Events

Tour34: Empire to Penn

04/23/2017 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM ET
The Municipal Art Society of New York and the 34th Street Partnership are proud to present Tour 34: Empire to Penn, a walking tour of the revitalized West Midtown neighborhood. From railroads to retail, hotels to newspapers, and sidewalks to skyscrapers, expertly-trained docents lead you on an exploration of the history and unfolding future of this bustling hub of transportation and commerce. Tour-goers learn firsthand the latest plans to reimagine this historic neighborhood with ideas for transforming Penn Station to meet the needs of a rapidly expanding West Side.

Exploring the South Bronx - SOLD OUT

04/23/2017 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM ET
In 1997, The Bronx was designated an "All America City" by the National Civic League, signifying a huge comeback from the terrible decline of the 70s and the 80s. The anticipated revival has brought converted lofts, new affordable apartments and great restaurants, particularly on Bruckner Boulevard. This area has been heavily defined by an industrial nature in the past but now is changing rapidly. Join Alexandra Maruri for this great opportunity to learn about the history and cultural movement of the Mott Haven and Port Morris area...

Lafayette Street From Start to Finish - SOLD OUT

04/23/2017 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM ET
Architecture historian and author Francis Morrone will lead this tour that begins at Astor Place and head south, past La Grange Terrace and the Astor Library, the DeVinne Press Building and the Schermerhorn Building, and the Italian Savings Bank, to detour onto Centre Street for a look at the old Police Headquarters, through Chinatown to Collect Pond Park and Foley Square, to Lafayette Street's end at Chambers Street and the Municipal Building. The tour may take two and a half hours. Cost: $30 / Members $20.

Chelsea Art Galleries with Sylvia Laudien-Meo

04/28/2017 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM ET
New York City is the art capital of the world and the fall season is the best time to go and explore the gallery exhibitions of some of the leading international artists. Join art historian Sylvia Laudien-Meo to visit six to eight of the most interesting shows, some of which present the most recent body of work by one artist, others are group shows or curated by theme, or might even include important loan pieces. There are always interesting connections and comparisons to be made that will spur our lively discussions! Please note that this tour is limited to 20 people. Cost: $30 / $20 Members.

Tour34: Empire to Penn

04/28/2017 12:30 PM - 02:00 PM ET
The Municipal Art Society of New York and the 34th Street Partnership are proud to present Tour 34: Empire to Penn, a walking tour of the revitalized West Midtown neighborhood. From railroads to retail, hotels to newspapers, and sidewalks to skyscrapers, expertly-trained docents lead you on an exploration of the history and unfolding future of this bustling hub of transportation and commerce. Tour-goers learn firsthand the latest plans to reimagine this historic neighborhood with ideas for transforming Penn Station to meet the needs of a rapidly expanding West Side.

Tour34: Empire to Penn

04/29/2017 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM ET
The Municipal Art Society of New York and the 34th Street Partnership are proud to present Tour 34: Empire to Penn, a walking tour of the revitalized West Midtown neighborhood. From railroads to retail, hotels to newspapers, and sidewalks to skyscrapers, expertly-trained docents lead you on an exploration of the history and unfolding future of this bustling hub of transportation and commerce. Tour-goers learn firsthand the latest plans to reimagine this historic neighborhood with ideas for transforming Penn Station to meet the needs of a rapidly expanding West Side.

Recycling on the River: Westbeth to the High Line with Matt Postal

04/29/2017 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM ET
Walk north through Greenwich Village and Chelsea with Matt Postal to see how faded relics of Manhattan's mercantile past have found imaginative new lives. This tour considers several decades of adaptive reuse, including buildings erected originally to handle freight, warehouse wine, preserve perishables and bake Oreos. Highlights include projects by Albert Ledner, Richard Meier, SHoP, and Diller Scofidio and Renfro. Cost: $30 / $20 Members.

Tour34: Empire to Penn

04/29/2017 12:30 PM - 02:00 PM ET
The Municipal Art Society of New York and the 34th Street Partnership are proud to present Tour 34: Empire to Penn, a walking tour of the revitalized West Midtown neighborhood. From railroads to retail, hotels to newspapers, and sidewalks to skyscrapers, expertly-trained docents lead you on an exploration of the history and unfolding future of this bustling hub of transportation and commerce. Tour-goers learn firsthand the latest plans to reimagine this historic neighborhood with ideas for transforming Penn Station to meet the needs of a rapidly expanding West Side.

