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New York City’s Oldest Sites

Calling all history buffs out there! New York City may lack ancient or medieval sites, but that doesn’t make its history any less interesting. If you want to stand in New York’s oldest sites, check out these neighborhoods and buildings with a long and rich past.

Five Points

Location: Intersection of Mosco, Worth and Baxter Streets in Chinatown.
Date: 1800s
This intersection was made famous to the masses by the movie Gangs of New York. Those who know a bit about New York’s history will be familiar with its infamous past. Apart from the fact that thousands of people lived in unhealthy conditions, murders, robberies and gruesome crimes were part of the everyday struggle for survival. 

Fraunces Tavern

Location: 54 Pearl Street, New York, NY 10004
Date: 1762
When a building saw George Washington through its doors, you know you’ve got something good. Fraunces Tavern is the oldest restaurant in New York, which continues its long tradition to this day. Go there for the food and to take a peek at interesting historical artifacts.

Stone Street

Location: Stone Street, New York, NY 10004
Date: 1658
Fun fact: Stone Street was the first street in New York to be paved. This cobblestone street was renovated in 2000 and is a great place to walk around and grab a bite while exploring Manhattan’s Financial District. 

St. Paul’s Chapel

Location: 209 Broadway, New York, NY 10007
Date: 1766
St. Paul’s Chapel is the oldest chapel in Manhattan. Built in 1766 and fully restored to its original glory in 2016, this chapel survived 9/11 with little damage. Apart from that astonishing fact, St. Paul’s is popular for its colonial past and for having a pew where George Washington worshiped.

Wyckoff House

Location: 5816 Clarendon Rd, Brooklyn, NY 11203
Date: 1652
Head to Brooklyn for the oldest site on this list. Wyckoff House and Museum is considered the oldest building in New York as it was erected when New York was still the New Amsterdam. It was a running farm until the early 20th Century. Today, visit to experience what life was like at the start of the country’s colonial history. 

Are you interested in more of New York’s history? Check out our posts on New York’s most famous entrepreneurs and iconic women in New York’s history. And don’t forget to consult the latest hotel offers at Royalton New York, a boutique hotel with a famous lobby that brings back days of old.