Every weekday morning for the past year I have gotten on a South bound subway to go to work. Five times a week I board the 6 train on the Upper East Side to head downtown to my office in Flatiron. If you have ever visited New York City you will have noticed the conductors nicely announce the last stop on the train as you board allowing you the opportunity to make sure you got on the right train and are traveling in the correct direction. Every morning at least half a dozen times I hear “this is a Brooklyn Bridge / City Hall bound 6-train”.
Well, a few weeks ago I actually took the subway all the way down and got off to walk around City Hall for the first time. The very pretty fountain above is located here in front of the main City Hall building, which houses the mayors office, and behind that is the courthouse which unfortunately under construction. I enjoyed wandering through the small garden with my mom:
After you navigate through the garden located between Broadway, Park Row, and Chambers Street you catch a glimpse of City Hall through the trees. As I visited on a Sunday it was not open and was guarded by fences but it was still beautiful to look at.
Instead of dwelling on the fact that I had never journeyed six stops past work I am happy I took the time to wander around this area of the city, just North of Wall Street. As I looked up at the massive buildings I spent a great deal admiring the architecture that simply does not exist in Midtown. It brought a glimpse of what 19th century New York City must have looked like. These Roman numerals on the Public Advocate For The City Of New York building were just too pretty not to share.
The next time you are in NYC I would highly suggest a trip down,
especially as the New York City Hall is at the Manhattan entrance of the Brooklyn Bridge!