What we're about

This is a group for people either new to New York City, or have called the city home for awhile and are interested in discovering new neighborhoods and learning more about the city's fascinating history, architecture and culture. Most of our activities are professionally-guided walks of 3 - 5 miles within a NYC neighborhood that has distinct and unique qualities. They usually last from 2 to 4 hours. We usually have an optional social hour afterwards for a meal and/or a beverage at a local restaurant. During the summer months we usually combine a walk with a free outdoor concert, often in the evenings. During the winter we'll have shorter outdoor walks coupled with a museum visit.

I also organize theme tours to add some spice and variety to honor holidays or famous New Yorkers. Afterwards there will usually be an optional socializing for a drink or a meal. Our events are usually free with a voluntary donation of a dollar or two. When we have museum visits there will be a charge.

I started this group because I am a native New Yorker and have a successful dual career as a professional tour guide and real estate agent, now with the prestigious Corcoran Group. I love to introduce people to new neighborhoods and explore their past, present and future and also welcome the opportunity to learn from others. With the fast-pace of life here it is easy to overlook the hidden treasures and iconic buildings that we pass by every day. I love Harlem (where I spent my formative years) due its many different areas, amazing history and beautiful architecture. Other favorites include the West Village, Lower Manhattan (where the City's history began), Flatiron/Gramercy, Upper West Side, Brooklyn Heights, Fort Greene/Clinton Hill,the East Village and Washington Heights.

Upcoming events (4)

Heart of Harlem Tour Celebrating Black History Month.

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

RSVP's begin Saturday, January 12th at 11:00am. This guided walk will cover the rich history of Harlem along with the current food and restaurant scene, culture and nightlife, along with what's happening in real estate. Suggested arrival time at the Schomburg Branch of the NY Public library to see the exhibits and use the restroom (free admission). Feel free to come earlier. We will have the opportunity to see the new exhibit, "Crusader: Martin Luther King Jr." This exhibition coincides with the 60th anniversary of the publication Crusader Without Violence by Dr. L. D. Reddick, the first biography about Martin Luther King, Jr. published in 1959. https://www.nypl.org/events/exhibitions/crusader-martin-luther-king-jr The exhibit in the main exhibit hall is Black Power! https://www.nypl.org/events/exhibitions/black-power The guided walking tour will last from 11:30am to approximately 2:00pm and will include spectacular architecture within 3 historic districts with stops associated with iconic Harlem figures including Malcolm X, Madame C.J. Walker, Marcus Garvey, James Baldwin, and Langston Hughes. We'll also learn about Harlem's rich contributions to music and jazz and learn how Harlem saved Dr. King! The tour will end convenient to 125th Street and plenty of brunch opportunities. Thank you for your cooperation. Hank [masked][masked]

Chelsea: Exploring its Kaleidoscopic Layers of History and Vibrant Lifestyle

Note rescheduled from January 5th This tour is free with a voluntary donation to your leader. Note, the tour begins between 12:15pm - 12:30pm Come at 11:30am (or earlier) or 12 noon or to enjoy the museum exhibits and to use the restroom. http://www.fitnyc.edu/museum/ This tour will uncovering the staggering array of activity and industry that makes Chelsea one of America's most unique and important neighborhoods. Starting out at the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (free admission), we'll first learn about the area's critical role in establishing NYC as the center of the garment industry. From there we'll stroll through the flower district, Tin Pan Alley (where the music industry was born), remnants of the rough and tumble saloon and brothel district ("The Tenderloin), and the magnificent architecture of the Ladies Mile. The Eastern section of the neighborhood also was an important entertainment district complete with hotels, an opera house and the Booth Theatre. We'll head West exploring the quietly elegant historic district which consists of homes built between the 1820's and 1880's along with a stop at the legendary Hotel Chelsea. Ending in the gallery district by the High Line, we'll top off our tour recounting with Chelsea's role as an industrial area and shipping port and its emergence as a world capital of the contemporary arts scene. If time permits we'll visit a gallery or two. Plenty of options for brunch or lunch afterwards. Cheers from Hank[masked] (note: old photo of the 6th Avenue elevated line, taken down in the 1940's. Most of the buildings remain).

The President's Day Odyssey!


RSVP's begin Saturday, February 2nd at 10:00am. Additional space is reserved for new members and first timers. I am pleased to bringing back our group's annual tradition of celebrating President's Day by visiting locations associated with U.S. Presidents during the time they lived and worked in NYC , along with some fun NYC history as we traverse a variety of neighborhoods. Please refrain from signing up if you have been on a prior Presidential Tour in Manhattan (I have also done a Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan version in the past). The tour will begin approximately 12:15pm. Optional brunch at Coogan's at 11:00am. The A or C train to 168th Street and Broadway gets you right there: http://www.coogans.com/menu/brunch/ The tour is free with a voluntary contribution to your guide. Note: we will take the subway twice during the tour. There will be about 3 miles of walking. I will only cancel for severe and unsafe weather conditions. This version will cover Washington, Grant, Obama, Teddy Roosevelt and Lincoln. We'll meet up in Washington Heights and end downtown around Astor Place/East Village. Stops include the Morris Jumel Mansion (where George Washington held his first cabinet meeting); Grants Tomb; Obama's apartment in Manhattan Valley; Theodore Roosevelt's birthplace; and Cooper Union, where Lincoln made his famous speech in 1860 as a presidential candidate. In addition, we'll stop at the mansion of a candidate (and a New Yorker) who initially was elected President back in the 1800's, but lost via a backroom deal an the electoral college. Neighborhoods we visit: Lower Washington Heights/Sugar Hill, Morningside Heights, Flatiron/Gramercy, ending at Cooper Union in the East Village/NOHO area.

Historic Walking Tour In Celebration of Women's History Month!

RSVP's open Saturday, February 16th at 10:00am. Thank you for not repeating if you were on this tour in a prior years. Note, we meet outside the Rye House Bar-Restaurant. They open at 11am for brunch. Let me know if you are planning to come early! We have a communal table in the back and I need a head count by Friday, March 8th at noon for those coming to eat. Thanks! http://www.ryehousenyc.com/ Brunch Menu here: https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/7ea0c6_d88a100364dd49aeb1898f8194d288a9.pdf Join us in a unique celebration of Women's History Month with a tour to visit some very special locations in Manhattan associated with individual women and social movements that have had a lasting impact on New York City, the U.S. and the world! We Visit: A bit of Chelsea, Greenwich Village, East Village and finally our downtown Civic Center and a bit of the Financial District. This is two tours in one! Visit some of New York's most fascinating neighborhoods as we take in some unique and very important locations in Manhattan. The many stops include the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Building; (honoring the successful struggle for better working conditions in factories); New York Studio School (honoring visionary champions of American art Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney and Julianna Force); the homes of Eleanor Roosevelt, Emma Lazarus, and Bella Abzug; Margaret Sanger's pioneering Manhattan Clinic; and lower Manhattan sites associated with Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton; and Elizabeth Jennings, an African-American school teacher who was a 19th century Rosa Parks. Tour is free with a welcome contribution to help cover my expenses. We'll be taking the subway once during the tour to save time so kindly have a valid metrocard. Note, for the start of the tour we meet outside the Rye House Bar-Restaurant. They open at 11am for brunch. Let me know if you are planning to come early! We have a communal table in the back and I need a head count by Friday 12 noon for those coming to eat. Thanks! Be sure to visit the upcoming exhibit at the NY Public Library which opens January 29th and runs through August: https://www.nysoclib.org/events/women-get-vote-historic-look-19th-amendment Cheers, Hank [masked] [masked]

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