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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 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. You may also notice our Jane's Walk photo icon that indicates a tour that debuted this past May as part of Jane's Walk weekend.  Unless otherwise noted, most tours last between 90 minutes and 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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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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2015 08/29 New! -- Five Squares and a Circle
1:00 PM - Five Squares and a Circle is a unique new tour with guide Phil Desiere that takes you from the residential ambiance of Greenwich Village to the bustling commercial center of Midtown North. We follow the history of New York as the city developed its major squares: Washington, Union, Madison, Herald, and Times Squares. The tour ends with NYC's most famous roundabout, Columbus Circle. With a combination of walking and riding the subway we make our way uptown, focusing on history, art, architecture and people with personality associated with five squares and a circle. Note: This tour brings guests on the subway and you must bring a metrocard with at least two fares. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

$20.00 

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2015 08/29 New! -- Greenpoint South, Brooklyn
5:30 PM - A complement to the previously offered Greenpoint North tour, the route includes the busy retail spine of Manhattan Avenue, industrial and residential blocks, a gem of a park, and the anchor church of the neighborhood's still staunch Polish population. Led by guide and journalist Norman Oder, the tour will end near McCarren Park and signs of encroaching "Williamsburg-ization". Cost: $20 / $15 Members

$20.00 

Click here for more information about 2015 08/30 - Sold Out: Orchard Street on the Lower East Side: From Start to Finish
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2015 08/30 - Sold Out: Orchard Street on the Lower East Side: From Start to Finish
2:00 PM - Orchard Street is the spine of the old East Side, with not a little but a lot of everything that defines that endlessly fascinating part of Manhattan. Once, one block of Orchard ranked as possibly the most crowded in the world. On this tour with architectural historian Francis Morrone, we will talk about the different kinds of buildings people lived in during the immigrant years between the middle of the 19th century and the middle of the 20th century, about demographic changes and urban renewal and the whys and wherefores of the neighborhood's depopulation, about pushcarts and immigrant foodways, and about recent changes, including gentrification. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 08/30 New! -- I Remember New York: Downtown Brooklyn
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2015 08/30 New! -- I Remember New York: Downtown Brooklyn
10:00 AM - In his lifetime, tour guide and preservation activist Joe Svehlak has seen major changes Downtown Brooklyn. Growing up in the 1940s and 50s, Joe remembers Brooklyn's Downtown as one of New York City's premier shopping and entertainment centers, with grand elegant department stores, specialty shops, fine restaurants and magnificent movie palaces. He would look forward to the special holiday shopping trips Downtown and the occasional treat of a movie in one of the great theaters. By the 1970s economic decline, the days of the grand department stores were over. The Fox and the Albee theatres were demolished for other commercial purposes. The Paramount became part of Long Island University and the Metropolitan is now the Brooklyn Tabernacle. Fifteen years ago Joe moved Downtown and is now witnessing dramatic high rise construction all around him. New streetscapes and plazas are adding to Downtown Brooklyn's new livability. New Hotels and shops are opening and even a new park is planned. Joe's thoughts and memories will guide us through his neighborhood as we view old civic buildings, new commercial development, designated New York City landmarks, the revitalized Fulton Mall, redesigned Flatbush Avenue, Metro Tech expansion, and even some surprising religious edifices. End by the landmarked monumental Dime Savings Bank and Junior's Restaurant, noted for its cheesecake. Please note that this tour has been offered before with a slightly different theme, and there may be significant overlap in content. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 09/03 New! -- Concrete Playground: Skateboarding in New York City
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2015 09/03 New! -- Concrete Playground: Skateboarding in New York City
6:00 PM - Twisting art deco spires, ornate facades, urban park marvels; all facets of an exquisite New York facade that has long bedazzled and enthralled visitors and locals alike. This tour couldn't care less about that. Come for a ride in downtown Manhattan and discover, or re-visit, the gritty urban playground through the curbs, the granite, the marble, the underused public plazas, the asphalt, and the concrete of this great Jungle. Starting with the architectural development of massive financial office buildings in the 70's, we will cruise through the golden era of 90's street skateboarding to the sudden, heartbreaking, security heightening rift of September 11th. Retrace the history of skateboarding in downtown Manhattan with your guide and long-time skateboarder Adam Abada through the classic spots and exalt in the most notable tricks they were blessed with. Skaters are welcome to bring their boards, but this tour will delight non-skaters as well. No Wall Street bull here. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 09/05 New! -- City College of New York
