Tourist In Your Own Town

Tourist In Your Own Town # 6 - Williamsburgh Savings Bank Tower

We are very pleased to present the sixth installment of our video series encouraging New Yorkers and visitors alike to discover the rich abundance of remarkable landmarks that surround us each and every day.

Through our financial and technical programs and our advocacy, the Conservancy works to preserve New York’s exceptional architectural legacy – the iconic buildings and historic neighborhoods – that define this vibrant and extraordinary City.

This month we celebrate Historic Skyscrapers by visiting the landmark Williamsburgh Savings Bank Tower at One Hanson Place in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Built in 1927 by the architectural firm of Halsey, McCormark and Helmer, it is one of the largest clock towers in the world with some of the finest 20th-century interiors in Brooklyn.

Luckily, you can visit this former ornamental banking hall on weekends now through April as the Brooklyn Flea moves their popular market with gourmet food vendors indoors for the winter. You can shop, eat and view great architecture all in one place and don’t forget to visit the basement to see the 60-ton vault doors — they are quite impressive!

It is an easy stop off most subway lines to the Atlantic Avenue Terminal (25 minutes from Lower Manhattan). For more information or directions visit

Special thanks to Skylight One Hanson, who meticulously restored this interior landmark, which now provides a beautiful event space for weddings, dinners and a variety of occasions.

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