Often used as the backdrop for sequences from Law and Order and other NYC-based television crime dramas, the imposing skyscraper of the Thurgood Marshall United States Courthouse at 40 Foley Square can also be seen easily in the city skyline from across the river in Brooklyn. The neoclassical structure is composed of two distinct parts: a traditional horizontal colonnaded base and a slender tower rising from its middle. Seen from afar, the tower seems to belong to a different structure than what you frequently see on your TV screen, mainly because the base is all that fits into the framed shot.

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