Federal Hall

Financial District, History

Federal Hall, George Washington statue

Photo of Federal Hall and the George Washington statue, via John Schiller/Flickr cc 

Right now, Federal Hall at Wall and Broad Streets is closed due to the Government Shutdown. But long before the current crisis, Federal Hall was the site of several Federal firsts. New York was the nation’s first capital, a distinction the city held until 1790, and the original Federal Hall, at the site of today’s monument, was the first Capital Building. Federal Hall hosted the first Congress, Supreme Court, and Executive Branch Offices. The building witnessed the drafting of the Bill of Rights and the passage of the Northwest Ordinance. George Washington took his Oath of Office from the balcony of Federal Hall on April 30, 1789, and on January 8, 1790, he delivered the nation’s very first State of the Union Address from the building’s Senate Chamber.

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City Living, Policy

Federal Hall, photo courtesy of Wikimedia

If you’re an out-of-towner planning a classic, tourist-attraction-filled trip to New York City soon, you may want to rethink your visit. The U.S. government might be headed toward a shutdown, with its funding set to expire by midnight Friday. Although it’s not totally clear yet what will be affected in NYC, the last government shutdown in 2013, which lasted 16 days, temporarily closed national parks and a few federally-funded museums citywide. While there’s a chance the national parks and museums might choose to stay open, ahead find which ones might be affected in the event of a government shutdown.

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Cool Listings, Features

NYC building amenities, awesome gyms and spas, apartment buildings with health clubs

Roof decks, concierge services, screening rooms–these building amenities are so last year. The newest crop of luxury residential developments are offering more active perks. From basketball courts to rock-climbing walls, these calorie-burning features not only alleviate the need for a gym membership, but also offer the convenience of around-the-clock access and the ease of being just an elevator ride away from home.

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