Important decisions affecting everyone in New York abound here, as the civic center plays host to local government, city hall, and the courthouses. Statuesque stone buildings decked with staggering marble pillars give the area of a feeling of importance and authority--the latter really and truly--as the civic center is also home to the headquarters of the NYPD, made famous by Law and Order and its offshoots.
The civic center area could not be anymore central; it borders every neighborhood in lower Manhattan. To the west sits Tribeca and Battery Park, to the east Chinatown and Two Bridges, and to the south, the moneymaking capital of the world, the Financial district. Its centrality makes it a really convenient place to work and live, as 13 subway lines converge here.Find Civic Center apartments
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Made notorious by the Disney film--and now Broadway musical--Newsies, for the strike of the newsboys against the corporate hegemons over a pay cut in 1899, The New York World used to sit at the heart of the Civic Center, ran by Joseph Pulitzer himself. At the time of its construction, it was the tallest office building in the world. The competing sensationalist paper, The New York Press, run by William Randolph Hearst, was built not far away from its competitor. The area also gave birth to New York City’s very first art museum, the Rotunda, and luxury hotel, the Park Hotel, otherwise known as the Astor House.
Foley Square, at the heart of the Civic Center, used to be a body of water known as Collect Pond. At that time, the city was so low to the ground that during the spring floods, the pond would extend all the way across Manhattan, connecting the East and Hudson Rivers. Back when Indians inhabited it, the latter used to paddle across Manhattan during the season. Unfortunately, though, the low level of the area became a catastrophic issue when Hurricane Sandy hit. The subways became drowning pools and water rose so high that many people had to be evacuated. Many businesses, shops, and apartment buildings are still recovering from the damage that happened over a year ago, the worst blow to lower Manhattan since 9/11.