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2015 09/05 New! -- City College of New York
2:00 PM - The City College of New York (CCNY) dates back to 1847 as the country's earliest free institution of higher education. Upon the campus' move to Hamilton Heights in 1907, an exciting array of historical events transformed the City College into one of the most fascinating college's for its time. The campus has included buildings dating from 1847 to 2009, altogether contributing to the unique contrasts in architectural styles over the years. On this brand new tour with City College architecture student and campus guide, Dalton Whiteside, we will be visiting CCNY's vibrant Neo-Gothic campus, through the Modernism of the central campus, and to the newly renovated South Campus which originates as a former Convent. It's sure to be an educational adventure! Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 09/05 New! -- Midnight Monuments: New York by Gehry
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2015 09/05 New! -- Midnight Monuments: New York by Gehry
10:00 PM - With its gravity-defying stainless steel folds cascading down like waterfalls, Frank Gehry's first skyscraper, "New York by Gehry at 8 Spruce Street" is an instant New York classic. The New York Times called it "the finest skyscraper to rise in New York since Eero Saarinen's CBS Building went up 46 years ago." The New Yorker's Paul Goldberger compared it to the 1913 Woolworth Building, saying "It is the first thing built downtown since then that actually deserves to stand beside it." And yet, the best angles to view this postmodern masterpiece are rarely utilized, especially at night. Join guide Patrick Waldo for another gathering of the Midnight Monuments club, a late-night New York City historical appreciation group, as we explore Gehry's groundbreaking design up close and personal, and learn about the tabloid worthy tales hiding behind this future New York City landmark on this new night tour. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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2015 09/06 New! -- Reflecting Absence: The 9/11 Memorial
2:00 PM - Explore the historic events of 9/11 and the massive memorial pools honoring the nearly 3,000 dead with popular Jane's Walk leader Judith Pucci. Learn about the concepts and symbolism used to create a contemplative and dignified memorial. Gain insight into what being at the Trade Center was like that morning. Hear the remarkable story behind the Survivor Tree. Observe the ongoing rebuilding of the World Trade Center and learn about the innovative construction methods developed especially for this massive and unique urban renewal project. Research for this tour is based on conversations with the Memorial's designer, first responders, survivors, family members, Lower Manhattan residents, news coverage and other materials, including the 9/11 Commission Report. This tour is not about politics. It is about the Memorial's design, the rebuilding of the WTC, the rebirth of Lower Manhattan, and a precise exploration of what it was like to be in the towers and at the Trade Center that morning. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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2015 09/11 - Before Brooklyn Bridge Park
6:00 PM - Visit Brooklyn Bridge Park with architectural historian and author, Matt Postal. In the 19th and early 20th century, Brooklyn's waterfront was crowded with commercial activity. Now replaced by a lovely new park and forgotten by many New Yorkers, we'll discuss how multiple ferry lines, trolley routes, and freight facilities came together to shape the river's edge, with stops to consider how the park's design recalls the area's history, as well as the architectural development of Fulton Street, the soon to be redeveloped Empire Stores, and the former Squibb Pharmaceutical plant. This special evening tour will end near dusk when the Tribute in Light will become visible in the New York City skyline to remember 14th anniversary of 9/11. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

$30.00 

Click here for more information about 2015 09/12 - A German History of the East Village
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2015 09/12 - A German History of the East Village
10:30 AM - The East Village was once home to the ever-growing waves of German immigrants who came to settle in the New World in the mid-19th century, making it the third largest German settlement after Berlin and Vienna. Enhancing their neighborhood with beer gardens, gymnastic clubs, singing societies, theaters, and parade grounds, traces of the newcomer's busy social lives can still be found everywhere, including a modest memorial that serves as a reminder of why it all so suddenly ended one day in 1904, with the General Slocum Disaster. Join guide and art historian Sylvia Laudien-Meo to explore the beginnings of German culture in New York City a few days ahead of the annual German-American Steuben parade held every year along Fifth Avenue. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 09/12 New! -- Clinton Hill, Brooklyn
