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Public Art of Lower Manhattan 

$25/person. Registration is required.

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You don’t need to go to a museum to see great art. New York has a lot of outdoor public art, and it is available to anyone at any time. Lower Manhattan has some of the most interesting and varied art in the city, as you’ll discover on this interactive tour. Some of the art honors the dead; some tells a story; some expresses emotion; some is functional. Tell us what you like most!

Highlights include:

  • Daniel Chester French’s Four Continents sculptures
  • Memorial art in Battery Park
  • The recently opened SeaGlass Carousel
  • Modern art installations in Battery Park City
  • The doors at Trinity Church
  • Isamu Noguchi’s Red Cube
  • Seward Johnson’s Double Check


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Hidden Treasures of the Financial District 
$25/person. Registration is required.

Saturday, September 16, at 1 PM


Walking through the fast-paced canyons of Wall Street, you can easily overlook some gems in the area. Hidden in plain sight are relics of our city’s early days, as well as patches of greenery and light that refresh employees of the Financial District. As you enjoy oft-forgotten stories of well-known area fixtures, you’ll see why this area is becoming home to so many New Yorkers.

Highlights include:

  • The New York Stock Exchange
  • Hanover Square
  • A great indoor atrium
  • An outdoor park three stories above the street
  • Ruins from Dutch and British colonial days
  • Charging Bull
  • Bowling Green, New York’s first park


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​Green Spaces and Great Places on 42nd Street  
$25/person. Registration is required.

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Not the glitz and glamour of the Theater District, but a different 42nd Street, from Sixth Avenue to the East River. Enjoy stories about New York City landmark buildings, and discover parks where Midtown workers seek relief from high-pressure jobs. Visit architectural gems where greenery is an essential element. You’re guaranteed to fall in love with this side of 42nd Street!

Highlights include:

  • Bryant Park
  • Sidewalk plaques with quotes from world literature
  • Grand Central Terminal
  • Chrysler Building and other Art Deco masterpieces
  • A second-story outdoor patio
  • Ford Foundation
  • Tudor City


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​​​​Wide Open Midtown Spaces: The East 50s 
$25/person. Registration is required.
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Busy Midtown Manhattan has beautiful open spaces, some outdoors, others in. Learn why such valuable real estate has little commercial activity and why gardens appear among giant buildings — not just in Midtown but throughout the city. You’ll discover the original “pocket parks” and lovely indoor atriums, and you’ll want to come back to enjoy them in all seasons.

 Highlights include:

  • Citigoup Center
  • Greenacre Park
  • Seagram Building
  • Lever House
  • Sony atrium
  • IBM atrium
  • Paley Park


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Mansions of Fifth Avenue
$25/person. Registration is required.

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About 100 years ago, the cream of New York society began to move to Fifth Avenue north of 59th Street. They built magnificent mansions, many now museums and other cultural institutions. Before long, luxury apartment buildings — mansions in the sky — sprang up alongside the private homes. You’ll be fascinated by these great structures and the people who lived in them.

Highlights include:

  • The Frick Collection
  • Joseph Pulitzer house
  • Several early luxury apartment buildings
  • Woolworth daughters’ homes
  • Several schools housed in former private mansions
  • Andrew Carnegie mansion (you may know it by another name). 


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Central Park: Highlights of the Southern Half
$25/person.  Registration is required.

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No wonder the southern half of Central Park is so popular! The area includes some of the most filmed and photographed scenes of New York. Exploring it on foot, you’ll find lush lawns, a rowboat-filled lake, interesting sculptures, and woodland trails right in the heart of the city. To see it all, we cover a lot of ground and do a bit of climbing — so join us only if you’re fit.

Highlights include:

  • Strawberry Fields
  • The Sheep Meadow
  • Balto statue
  • Bethesda Terrace
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • The Ramble
  • Belvedere Castle


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Central Park: Marvels of the Northern Half
$25/person.  Registration is required.

Wednesday, September 20, at 11 AM


The lesser-known north end of Central Park has some of the city’s greatest landscapes, as well as an interesting history. With a guide who loves this part of the park, discover a secret garden and charming water bodies, and take a short hike in the woods. You’ll forget you’re in New York City. This tour includes inclines, steps, and wood-chip trails, so sign up only if you can handle the terrain. The reward is great!

