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

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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. $20 / $15 Members. Give the gift of a MAS tour!

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2015 06/06 MAS Celebrates Pride: LGBT East Village
4:00 PM - While most people are aware of the West Village as a major center of LGBT life, the East Village has played an important role as well. Join guide Laurence Frommer to examine the history of the "fairy bars" once hidden in the shadows under the Third Ave El on the Bowery in the 1890's, iconoclastic Beat writers and artists of the 50's and sixties, and the riotous LGBT club scene of the 80's that continues to this day. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 06/06 New! -- Skyscraper National Park Series: Jazz-Age Towers of Midtown Manhattan
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2015 06/06 New! -- Skyscraper National Park Series: Jazz-Age Towers of Midtown Manhattan
11:00 AM - This new tour with architectural historian Matt Postal concentrates on some of Manhattan's best-loved buildings clustered around the East Midtown area. Examine the final additions to neighborhood in the late 1920s, such as the headquarters of the New York Central Railroad and the Chanin Building, and proceed north to understand how the planning ideas pioneered at Grand Central Terminal would shape the design of Rockefeller Center. Highlights include the sumptuous lobby of the Chrysler Building, as well as the lesser-known but splendid Goelet Building. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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2015 06/07 Bronx Street Art
4:00 PM - This special tour with guide Alexandra Maruri grants visitors an insider's view of the sites and details of the artists whose work we'll admire. Alexandra will also share the history of the community and businesses that serve as a backdrops for this unique art form. We'll see the finest outdoor murals and meet some of the artists along the way. This tour supports the TAG Public Arts Project a street gallery of artists from around the world. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 06/07 New! -- I Remember New York: Lower Manhattan's Eastern Route
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2015 06/07 New! -- I Remember New York: Lower Manhattan's Eastern Route
10:00 AM - In conjunction with the 50th Anniversary of the New York City Landmarks Law and tour guide Joe Svehlak's 75th year, this is the first in a series of his "I Remember" tours. Working as a messenger for an engraver on Nassau Street in the 1950s, tour guide and preservation activist Joe Svehlak experienced a vastly different streetscape Downtown. For the next three decades, the dawn of the Computer Age, he worked for various Wall Street financial institutions. He witnessed post World War II Lower Manhattan's redevelopment as streets were changed and plazas were created, and many buildings were demolished. Joe believes that about a third of Lower Manhattan as he knew it, has now been lost. He remembers old Newspaper Row before the approaches to the Brooklyn Bridge changed that area. He remembers Water Street before it was widened, and the South Street Seaport before it became a historic district. Downtown used to have a Diamond District, a Stamp and Coin District, and an Insurance District among other distinct areas. Hear about buildings and neighborhoods that are now gone, as Joe reminisces about ever changing Lower Manhattan. We'll discuss issues of planning and preservation, and view some of Downtown's spectacular architecture from the Civic Center down to Wall Street and Bowling Green, that made an impression on Joe when he first started to work Downtown. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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2015 06/07 STORE FRONT: The Disappearing Face of New York
12:00 PM - The traditional storefront in New York City that has prevailed in some cases for over a century is facing several new setbacks. These family-run businesses started out as traditional mom-and-pop stores passed down from generation to generation, and there was a time when they defined our neighborhoods. Many were humble stores tucked away on narrow side streets, while others had become well-known institutions on historic avenues. Each store turned out to be as unique as their customers, run by owners with a commitment to tradition and special service. Not only are these modest small businesses falling away in the face of modernization, gentrification, and conformity, the once unique appearance and character of our colorful streets suffers in the process. A diverse mix of Jewish, Italian, Irish, German, Polish, Ukrainian, Chinese and Hispanic mom and pop storefronts will be visited including many culinary specialty stores. Join guides and MAS Summit speakers James & Karla Murray, the photographers and authors of "STORE FRONT: The Disappearing Face of New York and New York Nights," as they visit some of the remarkable East Village and Lower East Side storefronts documented in their books, and remember those which have disappeared. Unique 19th and 20th century retail graphics and neon signage as well as architectural adornments will be discussed. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 06/10 New! -- Bridges and Sunsets: Queensboro Bridge and the Newly Renovated Queens Plaza
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2015 06/10 New! -- Bridges and Sunsets: Queensboro Bridge and the Newly Renovated Queens Plaza
6:30 PM - On this tour with urban geographer and Queens borough historian Jack Eichenbaum, we'll explore the Queens Plaza area, created from a wetland more than a century ago and now undergoing a metamorphosis as new traffic patterns, parks, hotels, condos, and office towers rise. We'll end our tour with a walk across the Queensboro bridge and if sky conditions permit, see the sun set behind the Upper East Side skyline. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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2015 06/12 All Lit Up: Times Square at Night
10:30 PM - Join guide Kathleen Hulser for this special nighttime walking tour of Times Square lighted signs as she contextualizes the arcane origins of American nighttime advertising with the history of American media and advertising technology. Touching on the changes in family life that turned red light districts into meccas of 24/7 street life, this history-based tour traces the evolution of the Great White Way from its earliest days to the present. How did Times Square become the place national advertisers fought to dominate with gargantuan signs? What theatrical tricks and technological wizardry lay behind iconic signs such as the Wrigley's dancing spearmen whose classical allegories marketed gum, or Douglas Leigh's vertical Niagara Falls of real water coursing between two seventy-foot clothing models for the Bond store? Why can visitors seemingly always encounter undergarments on sale; from pre-WWI long johns with a trapdoor that opens alarmingly, to the glamorously daring girl in a slip crossing the horizon in the 1940s, to the fully-loaded Calvin Klein underwear of the 1990s? Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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2015 06/13 Brooklyn's Stuyvesant North
2:00 PM - The neighborhood of Stuyvesant Heights was developed mostly between 1880 and 19:00. In those twenty years, blocks and blocks of exceptional upper and middle class speculative housing was built, consisting of brownstone, limestone and brick row houses. Small apartment and storefront flats buildings were built on the commercial avenues. This community was soon filled with fine churches, shopping and restaurant blocks, and civic buildings. Today the area roughly between Halsey St and Madison Streets, Throop and Malcolm X is a proposed historic district called Stuyvesant North. Our tour will explore the area, looking at the fine architecture and history of the neighborhood, highlighting its worthiness for landmarking. Some of Brooklyn's finest architects put their mark on these blocks. The tour will be led by 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. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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2015 06/13 Grand Hotels in Manhattan's Grand Army Plaza
4:00 PM - The surviving triumvirate of The Plaza, The Pierre and the Sherry Netherland Hotel are notable Grande Dames of hospitality culminating the commercial area of 5th Avenue in Manhattan. You'll want to dress to impress when visiting these luxurious destinations that have catered to discriminating travelers and local residents wishing to wake near rarified purveyors of finery, connoisseur quality restaurants, and the timeless romantic elegance of Central Park. Lets explore tales behind the creation of these landmark hospitality jewels of yesteryear with popular Jane's Walk host and Grand Central docent Deborah Zelcer, and their relationship with the evolving character of Millionaires Row and the changing city beyond. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 06/13 New! -- Preserve, Reuse, Repurpose in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn
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2015 06/13 New! -- Preserve, Reuse, Repurpose in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn
4:00 PM - Long a thriving, tree-lined neighborhood, Brooklyn's Cobble Hill became a landmark district in 1969. Nearly half a century later, that designation's impact is still palpable. Join tour guide and Cobble Hill native Mary Ann DiNapoli, to see how various types of buildings have been preserved and repurposed. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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2015 06/14 Neon Neighborhood: East Village
7:30 PM - Manhattan's East Village is blessed with an especially dense concentrations of vintage neon signs. Signs like these advertised businesses large and small throughout the city beginning in the 1920s and 1930s. They fell out of favor in the 1960s due to rising costs, restrictive zoning ordinances, and the appearance of less costly forms of outdoor advertising. In recent years, they have all but disappeared as old, independent businesses across the city have succumbed to rent hikes and old age. This popular tour with Tom Rinaldi, author of "Neon New York", will take us past about a dozen signs dating to the 1930s, 40s and 50s, including that of the Orpheum Theatre, possibly the oldest surviving neon sign in New York. We will see them at dusk, as they start to come to light and when they look their best. Some have been beautifully restored; all are in perpetual danger of disappearing. We will discuss their materials, design, origins and future. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 06/14 New! -- I Remember New York: Lower Manhattan's Western Route
