Events

New! Miracles on 34th Street

12/23/2017 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM ET
Join MAS Director of Tours Ted Mineau for a special nightime tour of the 34th Street corridor. You may think you know 34th Street, but you will be surprised. This area of midtown Manhattan has played an important role in so many industries: retail, transportation, hotels, journalism, and entertainment, to name a few. And with plans for a new Penn Station, and the huge development of Hudson Yards, the one thing constant about this neighborhood is change. It's the perfect time of year to explore here as the holiday lights illuminate the nighttime so festively. Cost: $30 / $20 Members.

Christmas Day in Rockefeller Center

12/25/2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM ET
Join architectural historian Anthony W. Robins for this popular annual Christmas Day tour of Rockefeller Center, the private real estate venture that has evolved into the public square of midtown Manhattan and an urban wonderland during the holiday season. Discover the surprising history, remarkable art and stunning architecture of the development conceived as a new home for the Metropolitan Opera, but built instead as Radio City. Cost: $30 / $20 Members.

Holiday Time in the Old Bloomingdale Blocks on the Upper West Side

12/30/2017 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM ET
From the Victorian style townhouse that was the childhood home of Virginia O’Hanlon (whose letter to a New York Sun editor prompted the most famous treatise on Santa Claus), to the fairy-tale-like Pomander Walk, to stunning churches such as St. Michael's and West End Presbyterian, The Bloomingdale Blocks on Manhattan's Upper West Side are bursting with holiday cheer straight out of a Currier and Ives print! Join urban planner and guide Laurence Frommer to tour these quiet tree-lined streets near the Hudson River from West 96th Street to West 110th Street, that boast some of New York’s finest remaining turn-of-the-century row-houses, apartment buildings, institutional structures and public monuments, often designed by leading architects. From its prominent role in the Revolutionary War, to its much acclaimed reputation for grand estates and popular country inns - where New Yorkers went sleigh riding in winters in the 19th century! - to its emergence as a kind of Parnassus on the Hudson in the 20th century, the Bloomingdale Blocks have played a critical role in New York’s history. Until recently, much of this area had no historic protection, and some very tall developments have caused alarm. Recent historic district extensions hold promise but areas left out have caused concern. Join us as we explore this postcard holiday village on Manhattan's Upper, Upper West Side. Cost: $30 / $20 Members.

Greenpoint in Brooklyn - SOLD OUT

12/31/2017 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM ET
When Francis Morrone led his first tours of Greenpoint (which were surely among the first tours anyone ever led of Greenpoint), it was hard to imagine that the neighborhood would one day become one of Brooklyn's trendiest places to live. That's just what happened, as more and more people found out about the superb row house stock and extremely pleasing scale of the neighborhood. Adjacency to Williamsburg's ultra-fashionable Northside did not hurt. And then came the rezoning of the waterfront. Our walk will trace Greenpoint's changes up to today, but with a definite focus on the neighborhood's industrial past, as we walk mainly through the Greenpoint Historic District and along an East River waterfront that was once among the busiest industrial complexes in the nation. Cost: $30 / $20 Members.

Wintertime in the Atlantic Avenue Bazaars

01/06/2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM ET
As the New Year begins, learn about the holiday traditions of the century-old Arab American community in Brooklyn. Join tour guide Mary Ann Haick DiNapoli on lower Atlantic Avenue in an exploration of the celebrations and foods of this festive time of year. This tour provides an opportunity to discover the unique culinary offerings of several shops. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

Nikola Tesla in New York

01/07/2018 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM ET
On the 75th anniversary of his death, join tour guide Deborah Zelcer to prowl the local haunts of the mad genius Nikola Tesla. Tesla brought us the induction motor, current wars, power distribution, a deluge of patents, and a fantastic deserted monument (designed by the eminent architect Stanford White), meant to generate wireless power, graphic images, sounds, data and maybe even a focused DeathRay into the ether toward an unwitting recipient! Backed and then deserted by the robber barons of the last century, Tesla’s musings, inventions, and rantings predicted and gave form to our modern technological era. Follow the footsteps of this eccentric and colorful resident who left a "charged" impression on our fair city. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

