Unknown artist

Merchants Coffee House, undated

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New-York Historical Society, Department of Prints, Photographs and Architectural Collections

The Merchants' Coffee House, at the southeast corner of Wall and Water streets, before the Revolution, was one of the meeting places of New Yorkers opposed to British imperial policy. During the 1780s, merchants and others met there to organize the Bank of New York and to reorganize the Chamber of Commerce. During the ratification process, supporters of the Constitution met and celebrated at the coffee house.