Together, we can put 150 years of New York City's architectural history in Context! We'll start at the East River and interpret how the architecture inspired certain aspects of the Roaring 20's. We'll visit the Chanin, Chrysler, and Daily News Buildings, and stop at Grand Central Station to discuss the structure of the terminal's history. We'll end our tour at Bryant Park, where we'll reflect on the city's urban renewal and perhaps enjoy an alfresco lunch.
On this small-group exploration of Midtown Manhattan, delve into the evolution of the city’s architecture, from the late-19th century through today. Starting in Tudor City at 2nd Avenue, proceed down 42nd Street to Times Square in the company of an architecture expert and long-time New York resident. Discuss the varied roles the street has played in the last two centuries, from a gated community and commuter hub, to the red light and theater districts. Learn the visual language of such architectural movements as Beaux Arts, Art Deco, and the International Style while studying the interiors and exteriors of iconic structures like the Chrysler Building, the Daily News Building, the Ford Foundation, Grand Central Terminal, and the New York Public Library. Along the way, discuss the city’s rapid expansion northward during the first half of the 20th century, the key role Midtown played in this, and how Manhattan’s built environment continues to evolve today. Since this is a small-group tour, there is plenty of time for questions and dialogue throughout the tour.