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First Federal Hall Medal to be Awarded at 2017 Benefit

August 16, 2017

Join us as we award the First Federal Hall Medal for History during our annual Benefit Dinner on Thursday, September 28, at 6:30 p.m., in the Grand Rotunda at Federal Hall.

The Medal is awarded to distinguished scholars who have helped to preserve Federal Hall as a hallowed site and unleash its potential. This year's recipients include the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian/author Mike Wallace, who is the evening's keynote speaker. Wallace's co-authored opus, Gotham, is the first authoritative history of New York City. His new book, Greater Gotham, continues the saga. Each guest will receive a special preview copy at the event.

Other 2017 recipients of the Medal are, Charlene B. Bickford, Kenneth R. Bowling, Helen E. Veit and William C. diGiacomantonio -- historian/editors of the First Federal Congress Project at George Washington University. Their scholarship, through the 22-volume Documentary History of the First Federal Congress, greatly influences our plan for future programs at Federal Hall.

Set beneath A Living Thing: Flag Exchange -- an installation by conceptual artist and social interventionist, Mel Ziegler -- the annual Benefit Dinner supports through general operating our efforts to restore, activate and protect the National Parks of New York Harbor.

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Getaway at Gateway: A Pop-up Escape

May 17, 2017

We are teaming up with Gateway National Recreation Area and Getaway, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, to present a unique opportunity to camp in three tiny houses on the edge of the city.

The Getaway at Gateway pop-up allows guests to experience the outdoors in a secret Gateway locale, where a sandy beach, meandering trails and a historic fort are just a 20-minute ferry ride away.

"For all that is wonderful about living and working in New York City, it can be an incredibly stressful place," said Jon Staff, CEO of Getaway. "We're delighted to be able to provide a way for folks to escape the stress of the city without leaving the five boroughs."

"The Getaway pop-up experience will not only enhance our current camping program, but is an exciting pilot for the park as we continue to look at expanding camping throughout our sites," said Jen Nersesian, superintendent of Gateway.

"Our vision, with Gateway, is for the creation of America's largest urban national campground in the coming years," said Marie Salerno, president of the Harbor Conservancy.

To disconnect and recharge, guests can make reservations for the tiny houses through Getaway.

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New Lease Agreement Signed for Federal Hall

October 26, 2016

Today, with the National Park Service, we announced the signing of a new agreement to manage the leasing of Federal Hall National Memorial for private events. Under the partnership, the landmarked Grand Rotunda and other spaces are now available for use by individuals and entities on weekdays and weekends after public hours.

"This is a further expansion of our close and successful existing partnership with the Conservancy," said Superintendent of Manhattan Sites, Shirley McKinney, "it is a great next step to ensure that we can continue to preserve Federal Hall."

Revenue generated from this venture will contribute to our continued care and preservation of the landmark. For more information on leasing the site, contact Laura Herrera at 917-656-3748 or visit

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Annual Benefit Celebrates 10 Years!

September 23, 2016

This year we mark our 10th anniversary at our annual Benefit Dinner beneath Federal Hall's newly relit rotunda dome. The evening honors several luminaries leading the resurgence of Staten Island and looks forward to our next decade, which includes a major camping initiative in the borough.

The Benefit, held on September 22, 2016, features a keynote by New York Times Urban Affairs Correspondent Sam Roberts on A History of the National Parks of New York Harbor in 13 Objects, as well as a special performance by the Howard Fishman Quartet.


The National Parks of New York Harbor Conservancy is a public-private partnership with the National Parks of New York Harbor and sanctioned as its primary partner under a U.S. Department of the Interior Friends Group Agreement.