Brutal NY: A tour of historical and contemporary brutalist structures in lower Manhattan

Janes Walk


Led By Liza Pagano, JSTOR

Brutalism is an architectural style popularized in the 1960s and 70s, it is characterized by concrete surfaces and massive monolithic forms. While some view it as oppressive, others find it sublime in its ability to elicit awe and wonder through its size and scale. On this guided walking tour we’ll explore the westside of lower Manhattan and eight buildings that exemplify this style, each with a unique purpose, history, and architect.

Estimated time is about 2-2.5 hours. We’ll start in Tribeca and end in Chelsea.


This is a guided walking tour route that will cover 3.9 miles. We will be at street level the entire time and no steps are required.

Location Information

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


Saturday, May 6, 2023
11:00 AM
Greater than 1 hour

Borough: Manhattan
Theme: Art & Architecture, History & Culture
Language: English
The Standard Hotel, winner of the 2009 Masterworks Award for Best New Building. Photo: Ennead Architects. Modifications: photo cropped.