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City Hall Park

City Hall Park
The City Hall here, was built back in 1812. In fact, in those days, this was the very northern edge of the city with absolutely nobody living further north than this. And this resulted in a rather curious, but economic design choice. On the southern facade here, they coated it with this lovely marble exterior. On the back of the building, to save a little bit of money, they decided to leave it as a plain brownstone building. There's nobody to impress, coming from that end. In 1954, they thought they better give it a bit of an upgrade. And now if you go around to the back of the building, you'll find quite a pretty facade there, also. The bronze statue behind me there, that's facing the City Hall, is of Nathan Hale. Now, he was a fellow that helped spy on the British during the Revolutionary War. He did that by dressing up as a Dutch school teacher and he could pass through the enemy lines. Eventually, the British caught and hung him. As they were placing the noose around his neck, he uttered his famous last lines, "I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country." Well, curiously enough the statue here probably looks nothing like Nathan Hale, because there were no portraits available and well, nobody really knew what he looked like. So when the sculptor came to create the statue of the patriot, he had to use his artistic imagination.
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