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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.

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.

$25 Adults / $20 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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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. $30 / $20 Members. Give the gift of a MAS tour!

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2016 02/14 - MAS Celebrates Valentine's Day: Radical Love and Sexual Politics in the Bohemian Village
2:00 PM - Join this tour with guide and historian Kathleen Hulser to learn about the downtown women who pioneered the "free love" lifestyle in the era around World War I, promoting sexual freedom for all. Emma Goldman, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, Louise Bryant, Susan Glaspell, Mae West and many others pushed the boundaries in the progressive and tolerant atmosphere of the Village. In theory and practice, fiction and journalism, the wild women of the Village experimented with ideas about gender equality and new psychological theories from Freud and others. Margaret Sanger, the model for Wonder Woman in the comics, preached the merits of birth control and published a paper advocating free thinking and open minds. The Village's tiny living accommodations gave women an excuse to avoid family formation, or to do it in unusual ways, like in the case of Crystal Eastman who shared a house with her brother and sister-in-law. Others, like Eleanor Roosevelt's friends, Elizabeth Reid and Esther Lape lived in committed lesbian relationships as they fought for women's equality in the political arena. The cafes and later speakeasies of Prohibition-era Village offered a lover's playground, far from the censorious eyes of America's suburban Babbitts. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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2016 02/19 - Tour34: Empire to Penn
12:30 PM - The Municipal Art Society of New York and the 34th Street Partnership are proud to present Tour34: Empire to Penn, a new West Midtown walking tour. From railroads to retail, sidewalks to skyscrapers, expertly trained MAS docents lead guests on an exploration of the untold history and unfolding future of this bustling hub of transportation and commerce. Tour-goers will hear firsthand the latest plans to reimagine this historic neighborhood, including ideas for building a new Penn Station, re-drawing the street grid, and adding a new business district the size of downtown Minneapolis to the shores of the Hudson! This 90-minute tour is held every Friday and Saturday starting at 12:30PM and the docent is equipped with a portable microphone. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

$30.00 

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2016 02/19 Sold Out: New! -- Steinway & Sons Piano Factory Tour
9:15 AM - If you go to a concert or listen to a piece of music, 98% of the time you will hear a Steinway Piano, the apogee of musical art and the most complex hand crafted object on earth. This tour reveals a perspective rarely seen except to insiders in the music world and The Steinway Factory Tour has a waiting list that usually stretches for many months or even years but we have arranged a special guided tour just for MAS members and constituents. The tour starts earlier than usual so that we can see the special piano "rim bending." Join Executive Director of the Friends of Steinway Mansion and veteran tour guide Bob Singleton as he shares with you company lore he learned from his tutor, the last family member to run Steinway & Sons, the late Henry Z. Steinway, and get an up-close-and-personal tour of the famed Steinway Factory where the world's most renowned pianos are made. Note: This is a tour of a working factory with heavy machinery on four floors with no elevator. The basement space may dusty and smell of varnish. Guests will not be allowed to take pictures, and phones, tablets, etc. must be turned off while in the factory. Guests must wear the provided goggles and must be wearing close-toed shoes. People with pacemakers are not advised to take this tour. This tour is not ADA accessible. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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2016 02/20 - Tour34: Empire to Penn
12:30 PM - The Municipal Art Society of New York and the 34th Street Partnership are proud to present Tour34: Empire to Penn, a new West Midtown walking tour. From railroads to retail, sidewalks to skyscrapers, expertly trained MAS docents lead guests on an exploration of the untold history and unfolding future of this bustling hub of transportation and commerce. Tour-goers will hear firsthand the latest plans to reimagine this historic neighborhood, including ideas for building a new Penn Station, re-drawing the street grid, and adding a new business district the size of downtown Minneapolis to the shores of the Hudson! This 90-minute tour is held every Friday and Saturday starting at 12:30PM and the docent is equipped with a portable microphone. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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2016 02/20 Sold Out: New! -- Roosevelt House Tour
2:00 PM - Roosevelt House -- the former double townhouse of Franklin, Eleanor and Sara Delano Roosevelt, and now owned by Hunter College -- offers visitors a chance to get closer to a family as unique as the city they inhabited, and to explore the private spaces where some of the most iconic public policy of the 20th century was shaped. Join this new tour with Dr. Deborah Gardner, historian & curator at Roosevelt House to hear about Franklin's rise to the presidency after his struggle with polio, Eleanor's activism for civil rights and human rights, and Sara's philanthropy. We'll explore the rooms where Eleanor gained the leadership skills to become America's ambassador to the world and where Franklin created the New Deal to bring America out of the Great Depression. Hear the voices of the Roosevelts and their friends, view Roosevelt memorabilia, photographs, and period documents, and learn about the restoration of the Neo-Georgian landmark designed by architect Charles A. Platt. Your guide is a long-time member of MAS and served on the Preservation Committee for many years before service on the Landmarks Preservation Commission. For the past three years she has led a tour of Red Hook for the MAS Jane's Walks. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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Click here for more information about 2016 02/21 New! -- Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis: American Cultural Primacy and the Preservation of Our Architectural Treasures
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2016 02/21 New! -- Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis: American Cultural Primacy and the Preservation of Our Architectural Treasures
2:00 PM - From quietly influencing the powerful people she was surrounded by, to direct personal action, "Jackie O" fought to advance an enlightened cultural agenda inspired by her storied upbringing. Join popular guide Deborah Zelcer on her new tour which reveals the very important role that our nation's most unforgettable First Lady played in defining good taste, high culture, and the importance of preserving the livability and distinctive architectural character of American cities--especially our own! We will visit buildings associated with her charmed and often not-so-charmed existence, and consider her very important advocacy work in shaping and preserving New York. The tour will include a brief visit to Grand Central Terminal to view the new memorial honoring her leadership, in partnership with MAS, in saving our iconic train terminal when it was threatened with destruction in the 1960s. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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2016 02/26 - Tour34: Empire to Penn
12:30 PM - The Municipal Art Society of New York and the 34th Street Partnership are proud to present Tour34: Empire to Penn, a new West Midtown walking tour. From railroads to retail, sidewalks to skyscrapers, expertly trained MAS docents lead guests on an exploration of the untold history and unfolding future of this bustling hub of transportation and commerce. Tour-goers will hear firsthand the latest plans to reimagine this historic neighborhood, including ideas for building a new Penn Station, re-drawing the street grid, and adding a new business district the size of downtown Minneapolis to the shores of the Hudson! This 90-minute tour is held every Friday and Saturday starting at 12:30PM and the docent is equipped with a portable microphone. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

