New York City Historic Sites

Historic Sites in New York City, NY

New York City Historic Sites

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  • I W
    Leicestershire, UK
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This and the whole area is an awesome tribute to the people who lost their lives in an awful event. You will easily spend 2 or 3 hours here. They cover the event and the stories of various people from various perspectives in an interesting and informative way. It was very sensitively done. It was a sobering experience and I found it quite emotional at times. Highly recommended.
    Written 16 June 2024
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  • ems_jls
    Marlboro, NJ
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Hard Hat Tour is on the expensive side but worth it. It takes you away from Island 1, where the main buildings are, to Island 2 and Island 3, where the hospital and laundry and a few other buildings once were and which you cannot get to otherwise. They have been preserved in a state of "arrested decay" which is quite photogenic in its own way. And yes, you do have to wear a hard hat for most of it, in case some of the decay unarrests itself.

    Our tour guide, Melissa, brought a great combination of knowledge and passion to her commentary without overdoing it. She capably answered many questions about Ellis Island in general, not just the hospital aspect.

    Also a must if you are a "Godfather Part II" obsessive as one in our group was.

    The tour is 90 minutes and take care of food and bathrooms before you start.
    Written 15 June 2024
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  • FLHarlock
    Tavares, FL
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I grew up in Jersey and watched the twin towers being built. 9/11 left a hole in my heart. The fact that they left the foot print and made a memorial fills the hole. This is so well done. I actually cried visiting this for the first time. A tasteful tribute. I’m sad and satisfied at the same time. Highly recommended!
    Written 9 June 2024
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  • SeeTheW0rld62
    Sunnyvale, CA
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This was the first time that I took the tour of the UN. It's about a 45 minute tour. You get to see the rooms where the councils and General Assembly meet. It's very interesting.
    Written 24 May 2024
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  • Robin B
    Phoenix, AZ
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This museum is housed in the former home of Andrew Carnegie. It is now an art museum. When we visited, there was an art exhibit/installation by Es Devlin, a British artist and stage designer. We took a guided tour of the exhibit. It was interesting and unusual. We spent a little over an hour, but skipped the other exhibits, which weren’t that interesting in my opinion. I was also a little disappointed that while there were architectural details remaining in this beautiful mansion, there were no personal belongings or furnishings of the Carnegies. There is a lovely walled garden, but on the day we went it looked like a private event had taken place and the garden was closed.
    Written 20 June 2024
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  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is an amazing piece of American history. Well worth taking family to. This site contains videos, guided tours, and artefacts for viewing.
    Written 28 April 2024
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  • FLHarlock
    Tavares, FL
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I walked the perimeter of Fort Jay but could not go inside. The entire fort is being restored. I am okay with that. I will be back and still enjoyed visiting the fort. I haven’t seen a structure like this since Castillo de San Marcos. Definitely recommended!
    Written 11 June 2024
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  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We stopped in here for a late lunch while visiting the area. We were able to get a seat pretty easily, though I could see this restaurant getting crowded. We did not have reservations, but if you are able to make them, I would recommend it. I had the blackened salmon sandwich and it was one of the best things I ate while visiting New York City. The rest of my family enjoyed their meals as well. The atmosphere was great and it was just neat sitting and eating in such a historic building. We also visited the museum after our meal!
    Written 8 June 2024
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  • 4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visited here to see the spot where John Lennon’s life was so tragically ended. Perhaps surprisingly, there is no plaque or memorial so you will have to use your imagination. Be careful to stay on the public path - the doormen will zealously guard the private property beyond. As far as I know, Yoko Ono still owns the apartment here.
    Written 21 November 2023
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  • abroadwithashley
    Minneapolis, MN
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We accidentally went on a tour, but the information shared was definitely appreciated. The space is small. Really one main room with a couple of side spaces. The narrative is one that attempts to bring to light New York City and the slave trade in America through the lens of the African Burial Grounds. It’s a solid attempt, but New York could definitely do more. Still worth going.
    Written 25 March 2024
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  • Kelli
    Keller, TX
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I brought my teen son and resident Hamilton fan to tour the house and museum. It was so cool to see the reconstructed home and hear about all of the changes the structure endured before preservation. Check the website for operating days and tour times. Sign in for the tour ahead of time in the gift shop. This is a really cool experience for Hamilton fans and history lovers alike!
    Written 25 March 2024
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  • PriusGirlVA
    Arlington, VA
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    No signage that I found, but the organic structure just beckons you to go investigate. Very moving monument, and the fact that it is so different than the architecture around it makes it unique. Glad I happened upon this when I was strolling.
    Written 14 September 2023
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  • Farwriter
    London, UK
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I was staying near Federal Hall on a recent trip to New York so was exploring the local area. Pleased to find this beautiful classical building open at 10am daily and free to enter. It is on Wall Street but the entrance is tucked round the back and it was very quiet when I visited. A few exhibition rooms have displays about Washington, who was sworn in as president in a building on this site, and there are models of the previous buildings which stood here. The central rotunda and its domed ceiling is very impressive. In the 1860s it was used as a sub treasury so there is a small display about this too.
    Written 22 February 2024
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  • Doc218
    Workington, UK
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visited this wonderful building with my wife and were lucky enough to take part in a tour hosted by Bro Louis Cooper. He was so informative and passionate about both Freemasonry and the building.

    The lodge rooms are jaw dropping. The scale and decor are beautiful.

    Well worth a visit for Masons and non Masons alike.
    Written 31 December 2018
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  • Stephen S
    London, UK
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I really enjoyed the tour of this building. The organizers were kind enough to go ahead with the tour even though I was the only person on it, which made it an even more special experience for me. The guide was very knowledgeable and I enjoyed the historical context provided.
    It's quite a small building so the tour only takes and hour or so and I think could be well combined with one of the larger museums of the upper east side or perhaps the cable car to Roosevelt Island.
    Written 5 September 2023
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