Designated February 25, 1993
This archaeological district encompasses City Hall Park (formerly known as the Commons) and the area to the north (the African Burial Ground). Although it may have been in use earlier, the first written reference to the burial ground is from 1712, and it was first included on a map in 1735. Into the 1790s an estimated 20,000 free and enslaved Africans were buried here.
The Commons served as New York’s village green and was the site of protests, civic celebrations, executions and other community events and assemblies. A number of structures stood here in the 18th-century including a tavern, an almshouse and a prison before the present City Hall built between 1803 and 1811.
STATUS Designated Historic District
The area now known as Tribeca was originally developed in the early 19th century as a residential neighborhood close to the city’s center in Lower Manhattan. Its street grid was laid out at right angles off of Greenwich Street and on a diagonal off of...Explore the Neighborhood >
“I don’t know what the City would be without HDC. [They] testified before LPC time after time and helped us focus on the right issues. We would not be an historic district without HDC! ”
Doreen Gallo: DUMBO Neighborhood Alliance
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Fern Luskin: Lamartine Place Historic District; Friends of Lamartine Place & Gibbons Underground Railroad Site
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Zella Jones: NoHo Historic District; NoHo East; and NoHo Extension
“I remember Richard saying at a meeting, we have someone here from HDC, Nadezhda Williams, Director of Preservation and Research, to help us. She said to us, ‘You are not the only ones going through this.’ HDC included us in an enormous community”
Erika Petersen: West End Preservation Society