City Hall Park
Originally used as a sheep meadow, this green spot was known in colonial times as the Fields or the Common. It went on to become a graveyard for the impoverished, the site of an almshouse, and then the home of the notorious Bridewell jail before it became a park. Even as a park, the locale was far from peaceful: it hosted hangings, riots, and political demonstrations. A bronze statue of patriot Nathan Hale, who was hanged in 1776 as a spy by the British troops occupying New York City, stands facing City Hall.
Address : Bordered by Broadway, Park Row, and Chambers St
URL : http://www.nycgovparks.org/.../park_info.php?propID=M013
Subway : 4/5/6 Line Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall
"This landmark building has been home to 57 mayoral administrations and has been the seat of City government for 186 years," said Mayor Giuliani. "City Hall is one of the City's most enduring and distinguished structures." Built between 1803 and 1812, City Hall was recently restored and renovated. School Groups of 13 or more can visit the Governor's Room, which was used for ceremonies and now offers historical documents and furniture, and the blue room, where the mayor holds all of his press conferences. There are video machines outside and tons of printed material to help you find your way around the surrounding neighborhood. Location: City Hall Park, Broadway and Chambers. Take the N or R to City Hall or the 2 or 3 to Park Place.
Address : Broadway at Murray St
URL : http://www.ci.nyc.ny.us/
Subway : N/R Line City Hall, 4/5/6 Line Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall
The Tribeca Film Center
Co-founded 1989 by Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal, the Tribeca Film Center was the first commercial space dedicated to housing film, television, and entertainment companies. It is a relaxed yet professional community. Their reception, private offices, conference rooms and pleasantly sun-lit areas make the Tribeca Film Center the ideal place to conduct business, network, and exchange ideas.
Address : 375 Greenwich St
Subway : 1 Line Franklin St
URL : http://www.tribecafilm.com/
Washington Market Park
This much-needed recreation space was named after the great food market that once sprawled over the area. It's now a green, landscaped stretch with a playground and a gazebo across from a public elementary school. At the corner, a stout little red tower resembles a lighthouse, and iron ship figures are worked into the playground fence -- reminders of the neighborhood's long-gone dockside past.
Address : Greenwich St. between Chambers and Duane Sts
URL : http://www.nycgovparks.org/.../park_info.php?propID=M308
Subway : 1/2/3 Line Chambers St
Duane Park, located at Hudson and Duane Streets in Manhattan, was the first public space acquired by the City specifically for use as a public park. This park and the adjacent street take the name of James Duane (1733-1797), New York's first mayor after the Revolutionary War. New York City bought this calm, shady triangle from Trinity Church in 1797 for $5. Cheese, butter, and egg warehouses surrounded this oasis for more than a century.
Address : Bordered by Hudson, Duane, and Staple Sts
URL : http://www.nycgovparks.org/.../park_info.php?propID=M025
Subway : 1/2/3/A/C/E Line Chambers St