Hello MAS Members,
As you may have noticed, the MAS tours website is currently under construction while we build our new online tours page. For the next few weeks, please call (212) 935-3960 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to purchase tickets.
Many of our April tours take us to Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx. With daffodils and tulips in bloom and later sunsets, it’s a great time of year to get out to explore different boroughs – we’ll be going to Staten Island soon.
You can reach MAS tour director Ted Mineau at email@example.com any questions or comments. Many thanks for your continued support for MAS! Love MAS tours? Be sure to let us know by reviewing your favorites on our TripAdvisor page!
All tours proceed rain or shine and last about two hours.
Official Grand Central Terminal Tour This 75-minute tour, led by MAS docents , highlights the history, architecture and operation of the world’s largest train terminal. Discount available also for seniors, students, children under 10, Members of the military and Metro-North riders. Cost: $25 adults / $20 MAS Members GCT tours can be booked online through our partner company.
Tour34: Empire to Penn The Municipal Art Society of New York and the 34th Street Partnership are proud to present Tour34: Empire to Penn , a walking tour of the revitalized 34th Street District. From railroads to retail, hotels to newspapers, and sidewalks to skyscrapers, expertly trained docents lead you on an exploration of the history and unfolding future of this bustling hub of transportation and commerce. Tour-goers learn firsthand the latest plans to reimagine this historic neighborhood, with ideas for transforming Penn Station to meet the needs of a rapidly expanding West Side. This 90-minute tour is held Friday at 12:30 PM, Saturday at 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM, and Sunday at 10:30 AM. Cost: Tickets are free, but reservations are required at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New to New York: Along the Bowery Several evolving neighborhoods border this fabled thoroughfare, including the East Village, NoHo, and the Lower East Side. Join architecture historian Matt Postal to view various new and recently completed works, including notable buildings by Norman Foster, Herzog & DeMeuon, Fumiko Maki, Morphosis, and Sanaa – all Pritzker architecture award winners. Cost: $30 / $20 Members (Tickets are no longer available for this tour.)
Frank O’Hara’s New York Schooling in The Village: 3 Apartments, 2 Bars (and some galleries in between) Celebrating Irish-American Heritage Month Writer, poet, art critic, Frank O’ Hara (1926-1966) lived in New York City from 1951 until his tragic death on Fire Island in 1966. During the most prolific period of his life, O’Hara roomed with his friend/lover Joe LeSeur in a series of Village apartments while he worked at MoMA and wrote poetry on his lunch hour. He refined his prolific talents on University Place above the Bagatelle, a popular lesbian bar favored by writer Audrey Lord, on East 9th Street near Ave A in the early days of what became known as the East Village and finally on lower Broadway in a big loft.
March is the anniversary of Frank O’Hara’s birth. Beat away the last bitter gasp of winter with urban planner/ arts manager Laurence Frommer on a whirlwind tour of Frank O’Hara’s Villages: East and West. Cost: $30 / $20 Members (Tickets are no longer available for this tour.)
Three Ways of Looking at Park Slope, Part 2: Park Slope Northeast Following last November’s Part 1, this tour with architecture historian and author Francis Morrone, second in the series, takes place in the traditionally most affluent part of Park Slope-the “Gold Coast” as it was once called. It includes Grand Army Plaza and such landmark streets as Montgomery Place and Carroll Street, and the mansions of Prospect Park West. We will also look at works by architects including Francis H. Kimball, Henry Ogden Avery, C.P.H. Gilbert, Stanford White, and Montrose W. Morris. Cost: $30 / $20 Members (This tour is SOLD OUT.)
Art Deco 42nd Street: East to WestArchitectural historian and author, Anthony W. Robins takes us to Midtown Manhattan’s major boulevard of Art Deco skyscrapers. Star architect of the walk is crusty modernist Raymond Hood; we will visit three of his four skyscrapers: the Daily News, American Radiator, and McGraw-Hill. The star building, once the world’s tallest, is the one and only Chrysler, whose architect, William Van Alen, was once called the Ziegfeld of his profession. We will also visit the Chanin and Paramount Buildings. Mr. Robins’s latest book “New York Art Deco: A Guide to Gotham’s Jazz Age Architecture” will be available soon. He was recently honored by the Guides Association of New York City with their Guiding Spirit award. Cost: $30 / $20 Members (Tickets are no longer available for this tour.)