$30.00 

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2016 02/27 - Tour34: Empire to Penn
12:30 PM - The Municipal Art Society of New York and the 34th Street Partnership are proud to present Tour34: Empire to Penn, a new West Midtown walking tour. From railroads to retail, sidewalks to skyscrapers, expertly trained MAS docents lead guests on an exploration of the untold history and unfolding future of this bustling hub of transportation and commerce. Tour-goers will hear firsthand the latest plans to reimagine this historic neighborhood, including ideas for building a new Penn Station, re-drawing the street grid, and adding a new business district the size of downtown Minneapolis to the shores of the Hudson! This 90-minute tour is held every Friday and Saturday starting at 12:30PM and the docent is equipped with a portable microphone. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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Click here for more information about 2016 02/27 MAS Celebrates Black History Month: New! -- Bayard Rustin Uptown
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2016 02/27 MAS Celebrates Black History Month: New! -- Bayard Rustin Uptown
1:00 PM - In 2013, fifty years after the 1963 'March on Washington for Jobs & Freedom" , it's chief architect Bayard Rustin was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama. Rustin was a remarkable African American man, openly Gay, Quaker pacifist who had been tirelessly organizing for peace, justice and racial integration and equality since the 1930's. From the time of his arrival in NYC in the later 1930s, Bayard Rustin moved about extensively in many places but particularly in Harlem and Greenwich Village and it's environs. In January and February in honor of Martin Luther King Day and Black History Month, this two part tour series will explore Bayard Rustin's New York: Uptown and Downtown. When Bayard Rustin first arrived in NYC in the late 1930s, he lived with an aunt in Harlem. Although Harlem's "heyday" of the roaring twenties was over, during the Great Depression its intellectual, cultural and political life still thrived, and Rustin was as immersed in those circles as he was in circles downtown. During these early years he was mentored by the great labor and socialist activist A. Phillip Randolph, with whom he worked closely for many decades. He was also involved with the Harlem Ashram which was organized on Gandhi's principles of nonviolence. It was in Harlem that Rustin's headquarters for organizing the 1963 March on Washington was located. Here in Harlem, Rustin had an uneasy relationship with preacher-turned-politician, Adam Clayton Powell, who pushed him out of Martin Luther King's movement due to homophobia. In a gesture of true Gandhian action and solidarity, Rustin still defended Rev. Powell when he came under congressional inquiry. Join urban planner and guide Laurence Frommer as we explore Rustin's involvement in "The Capital of Black America" in Harlem. Note: all tour-goers must bring a metro-card at least three fares. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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2016 02/28 - Sold Out: Special Access: Woolworth Building Lobby Tour
12:00 PM - On this tour led by noted historian, author and tour guide Anthony W. Robins, we'll discuss the importance of the Woolworth Building in the development of lower Manhattan, visit hidden corners and staircases that are not seen by most visitors, and we'll be given a unique perspective from the mezzanine with an up-close view of its extraordinary mosaic ceiling and historic murals. Come see its wealth of ornamentation, and get a detailed look at the building's unmatched polychromatic terra-cotta exterior, along with an in-depth discussion of its landmarked lobby including exclusive access to the mezzanine level. This tour will also include a look at Cass Gilbert's first New York City skyscraper, the nearby Broadway-Chambers Building, and a contain a discussion of how Gilbert's work led to the creation of the tallest skyscraper in the world and his impact on skyscraper design and the development of future skylines.The first 30 minutes of this tour will take place outside the building and include a brief walk along Broadway to Chambers Street. The remainder of the tour will take place inside the building. Please note that this tour includes stairs, walking and significant time standing and you are welcome to bring a folding seat. Cost: $50 / $40 Members

