Daniel Patrick Moynihan United States Courthouse

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Daniel Patrick Moynihan United States Courthouse
Daniel Patrick Moynihan U.S. Courthouse
Daniel Patrick Moynihan U.S. Courthouse
General information
Location 500 Pearl Street
New York, NY, United States
Coordinates 40°42′49″N 74°00′03″W / 40.71361°N 74.00083°W / 40.71361; -74.00083Coordinates: 40°42′49″N 74°00′03″W / 40.71361°N 74.00083°W / 40.71361; -74.00083
Named for Daniel Patrick Moynihan
Groundbreaking March 29, 1991
Opened June 3, 1996
Client U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
Owner United States Federal Government
Technical details
Floor count 27
Floor area 974,000 sq ft (90,500 m2)
Design and construction
Architect Kohn Pedersen Fox
Developer BPT Properties
Engineer Cosentini Associates
Structural engineer Lehrer McGovern Bovis
Other designers Structure Tone Inc.

The Daniel Patrick Moynihan United States Courthouse is a courthouse in Manhattan. At 500 Pearl Street in Foley Square in the Civic Center neighborhood of lower Manhattan in New York City, it houses the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.


From November 2006 to January 2013, the Moynihan Courthouse temporarily housed the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit while its Thurgood Marshall United States Courthouse, located across the street, underwent extensive renovations.[1] The Second Circuit returned to the Marshall Courthouse after renovations were completed.[1]


The courthouse is 27 stories tall. It is made of granite, marble, and oak. It includes public art from Raymond Kaskey and Maya Lin. The courthouse was designed by the architectural firm Kohn Pedersen Fox and was built under a design-build contract with developer BPT Properties with core and shell construction by Lehrer McGovern Bovis and interior construction by Structure Tone Inc.

Housing 974,000 square feet (90,000 m2)[2] it is the second largest federal courthouse in the United States (behind Thomas F. Eagleton United States Courthouse),[3] housing 44 courtrooms and providing court support and administrative services to the United States Marshals Service and the Office of the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York.

The exhibition "New York's Moynihan," presented by the Museum of the City of New York, is located in the courthouse lobby. Using seven pillars, the exhibition documents Moynihan as "the Senator, the Man, the New Yorker, the Diplomat, the Presidential Cabinet Member, the Intellectual and the Author."

The courthouse is open between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. The Clerk's Office opens for business at 8:30 a.m. and closes at 5:00 p.m. Court security officers will open the courthouse doors at 8:00 a.m. and close these doors at 5:00 p.m.


Groundbreaking took place on March 29, 1991, and the courthouse was completed in 1994. The construction of the building is part of the General Services Administration Foley Square Project, which also included a federal office building located at 290 Broadway. The courthouse was officially opened on June 3, 1996. U.S. Senators Daniel Patrick Moynihan and Alfonse D'Amato, Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Representative Jerrold Nadler, Second Circuit Court of Appeals Chief Judge Jon O. Newman, Southern District of New York Chief Judge Thomas P. Griesa attended the ceremony.

The courthouse was renamed after Moynihan in 2000 under legislation sponsored by Senator Chuck Schumer,[4] and was officially rededicated on December 4, 2000. Moynihan worked to push Congress, the General Services Administration, and various New York City mayors to build the courthouse.




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