Art Deco Interiors - SOLD OUT

01/07/2018 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM ET
[NOTE: This tour will be repeated on Sunday, February 4.] The phrase "Art Deco New York" generally conjures romantic images of Manhattan skyscrapers. But just as remarkable as the towers are their sumptuous interiors – which are also far more comfortable to visit on a cold winter’s day. On this tour with author and historian Anthony W. Robins, we’ll visit the publicly accessible interiors of not quite half a dozen Deco marvels: the Daily News Building, the Chrysler Building, the Chanin Building, the General Electric Building and the RCA (now Comcast) tower at Rockefeller Center. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

Inside the Explorers Club (temporarily sold out - more tickets may be added; please check back)

01/13/2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM ET
Founded in New York City in 1904, The Explorers Club promotes the scientific exploration of land, sea, air, and space by supporting research and education in the physical, natural and biological sciences. The Club’s members have been responsible for an illustrious series of famous firsts: First to the North Pole, first to the South Pole, first to the summit of Mount Everest, first to the deepest point in the ocean, first to the surface of the moon—all accomplished by our members. Since its inception, the Club has served as a meeting point and unifying force for explorers and scientists worldwide. The Club also maintains Research Collections, including artifacts, archives, a library and map room, to preserve the history of the Club and to assist those interested and engaged in exploration and scientific research. Headquartered in a stately townhouse on the Upper East Side with an interesting history of its own, join club archivist and curator of research collections Lacey Flint on this exciting behind-the-scenes tour of the Explorers Club. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

Downtown Connections

01/13/2018 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM ET
Wherever possible guide Joe Svehlak will keep us off the streets as we learn about the continuing struggle to keep Downtown Manhattan connected to its multi-layered history during this time of much redevelopment. Above ground we'll view sites connected with preservation gains and losses, including the nation's first memorial, and New York's first Roman Catholic parish. Underground, walking various subway passages, we'll see major Arts for Transit projects that highlight the area's diverse history, such as Trade, Treasure and Travel by Margie Hughto, re-installed in the Cortlandt Street underpass. We'll walk through the new Path Transit Hub and the Dey Street passage on our way to the Fulton Transit Center complex with its ornate landmarked Corbin Building, original subway tiles, and the re-installed Marine Grill murals by Frederick Dana Marsh depicting the history of shipping in New York harbor. Bring a metro card with one fare since we will end in this interconnecting maze of four different subway stations. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

History and Arts on 125th Street

01/14/2018 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM ET
In 2008 the City Council approved a comprehensive rezoning of the 125th Street Corridor between Broadway and 2nd Avenue. The rezoning’s started purpose was to foster public and private investment along Harlem’s "Main Street," and support the growth of 125th Street as a premier arts, culture and entertainment destination and expand opportunities for mixed use housing. We'll see the Apollo Theater, The Black National Theater, The Studio Museum in Harlem, the once great Alhambra Theater, and the Maysles Cinema. On the weekend that we celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr., whom the alternate name for 125th Street honors, join urban planner and cultural historian Laurence Frommer on a journey down this fabled street. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

Inside the Plaza Hotel - SOLD OUT

01/14/2018 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM ET
Architectural historian Francis Morrone has been the Plaza's official tour guide since 2008. In this exclusive tour with Francis, we will look at the Plaza both outside and in. Inside, we will look at the Plaza's designated landmark interiors, which may include the Oak Room (currently closed to the public), the Ballroom, the Terrace Room, the Palm Court, and other rooms. Morrone will discuss the architecture (by Henry J. Hardenbergh and, just as importantly, Warren and Wetmore) and interior decoration (including spaces by Alavoine and Co.), as well as the lives of the Plaza's two most famous residents, Eloise and Frank Lloyd Wright. Caveat emptor: Please note that as of this posting all the spaces your guide wants to show you will be available. If there is a last-minute booking of one of the rooms, we are simply out of luck as far as that room goes. Cost: $50 / $40 Members

New! Long Island City Soars

01/20/2018 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM ET
Join architectural historian Matt Postal for a walk through Long Island City as it evolves upward. Judge the fruits of rezoning and its varied impact on such areas as Queens Plaza, Court Square and Hunters Point, viewing an assortment of New York City Landmarks, notable examples of adaptive reuse, and umpteen rapidly-ascending residential towers. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

