city built the impressive City Hall of New York next to the Commons. Gradually other tall buildings were constructed around the park and one of the world’s most important financial centers developed just a few blocks away. Pick up brochures at the Visitor Information Kiosk at the southwestern end of the park and tour this part of Manhattan to see the diversity of modern New York City. Wall Street, South Street Seaport, Chinatown and Trinity Church are all short walks away.

View the statues inside the park itself, including monuments to patriots Nathan Hale and Horace Greeley. The centerpiece fountain by Jacob Wrey Mould has a central column over a circular basin with sprays providing cool mist and pleasant splashing as visitors sit on benches nearby. Enjoy the gardens planted with colorful annuals every spring. Just a block away is the African Burial Ground National Monument, memorializing the lives of slaves and free black citizens buried under this part of the city in the late 1600s and 1700s.

Watch the park fill with City Hall workers on their lunch breaks and residents of New York City conducting business. This is the place to come for your marriage license if you’re planning a New York City wedding.

From City Hall Park, follow the bike trail to the Brooklyn Bridge and gaze back at the park and the island. Imagine the early settlement that stood on this spot before its amazing transformation to modern Manhattan.

Want to make your time spent at City Hall Park even more memorable? Don't miss the chance to try a few of these things to do:

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Radisson Hotel New York Wall Street $105
Radisson Hotel New York Wall Street

Radisson Hotel New York Wall Street

52 William St, New York, NY
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Manhattan, this hotel is steps from Wall Street and Federal Reserve Bank of New York. New York Stock Exchange and National September 11 Memorial are also within 10 minutes. Wall St. Station is only a 2-minute walk and Broad St. Station is 3 minutes.

    Artezen Hotel $98
    Artezen Hotel

    Artezen Hotel

    24 John Street, New York, NY
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Manhattan, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Federal Reserve Bank of New York, National September 11 Memorial, and Wall Street. New York Stock Exchange and One World Trade Center are also within 10 minutes. Fulton St. Station (Nassau St.) is only a 2-minute walk and Fulton St. Station (Broadway) is 2 minutes.

      PUBLIC, an Ian Schrager hotel $195
      PUBLIC, an Ian Schrager hotel

      PUBLIC, an Ian Schrager hotel

      215 Chrystie St, New York, NY
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Bowery, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of New York University, 5th Avenue, and Washington Square Park. Federal Reserve Bank of New York and Brooklyn Bridge are also within 2 mi (3 km). 2 Av. Station is only a 2-minute walk and Bowery St. Station is 5 minutes.

        World Center Hotel $94
        World Center Hotel

        World Center Hotel

        144 Washington St, New York, NY
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Manhattan, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Wall Street, One World Trade Center, and National September 11 Memorial. New York Stock Exchange and Federal Reserve Bank of New York are also within 10 minutes. Rector St. Station (Greenwich St.) and Rector St. Station are within a 5-minute walk.

          Courtyard New York Downtown Manhattan/World Trade Center $93
          Courtyard New York Downtown Manhattan/World Trade Center

          Courtyard New York Downtown Manhattan/World Trade Center

          133 Greenwich Street, New York, NY
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Manhattan, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Wall Street and National September 11 Memorial. Federal Reserve Bank of New York and New York Stock Exchange are also within 10 minutes. Rector St. Station (Greenwich St.) and Rector St. Station are within a 5-minute walk.

            Four Points By Sheraton New York Downtown $98
            Four Points By Sheraton New York Downtown

            Four Points By Sheraton New York Downtown

            6 Platt St, New York, NY
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Manhattan, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Wall Street and Federal Reserve Bank of New York. New York Stock Exchange and National September 11 Memorial are also within 10 minutes. Fulton St. Station (William St.) and Wall St. Station are within a 5-minute walk.

              Millennium Hilton New York Downtown $117
              Millennium Hilton New York Downtown

              Millennium Hilton New York Downtown

              55 Church Street, New York, NY
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                This family-friendly New York hotel is located in the historical district, just steps from The Oculus and National September 11 Memorial. Wall Street and One World Trade Center are also within 10 minutes. Cortlandt St. Station and Fulton St. Station (Broadway) are within a 2-minute walk.

                The Beekman, A Thompson Hotel $280
                The Beekman, A Thompson Hotel

                The Beekman, A Thompson Hotel

                123 Nassau Street, New York, NY
                   
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Manhattan, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of South Street Seaport and One World Trade Center. Brookfield Place and Brooklyn Bridge are also within 15 minutes. Fulton St. Station (Nassau St.) and City Hall Station are within a 5-minute walk.