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Everyday at 12:30 PM  grand central terminal, new york city
Official Guided Tour of Grand Central Terminal
This 75-minute tour, led by MAS docents, highlights the history, architecture and operation of the world’s largest train terminal.

$20 Adults / $15 MAS Members, seniors, students, children under 10 & same-day Metro North riders. Group rates are available. Review our FAQ for more information.

Please note that we do not offer this tour on Thanksgiving Day or Christmas Day. 

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Click here for more information about 2014 07/11 - Walking Governors Island
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2014 07/11 - Walking Governors Island
4:00 PM - Join The Trust for Governors Island on this exclusive tour of the Island's new park! We'll begin with a walk through the National Historic District towards the 30 new acres of park, which include Liggett Terrace, Hammock Grove, and the Play Lawn. We'll also get a behind-the-scenes look at the plans, process and the future for Governors Island from members of the design team. The new park has transformed the southern part of the Island from acres of desolate landfill to a dynamic, vibrant landscape with sculpted new topography. The park is animated by lively plazas, acres of lush, rolling lawns, play areas for visitors of all ages and thousands of new trees. We will also discuss the next phase of park, the Hills, as they rise on the Island. $20 / $15 Members.

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Click here for more information about 2014 07/12 - Brooklyn's Stuyvesant North
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2014 07/12 - Brooklyn's Stuyvesant North
4:00 PM - The neighborhood of Stuyvesant Heights was developed mostly between 1880 and 1900. 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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Click here for more information about 2014 07/12 - Transforming 57th Street
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2014 07/12 - Transforming 57th Street
11:00 AM - This tour with architectural historian Matt Postal will consider the recent history of this fabled cross-town thoroughfare, from the 1970s to the present, including postmodern and contemporary designs by Gordon Bunshaft, Cesar Pelli, Norman Foster, and Christian de Portzamparc. Of particular interest will be construction sites, where a number of skyscraping residences are simultaneously progressing. $20 / $15 Members.

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2014 07/13 - Brooklyn Landscapes
4:00 PM - This tour with architectural historian Francis Morrone and co-author of "Guide to New York City Urban Landscapes" (W.W. Norton, 2013) will look at three generations of Brooklyn landscapes. Cadman Plaza was created in the 1950s, at the time the largest downtown urban renewal project yet undertaken in America. The project utterly transformed downtown Brooklyn. MetroTech Center was a product of the 1980s, a unique attempt to create a combined university and corporate campus. Finally, Brooklyn Bridge Park has transformed Brooklyn's waterfront between the Manhattan Bridge and Atlantic Avenue. Though not yet complete, enough has been done that we have a sense of the whole. We will only be able to see a portion of the park, but our route will take us across the dramatic Squibb Park Bridge. Please allow a little more than the usual two hours. $20 / $15 Members.

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Click here for more information about 2014 07/13 - Call Me Madame: Eliza Jumel's Bastille Day Tour of Uptown Trinity Church Cemetery
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2014 07/13 - Call Me Madame: 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 1800 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! This tour is co-presented by the Morris-Jumel Mansion. $20 / $15 Members.

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Click here for more information about 2014 07/13 - Greenwich Village and New York University
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2014 07/13 - Greenwich Village and New York University
4:00 PM - The Greenwich Village of cozy row houses, stoops, and corner stores is not easy to reconcile with NYU's proposed plans to add as much as three million square feet to its campus that wraps around Washington Square Park in the heart of the village. This walking tour with architecture critic and author James S. Russell will consider both the past and the future Village as we survey New York University's current campus and the "superblocks" to the south of Washington Square that would have to absorb most of the planned growth. $20 / $15 Members.

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Click here for more information about 2014 07/18 - Architecture of the Theater
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2014 07/18 - Architecture of the Theater
10:00 AM - Walk the streets of "The Great White Way" with architectural historian and author Anthony W. Robins as we trace the history of New York's Broadway theater district from Oscar Hammerstein in the 1890s to Walt Disney in the 1990s to its latest configuration. See the great Broadway theaters built between the turn of the century and the onset of the Great Depression­ - stunning works of art that are monuments to the lively history of American theater. $20 / $15 Members.

