Tours

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The MAS tours page is currently under construction. To book a tour by phone, please contact:

Ted Mineau
Tours Director
tours[at]mas.org
(212) 935-3960, extension 1285

Thank you for your patience as we improve our tour website!

Current Tours

Every day at 12:30 PM

Grand Central Terminal

Official Grand Central Terminal Tour  This 75-minute tour, led by MAS docents , highlights the history, architecture and operation of the world’s largest train terminal. Discount available also for seniors, students, children under 10, Members of the military and Metro-North riders. Cost: $25 adults / $20 MAS Members GCT tours can be booked online through our partner company.

Friday at 12:30 PM, Saturday at 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM, and Sunday at 10:30 AM

Buildings around Penn Station

Tour34: Empire to Penn  The Municipal Art Society of New York and the 34th Street Partnership are proud to present Tour34: Empire to Penn , a walking tour of the revitalized 34th Street District. 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. This 90-minute tour is held Friday at 12:30 PM, Saturday at 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM, and Sunday at 10:30 AM. Cost: Tickets are free, but reservations are required at tours@mas.org.

March

Saturday, March 4, 11:00 AM

The Lipstick Building in Manhattan

Postmodernism: The East 50s   In the Reagan era, Post-Modernism flourished in midtown, producing a fascinating group of flashy apartment towers and distinguished office buildings, some with notable public interiors. In addition to famed works by Philip Johnson, Helmut Jahn and Kohn Pedersen & Fox, we’ll view lesser-known retail projects by, among others, Allan Greenberg, Michael Graves, and John Pawson. Architecture historian Matt Postal leads this tour. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

Sunday, March 5, 11:00 AM

A mural on the wall of a Second Avenue subway station

The Art of the Second Avenue Subway Nearly a century after it was first conceived, the Second Avenue Subway is finally open. Join Dana Schulz, Senior 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. The tour will stop at the 96th, 86th, 72nd, and 63rd Street stations. (PLEASE NOTE: Subway fare is not included on this tour, and you will need to bring your own MetroCard.) Cost: $30 / $20 Members SOLD OUT

Saturday, March 11, 1:00 PM

exterior of a theatre awning on Saint Mark's Place in Manhattan

St. Marks Place Join urban planner/cultural historian Laurence Frommer for a stroll down one of the East Village’s most historic, yet largely unprotected thoroughfares. Saint Marks Place played a central role in the neighborhood’s development in the 1830s, with the construction of elegant row houses for the city’s elite, as the city was growing northward. In the mid-19th century, handsome tenements, houses of worship and other institutions were erected for German immigrants, followed by Eastern Europeans and later, Latinos. In the mid-20th century, the street drew a vibrant mix of artists, intellectuals and activists. Despite the fact that Saint Marks Place runs along the northern boundary of the East Village/Lower East Side Historic District, designated in 2012, the street was inexplicably not included in it and much of it remains unprotected.

We will examine this conundrum via the street’s built fabric, from the home of Alexander Hamilton’s widow to the Polish immigrant social club that became Andy Warhol’s Electric Circus and the historic Theatre 80, which played an important role in the development of both Off- and Off-Off-Broadway. Note: After the tour, participants will have the option to attend a fascinating presentation at the Historic Theater 80 as well as its in-house museum devoted to history of the Prohibition era. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

Sunday, March 12, 2:00 PM

exterior of the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan

Inside the Plaza 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 & Wetmore) and interior decoration (including spaces by Alavoine & 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: $45 / $35 Members SOLD OUT

Wednesday, March 15, 1:00 PM

exterior of a building on the City College campus in Upper Manhattan

MAS and City College Celebrate Women’s History Month MAS and City College celebrate Women’s History Month with this special weekday tour. First, Dalton Whiteside, of the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture, will lead us on a walking tour of the beautiful Gothic revival campus, constructed in 1907 by renowned architect George B. Post. Along the way, we’ll learn about the many historical events that transformed City College into one of the most fascinating colleges for its time. Afterwards, we’ll visit the CCNY Libraries Archives and Special Collections Division where Professor Sydney Van Nort will lead a private tour of the collection’s highlights, and the “Women Make Art” exhibit in the Archives gallery. If you have never been to the beautiful City College campus, don’t miss this chance! Cost: $30 / $20 Members

