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Since 1956, MAS has been offering walking tours of New York’s cityscape, led by architectural, urban and art historians, preservationists, urban geographers, architects, teachers and writers. For information about Jane's Walk NYC this May, click here. Most tours last approximately two hours unless otherwise noted, and proceed rain or shine.

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Grand Central Terminal
We are proud to offer the Official MTA Metro-North Grand Central Terminal tour every day at 12:30 PM. Click here to purchase tickets or visit the "GCT Tours" ticket window in the Main Concourse. This 75-minute tour costs $20 for adults or $15 for seniors, students, children under 10, military and MAS Members. Space is limited. For more information about our daily tours, including info about group rates and private tours, please review our FAQ document.  Please note that we do not offer this tour on
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Click here for more information about 2014 04/19 - Harlem Hike: 145th Street from Hotel Olga to Sugar Hill
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2014 04/19 - 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 (né Colonial) Park and more. Cost: $20 / $15 Members.

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Click here for more information about 2014 04/19 - MAS Celebrates Preservation Month: Stuyvesant Heights Expansion District
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2014 04/19 - MAS Celebrates Preservation Month: Stuyvesant Heights Expansion District
2:00 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, please join us for this new tour. $20 / $15 Members.

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Click here for more information about 2014 04/20 - Drinking in Jazz Age New York
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2014 04/20 - Drinking in Jazz Age New York
4:00 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 2014 04/20 - MAS Celebrates Preservation Month: Landmark Battles of Midtown Manhattan
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2014 04/20 - MAS Celebrates Preservation Month: Landmark Battles of Midtown Manhattan
2:00 PM - Midtown Manhattan has seen more than its fair share of landmark battles. On this walk with architectural historian Anthony W. Robins, we'll consider the landmark rationale and battle history of the Villard Houses/Palace Hotel (one of the earliest battles), St. Bartholomew's Church (with issues of church/state conflict), Lever House (one of the new breed of modern landmarks), and Grand Central Terminal (whose landmark status was finally upheld by the Supreme Court). $20 / $15 Members.

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Click here for more information about 2014 04/26 - Brooklyn Down East: Cypress Hills and Highland Park
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2014 04/26 - Brooklyn Down East: Cypress Hills and Highland Park
11:00 AM - Join guide Joe Svehlak for a walk in the area east of Bushwick on the Queens border known as the Eastern District to explore its varied architecture of fine civic buildings, grand mansions, interesting row houses and even a church by Richard Upjohn. This area with a hilly topography due to the terminal moraine from the Ice Age makes for a fascinating walk up and down the streets. At the beginning of the tour we will make a short visit to the Evergreens Cemetery, founded in 1849 as one of the city's first garden cemeteries that serves as the final resting place for some of Bushwick's finest citizens. $20 / $15 Members.

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Click here for more information about 2014 04/26 - Sold Out: Walk the QueensWay
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2014 04/26 - Sold Out: Walk the QueensWay
2:00 PM - Join guides from The Trust for Public Land and the Friends of the QueensWay for a 2.5 mile walk alongside the northern section of this proposed "cultural greenway" that will transform a long abandoned rail line running from Forest Hills/Rego Park south to Ozone Park. When built, the QueensWay will highlight the many cultures of Queens (one of the most diverse urban areas in America) and provide important pedestrian and bike linkages. This tour will start in historic Forest Hills Gardens, and include a walk on the rail bed, through a ravine in Forest Park (wear long pants, and hiking or walking shoes), but much of it will be on city streets adjoining the QueensWay. Cost: $20 / $15 Members.

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Click here for more information about 2014 04/27 - MAS Celebrates Preservation Month: It Gets Ugly: Preservation, Profit, Democracy, and the Battle for a City Beautiful
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2014 04/27 - MAS Celebrates Preservation Month: It Gets Ugly: Preservation, Profit, Democracy, and the Battle for a City Beautiful
11:00 AM - Join guide 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 2014 04/27 - Sold Out: Edith Wharton's New York
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2014 04/27 - Sold Out: Edith Wharton's New York
2:00 PM - One of New York's greatest novelists was born at 14 West 23rd Street on January 24, 1862, but this tour will take place near the anniversary of her wedding, which took place on April 29, 1885, at Trinity Chapel on 25th Street. Join architectural historian Francis Morrone for this popular tour offered every January in honor of Edith Wharton's birthday. Following many requests that the tour be offered in clement weather, the guide has agreed to this special one-time-only tour of Edith Wharton's New York in the springtime. The tour will explore the neighborhoods--Madison Square and Gramercy Park--in which Wharton spent her formative years and where she set several of her most important fictions, including "The Age of Innocence," "New Year's Day" and "The Old Maid." The guide will also discuss her friends, acquaintances, and contemporaries such as Henry James, Theodore Roosevelt, and Jennie Jerome. $20 / $15 Members.

