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

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

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

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1 Tour Gift Certificate
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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Click here for more information about 2015 05/01 New! - Celebrating the Brooklyn Heights Historic District: The Southern Route
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2015 05/01 New! - Celebrating the Brooklyn Heights Historic District: The Southern Route
2:00 PM - The second walk to celebrate this handsome tree-lined historic neighborhood with architectural historian Matt Postal focuses on the tree-lined blocks south of Montague Street, including the charming enclave called "Willowtown." Though somewhat lesser known than the blocks to the north, this area is rich in history and has a more varied aesthetic character, with Greek and Gothic Revival style row houses, notable churches by architects Richard Upjohn and James Renwick, Jr., and A. T. White's Riverside a model tenement and one of New York's first most influential attempts at affordable housing. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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2015 05/08 New! - Art Deco from Bloomingdale's to 20th Century Fox
2:00 PM - This new tour with historian Anthony W. Robins, author of the forthcoming "Guide to New York City's Art Deco Architecture" (SUNY Press), takes in Deco marvels clustered along 57th and 59th Streets at the northern edge of Midtown. Buildings include the stylish emporia of Bloomingdales and Tiffany; the corporate headquarters of Squibb, Fuller, Hearst and 20th Century Fox; and luxury digs on Central Park South - Barbizon Plaza, Essex House and Hampshire House. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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2015 05/09 - 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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2015 05/09 - Planning and Preservation in Manhattan's Hudson Square
2:00 PM - Join urban planner Laurence Frommer as we trace the development of the area from the once exclusive blocks around Saint John's Park into the city's preeminent printing district, coming full circle to the area's rebirth as a major hub for media and creative talent. Hudson Square is home to Viacom and MTV, New York Magazine, Omnicom, Saatchi & Saatchi, Edelman and New York Public Radio, which comprises WNYC, WQXR. The area also boasts a large film studio and many graphic arts, digital editing and production firms. Today one can find architecture and design firms including Raphael Vinoly and many new buildings by noted architects such as Phillip Johnson and Winka Dubbledam. Cultural institutions include the HERE performing Arts Center, the Film Forum and the Children's Museum of the Arts. A unique proposal has also been floated to create a continuous line of green spaces running for several blocks on empty mid-block lots between Hudson and Varick Streets. Finally, a recent re-zoning will add up to 3,500 new residents over 10 years -- to help solidify the area as a 24-hour mixed use community. These changes have not been without substantial growing pains and we will examine the ramifications. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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2015 05/09 New! - Crown Heights' North Eastern District
11:00 AM - This new 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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2015 05/10 - Nassau Street in Lower Manhattan
11:00 AM - Before more of Nassau St. is lost to redevelopment, view this amazing collection of New York architecture on this popular tour with preservation activist, Joe Svehlak, whose first job over 55 years ago was working for an engraver on Nassau St. The half-mile of Nassau St. from the Brooklyn Bridge to Wall St. contains examples of every style of architecture from the Federal and Greek Revival periods, to International and Post Modern skyscrapers. The busy Nassau St. corridor to the east of Broadway has several individual landmarks in a variety of Victorian and Neo-Classical styles. Many more of these 19th and 20th century buildings may be considered for landmarking as they are already listed on the National Register. Some early works of noted New York architects are to be found here along with some gems of cast iron architecture. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 05/10 New! - East Meets West: 15 Central Park West and the New Uptown Aristocracy
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2015 05/10 New! - East Meets West: 15 Central Park West and the New Uptown Aristocracy
2:00 PM - In the 1800s, the East River and the Hudson River were active ports lined with the often unsavory industries that catered to sailors and merchants. As a result, the truly wealthy avoided the waterfront and built mansions in Greenwich Village, eventually migrating uptown along Fifth Avenue. On the other side of the park at Central Park West, the first apartment buildings and co-ops emerged; a middle class answer and perhaps challenge to the lifestyles of those across the way. Join popular guide Deborah Zelcer for a walk and discussion on how the two major avenues flanking the park competed, clashed, and copied each other, from then until now. Featuring landmarked districts and buildings including the Upper East Side Historic District, the Central Park West Historic District, The Frick Collection, 998 Fifth Avenue, The San Remo, The Century, the Majestic, and more! Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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2015 05/10 New! - Generations in Flatbush, Brooklyn
