Take a two-hour guided walk in the heart of New York City to learn more about its history and architecture, and to get an insider's view into the US criminal justice system. See prisons where famous figures are held and pass by impressive public artwork.
What to Expect
This walking tour will cover the development of not only the judicial system of New York State but the United States as well. Start the walk by learning about the oldest Federal court in the country, as well as the State Supreme Court established in 1694.
Get a fascinating insight into the evolution of penal institutions, from gallows, stocks, and pillories all the way up to the modern-day correctional centers. Plus, you'll also see NYC's finest examples of "City Beautiful" Beaux-Arts architecture, and ornate public buildings designed to resemble opera houses, as well as public art by world-renowned sculptors.
Learn about how the draining of a pond led to the development of the Five Points slum, which in turn led the city to build jails and courts to wield their authority more easily. See Central Booking. Get to know how the processing of arrestees works, and observe a courtroom procedure as it unfolds.
Along the way you'll have the chance discuss high-profile, precedent-making cases with your knowledgeable guide, giving you a fresh look at New York City's rich and chequered history.
- 2-hour walking tour
- Restroom break
Know Before You Go
Remember to dress warmly in cold weather.