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Click here for more information about 2014 05/10 - Hidden in Plain Sight: Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
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2014 05/10 - Hidden in Plain Sight: Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
4:00 PM - Join historian and genealogist Mary Ann DiNapoli for this tour of Carroll Gardens that traces its history from when the neighborhood was home to a sizable wave of Italian immigrants beginning in the late 19th Century. Over one hundred years and many real estate fluctuations later, this area retains hints of those long-ago immigrants and their descendants that our guide will draw out and explore. Cost: $20 / $15 Members.

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Click here for more information about 2014 05/10 - Little Italy on Arthur Avenue
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2014 05/10 - Little Italy on Arthur Avenue
4:00 PM - Residents of the Italian-American neighborhoods along Arthur Avenue in the Bronx are the guardians of what some would call New York's "real Little Italy". Home to Doo-Wop music and authentic Italian restaurants and shops, many of the area's businesses has have been family owned and operated for generations. Join guide Alexandra Maruri as we explore the history of this vibrant Bronx neighborhood. Cost: $20 / $15 Members.

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Click here for more information about 2014 05/10 - Now on the Horizon: Lower Manhattan
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2014 05/10 - Now on the Horizon: Lower Manhattan
11:00 AM - Many high-profile projects are beginning to see the light of day in Lower Manhattan. With One World Trade Center now ruled the "tallest" building in the United States, Matt Postal will lead a tour of the immediate neighborhood, discussing the design of the Nicholas Grimshaw's soon-to-open Fulton Transit Hub, as well as the recently-opened concourse linking Santiago Calatrava's emerging $4 Billion Path Station to a new entry pavilion at Brookfield Place (formerly the World Financial Center). Cost: $20 / $15 Members.

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Click here for more information about 2014 05/11 - Grand Concourse in the Bronx
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2014 05/11 - Grand Concourse in the Bronx
11:00 AM - 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. $20 / $15 Members.

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Click here for more information about 2014 05/17 - Hunts Point in the Bronx: A Village of Murals
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2014 05/17 - Hunts Point in the Bronx: A Village of Murals
2:00 PM - The Village of Murals is an urban design concept that builds on the spontaneous eruption of murals, public art and environmental justice actions that have occurred in the Hunts Point section of the South Bronx. This tour will highlight a fabulous array of graffiti murals by Tats Cru, Ruby Walking by Sharon de la Cruz, a stencil mural that tells the painful story of integrating schools in the South, and Mapping Greenways, a mural commissioned by Sims Metal Management, an industry partner with an environmental conscience. Female Flava, a yearly festival celebrating young women, will greet members of the tour at THE POINT CDC, with a mural in the works. Trades, an exhibition of photographs picturing local industries by Martine Fougeron, will close the tour with an opening reception in the newly refurbished Art Container at The Campus for the Arts and Environment. This special arts tour is led by THE POINT CDC, participating as a working group member of Naturally Occurring Cultural District New York. The NOCD-NY tour series showcases a commitment to revitalizing the city from the neighborhood up. Cost: $20 / $15 Members.

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Click here for more information about 2014 05/17 - On the Bowery
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2014 05/17 - On the Bowery
2:00 PM - Recently named to the National Register of Historic Places, the Bowery is NYC'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 been a stomping ground for the Astor family, the swaggering Bowery Boys, immigrants, the working class, the LGBT community and many more. The Bowery has also helped foster tap dance, minstrelsy, vaudeville, Yiddish theater, Abstract Expressionism, Beat poetry, and punk rock. Join David Mulkins & Mitchell Grubler from the Bowery Alliance of Neighbors for a tour of one of New York's most architecturally diverse streetscapes, where buildings representing nearly every decade since 1780 can be found. Cost: $20 / $15 Members.

