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MAS tours are designed to help our fellow New Yorkers and out-of-town visitors better understand our built environment, appreciate what has been saved, learn about what has been lost, and get the inside scoop on what's to come. This year, as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the passage of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Law as a proud partner of the NYC Landmarks50 Alliance, tours listed with the Landmarks50 photo icon will specifically focus on landmarked areas, unprotected areas vulnerable to inappropriate development, historic districts, and scenic landmarks. Unless otherwise noted, most tours last approximately two hours and proceed rain or shine.

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grand central terminal, new york city
Official Guided Tour of Grand Central Terminal
This 75-minute tour, led by MAS docents, highlights the history, architecture and operation of the world’s largest train terminal.

$20 Adults / $15 MAS Members, seniors, students, children under 10 & same-day Metro North riders. Group rates are available. Review our FAQ for more information.

Offered every day at 12:30, except for Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

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1 Tour Gift Certificate
By popular demand, gift certificates are now available for all the New Yorkers or visitors on your holiday shopping list! Let our award-winning guides take your friends and family on a tour that shows what makes New York, New York. $20 / $15 Members. Give the gift of a MAS tour!

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2015 03/28 - Queens: Korean Flushing
11:00 AM - Korean merchants are the premiere small businessmen and church builders of contemporary immigration in New York. The community's center of gravity has migrated away from Central Flushing and is now sprawling east along Northern Blvd near LIRR stations in the area. Visit surprising shops, supermarkets and unusual houses of worship on this tour with urban geographer and Queens borough historian Jack Eichenbaum. This will be a "one-way" tour with options to join in a meal, explore on your own and return by bus/subway or LIRR. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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2015 03/28 - Sold Out: Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn
2:00 PM - Bedford Stuyvesant has a rich and storied history, from the Lenape peoples, through the Dutch, the English and beyond. Anchoring that history is some of the city's finest residential row house architecture of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Explore the proposed Bedford Historic District with tour guides Suzanne Spellen, writer and architectural historian, aka columnist "Montrose Morris" on Brownstoner.com, and Morgan Munsey, architect, historian, and expert on the architecture of Bedford Stuyvesant; focusing on Hancock Street and the surrounding blocks comprising the heart of Bedford. Tour goers will see works from some of Brooklyn's finest architects; their rowhouses, apartment buildings, mansions, schools and churches. You'll also learn about the history and culture of the largest African-American community in New York City, a history that is hundreds of years in the making. Bedford Stuyvesant has received a great deal of attention in the last few years, and is undergoing many changes. Join us for a look at one of Brooklyn's most intriguing, and architecturally rich communities. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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2015 03/28 - Where Brooklyn Meets the Middle East
11:00 AM - This tour with guide Mary Ann DiNapoli explores Brooklyn's earliest Arab American neighborhood that began in the 19th century as an offshoot of lower Manhattan's "Little Syria". Discover the area's cuisine, shops and restaurants as we examine how and why the area around lower Atlantic Avenue became a Middle Eastern center. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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2015 03/28 Sold Out: New! - Skyscraper National Park Series: Downtown Deco
11:00 AM - Join this new tour with architectural historian Matt Postal to discover how the roaring stock market of the 1920s transformed Lower Manhattan, from the creation of the John Street insurance district to the banking headquarters of Wall Street. An impressive group of richly-embellished towers will be discussed, with visits, as possible, to some of Manhattan's more memorable and ornate public lobbies. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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2015 03/29 - Manhattan's Civic Center
11:00 AM - Join guide Linda Fisher, a 30-year city court insider and Grand Central docent, on a tour of Manhattan's Civic Center in Lower Manhattan. Fisher's work as an official court reporter provides her a unique view into the workings of the judiciary and the democratic process. At the northern end of City Hall park, the site of the city's first penal institutions, we'll hear the story of the Civic Center's development, and deconstruct the web of City, State and Federal halls of justice and governance while appreciating the architectural significance of the area. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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2015 03/29 - Palm Sunday in Ridgewood, Queens
11:00 AM - Ridgewood, on the Brooklyn/Queens border, was originally an outgrowth of the primarily German Bushwick in Brooklyn. Today, the neighborhood is demographically diverse with a rich history worth exploring. Join guide Joe Svehlak on Palm Sunday to visit several churches, grand and humble, serving diverse congregations, including Eastern Rite Orthodox churches where people from places like Egypt, India, and Romania worship. We'll also visit the award winning Mathews Flats buildings, and some of the recently landmarked areas dotted with fine brick housing constructed over a century ago for the working class residents of the neighborhood. We'll walk landmarked Stockholm Street which is paved in yellow brick, as well as pay a brief visit to Linden Hill Cemetery that boasts diverse gravestone inscriptions and impressive views of the Manhattan skyline. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 04/04 - Harlem Hike: 145th Street from Hotel Olga to Sugar Hill
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2015 04/04 - Harlem Hike: 145th Street from Hotel Olga to Sugar Hill
11:00 AM - When the Lenox Avenue Bridge opened in 1905, early 20th-century planners foresaw 145th Street as "one of the most important business streets of Upper Manhattan." Connecting Harlem to The Bronx redoubled the thoroughfare's identity as a hub of public transit, a destination for sports and social life, and a benchmark of Harlem's expansion as the capital of Black America. Join author and guide Eric K. Washington to explore sites including the Budapest-inspired "underground" trolley system; Hotel Olga, the Harlem Renaissance era's preeminent luxury hotel for African-Americans (and which local Community Board 10 has strongly recommended for preservation); Lenox Oval, home base of the Lincoln Stars Negro League baseball team; the Odeon Theatre; Jackie Robinson Park and more. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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2015 04/04 - Little Italy on Arthur Avenue in the Bronx