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Click here for more information about 2014 07/19 - Explore and Shop: The Atlantic Avenue Bazaars
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2014 07/19 - Explore and Shop: The Atlantic Avenue Bazaars
10:00 AM - Any time of year is a great time to discover the delights of shopping in the specialty stores of Brooklyn's premier Arab American community that was established around Atlantic Avenue over a century ago. Mary Ann Haick 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. $20 / $15 Members.

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Click here for more information about 2014 07/19 - Grand Concourse in the Bronx
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2014 07/19 - Grand Concourse in the Bronx
4:00 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. $20 / $15 Members.

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Click here for more information about 2014 07/19 - On the Banks of the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn
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2014 07/19 - On the Banks of the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn
11:00 AM - Explore the banks of Brooklyn's most famous canal with historian and guide Matt Postal. Before crossing one of the oldest retractile bridges in the United States, we'll visit the Carroll Gardens Historic District, a singular brownstone enclave distinguished by an unusual street plan. Learn the history of the canal and view evidence of its rapidly changing character, including the new Whole Foods supermarket and a pioneering concrete building in New York City. $20 / $15 Members.

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Click here for more information about 2014 07/20 - Art Deco in the Financial District
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2014 07/20 - Art Deco in the Financial District
10:00 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 2014 07/20 - Sold Out: 10th Street River to River, Part 1 of 2: Hudson River Park to Broadway
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2014 07/20 - Sold Out: 10th Street River to River, Part 1 of 2: Hudson River Park to Broadway
2:00 PM - 10th Street is one of the city's great river-to-river streets. In the first part of our two-part walk with architectural historian Francis Morrone, we'll move from Hudson River Park through the charming blocks of 10th street in the far west Village, past the Jefferson Market Library and Church of the Ascension (between which lies one of the most fascinating blocks in the city) and end at Grace Church at Broadway. $20 / $15 Members.

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Click here for more information about 2014 07/24 - Drinking in Jazz Age New York
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2014 07/24 - 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.

$20.00 

Click here for more information about 2014 07/25 - Walking Governors Island
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2014 07/25 - Walking Governors Island
4:00 PM - Join The Trust for Governors Island on this exclusive tour of the Island's new park! We'll begin with a walk through the National Historic District towards the 30 new acres of park, which include Liggett Terrace, Hammock Grove, and the Play Lawn. We'll also get a behind-the-scenes look at the plans, process and the future for Governors Island from members of the design team. The new park has transformed the southern part of the Island from acres of desolate landfill to a dynamic, vibrant landscape with sculpted new topography. The park is animated by lively plazas, acres of lush, rolling lawns, play areas for visitors of all ages and thousands of new trees. We will also discuss the next phase of park, the Hills, as they rise on the Island. $20 / $15 Members.

$20.00 

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2014 07/26 - Coney Island
10:30 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 Thunderbold 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.. $20 / $15 Members.

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Click here for more information about 2014 07/26 - Remembering the Future: The Architecture of the 1964 New York World's Fair
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2014 07/26 - Remembering the Future: The Architecture of the 1964 New York World's Fair
4:00 PM - Discover the extant structures from the 1964 World's Fair in Queens with John Kriskiewicz and People for the Pavilion to explore the moment in time when we were poised to race head long into the "Space Age", but were beginning to have doubts about the meaning of progress. Conceived in a period of relative consensus in 1958, the Fair opened during the turbulent mid-Sixties. The Unisphere, The Port Authority Heiliport, Westinghouse Time capsule and Wallace Harrison's Hall of Science/Space Park still stand to remind us of that anticipation of the future. Philip Johnson's wry New York State Pavilion draws on this anticipation with its structural virtuosity, but employs a dawning "Pop Art" sensibility of the Sixties, becoming an instant icon. $20 / $15 Members.

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Click here for more information about 2014 07/27 - Crossing Newtown Creek: Contrasting Industrial Brooklyn and Queens
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2014 07/27 - Crossing Newtown Creek: Contrasting Industrial Brooklyn and Queens
10:00 AM - Join Queens borough historian and urban geographer Jack Eichenbaum for this tour through Greenpoint and across the Pulaski Bridge connecting Brooklyn to Long Island City. See remnants of the intense and largely unregulated industrial development that thrived along Newtown Creek during the late nineteenth century before the consolidation of Greater NYC and infrastructure improvements rendered it obsolete. See elegant 19th century Greenpoint highlights and East River shoreline redevelopment ending at splendid shoreline views in Gantry Park, Hunter's Point, LIC. Nearby Vernon Blvd. offers a variety of restaurants. $20 / $15 Members.