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Click here for more information about 2014 05/17 - Uptown Trinity Church Cemetery Spring Walk: Mayflowers, Mavericks, Mavens and Mayors
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2014 05/17 - Uptown Trinity Church Cemetery Spring Walk: Mayflowers, Mavericks, Mavens and Mayors
11:00 AM - Spring's resurgence inspires this overview tour of one of the most charming parcels of Manhattan's urban streetscape. Established in 1842, Trinity Church Cemetery in Washington Heights--originally laid out by James Renwick Jr., and later re-landscaped by Calvert Vaux--is one of New York State's most important burying grounds, steeped in Revolutionary War, Civil War, civic- and social history. Join author and guide Eric K. Washington in this verdant memorial park which chronicles much of New York City's eventful past. Waypoints of interest include Richard Sands, the renowned "ceiling walker"; Dita H. Kinney, the first official in the U.S. Army Corps of Nurses; and heirloom floral markers that form part of the Heritage Rose District. A few colorful public officials also reside here, including Cadwallader D. Colden, Mayor of New York City (1818-1821), whose long lost grave resurfaced from the tour leader's own research. Explore the winsome garden paths of Manhattan's only still-admitting cemetery--listed on the National Register of Historic Places--through the eyes of Mother Nature herself. $20 / $15 MAS members.

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Click here for more information about 2014 05/18 - Daylight Factory Buildings in Long Island City, Queens
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2014 05/18 - Daylight Factory Buildings in Long Island City, Queens
10:00 AM - The daylight loft building was to industry what the skyscraper was to offices. Long Island City's great makeover at the beginning of the 20th century coincided with the widespread introduction of this architectural innovation that modernized manufacturing and permitted assembly line production. Many of these buildings are finding are variety of new uses, notably as artists' studios, while Long Island City is rezoned for a post-industrial city. This tour with guide and urban geographer Jack Eichenbaum coincides with the Long Island City Arts Open weekend and after the tour you will be able to visit artists' open studios in some of the daylight loft buildings we will observe! $20 / $15 MAS members.

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Click here for more information about 2014 05/18 - Sunset Park, Brooklyn: The Old Neighborhood
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2014 05/18 - Sunset Park, Brooklyn: The Old Neighborhood
2:00 PM - The Historic Districts Council recently designated Sunset Park as one of their "Six to Celebrate" neighborhoods. Join guide and preservation activist, Joe Svehlak, for a walk up and down the tree lined row house streets of his old neighborhood. Designated a National Register Historic District of over 3,000 buildings in 1988, the Sunset Park Landmarks Committee is now seeking New York City landmark status for its many intact streets of fine middle class and working class housing constructed mostly at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century. We'll discuss the campaign for landmarks and sensible development in this ever changing neighborhood. Enjoy great harbor and city views from the recently renovated 24.5 acre hilltop park. Learn about New York City's first major development of non-profit co-ops started in the early 1900s. View some grand civic buildings and magnificent churches, including Our Lady of Perpetual Help, which is the largest religious edifice on Long Island. We'll wrap up on Eighth Avenue, the commercial heart of New York City's third Chinatown, which in Joe's days growing up here was the commercial heart of the mostly Norwegian community. Today there is also a mosque on Eighth Avenue, reflecting the great diversity of the Sunset Park neighborhood. $20 / $15 Members.

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Click here for more information about 2014 05/24 - Bronx Hub and Environs
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2014 05/24 - Bronx Hub and Environs
4:00 PM - After years of nationally renowned decline, the South Bronx is making a noble comeback. The Bronx Center Plan has helped guide growth and development based on substantial access to public transit. New businesses are moving in and an ingenious community based housing plan has provided a strong example of how long time residents need not be left out of the area's revival. This tour with urban planner Laurence Frommer examines the many lessons that can be learned from the areas successes and failures against the vibrant backdrop of a neighborhood reborn. Cost: $20 / $15 Members.

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Click here for more information about 2014 05/24 - City Island
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2014 05/24 - City Island
11:00 AM - Visit one of New York City's hidden treasures with guide Barbara Dolensek--a 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 summer, 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 2014 05/25 - Rosehill in Manhattan
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2014 05/25 - Rosehill in Manhattan
4:00 PM - The neighborhood of Rosehill in Manhattan, wedged between Gramercy, Murray Hill, and Flatiron, is often referred to erroneously as Midtown East or Gramercy Park North. According to lore, the name Rosehill dates to 1746 when British farmer John Watts bought 131 acres of land extending from Broadway to the East River between 21st and 30th Streets. Today, while skyrocketing rent in adjacent neighborhoods and the impending Second Avenue Subway has lead people to consider living and doing business in Rose Hill, but development pressures are mounting and historic structures may be in danger. The neighborhood is still reeling from the demolition of beautiful beaux arts stable buildings to make way for Baruch Colleges Vertical Campus. In addition to a booming student population, the community also has several single room occupancy supportive housing ventures, among them Friends House in Rosehill, a Quaker venture which in effect recovered the neighborhood's old name, and the Prince George Hotel sponsored by Common Ground. Can a future that meets the needs of a broad cross section of citizens be negotiated? Join urban planner Laurence Frommer as we examine the true identity of a neighborhood often thought to have no name. Cost: $20 / $15 Members.