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2015 06/14 New! -- I Remember New York: Lower Manhattan's Western Route
10:00 AM - Tour guide and preservation activist Joe Svehlak will show us what's left of Downtown Manhattan's Lower West Side, once a thriving immigrant and unique commercial area before two acts of eminent domain wiped out the "Little Syria" neighborhood and Radio Row, New York's first electronics district. There was even an area noted for selling religious goods. As the approaches to the Battery Tunnel were being built, Joe remembers walking the old narrow streets where his immigrant family used to live over a hundred years ago. Hear his family stories about life on the Lower West Side before the World Trade Center and the Battery Tunnel. View a former Syrian church, the Downtown Community House and a few remaining tenements and Federal townhouses. Hear about the struggle to preserve the memory and few remaining buildings of this former unique melting pot neighborhood where twenty-seven nationalities were counted living here in an early 1900s report. Joe remembers great buildings like the Singer Tower and the Hudson Terminal Buildings being torn down. We'll consider the rampant redevelopment after 9/11/2001, and end at New York's oldest Catholic parish, St. Peter's, where noted New Yorkers and various immigrant groups worshiped. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 06/14 New! -- Manhattan's Beekman Place and Sutton Place
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2015 06/14 New! -- Manhattan's Beekman Place and Sutton Place
2:00 PM - Beekman Place and Sutton Place emerged in the 1920s as two of the earliest "gentrified" enclaves in Manhattan. Beekman Place became a favored residence of theater people (Katharine Cornell, Irving Berlin, Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne) and of rich bohemians, with architecture by such outstanding (and varied) talents as Treanor & Fatio and Paul Rudolph. Sutton Place was settled by wealthy society women--including Anne Vanderbilt and Anne Morgan--who pioneered new roles and lifestyles for women of their class and who sponsored the architect Mott Schmidt's development of an appropriate post-Gilded Age aesthetic. Please be advised that this tour with architectural historian Francis Morrone will include some frank discussion of the personal, including the sexual, lives of some of the early inhabitants of these enclaves. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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2015 06/14 On the Bowery
10:30 AM - Recently named to the National Register of Historic Places, the Bowery is our city's oldest thoroughfare and an incubator for American culture since the 1800s. Known over the years a Native American trail, a Dutch farm road, an avenue for America's first streetcars and the site of Lincoln's epochal anti-slavery speech at Cooper Union, the Bowery has had a robust history. It's been a stomping ground for the Astor family, the swaggering Bowery Boys, immigrants, the working class, the LGBT community and many more. The Bowery also helped foster American art forms like tap dance, minstrelsy, vaudeville, Yiddish theater, Abstract Expressionism, Beat poetry and punk rock. Join preservationists Mitchell Grubler and David Mulkins of the Bowery Alliance of Neighbors for a tour of one of New York's most architecturally diverse streetscapes, comprised of buildings representing nearly every decade since 1780. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 06/18 New! -- Brooklyn's Dead Horse Bay
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2015 06/18 New! -- Brooklyn's Dead Horse Bay
3:00 PM - Join photographer and urban explorer Will Ellis on a walk through the weird side of NYC history at Brooklyn's Dead Horse Bay. Tales of buried pirate treasure, liquified garbage, and environmental devastation abound on this desolate shoreline, which once served as the final destination for the city's carriage horses and later processed all of the city's trash. Today, this beach-comber's paradise is covered with discarded objects from the 1930s and 40s where a landfill cap has eroded away. Bring a bag to collect a few of the incredible artifacts you're sure to stumble upon, like glass mason jars and seltzer bottles, and there's plenty of trash to go around. Please note that sturdy shoes or boots are a must. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 06/19 New! -- The Cathedral of St. John the Divine: Medieval 2.0
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2015 06/19 New! -- The Cathedral of St. John the Divine: Medieval 2.0
1:00 PM - St. John the Divine looks like a twelfth-century French cathedral. In many ways it is built like one, as no structural steel was used in its construction. But architect Ralph Adams Cram, not content to dryly reproduce a gothic church, advanced its principles to create a more unified space than exists in any medieval church. Its gothic revival windows were crafted using medieval methods, but patron saints are joined by such diverse figures as Louis Pasteur, Pocahontas, and Samuel Morse. And St. John's functions as a social and cultural center, as medieval cathedrals did, but with very modern twists. Join this tour with guide John Simko to learn how this Cathedral fits into a great medieval tradition, yet how its architecture, windows, sculpture, and mission are informed by the modern, ever-changing city it serves. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 06/20 DUMBO, Vinegar Hill, and Fulton Ferry in Brooklyn
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2015 06/20 DUMBO, Vinegar Hill, and Fulton Ferry in Brooklyn
10:30 AM - The former industrial district of DUMBO, over decades, has transformed into a coveted residential neighborhood and a new tech industry mecca. With guide and journalist Norman Oder, we'll also visit the intriguing enclave of Vinegar Hill and the micro-neighborhood of Fulton Ferry. We'll see the spectacular (though not uncontroversial) Brooklyn Bridge Park and end near locations for great pizza, chocolate, and ice cream. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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2015 06/20 MAS Celebrates Pride: LGBT Harlem
4:00 PM - Most people are aware of Greenwich Village's historic importance for LGBT life. However Harlem also played major role in the development of LGBT culture in New York City, particularly during the Prohibition era. If the drag balls of Greenwich Village attracted hundreds of people, similar events in Harlem attracted thousands. White LGBT people from downtown often felt less inhibited in Harlem than even in the Village. The speakeasies and salons of Harlem were major haunts for those that were "In the Life" as LGBT experience was known. Many leading intellectuals of the Harlem Renaissance as well as popular entertainers were gay or lesbian or bisexual. Some performers even made their sexual identity a central part of their act. Join guide Laurence Frommer for a walk through Harlem's amazing lavender past! Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 06/20 New! -- Skyscraper National Park Series: Modern Materials, Modern Icons Along Park Avenue
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2015 06/20 New! -- Skyscraper National Park Series: Modern Materials, Modern Icons Along Park Avenue
11:00 AM - Perhaps no street in Manhattan experienced greater change than Park Avenue in the 20th century. From a gritty street of brick and mortar to one of shimmering glass office towers, this wide boulevard displays a great number of signature mid-century modern works. Such icons as Lever House, the Seagram Building and the Pan Am Building will be examined closely by guide and architectural historian Matt Postal, as well as some of their lesser-known contemporaries, including designs by Emery Roth & Sons and Henry Dreyfuss. Recent efforts to restore and reform the street's classic modern character will also be addressed. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 06/21 - Bay Ridge: Brooklyn's Western Waterfront Neighborhood
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2015 06/21 - Bay Ridge: Brooklyn's Western Waterfront Neighborhood
4:00 PM - Originally developed as a summer retreat for wealthy industrialists and later becoming an enclave for middle-class families, today's Bay Ridge was formed by changing tastes in transportation. Architectural historian, Melanie Macchio, will lead us through Bay Ridge, home to gas-lit brownstones, Victorian mansions, pre-war apartment buildings, and panoramic views of New York Harbor from four miles of park-lined shorefront. Highlights of this tour include the Narrows Botanical Gardens and Owl's Head Park, the former Bliss estate, as well as the "Revolutionary Cemetery," an 18th century family burial plot tucked into a residential block. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 06/21 - MAS Celebrates Pride: The LGBT History of Central Park Hidden in Plain Sight
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2015 06/21 - MAS Celebrates Pride: The LGBT History of Central Park Hidden in Plain Sight
2:00 PM - The notorious Central Park Whispering Bench got its name from a story involving Oscar Wilde's boyfriend. The beloved Hans Christian Andersen statue featuring 'The Ugly Duckling' is a fitting tribute to a man bound by society's strictures. And the stunning angelic centerpiece of the Bethesda Terrace was modeled on the female sculptor's girlfriend. This is just the tip of the iceberg on a treasure map of Central Park that represent the struggles, the triumphs and the enduring contributions of gays and lesbians in America. Join this tour with writer, journalist, and former Central Park Conservancy guide David Cobb Craig for an eye-opening journey through Central Park, while he describes the background, secrets and anecdotes of the many locations significant to gay history. The tour will also explore the history of the park from inception through design, providing facts and figures that weave a fascinating historical path from centuries ago to present day. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 06/21 New! -- Snug Harbor Botanical Gardens in Staten Island
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2015 06/21 New! -- Snug Harbor Botanical Gardens in Staten Island
10:30 AM - Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden is home to rolling lawns, natural woodlands and wetlands, and nine formal gardens covering centuries of garden styles from around the world. Snug Harbor is one of New York City's unique and historic landscapes, on grounds with origins based in 200 years of American history. Highlights of this tour with expert Snug Harbor docents include the New York Chinese Scholar's Garden, based upon Ming Dynasty gardens, and the Tuscan Garden, based upon 17th century Villa Gamberaia in Florence, Italy. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 06/24 New! -- Bridges and Sunsets: The Williamsburg Bridge and Nuances of the Neighborhood
