Tours

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 tours@mas.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 tours@mas.orgwith 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.

Current Tours

Every day at 12:30 PM

Grand Central Terminal

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.

Friday at 12:30 PM, Saturday at 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM, and Sunday at 10:30 AM

Buildings around Penn Station

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 tours@mas.org.

March

Saturday, March 25, 11:00 AM

exterior of The New Museum on Bowery

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.)

Saturday, March 25, 2:00 PM

portrait of Frank O'Hara

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.)

Sunday, March 26, 2:00 PM

exterior of a brownstone building in Park Slope, Brooklyn

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.)

Sunday, March 26, 2:00 PM

art deco exterior of the New York Daily News building

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.)

April

Saturday, April 1, 11:00 AM

archival photo of Elmhurst, Queens

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

Saturday, April 1, 1:00 PM

wall with mural in Bushwick, Brooklyn

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

Sunday, April 2, 11:00 AM

exterior of mansion in New York City

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

Saturday, April 8, 11:00 AM

home in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn

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

Saturday, April 8, 2:00 PM

building on 13th Street

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

Sunday, April 9, 11:00 AM

house in Ridgewood, Queens

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

Sunday, April 9, 2:00 PM

brownstone in Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn

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

Saturday, April 15, 2:00 PM

crowded commercial street in Brighton Beach

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

Sunday, April 16, 2:00 PM

exterior of stone work on Art Deco building

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

Saturday, April 22, 2:00 PM

home in Astoria Village

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

Sunday, April 23, 11:00 AM

row houses in South Bronx, New York

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

Sunday, April 23, 2:00 PM

building on Lafayette Street in New York City

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.)

Friday, April 28, 2:00 PM

exterior of art gallery in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City

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

Saturday, April 29, 11:00 AM

modern apartment building

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

Saturday, April 29, 2:00 PM

Stuyvesant and MacDonough Street Signs

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

Sunday, April 30, Noon

Grand Concourse in Bronx, New York

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:

Buildings around Penn Station

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 tours@mas.org.


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The Municipal Art Society of New York’s tours program is made possible by support from The City of New York Department of Cultural Affairs and The New York State Council on the Arts.