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Click here for more information about 2014 05/25 - Wall Street
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2014 05/25 - Wall Street
2:00 PM - This tour, which includes the former Custom House, Steamship Row, Castle Clinton, Federal Hall, and the House of Morgan, will discuss well-known highlights as well as some unexpected delights. From the spectacular skyline up in the air to archaeological relics down underground, Downtown Manhattan remains one of the world's great urban treasures, even as it rebuilds. Explore this historic and storied area with architectural historian Anthony W. Robins. $20 / $15 MAS members.

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Click here for more information about 2014 05/25 - Willet's Point in Queens
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2014 05/25 - Willet's Point in Queens
4:00 PM - East of Citifield (the New York Mets baseball stadium) is a sewerless, hardscrabble area of auto junkyards and related businesses that has twice beaten back attempts at redevelopment. Located between the new stadium and a booming Chinatown in Flushing, public and private interests are again trying to transform "Willets Point". Join Queen's Borough Historian and urban geographer, Jack Eichenbaum on this walk to understand the area's important setting, confront ecological issues and learn why "Willets Point" is a misnomer. Note: Be prepared to walk at a brisk pace. $20 / $15 Members.

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Click here for more information about 2014 05/31 - Crown Heights North
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2014 05/31 - Crown Heights North
11:00 AM - Remarkable stand-alone mansions, fine row houses, architecturally significant apartment houses and beautiful houses of worship. Join tour guide Suzanne Spellen, writer and architectural historian, aka columnist "Montrose Morris" on Brownstoner.com, 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. $20 / $15 Members.

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Click here for more information about 2014 05/31 - Sold Out: Chelsea Art Galleries
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2014 05/31 - Sold Out: Chelsea Art Galleries
2:00 PM - Visit one of the most 'happening' neighborhoods in Manhattan with art historian Sylvia Laudien-Meo where you'll visit a selection of galleries home to a variety of intriguing and inspiring works. Only recently has Chelsea become home to hundreds of art galleries and it's a great place to get a sense of what's new and exciting in the art world before it enters the museums, or gets purchased by visionary art collectors. Please note that this tour is limited to 20 people. Cost: $20 / $15 Members.

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Click here for more information about 2014 06/01 - Greenpoint: Historic and Hip, with a Polish Flavor
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2014 06/01 - Greenpoint: Historic and Hip, with a Polish Flavor
11:00 AM - The northwest Brooklyn neighborhood of Greenpoint contains multitudes: a gem of a historic district; an industrial heritage both proud and troubled; a deep-rooted Polish presence; a waterfront poised for dramatic change; spill-over development from Williamsburg; and buzz from HBO's "Girls." Traverse Greenpoint with journalist and guide Norman Oder. Please note that this tour involves brisk walking. Cost: $20 / $15 Members.

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Click here for more information about 2014 06/01 - MAS Celebrates Pride: LGBT East Village and the Bowery
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2014 06/01 - MAS Celebrates Pride: LGBT East Village and the Bowery
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. $20 / $15 Members.

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Click here for more information about 2014 06/01 - Sold Out: Walt Whitman's New York
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2014 06/01 - Sold Out: Walt Whitman's New York
2:00 PM - To celebrate the 195th birthday of New York's, and America's, greatest poet, join architectural historian Francis Morrone to explore the part of Manhattan Walt Whitman knew best in his years as a printer, reporter, flaneur, and poet, moving south from Greenwich Village through SoHo, TriBeCa, and the Civic Center. Along the way we will see where he imbibed the culture of the streets, theaters, lecture halls, and minstrel halls, with digressions on phrenology, Mathew Brady, Newspaper Row, Abraham Lincoln, and the colorful characters who hung out at in the alcove of Pfaff's rathskeller underneath Broadway to plot Whitman's delirious vision of New York on the map of Manhattan. $20 / $15 Members.

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