City Hall Park
Broadway & Chambers St. – Just off the Brooklyn Bridge entrance, New York, NY 10007, USA
The City Hall which exists today is the third one of its kind. Constructed from 1803-1812, it had undergone many renovations during its long existence. It was at this time that DeWitt Clinton was the Mayor of New York, after whom Castle Clinton in Battery Park was named.
As Recently as 1998 the roof had undergone yet another restoration. The original copper roof was installed in 1811, replaced in 1853, replaced again in 1858 due to a fire and then worked on in 1970. Other more recent work done on City Hall included the clock tower atop City Hall’s roof which had been refurbished and an extensive cleaning of the building’s exterior.
In the fall of 1999 City Hall Park was reopened/rededicated by our Mayor. After quite a bit of restoration. Parts of this park were restored to the condition or at least appearance they had in the 18th-19th centuries. Now, as far as good looking parks go, this certainly has its charm. You’ve got beautiful lanterns surrounding the gorgeous fountain. The Jacob Wrey Mould Fountain, removed from City Hall Park and transported to the Bronx’s Crotona Park in 1920, had been restored and returned here. It replaces the Delacorte Fountain which had been donated by George Delacorte in celebration of the completion of the Croton Aqueduct which once stood where our Main NY Public Library stands today. (I’ll need to look further into this since I’m getting conflicting information from two sources)
At night and during the day, you’ll see the four gas bronze candelabras, which are replicas of lamps dating back to the 1850’s. They’re really something else! Just south of the fountain, a medallion within the ground & consisting of nine granite panels, traces the history of City Hall Park from its 17th century Dutch origins through the recent reconstruction. As I understand it, the pedestrian walks were narrowed down to allow more space for greenery, and greenery there is! Flowers adorn the sides and entrances to the park.
We’ve even caught sight of a photo shoot going on by the fountain one day. Definitely drop by should you be in the area. Some good picture taking moments.