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The Times has a nice article today about interior landmarks-- lobbies and other spaces that are either inaccessible or hard-to-access for the average New York citizen. One example-- the old AT&T building at 195 Broadway (pictures above):

Though AT&T left 23 years ago, the lobby lost no grandeur. It even kept such remnants of the telephone company as a muscular bronze figure by Chester Beach symbolizing "Service to the Nation in Peace and War," under a relief map of the United States commemorating the first transcontinental phone line of 1915.

"This building is a museum," Mr. Levinson said. Admiringly. Striding quickly over floors polished to an icy sheen, he pointed out acorn-topped door hinges, locks ringed by ornamental wreaths, a seven-foot-tall marble mailbox and cherubs frolicking above the elevator doors.

In the accompanying sidebar, David Dunbar reports on his efforts to gain entrance into the rest of the interior landmarks downtown. Most of the time he was rebuffed by security, which is a shame-- all of these places should be open to the public. Here's a list of the buildings he visited-- we've tried to find pictures of each one (mostly from NYC-Architecture.com, an amazing site for pictures of buildings.) If you can help find pictures of the ones we missed, please put them in the comments:

FORMER AT&T LONG DISTANCE BUILDING, 32 AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS [Exterior shot]
FORMER UNITED STATES CUSTOM HOUSE, BOWLING GREEN
NEW YORK COUNTY COURTHOUSE, 60 CENTRE STREET [exterior]
FORMER NEW YORK LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY BUILDING, 346 BROADWAY

FORMER WESTERN UNION BUILDING, 60 HUDSON STREET
CITY HALL
TWEED COURTHOUSE, 52 CHAMBERS STREET
SURROGATE'S COURT, 31 CHAMBERS STREET [exterior]
FORMER EMIGRANT INDUSTRIAL SAVINGS BANK, 51 CHAMBERS STREET [exterior]
FORMER NATIONAL CITY BANK AND MERCHANTS' EXCHANGE, 55 WALL STREET
FEDERAL HALL NATIONAL MEMORIAL, WALL STREET
FORMER CUNARD BUILDING, 25 BROADWAY
VERIZON HEADQUARTERS, 140 WEST STREET
WOOLWORTH BUILDING, 233 BROADWAY