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2015 09/12 New! -- Clinton Hill, Brooklyn
2:00 PM - Early on in Clinton Hill's history, the neighborhood was a suburban retreat for the prosperous shippers and factory owners who made their fortunes in nearby Wallabout. By the late 1880s, "The Hill" was home to some of the city's wealthiest people, their fortunes made in oil, industry and finance. Everyone wanted to live on The Hill near the homes of its First Family, the Pratt's. The result is a neighborhood with some of the finest and most varied forms of residential architecture in the city, with large mansions, elegant row houses and impressive churches. Join architectural historian and writer Suzanne Spellen ("Montrose Morris" on Brownstoner.com) and architect and historian Morgan Munsey as we explore this great neighborhood on this brand new tour. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 09/13 Sold Out: New! -- Hike to the High Bridge Along the Forgotten Old Croton Aqueduct Trail
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2015 09/13 Sold Out: New! -- Hike to the High Bridge Along the Forgotten Old Croton Aqueduct Trail
11:00 AM - Where can you find Manhattan's longest road not taken? Find out on an urban hike through Upper Manhattan to the famous High Bridge, which just reopened this summer. Completed in 1848, the city's oldest bridge--a 1,450-ft. span, 100 feet above the Harlem River--was once the crowning flourish of a "herculean" fresh water supply system from Croton-on-Hudson. In neighboring Westchester County, the Old Croton Aqueduct (OCA) trail still trips through several towns as one of the most delightful nature walks anywhere, but its extension languishes in plain sight here in Manhattan. Discover many compelling diversions of the OCA trail while trolling its route with tour leader Eric K. Washington, who will reveal where it wends through West Harlem and Washington Heights. Some highlights may include such sites as the 19th-c. Carmansville district; new Sugar Hill Apartment & Museum complex; John T. Brush staircase; Morris-Jumel Mansion; and the urban wilderness path over Coogan's Bluff that culminates at the historic High Bridge. Caution: this rustic hike requires stepping over and upon rock outcroppings and mounting a steep flight of steps to leave the High Bridge. This tour is co-presented by the Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct who have donated maps of the area to be distributed on the tour. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 09/19 - Chinatown in Flushing, Queens
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2015 09/19 - Chinatown in Flushing, Queens
2:00 PM - This immigrant destination and commercial center has surpassed its Manhattan antecedent in both population and investment. With Taiwanese rather than Cantonese at its core, Flushing's Chinatown plays host to a variety of overseas groups. Recent rezoning and greater land availability support unusual real estate developments in the area including office buildings, hotels, residential condos, specialty shops, cultural institutions, and malls. Restaurant tips distributed by guide and Queen's Borough Historian, Jack Eichenbaum! Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 09/19 - Sky's the Limit? A Transforming 57th Street
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2015 09/19 - Sky's the Limit? 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 soaring structures by Norman Foster, Christian de Portzamparc, and Rafael Vinoly that are poised to change 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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2015 09/20 - Art Deco 42nd Street: East to West
10:30 AM - Architectural historian and author, Anthony W. Robins takes us to Midtown Manhattan's major boulevard of Art Deco skyscrapers. The star architect of the walk is modernist Raymond Hood; we will see three of his four skyscrapers: the Daily News, American Radiator, and McGraw-Hill. The star building, once the world's tallest, is the one and only Chrysler, whose architect, William Van Alen, was once called the Ziegfeld of his profession. We will also see the beautiful Chanin and Paramount Buildings. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 09/20 Sold Out: New! -- Manhattan's Turtle Bay
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2015 09/20 Sold Out: New! -- Manhattan's Turtle Bay
2:00 PM - Turtle Bay, defined here as the East 40s and 50s between Third Avenue and the East River, is a large but for most people indistinct swath of Midtown, identified, to the extent that it is, by the United Nations complex, or perhaps by the elegant enclaves of Beekman Place and Sutton Place. This tour is architectural historian Francis Morrone's follow-up to his recent tour of Beekman Place and Sutton Place (and so will not include those areas), and will show one of the most surprise-filled parts of New York, which includes such enclaves as Turtle Bay Gardens and Amster Yard, the most important Modernist town houses in the city (Philip Johnson's 242 East 52nd Street, the William Lescaze House at 211 East 48th Street), the vest-pocket gem of Greenacre Park on East 51st Street, and much more in a part of Manhattan notable not least for its onetime mingling of the rich and the poor, which will be one of the themes of the walk. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 09/24 New! -- Art After Dark: 100 Gates Project on the Lower East Side