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2015 06/24 New! -- Bridges and Sunsets: The Williamsburg Bridge and Nuances of the Neighborhood
6:30 PM - Over the last forty years Williamsburg has experienced dramatic demographic and infrastructural change. On this tour with urban geographer Jack Eichenbaum, we'll wander through remnants of its industrial and working class districts- Italian, Puerto Rican and Chasidic Jewish neighborhoods which are now mostly overwhelmed by new parks condos, and accompanying commercial change. We'll end the tour with a walk across the Williamsburg bridge and if sky conditions permit, see the sun set behind the Midtown skyline. This tour ends in Manhattan's Lower East Side. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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2015 06/25 - Zig-Zag Through Harlem
12:00 PM - "There is so much to see in Harlem," said Langston Hughes, a literary lion of the Harlem Renaissance. Author and guide Eric K. Washington borrows that apt catchphrase to kick off an overview tour through this storied neighborhood. The tour zigzags between Central Harlem's spiritual and commercial main streets - from 135th Street down to 125th Street - to explore the area's rich mingling of architectural and socio-cultural history. Waypoints reference Harlem as a varying seat of Victorian gentility, Jazz-age jive and gentrification. The route may include such sites and themes as the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture; WPA-era art projects; the exuberant, and often gender-bending, theater and cabaret scene; the Harlem YMCA; Strivers' Row; New Amsterdam Musical Association; Astor Row, the Apollo Theatre and scads more. Note: This tour was previously titled "Harlem: A Mixed Bag." Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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2015 06/26 - Art Deco in the Fabulous Fifties
10:00 AM - This walk with architectural historian Anthony W. Robins begins with a cluster of modernistic residences ranging from River House to Southgate apartments to the former Panhellenic Tower. It then pushes westward into the commercial heart of Midtown with visits to the spectacular General Electric Building and the Waldorf-Astoria, New York's preeminent and beautifully restored skyscraper hotel, before ending at Midtown's miraculously urbane urban wonderland: Rockefeller Center. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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2015 06/27 - Brooklyn's Stuyvesant Heights
11:00 AM - Stuyvesant Heights was developed as an upper middle-class neighborhood largely between 1885 and 1915. During those thirty years, blocks and blocks of exceptionally fine speculative housing were built, consisting of brownstone, limestone and brick row houses. A few select mansions were built, as well. At the same time, small apartment buildings and storefront flats buildings went up on the commercial avenues. Large churches, shopping and restaurant blocks, and civic buildings followed. The area has remained exclusive and desirable ever since. Our tour will explore the rich streetscapes and history of the neighborhood, from the past to the present. The tour will be led by 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. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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2015 06/27 - Chelsea Art Galleries
11:00 AM - Visit one of the most 'happening' neighborhoods in Manhattan with art historian Sylvia Laudien-Meo where you'll visit a selection of galleries home to a variety of intriguing and inspiring works. Only recently has Chelsea become home to hundreds of art galleries and it's a great place to get a sense of what's new and exciting in the art world before it enters the museums, or gets purchased by visionary art collectors. Please note that this tour is limited to 20 people. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 06/27 - MAS Celebrates Pride: LGBT Greenwich Village
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2015 06/27 - MAS Celebrates Pride: LGBT Greenwich Village
4:00 PM - Greenwich Village was a major center of LGBT life almost half a century before the Stonewall rebellion. In the first few decades of the 20th century, LGBT people played a central role in the transformation of New York's Greenwich Village into America's answer to the Left Bank of Paris, with a vibrant intellectual and cultural life that stood on its own merits. By the time of Prohibition, the area became quite popular for its many speakeasies and public spaces where LGBT entertainers and spectators alike were an ever visible presence and were a definite draw to those seeking something new. How did this culture survive in the comparatively repressive 40s, 50s and early 60s? Join guide Laurence Frommer on a walk through pre-stonewall life as embodied in NYC's quintessential enclave for those escaping the restrictions of mainstream society. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 06/28 - Fort Greene and Clinton Hill in Brooklyn, Faster
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2015 06/28 - Fort Greene and Clinton Hill in Brooklyn, Faster
5:00 PM - This series offers wider breadth, a faster pace, and is geared toward energetic walkers. Take a brisk walk through the highlights of the adjacent Brooklyn neighborhoods of Fort Greene and Clinton Hill with guide and journalist Norman Oder. The tour includes the BAM cultural district, the city's "best" block, the Prison Ship Martyrs Monument, a look at the area's changing retail corridors, striking institutional architecture, mansions associated with the Pratt family, and the Pratt Institute, with its eclectic sculpture park. The tour will end near the Pratt Institute. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 06/28 - New! -- Arts and Culture in Brooklyn's Bedford Stuyvesant
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2015 06/28 - New! -- Arts and Culture in Brooklyn's Bedford Stuyvesant
2:00 PM - Did you know that many of the streets in Bedford Stuyvesant are named for both slave owners and freedom fighters? This brand new tour takes place between Marcus Garvey and (Pieter) Stuyvesant Avenues, and will allow participants to meditate on the dizzying proximity between slavery and freedom in our beautiful borough of Brooklyn. Planned by The Laundromat Project and led by artist Adeola Enigbokan, the tour is designed to coincide with STooPS 2015. Come early or stick around after the tour to extend your experience of the neighborhood at this arts event. This tour is one in a series presented by Naturally Occurring Cultural Districts New York (NOCD-NY), a citywide alliance of cultural networks and community leaders who have joined together to revitalize New York City from the neighborhood up. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 06/28 - New! -- MAS Celebrates Pride: Gay Graves in Green-Wood Cemetery
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2015 06/28 - New! -- MAS Celebrates Pride: Gay Graves in Green-Wood Cemetery
3:00 PM - On this brand new LGBT-focused look at Green-Wood Cemetery with guide Phil Desiere, you will be surrounded by beauty, with man-made monuments and nature's artistry. Leonard Bernstein, Louis Moreau Gottschalk, Emma Stebbins, and Violet Oakley are among the famous and the not-so-famous gay men and lesbians who are permanent residents at Green- Wood. Friends, supporters, and detractors of the LGBT community are also buried here. Please wear suitable footwear for traversing cemetery pathways. The entire tour is conducted on foot and the terrain is very hilly, making this tour more like a hike than a walk. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 07/01 - New! -- South Brooklyn Ice Cream Tour
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2015 07/01 - New! -- South Brooklyn Ice Cream Tour
6:30 PM - Enjoy scoops from two of Brooklyn's acclaimed home-grown ice cream purveyors during this walk led by guide and journalist Norman Oder. The route touches on the historic blocks and retail corridors of Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill, and Carroll Gardens, as well as the evolving industrial landscape of Gowanus. Please note price includes one scoop at each ice cream parlor. We will try to accomodate flavor requests, but it may not be possible at each stop. This tour will be limited to 20 people. Cost: $30 / $25 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 07/05 New! --  I Remember New York: Sunset Park, Brooklyn, The Early Years
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2015 07/05 New! -- I Remember New York: Sunset Park, Brooklyn, The Early Years
10:00 AM - Seventy five years ago, tour guide and preservation activist Joe Svehlak grew up in the area of Bay Ridge now known as Sunset Park. Many changes have occurred, however the primarily working class housing stock has remained. The block of 57th Street where Joe and his extended family lived contains a diversity of building types: older single family frame houses, two family bow front brick row houses with front and back gardens, also two family brick housing with front porches and garages in the back alley, plus a variety of small apartment buildings. Architecturally, Joe's old street is a study in working class housing built over a century ago. Sunset Park's streets tend to be built with more uniform rows. Joe's diverse streetscape allowed for a variety of street games and activities. Hear memories of Joe's old neighbors, the old stores, and the games played in the 1940s and 50s, when few cars were on the street and it wasn't a worry if the door was left unlocked. Walk up the hill to Our Lady of Perpetual Help, the largest church edifice on Long Island, where Joe and family worshiped and went to school. We'll end our walk on 5th Avenue, which along with 8th Avenue, the commercial heart of New York's largest Chinatown, is a major shopping area providing service to the diverse communities that now call Sunset Park home. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 07/05 New! -- Five Squares and a Circle
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2015 07/05 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

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Click here for more information about 2015 07/08 New! -- Bridges and Sunsets: Roosevelt Island Bridge and Four Freedoms Park
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2015 07/08 New! -- Bridges and Sunsets: Roosevelt Island Bridge and Four Freedoms Park
