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Historic City Sites in New York

New York has hundreds of buildings that can be termed historic—whether due to their age, architectural style, and/or events that took place on the spot. Read all about them.

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thumb1 World Trade Center / Freedom Tower
World Trade Center,
New York, NY, 10285
The new 1 World Trade Center, formerly known as the Freedom Tower, will serve as the main building of the planned World Trade Center complex that is currently under construction. A thumbAfrican Burial Ground National Monument
212-637-2019
Corner of Duane and Elk Streets,
New York, NY, 10013
The African Burial Ground National Monument is located at the corner of Duane and Elk Streets in Lower Manhattan, adjacent to the Ted Weiss Federal Building at 290 Broadway. In 1991, the more...
Bloomingdale's
(212) 705-2000
1000 Third Ave.,
New York, NY, 10022
Bloomingdale's began with a 19th century fad, the hoop skirt, and the extraordinary vision of two brothers:  Lyman and Joseph Bloomingdale. The first retail endeavor of the Bloomingdale's brothers was a Ladies' Noti more...
thumbBrooklyn Bridge
Manhattan Side: City Hall
Brooklyn Side: The Anchorage,
New York, NY
The world's first steel suspension bridge, built some 120 years ago, remains a fascinating must-do attraction for city residents and tourists alike. Few walks offer a more dramatic view of the skyline, of boats glidi more...
Brooklyn Public Library
(718) 399-2637
1 Grand Army Plz,
Brooklyn, NY, 11238
The main branch of the Brooklyn Public Library and one of the largest library branches in the entire city, this massive library even has a restaurant on the third floor and is home to the world-renowned Bro more...
thumbCastle Clinton National Monument
(212) 344-7220
Battery Park,
New York, NY, 10005
More than a dozen forts were built to defend New York Harbor at the time of the War of 1812. The Southwest Battery was constructed on the rocks off the tip of Manhattan Island between 1808 and 1811. more...
thumbCathedral Church of St. John the Divine
(212) 316-7540
1047 Amsterdam Ave,
New York, NY, 10025
The world's largest Gothic cathedral, St. John the Divine has been an extraordinary presence in New York since the first cornerstone was laid in 1892. Construction foundered after World War II, more...
thumbChrysler Building
(212) 715-0395
405 Lexington Avenue,
New York, NY, 10017
After its completion in 1929, William van Alen’s 77-story Chrysler Building was the world’s tallest building at 925 feet for just a brief period. A proposed redesign of the Bank of Manhattan tower threatened the Ch more...
thumbCity Hall
(212) 788-3000
260 Broadway,
New York, NY, 10007
Completed in 1812, New York’s third City Hall building is surrounded by a restored park occupying a unique place in American history. The spacious and elegant interior of City Hall has seen many changes throughout the ensu more...
Cotton Club
(212) 663-7980
666 W. 125 Street,
New York, NY, 10027
Back when Harlem was the capital of New York nightlife, when clubs were rigidly segregated and the performers were black and the audience white, the Cotton Club, run by notorious gangsters, was the pinnacle of the jazz s more...
Eldridge Street Synagogue
(212) 219-0888
12 Eldridge Street,
New York, NY, 10002
The Museum at Eldridge Street is preserving the Eldridge Street Synagogue as a site for historical reflection, aesthetic inspiration, and spiritual renewal. In this powerful and evocative setting, programs more...
thumbEmpire State Building
(212) 736-3100
350 Fifth Avenue,
New York, NY, 10118
The legendary building soaring more than 100 stories over Manhattan's skyline made famous by the movie King Kong, the Empire State Building was for 40 years the world's tallest building. Its gorgeous Art Deco d more...
thumbFederal Hall
(212) 825-6888
26 Wall Street,
New York, NY, 10005
Few places have played a more important role in American history than Federal Hall. After construction in 1700, it served as the seat of New York’s colonial government; the Stamp Act Congress protesting "taxation withou more...
Fort Wadsworth
(718) 354-4500
Bay St.,
Staten Island, NY, 10301
Fort Wadsworth located on the northeastern tip of Staten Island at end of Bay Street, adjacent to the Verrazano Bridge. Easily accessible by either bus or taxi, prepare to take a journey through time as you bear witne more...
thumbGeneral Post Office / Moynihan Station
(212) 330-2900
421 Eighth Avenue Avenue,
New York, NY, 10001
One of New York's architectural treasures, the 1913 McKim, Mead & White General Post Office (officially the James A. Farley Post Office), awaits transformation into the future Pennsylvania Stati more...
George Washington Bridge Bus Station
201-346-4200
800-221-9903
4211 Broadway,
New York, NY, 10033
The George Washington Bridge Bus Station (GWBBS) located in the Washington Heights area of upper Manhattan, occupies a two-block site at 4211 Broadway between 178th and 179th Streets, and Fort Wa more...
thumbGrace Church
(212) 254-2000
802 Broadway,
New York, NY, 10003
The first Grace Church was established in 1809 and until 1845 members worshipped at the corner of Broadway and Rector Streets. It quickly became a "fashionable" church, and its pews were much in demand. By the time of t more...
thumbGrand Central Terminal and Station
(212) 340-2583
100 East 42nd Street,
New York, NY, 10017
New York's extraordinary railroad station, designed in Beaux-Arts style by Reed & Stem and Warren & Wetmore, was constructed from 1903 to 1913, improving on the earlier Grand Central Depot (a massi more...