3:00 PM - Residents of the Italian-American neighborhoods along Arthur Avenue in the Bronx are the guardians of what some would call New York's "real Little Italy". Home to Doo-Wop music and authentic Italian restaurants and shops, many of the area's businesses has have been family owned and operated for generations. Join guide Alexandra Maruri as we explore the history of this vibrant Bronx neighborhood. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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2015 04/04 - Worship Along Central Park
11:00 AM - Join Grand Central docent and popular guide Deborah Zelcer to visit religious sanctuaries of architectural interest on or near Central Park West, focusing on religious movements that originated or proliferated in the United States. Including the West Side YMCA, the Fourth Universalist Society, and the landmarked Society for Ethical Culture and Second Church of Christ, Scientist. Lets explore what made these institutions thrive in Manhattan, and their relationship to New York's greatest scenic landmark, Central Park. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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2015 04/05 - Greenpoint's Northern Half
11:00 AM - The northwest Brooklyn neighborhood of Greenpoint contains multitudes: a gem of a historic district; an industrial heritage both proud and troubled; a deep-rooted (though diminishing) Polish presence; a waterfront poised for dramatic change; accelerated new residential development; and buzz from HBO's "Girls." Journalist and guide Norman Oder focuses this tour on the neighborhood's rich northern sector, including the full historic district, and the borderland near Newtown Creek. There are numerous options for brunch at the end of the tour, as well as an easy exit to the 7 train in Long Island City. Please note that this tour moves at a brisk pace. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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2015 04/09 - Traces of the Underground Railroad in TriBeCa
2:00 PM - From Frederick Douglass to David Ruggles to Sojourner Truth, the stories of resistance to the slave system in the North and South are tied to downtown Manhattan. Tribeca is little known as the cradle of early black leadership, but its network of vigilance committees, publications, church activists and escaped slaves formed an early society dedicated to defying oppressive laws and racist ideas. Join this new tour with historian Kathleen Hulser to learn more about this neighborhood's important history as she points out still-standing sites and buildings integral to this story and the Underground Railroad in New York City. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 04/10 New! - Celebrating the Brooklyn Heights Historic District: The Northern Route
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2015 04/10 New! - Celebrating the Brooklyn Heights Historic District: The Northern Route
2:00 PM - In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Landmarks Law by Mayor Robert F. Wagner in April 1965, we'll toast the north section of New York City's first (and arguably) finest historic district with architectural historian Matt Postal. En route, we'll view 19th century mansions, distinctive row houses and religious structures, as well as a number of new (post-1965) buildings that won the Commission's approval and reflect various evolving design strategies. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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2015 04/11 - Bedford Stuyvesant's Eastern District
2:00 PM - The 19th century Eastern District of Brooklyn encompassed parts of modern day Bedford Stuyvesant, East Williamsburg and Bushwick. The Bedford Stuyvesant end of the community started out as farmland, then became a suburban enclave of large houses, all built for wealthy German-Americans who called this entire area home. Later 19th century development brought row houses and apartment buildings and some very important and impressive churches and civic institutions, including the original home of St. John's University. Join tour guides Suzanne Spellen, writer and architectural historian, aka columnist "Montrose Morris" on Brownstoner.com, and Morgan Munsey, architect, historian, and expert on the architecture of Bedford Stuyvesant for a look at this development, the great architecture, and the history of the neighborhood then and now. For too many years, this part of Brooklyn has been neglected and forgotten, but no more. Join us for a re-discovery of this part of the Eastern District. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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2015 04/11 - Planning and Preservation in Hell's Kitchen South
2:00 PM - Much has transpired in Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen south of 42nd Street in the last decade. Many new luxury towers have gone up in what had been historically a low rise and low rent neighborhood. Long standing plans to expand the Javits Center may be dropped in favor of redeveloping the property as a Battery Park City style development that would also open up the waterfront. In tandem with this a new convention center would be built in Queens that would be the nation's largest. Plans to build a stadium on the West Side rail yards have been scrapped in favor of a major development with more office space than Baltimore or Portland, and as many apartments as Stamford, Conn. The city has plans to create a new greened boulevard between 10th and 11th Avenues, while neighborhood activists have made a counter proposal to create a greenway on a nearby rail cut without the use of eminent domain. Questions abound. Can low income residents and existing businesses be protected? Can an extension of the 7 train into the area adequately serve the massive influx of people that is expected, and what of other infrastructure needs, both physical and social? Join planner and guide Laurence Frommer for an examination of the many transformations underway! Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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2015 04/11 New! - Woodside Avenue in Queens
11:00 AM - Woodside Avenue, along with Newtown Road in Astoria, forms the link between the (defunct) Astoria ferry and the center of Elmhurst in Queens (originally Newtown Center). It traverses a 19th century cityscape near the LIRR and spans Roosevelt Avenue's diversity. Join this new tour with Queens borough historian Jack Eichenbaum that visits a cluster of old Irish pubs, remnants of Queens' former Irish concentration, and ends in a predominantly Asian neighborhood in Elmhurst. Expect a few diversions to unusual houses of worship and an old farmhouse. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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2015 04/12 - Battery Park in Lower Manhattan
2:00 PM - As the site of New Amsterdam's original settlement and the birthplace of our city, Battery Park has long been important to the vitality of New York. Castle Clinton, one of the park's main attractions, originally built as an island fortification, later became our first immigrant station serving to welcome the masses to the new world. Today, Battery Park is one of New York's most innovative parks, featuring an urban farm, the Seaglass ride, Piet Oudolf's Gardens of Remembrance, the UNStudio New Amsterdam Plein & Pavillion, a future Frank Ghery designed playground, a labyrinth and much more. The park has also become home to a large number of the city's sculptures and memorials honoring a variety of New Yorkers. Join art historian Sylvia Laudien-Meo on this tour through the park and explore the area's past, present and future. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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2015 04/12 - Boerum Hill, Brooklyn: In and Out of the Historic District
