Civic Center
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The Civic Center in Lower Manhattan is the epicenter of many municipal buildings, including City Hall, the NYPD headquarters, and the Federal and County courthouses. This is also where the Surrogate's Court, Hall of Records is located as well as Foley Square and the Tweed Courthouse - named for New York politician Boss Tweed. This Beaux Arts landmark houses public records that date back to 1664. Many of these building boast extraordinary architecture and there are walking tours that offer detailed information on its history along with other interesting facts. This area also has many lushly landscaped parks and the Civic Center is close to the Brooklyn Bridge.

This area is about 10 blocks long and 5 blocks wide as it is bound on the west by Broadway, Chinatown on the north, the East River and on the south by the Financial District.

Currently, there are about 20,000 residents in the Civic Center but this is expected to change in the coming years.One building that is both architecturally superior and a place that many call home is 8 Spruce Street. Designed by award winning, Los Angeles-based architect Frank Gehry, this 76-story landscape houses about 900 units and is the second-tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere. It also houses many commercial and government buildings that include the New York Downtown Hospital and an elementary school.

The Civic Center has many modes of public transportation from which to choose as two major transit hubs, Canal Street and Fulton Street /Broadway Nassau.These hubs have a number of subways, buses, and trains that can take anyone around the area to visit various shops, restaurants, or places like Soho or Tribeca, which are very popular tourist attractions.

The Civic Center is also home to many publishing houses, including the New York Evening Post.There are also many places of worship, including St. Paul's Chapel and the nearby Schermerhorn Row. Located in the South Street Seaport, this tourist attraction has many restored 19th Century buildings, shops, restaurants and a visitor's center.
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COMMUTE TIMES
Columbus Circle 25m by train, 21m by taxi
Grand Central 13m by train, 18m by taxi
Union Square 9m by train, 10m by taxi
Wall Street 7m by train, 7m by taxi