Grant's Tomb (General Grant National Memorial)
(212) 666-1640
Riverside Drive at West 122 Street,
New York, NY, 10024
One of the lesser-visited but nevertheless fascinating of the National Parks sites in New York City is General Grant's tomb. Exhibits about the Civil War, his life in New York and other displays on American history make for a great visit.
Hearst Corporation
212-649-2000
300 W. 57th Street,
New York, NY, 10019
thumbIrish Hunger Memorial
290 Vesey Street,
New York, NY, 10285
The Irish Hunger Memorial (or Irish Famine Memorial), the creation of artist Brian Tolle, landscape artist Gail Wittwer-Laird, and 1100 Architect, is devoted to raising public awareness of the events that led t more...
Louis Armstrong House
718-478-8274
34-56 107th Street,
Queens, NY, 11368
Trumpeter Louis Armstrong was born and raised in New Orleans but he spent large portions of his later life in his Corona, Queens home, which has been turned into a museum. The museum offers tours throughout the more...
thumbMacy's
(212) 695-4400
151 W. 34th St.,
New York, NY, 10001
After several failed retail ventures, Rowland Hussey Macy's determination and ingenuity paid off at the age of thirty-six with the launch of R.H. Macy and Co. He adopted a red star as his symbol of success, dating back to his more...
NASDAQ
(646) 441-5275
4 Times Square,
New York, NY, 10036
As the world's largest electronic stock market, Nasdaq is not limited to one central trading location. Rather, trading is executed through Nasdaq's sophisticated computer and telecommunications network, which transmits real-t more...
thumbNew York Public Library
(212) 930-0571
Fifth Avenue between 40th and 42nd Streets,
New York, NY
The majestic Beaux-Arts building, flanked by the two famous marble lions, Patience and Fortitude, has been the heart and soul of the New York library system for nearly a century. Begun in 1902, the library at more...
thumbNew York Stock Exchange
(212) 656-5165
11 Wall Street,
New York, NY, 10005
Due to security reasons, the New York Stock Exchange Interactive Education Center is closed indefinitely for all tours. Want to learn about the capital-raising and asset- management process, or do y more...
thumbRockefeller Center
600 5th Ave,
New York, NY, 10111
In the depths of the Great Depression, Rockefeller Center - then and now the largest private building enterprise ever undertaken in the United States - began rising over midtown Manhattan. Between 1931 and 1939, t more...
thumbSouth Street Seaport
(212) 732-8257
Fulton Street at South Street,
New York, NY, 10038
For over 300 years, the seaport has been vital to New York's success as a port city. The South Street area in particular, however, fell into decline after the US Civil War when the Hudson River eclipsed the East more...
thumbSt. Patrick's Cathedral
(212) 753-2261
460 Madison Ave,
New York, NY, 10022
St. Patrick's Cathedral is the seat of the Archbishop of New York, Edward M. Egan. It is the largest decorated gothic-style Catholic Cathedral in the United States and has been recognized throughout its histo more...
thumbStaten Island Ferry
311
Whitehall Terminal, Lower Manhattan,
New York, NY
New York’s waterways are once again thriving, and aside from the profusion of new ferry services, this old reliable standby still plies the water between Staten Island and Manhattan around the clock every day of more...
thumbTimes Square
42nd Street at Broadway,
New York, NY, 10036
From the hustle of the Port Authority Bus Terminal to the bustle of Seventh Avenue and 42nd Street, much of New York’s dazzling vibrancy and energy emanates from this area stretching from Times Square to Central Park So more...
thumbTrinity Church
(212) 602-0800
Broadway at Wall Street,
New York, NY, 10005
The first parish and one of the oldest churches in the City of New York, Trinity Church dates back to before the American Revolutionary War. In 1697, Trinity received its charter and land grant from the English King W more...
Tweed Courthouse
52 Chambers Street,
New York, NY, 10007
The Old New York County Courthouse, better known as Tweed Courthouse, is architecturally one of New York’s greatest civic monuments. Tweed Courthouse was granted status as a New York City Landmark in 1984 and is l more...
thumbUnited Nations
(212) 963-TOUR
42nd Street at First Avenue,
New York, NY, 10017
The United Nations officially came into existence on 24 October 1945, and some four years later the cornerstone was laid for the present UN Headquarters in New York City. While television has captured famous scenes of more...
thumbWashington Memorial Arch
Fifth Ave. at Waverly Place,
New York, NY, 10003
Erected in 1892, the marble Washington Memorial Arch designed by Stanford White. By the year 2000, air pollution had severely eroded parts of the statue of Washington on the arch to the extent that it appear more...
thumbWorld Financial Center and Winter Garden
(212) 945-0505
220 Vesey St.,
New York, NY, 10281
The World Financial Center is located in Lower Manhattan's Battery Park City, and is bordered by West Street, the Hudson River, Vesey and Liberty Streets. The Center is home to the financi more...
thumbWorld Trade Center — Ground Zero
Vesey-Liberty-Church-West Streets,
New York, NY, 10038
September 11, 2001, is a day that remains indelibly etched in the hearts and minds of New Yorkers, Americans, and countless millions of people around the world. Thousands of tourists stream into lower more...
thumbWorld Trade Center prior to 9/11
World Trade Center,
New York, NY, 10281
The World Trade Center was destroyed by a terrorist attack on September 11, 2001. We maintain this page as a testament to its place in New York City's history, and in memory of all those who suffered more...