11:00 AM - View some of Brooklyn's oldest row houses, churches, and civic buildings in this multi-ethnic neighborhood on the edge of Brooklyn's rapidly changing Downtown. In the late 1960s residents banded together to restore the neighborhood, officially renaming it Boerum Hill after Simon Boerum who had farmed the area during Colonial times. In 1973 several blocks of remarkable homogenous primarily brick townhouses were designated a New York City Landmark District. However, many fine streets and buildings are still outside the landmarked area and the Pacific Branch Carnegie Library has recently been threatened with demolition. Join preservationist Joe Svehlak as we stroll tranquil, mid 19th Century tree-lined streets, as well as vibrant Atlantic Avenue with its mix of Arabic stores, antique shops, art galleries, and residential loft buildings. We will also see recent infill buildings and new row house development, ending our walk on Smith Street, Brooklyn's trendy restaurant row. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 04/12 - One Small Step: Commemorating the First MAS Walking Tour in 1956
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2015 04/12 - One Small Step: Commemorating the First MAS Walking Tour in 1956
2:00 PM - The first-ever MAS walking tour was on April 8, 1956, co-led by Henry Hope Reed and E. Powis Jones. There had never been anything like it. Newspapers sent reporters to cover it, and neighborhood residents went to the sidewalks to greet the tourgoers, even in the pouring rain. The tour covered Madison Square and Gramercy Park. Each year we commemorate the First Tour by covering the same ground. How have these places changed since 1956? How are they the same? What were people's concerns about these places in 1956? Or 1976? This is also a walking tour about walking tours and what they have meant to New York. And in this, the 50th anniversary of the Landmarks Law, find out why onetime Landmarks Preservation Commission chairman Harmon Goldstone said "when the Landmarks Law was proposed in the early 1960s, it passed unanimously in the City Council, because people were aware and enthusiastic about preservation, largely thanks to Henry's" walking tours. Join architectural historian Francis Morrone for this annual tour celebrating tours! Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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2015 04/12 - The Grand Concourse: Beyond the Cross Bronx Expressway
11:00 AM - It cut through the heart of The Bronx like a gigantic wound. Robert Moses took down over six hundred Bronx residential structures to construct the Cross Bronx Expressway. While landlords were paid for their buildings and nearby property owners received substantial reductions in their property tax, tenants were given ninety days to relocate with no choice and no legal recourse. On the Grand Concourse only one building was taken, but for those living in the Lewis Morris, the most prestigious address in the Bronx, the proximity of this highway meant the endless sound of trucks and the unmistakable smell of diesel. Join urban planner and life-long Bronx resident Sam Goodman as we re-discover this mid-Bronx community; it's truly unique buildings boasting names like "Astor Concourse," "Roosevelt Gardens" "Rockwood Hall," "The Capri," its amazing topography and its determined residents. You will be awed by what you will find and inspired by the energy that defines life here today. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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2015 04/17 - Landmark Battles of Midtown Manhattan
2:00 PM - Midtown Manhattan has seen more than its fair share of landmark battles. On this walk with architectural historian Anthony W. Robins, we'll consider the landmark rationale and battle history of the Villard Houses/Palace Hotel (one of the earliest battles), St. Bartholomew's Church (with issues of church/state conflict), Lever House (one of the new breed of modern landmarks), and Grand Central Terminal (whose landmark status was finally upheld by the Supreme Court). Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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2015 04/18 - Jane Jacobs' West Village
2:00 PM - In 1934, an 18 year old Jane Jacobs arrived in New York City from Scranton, PA to pursue a writing career. While exploring her new environs, she found herself at Christopher Street Station, and so began her love affair with Greenwich Village. This tour with popular Jane's Walk host and Grand Central docent Joan Schechter will include the history of the area, woven with stories of Jane's epic battles with city bureaucracy and the powerful Robert Moses to preserve her beloved Village. We'll visit Hudson Street, where she lived for 20 years, observing its daily 'intricate sidewalk ballet' that was the inspiration for her acclaimed first book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, as well several other historic sites that would not exist today were it not for her successful grassroots activism. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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2015 04/18 New! - All Around Snug Harbor, Staten Island: Part 1
2:00 PM - Snug Harbor is one of the cultural jewels of Staten Island's north shore. This two part tour with Staten Island native and popular guide Georgia Trivizas will examine the setting within which it is placed. Looking at the history of the neighborhood that surrounds Snug Harbor, we will examine the area's continued ties to culture and the arts, as well as look at how this area connected, for example, to a nation's struggles in the Civil War through Robert Gould Shaw, and also how, through shipping and the industry of various eras, how this part of Staten Island connected to the world. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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2015 04/18 New! - Churches and More in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn
11:00 AM - In this part of what was once known as the "City of Churches," some houses of worship remain functioning while others remain only in form. Still more have disappeared altogether or been forgotten; some have left behind only an architectural fragment. Mary Ann DiNapoli leads this tour that explores the churches and storied past of a picturesque landmark district. Note: Mary Ann DiNapoli has led a similar tour called "Churches of Cobble Hill" and if you've taken that tour previously, you will hear new information about the neighborhood, but this tour and the previous tour has significant overlap. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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2015 04/19 - Arts and Culture on the Lower East Side
2:00 PM - Once a neighborhood synonymous with tenement life and overcrowding; it has become a fascinating area with trendy restaurants, bars and boutiques, and new buildings designed by cutting edge architects. This neighborhood has redefined itself numerous times with the New Museum of Contemporary Art opening in 2007, galleries like Lehman Maupin and Woodward are moving into the area, and more recently Sperone Westwater, with its spectacular building designed by Norman Foster. Still, the neighborhood's multi-faceted past can still be seen shining through the more contemporary glitter. Join art historian Sylvia Laudien-Meo for this tour to be determined by the most interesting gallery shows of the season. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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2015 04/19 - Brooklyn Down East: Cypress Hill and Highland Park
