This has to be one of the more underrated tourist destinations in New York City. Yes, there's no show to see, no hundredth floor, no luxury - but there is history. Really important history.
As it was built on the site where this country was first governed and major legislative acts were proposed and passed (the Northwest Ordinance under the Continental Congress, then the Constitution's Bill of Rights, Judiciary Act, and so on) and George Washington was sworn in. Everything in the history of the federal government sprung from the intellectual fount of Federal Hall. I wanted to see this place for myself when I was in NYC last summer, so I used my smartphone's park whiz app to book a spot in Wall Street, sparing me from alternate side parking. The entire place is classy in the best way possible, especially the sky-lit dome. Some other reviews here just say to take photos outside and then leave, but I respectfully disagree. This place has the Bible that George Washington was sworn in on, among other artifacts - these are objects of significance that were important enough to be passed from the Founding of the country up until the present -- from the aftermath of a young country's revolution to an age when the idea of Americans landing on the moon was the dream of a previous generation, a trophy already on the shelf and gathering dust.
This place is super cool!
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