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2015 09/24 New! -- Art After Dark: 100 Gates Project on the Lower East Side
7:30 PM - The 100 GATES Project is a neighborhood-wide public art initiative that is transforming the Lower East Side into an outdoor public art gallery. The initiative, which is managed by Natalie Raben of the Lower East Side Business Improvement District, is funded by a Neighborhood Challenge grant and works by connecting artists with opportunities to create original murals on the roll down security gates belonging to businesses in the LES. Each collaboration tells a different story. Artists such as Shantell Martin, FAUST, and Buff Monster are just a small snapshot of the noteworthy talent included in the 100 GATES Project's Artist Roster. This tour will include a selection of completed murals, detailing the unique backstories, while also offering contextual information on art in the neighborhood. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 09/26 - Queens in Flux: LIC, Court Square, and Hunter's Point
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2015 09/26 - Queens in Flux: LIC, Court Square, and Hunter's Point
1:30 PM - The jumble of streets in Queens below the Queensboro Bridge presents examples of a glorious past, like a classic courthouse and a gem of a historic district. But it's also notable for recent steps forward, including the borough's newly built tallest building, the art haven MoMA PS 1, and new residential developments at both Court Square and along 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 popular guide and journalist Norman Oder on this tour, which starts near the new Smorgasburg Queens, featuring only Queens-based vendors (come early to pick up some snacks for the walk!). The tour will end near the Long Island City Flea. Please note that this tour moves at a brisk pace to cover a lot of ground. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 09/27 New! -- An 1850s Journey Down Broadway
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2015 09/27 New! -- An 1850s Journey Down Broadway
4:30 PM - This brand new tour with popular Jane's Walk leader and MAS Grand Central docent Jason Stein will take us from West Houston Street in SoHo down to St. Paul's Chapel at Fulton Street along Broadway. We will be covering some of the cast iron buildings and their histories, the luxury hotels built during this time, the first safety elevator installed in the city, entertainment, and brothels, and gangs, oh my! This brand new tour follows Broadway from SoHo to City Hall and points out areas of interest along the way from the 1850's and back again. We will get a general sense of what it was like to walk down Broadway more than 150 years ago. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 09/27 New! -- New Buildings in Lower Manhattan
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2015 09/27 New! -- New Buildings in Lower Manhattan
2:00 PM - If you think that the World Trade Center's twin towers were big, the grouping of today's buildings seems even bigger. One of the new buildings not only seems bigger, it is indeed bigger, topping out at 1,368 feet, including the antenna its height raised to the symbolic number of 1,776 (read 1776 as a date). Wonders to behold on this new tour with guide and historian John Tauranac include Santiago Calatrava's WTC Transportation Hub, and the new residential tower by Robert A. M. Stern at 30 Park Place that already towers over the Woolworth Building. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 10/03 New! -- Brooklyn's Historic Atlantic Avenue
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2015 10/03 New! -- Brooklyn's Historic Atlantic Avenue
11:00 AM - Atlantic Avenue has been one of Brooklyn's most dynamic commercial thoroughfares for over a hundred and fifty years. This diverse retail and dining destination connects the landmark neighborhoods of Boerum Hill, Brooklyn Heights, and Cobble Hill. Mack Truck, Benjamin Moore Paints, Corning Glass Works, and Ex-Lax all got their start on Atlantic Avenue. Join this new tour with Brooklyn native Joe Svehlak, and walk from the Atlantic Center to the waterfront, as we discuss Atlantic Avenue's architecture, social and commercial history, and more recent redevelopment. The variety of commercial, religious, civic, and residential architecture combining the new with the old are a testament to the vitality of Atlantic Avenue. In addition to the old and the new Arabic shopping enters, there are many specialty shops and a wide selection of eating and drinking establishments. On this tour we will view a former brewery, several religious sites, a jail, and near the entrance to the Brooklyn Bridge Park, a new mural depicting Atlantic Avenue's history and significance. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 10/03 New! -- Transmitter Brewing Tour & Tasting
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2015 10/03 New! -- Transmitter Brewing Tour & Tasting
