Let's start the New Year off with a tour of one of New York's most beautiful  buildings!

Sitting in glory at the foot of Broadway is one of the most stunning buildings ever erected on Manhattan.  Today home of the National Museum of the American Indian, the former U.S. Customs House is a magnificent example of Beaux-Arts architecture. Great Places in Gotham will join Bernie Cohen of "Bernie's New York" walking tours as he shares his knowledge of this remarkable 1907 structure, designed by Cass Gilbert, who also created the Woolworth Building. Marble, bronze chandeliers, Reginald Marsh murals, and the famous quartet of Daniel Chester French statues flanking the entrance are just a few of the things we will see on this architectural tour.

PLEASE NOTE: This is NOT a tour of the Native American collection; rather, it is a tour of the architecture and adornment of the landmarked building itself. Also, we are joining a publicly advertised tour, so not all attendees may be members of Great Places in Gotham--but if we're lucky, we'll outnumber everyone else!

Where to meet: Meet in front of the steps  of the Customs House, which is just south of  Bowling Green Park. The closest trains are the 4,5 to "Bowling Green", though the R at "Whitehall Street" is also nearby.

When to meet: 12:45pm for the advertised 1pm start of the tour. I will be holding a MEETUP sign.

Fee: $15 cash, payable directly to Bernie, the tour guide. Like all tour guides, he'll appreciate exact change :)  We do also have our own $1 fee to help defray the costs of maintaining this meetup group, payable to the organizer.

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  • Linda

    Bernie gave us a fun tour of the former Customs House, with lots of detail and surprising facts. Nice to see Deb and Louise/Dottie again, and to meet Lorraine and Marie for the first time.

    January 1, 2013

  • Marie

    informative and fun

    January 1, 2013

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