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Click here for more information about 2014 07/27 - Sold Out: 10th Street River to River, Part 2 of 2: Broadway to East River Park
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2014 07/27 - Sold Out: 10th Street River to River, Part 2 of 2: Broadway to East River Park
2:00 PM - In part two of our 10th Street walk, architectural historian and guide Francis Morrone will begin where the last walk ended and make our way into the East Village, past Willem de Kooning's home and studio, Stanford White's childhood home, St. Mark's in the Bowery, and Tompkins Square as we make our way to the Jacob Riis Houses and East River Park in the old shipbuilding district. $20 / $15 Members.

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Click here for more information about 2014 08/02 - Off and Off-Off Broadway: Part 1
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2014 08/02 - Off and Off-Off Broadway: Part 1
3:00 PM - Join guide Laurence Frommer for a two day tour series focused on the history and development of New York's Off & Off-Off Broadway theater movements. The first day will largely be devoted to Off Broadway theaters , mostly in the West Village and the second day largely devoted to Off Off Broadway theaters mostly in the East Village. However given the lay of the land and locations of theaters, there will be some mix of both types of theaters on both days. The Off Broadway Theater scene, a term for a professional venue in New York City with a seating capacity between 100 and 499. These theatres are smaller than Broadway theatres and are often, although not exclusively located in Greenwich Village. The emergence of Off-Broadway is often dated to the 1954 revival of the Brecht/Weill Threepenny Opera at what is now the Lucille Lortel Theater on Christopher Street, although the movements origins may well date to earlier productions of the late 1940's. The movement started as a reaction to the perceived commercialism of Broadway that was seen as stifling to new creative works and talent. This fertile breeding ground, away from the pressures of commercial production and critical brickbats, helped give a leg up to hundreds of future Broadway shows, actors and other professional theater folk. The Cherry Lane Theater, Circle In the Square, Circle Reperatory, Ridiculous Theater, Actors Playhouse, Provincetown Playhouse, Public Theater, Vinyard Theater and Union Square Theater will also be considered. $20 / $15 Members.

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Click here for more information about 2014 08/02 - Public Art in Downtown Manhattan
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2014 08/02 - Public Art in Downtown Manhattan
11:00 AM - Downtown Manhattan's public art includes many references to early New York City history and examples abound in the imposing George Washington in front of Federal Hall, the old Customs House featuring Beaux Arts sculptures of the Four Continents that tell tales about America's sense of identity at the turn of the Century and of course the famous Wall Street bull which can be rubbed for good luck! Similarly, Battery Park is full of thoughtful memorials to our immigrants, and to the fallen heroes of war. More modern art can also be found throughout the area and we'll see sculptures by leading artists like Louise Nevelson, Jean Dubuffet, Isamu Noguchi, Keith Haring, Mark di Suvero and many more. This tour with art historian Sylvia Laudien-Meo will also explore the "Canyon of Heroes" along Broadway that honor all the people that have been honored with a ticker tape parade since 1886. $20 / $15 Members.

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Click here for more information about 2014 08/03 - Off and Off-Off Broadway: Part 2
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2014 08/03 - Off and Off-Off Broadway: Part 2
3:00 PM - Join guide Laurence Frommer for a two day tour series focused on the history and development of New York's Off & Off-Off Broadway theater movements. The first day will largely be devoted to Off Broadway theaters, mostly in the West Village and the second day largely devoted to Off Off Broadway theaters mostly in the East Village. However given the lay of the land and locations of theaters, there will be some mix of both types of theaters on both days. Off-Off-Broadway theatres are often defined as theatres that have fewer than 100 seats. The shows range from professional productions by established artists to small amateur performances. The origins of the Off-Off-Broadway movement are usually dated to 1958 as a reaction to Off-Broadway, which was seen by some as having become too commercial. Among the first venues for what would soon be called Off-Off-Broadway" were coffeehouses in Greenwich Village, particularly the Caffe Cino operated by the eccentric Joe Cino. Also integral to the rise of Off-Off-Broadway were Al Carmines at the Judson Poets' Theater, located at Judson Memorial Church on Washington Square, Ellen Stewart's La MaMa in the East Village and Ralph Cook's Theatre Genesis at Saint Mark's Church on the Bowery. The Off-Off Broadway milieu is often associated with the avant garde (an ever evolving term) although this is not exclusively the case. Performance Space 122, Theater for The New City, Bowery Lane Theater and Theater 80 will also be considered. $20 / $15 Members.