6:30 PM - Once a private farm called Blackwell's Island, and later named Welfare Island for its cache of municipal health facilities, Roosevelt Island is again poised for great change with the planned Cornell Tech Campus coming in 2017. Join urban geographer and Queens borough historian Jack Eichenbaum for a walk over the Roosevelt Island bridge for a stroll around the island and a visit to its southern tip, now home to a magnificent New York State Park honoring FDR. There are unobstructed views of the Manhattan and Long Island city skylines from quiet mid-stream vantage points. Sunset behind Manhattan can be observed from the park or nearby cafes. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 07/09 - Traces of the Underground Railroad in TriBeCa
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2015 07/09 - Traces of the Underground Railroad in TriBeCa
6:00 PM - From Frederick Douglass to David Ruggles to Sojourner Truth, the stories of resistance to the slave system in the North and South are tied to downtown Manhattan. Tribeca is little known as the cradle of early black leadership, but its network of vigilance committees, publications, church activists and escaped slaves formed an early society dedicated to defying oppressive laws and racist ideas. Join this new tour with historian Kathleen Hulser to learn more about this neighborhood's important history as she points out still-standing sites and buildings integral to this story and the Underground Railroad in New York City. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 07/10 - What's Up Downtown: From the Battery to Wall Street in Lower Manhattan
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2015 07/10 - What's Up Downtown: From the Battery to Wall Street in Lower Manhattan
10:30 AM - From the spectacular skyline up in the air to archaeological relics down underground, lower Manhattan remains one of the world's great urban treasures. This tour with architectural historian Anthony W. Robins will visit well-known highlights as well as some unexpected delights, including two sites associated with George Washington. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 07/11 - Edward Hopper's Greenwich Village
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2015 07/11 - Edward Hopper's Greenwich Village
11:00 AM - Celebrate the great American painter's upcoming 133rd birthday with a stroll through once-Bohemian Greenwich Village with guide and architectural historian Matt Postal. Explore sites associated with Edward Hopper and his celebrated contemporaries, including the artist's studio and home on Washington Square, the 10th Street Studio Building, and the original location of the Whitney Museum of American Art. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 07/11 - Rockaway Beach in Queens: A Village Inside a Bustling Resort
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2015 07/11 - Rockaway Beach in Queens: A Village Inside a Bustling Resort
11:00 AM - Join long-time Rockaway civic activist and popular Jane's Walk host Vivian Rattay Carter, author of Images of America: Rockaway Beach, for a tour of this sea-side community in Queens. During the tour, we'll hear an overview of how the Rockaway Peninsula was formed and later settled by ship captains, fishermen, hoteliers, and other plucky entrepreneurs and examine the ever-evolving culture of the neighborhood throughout the years. We'll also hear strange and fascinating tales including pre-war efforts to secede from New York City, the story behind what was once the largest hotel in the world, plans for the earliest high-rise on the beach in the 1920s, Robert Moses power-plays, tent colonies, bungalows and more. Remnants of historic hotspots will be seen along the way as we discuss the social and political forces that both improved, and in many ways, also broke apart a vibrant and self-sufficient resort community as we walk through the heart of town. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 07/11 New! -- Secrets of Brooklyn's Prospect Park
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2015 07/11 New! -- Secrets of Brooklyn's Prospect Park
4:00 PM - This new tour with Kevin Walsh, creator of the popular blog forgotten-ny.com, will uncover some Prospect Park attractions that don't make all the many guidebooks, such as the Lafayette Monument, Litchfield Villa, a hidden cemetery, Music Pagoda, Music Grove, and many more. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 07/12 - City Island
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2015 07/12 - City Island
4:00 PM - Join vice president of the City Island Nautical Museum, Barbara Dolensek to visit this small island community in the western end of Long Island Sound where boatyards, seafood restaurants, and historic buildings abound. Purchased by Thomas Pell in 1654 from the Siwanoy Indians, along with much of what is now Westchester County and the Bronx, Great Mulberry or Minneford Island eventually became City Island, an oystering capital, a resort destination, and ultimately a yacht-building center. Still an active boating community and a popular restaurant attraction in fall, City Island is also a quiet residential "small town" within a big city. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 07/12 New! -- Midtown Manhattan's Side Streets: Part 4
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2015 07/12 New! -- Midtown Manhattan's Side Streets: Part 4
2:00 PM - Our exploration of the side streets of Midtown Manhattan with architectural historian Francis Morrone--the streets that are "behind the world instead of in it," in the words of the writer Maeve Brennan--continues. We now shift to the east side, and the blocks of the forties between Fifth and Park. 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 detailed, and we may cover only three or four blocks in two hours. Eventually we will cover all of the side streets of Midtown. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 07/12 STORE FRONT: The Disappearing Face of New York
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2015 07/12 STORE FRONT: The Disappearing Face of New York
12:00 PM - The traditional storefront in New York City that has prevailed in some cases for over a century is facing several new setbacks. These family-run businesses started out as traditional mom-and-pop stores passed down from generation to generation, and there was a time when they defined our neighborhoods. Many were humble stores tucked away on narrow side streets, while others had become well-known institutions on historic avenues. Each store turned out to be as unique as their customers, run by owners with a commitment to tradition and special service. Not only are these modest small businesses falling away in the face of modernization, gentrification, and conformity, the once unique appearance and character of our colorful streets suffers in the process. A diverse mix of Jewish, Italian, Irish, German, Polish, Ukrainian, Chinese and Hispanic mom and pop storefronts will be visited including many culinary specialty stores. Join guides and MAS Summit speakers James & Karla Murray, the photographers and authors of "STORE FRONT: The Disappearing Face of New York and New York Nights," as they visit some of the remarkable East Village and Lower East Side storefronts documented in their books, and remember those which have disappeared. Unique 19th and 20th century retail graphics and neon signage as well as architectural adornments will be discussed. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 07/14 -  Eliza Jumel's Bastille Day Tour of Uptown Trinity Church Cemetery
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2015 07/14 - Eliza Jumel's Bastille Day Tour of Uptown Trinity Church Cemetery
11:00 AM - Bastille Day befits a French toast to Madame Eliza Jumel. By 18:00 the Rhode Island beauty had already made a providential detour to Paris before alighting in New York City. She notably finessed her way through napoleonic circles here and in France for years to come. Indeed, Jumel's death at home on July 16, 1865, anticipated a rumored whim of France's Emperor Louis-Napoleon to lay out her vacated estate "in hundreds of beautiful gardens, with correspondingly beautiful cottages attached, and to stock them with numbers of delightful French people." Join MASterworks Award winner Eric K. Washington to commemorate one of the country's most effervescent personas and its richest woman. The tour proceeds from the historic Morris-Jumel Mansion--her homestead, and Manhattan's oldest house--to Trinity Church Cemetery, where Jumel keeps company with several permanent residents who evoke her colorful life and times. Gravesites of interest include that of New York's merchant prince John Jacob Astor; the French naturalist John James Audubon, whose rural estate once bordered the cemetery; Dr. David Hosack, who officiated the city's welcome to General Marquis de Lafayette's return in 1824; and Richard F. Carman, who in 1842 sold Trinity Church what is today Manhattan's only active cemetery, and who was one of Jumel's pall-bearers. Alors, bienvenue à tous! Note: Please wear shoes that are practical for rustic paths. This tour is co-presented by the Morris-Jumel Mansion. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 07/15 - Bloomingdale Blocks
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2015 07/15 - Bloomingdale Blocks
6:00 PM - Join guide and urban planner Laurence Frommer on this tour of the quiet tree lined streets from West 96th Street to West 110th Street that boast some of New York's finest remaining turn-of-the-century row-houses, apartment buildings, institutional structures and public monuments. The Bloomingdale Blocks have played a critical role in New York's history from its prominent role in the Revolutionary War, its much acclaimed reputation for grand estates and country inns in the 19th Century, and its emergence as a kind of Parnassus on the Hudson in the 20th Century. We'll peek into the famed Pomander Walk, and examine some of the outsized buildings recently constructed in this area and a series of substantial historic district expansions recently enacted or are currently under review and the newly enacted down-zonings aimed at preserving the neighborhood's unique character. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 07/17  All Lit Up: Times Square at Night
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2015 07/17 All Lit Up: Times Square at Night
10:30 PM - Join guide Kathleen Hulser for this special nighttime walking tour of Times Square lighted signs as she contextualizes the arcane origins of American nighttime advertising with the history of American media and advertising technology. Touching on the changes in family life that turned red light districts into meccas of 24/7 street life, this history-based tour traces the evolution of the Great White Way from its earliest days to the present. How did Times Square become the place national advertisers fought to dominate with gargantuan signs? What theatrical tricks and technological wizardry lay behind iconic signs such as the Wrigley's dancing spearmen whose classical allegories marketed gum, or Douglas Leigh's vertical Niagara Falls of real water coursing between two seventy-foot clothing models for the Bond store? Why can visitors seemingly always encounter undergarments on sale; from pre-WWI long johns with a trapdoor that opens alarmingly, to the glamorously daring girl in a slip crossing the horizon in the 1940s, to the fully-loaded Calvin Klein underwear of the 1990s? Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 07/18 - Brooklyn's Crown Heights North
