Historic Sites in New York City

Historic Sites in New York City, NY

New York City Historic Sites

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  • Mario A
    Sonoma, CA180 contributions
    We signed up for the 9 am guided tour "before the public" - and it did not disappoint. They have done a tremendous job on this museum and it is hard not to get teary eyed when visiting this memorial. Well worth the visit
    Written 1 July 2022
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  • Jan W
    Canton of Vaud, Switzerland529 contributions
    The building itself is very beautiful and full of history.
    The museum is certainly very interesting but a lot of things to read and that in English, you need a good level of English and time.
    Written 1 July 2022
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  • StephenCross
    Dublin, Ireland17,094 contributions
    The United Nations headquarters is a very impressive building on the side of the East River. Very dramatic structure. Worth a photo.
    Written 20 March 2022
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  • Michael L
    Hermosa Beach, CA75 contributions
    Simple, clean and moving. The Memorial is a must. In spite of the people it is a private place and peaceful experience. If you go to the museum realize that it is an emotional event..
    Written 29 June 2022
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  • sameer k
    London, UK93 contributions
    We went here having heard mixed views of ‘nothing there’ and ‘you have to go’

    Spent 3h there with our 2yo on a weekday. It is true that after one or two historical sights, the primary activity is enjoying the quiet and relaxation and the views

    We spent time on the hammocks and playground and kid ran under the water sculpture as it was a hot day

    There’s also bike/other pedal- vehicle hire, some food trucks, a spa which had patrons on garden area which definitely looked interesting and a bar both with amazing views and food trucks (only 1-2 open on weekdays)

    Well worth the trip if you’re done with sightseeing
    Written 29 May 2022
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  • jeffrey k
    Needham, MA526 contributions
    This museum houses a hugely important collection focused on design. The key points of the visit start with the collection history and its building, which was the Carnegie Mansion.

    Currently, there is an exhibit on design and planning relating to management of covid. The most important exhibit is on the third floor, devoted to the work of E McKnight Kauffer, who did graphic design in the middle part of the 20th century, an artist who had major influence in the field. This exhibit is comprehensive and engaging.

    Anyone with an interest in design will find fascinating exhibits at this museum. We have visited many times, and it never fails to be engaging.
    Written 11 March 2022
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  • Lucie B
    Sainte-Julie, Canada25 contributions
    Beautiful and full of historic glimpse. Superb cocktails ans impresive collection of Beers and Whiskeys. We had a wonderfull time. The bartenders were nice, helpful and entertaining.
    Written 8 May 2022
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  • duck8to
    Montville, NJ6,751 contributions
    Federal Hall is famous as the site where the Continental Congress met in 1787 and subsequently inaugrated George Washington on April 30, 1789 as the president of the United States at was than City Hall (Federal Hall) New York City. .

    It was 1790 when the Capital was moved to Philadelphia and Federal Hall became the seat of government for New York City until 1812 when it was demolished and rebuilt as a Customs House.in 1842. In 1862, Federal Hall became the U.S. Sub-Treasury,. Millions of dollars of gold and silver were kept in the basement of this building until it was replaced by the Federal Reserve Bank in 1920.

    Today Federal Hall has a landmark and part of the Historic Wall Street District. Free tours are available of the building. The free tours encompass the history of the building focusing specifically on the Continental Congress and George Washington. Currently, Federal Hall is closed due to Covid-19.
    Written 30 December 2021
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  • Thebigduck09
    New York City, NY88 contributions
    Very interesting site. Casual and pleasant guides. Very little of the house open for visit and house needs better upkeep. Visitor center was closed due to staffing shortages. More money needs to go into the site given its historic importance.
    Written 19 June 2022
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  • Jonathan Chan
    New York City, NY227 contributions
    This is a very special and sacred place tucked away between several federal office buildings. There are a number of exhibits and signs explaining the significance of this monument as a place where African Americans buried members of their community and were able to practice their burial traditions.
    Written 1 May 2022
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  • Brendan M
    Boston, MA14 contributions
    Beautiful, poignant, somber and beautifully out of place.

    I have wanted to visit this site for years and was not disappointed. Very different from most memorials I have seen or visited. The grass park and stone cottage are beautiful and beautifully incongruous in the location amidst the high rise bustle of lower Manhattan. The quotes and statistics on the walls of the memorial remind us that famine is rarely a natural phenomenon resulting form a lack of food but more often a result of greed, power and lack of empathy.

    Take a few quiet minutes and reflect quietly. Remember there are still places and peoples who need our support and empathy just as the Irish did in the 1840s.
    Written 19 April 2022
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  • Thomas V
    Oakland, CA13,133 contributions
    I've always admired the stately architecture of this building which sits right on the edge of the Park. Sadly this was where John Lennon was shot while entering one night and the memorials at Strawberry Fields in the Park are a suitable salute.
    Written 24 December 2021
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  • Jonathan Chan
    New York City, NY227 contributions
    A great NPS historic site seeing the birthplace and childhood home of US President Teddy Roosevelt and lots of displays about his early life.
    Written 22 March 2022
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  • Thomas V
    Oakland, CA13,133 contributions
    Well you really can't get in or up close as there are security fences, but from the lovely park outside you can snap some good photos of the classic 19th Century architecture.
    Written 10 December 2021
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  • Cindy
    1 contribution
    Not to be missed! I've been walking by for years and always intrigued with this lovely house on the hill. Being in the holiday spirit, I went yesterday, and couldn't be more pleased with the experience. I was welcomed by two lovely ladies, Meg and Carol, and felt like I was visiting family. Carol the volunteer, was knowledgeable and you can feel her passion when she takes you back to a wonderful time in N.Y. I learned so much and can't wait to share this great find! I think I'll go back in Spring. Cindy
    Written 15 February 2020
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