Stopping to read

Living in the city, you can take advantage of a lot of missed opportunities. I, unfortunately, was fully aware of this today while showing my aunt and cousin around our lovely, little FiDi neighborhood.

While exploring, my aunt and cousin asked me a lot of good questions about the area. Unfortunately, I could not answer many of them. The sad reality is that they were questions about places, statues and buildings that I have passed over three dozen times.

Here are a few spats of information that you may not know about places in our neighborhood as well:

1. George Washington Statue on Wall Street significance

“Located on Wall Street, Federal Hall is where George Washington took the oath of office as the first President of the United States. Now a museum, Federal Hall was home to the first Congress, Supreme Court and Executive Branch of the government when New York City was the nation’s capitol.” (

2. Fraunces Tavern

“Fraunces Tavern is a tavern, restaurant and museum housed in a conjectural reconstruction of a building that played a prominent role in pre-Revolution and American Revolution history. The building has been owned by Sons of the Revolution since 1904 and claims it is Manhattan s oldest surviving building.The building is a tourist site and a part of the American Whiskey Trail and the New York Freedom Trail.”

3. National Museum of the American Indian building significance

“The Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House (originally U.S. Custom House) is a building in New York City, built 1902–1907 by the federal government to house the duty collection operations for the port of New York. The building is now the home of the New York branch of the National Museum of the American Indian as well as the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. In 2012, it will also be home to the National Archives at New York City.” (Wikipedia).

4. Battery Park name significance: The Battery is named for artillery batteries that were positioned there in the city’s early years in order to protect the settlement behind them. (Wikipedia).

5. Castle Clinton in Battery Park.

Castle Clinton or Fort Clinton, once known as Castle Garden, is a circular sandstone fort now located in Battery Park at the southern tip of Manhattan Island, New York City, in the United States. It is perhaps best remembered as America’s first immigration station (predating Ellis Island), where more than 8 million people arrived in the U.S. from 1855 to 1890. Over its active life, it has also functioned as a beer garden, exhibition hall, theater, public aquarium, and finally today as a national monument. (Wikipedia).



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