11:00 AM - Join guide Joe Svehlak for a walk in the area east of Bushwick on the Queens border known as the Eastern District to explore its varied architecture of fine civic buildings, grand mansions, interesting row houses and even a church by Richard Upjohn. This area with a hilly topography due to the terminal moraine from the Ice Age makes for a fascinating walk up and down the streets. At the beginning of the tour we will make a short visit to the Evergreens Cemetery, founded in 1849 as one of the city's first garden cemeteries that serves as the final resting place for some of Bushwick's finest citizens. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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2015 04/19 - Queens in Flux: Long Island City, Court Square, and Hunters Point
11:00 AM - The jumble of Queens below the Queensboro Bridge presents echoes of the past, like a classic courthouse and a gem of a historic district. But it's notable for steps forward, including the borough's tallest building, MoMA PS 1, and new residential development at both Court Square and the waterfront, including the site once planned for the Olympic Village. Stunningly situated Gantry Plaza State Park retains an iconic (if relocated) Pepsi sign, but the legendary Five Pointz graffiti mecca is a ghost. Join guide and journalist Norman Oder on this tour, which will end at the waterfront near the new LIC Flea. Please note that this tour moves at a brisk pace. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 04/25 - Art Wars: The Founding of the Met, MoMA, and the Whitney
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2015 04/25 - Art Wars: The Founding of the Met, MoMA, and the Whitney
11:00 AM - After the Civil War, stewards of our young nation sought to develop artists with talent to rival that of Old Europe. The goal was to elevate the level of refinement of the average American, and prove that we could be preoccupied with more than just the almighty Buck! This walk will focus on how the keepers of our first cultural collections defined art and decided what would or would not hang within their walls. This is an outdoor tour with guide Deborah Zelcer, focusing on museum architecture as a reflection of their founders and the collections inside. Tour includes viewing and discussion of the exterior of the National Academy of Design and Whitney Museum uptown, as well as the landmarked Met and Guggenheim facades. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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2015 04/25 - Hidden in Plain Sight: Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
2:00 PM - Join historian and genealogist Mary Ann DiNapoli for this tour of Carroll Gardens in and out of the historic district that traces its history from when the neighborhood was home to a sizable wave of Italian immigrants beginning in the late 19th Century. Over one hundred years and many real estate fluctuations later, this area retains hints of those long-ago immigrants and their descendants that our guide will draw out and explore. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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2015 04/25 New! - Conforming to the Grid: Part 1
11:00 AM - This tour with urban geographer and historian Jack Eichenbaum concerns the geography of Manhattan's 1811 grid plan, (The Commissioner's Plan), highlighting how today's avenues and streets meshed with colonial era street patterns and vice-versa. In Part 1, First Avenue to Fifth Avenue, we explores the East Village, particularly the Bowery, Cooper Square, Astor Place, Stuyvesant Place, Broadway, and Washington Square. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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2015 04/25 New! - Exploring Elmhurst, Queens
2:00 PM - From its inception in 1652 as a suburb of New Amsterdam, Elmhurst has served as a microcosm of Queens, exemplifying its independent spirit and struggle to be recognized on its own merits. Join tour guide, Linda Fisher, 30-year Queens resident and urban explorer and learn to see the borough as more than just its sitcoms. The walk will trace the development of Elmhurst from its participation in the Flushing Remonstrance to its current renown as the most ethnically diverse area on the planet. We will decode the Queens street grid, follow the trail of railroads, trolleys, busses and bridges and analyze demographic shifts via housing and religious institutions. Along the way we will encounter three Queens landmarks - a C.B.J. Snyder Flemish Renaissance high school, the 1832 Reformed Dutch Church and the iconic Benevolent Order of the Elks. As an added bonus, we will see a building that bore the designation "landmark" for a mere sixty days. Come hear the story of Mary Sendak, the legendary holdout of Queens Boulevard, who forced Macy's to modify their design. Learn how "the past is prologue" plays out over time by taking a leisurely walk through Elmhurst's past, present and future. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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2015 04/26 - Planning and Preservation in Hell's Kitchen North
12:00 PM - While the core of Hells Kitchen north of 42nd Street (sometimes called the Clinton Special District) is protected as a low rise district, the peripheral areas of 8th Avenue and 42nd Street are zoned differently and have undergone substantial changes in the last 15 years. With the recent rezoning of areas west of Tenth Avenue, major large-scale development is expected to further transform the area. What will this mean for the essential identity and income level of the area? Ninth Avenue's many ethnic restaurants have now been joined by several upscale venues causing some to question whether the area can keep its traditional character. Questions abound: Can the area's lower income residents be protected? Is there a threat to historic resources? With no subway lines west of 8th Avenue, can existing transportation adequately service the substantial influx of people that is expected, and what of other infrastructure needs, both physical and social? Join urban planner Laurence Frommer for an examination of what is constant and what is changing. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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2015 04/26 New! - Around Washington Square: 1965-2015
2:00 PM - In 1969, the Greenwich Village Historic District was designated, only the second historic district in the city (after Brooklyn Heights). It included Washington Square and the streets facing it. But it did not include any of the streets to the east or south of the square. Forty-four years later, the designation of the South Village Historic District included much of the Village to the south of Washington Square. This is a perfect place to examine the effects of historic district designation on this new tour with architectural historian Francis Morrone. What was saved? What wasn't? What new building has been allowed, and why? What are the criteria for inclusion in a historic district? In addition, we will look much more broadly at the many changes--physical, economic, social--that have come over a neighborhood that, for all its Old New York charm, seems to acquire an entirely new character ever quarter century or so. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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2015 04/26 New! - STORE FRONT: The Disappearing Face of New York