Stuyvesant Heights with Suzanne Spellen and Morgan Munsey

04/29/2017 02:00 PM - 04:30 PM ET
In 2013 the Landmarks Preservation Commission designated an expanded Stuyvesant Heights Historic District, surrounding the original historic district, which was 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...

Tour34: Empire to Penn

04/30/2017 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM ET
The Municipal Art Society of New York and the 34th Street Partnership are proud to present Tour 34: Empire to Penn, a walking tour of the revitalized West Midtown neighborhood. From railroads to retail, hotels to newspapers, and sidewalks to skyscrapers, expertly-trained docents lead you on an exploration of the history and unfolding future of this bustling hub of transportation and commerce. Tour-goers learn firsthand the latest plans to reimagine this historic neighborhood with ideas for transforming Penn Station to meet the needs of a rapidly expanding West Side.

The Magnificent Grand Concourse in the Bronx with Sam Goodman

04/30/2017 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM ET
Join urban planner and lifelong Bronx resident Sam Goodman to learn more about one of New York City's most celebrated boulevards; the Grand Concourse of Bronx County. We will visit numerous buildings as we come to understand the neighborhood's dynamic history. We'll examine why this community was built, why it thrived and why it still remains a place where hope and aspiration sustains those who reside here today. While good weather is never a certainty, what is certain is that your perceptions of the Grand Concourse and its people will be forever changed after this neighborhood tour. Cost: $30 / $20 Members.

Steinway Village in Queens with Bob Singleton

05/13/2017 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM ET
The Steinway family was very influential in the borough of Queens. On this tour with Bob Singleton, Executive Director of the Greater Astoria Historical Society, we'll tour Steinway Village, a utopian 'settlement' (as they called it) open to employees and the general public alike. The Steinways planned everything: the placement of factories, model housing, retail districts, water and sewers, schools, a post office and a fire company. Notable points on the tour include walking past the Steinway and Sons factory (closed on weekends) and the unfortunate Steinway Mansion, suffocated with 11 warehouses built just four feet from its walls in 2015.

Hudson Square with Laurence Frommer

05/14/2017 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM ET
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 and Saatchi, Edelman and New York Public Radio, which comprises WNYC and 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.

Art Deco on Central Park West with Anthony W. Robins

05/14/2017 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM ET
Take a pleasant stroll along Central Park West with architectural historian Anthony W. Robins for a closer look at the buildings that form Manhattan's major residential skyline. We'll see the great twin-towered skyscraper apartment buildings - the Century, the Majestic and the El Dorado - and other multi-colored jazz-age fantasies of high living overlooking the park.

Celebrating the City: 2017 MAS Awards

05/15/2017 06:30 PM - 09:00 PM ET
Honoring excellence in art, architecture, and activism.

The Bowery: 400 Years on NYC's Oldest Thoroughfare with David Mulkins

05/20/2017 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM ET
From flophouses to penthouses, the Bowery has seen it all. Native American footpath, Dutch farm road and site of NYC's first free black settlement, the Bowery was an early social hub for the working class, gangs, gays, immigrant Irish, Italians, Chinese, Jews and Germans. Stephen Crane called it "the most interesting place in New York." It was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 2013. Despite such honors, it is one of the city's most endangered historic treasures. Join David Mulkins of Bowery Alliance of Neighbors for this tour.

Brooklyn Down East, Part 1: Bushwick with Joe Svehlak

05/20/2017 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM ET
Bushwick has seen major transformations from its days as a Dutch settlement to a 19th Century staunch German enclave, to a symbol of urban decay after the 1977 blackout and fires. Hear the story of one of New York City's oldest neighborhoods, as preservationist Joe Svehlak shows us remnants of Bushwick's glorious past and its current renaissance. View a former brewery, beer baron mansions, great civic buildings, churches and two World War One memorials by sculptor Pietro Montana. We'll also visit the Rheingold Gardens complex of apartments and townhouses, an award winning symbol of Bushwick's revitalization. Private developers are now transforming Bushwick into a trendy community of new housing, galleries, shops, and restaurants.

Midtown Manhattan Public Sculpture with Sylvia Laudien-Meo

05/21/2017 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM ET
The city is increasingly becoming like an open air museum for a most interesting variety of public art, from 19th Century statues and fountains, to facade adornment, lobby and plaza art, murals and increasingly more contemporary art installations, often by world renowned artists. Tour guide and art historian Sylvia Laudien-Meo will discuss the unique character of public art compared to private art collections, the importance of material, site, the appropriateness of theme and much more.

