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Federal Hall, New York City
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Federal Hall, built in 1700 as New York's City Hall, later served as the first capitol building of the United States of America under the Constitution, as well as the site of George Washington's inauguration as the first President of the United States. It was also where the United States Bill of Rights was introduced in the First Congress. The building was demolished in 1812.Federal Hall National Memorial was built in 1842 as the United States Custom House, on the site of the old Federal Hall on Wall Street, and later served as a sub-Treasury building. It is now operated by the National Park Service as a national memorial commemorating the historic events that occurred there.HistoryHistoric buildingThe original structure on the site was built as New York's second City Hall in 1700, on Wall Street, in what is today the Financial District of Lower Manhattan. In 1735, John Peter Zenger, an American newspaper publisher, was arrested for committing libel against the British royal governor and was imprisoned and tried there. His acquittal on the grounds that the material he had printed was true established freedom of the press as it was later defined in the Bill of Rights.
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  • Or rather, near Wall Street, Wall Street it is, there are people who are always taking pictures. Front facade and bronze statue is splendid, very dynamic! It is recommended to give up on the stairs are a bit tired. I'd like a scenes!
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  • A place to visit and learn about early American government. Relatively quite and free. This building has been rebuilt and at one time New York City was the capitol of the United States of America. 
  • It looks like an ancient temple (though dates back to the first of 800), in front of the statue of George Washington. Majestic rises on the open space created by the intersection of Broad St. with Wall St. I think it is the most remarkable architecture of the financial district and has its historical importance as the former palace was the seat of the city's action (before the Municipality moved on Renaissance building which today is located in City Hall Park, Flanders square) and before that he swore g. Washington as President 1°. Inevitable souvenir photo with the statue of George Washington, but then, unless you are passionate about American history (inside there is a small museum which preserves the Bible on which he swore g. Washington-entrance free), there is nothing else to do; better then go towards Trinity Church, which can be seen at the bottom of Wall st. (if you've already been there before). Next to Federal Hall stands the Trump Building.
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  • This is a place of historic significance and a must-see while in the Wall Street area. Best of all, there are no admission fees. Although the building where George Washington took his oath as first US president no longer exists, the current building is still significant for its role in finance, once designated as US Customs House with underground vaults storing the money flowing into the city. There's not much to look at first glance but if you grab a guidebook by the entrance, you can better appreciate the place and the items on display. The place can be visited in one hour at most.
  • Came here during Open House NY weekend and went to the 2nd floor. Not sure if it is open during other times. It will give you a different view although there's not much to see.
  • If you're someone who enjoys interesting items relating to important historical events, this is an awesome place to check out. George Washington took the oath as the first President of the United States on this site. The site also served as many different functions. Located right on Wall Street.
  • In this year of #FindYourPark, Federal Hall is a relatively unknown site within the National Park System. A great place to explore in Lower Manhattan in this, the centennial year of the National Park Service. The rangers provide free tours of our nation's first capitol and there is a nice bookstore. There are clean restrooms that are open to the public in the basement area. A nice find in the National Park Service.
  • Was there for a private event. They did a wonderful job & it was a great evening!