12:00 PM - Brewing beer is, at its heart, an artisinal process. Various craft beers are made and bottled by hand in this nanobrewery located underneath the Pulaski Bridge in Long Island City, Queens. On this brand new tour with Anthony Accardi, co-owner of Transmitter Brewing, you will see and learn about the process of how raw ingredients like various malted and unmalted grain, hops, water and yeast, are transformed into a delicious, engaging, and flavorful fermented beverage. Several beers will be sampled on your visit to this small local brewery to help give a sense of the range of flavors that are possible within the confine of these simple ingredients. Beers to taste are in included in the price of this tour. Cost: $40 / $30 Members

$40.00 

Click here for more information about 2015 10/04 New! -- The Un-landmarked Upper West Side
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2015 10/04 New! -- The Un-landmarked Upper West Side
11:00 AM - One of the glories of Broadway on the Upper West Side is the neighborhood's "heterogeneous and commercial character," as the Landmarks Preservation Commission described it--the very qualities that doomed some of the buildings on the east side of Broadway from being considered for designation. Both sides of Broadway have some buildings that are truly remarkable, including some of the "infill" buildings that contribute to the whole and tell the neighborhood's history. And the building names? The Trafalgar, and the Cornwall, and the Roxborough for the Anglophiles; the De Soto for the Hispanophiles; and for the Francophiles we'll see the Marseilles, the Borchard, and the "Versailles" (yes, the name is in quotes in the transom, as if the builder really didn't quite believe it himself). Join guide and historian John Tauranac for this new uptown tour. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 10/09 New! -- The Business of the City
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2015 10/09 New! -- The Business of the City
10:00 AM - Every day the City performs ceremonies, holds hearings, and records the comings and goings of its citizens. As taxpayers, we have the right to observe the business of the City as well as participate in proceedings that affect us directly. This tour will take us into the halls of justice, marriage license bureau, a citizenship ceremony, municipal archives and possibly a public hearing along the way. Discussion will cover the Open Meetings Law, public art and architecture, and the Landmarks Preservation Commission, as well as other City agencies. Please note that on this tour with court stenographer and popular Jane's Walk leader Linda Fisher, we will be going through security screenings similar to the airport to enter many of the buildings on this tour. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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2015 10/10 - Oscar Wilde in New York
2:00 PM - Oscar Wilde, the Irish poet, dramatist and wit, famous for his life in London and Paris, spent all of 1882 in America on an extended lecture tour across the continent. Nowhere did he spend more time than in New York City. Join guide John Cooper, founding member of the Oscar Wilde Society of America, for a leafy stroll through Madison Square Park, Gramercy Park, and Greenwich Village to trace Oscar Wilde's debut in the social and literary world and celebrate what would be his 161st birthday this month! Based on original research into Wilde and his circle during the gilded age in New York, see how Wilde was influenced by the aesthetic movement of the period, and how he in turn influenced the society of today. Learn about the life and times of this fascinating personality, whose birthday we celebrate in October, and self-styled genius is as relevant today as it was when he arrived in 1882. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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2015 10/10 - Walk the QueensWay
11:00 AM - Join guides from The Trust for Public Land and the Friends of the QueensWay for a 2.5 mile walk alongside the northern section of this proposed "cultural greenway" that will transform a long abandoned rail line running from Forest Hills/Rego Park south to Ozone Park. If built, the QueensWay could highlight the many cultures of Queens (one of the most diverse urban areas in America) and provide pedestrian and bike linkages. This tour will start in historic Forest Hills Gardens, and include a walk on the rail bed, through a ravine in Forest Park (wear long pants, and hiking or walking shoes), but much of it will be on city streets adjoining the QueensWay. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 10/11 New! -- Broad Channel: An Archipelago in Queens
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2015 10/11 New! -- Broad Channel: An Archipelago in Queens
2:00 PM - The picturesque community of Broad Channel in Queens, perched in the middle of Jamaica Bay, is a study in contrasts. Majestic ospreys nest in a world-class wildlife sanctuary, and egrets wander casually into backyards along the bay. However, just a stone's throw away, man-made eyesores dot the landscape, including the former site of a marine salvage area that is being remediated to create waterfront parkland, and one of NYC's largest portable toilet operations. The neighborhood is home to patriotic middle-class residents who vote and attend civic meetings regularly, and love to parade down their main street to honor veterans, volunteer firefighters, old traditions and Old Glory. Yet most locals of the 100-year old community did not own their land or homes until the 1980's. Squatters once occupied marsh islands until evicted by Robert Moses during construction of Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in the 1950's. The remote community was also a hotbed of bootlegging and speakeasies during the Prohibition era. Join guide Vivian Carter, Rockaways expert and author of Arcadia, on this new tour that will introduce you to the charms and challenges of this nautical enclave in Queens. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 10/11 Sold Out: New! -- Midtown Manhattan Side Streets, Part 5