2:00 PM - The traditional storefront in New York City that has prevailed in some cases for over a century is facing several new setbacks. These family-run businesses started out as traditional mom-and-pop stores passed down from generation to generation, and there was a time when they defined our neighborhoods. Many were humble stores tucked away on narrow side streets, while others had become well-known institutions on historic avenues. Each store turned out to be as unique as their customers, run by owners with a commitment to tradition and special service. Not only are these modest small businesses falling away in the face of modernization, gentrification, and conformity, the once unique appearance and character of our colorful streets suffers in the process. A diverse mix of Jewish, Italian, Irish, German, Polish, Ukrainian, Chinese and Hispanic mom and pop storefronts will be visited including many culinary specialty stores. Join guides and MAS Summit speakers James & Karla Murray, the photographers and authors of "STORE FRONT: The Disappearing Face of New York and New York Nights," as they visit some of the remarkable East Village and Lower East Side storefronts documented in their books, and remember those which have disappeared. Unique 19th and 20th century retail graphics and neon signage as well as architectural adornments will be discussed. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 05/01 New! - Celebrating the Brooklyn Heights Historic District: The Southern Route
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2015 05/01 New! - Celebrating the Brooklyn Heights Historic District: The Southern Route
2:00 PM - The second walk to celebrate this handsome tree-lined historic neighborhood with architectural historian Matt Postal focuses on the tree-lined blocks south of Montague Street, including the charming enclave called "Willowtown." Though somewhat lesser known than the blocks to the north, this area is rich in history and has a more varied aesthetic character, with Greek and Gothic Revival style row houses, notable churches by architects Richard Upjohn and James Renwick, Jr., and A. T. White's Riverside a model tenement and one of New York's first most influential attempts at affordable housing. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 05/08 New! - Art Deco from Bloomingdale's to 20th Century Fox
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2015 05/08 New! - Art Deco from Bloomingdale's to 20th Century Fox
2:00 PM - This new tour with historian Anthony W. Robins, author of the forthcoming "Guide to New York City's Art Deco Architecture" (SUNY Press), takes in Deco marvels clustered along 57th and 59th Streets at the northern edge of Midtown. Buildings include the stylish emporia of Bloomingdales and Tiffany; the corporate headquarters of Squibb, Fuller, Hearst and 20th Century Fox; and luxury digs on Central Park South - Barbizon Plaza, Essex House and Hampshire House. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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2015 05/09 - Little Italy on Arthur Avenue in the Bronx
4:00 PM - Residents of the Italian-American neighborhoods along Arthur Avenue in the Bronx are the guardians of what some would call New York's "real Little Italy". Home to Doo-Wop music and authentic Italian restaurants and shops, many of the area's businesses has have been family owned and operated for generations. Join guide Alexandra Maruri as we explore the history of this vibrant Bronx neighborhood. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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2015 05/09 - Planning and Preservation in Manhattan's Hudson Square
2:00 PM - Join urban planner Laurence Frommer as we trace the development of the area from the once exclusive blocks around Saint John's Park into the city's preeminent printing district, coming full circle to the area's rebirth as a major hub for media and creative talent. Hudson Square is home to Viacom and MTV, New York Magazine, Omnicom, Saatchi & Saatchi, Edelman and New York Public Radio, which comprises WNYC, WQXR. The area also boasts a large film studio and many graphic arts, digital editing and production firms. Today one can find architecture and design firms including Raphael Vinoly and many new buildings by noted architects such as Phillip Johnson and Winka Dubbledam. Cultural institutions include the HERE performing Arts Center, the Film Forum and the Children's Museum of the Arts. A unique proposal has also been floated to create a continuous line of green spaces running for several blocks on empty mid-block lots between Hudson and Varick Streets. Finally, a recent re-zoning will add up to 3,500 new residents over 10 years -- to help solidify the area as a 24-hour mixed use community. These changes have not been without substantial growing pains and we will examine the ramifications. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 05/09 New! - Crown Heights' North Eastern District
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2015 05/09 New! - Crown Heights' North Eastern District
11:00 AM - This new tour explores the eastern reaches of Crown Heights, and includes blocks that have been calendared for Phase Three of the historic district with the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. Here stand exclusive residential enclaves, developed at the turn of the 20th century, beautiful houses of worship and civic buildings, beautiful brownstone blocks, and the oldest standing house in Crown Heights North. We'll also look at Brooklyn's finest collection of two family, double duplex houses called Kinkos Houses, and visit two "Superblocks," an experiment in 1960s urban renewal sponsored by Robert F. Kennedy, Jacob Javits, and designed by I.M. Pei. The tour guides are Suzanne Spellen, writer of the "Montrose Morris" columns for Brownstoner.com, and Morgan Munsey, Bedford Stuyvesant-based architect and real estate professional. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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2015 05/10 - Nassau Street in Lower Manhattan
11:00 AM - Before more of Nassau St. is lost to redevelopment, view this amazing collection of New York architecture on this popular tour with preservation activist, Joe Svehlak, whose first job over 55 years ago was working for an engraver on Nassau St. The half-mile of Nassau St. from the Brooklyn Bridge to Wall St. contains examples of every style of architecture from the Federal and Greek Revival periods, to International and Post Modern skyscrapers. The busy Nassau St. corridor to the east of Broadway has several individual landmarks in a variety of Victorian and Neo-Classical styles. Many more of these 19th and 20th century buildings may be considered for landmarking as they are already listed on the National Register. Some early works of noted New York architects are to be found here along with some gems of cast iron architecture. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 05/10 New! - East Meets West: 15 Central Park West and the New Uptown Aristocracy
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2015 05/10 New! - East Meets West: 15 Central Park West and the New Uptown Aristocracy
2:00 PM - In the 1800s, the East River and the Hudson River were active ports lined with the often unsavory industries that catered to sailors and merchants. As a result, the truly wealthy avoided the waterfront and built mansions in Greenwich Village, eventually migrating uptown along Fifth Avenue. On the other side of the park at Central Park West, the first apartment buildings and co-ops emerged; a middle class answer and perhaps challenge to the lifestyles of those across the way. Join popular guide Deborah Zelcer for a walk and discussion on how the two major avenues flanking the park competed, clashed, and copied each other, from then until now. Featuring landmarked districts and buildings including the Upper East Side Historic District, the Central Park West Historic District, The Frick Collection, 998 Fifth Avenue, The San Remo, The Century, the Majestic, and more! Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 05/10 New! - Generations in Flatbush, Brooklyn
