I added some time to visit New York City Hall because I was told it was rather pretty. So, while waiting to visit the September 11th Memorial, we decided to pay a visit. The town hall is located in a small park and you can't get too close as it's guarded by a policeman. But it's true that it's pretty, so if you're in the area, why not stop for a short break in the City Hall Park? It is also here that we saw our first world-famous New York squirrel!
This is the type of typical American government building that we're sick fed up of seeing in the movies. Surprisingly, the surroundings are a little left and see a lot of poverty and begging in the neighboring streets. Otherwise, the place is pretty cool to go and see.
One of the most surprising things about Cincinnati is that, in spite of being a city founded by German immigrants, many historic buildings have an amazingly Greek or Italian influence. You can find houses with a Venetian campanile or Doric pediment. In some neighborhoods, unfortunately, many historic houses are in very bad condition. The Town Hall (City Hall) is a clear example of an architectural style that does not fit the ethnic origins of the population. It is a large granite building of carved stone that resembles the southern European Romanesque. Like the old Romanesque churches, it uses large stone blocks that give a massive heavy appearance. The bell tower is of Italian influence, with round towers at the corners. The whole gives an impression of great strength, with a medieval air.
In preparing our road trip on the west coast of the United States, we spent several weeks doing research on things to see in each city we would visit. By chance, I came across an article showing Los Angeles City Hall, and I found it a really interesting, visually imposing building. We had read about its size, but we were unprepared for the immensity of this elegant white building, which stands 138 meters high, and was the tallest building in LA until 1967.
It is in this small green park, located at the foot of the New York Public Library a few steps from NYU, that we can rest a little before continuing with our sightseeing. The flowers offer a chance to relax and forget about the city, even without going too far from the center of Manhattan!