The building to the left was called the “State Hall” – it’s still there and functions as the NYS Court of Appeals. The building to the right is the old City Hall, designed by Philip Hooker. It was destroyed by fire in 1880 and the current building replaced it.
In the first illustration you can see Academy Park and the park which surrounded the old NYS Capitol in the foreground. Both parks still exist in the same configuration, more or less.
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