From “Old” Elmhurst to “New” Jackson Heights – Join Queens resident Linda Fisher on this new tour that will trace the development of Elmhurst in 1657 to its current renown as the most ethnically diverse area on the planet. And plan on lunch in Jackson Heights! Cost: $30 / $20 Members
Bushwick Art – Once known mostly for its German breweries, Bushwick now has developed into one of New York’s most diverse and interesting art centers. Sylvia Laudien-Meo will explore several blocks of murals and galleries, sharing streets with pizza, second-hand stores, and good coffee. Cost: $30 / $20 Members
Mansions, Money and Scandal – Gilded Age Splendor on the Upper East Side – Part 3: From Andrew Carnegie to Downton Abbey – Residential architecture of the Gilded Age is probably better represented in the area covered on these tours than anywhere else in New York. Join Alan M. Engler, MD for this informative and entertaining walk. Cost: $30 / $20 Members
Clinton Hill, Old + New – Join architecture historian and tour guide Matt Postal to visit Brooklyn’s Clinton Hill. In this former seat of the Pratt family, you’ll see their impressive Brooklyn residences and the Pratt Institute, as well as several remarkable contemporary structures. Cost: $30 / $20 Members
Too 13th Street – In the early 20th century uptown editors would regularly reject articles and stories as being “too Thirteenth Street,” meaning too left wing or avant-guard. Join guide and urban planner Laurence Frommer as we walk crosstown from west to east to experience 13th Street as a living metaphor for the iconoclastic Village. Cost: $30 / $20 Members
Palm Sunday in Ridgewood, Queens – Ridgewood, on the Brooklyn/Queens border, was originally an outgrowth of the primarily German Bushwick in Brooklyn. Today, the neighborhood is demographically diverse with a rich history worth exploring. Join in the neighborhood’s Palm Sunday festivities with tour guide Joe Svehlak. Cost: $30 / $20 Members
Literary Brooklyn Heights In the 20th century, the Heights boomed as a writer’s neighborhood. On this walk with Francis Morrone, we will weave general Heights history with the area’s literary heritage as we look at buildings and sites associated with Hart Crane, Lewis Mumford, Truman Capote and many others. Cost: $30 / $20 Members
Brighton Beach – Known locally as Little Odessa, Brooklyn’s Brighton Beach has a long and richly cultured history of being home to immigrants resettling from Eastern Europe and Asia. Join architectural historian Melanie Macchio and learn how the area developed as a family playground by the sea. Cost: $30 / $20 Members
Art Deco in the Fabulous 50s – This walk with architectural historian Anthony W. Robins begins with a cluster of modernistic residences ranging from River House to Southgate apartments to the former Panhellenic Tower. It then pushes westward into the commercial heart of Midtown with visits to the spectacular General Electric Building, the Waldorf-Astoria and others. Cost: $30 / $20 Members
Astoria Village – Old Astoria Village can only be in a place like Queens. On this tour with Bob Singleton of the Greater Astoria Historical Society, we walk on streets older than Wall Street that trace the outline of the 17th century Hallett farm. Old Astoria remains the largest community in NYC unprotected by landmark designation. Cost: $30 / $20 Members
Exploring the South Bronx – In 1997, The Bronx was designated an “All America City” by the National Civic League, signifying a huge comeback from the terrible decline of the 70s and the 80s. Join Alexandra Maruri for this great opportunity to learn about the history and cultural movement of the Mott Haven and Port Morris area. The New York Times chose South Bronx as one of the 52 places to visit in 2017. Cost: $30 / $20 Members
Lafayette Street From Start to Finish – Architecture historian and author Francis Morrone will lead this tour that covers the entire length of Lafayette Street from Chambers Street to Astor Place. We’ll visit La Grange Terrace, the Astor Library, the DeVinne Press Building, the Schermerhorn Building, the Municipal Building, and much more. The tour may take 2 and a half hours. Cost: $30 / $20 Members (This tour is SOLD OUT.)
Chelsea Art Galleries – New York City is the art capital of the world! Join art historian Sylvia Laudien-Meo to visit 6 to 8 of the most interesting shows – some by one artist, others are group shows. There are always interesting connections and comparisons to be made on this tour that will spur our lively discussions. Please note that this tour is limited to 20 people. Cost: $30 / $20 Members
Recycling on the River: Westbeth to the High Line – Walk through Greenwich Village and Chelsea with Matt Postal to see how faded relics of Manhattan’s mercantile past have found imaginative new lives. This tour considers several decades of adaptive reuse, including buildings originally erected to handle freight, warehouse wine, preserve perishables and bake Oreos. Cost: $30 / $20 Members
Stuyvesant Heights – In 2013 the Landmarks Preservation Commission designated an expanded Stuyvesant Heights Historic District, surrounding the original historic district, which was designated in 1971. Join tour guides Suzanne Spellen and Morgan Munsey to explore the architectural and cultural highlights of both districts. (Note: Because of an added surprise, this tour will last for 2 and a half hours.) Cost: $30 / $20 Members
The Magnificent Grand Concourse in the Bronx – Join urban planner and lifelong Bronx resident Sam Goodman to learn more about one of New York City’s most celebrated boulevards, the Grand Concourse of Bronx County. We will visit numerous buildings as we come to understand the neighborhood’s dynamic history, why this community was built, why it thrived and why it still remains. Cost: $30 / $20 Members
And don’t forget our FREE tour of the 34th Street District:
Tour34: Empire to Penn – The Municipal Art Society of New York and the 34th Street Partnership are proud to present Tour34: Empire to Penn , a walking tour of the revitalized 34th Street District. From railroads to retail, hotels to newspapers, and sidewalks to skyscrapers, expertly trained docents lead you on an exploration of the history and unfolding future of this bustling hub of transportation and commerce. Tour-goers learn firsthand the latest plans to reimagine this historic neighborhood, with ideas for transforming Penn Station to meet the needs of a rapidly expanding West Side.
This 90-minute tour is held Friday at 12:30 PM, Saturday at 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM, and Sunday at 10:30 AM. Cost: Tickets are free, but reservations are required at email@example.com.