Most tourists don’t head to City Hall Park as a destination–though it’s home to one of the city’s most famous sites: City Hall! If you’re going to the nearby Brooklyn Bridge and you have 15 minutes to spare, head to City Hall Park first. You’ll get great photos of City Hall, plus other famous landmarks, like the Woolworth Building, The Beekman, That Cool Frank Gehry Building, the Municipal Building, the Tweed Courthouse, and the Surrogate’s Courthouse!
Why You Should Visit New York City’s City Hall Park
Iconic: Though you probably won’t run into any of NYC’s past or present mayors here, you can still get a glimpse of the building from the park–or take a tour of City Hall on select days.
Architectural: Joseph-Francois Mangin and John McComb Jr. designed this French Renaissance Revival public building back in the early 1800s. It’s still just as impressive today.
Historic: Built between 1800 and 1810, City Hall is our city’s third city hall. It’s also the oldest continually operating city hall in the United States.
Artsy: Public art graces the park’s pathways most months of the year.
Cinematic: You might spy some filming at City Hall Park. Movies like Ghostbusters and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them were filmed here.
Outdoorsy: Unless you take the tour of City Hall, you won’t be able to escape the outdoors here. Though not the greenest park in NYC, it’s still a small respite from the city.
Like a Local: You’ll see plenty of locals here on their lunch breaks and passing through on their ways to work.
Cost to Visit City Hall Park/Money Savers: City Hall Park is free to visit!
How Much Time to Visit City Hall Park/Time Savers:
Fly-By: 15 minutes
In-Depth: 45 minutes
Need to Know:
Don’t try to get too close to City Hall unless you’re planning on taking the tour (or attending a protest!). Security is pretty tight around here.
Why You Should Skip:
City Hall isn’t a huge tourist attraction. Personally, I think the park is lovely and the building beautiful. Yet you might not feel the need to head here if you don’t have too much time in NYC. Though if you’re planning on walking across the Brooklyn Bridge, City Park is right next door.
When to Visit to City Hall Park:
Anytime is a great time to visit City Hall Park!
How to Get to City Hall Park:
Walking: Head south down Broadway from Midtown. After you pass Chambers Street, City Hall Park will be on your left.
Subway: Take the R or W trains to City Hall Park or the 4, 5, or 6 trains to Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall.
Taxi/Car: Ask the driver to take you to City Hall in Manhattan (not one of the other boroughs!).
Bus: Take the M55 to City Hall.
Related Attractions/Other Ways to See:
- A tour of the Tweed Courthouse is also offered by City Hall. Do one if you can’t do the other.
- Check out the original City Hall subway station that’s been out of commission for decades. Take a downtown 6 train to the end of the line (Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall), and stay on the train after the conductor instructs everyone to disembark (don’t worry! You won’t get in trouble!). The train turns around in the old City Hall subway station, and you can still see some of the grandeur architecture.
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