Bay Ridge in Brooklyn with Melanie Macchio

05/21/2017 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM ET
Originally developed as a summer retreat for wealthy industrialists and later becoming an enclave for middle-class families, today's Bay Ridge was formed by changing tastes in transportation. Architectural historian, Melanie Macchio, will lead us through Bay Ridge, home to gas-lit brownstones, Victorian mansions, pre-war apartment buildings, and panoramic views of New York Harbor from four miles of park-lined shorefront. Highlights of this tour include the Narrows Botanical Gardens and Owl's Head Park, the former Bliss estate, as well as the "Revolutionary Cemetery," an 18th century family burial plot tucked into a residential block.

Melting Pot, Six Feet Under: Trinity Church Cemetery in Upper Manhattan with Eric K. Washington

05/27/2017 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM ET
"Back by popular demand: This famous tour of Trinity Church Cemetery in Upper Manhattan is led by Columbia Community Historian Eric K. Washington, a widely known authority on New York City's eventful past that is buried beneath this verdant landscape. Established in 1842, the 24-acre memorial park - originally laid out by James Renwick, Jr., and later improved by Calvert Vaux - forms Manhattan's only still-admitting cemetery, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Please wear sturdy shoes that are suitable for rustic country paths.

The Original MAS Brooklyn Heights Tour - SOLD OUT

05/28/2017 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM ET
Join author, historian, and tour guide Francis Morrone for a re-creation of one of the first MAS walking tours ever offered. Henry Hope Reed's tour of Brooklyn Heights debuted 60 years ago on Saturday, May 11, 1957. In addition to covering the buildings that tour covered, we will consider how the Heights has changed since the 1950s, when the battle to preserve the neighborhood as a "historic district" was just heating up. What was the Heights like then (one thing, it was cheaper), and what is it like now?

Beyond Brownstone, Deco in Downtown Brooklyn with Matt Postal

06/03/2017 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM ET
Downtown Brooklyn boasts a surprising number of Art Deco delights. This meandering route with Matt Postal, which concludes in the Brooklyn Heights Historic District, highlights a varied and often overlooked selection of commercial and residential gems, including memorable works by Ralph Walker, H.I. Feldman, Rene Chambellan, and Starrett & Van Vleck.

Brooklyn Down East, Part 2: Cypress Hills/Highland Park with Joe Svehlak

06/04/2017 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM ET
Join guide Joe Svehlak for a walk in the area east of Bushwick on the Queens border (known as the Eastern District) to explore the varied architecture of fine civic buildings, grand mansions, interesting row houses, and even a church by Richard Upjohn. Highland Park also contains another unique World War One memorial by sculptor, Pietro Montana. This area with a hilly topography, due to the terminal moraine from the retreating glaciers of the last Ice Age, makes for a fascinating walk up and down the streets.

Rosebank, Staten Island with Francis Morrone

06/04/2017 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM ET
Join us on a jaunt with author and historian Francis Morrone through Staten Island's fascinating Rosebank neighborhood, a largely Italian-American community that, more than any other place in New York, evokes Italian village life. We will see the extraordinary Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, which may be the greatest example of folk architecture in the city, and we will conclude at the Alice Austen House, a historic house with a rich, multi-layered architectural history as well as a museum dedicated to its onetime occupant, Alice Austen, who was a pioneering New York street photographer. There will be surprises.

East Side Enclaves with Matt Postal

06/10/2017 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM ET
From Manhattan's first historic district, Sniffen Court, to Beekman Place, this tour with architecure 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 lifestyles and the ever-present urban grid, including converted stables, a trend-setting high-rise apartment complex, and Paul Rudolph's gravity-defying penthouse, a recently-designated landmark.

Hidden Hell's Kitchen with Patrick Waldo

06/10/2017 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM ET
Today's crowds enjoy Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen for its active nightlife, the wide array of cuisine, and its Off-Broadway theatre district. But if you take a closer look at the clues visible throughout the neighborhood and you will see a history of Hell's Kitchen that has been left out of guide books, and ignored by plaques and markers. Join preservationist and tour guide Patrick Waldo as we explore these locations and many more, delving into the rich cultural and architectural history of one of New York's most legendary neighborhoods.

LGBT Chelsea with Laurence Frommer

06/11/2017 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM ET
Chelsea is a neighborhood that was strongly associated with gay life in the 1990's --but was actually quite "gay" for many, many years before that. Many people think that LGBT life emerged in Chelsea in the early '90's, when skyrocketing rents in Greenwich Village pushed the community northward, and the more visibly obvious members of the gay community - the young, hip, tattooed, gym-toned, "Chelsea Boys" - turned Eighth Ave into America's "Gay Main Street" for a decade or more. Join Laurence Frommer as we celebrate Pride Month.