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2015 10/11 Sold Out: New! -- Midtown Manhattan Side Streets, Part 5
2:00 PM - Our exploration of the side streets of Midtown Manhattan--the streets that are "behind the world instead of in it," in the words of the writer Maeve Brennan--continues. We are now doing the east side, and the blocks of the forties between Fifth and Third Avenues. The earlier tours in the series are in no way a prerequisite, but if you have not been on them be advised that the pace of these tours is very leisurely and the content pretty detailed. This part begins where the last one ended on 48th Street, and will move north from there. Eventually we will cover all of the side streets of Midtown with architecutral historian Francis Morrone. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 10/17 - Coming Soon: Hudson Yards and West Chelsea
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2015 10/17 - Coming Soon: Hudson Yards and West Chelsea
11:00 AM - Join architectural historian Matt Postal for a tour of the Hudson Yards redevelopment project and environs. With the opening of the 7 train extension, this once-ignored far west side neighborhood is poised to become home to some of Manhattan's hottest commercial and residential real estate. We'll view the renovated Javits Center, imagine Hudson Boulevard & Park, and walk the north segments of the High Line, where we'll ponder the adjacent site's current progress and Kohn Pederson & Fox's ambitious master plan. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 10/17 New! -- Bensonhurst and Bath Beach in Brooklyn
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2015 10/17 New! -- Bensonhurst and Bath Beach in Brooklyn
2:00 PM - A neighborhood that boomed in the first half of the 20th century, known for producing New York notables like Larry King and Vic Damone, Bensonhurst was the setting for Welcome Back Kotter, and key scenes in Saturday Night Fever and The French Connection. While the delicatessens have departed, pasticcerias thrive, and a vibrant immigrant neighborhood remains, with new layers: Chinese, Mexican, and Russian residents have joined the longstanding Italian and Jewish communities. This new tour with popular guide and journalist Norman Oder will take us down major streets in Bensonhurst and neighboring Bath Beach to highlight the evolving retail scene, historic (and adapted) houses of worship, lost theaters, and the Jewish Community House, home to Sandy Koufax's early exploits. A brief bakery sampling is included in the tour price. Please note this tour involves brisk walking to cover more ground. Cost: $33 / $23 Members

$33.00 

Click here for more information about 2015 10/18 - The New York of 1913
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2015 10/18 - The New York of 1913
2:00 PM - Manhattan one hundred and two years ago: the Armory Show, the Paterson Strike Pageant at Madison Square Garden, the deaths of Murray Hill neighbors J.P. Morgan and Anson Phelps Stokes, the opening of Grand Central Terminal, and much, much more, as we try to recreate the city as it was on the eve of the First World War. This walk with architectural historian Francis Morrone will move from Madison Square to Grand Central Terminal, and will include discussions of such figures as Arthur B. Davies, John Reed, Alfred Stieglitz, and Belle da Costa Greene. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

$30.00 

Click here for more information about 2015 10/24 - Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn
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2015 10/24 - 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: $30 / $20 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 10/24 - Freewheelin' Bob Dylan
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2015 10/24 - Freewheelin' Bob Dylan
11:00 AM - "How does it feel?" It's been 50 years since Bob Dylan released "Like a Rolling Stone," selected by critics as the greatest rock 'n' roll song of all time. Historically, Greenwich Village was a magnet for writers, activists, musicians, artists, and outcasts. Its allure attracted creative souls from all sections of this country. Bob Dylan "landed up on the downtown side" in 1961 on the heels of the Beats and the revival of the folkies. This tour with popular Jane's Walk leader and MAS Grand Central Docent Robert Depczenski will trace the footsteps of Dylan, visiting places he gathered, lived, and performed. Transversing the Village streets, we'll relive the forces that influenced his formative years and commemorate the period in NYC leading up to its recording. The ghosts of Village past including Poe, Whitman, and Kerouac, and the presence of Guthrie, Van Ronk, and Ginsburg nourished Dylan and fueled his work. This synergy between place and genius will be the focus of our journey. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 10/25 - Art Deco on the Upper Upper West Side
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2015 10/25 - Art Deco on the Upper Upper West Side