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2016 02/28 Sold Out: New! -- A Winter Walk in Central Park
2:00 PM - Central Park is a wonderland throughout the year. In each season, one can see things not visible the rest of the time. Winter is the time to see the park with bare-limbed trees etching beautiful patterns against the sky. It is also the best season in which to take a close look at the park's structures designed by Calvert Vaux and Jacob Wrey Mould, including the spectacular Terrace with its improbably intricate carvings. It's also the best time to look at the park's wealth of sculpture, some of it great (like the Indian Hunter and Angel of the Waters), some of it not so great. On this walk with architectural historian Francis Morrone, we'll tour the park's southeastern quadrant, and we will look at Vaux's bridges, "Literary Walk," the Conservatory Water, the Obelisk, and much more, and consider the contributions to the park of Robert Moses and of the Central Park Conservancy. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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2016 03/04 - Tour34: Empire to Penn
12:30 PM - The Municipal Art Society of New York and the 34th Street Partnership are proud to present Tour34: Empire to Penn, a new West Midtown walking tour. From railroads to retail, sidewalks to skyscrapers, expertly trained MAS docents lead guests on an exploration of the untold history and unfolding future of this bustling hub of transportation and commerce. Tour-goers will hear firsthand the latest plans to reimagine this historic neighborhood, including ideas for building a new Penn Station, re-drawing the street grid, and adding a new business district the size of downtown Minneapolis to the shores of the Hudson! This 90-minute tour is held every Friday and Saturday starting at 12:30PM and the docent is equipped with a portable microphone. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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2016 03/05 - Arts and Culture on the Lower East Side
11:30 AM - 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: $30 / $20 Members

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2016 03/05 - Tour34: Empire to Penn
12:30 PM - The Municipal Art Society of New York and the 34th Street Partnership are proud to present Tour34: Empire to Penn, a new West Midtown walking tour. From railroads to retail, sidewalks to skyscrapers, expertly trained MAS docents lead guests on an exploration of the untold history and unfolding future of this bustling hub of transportation and commerce. Tour-goers will hear firsthand the latest plans to reimagine this historic neighborhood, including ideas for building a new Penn Station, re-drawing the street grid, and adding a new business district the size of downtown Minneapolis to the shores of the Hudson! This 90-minute tour is held every Friday and Saturday starting at 12:30PM and the docent is equipped with a portable microphone. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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Click here for more information about 2016 03/06 - Keeping Off East Midtown Streets: Grand Central Terminal to Bloomingdales
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2016 03/06 - Keeping Off East Midtown Streets: Grand Central Terminal to Bloomingdales
12:00 PM - Join urban geographer and historian Jack Eichenbaum for this popular winter tour. In the "postmodernist era", NYC planning principles encouraged innovative new public spaces to be maintained by private entities often referred to as privately owned public spaces, or POPS. These new spaces typically offer shelter and shortcuts and add to the connections already provided by transit, stores, and hotels. We'll beat winter by connecting public atriums, passageways, building lobbies, and walkways that reveal a more intimate side of Midtown. Note that this tour moves at a brisk pace. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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2016 03/11 - Tour34: Empire to Penn
12:30 PM - The Municipal Art Society of New York and the 34th Street Partnership are proud to present Tour34: Empire to Penn, a new West Midtown walking tour. From railroads to retail, sidewalks to skyscrapers, expertly trained MAS docents lead guests on an exploration of the untold history and unfolding future of this bustling hub of transportation and commerce. Tour-goers will hear firsthand the latest plans to reimagine this historic neighborhood, including ideas for building a new Penn Station, re-drawing the street grid, and adding a new business district the size of downtown Minneapolis to the shores of the Hudson! This 90-minute tour is held every Friday and Saturday starting at 12:30PM and the docent is equipped with a portable microphone. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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2016 03/12 - Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn: Newly Landmarked!
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 newly landmarked 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: $30 / $20 Members