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Click here for more information about 2014 08/03 - Western Queens: More Space and New Arrangements
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2014 08/03 - Western Queens: More Space and New Arrangements
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. $20 / $15 Members.

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Click here for more information about 2014 08/09 - Kleindeutschland: An East Village History
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2014 08/09 - Kleindeutschland: An East Village History
11:00 AM - Join art historian Sylvia Laudien-Meo to explore the beginnings of German culture in New York City. The East Village was once home to the ever-growing waves of German immigrants who came to settle in the New World in the mid-19th century, making it the third largest German settlement after Berlin and Vienna. Enhancing their neighborhood with beer gardens, gymnastic clubs, singing societies, theaters, and parade grounds, traces of the newcomer's busy social lives can still be found everywhere, including a modest memorial, a reminder of why it all so suddenly ended one day in 1904, with the General Slocum Disaster. Cost: $20 / $15 Members.

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Click here for more information about 2014 08/09 - The Architecture of Literacy in the Bronx
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2014 08/09 - The Architecture of Literacy in the Bronx
4:00 PM - Join urban historian Jean Arrington for a look at the Bronx Community College campus, originally designed for New York University in the 1890s by Stanford White, along with several public schools in the Bronx ranging from turn-of-the-20th-century to modern. In addition to White's spectacular Gould Memorial Library, we'll see the Hall of Fame, an early-20th-century tourist attraction, and modern buildings by Marcel Breuer and Robert A. M. Stone. Cost: $20 / $15 Members.

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Click here for more information about 2014 08/10 - Sold Out: Orchard Street: From Start to Finish
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2014 08/10 - Sold Out: Orchard Street: 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. Architectural historian Francis Morrone 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. $20 / $15 Members.

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Click here for more information about 2014 08/10 - The Arc of the Beat: From West to East Villages Across Six Decades
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2014 08/10 - The Arc of the Beat: From West to East Villages Across Six Decades
11:00 AM - From the forties to the nineties the Beat Generation was strongly associated with New York's bohemian neighborhoods. From the very beginnings through notoriety and celebrity into maturity, they lived and worked, performed and celebrated, from west of Sheridan Square to the east of Tompkins Square. Join tour leader Ron Janoff, a coordinator of NYU's Beat Generation conferences, in retracing their steps, and visiting the locations of bars, coffeehouses, theatres, galleries, and apartments that were their haunts and homes during their intervals in New York. We will focus especially on the three most important figures -- Burroughs, Kerouac, and Ginsberg -- and on works conceived, written, or performed in specific locations in the Village. In addition we will note other key figures and events that formed the larger cultural context of the Beat Movement in its heyday. $20 / $15 Members.

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Click here for more information about 2014 08/15 - Neon Neighborhood: The Lower East Side
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2014 08/15 - Neon Neighborhood: The Lower East Side
7:00 PM - The Lower East Side of Manhattan 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 new tour with Tom Rinaldi, author of "Neon New York", is co-presented by the Lower East Side Preservation Initative and 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 2014 08/16 - City Island in the Bronx
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2014 08/16 - City Island in the Bronx
4:00 PM - 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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2014 08/16 - Harlem Mixed Bag
11:00 AM - "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. This 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. Cost: $20 / $15 Members.