10:30 AM - Join architectural historian and author Anthony W. Robins for a meandering walk across the upper west tracts of the Upper West Side, from West 85th to 103rd streets. We see work by such stalwart Manhattan Deco icons as Sugarman & Berger, Boak & Paris, and Harvey Wiley Corbett, as well as architects less well known for their Deco productions, including Emery Roth and Rosario Candela. Highlights include Roth's Normandy Apartments and Corbett's Master Apartments; the Broadway Fashion Building - four-stories of commercial space in a Moderne glass box; Joan of Arc Junior High School; Boak & Paris's Midtown (now Metro) Theater; and one of Manhattan's last surviving Horn & Hardart automat buildings, with splendid Art Deco terra-cotta. If you've taken his tour of Art Deco on Central Park West, and wondered what else might be out there closer to the Hudson, this is your chance to find out! Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 10/25 - Christopher Street
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2015 10/25 - Christopher Street
3:00 PM - As Greenwich Village became the center of Bohemian life after the turn of the 20th century, Christopher Street was an important thoroughfare among artists, actors, intellectuals and the literati. Off-Broadway is often said to have been born on Christopher Street after WWII at the former Theater de Lys (now Lucille Lortell Theater) when Three Penny Opera had its U.S. premier there. Nearby at The Greenwich Village Theater, America was introduced to the legendary Greenwich Village Follies and later at Cafe Cino, Bernadette Peters had her first off-Broadway role. Also a center for writers, Christopher Street was home for many years to the The Lion's Head bar, serving up drinks to Norman Mailer, Jimmy Breslin, Pete Hammill, Frank McCourt, and others. Other writers of note associated with the street include, poet EE Cummings, science fiction writer Harlan Ellis, Dawn Powell, and Anias Nin. In Frank Shay's Bookshop, an intellectual hub of Greenwich Village in the early 1920s, local writers took to signing the door to the shop's office, including Theodore Dreiser, John Dos Passes, Upton Sinclair, Sherwood Anderson, Sinclair Lewis and Vachel Lindsay, among many others. Its reputation as a hub of gay culture dates back at least to World War II, when it provided R&R for gay sailors. In the 1950s The Mattachine Society, an early gay rights group, used to have offices here. In 1969, legendary riots erupted at the Stonewall Inn, marking a major leap for forward for the modern LGBT rights movement and in recent years there has been a call to declare the stretch a LGBT Historic Heritage Corridor. Join this new tour with urban planner and guide Laurence Frommer to learn about the past, present, and future of New York's beloved Christopher Street. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 10/25 New! -- Art and Architecture Along the Highline
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2015 10/25 New! -- Art and Architecture Along the Highline
1:30 PM - Six 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 Ghery, 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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Click here for more information about 2015 10/31 - Halloween at Uptown Trinity Church Cemetery
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2015 10/31 - Halloween at Uptown Trinity Church Cemetery
11:00 AM - At Halloween, historic Trinity Church Cemetery is Manhattan's ideal gothic autumn getaway. Its rustic, headstone-lined pathways burst with an explosion of fall foliage and colorful history. Established in 1842, this charming parcel in Washington Heights is one of New York State's most important burying grounds, and the only one still functioning on Manhattan. The grounds--originally laid out by James Renwick Jr., and re-landscaped years later by Calvert Vaux--are steeped in Revolutionary War, Civil War, civic- and social history. They comprise a nearly 24-acre memorial park that not only chronicles much of old New York, but reflects the clandestine rituals of Santerķa that reveal its cultural and demographic context in the present. Waypoints of interest include Richard Sands, the renowned "ceiling walker"; Madame Eliza Jumel, the notorious adventuress; Laura E. Carson Brevoort, who threw New York's first socially-accepted masked ball; and New York City Mayor Cadwallader D. Colden, who was chief prosecutor of the sensational Manhattan Well Murder Trial. Join Trinity Church Cemetery expert Eric K. Washington for this annual holiday favorite. We recommend wearing sturdy shoes that are suitable for rustic country paths. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 10/31 New! -- Inwood Hill Park in Upper Manhattan
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2015 10/31 New! -- Inwood Hill Park in Upper Manhattan
10:00 AM - Where can you find Manhattan Island's largest remaining forest, Indian caves, glacial potholes, and the Island's one and only salt marsh with resident muskrats and wintering harbor seals? Join New York City naturalist and author of "Field Guide to the Neighborhood Birds of New York City", Leslie Day for this walking tour of Inwood Hill Park and discover its wildlife and natural history. Bring binoculars and wear walking shoes for this brand new 90 minute tour of this hilly park. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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