Friday, October 02, 2009

Civic Center, Centre Street Between Worth and Duane Streets

Mary Sargent © 2009 .………………….. click to enlarge

We're back at Foley Square now.  I forgot to mention last post that Pearl Street stops at St. James Place.  It picks up again farther downtown, but that's for another walk.

This is the New York County Courthouse, also known as the New York State Supreme Court.  Unlike the Federal Supreme Court, which is the highest court in the nation, the New York Supreme Court is not the highest Court of the State. 

The first meaning of supreme is highest in rank or authority . . .  the second meaning is of the highest quality . . . importance, etc., the third meaning is greatest . . . and the fourth meaning is last or final; utmost.  So what is it with the New York Supreme Court not being the highest court? 

The Court of Appeals is the highest court in New York.  Go here for a court structure chart.

Enough carping for now.  Let's just admire this building for awhile.  True it was built in 1925, in a decidedly retro style, but I think I'm okay with my government buildings being classic.  Go here for architectural details.

See map.

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