NYC has a wonderful stock of public buildings that feature beautiful architecture, soaring spaces and a real sense of history looking over your shoulder. I don’t know if all of them provide free tours but certainly some of the most spectacular do, so here’s a listing of some of the ones where you can definitely book in for a free tour.
NEW YORK CITY HALL: This building is located in Lower Manhattan and is the oldest public building in the nation still used for its original purpose. The Office of the Mayor and the City Council Chambers are still located in the building. Many an important American has walked these halls and Abraham Lincoln lay in state in the Rotunda after his death. For details about tours go to New York City Hall Tours
GRACIE MANSION: Now the official residence of NYC’s Mayor, this colonial mansion was built in 1799 and it is located in Carl Schurz Park, East End avenue & 88th St., Yorkville, Manhattan ovelooking the East River. For information about free tours go to Gracie Mansion Free Tours
FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF NEW YORK: Much of the wealth of the world is stored underground at this bank. It’s a great tour to take as you will find out a lot about the role of the Federal Reserve Bank and you will get a chance to lay eyes on at least some of those gold ingots. Located Lower Manhattan go here for details of free tours
Free Tour of Federal Reserve Bank NYC
FEDERAL HALL NATIONAL MEMORIAL: Built in 1842 at 26 Wall Street, Lower Manhattan, it replaced the original building which was the first capitol of the United States and the building in which George Washington was inaugurated as the first President of the Unied States. It has a famous statue of him right outside the front entrance. Many artifacts from the original building are preserved inside. For details of tours go to Free Tour of Federal Hall NYC
GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL: Regarded as one fo the most important Beaux Arts buildings in the nation, there is practically nowhere you can go in the building where you will not be amazed by the architecture and the grand conception of the whole terminal.Located at 89 E 42nd Street go here to find out about free tours Free Tours of Grand Central Terminal
NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY: Located on 5th Avenue at 42nd St., the building is grans, spectacular with those wonderful lions sitting at the front entrance. Every part of the building is historically significant and beautiful to look at. For information on tours go to