A River Runs through It: 250 Years of History along the East River

Janes Walk

Led By Donna Hrusovsky AND Michael Brady

Stretching from 57th Street and Sutton Place through the 60s, this live, guided walk will lead participants through the evolution of Sutton Place, York Avenue, and the ever-changing landscape that grew near the banks of the East River.

“Meet” the former famous residents of this tony area, visit a 1799 carriage house-turned-museum that once belonged to the daughter of President John Adams, discover the site of the worst maritime disaster in NYC history, and learn about one of America’s first spies who helped spark a famous spy ring created by George Washington. Once a vast expanse of farmland that later drew the masses of crowded, lower Manhattan up to the “country” for a relaxing escape, this UES neighborhood brims with historic highlights spanning 250 years.

Lace up your sneakers and come discover this vitally important part of NYC.

Route distance is between 1-1.5 miles, wheelchair accessible, with no stairs or inaccessible pathways. E train to Lex and 53rd Street train station. 4,5,6, N, R, W trains to 59th St. and Lex train station. Walk east to starting point. M1 and M57 buses to 57th Street and 1st Avenue. Walk 1 block east.
Location Information

RSVP is required and capacity is limited. Meeting location, ending location, and directions will be provided via email before walk date.


Sunday, May 8, 2022
1:00 PM
Greater than 1 hour

Borough: Manhattan
Theme: History & Culture
Language: English
The Manhattan Bridge seen from the south on the East River. Photo: Wikimedia Commons, Acroterion. Modifications: photo cropped.