Saturday, March 18 , 11:00 AM

exterior of the Dakota Building on Central Park West in Manhattan

West Side Stories Join tour guide Diana Gold to explore iconic locations on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. The area was claimed by the Dutch after a great deal of conflict with the Munsee Indians. Bloemendal, known for Dutch tobacco farms, became the anglicized Bloomingdale area. The dusty Bloomingdale Road, (now Broadway) conveyed wealthy downtown merchants to their weekend country estates which stood interspersed with lean-to shanties. The Upper West Side’s rugged topography allowed the area to remain mostly undeveloped through the late 1800s. The 1900s brought new industrial techniques and the Ninth Avenue elevated train brought people to an area that to this day, alternates privilege and privation. Countless episodes of Law & Order as well as the 10-time Academy Award winning movie, West Side Story, have this legendary neighborhood as their backdrop. [This tour is a great prelude for those holding matinee tickets for Lincoln Center performances.] Cost: $30 / $20 Members

Sunday, March 19, Noon

an elaborate ceiling mural in a New York City subway station

Subway Art Tour Three Subway Art Tour Three follows a completely different route from the first two Subway Art Tours. This time we travel from Hudson Yards to Harlem. Subway Art Tour Three will take you on an unusual ride through the art museum at the core of the Big Apple!

This Tour will help you discover a part of New York City that few visitors and few New Yorkers take the time to appreciate: the largest collection of public art in the world. These works of art surround the harried locals every day, yet they go unnoticed! We shall take our time to explore. Step aboard with Phil Desiere of Walk About New York for another eye-opening ride! (PLEASE NOTE: You will need to bring your own MetroCard. Subway fare is not included in this tour.) Cost: $30 / $20 Members

Saturday, March 25, 11:00 AM

exterior of The New Museum on Bowery

New to New York: Along the Bowery Several evolving neighborhoods border this fabled thoroughfare, including the East Village, NoHo, and the Lower East Side. Join architecture historian Matt Postal to view various new and recently completed works, including notable buildings by Norman Foster, Herzog & DeMeuon, Fumiko Maki, Morphosis, and Sanaa – all Pritzker architecture award winners. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

Saturday, March 25, 2:00 PM

portrait of Frank O'Hara

Frank O’Hara’s New York Schooling in The Village: 3 Apartments, 2 Bars (and some galleries in between) Celebrating Irish-American Heritage Month Writer, poet, art critic, Frank O’ Hara (1926-1966) lived in New York City from 1951 until his tragic death on Fire Island in 1966. During the most prolific period of his life, O’Hara roomed with his friend/lover Joe LeSeur in a series of Village apartments while he worked at MoMA and wrote poetry on his lunch hour. He refined his prolific talents on University Place above the Bagatelle, a popular lesbian bar favored by writer Audrey Lord, on East 9th Street near Ave A in the early days of what became known as the East Village and finally on lower Broadway in a big loft.

March is the anniversary of Frank O’Hara’s birth. Beat away the last bitter gasp of winter with urban planner/ arts manager Laurence Frommer on a whirlwind tour of Frank O’Hara’s Villages: East and West. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

Sunday, March 26, 2:00 PM

exterior of a brownstone building in Park Slope, Brooklyn

Three Ways of Looking at Park Slope, Part 2: Park Slope Northeast Following last November’s Part 1, this tour with architecture historian and author Francis Morrone, second in the series, takes place in the traditionally most affluent part of Park Slope-the “Gold Coast” as it was once called. It includes Grand Army Plaza and such landmark streets as Montgomery Place and Carroll Street, and the mansions of Prospect Park West. We will also look at works by architects including Francis H. Kimball, Henry Ogden Avery, C.P.H. Gilbert, Stanford White, and Montrose W. Morris. Cost: $30 / $20 Members

Sunday, March 26, 2:00 PM

art deco exterior of the New York Daily News building

Art Deco 42nd Street: East to WestArchitectural historian and author, Anthony W. Robins takes us to Midtown Manhattan’s major boulevard of Art Deco skyscrapers. Star architect of the walk is crusty modernist Raymond Hood; we will visit three of his four skyscrapers: the Daily News, American Radiator, and McGraw-Hill. The star building, once the world’s tallest, is the one and only Chrysler, whose architect, William Van Alen, was once called the Ziegfeld of his profession. We will also visit the Chanin and Paramount Buildings. Mr. Robins’s latest book “New York Art Deco: A Guide to Gotham’s Jazz Age Architecture” will be available soon. He was recently honored by the Guides Association of New York City with their Guiding Spirit award. Cost: $30 / $20 Members