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2016 03/12 - Tour34: Empire to Penn
12:30 PM - The Municipal Art Society of New York and the 34th Street Partnership are proud to present Tour34: Empire to Penn, a new West Midtown walking tour. From railroads to retail, sidewalks to skyscrapers, expertly trained MAS docents lead guests on an exploration of the untold history and unfolding future of this bustling hub of transportation and commerce. Tour-goers will hear firsthand the latest plans to reimagine this historic neighborhood, including ideas for building a new Penn Station, re-drawing the street grid, and adding a new business district the size of downtown Minneapolis to the shores of the Hudson! This 90-minute tour is held every Friday and Saturday starting at 12:30PM and the docent is equipped with a portable microphone. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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2016 03/12 New! -- MAS Celebrates Women's History Month: In Search of Monuments to Women
11:00 AM - Historian, guide, and activist LuLu LoLo, whose recent interactive street performance as Joan of Arc highlighs the disgraceful disparity in New York City between public monuments honoring men (150) as opposed to only 5 public monuments honoring women, will lead a tour visiting three of these monuments honoring women in Upper Manhattan: the Harriet Tubman Memorial, the Joan of Arc Memorial, and the Eleanor Roosevelt Monument. Also included in this tour will be the Fireman's Memorial, which depicts the more traditionally acceptable anonymous allegorical figures of women in public monuments. The tragic Audrey Munson was the model not only for the Firemen's Memorial, but also for most of the allegorical monuments in New York. The brand new tour will detail the history of these monuments, the legacy of these women, and the sculptors who depicted them (three of whom were women). Due to the distance between these monuments the tour will use public transportation. Note that all tour-goers must bring a metro-card worth at least two fares. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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2016 03/13 - Manhattan's Art Deco Interiors
2:00 PM - The phrase "Art Deco New York" generally conjures romantic images of Manhattan skyscrapers. But just as remarkable as the towers are their sumptuous interiors - which are also far more comfortable to visit on a cold winter's day. On this tour with Anthony W. Robins, author of the forthcoming Guide to Art Deco Architecture in New York City, we'll visit the publicly accessible interiors of half a dozen Deco marvels: the Daily News Building, the Chrysler Building, the Chanin Building, the General Electric Building, and the Waldorf-Astoria. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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2016 03/13 - Sold Out: Inside the Plaza Hotel
2:00 PM - Francis Morrone has been the Plaza's official tour guide since 2008. In this exclusive tour with Francis, we will look at the Plaza both outside and in. Inside, we will look at the Plaza's designated landmark interiors, which may include the Oak Room (currently closed to the public), the Ballroom, the Terrace Room, the Palm Court, and other rooms. (We say "may include" because although we have chosen a date when it appears we will have unfettered access to all spaces, things happen in the life of a grand hotel--last-second bookings, missing keys, etc.--that may make it so a space or two may prove inaccessible.) Morrone will discuss the architecture (by Henry J. Hardenbergh and, just as importantly, Warren & Wetmore) and interior decoration (including spaces by Alavoine & Co.), as well as the lives of the Plaza's two most famous residents, Eloise and Frank Lloyd Wright. Please be advised that this is a tour of the Plaza's historic interiors, and does not include any hotel guest rooms or condominiums. Cost: $50 / $40 Members

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Click here for more information about 2016 03/18 - Tour34: Empire to Penn
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2016 03/18 - Tour34: Empire to Penn
12:30 PM - The Municipal Art Society of New York and the 34th Street Partnership are proud to present Tour34: Empire to Penn, a new West Midtown walking tour. From railroads to retail, sidewalks to skyscrapers, expertly trained MAS docents lead guests on an exploration of the untold history and unfolding future of this bustling hub of transportation and commerce. Tour-goers will hear firsthand the latest plans to reimagine this historic neighborhood, including ideas for building a new Penn Station, re-drawing the street grid, and adding a new business district the size of downtown Minneapolis to the shores of the Hudson! This 90-minute tour is held every Friday and Saturday starting at 12:30PM and the docent is equipped with a portable microphone. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

$30.00 

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2016 03/19 - North Greenpoint, Brooklyn
1:30 PM - The northwest Brooklyn neighborhood of Greenpoint contains multitudes: a gem of a historic district; numerous churches; an industrial heritage both proud and troubled; a deep-rooted (though diminishing) Polish presence; a waterfront beginning dramatic change; accelerated new residential development spilling over from Williamsburg; and buzz from HBO's "Girls." Journalist and guide Norman Oder notes that this tour offers a more focused look at Greenpoint's northern half--including much of the historic district, and the borderland near Newtown Creek--than previous, wider-ranging Greenpoint tours. There are numerous options for food and drink before or after the tour. Please note that this tour moves at a brisk pace. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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2016 03/19 - Tour34: Empire to Penn
12:30 PM - The Municipal Art Society of New York and the 34th Street Partnership are proud to present Tour34: Empire to Penn, a new West Midtown walking tour. From railroads to retail, sidewalks to skyscrapers, expertly trained MAS docents lead guests on an exploration of the untold history and unfolding future of this bustling hub of transportation and commerce. Tour-goers will hear firsthand the latest plans to reimagine this historic neighborhood, including ideas for building a new Penn Station, re-drawing the street grid, and adding a new business district the size of downtown Minneapolis to the shores of the Hudson! This 90-minute tour is held every Friday and Saturday starting at 12:30PM and the docent is equipped with a portable microphone. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

