Urbanist Summer Scavenger Hunt!

This July, the MAS Urbanists will team up with AIA New York’s Archtober for a summer scavenger hunt to test your knowledge of local urban activism. This event is free for MAS Urbanist members.

The West Village, the old stomping grounds of Jane Jacobs and the birthplace of New York City’s LGBT rights movement, is a neighborhood steeped in civic history. Our scavenger hunt will highlight sites of social and architectural significance, as well as those tied to MAS’s 125-year history of advocacy.

This event is made possible by Urban Archive, a location-based mobile platform that empowers New Yorkers to learn about history where it happened. The app brings together the digital collections of New York City’s museums, archives, and libraries—including ours!—in an easy-to-use resource built for discovery.

Teams will explore the West Village on a guided contest to match old photos with new locations, and discover where the past and the present meet. The hunt will kick off and conclude at the AIA New York’s Center for Architecture. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams during a networking reception with snacks and refreshments at the end.

Event Details:

1-4 people per team

What do you need?
At least one team member will need an iPhone (iOS 10.0+)
Urban Archive App (download here)
Comfortable walking shoes and water (plan on approx. two miles of walking)

6:00-6:30 PM: Welcome and team registration at Center for Architecture
6:30-6:45 PM: Team instructions
6:45 PM: Begin scavenger hunt!
8:00 PM: Meet back at Center for Architecture
8:00–9:00 PM: Reception with mingling, refreshments, and prizes for winners!

Thursday, July 19
6:00 PM — 9:00 PM

Center for Architecture
536 LaGuardia Place
New York, NY 10012

Member: Free (Urbanist Members only)
Non-member: $10

illustration of the Astor Place Riot on May 10, 1849
The Astor Place Riot occurred on May 10, 1849.


In Partnership With
  • logo for the organization Archtober