New! Modern and Contemporary Architecture in Historic Greenwich Village

01/21/2018 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM ET
Although Greenwich Village boasts the city’s largest concentration of early residential architecture with many fine examples of Federal, Greek Revival, and Italianate houses along its quaint tree-lined streets, it is also home to important Modern and contemporary architecture. Designed by Joseph Urban, the first building constructed for the New School for Social Research, completed in 1931, was among New York’s earliest in the International Style. The three elegant concrete towers of University Village (1967), surrounding Picasso’s "Portrait of Sylvette", were designed by James Ingo Freed of I.M. Pei and Associates and designated NYC landmarks in 2006. Philip Johnson realized four major projects for NYU in the early 1970s. More recently, sizable institutional works have been completed by internationally prominent architects, including Roche Dinkeloo, Skidmore, Owings and Merill and Kohn Pedersen Fox. Join John Arbuckle, President of the New York/Tri-State Chapter of DOCOMOMO, an international organization dedicated to preserving Modern architecture, to explore architecture of the recent past in Greenwich Village. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

Exploring South Street Seaport

01/27/2018 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM ET
Come discover the treasures of the South Street Seaport District with the South Street Seaport Museum’s historian William Roka on this special guided tour. Home to some of the oldest standing structures in Manhattan, from a former rat pit to a warehouse built by one of the most famous 19th-century American architects, the buildings of the Seaport have a big story to tell: the rise of New York. You will also get a peek inside the upper floors of Schermerhorn Row, usually closed to the public, and view selected artifacts from the Seaport Museum's permanent collection. Please note that you do need to walk up 47 steps to visit the galleries in Schermerhorn Row. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

Hidden Hell's Kitchen

01/27/2018 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 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. Fading painted letters on a brick chimney hint at its industrial past as one of America’s most famous candy makers. See the scene of a senseless murder that rocked the nation, remembered only by the Broadway musical created about it, now a safe playground for area youth. A telephone company’s office tower turned luxury apartment building created by one of America’s most under-appreciated and troubled architects. From the building that gave us such iconic songs as "Imagine," "American Pie," and "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun," to the diner where "Seinfeld" was first created, surprises await intrepid explorers on every block of Hell’s Kitchen. 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. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

New! Subway Art Tour #4

01/28/2018 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM ET
Subway Art Tour 4 continues our journey through the museum at the core of the Big Apple. The tour, led by Phil Desiere, travels from the Financial District to Harlem with one stop in the Bronx, appreciating the art at 10 subway stations. All of the art specifically created for the MTA, that is included on this fourth route, dates from the 1990s; but one station features stunning historic art from a 1913 hotel. Which one? Take the tour; Know More! You will need to bring your own MetroCard. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

Edith Wharton's New York - SOLD OUT

01/28/2018 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM ET
Edith Newbold Jones was born on 01/24, 1862, at 14 West 23rd Street--in a building that still stands. There she grew up, right across 23rd Street from the bustling Fifth Avenue Hotel (on the site of Eataly), played in Madison Square, attended Calvary Church (Park Avenue South and 20th Street), where the pastor's daughter was her best friend, wrote her first stories and poems, and got married, to Edward Robbins Wharton, at Trinity Chapel on 25th Street between Broadway and Sixth Avenue. Even after she, as an adult, moved out of the neighborhood, she returned, both in person, to visit her publisher, Scribner, on Fifth Avenue between 21st and 22nd Streets, and in spirit, using the neighborhood as the setting for some of her most successful works of fiction, including the novel "The Age of Innocence" and the novellas "New Year's Day" and "The Old Maid." In 1875, when Edith turned 13, Henry James lived nearby, on 25th Street between Park Avenue South and Lexington Avenue, though the two writers would not meet and become great friends for many years. Before the tour, please try to read "New Year's Day," a wonderful novella that is part of the tetralogy called "Old New York," published in 1924. It will really help you to imagine the neighborhood in the time of Edith's girlhood. This tour is led by Francis Morrone. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

