Civic Center has a below average violent crime rate and a below average property crime rate for New York City.
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The Civic Center neighborhood is the beating heart of New York City government: City Hall, the NYC Department of Education, and the New York State Supreme Courthouse are just some of the institutions located here. This lower Manhattan neighborhood has traditionally been an afterthought for New Yorkers, but in recent years new development and affordable (for NYC) housing has attracted new residents.
This is not quite a vibrant neighborhood yet, but you can quickly walk to Tribeca or Chinatown, and thanks to the 15 subway lines that come through here you can easily get most anywhere else in the city.
What the neighborhood lacks in shopping, dining, and nightlife it makes up for with history. City Hall Park, now a popular spot for workers to eat lunch outdoors, once hosted important speeches and rallies during the American Revolution and protests during the Great Depression. The African Burial Ground National Monument marks what is believed to be the earliest cemetery for blacks, most of whom were slaves at the time. Scholars estimate up to 15,000 African Americans are buried here. Additionally, many of the newspaper companies that helped shape the city were originally based here.
Civic Center is bordered on the north by Chinatown and Two Bridges, on the east by the East River, on the south by the Financial District, and on the west by Tribeca.
Wall Street: 1 mile / 5-15 minutes by car / 10 minutes by transit / 15 minutes walking
Rockefeller Center: 3.5 miles / 15-40 minutes by car / 20-30 minutes by transit
Jersey City: 7 miles / 20-35 minutes by car / 25-30 minutes by transit
Once the world's tallest skyscraper, this beautiful building has a stunning lobby. It's no longer open to the public, but you can see it by taking one of daily tours.
This well manicured park fills with people on their lunch breaks. It's also the starting off point for walking across the Brooklyn Bridge.
For nearly a century, both free and enslaved Africans were buried in this spot. Rediscovered in 1991, there is now an exhibit and monument to its history.
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