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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. Unless otherwise noted, most tours last approximately two hours and proceed rain or shine.

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

$25 Adults / $20 MAS Members, seniors, students, children under 10 & same-day Metro North riders. Group rates are available. Review our FAQ for more information.

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

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Gift certificates are available for MAS tours! Let our award-winning guides take your friends and family on a tour that shows what makes New York, New York. $30 / $20 Members. Give the gift of a MAS tour!

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Click here for more information about 2016 06/03 Friday - Tour34: Empire to Penn
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2016 06/03 Friday - Tour34: Empire to Penn
12:30 PM - The Municipal Art Society of New York and the 34th Street Partnership are proud to present Tour34: Empire to Penn, a new West Midtown walking tour. From railroads to retail, sidewalks to skyscrapers, expertly trained MAS docents lead guests on an exploration of the untold history and unfolding future of this bustling hub of transportation and commerce. Tour-goers will hear firsthand the latest plans to reimagine this historic neighborhood, including ideas for building a new Penn Station, re-drawing the street grid, and adding a new business district the size of downtown Minneapolis to the shores of the Hudson! This 90-minute tour is held every Friday and Saturday starting at 12:30PM and the docent is equipped with a portable microphone. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

$30.00 

Click here for more information about 2016 06/04 Saturday - Gowanus Grows in Brooklyn
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2016 06/04 Saturday - Gowanus Grows in Brooklyn
11: 00 AM Experience the changing face of Gowanus with architectural historian and guide Matt Postal, from its days as a busy industrial waterway to the more glamorous present moment, viewing the city's oldest concrete structure and oldest retractile bridge (both New York City Landmarks). We'll also see new notable residential buildings and commercial spaces along the way. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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2016 06/04 Saturday - Tour34: Empire to Penn
12:30 PM - The Municipal Art Society of New York and the 34th Street Partnership are proud to present Tour34: Empire to Penn, a new West Midtown walking tour. From railroads to retail, sidewalks to skyscrapers, expertly trained MAS docents lead guests on an exploration of the untold history and unfolding future of this bustling hub of transportation and commerce. Tour-goers will hear firsthand the latest plans to reimagine this historic neighborhood, including ideas for building a new Penn Station, re-drawing the street grid, and adding a new business district the size of downtown Minneapolis to the shores of the Hudson! This 90-minute tour is held every Friday and Saturday starting at 12:30PM and the docent is equipped with a portable microphone. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

$30.00 

Click here for more information about 2016 06/04 Saturday - Upper East Side Arts
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2016 06/04 Saturday - Upper East Side Arts
1: 30 PM On Manhattan's Upper East Side you'll find distinguished gallery spaces of established houses like Knoedler, Acquavella, Mnuchin, Leo Castelli and the ever present Gagosian. This area of Manhattan has fewer galleries compared to other arts districts like Chelsea, but these uniquely housed galleries nestled in this predominantly residential neighborhood are located in the original elegant townhouses of the elite. This tour with art historian Sylvia Laudien-Meo will visit a handful of the most intriguing exhibitions of the season. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

$30.00 

Click here for more information about 2016 06/05 Sunday - Sold Out: White, Dwight, and the East Village and Union Square in New York's Literary History
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2016 06/05 Sunday - Sold Out: White, Dwight, and the East Village and Union Square in New York's Literary History
2: 00 PM Richard Grant White (father of Stanford) was one of New York's preeminent men of letters in the mid-19th century. Dwight Macdonald was one of the preeminent men of letters of the mid-20th century. They lived right across 10th Street from each other. This tour with architectural historian Francis Morrone will tell their stories, but more than that will use them as a lens through which to view their East Village/Union Square neighborhood over a one hundred year period of profound change--and of some things, like the presence in the neighborhood of preeminent men of letters, that did not change. This will be a tour not just about White and Macdonald, but more generally about the history of writers in this neighborhood.. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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Click here for more information about 2016 06/10 Friday - Tour34: Empire to Penn
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2016 06/10 Friday - Tour34: Empire to Penn
12:30 PM - The Municipal Art Society of New York and the 34th Street Partnership are proud to present Tour34: Empire to Penn, a new West Midtown walking tour. From railroads to retail, sidewalks to skyscrapers, expertly trained MAS docents lead guests on an exploration of the untold history and unfolding future of this bustling hub of transportation and commerce. Tour-goers will hear firsthand the latest plans to reimagine this historic neighborhood, including ideas for building a new Penn Station, re-drawing the street grid, and adding a new business district the size of downtown Minneapolis to the shores of the Hudson! This 90-minute tour is held every Friday and Saturday starting at 12:30PM and the docent is equipped with a portable microphone. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