2:00 PM - Join guide and journalist Norman Oder for a brisk slalom through this zone south of Prospect Park, which contains remarkable contrasts: bustling, West Indian Flatbush Avenue, with landmarks like Erasmus High School and the revived Loew's Kings Theater, and a corridor of apartment houses to rival the Bronx's Grand Concourse. We'll see the small, early 20th century Albemarle-Kenmore Terraces Historic District, and end with a brief look at the extensive turn-of-the-century mansion district Prospect Park South, a larger historic district. Please note that this tour moves at a brisk pace. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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2015 05/12 New! - A Stroll with the Bronx County Historical Society
12:00 PM - Fordham Road and the Grand Concourse has been an epicenter for commercial and residential life in The Bronx since the turn of the 20th century. The area has a collection of historic items such as the Paradise Theater, Art Deco tenements, the Great Depression Dollar Savings bank, and the historic landmark Edgar Allan Poe Cottage. Join Angel Hernandez of the Bronx County Historical Society on a historic stroll through the neighborhood as he highlights the historic sites and much more. Please note that the price of admission to the Poe Cottage is included in the ticket price. Cost: $25 / $20 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 05/13 New! - Riots and Troublemakers: Free Speech in Downtown Manhattan
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2015 05/13 New! - Riots and Troublemakers: Free Speech in Downtown Manhattan
2:00 PM - From protests, speeches and radical publications in Union Square, to agitation and activism in the Astor Place Riot of 1849 and Tomkins Square Riot of modern times, New York loves to excercise the First Amendment. This new tour with historian Kathleen Hulser recalls some historic outbursts of popular protest and some recent ones, analyzing how space and place contribute to voicing democratic dissent. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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2015 05/15 New! - Art Deco from Bloomingdale's to 20th Century Fox
2:00 PM - This new tour with historian Anthony W. Robins, author of the forthcoming "Guide to New York City's Art Deco Architecture" (SUNY Press), takes in Deco marvels clustered along 57th and 59th Streets at the northern edge of Midtown. Buildings include the stylish emporia of Bloomingdales and Tiffany; the corporate headquarters of Squibb, Fuller, Hearst and 20th Century Fox; and luxury digs on Central Park South - Barbizon Plaza, Essex House and Hampshire House. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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2015 05/16 - 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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2015 05/16 - Crown Heights North in Brooklyn
11:00 AM - 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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2015 05/16 - Historic East Side Enclaves: Manhattan's Sniffen Court and Turtle Bay
11:00 AM - From Manhattan's first historic district, Sniffen Court, to Beekman Place, this tour with architectural historian Matt Postal considers some of New York more unusual and desirable residential enclaves. Located in close proximity to midtown, we'll view picturesque residences that challenged traditional urban lifestyles and the ever-present grid, including converted stables, a trend-setting high-rise apartment complex, and Paul Rudolph's gravity-defying penthouse, a recently-designated landmark. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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2015 05/17 - Sunset Park, Brooklyn: The Old Neighborhood
11:00 AM - When tour guide and preservation activist, Joe Svehlak, was growing up in Sunset Park, today, Norwegian Independence Day, would be celebrated with a grand parade on 8th Avenue, which is now the commercial heart of New York City's 3rd Chinatown. Also there is now a mosque on 8th Avenue reflecting the great diversity of Joe's old neighborhood. Join Joe for a walk up and down the hill of tree lined row house streets in New York City's largest National Register Historic District of over 3,00 buildings. The Sunset Park Landmarks Committee is now seeking New York City landmark designation for many of its 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-op housing started by the Finns 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 end on 8th Avenue where there are many choices for lunch in New York City's largest Chinatown. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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2015 05/17 - The Art of Manhattan's Memorials
2:00 PM - On this tour with art historian Sylvia Laudien-Meo, we will visit several of New York City's memorials: 9/11 (Reflecting Absence), Eleven Tears (the AmEx 9/11 memorial), the Irish Hunger Memorial and Andy Goldsworthy's Garden of Stones. Other memorials, like the African Burial Ground and the Vietnam Memorial will be included in the discussion through images: what is the importance of memorials for our city? What needs do they fulfill? Which designs work best? How does their role change with time? Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 05/17 - Uptown Trinity Church Cemetery Spring Walk: Mayflowers, Mavericks, Mavens, and Mayors
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2015 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. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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2015 05/17 New! - Dwight and White
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 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: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 05/23 New! - All Around Snug Harbor, Staten Island: Part 2
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2015 05/23 New! - All Around Snug Harbor, Staten Island: Part 2
