In late October, visitors from Germany, Jan and Christina, met Greeter Laurie on the steps of City Hall. Council Member Daniel Garodnick was to join them as Greeter for a Day.
Ilona Kramer, his Chief of Staff, showed up instead. She apologized since the Council Member was in a voting session. She would take his place, and he would meet us later.
The City Hall Building, with a French-Renaissance exterior and an American-Georgian interior, was magnificent. The City Council is on one side and The Mayor’s Office on the other. It is the country’s oldest City Hall – built in 1803 – and today it is being restored, section by section, to keep it functional.
Ilona took us to The Council Chambers where meetings are held. With towering wooden doors, ornate gold-plated balconies, and a massive ceiling mural, it was breathtaking. [Read more…]