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Printing House Square


The Printing House Square of Manhattan (There was a Printing House Square in London) is a small triangular square located opposite City Hall Park, at the intersection of Park Row and the Brooklyn Bridge approach.

In the 18th century, some publishers moved to Hanover Square, in Lower Manhattan, including the New York Gazette (1725), The New York Mercury (1757) and Rivington’s Royal Gazette. Hanover Square was also known as "Printing House Square", but, in 1835, the Great Fire of New York destroyed much of Lower Manhattan.

In 1798, the Society of St. Tammany moved to a building at Nassau Street and Spruce Street (later, the site of Tribune). In 1812, they moved to the "Tammany Hall", a five-story building, at the corner of Nassau and Frankfort Streets. Tammany Hall became the Democratic Party's meeting place in New York City.

Still in 1812, the City Hall moved from the old Federal Hall, on Wall Street, to the new building in City Hall Park. Then, several publishers came to the area, specially to the part that became the Printing House Square. This name only made sense after the construction of the New York Times Building, in 1858, on the site that was previously occupied by the Brick Church.

Among the publishers in or around Printing House Square were The World, Baker & Godwin, New York Times, Tribune, Sunday Times, Daily Witness (1871-1879), The Day Book, Currier & Ives and The Sun.

In 1867, the Tammany Hall building, at Printing House Square, was sold to The Sun. In the same year, the name "Printing House Square" appeared in the Map of New York City by Matthew Drips.

The sculpture of Benjamin Franklin, by the German sculptor Ernst Plassman (1823–1877), was unveiled on January 17, 1872.

In 1875, the new Tribune Building was completed, starting a skyscraper competition in the area. In the late 19th century and early 20th century some publishers have moved from the area, including The Sun and New York Times.


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The bustling Printing House Square in illustration by Fay & Cox, published in 1868. The Tribune and Nassau Street are in the center. The Sun is on the left, on the site of the old Tammany Hall. The New York Times Building, erected between 1857 and 1858, is on the right.


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