$30.00 

Click here for more information about 2016 03/20 - Supertalls and a Transforming 57th Street
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2016 03/20 - Supertalls and a Transforming 57th Street
11:00 AM - This walking tour with architectural historian Matt Postal considers the recent history of 57th Street, including the incredible supertall skypscrapers by Christian de Portzamparc and Rafael Vinoly that are changing our city's skyline. Of particular interest will be works from the 1980s to today, with a focus on the way current, and controversial, projects are reshaping this fabled thoroughfare. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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Click here for more information about 2016 03/25 - Tour34: Empire to Penn
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2016 03/25 - Tour34: Empire to Penn
12:30 PM - The Municipal Art Society of New York and the 34th Street Partnership are proud to present Tour34: Empire to Penn, a new West Midtown walking tour. From railroads to retail, sidewalks to skyscrapers, expertly trained MAS docents lead guests on an exploration of the untold history and unfolding future of this bustling hub of transportation and commerce. Tour-goers will hear firsthand the latest plans to reimagine this historic neighborhood, including ideas for building a new Penn Station, re-drawing the street grid, and adding a new business district the size of downtown Minneapolis to the shores of the Hudson! This 90-minute tour is held every Friday and Saturday starting at 12:30PM and the docent is equipped with a portable microphone. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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2016 03/26 - Too 13th Street
2:00 PM - In the early 20th century Uptown editors would regularly reject articles and stories as being "too thirteenth Street", meaning too left wing or avant-guard. The presence of periodicals such as The Liberator, The Masses, The Dial and the headquarters of the Communist Party all contributed to this radical reputation and over the years this literary aura was maintained by writers Marianne Moore, Edmund Wilson, Anais Nin and Allen Ginsberg. Modern Art was given a major voice on 13th Street by The Downtown Gallery and this pioneering tradition was continued by the presence of artists Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Louise Nevelson, Frank Stella, Keith Haring and David Wojnarowicz. Theater has also made its mark with repertory theaters like the Thirteenth St and the Classic Stage Company. Home to both the Artistic Club, one of New York's first gay bars and the New York LGBT Community Center, 13th Street has contributed to the Villages long-standing reputation for social tolerance. Join guide and urban planner Laurence Frommer as we walk crosstown from west to east to experience 13th Street as a living metaphor for the iconoclastic Village. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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2016 03/26 - Tour34: Empire to Penn
12:30 PM - The Municipal Art Society of New York and the 34th Street Partnership are proud to present Tour34: Empire to Penn, a new West Midtown walking tour. From railroads to retail, sidewalks to skyscrapers, expertly trained MAS docents lead guests on an exploration of the untold history and unfolding future of this bustling hub of transportation and commerce. Tour-goers will hear firsthand the latest plans to reimagine this historic neighborhood, including ideas for building a new Penn Station, re-drawing the street grid, and adding a new business district the size of downtown Minneapolis to the shores of the Hudson! This 90-minute tour is held every Friday and Saturday starting at 12:30PM and the docent is equipped with a portable microphone. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