Highlights include:

  • The Reservoir
  • Tennis courts
  • The Pool
  • The North Woods
  • Harlem Meer
  • Early American military fortifications
  • Conservatory Garden, one of New York’s best-kept secrets


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Parks of the East 90s
$25/person.  Registration is required.
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Parks are an antidote to the congestion and harshness of a concrete city; they make New York livable. Considering Manhattan's East 90s as representative of residential areas throughout the city, we’ll explore two adjacent neighborhoods and see how various types of parks serve the needs of local residents. You’ll return home wanting to know more about the parks where you live.

Highlights include:

  • Carl Schurz Park
  • Gracie Mansion, the mayor’s official residence
  • Asphalt Green
  • Ruppert Park
  • Park Avenue
  • Hunter College Campus Schools and the Armory
  • Central Park in the East 90s (playground, Reservoir, transverse road, East Meadow)


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Fort Tryon Park

$25/person.  Registration is required. Length: about 11/2  hours.

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No wonder John D. Rockefeller, Jr., wanted to build a park on this high ridge, with its commanding views of the Hudson River and New Jersey Palisades! Designed by Frederick Olmsted, Jr., the park features all-season gardens, lush lawns, and dramatic rock formations. Take a walk with us to learn the quirky history of the site. This tour involves inclines and stairs and lasts about 90 minutes. It ends at the Cloisters Museum.

Highlights include:

  • The tale of Margaret Corbin – a crack shot with a cannon
  • Stories of other famous and infamous residents of the area
  • The Heather Garden  
  • Remnants of a Gilded Age estate
  • The story of Rockefeller and the park
  • History of the Cloisters Museum


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Lower Washington Heights
$25/per person. Registration is required. Length: about 1½ hours, plus optional museum visit
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Few tourists and even New Yorkers know Lower Washington Heights. This interesting residential neighborhood is filled with history, from the oldest standing house in Manhattan to a landmark of the civil rights movement. Notable residences include brownstones that would fit perfectly on the Upper West Side, a brick street lined with three-story wood-frame homes, and an apartment house that was home to Count Basie and other notables.

Highlights include:

  • Memorials to World War I heroes, including one by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney
  • The Audubon Ballroom, a former vaudeville hall where Malcolm X was assassinated
  • A mural in the Audubon Endangered Birds Project
  • An historic district, including Sylvan Terrace
  • The Morris-Jumel Mansion, George Washington’s headquarters for five weeks during the American Revolution (option to visit here, for a $10 donation)


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Brooklyn Heights 
$25/person. Registration is required.
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Brooklyn Heights boasts beautiful architecture and magnificent views of New York Harbor. Learn how this area developed in the nineteenth century, and see some of the famous twentieth century highlights. You’ll realize why Brooklyn Heights became the nation’s first suburb and why it remains one of the most desirable residential areas of New York City today.  

Highlights include:

  • Brownstone-lined residential streets
  • A stop on the Underground Railroad
  • A former brothel
  • The home where Truman Capote wrote Breakfast at Tiffany’s
  • A setting for Moonstruck
  • Bridges connecting Brooklyn and Manhattan
  • The hip area known as DUMBO


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The Romantic Park
No charge.  Registration is required.

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Central Park is more than just a pretty face. It was designed to reflect the deep spiritual and political aspirations of its day -- a movement called Romanticism. It is a philosophy that we still embrace today. This tour is an in depth exploration of Romanticism and its influence in the design of the Park. We’ll examine the idealism that continues to embody it and the forgotten significances behind many of its favorite sites. 

Highlights include:​

  • Sheep Meadow
  • The Mall
  • Bethesda Terrace
  • Bow Bridge
  • ​The Ramble
  • Belvedere Castle


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Greenwich Village: In the Footsteps of Writers  

$25/person. Registration is required.

Sunday, September 10, at 1 PM


Many writers and other creative people have called Greenwich Village home. On this tour, you'll meander through charming Village streets and see where some famous writers lived. Learn how the Village developed and why it has always appealed to artists and writers. 