Art Galleries and Public Art Around 57th Street

02/03/2018 10:30 AM - 12:30 AM ET
This area in midtown has a long tradition of being a center of the New York art scene, with MoMA and the Guggenheim Museum starting out on Fifth Avenue and art dealers settling near by. Today there still is a wonderful variety of art galleries to explore: PACE has several spaces here, the Fuller Building has especially interesting photography dealers such as Marian Goodman. Lately even Lever House has restarted its exhibition programming and there so much public art throughout the area as well. Join art historian Sylvia Laudien-Meo to visit about 6 of the most interesting different gallery exhibitions of the season. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

New! Garments, Glamour, and a Changing Neighborhood

02/03/2018 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM ET
From the fashionable Fifth Avenue shopping corridor west, architectural historian Matt Postal traces the development of this lively commercial area and the ways in which the 1916 zoning resolution shaped its character. We'll view landmark department stores and distinctive set-back loft buildings – fireproof factory and show room structures that mainly produced apparel. In addition, the fading fur district will be discussed, including the SJM Building designed by Cass Gilbert and the mid-20th century modern campus of the Fashion Institute of Technology, where thousands continue to train for work in this important industry each year. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

German Immigration in the East Village

02/04/2018 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM ET
In the mid-1800s a large immigrant population from what is now Germany settled on the lower east side of Manhattan, in what is now known as the East Village. At one point, New York had the 3rd largest German-speaking population in the world, after Berlin and Vienna. Join MAS's own Ted Mineau for a walking tour of some of the architectural treasures that remain from Kleindeutschland ("Little Germany") and learn more about this often-overlooked immigrant group, their influences on New York, and what became of them. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

Art Deco Interiors

02/04/2018 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM ET
The phrase "Art Deco New York" generally conjures romantic images of Manhattan skyscrapers. But just as remarkable as the towers are their sumptuous interiors – which are also far more comfortable to visit on a cold winter’s day. On this tour with author and historian Anthony W. Robins, we’ll visit the publicly accessible interiors of not quite half a dozen Deco marvels: the Daily News Building, the Chrysler Building, the Chanin Building, the General Electric Building and the RCA (now Comcast) tower at Rockefeller Center. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

Exploring East New York

02/10/2018 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM ET
Join Zulmilena Then and Farrah Lafontant of Preserving East New York (PENY), a group recently formed to protect the architectural treasures of the Brooklyn neighborhood, on an exploration of the historic and cultural gems that makes this community a vibrant and special place. East New York, together with nearby Cypress Hills, are the first communities to go under the City's major rezoning plan, which may threaten both of the neighborhood's historic buildings that PENY believes are worth saving. One special stop on this tour will be the recently-landmarked historic Empire Dairy building with its beautifully ornate facade. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

In the Footsteps of Abraham Lincoln

02/10/2018 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM ET
To mark the Great Emancipator's birthday, join architecure historian Matt Postal to revisit the Civil War metropolis, focusing on a particularly historic stretch of lower Broadway, from the site of Barnum's American Museum to present-day SoHo. Stops include various 19th century structures associated with the 16th president and his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, including Matthew Brady's daguerreotype studio, the Haughwout department store, as well as theaters, saloons, and related amusements. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

New! Ghosts of the Five Points

02/11/2018 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM ET
In the 1800s, Five Points was a notorious slum in lower Manhattan, infamous for decades as New York City’s center of violent crime, unemployment, prostitution, gambling, infectious diseases, and filth. "What place is this, to which the squalid street conducts us?" wrote Charles Dickens, upon a visit in 1842. "Debauchery has made the very houses prematurely old." Within these overcrowded wooden tenements, however, was one of America’s first melting pots, where newly-emancipated African Americans lived next door to recent Irish immigrants. The rampant squalor led to efforts by various charities to try to help the poor, but eventually the slum was cleared through wholesale demolition. Today, though little remains of the neighborhood, stories and tales associated with various locations live on, most notably in the 2002 Martin Scorsese film "Gangs of New York." Join guide Lloyd Trufelman for a tour of the sites of the Old Brewery/Mission House, Bandit’s Roost, the African Burial Ground, Collect Pond, and others places where the voices of Five Points echo through our modern streets. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