Flushing, Queens - SOLD OUT

06/11/2017 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM ET
In no other neighborhood does New York's colonial past rub shoulders with newest New York. Flushing, a neighborhood uniquely rich in colonial history, is now largely Asian, especially Chinese and Korean. It so happens that back in the days of New Netherland, the Dutch were East Asia's window on the West. Veteran guide Francis Morrone shows us how the history comes full circle in Flushing, where surprises (and good restaurants) lurk around every corner.

Preserving Brooklyn's Waterfront with Matt Postal

06/15/2017 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM ET
This sunset tour with architecture historian Matt Postal focuses on Brooklyn Bridge Park, DUMBO, and the Fulton Ferry Historic District. Learn about the area's mercantile past and vibrant present. We'll visit the waterfront park's new north section, which features a modest salt marsh, while considering how various 19th century warehouses like the Eagle Warehouse and Empire Stores have found new uses as apartments and commercial space. Highlights include pioneering examples of reinforced concrete construction by William Higginson, as well as contemporary works by Jean Nouvel and Marvel Architects.

Little Italy on Arthur Avenue in the Bronx with Alexandra Maruri

06/17/2017 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM ET
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. Arthur Avenue was recognized in October 2016 as one of "America's Great Streets" by the American Planning Association.

Crown Heights South, Part 1 with Suzanne Spellen and Morgan Munsey

06/17/2017 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM ET
Located along the hilly terminal moraine between Crown Heights North and Flatbush, the area was home to the Kings County Penitentiary, scrub farmland and rocks for most of the 19th century. It wasn't until after the 20th century began that large scale residential development began in southern Crown Heights, between Eastern Parkway and Empire Boulevard. The western side of the neighborhood was home to large institutions; the Consumer's Brewery, the Troop C Armory, and later, schools, theaters and Ebbets Field. These, along with rowhouse and apartment blocks, and Brooklyn's Automobile Row make up Part One of the Crown Heights South tour, led by Suzanne Spellen and Morgan Munsey.

Fathers Day in Yorkville with Dana Schulz

06/18/2017 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM ET
Join 6sqft Senior Editor Dana Schulz for a walk through the Upper East Side's Yorkville neighborhood to explore its rich Eastern European history. Beginning with Germantown, we'll visit sites that that have stood the test of time such as Schaller & Weber, Glaser's Bake Shop, and Zion St. Mark's Church, as well as lost locations like "Sauerkraut Boulevard" and several breweries. You'll also learn about the area's Hungarian and Bohemian history, and the tour will end at a traditional beer hall where you can toast dad.

Chelsea Art with Sylvia Laudien-Meo

06/24/2017 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM ET
New York City is the art capital of the world! Join art historian Sylvia Laudien-Meo to visit 6 to 8 of the most interesting shows - some by one artist, others are group shows. There are always interesting connections and comparisons to be made on this tour that will spur our lively discussions. Please note that this tour is limited to 20 people.

Roosevelt Island South with Judith Berdy

06/24/2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM ET
Judith Berdy, President of the Roosevelt Island Historical Society, leads us on a walk down Roosevelt Island's riverside promenade to the Southpoint Park, FDR Four Freedoms Park on the southern tip of Roosevelt Island. Learn the history of the landmark Smallpox Hospital and the Strecker Laboratory. The history of the site of the former Penitentiary, Goldwater Hospital and the future home of the Cornell Tech campus, will be examined as we stroll along the island.

Downtown Deco with Anthony W. Robins

06/25/2017 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM ET
Anthony W. Robins leads a tour of Art Deco masterpieces of lower Manhattan. Towering above the narrow streets bequeathed us by 17th-century New Amsterdam are some of the country's finest zigzag and streamlined delights, glittering pinnacles of Wall Street prosperity, monuments to the high-flying corporations of 1920s banking, oil, and telecommunications. Unrivaled skyscraper designs include Ralph Walker's Gothic Modern fantasy of the Irving Trust tower and the Art Deco--encrusted Cities Service headquarters. Lesser known delights include a cluster of mid-rise office buildings built for a new insurance district on John Street by such well-known modernists as Ely Jacques Kahn, Shreve, Lamb & Harmon, and Louis Allen Abramson.

Hamilton Heights - SOLD OUT

06/25/2017 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM ET
Join tour guide, historian, and author Francis Morrone for a walk through beautiful Hamilton Heights, including the row houses of Convent Avenue and St. Nicholas Terrace, Hamilton Grange and St. Nicholas Park, several important churches, and the City College campus with its gorgeous buildings by George B. Post, among much else.
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