11:00 AM - Snug Harbor is one of the cultural jewels of Staten Island's north shore. This two part tour with Staten Island native and popular guide Georgia Trivizas will examine the setting within which it is placed. Looking at the history of the neighborhood that surrounds Snug Harbor, we will examine the area's continued ties to culture and the arts, as well as look at how this area connected, for example, to a nation's struggles in the Civil War through Robert Gould Shaw, and also how, through shipping and the industry of various eras, how this part of Staten Island connected to the world. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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2015 05/23 New! - Planning and Preservation in Times Square
2:00 PM - In the early 1980s, preservationists battled to save historic theaters in "Times Square." On 42nd Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenue, the urban renewal plans of the NYS Urban Development Corporation (UDC) sought to rescue derelict theaters and restore the block deemed "blighted" to former greatness. In the northern section of Times Square along the spine of Broadway, allied forces of actors and producers, preservationists, architects, and civic groups fought on several fronts against the demolition of historic theaters still in active use. Although some were ultimately razed, the political action of these groups united to give impetus to the eventual landmark designation of 28 Broadway theaters. The issue of preservation of a "sense of place" and "character" became a special focus for many architects and activists dedicated to saving Times Square. Many argued that new high-rise development encouraged by zoning would obliterate the "bowl of light"- the open sky above the bright electric advertising signs in the "bow-tie" area of Times Square from 42nd to 46th Street. Other worried that the traditional lights and signage that have defined Times Square would diminish amongst sterile office towers. Their protests created a constituency that moved the Department of City Planning to adopt revised zoning amendments that required setbacks from the street and mandated large areas of illuminated signs to be incorporated on new skyscrapers. Other mechanisms over the years have not been so successful. Incentives to create new theaters and arts spaces in new towers in exchange for greater height have yielded very little. A controversial proposal to transfer air rights from historic theaters to 8th Ave to protect these often fragile buildings alarmed many on both grounds of process and precedent and threats to the character and affordability of neighboring Hell's Kitchen and was ultimately defeated for the most part. Mechanisms considered to be successful did not proceed without challenge either. On 42nd St demolition of historic resources did occur in a manner that brought charges of secrecy. Furthermore, troubling first amendment and eminent domain issues were raised. Join urban planner Laurence Frommer as we examine these issues on The Great White Way. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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2015 05/24 - Jane Jacobs' West Village
2:00 PM - In 1934, an 18 year old Jane Jacobs arrived in New York City from Scranton, PA to pursue a writing career. While exploring her new environs, she found herself at Christopher Street Station, and so began her love affair with Greenwich Village. This tour with popular Jane's Walk host and Grand Central docent Joan Schechter will include the history of the area, woven with stories of Jane's epic battles with city bureaucracy and the powerful Robert Moses to preserve her beloved Village. We'll visit Hudson Street, where she lived for 20 years, observing its daily 'intricate sidewalk ballet' that was the inspiration for her acclaimed first book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, as well several other historic sites that would not exist today were it not for her successful grassroots activism. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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2015 05/24 - Manhattanville: Old Heart of West Harlem
1:00 PM - Manhattanville, a historic West Harlem neighborhood established in 1806, is in continuous flux. With Columbia University's controversial campus expansion well under way, many of the area's distinctive landmarks in its development parcel have been demolished. But Manhattanville is much greater than the sum of the university's acquired parts, and an intriguing amount of the area's historic fabric still remains to attest to the 19th-century town "of considerable consequence" that it once was. Out of a struggle between institutional might and community spirit have also come some compelling new features--notably the MAS award-winning West Harlem Piers Park--which make this a neighborhood well worth exploring afresh. Join independent historian Eric K. Washington, winner of the Municipal Art Society's 2010 MASterworks Award and author of the book, "Manhattanville: Old Heart of West Harlem," for an overview of this area's eventful, yet often unsung, past. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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2015 05/24 New! - Preserving Medical Structures on Roosevelt Island: Part 1
2:00 PM - Smallpox Hospital, and Strecker Laboratory started out as medical institutions on Roosevelt Island (formerly known as Backwells Island). Learn what happened to these structures and their use now that they are NYC designated landmarks with guide Judith Berdy, president of the Roosevelt Island Historical Society. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 05/29 - Hidden in Plain Sight: Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
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2015 05/29 - Hidden in Plain Sight: Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
11:00 AM - Join historian and genealogist Mary Ann DiNapoli for this tour of Carroll Gardens in and out of the historic district 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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2015 05/29 New! - Three and a Half Historic Districts in Chelsea