Rockefeller New York - SOLD OUT

02/11/2018 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM ET
In the 50s just west of Fifth Avenue may be glimpsed aspects of the lives of members of what is to date, and by far, the richest family in American history (sorry, Gates, Buffett, et al., don't come close). John D. Rockefeller and his son, John D. Jr., lived on 54th. John D.'s grandson Nelson grew up and died on 54th. His mother, Abby, was one of the three women who founded the Museum of Modern Art, built on Rockefeller-donated land on 53rd and 54th. John D. Jr.'s architectural taste was sharpened by his experience of St. Thomas Church, practically in his backyard, and led to Riverside Church, Rockefeller Memorial Chapel (in Chicago), and the Cloisters. And of course there is Rockefeller Center, where your guide Francis Morrone led his first MAS tour longer ago than he dares to admit. We will explore some of the Center's nooks and crannies as we try to understand how and why it came into being. This winter tour affords numerous opportunities for indoor stops. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

New! Black History in Downtown Brooklyn

02/17/2018 02:00 PM - 04:00 AM ET
Brooklyn has been home to both enslaved and free African Americans since the Dutch landed in the early 1600s. Slavery ended in NY State in 1827. By the next decade, most of Brooklyn’s black population was settled in what is now Dumbo and downtown Brooklyn. Here were homes, schools, businesses and churches. Mid-19th century Brooklyn was a hotbed of organized Abolitionist activity, with both black and white activists who changed the course of American history. This tour celebrates these people, and takes you to where they lived and worked. Unsung heroes walked our streets - it’s time their stories were told. The tour will be led by writer and architectural historian Suzanne Spellen and architectural historian Morgan Munsey. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

Retracing Black History Through Chelsea and The Tenderloin

02/18/2018 01:00 AM - 03:00 AM ET
Although it is often forgotten, Chelsea played a significant role in New York's African-American community and its history, particularly in the second half of the 19th Century. Churches, schools, and music served a vibrant community. Join Save Chelsea board members Cher Carden and Laurence Frommer to retrace how African-Americans shaped northern Chelsea, the district once known as "The Tenderloin," and New York City. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

New to New York: SoHo

02/24/2018 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM ET
This walking tour with architectural historian Matt Postal examines mostly new construction in the "cast-iron" district. Both modern and traditional approaches to contemporary design will be viewed and discussed, including, as possible, impressive interiors and in-fill works by such architects as Aldo Rossi, Thomas Heatherwick, BKSK, and Jean Nouvel. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

Subway Art Tour #1

02/24/2018 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM ET
From the edge of Greenwich Village, up to Central Park and back to Chelsea, Subway Art Tour One will take you on an unusual journey through the museum at the core of the Big Apple. Join tourist guide Phil Desiere to discover a part of New York City that few visitors and fewer New Yorkers take the time to see: a treasure trove of art! The first subway train set off in 1904 from City Hall station and art has been a part of New York’s subway system since its inaugural trip. In the subway’s early years, the art mainly took the form of directional and identifying signs, using an ancient art form, tile mosaics. Because of their durability, tile mosaics have been the preferred medium to create works of art in the 20th and 21st centuries. NOTE: You will need a MetroCard worth at least $15. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

Art of the Second Avenue Subway

02/25/2018 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM ET
Nearly a century after it was first conceived, the Second Avenue Subway has been open for just over one year. Join Dana Schulz, Managing Editor at 6sqft, for a tour of the $4 billion infrastructure project, including its long history, architectural design, and engineering feats. We'll also view the impressive collection of public art from Chuck Close, Sarah Sze, Vik Muniz, and Jean Shin, learning about these contemporary artists, how they were chosen, and the significance behind their work. PLEASE NOTE: Subway fare is not included on this tour, and you will need to bring your own MetroCard. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

New York of Alexander Hamilton and George Washington - SOLD OUT

02/25/2018 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM ET
In honor of the close-together birthdays of Alexander Hamilton and George Washington, join Francis Morrone to explore the lower Manhattan that both men knew well, as we tell the story of their lives in New York. We will view the sites of the toppling of the statue of George III on July 9, 1776, of the Grand Federal Procession of July 23, 1788, and of Washington's inauguration on April 30, 1789, as the first president of the United States. We will see Alexander and Eliza Hamilton's graves, as well as many other locations associated with the subject of what may be the greatest Broadway blockbuster in history. Cost: $30 / $20 Members
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