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Stadt Huys (City Hall)

Birth of a City: Nieuw Amsterdam & Old New York

 
 
Stadt Huys (City Hall) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 4, 2009
1. Stadt Huys (City Hall) Marker
Inscription.
STADT HUYS (CITY HALL)
Location:
  Broad Street & Coenties Alley
Dutch Name:   Langs Straet (Along the Shore)

New York’s first city government began meeting across the street in 1653, after the Dutch West India Company agreed to grant municipal rights to the townspeople. Built as a waterfront tavern in 1642, the structure served well as the city hall because it was one of the town’s largest public buildings.

Appointed by Director-General Stuyvesant and his council, burgomasters and magistrates conducted the city’s financial business, sat as a trial court, and kept a jail here. After taking over in 1664, the English continued to use the building as New York’s city hall until 1697. The city government later moved to a new building at the corner of Wall and Nassau Streets (today the location of the Federal Hall National Memorial).

In 1979, archeologists dug here before the current office tower was erected. They uncovered the foundations of Stadt Huys, as well as those of an English tavern built in 1670, and numerous artifacts. Today, you can view the outlines of these colonial buildings, as well as foundation stones under glass beneath the modern sidewalk.
 
Erected 2009 by City Lore & NY 400.
 
Location. 40° 
Marker on the Nieuw Amsterdam Trail image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 4, 2009
2. Marker on the Nieuw Amsterdam Trail
42.219′ N, 74° 0.656′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is on Pearl Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located on Pearl Street between Broad 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. Fraunces Tavern Block Historic District (within shouting distance of this marker); Vietnam War Veterans Memorial / Dutch City Hall Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Dutch Hoog Straat (within shouting distance of this marker); Fraunces Tavern (within shouting distance of this marker); Fraunces Tavern Tallmadge Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Stone Street Historic District and Colonial New York Street Plan (within shouting distance of this marker); First Printing Press in the Colony of New York (within shouting distance of this marker); First Church on Manhattan Island (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
 
More about this marker. A picture of New Amsterdam's City Hall on the waterfront appears at the top of the marker. It has a caption of “The Stadt Huys faced the East River waterfront. Later New Yorkers added new land, pushing the shoreline out in phases
Marker on Pearl Street image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 4, 2009
3. Marker on Pearl Street
until it reached the present South Street.” The lower left of the marker contains a map showing the route of the Nieuw Amsterdam Trail in lower Manhattan.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Learn about New York City’s colonial Dutch heritage by taking a virtual tour of the Nieuw Amsterdam Trail though lower Manhattan.
 
Categories. Colonial Era
 
Stadt Huys Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 4, 2009
4. Stadt Huys Marker
1609 Waterline image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 4, 2009
5. 1609 Waterline
During the time of Nieuw Amsterdam, Stadt Huys was located on the waterfront. The location of the waterline is indicated on the sidewalk at several places along the Nieuw Amsterdam Trail.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 5, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 964 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 5, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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