New York in New York County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
First Precinct Police Station
— 100 Old Slip; Hunt & Hunt, Architects, 1909-1911 —
Downtown’s East River shipping history still resonates in the names of half a dozen streets called slips – originally inlets carved into the island, where ships were tied up at either side to unload merchandise. Eventually filled in and paved, Old Slip, Coenties Slip, Peck Slip and others further north remain noticeably wider than adjoining streets.
The newly created street at Old Slip belonged to the City of New York. In its center, the City erected two public buildings: the First Precinct police station, modeled after the 15th-century palazzo Medici-Riccardi in Florence, and a firehouse which once stood next to it. The firehouse has long since been demolished, but the police station survives, and now houses The New York City Police Museum.
Recreating the look and feel of an old precinct house, the Police Museum maintains exhibits including uniforms, shields, firearms, motorcycles, and such artifacts as a machine gun used by Al Capone’s gang, and a special exhibit honoring the heroic police response to September 11. 2001.
Erected by The Alliance for Downtown New York, Inc.
Location. 40° 42.243′ N, 74° 0.522′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is at the intersection of Water Street and Old Slip, on the right when traveling east on Water Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New York NY 10005, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. India House / British Memorial Garden in Hanover Square (within shouting distance of this marker); The Queen Elizabeth II September 11th Garden (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 100 Old Slip - New York City Police Museum (about 300 feet away); The Cotton Exchange (about 400 feet away); Brooklyn (about 400 feet away); First Printing Press in the Colony of New York (about 400 feet away); 57 Stone Street (about 500 feet away); 13 South William Street (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
More about this marker. A photo of policemen outside the First Precinct Police Station appears at the top of the marker. The right of the marker features pictures of Ships docked in a slip circa 1830, and of a Police platoon in front of the First Precinct circa 1912.
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 4, 2019. This page originally submitted on March 27, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 635 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 27, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. 6. submitted on December 31, 2018, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.