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2015 07/18 - Brooklyn's Crown Heights North
5:30 PM - Remarkable stand-alone mansions, fine row houses, architecturally significant apartment houses and beautiful houses of worship dot the northern reaches of Crown Heights. Join tour guide Suzanne Spellen, writer and architectural historian, aka columnist "Montrose Morris" on Brownstoner.com and Morgan Munsey, architect, historian, and expert on the architecture of Bedford Stuyvesant; to explore all of the architectural treasures found in Crown Heights North, one of Brooklyn's most beautiful, but underappreciated neighborhoods. Largely developed between 1880 and 1932, Crown Heights North is a diverse community with a Caribbean lilt, the hometown of Shirley Chisholm, among other important leaders, and a neighborhood on the rise. Join us in exploring Grant Square, the St. Marks District, Doctor's Row, Brower Park, Eastern Parkway, and other highlights of this newly expanded historic district. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 07/18 - Coney Island: The People's Playground
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2015 07/18 - Coney Island: The People's Playground
10:30 AM - Long before amusement parks went corporate, Brooklyn's Coney Island pioneered them for the world. While the "nickel empire" is long gone, the roots of Coney Island's renown remain legible via a spectacular setting, including landmarks like the Wonder Wheel and the Cyclone. The carnival heritage persists in spectacles like the annual hot dog eating contest. Join journalist and guide Norman Oder to learn about Coney's ups and downs, including a new rollercoaster, changes on the boardwalk, a stunning subway terminus, delayed development, the influx of chain retail, and the lingering impacts of Robert Moses-era planning and Superstorm Sandy. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 07/18 - Harlem Hike: 145th Street from Hotel Olga to Sugar Hill
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2015 07/18 - Harlem Hike: 145th Street from Hotel Olga to Sugar Hill
11:00 AM - When the Lenox Avenue Bridge opened in 1905, early 20th-century planners foresaw 145th Street as "one of the most important business streets of Upper Manhattan." Connecting Harlem to The Bronx redoubled the thoroughfare's identity as a hub of public transit, a destination for sports and social life, and a benchmark of Harlem's expansion as the capital of Black America. Join author and guide Eric K. Washington to explore sites including the Budapest-inspired "underground" trolley system; Hotel Olga, the Harlem Renaissance era's preeminent luxury hotel for African-Americans (and which local Community Board 10 has strongly recommended for preservation); Lenox Oval, home base of the Lincoln Stars Negro League baseball team; the Odeon Theatre; Jackie Robinson Park and more. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 07/19 New! -- 200 Years of Sculpture in Under One Mile
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2015 07/19 New! -- 200 Years of Sculpture in Under One Mile
5:00 PM - A stroll from Cass Gilbert's Custom House at Bowling Green to McKim, Mead & White's Municipal Building just north of City Hall Park is punctuated by public sculpture spanning more than 200 years: carved wood and stone, cast bronze, beaten lead and copper, fabricated steel and fiberglass; heroic figures and abstract forms. Join this new tour with guide John Simko as we visit more than a dozen diverse sculptures. Along the way, we'll discuss how they interact with their settings, how each fits into a larger discussion of public sculpture in New York City, and learn some surprising facts about these seemingly permanent works of art. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 07/19 New! -- The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright at the Guggenheim Museum
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2015 07/19 New! -- The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright at the Guggenheim Museum
11:00 AM - Frank Lloyd Wright designed the Guggenheim Museum building as one of the first homes for a specifically modern art collection, thoroughly rethinking how such a structure could effectively display the artwork and engage the viewer. Drawing inspiration from nature, as well as from ancient temples and guided by the museum's director Hilla Rebay, he designed his spiral masterpiece that is still breathtaking to visitors today. Join art historian Sylvia Laudien-Meo as we tour and explore the museum with a close eye on architectural details found within. Ticket price includes admission to the museum. Cost: $30 / $25 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 07/22 New! -- WPA Murals of St. George, Staten Island
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2015 07/22 New! -- WPA Murals of St. George, Staten Island
10:30 AM - This guided tour with Robert Bunkin, art curator at the Staten Island Museum, will feature three major WPA mural cycles in the St. George neighborhood: Florence Lundgren's The Quest for Knowledge, 1932 in the lobby of Curtis High School; America At Work by Axel Horn and Charles Davis, 1937-38, formerly located in the Farm Colony, Sea View Hospital newly installed at the Richmond County Supreme Courthouse; and Frederick Stahr's murals on the history of Staten Island at Staten Island Borough Hall. Along the way, you'll learn some of the history of the Works Progress Administration Mural Division in NYC, and how public murals were conceived as "art for all". The walking tour will conclude back at the Staten Island Museum, where participants will have a special viewing of some of Frederick Stahr's original cartoons for the Borough Hall murals, donated to the Staten Island Museum by contemporary SI artist/muralist, Cynthia Mailman. Please wear comfortable walking shoes for navigating a few hills. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 07/24 New! -- New to New York: The Whitney in West Chelsea
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2015 07/24 New! -- New to New York: The Whitney in West Chelsea
6:00 PM - Starchitect Renzo Piano's Whitney Museum is the latest in a string of new buildings in West Chelsea. Following the route of the High Line, guide and architectural historian Matt Postal will consider the immediate area's dramatic transformation, including recent works by Shigeru Ban, Foster + Partners, Annabelle Seldorf, and Robert Stern. The tour ends at the museum, where admission is pay what you wish on Friday evenings until 10pm. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 07/25 - Brooklyn's Atlantic Avenue Bazaars
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2015 07/25 - Brooklyn's Atlantic Avenue Bazaars
10:00 AM - Any time of year is a great time to discover the delights of browsing and shopping in the specialty stores of Brooklyn's premier Arab-American community that was established around Atlantic Avenue over a century ago. Mary Ann DiNapoli, writer, historian and genealogist, will guide us through her neighborhood and its shops, discussing the history of the area as well as the traditional foods and other unique offerings to be found there. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 07/25 - Brooklyn's Stuyvesant Heights Expansion
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2015 07/25 - Brooklyn's Stuyvesant Heights Expansion
5:30 PM - The Landmarks Preservation Commission recently designated an expanded Stuyvesant Heights Historic District, surrounding the original HD, designated in 1971. Join tour guides Suzanne Spellen, writer and architectural historian, aka columnist "Montrose Morris" on Brownstoner.com, and Morgan Munsey, architect, historian, and expert on the architecture of Bedford Stuyvesant to explore the architectural and cultural highlights of both districts, rich with fine residential, civic and sacred architecture by some of Brooklyn's most important architects and developers. This part of the neighborhood is also home to some Brooklyn's most important black churches, and was also called home by a wealth of 19th and 20th century people, both black and white, who made great contributions to the culture and civic life of this city, and the country beyond. They include composer Eubie Blake, artist Orlando Cheeks, architects Richard Thomas Shorte and Henry Hill, and Generals William Chauncey Kibbe and Charles MacLeer. There are many stories waiting to be told here in the Heights. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 07/25 New! -- Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney and Modern Art in NYC
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2015 07/25 New! -- Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney and Modern Art in NYC
11:00 AM - This season, the Whitney Museum of American Art will open its new Renzo Piano designed building in the Meatpacking district and with that return to the downtown area of its origins. On this tour with art historian Sylvia Laudien-Meo, we will explore the sites of the first Whitney Studio Gallery, as well as other significant places related to American art, including the sites of the Tenth Street Studio Building, Edward Hopper's home, The Ashcan School artists' chosen spots, The Abstract Expressionists' Cedar Tavern, Judson Memorial Church, which opened its spaces to famous Pop Artists and Dancers in the late 50s and 60s and much more! Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 07/26 - Brooklyn's Crown Heights Contrasts, Faster
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2015 07/26 - Brooklyn's Crown Heights Contrasts, Faster
10:30 AM - This series offers wider breadth, a faster pace, and is geared toward energetic walkers. Home to a longstanding Caribbean community, a Hasidic enclave, and recently minted historic districts with stunning 19th-century architecture, Crown Heights, Brooklyn includes diverse houses of worship, two children's museums, vestiges of Brooklyn's auto industry, and commercial corridors both working-class and rapidly gentrifying. Join guide and journalist Norman Oder for this tour, which focuses mostly on Crown Heights North and will wrap up near the food and beer hall, Berg'n. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 07/26 - Preservation, Profit, Democracy, and the Battle for a City Beautiful
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2015 07/26 - Preservation, Profit, Democracy, and the Battle for a City Beautiful