$30.00 

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2016 03/27 - MAS Celebrates Women's History Month: Rebel Women of Downtown New York
2:00 PM - Some women have always dared to break the rules and in our city's history you will find plenty such characters in the Village, long known as a neighborhood for rebellious behavior and unorthodox lifestyles. Kathleen Hulser is an urban historian with an unquenchable thirst for the captivating tales these women have left behind and she's made it her mission to trace the very spots where history was made. You'll hear the story of Rose Butler, a disobedient enslaved girl who tried to burn down her mistress' house, and see the site of the former Women's House of Detention that held Angela Davis, a radical leader of both the Communist Party and the Black Panther Party. As you continue on the trail of stories, you'll see old New York as a place where women rule the streets and reckless abandon runs wild. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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Click here for more information about 2016 04/01 - Tour34: Empire to Penn
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2016 04/01 - Tour34: Empire to Penn
12:30 PM - The Municipal Art Society of New York and the 34th Street Partnership are proud to present Tour34: Empire to Penn, a new West Midtown walking tour. From railroads to retail, sidewalks to skyscrapers, expertly trained MAS docents lead guests on an exploration of the untold history and unfolding future of this bustling hub of transportation and commerce. Tour-goers will hear firsthand the latest plans to reimagine this historic neighborhood, including ideas for building a new Penn Station, re-drawing the street grid, and adding a new business district the size of downtown Minneapolis to the shores of the Hudson! This 90-minute tour is held every Friday and Saturday starting at 12:30PM and the docent is equipped with a portable microphone. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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2016 04/02 - Tour34: Empire to Penn
12:30 PM - The Municipal Art Society of New York and the 34th Street Partnership are proud to present Tour34: Empire to Penn, a new West Midtown walking tour. From railroads to retail, sidewalks to skyscrapers, expertly trained MAS docents lead guests on an exploration of the untold history and unfolding future of this bustling hub of transportation and commerce. Tour-goers will hear firsthand the latest plans to reimagine this historic neighborhood, including ideas for building a new Penn Station, re-drawing the street grid, and adding a new business district the size of downtown Minneapolis to the shores of the Hudson! This 90-minute tour is held every Friday and Saturday starting at 12:30PM and the docent is equipped with a portable microphone. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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Click here for more information about 2016 04/02 New! -- East Williamsburg & Bushwick, Brooklyn
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2016 04/02 New! -- East Williamsburg & Bushwick, Brooklyn
1:30 PM - The borderland of East Williamsburg and Bushwick has generated huge buzz for its influx of artists and young people moving east along the L train from Williamsburg, and galleries, bars, restaurants, and building conversions have proliferated. Since 2012, the outdoor gallery known as the Bushwick Collective has transformed a dowdy industrial zone into a internationally-known street art haven. But these neighborhoods have a deeper, more complicated history, as guide and journalist Norman Oder will explain. It includes a strong Latino presence, ongoing industrial/commercial activity, government-supported infill housing after 1970s decline, historic architecture (especially reflecting Bushwick's brewing history), and struggles over environmental justice and gentrification. Please note that this tour moves at a brisk pace. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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Click here for more information about 2016 04/03 - Edith Wharton's New York
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2016 04/03 - Edith Wharton's New York
2:00 PM - New York's greatest novelist was born at 14 West 23rd Street on January 24, 1862. The building still stands: It now houses a Starbucks (as it happens, a chain named for a character in a novel by a distant relation of Edith Wharton). Join architectural historian Francis Morrone to explore the neighborhoods -- Madison Square and Gramercy Park -- in which she spent her formative years and where she set several of her most important fictions, including "The Age of Innocence," "New Year's Day," and "The Old Maid." We'll also discuss such friends and acquaintances of hers as Theodore Roosevelt, Emelyn Washburn, Henry James, and William Crary Brownell. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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Click here for more information about 2016 04/03 - In Transition: Penn Station and the West 30s
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2016 04/03 - In Transition: Penn Station and the West 30s
11:00 AM - Join architectural historian Matt Postal and learn about the enduring significance of Pennsylvania Station, from its opening in 1910 to the gritty present day. We'll explore the fading Fur district and view several historic structures associated with this important transit hub, such as the Hotel Pennsylvnia and the James A. Farley Post Office Building, as we discuss the various proposals recently presented by the Governor and others that may help shape the future of this critical midtown neighborhood. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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Click here for more information about 2016 04/08 - Tour34: Empire to Penn
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2016 04/08 - Tour34: Empire to Penn
12:30 PM - The Municipal Art Society of New York and the 34th Street Partnership are proud to present Tour34: Empire to Penn, a new West Midtown walking tour. From railroads to retail, sidewalks to skyscrapers, expertly trained MAS docents lead guests on an exploration of the untold history and unfolding future of this bustling hub of transportation and commerce. Tour-goers will hear firsthand the latest plans to reimagine this historic neighborhood, including ideas for building a new Penn Station, re-drawing the street grid, and adding a new business district the size of downtown Minneapolis to the shores of the Hudson! This 90-minute tour is held every Friday and Saturday starting at 12:30PM and the docent is equipped with a portable microphone. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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Click here for more information about 2016 04/09 - Downtown New York: What's in a Name
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2016 04/09 - Downtown New York: What's in a Name
11:00 AM - Why Broad Street, Stone Street, Water Street, Gold Street, the Battery, Maiden Lane, and more? Join guide Joe Svehlak as we interpret four centuries of New York City history by the street and place names. Along the way we'll hear about the people, places, and things that gave their names to Downtown Manhattan's old Dutch and Colonial street pattern. We'll also view some great old skyscrapers and civic buildings, like the Custom House, Federal Hall, and Fraunces Tavern, discussing issues of planning and preservation in New York's oldest and ever changing neighborhood. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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2016 04/09 - Tour34: Empire to Penn
