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Expansion of the Public Realm
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The design of civic buildings during this period culminates after the creation of Greater New York, with the formation of Greater New York in 1898, that is, the merger of the city of New York with the city of Brooklyn, and the towns and villages of Queens and Staten Island, you have an expansion of the bureaucracy. For one thing you needed a borough hall in every borough. And although Brooklyn's City Hall became Brooklyn's Borough Hall, Staten Island did not have a borough hall, so a site was acquired right by the ferry terminals so that it would be highly visible to people commuting in and out of Staten Island, and the very prominent architectural firm of Carrère and Hastings was commissioned to design it. One of the partners lived on Staten Island, so they were the appropriate architects for this.

And in 1903 Carrère and Hastings designed one of the great civic buildings as a symbol of the creation of Greater New York, and the importance of Staten Island to the new city, using a seventeenth-century French architectural design as its model. .


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