Wherever possible, guide Joe Svehlak will keep us off the streets as we learn about the continuing struggle to keep Downtown Manhattan connected to its multi-layered history during this time of much redevelopment. Above ground we’ll view sites connected with preservation gains and losses, including the nation’s first memorial, and New York’s first Roman Catholic parish. Hear the intriguing story of “Ike and Mike,” a missing piece of artwork. Underground, walking various subway passages, we’ll see major Arts for Transit projects that highlight the area’s diverse history, such as Trade, Treasure and Travel by Margie Hughto, re-installed in the Cortlandt Street underpass. We’ll walk through the new Path Transit Hub and the Dey Street passage on our way to the Fulton Transit Center complex with its ornate landmarked Corbin Building, original subway tiles, and the re-installed Marine Grill murals by Frederick Dana Marsh depicting the history of shipping in New York harbor.
Bring a metro card with one fare since we will end in this interconnecting maze of four different subway stations.