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Learn about an array of neighboring buildings such as the Tweed Courthouse, Surrogate’s Court, the Municipal Building, the Potter Building and the original New York Times Building.

Then, enjoy a one-hour tour of the exterior and interior of City Hall, an elegant masterpiece completed in 1812. (Note: Our tour guide has special permission to go behind the scenes in City Hall, but due to the current restoration, not all areas of City Hall will be open for viewing.) End the tour in beautiful City Hall Park.

This tour is approximately 2 hours long.


The meeting place for the City Hall and Civic Center tours will be Foley Square which is bordered by Worth Street, Centre Street and Lafayette Street. It is north of City Hall and is reachable by the 4, 5, 6 trains - Brooklyn Bridge stop. It is the park and plaza in front of the New York Supreme Court Building. We meet at the south side of the fountain in Foley Square.

Brief Biography

Gail Cornell is an architectural historian and frequent lecturer on study tours for the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Smithsonian Institute.

Details & Ordering

Need Help?

If you have any questions, need assistance with your order or require special seating considerations, such as wheelchair accessible seating or hearing assistance, please call Customer Service at 212.415.5500 during our Hours of Operation.

If you prefer, you can order your tickets and class enrollments by calling Customer Service at 212.415.5500 during our Hours of Operation, using Visa, MasterCard or American Express. You can also place your order by fax, by mail, or in person at our Box Office on Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street.

Have a group?

Groups of 10 or more receive a 15% discount. Please note that certain events may not qualify for a group rate. To make group arrangements or need further assistance, you may contact Customer Service at 212.415.5500 during our Hours of Operation.

Get to the front of the line!

Priority registration puts you at the front of the line to register for courses and events for an upcoming semester.

Eligible patrons will be able to order priority registration online.


Who is eligible for priority registration?

Individuals who have participated in 92nd Street Y programs over the past year in selected program areas, participants in certain memberships, and those who have made contributions of $500 or more to 92Y, are eligible to register for programs before they become available to the general public.

How do I know if I qualify?

Patrons that qualify for Priority Registration will receive packets in the mail explaining how to purchase online. Priority registration is normally mailed 2-3 weeks before a catalog is available. Registration information includes your Patron ID#. You can use this ID# to setup your login information online. This will allow you to register early for a course or event. Please note: if you receive a packet, you are only eligible to priority register for the programs covered in your packet.

Priority Registration Support

To find out if you are eligible for priority registration, don't have your Patron ID#, or having difficulty ordering online, please call 212.415.5500 or email.