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, we 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 day hotel-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 is approx. 2 miles long on flat surface, with no stairs and fully accessible. Participants can take the E train to Lex Ave. and 53rd St. and walk east to 57th St. and Sutton Place, or take the 4, 5, 6, N, R to 59th St. and Lex. M1 and M57 buses go to 1st Ave. and 57th St., then walk one 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 7, 2023
3:00 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.