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2015 05/10 New! - Generations in Flatbush, Brooklyn
2:00 PM - Join guide and journalist Norman Oder for a brisk slalom through this zone south of Prospect Park, which contains remarkable contrasts: bustling, West Indian Flatbush Avenue, with landmarks like Erasmus High School and the revived Loew's Kings Theater, and a corridor of apartment houses to rival the Bronx's Grand Concourse. We'll see the small, early 20th century Albemarle-Kenmore Terraces Historic District, and end with a brief look at the extensive turn-of-the-century mansion district Prospect Park South, a larger historic district. Please note that this tour moves at a brisk pace. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 05/12 New! - A Stroll with the Bronx County Historical Society
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2015 05/12 New! - A Stroll with the Bronx County Historical Society
12:00 PM - Fordham Road and the Grand Concourse has been an epicenter for commercial and residential life in The Bronx since the turn of the 20th century. The area has a collection of historic items such as the Paradise Theater, Art Deco tenements, the Great Depression Dollar Savings bank, and the historic landmark Edgar Allan Poe Cottage. Join Angel Hernandez of the Bronx County Historical Society on a historic stroll through the neighborhood as he highlights the historic sites and much more. Please note that the price of admission to the Poe Cottage is included in the ticket price. Cost: $25 / $20 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 05/13 New! - Riots and Troublemakers: Free Speech in Downtown Manhattan
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2015 05/13 New! - Riots and Troublemakers: Free Speech in Downtown Manhattan
2:00 PM - From protests, speeches and radical publications in Union Square, to agitation and activism in the Astor Place Riot of 1849 and Tomkins Square Riot of modern times, New York loves to excercise the First Amendment. This new tour with historian Kathleen Hulser recalls some historic outbursts of popular protest and some recent ones, analyzing how space and place contribute to voicing democratic dissent. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 05/15 New! - Art Deco from Bloomingdale's to 20th Century Fox
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2015 05/15 New! - Art Deco from Bloomingdale's to 20th Century Fox
2:00 PM - This new tour with historian Anthony W. Robins, author of the forthcoming "Guide to New York City's Art Deco Architecture" (SUNY Press), takes in Deco marvels clustered along 57th and 59th Streets at the northern edge of Midtown. Buildings include the stylish emporia of Bloomingdales and Tiffany; the corporate headquarters of Squibb, Fuller, Hearst and 20th Century Fox; and luxury digs on Central Park South - Barbizon Plaza, Essex House and Hampshire House. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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2015 05/16 - Chelsea Art Galleries
2:00 PM - Visit one of the most 'happening' neighborhoods in Manhattan with art historian Sylvia Laudien-Meo where you'll visit a selection of galleries home to a variety of intriguing and inspiring works. Only recently has Chelsea become home to hundreds of art galleries and it's a great place to get a sense of what's new and exciting in the art world before it enters the museums, or gets purchased by visionary art collectors. Please note that this tour is limited to 20 people. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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2015 05/16 - Crown Heights North in Brooklyn
11:00 AM - Remarkable stand-alone mansions, fine row houses, architecturally significant apartment houses and beautiful houses of worship dot the northern reaches of Crown Heights. Join tour guide Suzanne Spellen, writer and architectural historian, aka columnist "Montrose Morris" on Brownstoner.com and Morgan Munsey, architect, historian, and expert on the architecture of Bedford Stuyvesant; to explore all of the architectural treasures found in Crown Heights North, one of Brooklyn's most beautiful, but underappreciated neighborhoods. Largely developed between 1880 and 1932, Crown Heights North is a diverse community with a Caribbean lilt, the hometown of Shirley Chisholm, among other important leaders, and a neighborhood on the rise. Join us in exploring Grant Square, the St. Marks District, Doctor's Row, Brower Park, Eastern Parkway, and other highlights of this newly expanded historic district. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 05/16 - Historic East Side Enclaves: Manhattan's Sniffen Court and Turtle Bay
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2015 05/16 - Historic East Side Enclaves: Manhattan's Sniffen Court and Turtle Bay
11:00 AM - From Manhattan's first historic district, Sniffen Court, to Beekman Place, this tour with architectural historian Matt Postal considers some of New York more unusual and desirable residential enclaves. Located in close proximity to midtown, we'll view picturesque residences that challenged traditional urban lifestyles and the ever-present grid, including converted stables, a trend-setting high-rise apartment complex, and Paul Rudolph's gravity-defying penthouse, a recently-designated landmark. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 05/17 - Sunset Park, Brooklyn: The Old Neighborhood
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2015 05/17 - Sunset Park, Brooklyn: The Old Neighborhood
11:00 AM - When tour guide and preservation activist, Joe Svehlak, was growing up in Sunset Park, today, Norwegian Independence Day, would be celebrated with a grand parade on 8th Avenue, which is now the commercial heart of New York City's 3rd Chinatown. Also there is now a mosque on 8th Avenue reflecting the great diversity of Joe's old neighborhood. Join Joe for a walk up and down the hill of tree lined row house streets in New York City's largest National Register Historic District of over 3,00 buildings. The Sunset Park Landmarks Committee is now seeking New York City landmark designation for many of its intact streets of fine middle class and working class housing constructed mostly at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th Century. We'll discuss the campaign for landmarks and sensible development in this ever changing neighborhood. Enjoy great harbor and city views from the recently renovated 24.5 acre hilltop park. Learn about New York City's first major development of non-profit co-op housing started by the Finns in the early 1900s. View some grand civic buildings and magnificent churches, including Our Lady of Perpetual Help, which is the largest religious edifice on Long Island. We'll end on 8th Avenue where there are many choices for lunch in New York City's largest Chinatown. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 05/17 - The Art of Manhattan's Memorials
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2015 05/17 - The Art of Manhattan's Memorials
2:00 PM - On this tour with art historian Sylvia Laudien-Meo, we will visit several of New York City's memorials: 9/11 (Reflecting Absence), Eleven Tears (the AmEx 9/11 memorial), the Irish Hunger Memorial and Andy Goldsworthy's Garden of Stones. Other memorials, like the African Burial Ground and the Vietnam Memorial will be included in the discussion through images: what is the importance of memorials for our city? What needs do they fulfill? Which designs work best? How does their role change with time? Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 05/17 - Uptown Trinity Church Cemetery Spring Walk: Mayflowers, Mavericks, Mavens, and Mayors
