Civic Center, Brooklyn Bridge & South Street Seaport
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The Civic Center is the administrative center of New York City. The massive construction of City Hall, the Municipal building and the New York County Court building are pretty impressive. According to my guide, when these buildings were finished in 1812, they left the back walls facing the north naked, never assuming that the city would spread northwards. It was only in 1954 when the northern walls also got their marble coating.
Civic Center has some amazing architecture to show, amongst it the Woolworth building. Being the model for skyscrapers built during the 1920s and 30s, it was the tallest and most famous building untill 1931.
Very impressive is also a block of buildings on Park Row. And most impressive a square named "People with A.I.D.S. Plaza".
Quiz question: What borough is connected to Manhattan with the Brooklyn Bridge? Right, it's Brooklyn, you knew that of course, silly me.
When I think of it, there's a major difference between Europe and America, as I see it: in America everything really is bigger. Houses, roads, cars, the meals in the restaurants,…. Hm.
Further south there's South Street Seaport, a complex of shops, restaurants, and museums. Inside a book shop a little museum is attached, exhibiting an early printing machine … this is a clumsy description, I know, but I just cannot recall the proper name of it, sorry.