New York City Hall tours are temporarily cancelled but the there are regular free guided tours of the Tweed Courthouse just behind City Hall. Ours was truly stimulating, but you have to have some interest in historic architecture or you might be disappointed.
The woman who guided us was a well versed and enthusiastic historic architect who knew the fascinating story of Tweed Courthouse inside out. She truly made the tour a memorable event. She told us all about the famous Boss Tweed who went to jail for his antics around the building of this place, and she thoroughly explored all the architectural elements which make this such a beautiful and important building. And it is beautiful. It took 20 years to build it and during that time tastes changed with the result that you can witness the intermingling of the two periods in the building.
But I repeat the warning. You'd better have a basic interest in this sort of thing. The tour was over one and a half hours and was pretty intense. College level.
By the way, you can't just show up. There is a schedule on their website and you need to phone or email days in advance, get approval. and then present photo ID at the door.
So you work hard on this one but the reward is considerable.
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