4:00 PM - Join popular guide and Grand Central docent Deborah Zelcer for this tour where we will view Columbus Circle, Manhattan's Grand Army Plaza, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and other grand urban statements on the periphery of Central Park, where development was shaped by the City Beautiful movement made popular by the Municipal Art Society and the Chicago Worlds Fair of 1893. We will discuss this urban vision, based on French Beaux Arts design principles, versus the interpretation of these great urban places by power brokers that influenced city development before and after its heyday. Discussion includes Richard Morris Hunt, Frederick Law Olmsted, Calvert Vaux, Robert Moses, and other design visionaries that impacted these areas. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 07/26 New! -- Architecture and Changing Lifestyles in Greenwich Village
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2015 07/26 New! -- Architecture and Changing Lifestyles in Greenwich Village
2:00 PM - The subject for this new tour with architectural historian Francis Morrone is residential architecture as it relates to the ways Greenwich Villagers have led their lives over the last two hundred or so years. We'll look at the transition from Federal to Greek Revival row houses and the beginnings of the commuter suburb, at the rise of apartment living (from the earliest "French flats" to postwar high rises), and at the row house renovation movement and "gentrification"--in the early 20th century. Along the way we'll also consider many other housing types. Two good works of fiction that give intimate portrayals of life inside Village apartments are Willa Cather's story "Coming, Aphrodite!" pubished in 1920 but set more than a decade earlier, and Maeve Brennan's story "I See You, Bianca," which appeared in the New Yorker in 1966. Also recommended: Henry James's story "The Jolly Corner" (1908) and novel "Washington Square" (published 1880, set in the 1840s). Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 07/29 - Too 13th Street
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2015 07/29 - Too 13th Street
6:00 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 Laurence Frommer as we walk crosstown from west to east to experience 13th Street as a living metaphor for the iconoclastic Village. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 07/29 New! -- Bridges and Sunsets: Pulaski Bridge, Greenpoint Water Treatment Plant Nature Trail, and Gantry Park in Queens
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2015 07/29 New! -- Bridges and Sunsets: Pulaski Bridge, Greenpoint Water Treatment Plant Nature Trail, and Gantry Park in Queens
6:00 PM - The Pulaski Bridge connects Greenpoint, Brooklyn to Long Island City, Queens. Both communities are rapidly transforming- but in very different ways- from stagnant working class industrial shorefront to a hub of young artists and professionals. The George Trakas designed Nature Trail offers a beautiful retreat in the solitude along side Newtown Creek. The sunset behind Manhattan can be observed from the Gantry Park piers in Long Island City on this new tour with urban geographer and Queens borough historian Jack Eichenbaum. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 07/31 - Art Deco in Manhattan's Financial District
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2015 07/31 - Art Deco in Manhattan's Financial District
10:30 AM - Towering above the narrow streets of 17th-century Nieuw Amsterdam are some of the city's finest 20th century skyscrapers. Included are the best of Ralph Walker, once voted the "architect of the century" by his peers: the delightfully decorative New York Telephone Company headquarters, the ponderously massive Western Union Building, and the Gothic-modern fantasy of the Irving Trust tower at No. 1 Wall Street. Join architectural historian Anthony W. Robins on this tour and see other such marvels including the Art Deco encrusted Cities Service headquarters. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 08/01 - Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
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2015 08/01 - Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
4:00 PM - Join historian and genealogist Mary Ann DiNapoli for this tour of Carroll Gardens in and out of the historic district whose story includes a time when the neighborhood was home to a sizable wave of Italian immigrants beginning in the late 19th Century. Over one hundred years and many real estate fluctuations later, this area retains hints of those long-ago immigrants and their descendants that our guide will draw out and explore. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 08/01 - Dawn and Harvey: The Greenwich Village of Dawn Powell and Harvey Wiley Corbett
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2015 08/01 - Dawn and Harvey: The Greenwich Village of Dawn Powell and Harvey Wiley Corbett
2:00 PM - Dawn Powell (1896-1965) came to New York from Ohio to be a writer. Though never wildly successful, she wrote some 20 novels as well as stories and articles. She mingled with the leading lights of the literary and art worlds of her time and her novels--several of them wickedly satirical evocations of New York life--have been rediscovered by a new generation of readers who have recognized in her one of the very best of New York writers. Between 1942 and 1958, she and her husband lived at 35 East 9th Street (one of her several Village residences), built in 1924, one of many distinctive Village buildings designed by the fascinating Harvey Wiley Corbett (1873-1954), who came to New York from California to be an architect. Join architectural historian Francis Morrone on this tour celebrating the legacies of two non-native New Yorkers who exemplified the creative energies of the 20th-century city. If you want, the most relevant Powell novels to read for this tour are "The Wicked Pavilion" and "The Golden Spur." The tour is also about changing Greenwich Village, and how it was reflected in these two creators' works. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 08/01 New! -- I Remember New York: Sunset Park, Brooklyn's Community Activism
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2015 08/01 New! -- I Remember New York: Sunset Park, Brooklyn's Community Activism
10:00 AM - When tour guide and preservation activist Joe Svehlak bought his first house in the neighborhood in 1970, he returned to a much changed neighborhood. Sunset Park was now even more ethnically diverse but lacked good city services. Schools were overcrowded, the park was neglected, and the Carnegie library was charred by a fire. Lack of city services, drugs and crime were major issues. Soon more fires and abandoned buildings would add to the problems. With his neighbors, Joe formed block associations and a neighborhood organization to help advocate for a more livable environment and better quality of life. Hear his memories about grass-roots community activism and the campaign to save the built environment and address Sunset Park's social issues. In 1988 the Sunset Park Restoration Committee got designation for a large National Register District of over 3,000 buildings. We'll walk up and down century old hillside row house streets, many of which have been proposed for designation as New York City landmarks. We'll view fine churches and civic buildings, and some of New York City's oldest not-for-profit co-ops started by the Finnish population in the area in the early 1900s. We'll have magnificent harbor and city views from the recently renovated 24 1/2 acre hilltop park with it's landmarked Art Deco recreation facility. Along the way we may even meet some of Joe's old neighbors. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 08/02 - Bay Ridge: Brooklyn's Western Waterfront Neighborhood
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2015 08/02 - Bay Ridge: Brooklyn's Western Waterfront Neighborhood
10:30 AM - Originally developed as a summer retreat for wealthy industrialists and later becoming an enclave for middle-class families, today's Bay Ridge was formed by changing tastes in transportation. Architectural historian, Melanie Macchio, will lead us through Bay Ridge, home to gas-lit brownstones, Victorian mansions, pre-war apartment buildings, and panoramic views of New York Harbor from four miles of park-lined shorefront. Highlights of this tour include the Narrows Botanical Gardens and Owl's Head Park, the former Bliss estate, as well as the "Revolutionary Cemetery," an 18th century family burial plot tucked into a residential block. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 08/02 - Neon Neighborhood: The West Village
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2015 08/02 - Neon Neighborhood: The West Village
7:30 PM - Today's Greenwich Village is blessed with an especially dense concentration of vintage neon signs. Signs like these advertised businesses large and small throughout the city beginning in the 1920s and 1930s but fell out of favor in the 1960s due to rising costs, restrictive zoning ordinances, and the appearance of less costly forms of outdoor advertising. In recent years, they have all but disappeared as old, independent businesses across the city have succumbed to rent hikes, dwindling sales, and old age. This new tour with Tom Rinaldi, author of "Neon New York", will take us past signs dating to the 1930s, 40s and 50s, marking the locations of some of the neighborhood's most stalwart restaurants, bars and small businesses. We will see them at dusk, as they start to come to light and when they look their best. Some have been beautifully restored; but all are in perpetual danger of disappearing. We will discuss their materials, design, origins and future. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 08/02 - What's Up Downtown: From the Battery to Wall Street in Lower Manhattan
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2015 08/02 - What's Up Downtown: From the Battery to Wall Street in Lower Manhattan
10:30 AM - From the spectacular skyline up in the air to archaeological relics down underground, lower Manhattan remains one of the world's great urban treasures. This tour with architectural historian Anthony W. Robins includes the former Custom House, Steamship Row, Castle Clinton, Federal Hall, and the House of Morgan, will visit well known highlights as well as some unexpected delights, including two sites associated with George Washington. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 08/08 - Brooklyn's Crown Heights North East
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2015 08/08 - Brooklyn's Crown Heights North East
11:00 AM - This tour explores the eastern reaches of Crown Heights, and includes blocks that have been calendared for Phase Three of the historic district with the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. Here stand exclusive residential enclaves, developed at the turn of the 20th century, beautiful houses of worship and civic buildings, beautiful brownstone blocks, and the oldest standing house in Crown Heights North. We'll also look at Brooklyn's finest collection of two family, double duplex houses called Kinkos Houses, and visit two "Superblocks," an experiment in 1960s urban renewal sponsored by Robert F. Kennedy, Jacob Javits, and designed by I.M. Pei. The tour guides are Suzanne Spellen, writer of the "Montrose Morris" columns for Brownstoner.com, and Morgan Munsey, Bedford Stuyvesant-based architect and real estate professional. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 08/08 - More Space and New Arrangements in Western Queens