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Click here for more information about 2014 08/17 - Art Deco on the Upper Upper West Side
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2014 08/17 - Art Deco on the Upper Upper West Side
10:00 AM - Join architectural historian and author Anthony W. Robins for a meandering walk across the upper west tracts of the Upper West Side, from West 85th to 103rd streets. We see work by such stalwart Manhattan Deco icons as Sugarman & Berger, Boak & Paris, and Harvey Wiley Corbett, as well as architects less well known for their Deco productions, including Emery Roth and Rosario Candela. Highlights include Roth's Normandy Apartments and Corbett's Master Apartments; the Broadway Fashion Building - four-stories of commercial space in a Moderne glass box; Joan of Arc Junior High School; Boak & Paris's Midtown (now Metro) Theater; and one of Manhattan's last surviving Horn & Hardart automat buildings, with splendid Art Deco terra-cotta. If you've taken his tour of Art Deco on Central Park West, and wondered what else might be out there closer to the Hudson, this is your chance to find out! $20 / $15 Members.

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2014 08/17 - Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn
4:00 PM - Bedford Stuyvesant has a rich and storied history, from the Lenape peoples, through the Dutch, the English and beyond. Anchoring that history is some of the city's finest residential row house architecture of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Explore the proposed Bedford Historic District with tour guides Suzanne Spellen, writer and architectural historian, aka columnist "Montrose Morris" on Brownstoner.com, and Morgan Munsey, architect, historian, and expert on the architecture of Bedford Stuyvesant; focusing on Hancock Street and the surrounding blocks comprising the heart of Bedford. Tour goers will see works from some of Brooklyn's finest architects; their rowhouses, apartment buildings, mansions, schools and churches. You'll also learn about the history and culture of the largest African-American community in New York City, a history that is hundreds of years in the making. Bedford Stuyvesant has received a great deal of attention in the last few years, and is undergoing many changes. Join us for a look at one of Brooklyn's most intriguing, and architecturally rich communities. $20 / $15 Members.

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Click here for more information about 2014 08/20 - Drinking in Jazz Age New York
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2014 08/20 - 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 2014 08/23 - Roosevelt Island: The Northern Route
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2014 08/23 - Roosevelt Island: The Northern Route
4:00 PM - Join guide Judith Berdy, President of the Roosevelt Island Historical Society, on a walk through the northern part of the island. Visit the interior of the Chapel and hear the story of the landmark building that has served the religious congregations since 1889. Stroll up Main Street and learn of the original 1970's Roosevelt Island development, the new plans for Main Street, and the communities that came later. Explore the wonderful interior lobby of the Octagon. Bring a picnic dinner for enjoyment in Lighthouse Park. $20 / $15 Members.

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Click here for more information about 2014 08/23 - Sunset Park, Brooklyn: The Old Neighborhood
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2014 08/23 - Sunset Park, Brooklyn: The Old Neighborhood
3:00 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 08/24 - Downtown Manhattan's First Religious Congregations
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2014 08/24 - Downtown Manhattan's First Religious Congregations
10:30 AM - Join guide Joe Svehlak, whose family worshipped at St. Peter's over 100 years ago, to explore the area where many of New York's religious congregations first gathered. This tour will focus on the religious roots of New York beginning where the Dutch first worshipped and where the first Jewish congregation built their synagogue. We'll view churches of various denominations including the first Methodist Church in North America on John Street, New York's first Roman Catholic parish on Barclay Street, and a former Syrian Melkite Church near the World Trade Center, as well as Trinity Church, St. Paul's Chapel, Mother Seton's Shrine, and other religious sites that represent New York's diverse religious history. Cost: $20 / $15 Members.

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Click here for more information about 2014 08/24 - Sold Out: Hudson River Vistas: Riverside Drive and Riverside Park
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2014 08/24 - Sold Out: Hudson River Vistas: Riverside Drive and Riverside Park
4:00 PM - This tour with architectural historian and co-author of "Guide to New York City Urban Landscapes" (W.W. Norton, 2013) Francis Morrone will weave back and forth from Riverside Drive, the sinuous palisade of elegant apartment towers (and occasional townhouses) and Riverside Park, the waterfront park that took shape in three distinct phases: Olmsted, City Beautiful, and Robert Moses (who was the one who actually extended the park to the waterfront). The 19th-century development of Manhattan's "West End," the 20th-century West Side Improvement, and the way Riverside Park's appearances in the movies have served as a kind of barometer of the state of the city will all be discussed. Cost: $20 / $15 Members.

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2014 08/30 - Little Italy on Arthur Avenue in the Bronx
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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