Wednesday, April 3, 2013

City Hall


I had the great good fortune of working in this fabulous building during my years with Mayor Ed Koch. Though my official responsibility was taking care of the Mayor's schedule, soon after I began working there I also began giving tours. There was no official tour program at the time and we had a number of requests from visiting groups. It was informal and I was self-trained, but after I got over my initial nervousness I came to enjoy it very much. Construction began in 1803 and it has been used continuously since its completion in 1812. This link tells about the history and architecture of this beautiful building.


This fountain is in City Hall Park, directly in front of City Hall. I like seeing the rest of Lower Manhattan in the background. Of course, when City Hall was built it was close to the edge of New York City. One of my tour "legends" was that the front of the building was marble and the back was granite, because the builders believed that no one would see the back. The settled part of the city at that time was facing the front of City Hall.

My featured blogger for today is Dee, who writes DeeCoded. Dee, who is part of the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge, lives in Singapore and has a very fun blog.

I hope you've enjoyed our visit to City Hall and I hope you have a Cheerful Wednesday! Tonight is "my" evening with Debbie Reynolds.  

20 comments:

Grammy Staffy said...

Thanks for taking me to city hall. What a historic building. Have fun with Debbie tonight. Hugs

Cheryl Rennels said...

NY is so interesting and so very different from the Northern Colorado prairie where I reside and count my blessings.

Nellie said...

I am really enjoying your A-Z blog, Buttercup! Thank you for the tour of your city!

Life and Breath and Everything Else said...

I love the fountain! Thanks for sharing this with us!

Dee said...

I am enjoying my tour of your city so far! I really loved your picture of the fountain. And what an amusing story about the back part being granite because they thought no one would see it!

Thank you so much for featuring my blog today! I am so flattered. Will return the favor one of these days. :)

Denise D Hammond, CGFM-Retired said...

Have fun this evening! I admit that I never checked out City Hall in NYC.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Have a wonderful evening with Debbie!

TARYTERRE said...

Enjoy Debbie Reynolds. LOVE that fountain. City hall is stately.

Terra said...

Pretty fountain and City Hall building. I bet it was fun to take one of your tours.

Susie said...

Buttercup, I have been hearing more about Debbie, since reading your blog a few days back. Good luck with seeing her. Get her blog address.:):) xoxox,Susie

Chatty Crone said...

I didn't know you worked with him - I remember him! New York is so beautiful. sandie

Melinda said...

Having a great tour!

M :)

Kathy Collier said...

Loved the history of City Hall. Enjoy Debbie Reynolds. She's one of my favorite all time actresses.
Have a great day! I'm a fellow A to Z Challenger.
Hugs,
Kathy (794 on the list)

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

I lived in New York for my first 16 yrs and visited often for the next 30, but I ever visited City Hall. Thank you for taking us there.

Paula said...

I think your City Hall is bigger than our State Capitol!

Enjoy your evening with Debbie Reynolds!

Carol said...

I certainly did enjoy my visit...it felt like I was there!

Happy day to you!

Ms Sparrow said...

I think you must have been an excellent good-will ambassador for NYC because and you have remained one!

A month of....Blog said...

New York is one of the loves of my life. Looking forward to seeing the rest of your A - Z posts!

Amrita said...

Love old historic buildings

The Wicked Writer said...

argh, I miss NY, I lived there years ago for a bit, and have been back twice on hols, but still miss it. Lovely blog.