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2015 08/08 - More Space and New Arrangements in Western Queens
10:00 AM - During the first third of the 20th century, Western Queens nurtured developments where traditional open space/building area relationships were altered to create new urban architecture. The Sunnyside Gardens and the Jackson Heights Historic Districts anchor this tour's route with urban geographer and Queens borough historian Jack Eichenbaum, which also includes Phipps Gardens, Matthews Flats, Metropolitan Life apartments, and early truck-oriented industrial buildings. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 08/08 New! -- Arts & Industry Tour of Los Sures (Southside of Williamsburg)
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2015 08/08 New! -- Arts & Industry Tour of Los Sures (Southside of Williamsburg)
2:00 PM - El Puente CADRE (Community Artists' Development & Resource Exchange) presents a walking tour connecting the industrial history of South Williamsburg, which includes the Domino Sugar Factory, with a neighborhood legacy of public art, particularly community murals created by Los Muralistas de El Puente.Tour leaders and artists Joe Matunis, Miguel Hernandez and Ben McKelahan are long-standing residents and active community members of Los Sures who will share the cultural history of the Southside, emphasizing the impact and perspective of the Latino community. This tour is one in a series presented by Naturally Occurring Cultural Districts New York (NOCD-NY), a city-wide alliance of cultural networks and community leaders who have joined together to revitalize New York City from the neighborhood up. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 08/09 New! -- I Remember New York: Coney Island, Brooklyn
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2015 08/09 New! -- I Remember New York: Coney Island, Brooklyn
10:30 AM - Join tour guide and preservation activist Joe Svehlak who still swims here, to reminisce about Coney Island in his younger years when Steeplechase Park was still a great amusement attraction before it was demolished in the 1960s. Hear Joe describe the thrill of the Parachute Jump and the Steeplechase. In addition to Steeplechase Park, Joe remembers four rollercoasters, merry-go-rounds, and an assortment of other rides, sideshows and games of chance. Both the Cyclone rollercoaster and the Wonder Wheel are New York City landmarks and a testament to Coney Island's illustrious past and resilience. We'll also view a new amusement park, a restored carousel, and two poignant memorials by the ballpark. Stroll the boardwalk as Joe remembers family outings, amusements, bathhouses, and other facilities and attractions by the sea. On our walk we'll learn about Coney Island's honky-tonk past and issues of preservation and planning for the future. Coney Island has seen many changes in Joe's lifetime. He's happy to see it coming back with new amusements, activities and restaurants. Stay for a swim and treat yourself to a Nathan's Famous! 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 08/09 Not-Starving Artists: How The New York Art Scene Spawned the Co-op
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2015 08/09 Not-Starving Artists: How The New York Art Scene Spawned the Co-op
4:00 PM - While socialism emerged in the 1800's European utopian dialogue, New York artists sought to make their mark on the international art scene. Our walk will illustrate how this utopianism was adapted domestically, through the genesis of cooperative living arrangements, originally by and for artists. Their goal was to enhance innovation and collaboration through proximity to an extended creative community. Join architectural designer Deborah Zelcer on a visit to the West 67th Street Arts Block; a string of well designed and appointed cooperative residences that to this day are peopled with creative individuals. Then stroll down to West 57th Street to see the institutions that were originated by these dynamic individuals - Carnegie Hall, the Art Students League, and other beautiful classic studio buildings along the way. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 08/11 - Drinking in Jazz Age New York
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2015 08/11 - Drinking in Jazz Age New York
6:00 PM - The era gave birth to the Mafia, women smoking, hot uptown jazz in downtown cabarets and the loosening of the boundaries of gay and straight-laced nightlife. Imagine the streets of New York when Prohibition made getting a drink a cat and mouse game between Federal agents and young people in search of a good time. The booze was bad but the times were as gaudy as the neon signs above. New York nightlife in the 1920s featured the most outrageous dance steps, secret knocks to get in the door, goofy cocktails, and bobbed hair. A guy needed a silver flask in his suit pocket to count as debonair, and gals took to heavy drinking along with staying out late at Sin City cellars plucked from their mommas' nightmares. Join historian Kathleen Hulser for this walking tour that hits downtown hot spots including former speakeasies, dives, and raid sites. We'll explore the cobblestone streets where rum runners raced their Packards from the docks and hijackers waited in the shadows to capture a piece of the best underground business the Federal government had ever spawned. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 08/12 - Planning and Preservation in the East Village/LES Historic District: What's In and What's Out?, Part 1
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2015 08/12 - Planning and Preservation in the East Village/LES Historic District: What's In and What's Out?, Part 1
6:00 PM - The portion of the Lower East Side known since the late 1950's as the East Village has a long history. From a trading area for native peoples to the farm of Dutch Governor Peter Stuyvesant and his descendants, the area was subdivided in the late 1700s and planned on a street grid that ran on a true north south axis (as opposed to the grid later mapped out by the city) as a development called Bowery Village. A surge in development began in the 1830s, with the construction of elegant Greek Revival row houses for the city's elite, and took off in the mid-19th Century as handsome tenements, houses of worship and other institutions were erected for German immigrants who flocked to the neighborhood and later inhabited by many other immigrant groups, including Eastern Europeans, and Latinos. The district assumed a new identity in the mid-20th century, drawing a vibrant mix of artists, musicians and community activists and has since been known as the East Village. These different layers of history all still exist in the remaining built fabric of the area. After many years of effort, preservationists were able to get part of this area designated as an historic district in 2012. This new historic district encompasses 330 buildings, primarily along Second Avenue between East 2nd and 6th Streets, and to east and west on side these side streets. Yet much of the areas to the north and East remain largely unprotected and significant losses have occurred. At this juncture, the question remains as to what additional areas should be included and what significant structures are in peril. Join guide and urban planner Laurence Frommer as we explore the East Village/Lower East Side Historic District and discover what's in and what's out. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 08/14 - The High Line "Ghost" Tour
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2015 08/14 - The High Line "Ghost" Tour
6:00 PM - Join guide and architectural historian Matt Postal as he leads a tour of the freight railway's southernmost section, focusing on points of interest in the West Village and SoHo, where it originally continued and terminated. En route, we'll discuss the High Line's history and demise, viewing evidence of its impact on the immediate neighborhood, as well as unexpected bits and pieces that survive. The tour at ends at the new Whitney Museum, which is pay what you wish on Friday evenings until 10pm. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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2015 08/15 - City Island
4:00 PM - Join vice president of the City Island Nautical Museum, Barbara Dolensek to visit this small island community in the western end of Long Island Sound where boatyards, seafood restaurants, and historic buildings abound. Purchased by Thomas Pell in 1654 from the Siwanoy Indians, along with much of what is now Westchester County and the Bronx, Great Mulberry or Minneford Island eventually became City Island, an oystering capital, a resort destination, and ultimately a yacht-building center. Still an active boating community and a popular restaurant attraction in fall, City Island is also a quiet residential "small town" within a big city. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 08/15 - Little Italy on Arthur Avenue
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2015 08/15 - Little Italy on Arthur Avenue
11:00 AM - Residents of the Italian-American neighborhoods along Arthur Avenue in the Bronx are the guardians of what some would call New York's "real Little Italy". Home to Doo-Wop music and authentic Italian restaurants and shops, many of the area's businesses has have been family owned and operated for generations. Join guide Alexandra Maruri as we explore the history of this vibrant Bronx neighborhood. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 08/15 New! -- Remnants of 1939/40 and 1964/65 Worlds Fairs in Flushing Meadows, Queens
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2015 08/15 New! -- Remnants of 1939/40 and 1964/65 Worlds Fairs in Flushing Meadows, Queens
5:00 PM - On this new tour with Kevin Walsh, creator of the popular blog forgotten-ny.com, we will visit the extant relics of the 1939-40 and 1964-65 Worlds Fairs in Queens, including two statues by Donald de Lue, a look at the New York City and New York State pavilions, descriptive mosaics, and the second oldest object in New York State. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 08/16 - Rockaway Beach in Queens: A Village Inside a Bustling Resort
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2015 08/16 - Rockaway Beach in Queens: A Village Inside a Bustling Resort