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2015 05/17 - Uptown Trinity Church Cemetery Spring Walk: Mayflowers, Mavericks, Mavens, and Mayors
11:00 AM - Spring's resurgence inspires this overview tour of one of the most charming parcels of Manhattan's urban streetscape. Established in 1842, Trinity Church Cemetery in Washington Heights--originally laid out by James Renwick Jr., and later re-landscaped by Calvert Vaux--is one of New York State's most important burying grounds, steeped in Revolutionary War, Civil War, civic- and social history. Join author and guide Eric K. Washington in this verdant memorial park which chronicles much of New York City's eventful past. Waypoints of interest include Richard Sands, the renowned "ceiling walker"; Dita H. Kinney, the first official in the U.S. Army Corps of Nurses; and heirloom floral markers that form part of the Heritage Rose District. A few colorful public officials also reside here, including Cadwallader D. Colden, Mayor of New York City (1818-1821), whose long lost grave resurfaced from the tour leader's own research. Explore the winsome garden paths of Manhattan's only still-admitting cemetery--listed on the National Register of Historic Places--through the eyes of Mother Nature herself. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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2015 05/17 New! - Dwight and White
2:00 PM - Richard Grant White (father of Stanford) was one of New York's preeminent men of letters in the mid-19th century. Dwight Macdonald was one of the preeminent men of letters of the mid-20th century. They lived right across 10th Street from each other. This tour with architectural historian Francis Morrone will tell their stories, but more than that will use them as a lens through which to view their East Village neighborhood over a one hundred year period of profound change--and of some things, like the presence in the neighborhood of preeminent men of letters, that did not change. This will be a tour not just about White and Macdonald, but more generally about the history of writers in this neighborhood. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 05/23 New! - All Around Snug Harbor, Staten Island: Part 2
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2015 05/23 New! - All Around Snug Harbor, Staten Island: Part 2
11:00 AM - Snug Harbor is one of the cultural jewels of Staten Island's north shore. This two part tour with Staten Island native and popular guide Georgia Trivizas will examine the setting within which it is placed. Looking at the history of the neighborhood that surrounds Snug Harbor, we will examine the area's continued ties to culture and the arts, as well as look at how this area connected, for example, to a nation's struggles in the Civil War through Robert Gould Shaw, and also how, through shipping and the industry of various eras, how this part of Staten Island connected to the world. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 05/23 New! - Planning and Preservation in Times Square
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2015 05/23 New! - Planning and Preservation in Times Square
2:00 PM - In the early 1980s, preservationists battled to save historic theaters in "Times Square." On 42nd Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenue, the urban renewal plans of the NYS Urban Development Corporation (UDC) sought to rescue derelict theaters and restore the block deemed "blighted" to former greatness. In the northern section of Times Square along the spine of Broadway, allied forces of actors and producers, preservationists, architects, and civic groups fought on several fronts against the demolition of historic theaters still in active use. Although some were ultimately razed, the political action of these groups united to give impetus to the eventual landmark designation of 28 Broadway theaters. The issue of preservation of a "sense of place" and "character" became a special focus for many architects and activists dedicated to saving Times Square. Many argued that new high-rise development encouraged by zoning would obliterate the "bowl of light"- the open sky above the bright electric advertising signs in the "bow-tie" area of Times Square from 42nd to 46th Street. Other worried that the traditional lights and signage that have defined Times Square would diminish amongst sterile office towers. Their protests created a constituency that moved the Department of City Planning to adopt revised zoning amendments that required setbacks from the street and mandated large areas of illuminated signs to be incorporated on new skyscrapers. Other mechanisms over the years have not been so successful. Incentives to create new theaters and arts spaces in new towers in exchange for greater height have yielded very little. A controversial proposal to transfer air rights from historic theaters to 8th Ave to protect these often fragile buildings alarmed many on both grounds of process and precedent and threats to the character and affordability of neighboring Hell's Kitchen and was ultimately defeated for the most part. Mechanisms considered to be successful did not proceed without challenge either. On 42nd St demolition of historic resources did occur in a manner that brought charges of secrecy. Furthermore, troubling first amendment and eminent domain issues were raised. Join urban planner Laurence Frommer as we examine these issues on The Great White Way. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 05/24 - Jane Jacobs' West Village
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2015 05/24 - Jane Jacobs' West Village
2:00 PM - In 1934, an 18 year old Jane Jacobs arrived in New York City from Scranton, PA to pursue a writing career. While exploring her new environs, she found herself at Christopher Street Station, and so began her love affair with Greenwich Village. This tour with popular Jane's Walk host and Grand Central docent Joan Schechter will include the history of the area, woven with stories of Jane's epic battles with city bureaucracy and the powerful Robert Moses to preserve her beloved Village. We'll visit Hudson Street, where she lived for 20 years, observing its daily 'intricate sidewalk ballet' that was the inspiration for her acclaimed first book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, as well several other historic sites that would not exist today were it not for her successful grassroots activism. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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2015 05/24 - Manhattanville: Old Heart of West Harlem
1:00 PM - Manhattanville, a historic West Harlem neighborhood established in 1806, is in continuous flux. With Columbia University's controversial campus expansion well under way, many of the area's distinctive landmarks in its development parcel have been demolished. But Manhattanville is much greater than the sum of the university's acquired parts, and an intriguing amount of the area's historic fabric still remains to attest to the 19th-century town "of considerable consequence" that it once was. Out of a struggle between institutional might and community spirit have also come some compelling new features--notably the MAS award-winning West Harlem Piers Park--which make this a neighborhood well worth exploring afresh. Join independent historian Eric K. Washington, winner of the Municipal Art Society's 2010 MASterworks Award and author of the book, "Manhattanville: Old Heart of West Harlem," for an overview of this area's eventful, yet often unsung, past. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 05/24 New! - Preserving Medical Structures on Roosevelt Island: Part 1
