Civic Center

Civic Center’s marble buildings and stately architecture are the face of New York City government.

Civic Center is the heart of New York City government. Big decisions are debated in its big buildings, and well-dressed people with briefcases rush to and fro. Centrally located and teeming with important-looking marble staircases, Civic Center is one of the city’s most easily accessible neighborhoods—it’s served by 15 subway lines! This neighborhood means business, so don’t expect to find a thriving shopping district or nightlife options here.

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On the Map

Civic Center is within Manhattan and bordered by Financial District, Chinatown, South Street Seaport, and Tribeca

JFK Airport: 30 minutes by cab without traffic
LaGuardia Airport: 20 minutes by cab without traffic
Wall Street/Financial District: 10 minutes by subway
Times Square: 20 minutes by subway

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Difficult

The Center of New York City Government

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The daytime brings purpose-driven professionals and hurried footsteps to the halls and corridors of Civic Center's marble buildings.

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New York City is filled with astounding architecture. Civic Center's prominent buildings and stately halls put on a fine display of grandeur.

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Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Cameron Blaylock

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Cameron Blaylock is a photographer and artist living in Brooklyn, NY. In 2010 Cameron received a European Diploma in Fine Arts from Bauhaus-University in Weimar, Germany. Having been a full-time Brooklyn resident for just over one year, the Airbnb Neighborhoods Project helped Cameron further understand and appreciate the massive, multi-layered, singular organism that is New York City.