Highlights include:

  • The narrowest house in Manhattan, which several writers, at different times, called home
  • Curving streets, a refreshing break from the usual rectangular city grid
  • Secluded residential complexes built for the working class, later favored by writers, and now prime real estate
  • Several speakeasies with literary connections
  • A lovely garden next to an impressive structure, both with an unusual past
  • A beautiful Village block, once home to a half dozen writers 


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400 Years of History in Less Than One Mile  
$25/person. Registration is required

Sunday, September 17, at 10 AM
 
Lower Broadway has streets and buildings that date from our colonial past to the 21st century. The street is like an illustrated history textbook, with the pages out of order. As you walk in the footsteps of George Washington and Alexander Hamilton, you'll see beautiful buildings and hear stories of heroes and rogues.

 Highlights include:

  • The first department store
  • A tale about William "Boss" Tweed and extraordinary graft
  • City Hall Park – and its storied past
  • St. Paul’s Chapel – where President Washington attended services
  • Wall Street – and how a major crash was prevented
  • The multiple repurposings of Castle Clinton​


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The Big Public Square on 42nd Street

Pay what you want. Registration is required. Length: 45-60 minutes.
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You many think you know Bryant Park and the neighboring New York Public Library. But do you really? Do you know the connection of these Midtown icons with drinking water and a world’s fair? What treasures are buried underneath them? Take this brief tour to find out.

Highlights include:

  • Historic photos of what preceded Bryant Park and the library
  • How New York’s first public library was created
  • The transformation of Bryant Park from a drug-users hangout to an inviting place for all New Yorkers to relax and play
  • Treasures hidden in plain sight under the park, inside the library, and on nearby sidewalks
  • A lovely Art Deco building with a vaulted entrance


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​​On This Corner: Wall Street
Pay what you want. Registration is required. Length: 20-30 minutes.
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The center of the financial world, Wall Street at the intersection of Broad Street also figured prominently in early United States government — and even in colonial New York. Take a break from the hustle and bustle of Lower Manhattan to hear what happened at this famous location. 

Highlights include:

  • How Wall and Broad Streets got their names
  • The site of George Washington’s inauguration
  • The building, mistakenly called Federal Hall, with Washington’s statue in front
  • The New York Stock Exchange
  • The scars of an early terrorist attack


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On This Corner: Astor Place
Pay what you want. Registration is required. Length: 20-30 minutes.
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Today a busy intersection in the East Village near New York University, Astor Place where it meets Lafayette and 8th Street was quite different in the mid-nineteenth century: the area was home to wealthy New Yorkers, their cultural institutions, and libraries. It also was the scene of a riot by, incredibly, theater-goers! Learn the stories behind the transformed — or not so changed — buildings that date back to those earlier days. 

Highlights include:

  • Astor Place subway station
  • Astor Place riot
  • Cooper Union
  • Astor Library/Public Theater
  • Colonnade Row


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Take a Walk New York offers two types of tours: scheduled tours, which are open to the public, and custom tours, which are planned to meet the needs and interests of people who book them. One or more of our regularly scheduled tours can be modified to create a tour customized to your interests and timetable. Please contact us at least four weeks in advance to plan a custom tour, longer if you want a tour that includes areas we do not regularly cover.

These are walking tours. Most scheduled tours cover 1 to 2 miles and last 2 to 2½ hours. If you cannot walk this much or if you have trouble keeping up with a group, please schedule a custom tour instead. We’ll slow the pace, eliminate some stops, or include breaks on the custom tour, and you’ll enjoy it more.


A unique tour series of Take a Walk New York is called On This Corner. In these short outings, you’ll hear fascinating stories of up to five buildings or events that took place at a specific location. These on-site history lessons involve little walking, but you must be able to stand for 20 to 30 minutes. On This Corner tours are ideal for cold weather, a lunchtime break, and after-work unwinding. They’re also a good way to sample a tour from one of the Take a Walk New York guides. Because of their short length, On This Corner tours are always offered on a pay-what-you-want basis.

Below are descriptions of our scheduled tours. Please note that registration is required. We’ll be adding more tours to this list, so check back here for the latest offerings. Upcoming dates for scheduled tours also appear on the Calendar.

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