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2015 05/24 New! - Preserving Medical Structures on Roosevelt Island: Part 1
2:00 PM - Smallpox Hospital, and Strecker Laboratory started out as medical institutions on Roosevelt Island (formerly known as Backwells Island). Learn what happened to these structures and their use now that they are NYC designated landmarks with guide Judith Berdy, president of the Roosevelt Island Historical Society. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 05/29 - Hidden in Plain Sight: Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
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2015 05/29 - Hidden in Plain Sight: Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
11:00 AM - Join historian and genealogist Mary Ann DiNapoli for this tour of Carroll Gardens in and out of the historic district that traces its history from when the neighborhood was home to a sizable wave of Italian immigrants beginning in the late 19th Century. Over one hundred years and many real estate fluctuations later, this area retains hints of those long-ago immigrants and their descendants that our guide will draw out and explore. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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2015 05/29 New! - Three and a Half Historic Districts in Chelsea
2:00 PM - Chelsea represents a very unusual story in the annals of preservation. Not only does it contain three historic districts (and one extension), but each district looks markedly different from the others, and they convey three very different stories about the history of Chelsea. This new tour with journalist and guide Judy Richheimer begins with Lamartine Place, which, comprised of just twelve buildings, is among the smallest of New York's historic districts. Yet as small as Lamartine Place is physically, the message it sends about freedom and human rights is equally large. Then we'll see "classic" Chelsea, with its lovely townhouses flanking the General Theological Seminary. We'll learn how Chelsea activists banded together in decades past to keep Robert Moses from tearing down three of the neighborhood's most significant blocks, and more recently, how a next generation of preservationists took on the seminary. From there, we'll go west to former industrial Chelsea, once integrally connected to the district's former booming waterfront, today home to art galleries handling marquee names in the world of contemporary art. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 05/30 - Altmans, Saks, and Bergdorfs: Elite Shopping in the Post-Gilded Age
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2015 05/30 - Altmans, Saks, and Bergdorfs: Elite Shopping in the Post-Gilded Age
2:00 PM - Join popular Jane's Walk host and Grand Central docent Deborah Zelcer for this colorful tour of Fifth Avenue retail palaces of yesterday. These emporiums endeared themselves to fashionistas of yesteryear, while usurping their exclusive 5th Avenue residential real estate. We will enjoy the architectural details of sumptuous Fifth Avenue retail buildings, while hearing about the quirkiness, genius, and motivation that fueled the ambitions of their creators and propelled New York to be the capital of the fashion world. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 05/30 - Williamsburg's Changing Landscapes
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2015 05/30 - Williamsburg's Changing Landscapes
11:00 AM - Williamsburg, once known as the next step from the Lower East Side and as an industrial powerhouse, has become an international brand and sign of Brooklyn's dramatic, even wrenching changes. Starting near the Williamsburg Bridge with journalist and guide Norman Oder, we'll look at sections of Williamsburg that include repurposed banks, new galleries, eateries, and retail outlets, blocks stabilized by nonprofit/city investment, and a waterfront rezoned for towers. We'll also see the tiny Fillmore Place historic district. The tour passes the former Domino Sugar Factory site, now on its second redevelopment plan, and will end near the Smorgasburg food festival. Please note that this tour moves at a brisk pace. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 05/30 New! - What's New (and Old) in Long Island City, Queens: Part 2
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2015 05/30 New! - What's New (and Old) in Long Island City, Queens: Part 2
11:00 AM - Long Island City, chartered in 1870, experienced its first renaissance a century ago when industrial and transportation innovation created NYC's foremost manufacturing district. It is now experiencing its second renaissance as rezoning and proximity to Manhattan spur a transformation of land use and demography. Part 2 of this series with Queens borough historian Jack Eichenbaum explores the Dutch Kills and Queens Plaza area where transportation advantages have attracted corporate headquarters, municipal offices, hotels and condos. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 05/31 - Central Park as a Work of Art
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2015 05/31 - Central Park as a Work of Art
2:00 PM - Perhaps best-known of New York's official "Scenic Landmarks," Central Park offers New Yorkers refuge, recreation and rejuvenation; a temporary haven from a city of brick and steel, concrete and glass. And yet this park which delights us with its lakes and streams, wildflowers and grand open spaces, is almost entirely artificial, carefully designed right down to the hidden pipes feeding a rustic waterfall. Protecting the historic design is just another responsibility of the Landmarks Preservation Commission. Take a walk in the park with historian, author and former LPC Survey Director Anthony W. Robins. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 05/31 New! - Conforming to the Grid: Part 2
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2015 05/31 New! - Conforming to the Grid: Part 2
11:00 AM - This tour with urban geographer and historian Jack Eichenbaum concerns the geography of Manhattan's 1811 grid plan, (The Commissioner's Plan), highlighting how today's avenues and streets meshed with colonial era street patterns and vice-versa. In Part 2, Fifth Avenue to Ninth Avenue, we explores the Central and West Villages, particularly Washington, Father Demo, Sheridan, Abingdon, and Jackson Squares. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 05/31 Sold Out: New! - The City and The Book: Part 2
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2015 05/31 Sold Out: New! - The City and The Book: Part 2
2:00 PM - In part 1 of "The City and the Book" architectural historian Francis Morrone traced the histories of the publishing houses and bookstores of midtown. We now turn our attention to an older literary center, south of Union Square. We'll discuss the great DeVinne Press, long gone but whose beautiful building still stands at Lafayette and 4th Streets, and the Astor Library, also on Lafayette, which once served not only the role later served by the New York Public Library, but also the Library of Congress. We'll look longingly at the old Book Row--Fourth Avenue between Astor Place and Union Square--where in just six blocks several dozen bookstores flourished from about 1900 to about 1975. Today, only the Strand remains. We'll continue through Union Square, where Brentano's Literary Emporium reigned on the west side of the square for 40 years, and where Barnes & Noble now occupies the lower floors of the old Century Magazine Building. We will then continue to Fifth Avenue, where Barnes & Noble's main store operated from 1932 to 2014. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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