In what must be an example of perfect symbolism, the NY Times is reporting that excavation at the site of City Hall reveals that the city's first almshouse likely stood there-and underscores the synergy between the original and the current occupant of the land; since the first use housed the poor; and the one there now drives us to that condition.
Just a coincidence? Perhaps: "A hole outside City Hall is the site of an archaeological dig this week. Workers have been testing to determine the age of an underground wall unearthed during the construction of a subbasement utility vault. The Landmarks Preservation Commission says that the wall appears to date from the 18th or early 19th century and may have been associated with the First Almshouse, a poorhouse that stood on the site from 1736 to 1797."