- “The Fields” 43 Park Row
New Yorkers have always loved a good protest. In 1774, on the grassy lawn of The Fields, patriots gathered to denounce the British, and 17-year-old Hamilton spoke out for the first time. As legend has it, he first faltered and then found his voice and was so eloquent that the crowd, stunned, wondered who this kid was. Whispers of “It’s a collegian!” turned to shouts. Hamilton had arrived. Grab an in-house roasted Americano at Birch Coffee on Spruce Street and relive the moment in present-day City Hall park.