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You can find NY apartments in the downtown Manhattan neighborhood called City Hall, but there aren't many. The City Hall area is commonly considered to be bounded by Chinatown to the north, the Financial District to the south, and, between Broadway and the East River. As you can imagine, given its name, most of the buildings in City Hall community serve official functions for government agencies, rather than housing commercial, industrial or residential interests. New York City Hall sits at the heart of the Civic Center neighborhood, which also includes the soaring Manhattan Municipal Building, one of the largest government buildings in the world and, until recently, where more than 16,000 people were married each year; the Jacob K. Javits Federal Office Building, home to many federal agencies, including the United Stated Citizenship and Immigration Services as well as the New York field office of the FBI; and One Police Plaza, the function of which is self-explanatory. Also in the area are the New York County Supreme Court building, the Thurgood Marshall U.S. Courthouse and the Daniel Patrick Moynihan U.S. Courthouse, all with classic facades and grand colonnaded entrances. These two buildings stand over Foley Square, one of the only green patches in the neighborhood, mostly used by lunching City officials, but also where the greenmarket sets up shop, selling locally grown fruits and vegetables and freshly baked goods. Most of the stores, restaurants, and services in the City Hall neighborhood are geared toward weekday, daytime customers (in other words: lots of quick lunch spots, chain drug stores, and shoe repair places). But as more and more people begin finding these unique City Hall apartments, this small, Lower Manhattan district is slowly becoming a more typical, New York City round-the-clock neighborhood.

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  • Murry Bergtraum Hs
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  • City Hall Park
  • James Madison Plaza
  • Thomas Paine Park

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