5:00 PM - Join long-time Rockaway civic activist and popular Jane's Walk host Vivian Rattay Carter, author of Images of America: Rockaway Beach, for a tour of this sea-side community in Queens. During the tour, we'll hear an overview of how the Rockaway Peninsula was formed and later settled by ship captains, fishermen, hoteliers, and other plucky entrepreneurs and examine the ever-evolving culture of the neighborhood throughout the years. We'll also hear strange and fascinating tales including pre-war efforts to secede from New York City, the story behind what was once the largest hotel in the world, plans for the earliest high-rise on the beach in the 1920s, Robert Moses power-plays, tent colonies, bungalows and more. Remnants of historic hotspots will be seen along the way as we discuss the social and political forces that both improved, and in many ways, also broke apart a vibrant and self-sufficient resort community as we walk through the heart of town. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 08/16 New! -- From Mansion to Mansion: Hamilton Heights and Sugar Hill in Harlem
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2015 08/16 New! -- From Mansion to Mansion: Hamilton Heights and Sugar Hill in Harlem
11:00 AM - The Hamilton Heights/Sugar Hill plateau overlooking upper Harlem developed around the storied 18th- and 19th-century country estates of such notable figures as Alexander Hamilton and Madame Eliza Jumel. These two historic houses still bookend the district. Starting from the Hamilton Grange, and ending at the Morris-Jumel Mansion, discover many of the stories that overflow the route in between with tour leader Eric K. Washington. Some highlights will include sites associated with Black Harlem's fashionable cafe society, the herculean Old Croton Aqueduct system, the James Bailey mansion, community gardens, the City College of New York, the Dance Theatre of Harlem, vestiges of old Carmansville, the former 32nd Precinct Mounted Police Station house, Trinity Church Cemetery and much more. Note: the tour ends at Marjorie Eliot's famous annual Jazz at the Mansion on the lawn of the historic Morris-Jumel Mansion. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 08/19 - Planning and Preservation in the East Village/Lower East Side: What's In and What's Out, Part 2
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2015 08/19 - Planning and Preservation in the East Village/Lower East Side: What's In and What's Out, Part 2
6:00 PM - Whereas part one of this tour series focused on the core area between Second Street and Seventh Street, part two will focus on areas to the east and north--some of which is included in the new historic district and some that were left out. The portion of the Lower East Side known since the late 1950's as the East Village has a long history. From a trading area for native peoples to the farm of Dutch Governor Peter Stuyvesant and his descendants, the area was subdivided in the late 17:00s and planned on a street grid that ran on a true north south axis (as opposed to the grid later mapped out by the city) as a development called Bowery Village. A surge in development began in the 1830s, with the construction of elegant Greek Revival row houses for the city's elite, and took off in the mid-19th Century as handsome tenements, houses of worship and other institutions were erected for German immigrants who flocked to the neighborhood and later inhabited by many other immigrant groups, including Eastern Europeans, and Latinos. The district assumed a new identity in the mid-20th century, drawing a vibrant mix of artists, musicians and community activists and has since been known as the East Village. These different layers of history all still exist in the remaining built fabric of the area. After many years of effort, preservationists were able to get part of this area designated as an historic district in 2012. This new historic district encompasses 330 buildings, primarily along Second Avenue between East 2nd and 6th Streets, and to east and west on side these side streets. Yet much of the areas to the north and East remain largely unprotected and significant losses have occurred. At this juncture, the question remains as to what additional areas should be included and what significant structures are in peril. Join guide and urban planner Laurence Frommer as we explore the East Village/Lower East Side Historic District and discover what's in and what's out. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 08/22 - Brooklyn's Bedford Stuyvesant
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2015 08/22 - Brooklyn's Bedford Stuyvesant
11:00 AM - Bedford Stuyvesant has a rich and storied history, from the Lenape peoples, through the Dutch, the English and beyond. Anchoring that history is some of the city's finest residential row house architecture of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Explore the proposed Bedford Historic District with tour guides Suzanne Spellen, writer and architectural historian, aka columnist "Montrose Morris" on Brownstoner.com, and Morgan Munsey, architect, historian, and expert on the architecture of Bedford Stuyvesant; focusing on Hancock Street and the surrounding blocks comprising the heart of Bedford. Tour goers will see works from some of Brooklyn's finest architects; their rowhouses, apartment buildings, mansions, schools and churches. You'll also learn about the history and culture of the largest African-American community in New York City, a history that is hundreds of years in the making. Bedford Stuyvesant has received a great deal of attention in the last few years, and is undergoing many changes. Join us for a look at one of Brooklyn's most intriguing, and architecturally rich communities. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 08/22 - E.L Doctorow in the Bronx
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2015 08/22 - E.L Doctorow in the Bronx
4:00 PM - In his 1985 novel World's Fair about the Depression-Era Bronx, Doctorow writes, "Every neighborhood had its school like my school, its movie, its street of shops built into the sides of the apartment houses; it was tunneled with subways and bound together with trolley lines, and elevated lines." Join this tour with urban historian Jean Arrington and explore the Mt. Eden neighborhood in the Bronx where Doctorow grew up, seeing all of the above, or remnants thereof. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 08/22 New! -- Sunset Park, Brooklyn, Faster
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2015 08/22 New! -- Sunset Park, Brooklyn, Faster
10:30 AM - This series offers wider breadth, a faster pace, and is geared toward energetic walkers. Join this vigorous new tour with guide and journalist Norman Oder, through Sunset Park, Brooklyn, a complex, bustling, multi-ethnic neighborhood, known for Scandinavian roots, a diverse Latino population, and the heart of New York City's largest Chinese community. The neighborhood includes a changing industrial sector, a row-house district primed for landmarking, and a namesake park with a WPA pool and great views. Debates over environmental justice and gentrification continue. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 08/23 - Corona Circuit in Queens
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2015 08/23 - Corona Circuit in Queens
10:00 AM - Let urban geographer and Queens borough historian Jack Eichenbaum take you through Corona, Queens. Located on the original colonial road between Flushing and Brooklyn, Corona adapted to and prospered with changing transportation technology--the LIRR, the Shell Road, trolleys and the #7 train. The tour will span Corona between the Lemon Ice King and the Louis Armstrong Museum. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 08/23 New! -- Brooklyn's Grand Army Plaza: The City Beautiful Landscape
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2015 08/23 New! -- Brooklyn's Grand Army Plaza: The City Beautiful Landscape
2:00 PM - This new tour with architectural historian Francis Morrone will be a leisurely and detailed walk around Brooklyn's Grand Army Plaza, with special attention to the park entrance by Stanford White (your guide believes it ranks with White's finest achievements), the Soldiers' and Sailors' Memorial Arch (which Henry Hope Reed called one of the "great works of art in America"), the secluded oval containing the Bailey Fountain, many overlooked details, and in general the area that James Huneker wrote "reminds one of some vast plaza in a European capital, upper Brussels, for example." Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 08/23 New! -- Snug Harbor History Tour
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2015 08/23 New! -- Snug Harbor History Tour
10:30 AM - Snug Harbor has the largest collection of Greek Revival buildings in the country. Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden inhabits the former grounds of Sailors' Snug Harbor, the first retirement home for sailors which opened in 1833. By the turn of the 20th century, Sailors' Snug Harbor was the wealthiest charitable institution in the United States, reflected in its rich architectural heritage. It is a National Historic District with six structures included in the first group of 40 structures landmarked by NYC, as well as a rare landmarked interior. Today, Snug Harbor is one of the largest adaptive reuse projects in the United States, forming a vibrant nexus of arts and community-based organizations. Join this new tour with Snug Harbor Cultural Center docents to learn the fascinating history of the organization, it's buildings, and the area. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 08/29 New! -- Five Squares and a Circle
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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

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Click here for more information about 2015 08/29 New! -- Greenpoint South, Brooklyn
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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

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Click here for more information about 2015 08/30 - Orchard Street on the Lower East Side: From Start to Finish
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2015 08/30 - 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 08/30 ¡Nuevo! -- Arquitectura de Nueva York en Español!
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2015 08/30 ¡Nuevo! -- Arquitectura de Nueva York en Español!
4:00 PM - Este recorrido con Hansel Hernandez-Navarro atraviesa una de las mas famosas vías del mundo, la calle 42, y presenta su gran coleccion arquitectonica. La calle 42 se extiende desde el East River hasta el río Hudson y corta a través del mismo centro de Manhattan, y cuenta con importantes monumentos de la arquitectura americana del siglo XX: desde la clasica Terminal de Trenes Grand Central al estilo Art Deco del Edificio Chrysler, e inclusive los nuevos rascacielos que hoy en dia hacen resaltar un famoso y transformado Times Square. Cuesta: $20 / $15 Miembros

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