$30.00 

Click here for more information about 2016 06/11 Saturday - Tour34: Empire to Penn
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2016 06/11 Saturday - Tour34: Empire to Penn
12:30 PM - The Municipal Art Society of New York and the 34th Street Partnership are proud to present Tour34: Empire to Penn, a new West Midtown walking tour. From railroads to retail, sidewalks to skyscrapers, expertly trained MAS docents lead guests on an exploration of the untold history and unfolding future of this bustling hub of transportation and commerce. Tour-goers will hear firsthand the latest plans to reimagine this historic neighborhood, including ideas for building a new Penn Station, re-drawing the street grid, and adding a new business district the size of downtown Minneapolis to the shores of the Hudson! This 90-minute tour is held every Friday and Saturday starting at 12:30PM and the docent is equipped with a portable microphone. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

$30.00 

Click here for more information about 2016 06/11 Saturday -Greenpoint  South, Brooklyn
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2016 06/11 Saturday -Greenpoint South, Brooklyn
2: 00 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 with a Monitor memorial, 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: $30 / $20 Members

$30.00 

Click here for more information about 2016 06/12 Sunday - MAS Celebrates PRIDE: The South Village
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2016 06/12 Sunday - MAS Celebrates PRIDE: The South Village
2: 00 PM When the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission's designated the central portion of the South Village in December of 2013, they broke new ground by, for the first time ever for a New York City historic district designation report, including a chapter focused specifically on a neighborhood's LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) history. To the surprise of many people today, the South Village ( rather than for example, Christopher Street) was once the center of New Yorks LGBT life. In fact, by the beginning of the 20th Century, the South Village one of the few places on earth with an open and visible concentration of establishments catering to the LGBT community, attracting visitors and tourists from around the world. In the post war years writers cafes such as the San Remo attracted such gay literati as Frank Ohara , Alan Ginsberg, Gore Vidal, James Baldwin and Lorraine Hansburry. Folk music coffeehouses the 1950s and 1960s certainly had their LGBT following. Join urban planner and guide Laurence Frommer for an in-depth look at this neighborhood's proud history. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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Click here for more information about 2016 06/12 Sunday - The Magnificent Grand Concourse in the Bronx
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2016 06/12 Sunday - The Magnificent Grand Concourse in the Bronx
2: 00 PM Join urban planner and lifelong Bronx resident Sam Goodman to learn more about one of New York City's most celebrated boulevards; the Grand Concourse of Bronx County. We will visit numerous buildings as we come to understand the neighborhood's dynamic history. We'll examine why this community was built, why it thrived and why it still remains a place where hope and aspiration sustains those who reside here today. While good weather is never a certainty, what is certain is that your perceptions of the Grand Concourse and its people will be forever changed after this neighborhood tour. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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Click here for more information about 2016 06/17 Friday - Tour34: Empire to Penn
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2016 06/17 Friday - Tour34: Empire to Penn
12:30 PM - The Municipal Art Society of New York and the 34th Street Partnership are proud to present Tour34: Empire to Penn, a new West Midtown walking tour. From railroads to retail, sidewalks to skyscrapers, expertly trained MAS docents lead guests on an exploration of the untold history and unfolding future of this bustling hub of transportation and commerce. Tour-goers will hear firsthand the latest plans to reimagine this historic neighborhood, including ideas for building a new Penn Station, re-drawing the street grid, and adding a new business district the size of downtown Minneapolis to the shores of the Hudson! This 90-minute tour is held every Friday and Saturday starting at 12:30PM and the docent is equipped with a portable microphone. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

$30.00 

Click here for more information about 2016 06/18 Saturday - New! -- Walk the Waterline FREE
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2016 06/18 Saturday - New! -- Walk the Waterline FREE
10: 00 AM - 3:00 PM Join us as we discover the history of the Croton Aqueduct and learn about an effort transform it into an exciting new civic asset. On this walk, the team spearheading the reimagining of the Aqueduct's future will lead you along a portion of the former trail in Upper Manhattan, from the High Bridge to the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir gatehouses in Central Park. Highlights of the Waterline walk will include the High Bridge, the High Bridge Water Tower, the former 135th Street Gatehouse (now Harlem Stage), interior access to the 119th Street Gatehouse, and the gatehouses on the perimeter of the Reservoir in Central Park. Free; reservations required

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Click here for more information about 2016 06/18 Saturday - Sold Out: New! -- Lincoln Square: Origins + Evolution
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2016 06/18 Saturday - Sold Out: New! -- Lincoln Square: Origins + Evolution
11: 00 AM This new walking tour with architecutral historian Matt Postal examines the Upper West Side crossroads known as Lincoln Square, from its bohemian origins at the start of the 20th century to the present day. We'll discuss the impact of Central Park and subsequent transit improvements, as well as the "studio building" phenomena, which transformed West 67th Street into one of Manhattan's more unusual and picturesque blocks. How Lincoln Center got its name will be discussed, as well as the lasting impact of this important cultural complex on the immediate neighborhood. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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Click here for more information about 2016 06/18 Saturday - Tour34: Empire to Penn
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2016 06/18 Saturday - Tour34: Empire to Penn
12:30 PM - The Municipal Art Society of New York and the 34th Street Partnership are proud to present Tour34: Empire to Penn, a new West Midtown walking tour. From railroads to retail, sidewalks to skyscrapers, expertly trained MAS docents lead guests on an exploration of the untold history and unfolding future of this bustling hub of transportation and commerce. Tour-goers will hear firsthand the latest plans to reimagine this historic neighborhood, including ideas for building a new Penn Station, re-drawing the street grid, and adding a new business district the size of downtown Minneapolis to the shores of the Hudson! This 90-minute tour is held every Friday and Saturday starting at 12:30PM and the docent is equipped with a portable microphone. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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Click here for more information about 2016 06/19 Sunday - Juneteenth: Traces of the Underground RR in TriBeca
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2016 06/19 Sunday - Juneteenth: Traces of the Underground RR in TriBeca
4: 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: $30 / $20 Members