2:00 PM - Chelsea represents a very unusual story in the annals of preservation. Not only does it contain three historic districts (and one extension), but each district looks markedly different from the others, and they convey three very different stories about the history of Chelsea. This new tour with journalist and guide Judy Richheimer begins with Lamartine Place, which, comprised of just twelve buildings, is among the smallest of New York's historic districts. Yet as small as Lamartine Place is physically, the message it sends about freedom and human rights is equally large. Then we'll see "classic" Chelsea, with its lovely townhouses flanking the General Theological Seminary. We'll learn how Chelsea activists banded together in decades past to keep Robert Moses from tearing down three of the neighborhood's most significant blocks, and more recently, how a next generation of preservationists took on the seminary. From there, we'll go west to former industrial Chelsea, once integrally connected to the district's former booming waterfront, today home to art galleries handling marquee names in the world of contemporary art. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 05/30 - Altmans, Saks, and Bergdorfs: Elite Shopping in the Post-Gilded Age
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2015 05/30 - Altmans, Saks, and Bergdorfs: Elite Shopping in the Post-Gilded Age
2:00 PM - Join popular Jane's Walk host and Grand Central docent Deborah Zelcer for this colorful tour of Fifth Avenue retail palaces of yesterday. These emporiums endeared themselves to fashionistas of yesteryear, while usurping their exclusive 5th Avenue residential real estate. We will enjoy the architectural details of sumptuous Fifth Avenue retail buildings, while hearing about the quirkiness, genius, and motivation that fueled the ambitions of their creators and propelled New York to be the capital of the fashion world. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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2015 05/30 - Williamsburg's Changing Landscapes
11:00 AM - Williamsburg, once known as the next step from the Lower East Side and as an industrial powerhouse, has become an international brand and sign of Brooklyn's dramatic, even wrenching changes. Starting near the Williamsburg Bridge with journalist and guide Norman Oder, we'll look at sections of Williamsburg that include repurposed banks, new galleries, eateries, and retail outlets, blocks stabilized by nonprofit/city investment, and a waterfront rezoned for towers. We'll also see the tiny Fillmore Place historic district. The tour passes the former Domino Sugar Factory site, now on its second redevelopment plan, and will end near the Smorgasburg food festival. Please note that this tour moves at a brisk pace. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 05/30 New! - What's New (and Old) in Long Island City, Queens: Part 2
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2015 05/30 New! - What's New (and Old) in Long Island City, Queens: Part 2
11:00 AM - Long Island City, chartered in 1870, experienced its first renaissance a century ago when industrial and transportation innovation created NYC's foremost manufacturing district. It is now experiencing its second renaissance as rezoning and proximity to Manhattan spur a transformation of land use and demography. Part 2 of this series with Queens borough historian Jack Eichenbaum explores the Dutch Kills and Queens Plaza area where transportation advantages have attracted corporate headquarters, municipal offices, hotels and condos. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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2015 05/31 - Central Park as a Work of Art
2:00 PM - Perhaps best-known of New York's official "Scenic Landmarks," Central Park offers New Yorkers refuge, recreation and rejuvenation; a temporary haven from a city of brick and steel, concrete and glass. And yet this park which delights us with its lakes and streams, wildflowers and grand open spaces, is almost entirely artificial, carefully designed right down to the hidden pipes feeding a rustic waterfall. Protecting the historic design is just another responsibility of the Landmarks Preservation Commission. Take a walk in the park with historian, author and former LPC Survey Director Anthony W. Robins. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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Click here for more information about 2015 05/31 New! - Conforming to the Grid: Part 2
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2015 05/31 New! - Conforming to the Grid: Part 2
11:00 AM - This tour with urban geographer and historian Jack Eichenbaum concerns the geography of Manhattan's 1811 grid plan, (The Commissioner's Plan), highlighting how today's avenues and streets meshed with colonial era street patterns and vice-versa. In Part 2, Fifth Avenue to Ninth Avenue, we explores the Central and West Villages, particularly Washington, Father Demo, Sheridan, Abingdon, and Jackson Squares. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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2015 05/31 Sold Out: New! - The City and The Book: Part 2
2:00 PM - In part 1 of "The City and the Book" architectural historian Francis Morrone traced the histories of the publishing houses and bookstores of midtown. We now turn our attention to an older literary center, south of Union Square. We'll discuss the great DeVinne Press, long gone but whose beautiful building still stands at Lafayette and 4th Streets, and the Astor Library, also on Lafayette, which once served not only the role later served by the New York Public Library, but also the Library of Congress. We'll look longingly at the old Book Row--Fourth Avenue between Astor Place and Union Square--where in just six blocks several dozen bookstores flourished from about 1900 to about 1975. Today, only the Strand remains. We'll continue through Union Square, where Brentano's Literary Emporium reigned on the west side of the square for 40 years, and where Barnes & Noble now occupies the lower floors of the old Century Magazine Building. We will then continue to Fifth Avenue, where Barnes & Noble's main store operated from 1932 to 2014. Cost: $20 / $15 Members

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