12:30 PM - The Municipal Art Society of New York and the 34th Street Partnership are proud to present Tour34: Empire to Penn, a new West Midtown walking tour. From railroads to retail, sidewalks to skyscrapers, expertly trained MAS docents lead guests on an exploration of the untold history and unfolding future of this bustling hub of transportation and commerce. Tour-goers will hear firsthand the latest plans to reimagine this historic neighborhood, including ideas for building a new Penn Station, re-drawing the street grid, and adding a new business district the size of downtown Minneapolis to the shores of the Hudson! This 90-minute tour is held every Friday and Saturday starting at 12:30PM and the docent is equipped with a portable microphone. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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Click here for more information about 2016 04/10 - One Small Step: Commemorating the First MAS Walking Tour 60 years ago
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2016 04/10 - One Small Step: Commemorating the First MAS Walking Tour 60 years ago
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 architectural historian Francis Morrone commemorates 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. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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Click here for more information about 2016 04/10 - SoHo's Cast-Iron District
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2016 04/10 - SoHo's Cast-Iron District
10:30 AM - SoHo today is home to the world's greatest trove of cast-iron buildings. Cast-iron architecture began as a mid-19th-century cheap imitation of stone, in which the glories of the world's past could be offered in modern times in mass-produced, ready-to-build versions. But cast-iron soon developed into a remarkable technology expressive of the industrial revolution, capable of entirely new architectural effects. Threatened by a proposed Lower Manhattan Expressway, SoHo was rescued from near obliteration in 1973 by designation as one of the city's earliest historic districts. This tour with Anthony W. Robins, former Landmarks Preservation Commission Survey Director, considers the district's original architecture as well as new Commission-approved additions. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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Click here for more information about 2016 04/15 - Tour34: Empire to Penn
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2016 04/15 - Tour34: Empire to Penn
12:30 PM - The Municipal Art Society of New York and the 34th Street Partnership are proud to present Tour34: Empire to Penn, a new West Midtown walking tour. From railroads to retail, sidewalks to skyscrapers, expertly trained MAS docents lead guests on an exploration of the untold history and unfolding future of this bustling hub of transportation and commerce. Tour-goers will hear firsthand the latest plans to reimagine this historic neighborhood, including ideas for building a new Penn Station, re-drawing the street grid, and adding a new business district the size of downtown Minneapolis to the shores of the Hudson! This 90-minute tour is held every Friday and Saturday starting at 12:30PM and the docent is equipped with a portable microphone. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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Click here for more information about 2016 04/16 - Tour34: Empire to Penn
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2016 04/16 - Tour34: Empire to Penn
12:30 PM - The Municipal Art Society of New York and the 34th Street Partnership are proud to present Tour34: Empire to Penn, a new West Midtown walking tour. From railroads to retail, sidewalks to skyscrapers, expertly trained MAS docents lead guests on an exploration of the untold history and unfolding future of this bustling hub of transportation and commerce. Tour-goers will hear firsthand the latest plans to reimagine this historic neighborhood, including ideas for building a new Penn Station, re-drawing the street grid, and adding a new business district the size of downtown Minneapolis to the shores of the Hudson! This 90-minute tour is held every Friday and Saturday starting at 12:30PM and the docent is equipped with a portable microphone. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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Click here for more information about 2016 04/16 New! -- Mansions, Money, and Scandal: Gilded Age Splendor on the Upper East Side
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2016 04/16 New! -- Mansions, Money, and Scandal: Gilded Age Splendor on the Upper East Side
11:00 AM - Residential architecture of the Gilded Age is probably better represented in the area covered on this tour than anywhere else in New York. Join Grand Central Docent, and author of Walking in Time, Alan M. Engler, for this informative and entertaining walk focusing on the history and architecture - and scandals - of New York in the Gilded Age. See how names like Frick, Vanderbilt, Richard Morris Hunt and McKim, Mead and White have left their mark in this neighborhood. From Huguette Clark to the crime of the century, see what you've been missing when you walk through these streets. And, as always, don't forget to look up! Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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Click here for more information about 2016 04/17 New! -- Hidden Hell's Kitchen
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2016 04/17 New! -- Hidden Hell's Kitchen
2:00 PM - Today's crowds enjoy Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen for its active nightlife, the wide array of cuisine, and its Off-Broadway theatre district. But take a closer look at the clues visible throughout the neighborhood and you will see a history of Hell's Kitchen that has been left out of guide books, and ignored by plaques and markers. Fading painted letters on a brick chimney hint at its industrial past as one of America's most famous candy makers. See the scene of a senseless murder that rocked the nation, remembered only by the Broadway musical created about it, now a safe playground for area youth. A telephone compnay's office tower turned luxury apartment building created by one of America's most under-appreciated and troubled architects. From the building that gave us such iconic songs as Imagine, American Pie, and Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, to the diner where Seinfeld was first created, surprises await intrepid explorers on every block of Hell's Kitchen. Join preservationist and tour guide Patrick Waldo as we explore these locations and many more, delving into the rich cultural and architectural history of one of New York's most legendary neighborhoods. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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Click here for more information about 2016 04/22 - Tour34: Empire to Penn
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2016 04/22 - Tour34: Empire to Penn
12:30 PM - The Municipal Art Society of New York and the 34th Street Partnership are proud to present Tour34: Empire to Penn, a new West Midtown walking tour. From railroads to retail, sidewalks to skyscrapers, expertly trained MAS docents lead guests on an exploration of the untold history and unfolding future of this bustling hub of transportation and commerce. Tour-goers will hear firsthand the latest plans to reimagine this historic neighborhood, including ideas for building a new Penn Station, re-drawing the street grid, and adding a new business district the size of downtown Minneapolis to the shores of the Hudson! This 90-minute tour is held every Friday and Saturday starting at 12:30PM and the docent is equipped with a portable microphone. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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Click here for more information about 2016 04/23 - Rosehill on Manhattan's East Side