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Click here for more information about 2016 06/24 Friday - Tour34: Empire to Penn
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2016 06/24 Friday - Tour34: Empire to Penn
12:30 PM - The Municipal Art Society of New York and the 34th Street Partnership are proud to present Tour34: Empire to Penn, a new West Midtown walking tour. From railroads to retail, sidewalks to skyscrapers, expertly trained MAS docents lead guests on an exploration of the untold history and unfolding future of this bustling hub of transportation and commerce. Tour-goers will hear firsthand the latest plans to reimagine this historic neighborhood, including ideas for building a new Penn Station, re-drawing the street grid, and adding a new business district the size of downtown Minneapolis to the shores of the Hudson! This 90-minute tour is held every Friday and Saturday starting at 12:30PM and the docent is equipped with a portable microphone. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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2016 06/25 Saturday - Coney Island
11: 00 AM Join tour guide Joe Svehlak who has been coming to Coney Island since the 1940s and still swims here, to see how America's first great seaside resort and amusement area is coming back after hurricane Sandy swept over its shores. Once known as "Sodom by the Sea" for its risqué "honky-tonk" flavor, change has always been part of Coney Island's colorful history. View the new Thunderbolt Rollercoaster, along with the older landmarked rides, the new amusement park, the popular ballpark with the memorial to Jackie Robinson and Brooklyn's 9/11 memorial. Stroll the boardwalk and enjoy the panorama of the ocean, as we discuss Coney Island's future and reminisce about it's past. Wear your bathing suit if you want to go for a swim after the tour. The walk will end at the world famous Nathan's. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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2016 06/25 Saturday - Tour34: Empire to Penn
12:30 PM - The Municipal Art Society of New York and the 34th Street Partnership are proud to present Tour34: Empire to Penn, a new West Midtown walking tour. From railroads to retail, sidewalks to skyscrapers, expertly trained MAS docents lead guests on an exploration of the untold history and unfolding future of this bustling hub of transportation and commerce. Tour-goers will hear firsthand the latest plans to reimagine this historic neighborhood, including ideas for building a new Penn Station, re-drawing the street grid, and adding a new business district the size of downtown Minneapolis to the shores of the Hudson! This 90-minute tour is held every Friday and Saturday starting at 12:30PM and the docent is equipped with a portable microphone. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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Click here for more information about 2016 06/26 Sunday - Astoria Village in Queens
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2016 06/26 Sunday - Astoria Village in Queens
2: 00 PM Old Astoria Village can only be in a place like Queens. On this new tour with Bob Singleton, Executive Director of the Greater Astoria Historical Society, we talk on streets older than Wall Street that trace the outline of the 17th century Hallett farm, and past dozens of buildings, in various styles from the 1700s to the early 20th century. Lacking Landmark protection, about half of the community was destroyed in the past 20 years, including parts of an 1812 fort, and a school from 1828, a legacy of John Jacob Astor. Old Astoria remains the largest community in NYC unprotected by landmark designation. We walk by the city's greatest maritime disaster, the site of Native-American Villages, the Hell Gate and Triborough (RFK) bridges, and will discuss briefly the Astoria Houses and the new developments at Halletts and Astoria Coves. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

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Click here for more information about 2016 06/26 Sunday - Sold Out: New! -- Pearl Street in Lower Manhattan, From Start to Finish
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2016 06/26 Sunday - Sold Out: New! -- Pearl Street in Lower Manhattan, From Start to Finish
2:00 PM Explore what the writer Kate Simon called "the pleasures of the drunken course of Pearl Street." So drunken is its improbable mile-long (or so) course that your guide, architectural historian Francis Morrone, cannot even guarantee he will not inadvertently veer off of it, never to find it again. But he will try his best. Along the way are some of the most interesting sights in town: the site of the birthplace of Herman Melville (6 Pearl Street), Fraunces' Tavern, Hanover Square, a cluster of little-known but excellent Art Deco towers, the South Street Seaport, the site of Joseph Mitchell's Hartford House (309 Pearl Street) from Old Mr. Flood (1948), and the courthouses of Foley Square, among much else. Please note that this tour may take a little longer than the usual two hours (but not as many as three), due both to the riches and to the possibility of getting lost. Cost: $30.00, $20.00 Members

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