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Vietnam War Veterans Memorial / Dutch City Hall Site

Exploring Downtown

 
 
Vietnam War Veterans Memorial / Dutch City Hall Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, June 24, 2009
1. Vietnam War Veterans Memorial / Dutch City Hall Site Marker
Inscription.
Vietnam War Veterans Memorial
All visitors, whether or not they are old enough to remember the Vietnam War, find this memorial a powerful experience. The simple 1985 granite and glass-block wall, 14 feet high by 70 feet long, is inscribed with writings. Mostly excerpts from letters home by soldiers, some of whom were killed in action, they evoke the emotion of the war. Shelves are provided for flowers, wreaths and candles. At dusk, the memorial is lit from within.

Dutch City Hall Site
Building Downtown means building on history – literally. The office building at 85 Broad Street occupies the site of New York’s very first city hall, a 1642 tavern (the Stadt Herbergh) on Pearl Street – converted for the purpose in 1653 by the good burghers of the original Dutch colony. Renamed the Stadt Huys (City Hall), it stood here until 1697.

Given the history, and the imminent destruction of any underground remains by the proposed construction of 85 Broad, in 1980 the site was temporarily turned over to a team of archeologists undertaking New York’s first large-scale archaeological dig. Although they found no trace of the Stadt Huys, the excavators did uncover the foundations of another early building – the Lovelace Tavern, built in 1670 for New York’s second English governor, Sir Francis Lovelace
Marker on Pearl Street image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, June 24, 2009
2. Marker on Pearl Street
– and some 10,000 fragments of old Dutch tobacco pipes, 11,000 pieces of glass, and 23,000 shards of ceramic pottery. Remnants of the foundations and photographs of some of these artifacts can be seen in the plaza, under glass – a window into Downtown’s archaeological past.
 
Erected by The Alliance for Downtown New York, Inc.
 
Location. 40° 42.228′ N, 74° 0.627′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is at the intersection of Pearl Street and Coenties Alley, on the right when traveling east on Pearl Street. Click for map. Marker is at the northwest corner of the intersection of Pearl Street and Coenties Alley. Marker is in this post office area: New York NY 10004, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Printing Press in the Colony of New York (within shouting distance of this marker); Stadt Huys (City Hall) (within shouting distance of this marker); Dutch Hoog Straat (within shouting distance of this marker); Stone Street Historic District and Colonial New York Street Plan (within shouting distance of this marker); Asser Levy’s Home (within shouting
Vietnam War Veterans Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, June 24, 2009
3. Vietnam War Veterans Memorial
This memorial is located two blocks south of the marker, in Vietnam Veterans Plaza.
distance of this marker); 13 South William Street (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fraunces Tavern Block Historic District (about 300 feet away); Fraunces Tavern (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in New York.
 
More about this marker. A photograph of the Vietnam War Veterans Memorial dedication on May 7, 1985 appears on the top right of the marker. Below this is an etching of Dutch City Hall.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Take a tour of the markers in lower Manhattan erected by the Alliance for Downtown New York, Inc.
 
Categories. Colonial EraWar, Vietnam
 
Vietnam War Veterans Memorial (east side) image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, June 24, 2009
4. Vietnam War Veterans Memorial (east side)
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,072 times since then and 9 times this year. Last updated on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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