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Guided Tours: AM Walk or Bike to Summit, PM Visit Farley Building and Ugly Streets

EARLY MORNING

Walk to the Summit | 7:30 AM sharp.

Join architectural historian Matt Postal for an examination of the varied streetscape that lies south of Pennsylvania Station and Madison Square Garden.  Explore the neighborhood’s evolution from residential to commercial use, with brief stops to discuss sites associated with fashion and the fur trade, 20th Century urban renewal, and mass transit.  Meet at southwest corner of 8th Avenue & 24th Street.   Space limited.  Tour reservation required.

Bike to the Summit  | 7:30 AM sharp; for free bike rental, arrive at 7:15 AM sharp.

Join Paul Steely White, executive director of Transportation Alternatives, for a ride from Battery Park to the Penn Plaza Pavilion on 33rd Street.  Along the way, gain a representative experience of what it is like to bike in New York City, with greenways, painted lanes, protected median lanes and Copenhagen-style cycle track lanes.  Hear his views on why certain designs are more desirable than others and on the controversy that still shrouds some bike lanes.  Summit registrants only.  Meet at Bike n Roll – Battery Place and West Street, just west of Pier A.   Tour reservation required. Space and free bike rental are limited.

AFTER LUNCH

Farley Building: Past, Present & Future | 1:00 PM sharp

Join Mehul Patel, vice president of Moynihan Station Development Corporation, for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Farley Building as Phase I of its transformation into Moynihan Station begins. Phase I will improve circulation infrastructure and provide two new entrances through the Farley Building to the Penn Station tracks.  In the future, the great courtyard of the historic building will become a sky-lit train hall larger than the main concourse at Grand Central Terminal and a second sky-lit space will become an intermodal hall. The Farley Building also provides impressive private development opportunities. See the enormous potential, now beginning to be realized, of this landmarked McKim, Mead and White structure. Meet in the North Rotunda of the Farley Building (climb the Eighth Ave. steps and turn right as you enter the post office lobby). Space limited.  Tour reservation required.

“Ugly” Streets Tour | 1:00 PM sharp

Stroll through the Penn area with Frank Addeo, member of the Municipal Art Society’s Streetscape Committee, who will lead a tour through the Herald Square/ Pennsylvania Station area. Though billed as the “Ugly Streets Tour,” participants may discover that “ugly” is in the eye of the beholder. Find out how these vibrant streets in the area attract New Yorkers and tourists alike and greatly contribute to what makes New York City a great walking city. Along the way learn about fascinating streetscape issues that have been a focus of the MAS’s Streetscape Committee. Meet in the lower lobby of the Penn Plaza Pavilion. Space limited.  Tour reservation required.