Phone Photos from Civic Center

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1 Centre Street is one of the first buildings in New York City to incorporate a subway station as “an integral part of its base,” according to Emporis.com. Although the population of Community Board 1, which encompasses Civic Center, has been growing in the past ten years (25 thousand residents in 1990 to 34 thousand in 2000 with a 35% rate of change) most people who work in the area commute in because the district is predominantly zoned for commercial use.

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Oh dear, well it appears that there is no rotate option for these images.
Pictured: A man discusses uninteresting things in an interesting place. Also pictured, a giant Corinthian colonnade which was modeled after Bernini’s at St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. Built by McKim, Mead, & White, the Manhattan Municipal Building at 1 Centre Street houses hundreds of municipal offices. Completed in 1912, the building was meant to accommodate an influx of municipal staff after the consolidation of all five Burroughs into one city. About one million couples had passed through Manhattan’s Marriage Bureau, also in the building, until 2008 when the bureau was moved north to 80 centre street. A wall on which newlyweds can graffiti their union will not be included in the new space.

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The New York County Supreme Court was built by Guy Lowell. Fun fact about this building: there are no fun facts about this building. Information is frustratingly sparse.

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St. Andrew’s Church. Again, very little information.

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Buildings tower over it. The Thurgood Marshall U.S. Courthouse, in the background, is another example of the classical revival style of architecture that dominates New York’s civic center. Cass Gilbert, architect, began work on the building in 1933. He died a year later. His son, Cass Jr. took over construction until the building’s completion in 1936. Other notable Gilber buildings include the New York Life building at 51 Madison Avenue and the United States Supreme Court Building.

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And strange men stand next to it. The gold plaque on the door reads “Rectory.”

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Pictured: Wacky bridges.

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