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2016 04/23 - Rosehill on Manhattan's East Side
2:00 PM - The neighborhood of Rosehill in Manhattan, wedged between Gramercy, Murray Hill, and Flatiron, is often referred to erroneously as Midtown East or Gramercy Park North. According to lore, the name Rosehill dates to 1746 when British farmer John Watts bought 131 acres of land extending from Broadway to the East River between 21st and 30th Streets. Today, while skyrocketing rent in adjacent neighborhoods and the impending Second Avenue Subway has lead people to consider living and doing business in Rose Hill, but development pressures are mounting and historic structures may be in danger. The neighborhood is still reeling from the demolition of beautiful beaux arts stable buildings to make way for Baruch Colleges Vertical Campus. In addition to a booming student population, the community also has several single room occupancy supportive housing ventures, among them Friends House in Rosehill, a Quaker venture which in effect recovered the neighborhood's old name, and the Prince George Hotel sponsored by Common Ground. Can a future that meets the needs of a broad cross section of citizens be negotiated? Join urban planner Laurence Frommer as we examine the true identity of a neighborhood often thought to have no name. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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Click here for more information about 2016 04/23 - Tour34: Empire to Penn
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2016 04/23 - Tour34: Empire to Penn
12:30 PM - The Municipal Art Society of New York and the 34th Street Partnership are proud to present Tour34: Empire to Penn, a new West Midtown walking tour. From railroads to retail, sidewalks to skyscrapers, expertly trained MAS docents lead guests on an exploration of the untold history and unfolding future of this bustling hub of transportation and commerce. Tour-goers will hear firsthand the latest plans to reimagine this historic neighborhood, including ideas for building a new Penn Station, re-drawing the street grid, and adding a new business district the size of downtown Minneapolis to the shores of the Hudson! This 90-minute tour is held every Friday and Saturday starting at 12:30PM and the docent is equipped with a portable microphone. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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Click here for more information about 2016 04/24 New! -- Murder, Mobs, and Robert Moses: An Exploration of Tompkins Square Park
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2016 04/24 New! -- Murder, Mobs, and Robert Moses: An Exploration of Tompkins Square Park
2:00 PM - Perhaps no other park in New York City has seen as much action as Tompkins Square Park. The deadliest riot in American history swept through it, the Hare Krishna religion was born in it, and it has been used as a staging ground by so many status-quo-disrupting protests that Robert Moses redesigned it to make it "revolution-proof." Join preservationist and tour guide Patrick Waldo as we peel back the layers of one of New York's most storied parks, revealing the ways in which Tompkins Square Park has been shaped by the constantly changing East Village neighborhood surrounding it, and how it has shaped those who have passed through it. By carefully examining the 10 acre expanse of Tompkins Square, we will more fully understand the true threat and power of this famous public space. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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Click here for more information about 2016 04/29 - Tour34: Empire to Penn
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2016 04/29 - Tour34: Empire to Penn
12:30 PM - The Municipal Art Society of New York and the 34th Street Partnership are proud to present Tour34: Empire to Penn, a new West Midtown walking tour. From railroads to retail, sidewalks to skyscrapers, expertly trained MAS docents lead guests on an exploration of the untold history and unfolding future of this bustling hub of transportation and commerce. Tour-goers will hear firsthand the latest plans to reimagine this historic neighborhood, including ideas for building a new Penn Station, re-drawing the street grid, and adding a new business district the size of downtown Minneapolis to the shores of the Hudson! This 90-minute tour is held every Friday and Saturday starting at 12:30PM and the docent is equipped with a portable microphone. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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Click here for more information about 2016 04/30 - Art and Architecture Along the Highline
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2016 04/30 - Art and Architecture Along the Highline
10:30 AM - Nearly seven years after its opening the Highline has established itself as one of the most successful public spaces in New York City a beautifully landscaped promenade removed from city traffic, but still great for 'people watching', with an ever rejuvenating selection of artworks along the tracks and an increasing number of 'starchitecture' along its sides Frank Gehry, Norman Foster, Jean Nouvel, Zaha Hadid and many others have proudly contributed to this neighborhood. This new tour with guide and art historian Sylvia Lauden-Meo will start at the southern end of the High Line and head north to the final loop to get a closer look at the developments rising in Hudson Yards. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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2016 04/30 - Tour34: Empire to Penn
12:30 PM - The Municipal Art Society of New York and the 34th Street Partnership are proud to present Tour34: Empire to Penn, a new West Midtown walking tour. From railroads to retail, sidewalks to skyscrapers, expertly trained MAS docents lead guests on an exploration of the untold history and unfolding future of this bustling hub of transportation and commerce. Tour-goers will hear firsthand the latest plans to reimagine this historic neighborhood, including ideas for building a new Penn Station, re-drawing the street grid, and adding a new business district the size of downtown Minneapolis to the shores of the Hudson! This 90-minute tour is held every Friday and Saturday starting at 12:30PM and the docent is equipped with a portable microphone. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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Click here for more information about 2016 04/30 Sold Out: New! -- Hudson Street from Start to Finish, Part 2
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2016 04/30 Sold Out: New! -- Hudson Street from Start to Finish, Part 2
2:00 PM - In part 2 of this 2-part tour, explore Hudson Street with architectural historian Francis Morrone as it leaves the far West Village and moves south through "Hudson Square" and TriBeCa. Along the way we will look at the Charlton-King-Vandam Historic District, the monstrous Holland Tunnel exit rotary (once the site of a fashionable residential neighborhood), lovely Duane Park, architectural masterpieces like Francis Kimball's 135 Hudson Street and Ralph Walker's 60 Hudson Street, and much more. We will end at Hudson's end, at Chambers Street. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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Click here for more information about 2016 05/01 - Springtime at the Cemetery: Mayflowers, Mavericks, Mavens, and Mayors
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2016 05/01 - Springtime at the Cemetery: 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. Please wear sturdy shoes that are suitable for rustic country paths. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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