Exploring NYC’s 400 Years of Law & Order with Look Inside Criminal Court

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You’ve watched “Law & Order,” but how much do you really know about NYC’s legal system?

Join New York Adventure Club as we explore Manhattan’s Civic Center, the site of New York’s civic institutions that have shaped law and public policy in the city and nation throughout the past 400 years.

Led by Linda Fisher, a court stenographer for over 40 years, our unique experience will include:


  • A discussion around how Civic Center evolved from a stagnant pond to the complex web of “the due administration of justice” it is today.
  • A visit to the State and Federal Courts to highlight their architecture, along with their most famous civil and criminal cases.
  • A look at the Federal prison that holds some of the country’s most high-profile criminals, from terrorists, to organized crime figures, to Wall Street stock manipulators.
  • A trip inside Arraignment Part 1, an active courtroom, of the Criminal Court to view arraignment proceedings — since we’ll be going through security checkpoints, leave your weapons at the door!

See you there!



About Linda

Linda Fisher was born in Staten Island, raised in the Bronx, lived in Brooklyn in the ‘70s, Manhattan in the ‘80s and has lived in Queens since 1993. She earned a B.A. in urban studies from Queens College and holds a Master’s in Adult Education. As licensed tour guide since 1996, and a court stenographer for over 40 years, she has an insider’s knowledge of neighborhood history gleaned from public hearings and City Council meetings on every aspect of city governance. She is currently an official reporter at the United States Courthouse for the Southern District of New York.




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Date: Sat, April 22
Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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