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 (5+)

Celebrate MLK Day with a Special Celebration and Historic Harlem Tour

Convent Avenue Baptist Church

RSVP's begin Monday, January 6th at 9:00pm. Space is set aside for new members, first and 2nd timers. Join us for a special half-day of activities in honor of Martin Luther King Jr's Birthday. Schedule: 9:30am - 11:00am: (Note the ending time is estimated, could run later). ARRIVE EARLY TO BE ASSURED OF A SEAT! I WILL BE OUTSIDE UNTIL AROUND 9:10AM. ONCE INSIDE I WILL POST ON MEETUP WHERE I AM SEATING. Convent Avenue Baptist Church: the site of an annual commemoration of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose last appearance in New York was at this church on March 26, 1968, nine days before he was assassinated. (note: we will meet after the event directly across the street from the church on Convent Avenue between 144th and 145th street). 11:15pm - 1:00pm: Guided walking tour through the heart of Harlem ending at Riverside Church, 122nd Street & Riverside Drive. 1:00pm - 1:30pm: Visit at historic Riverside Church and/or Reading of Excerpts of Dr. King's most controversial speech, "Beyond Vietnam," which he delivered at the church on April 4, 1967. This speech was a passionate anti-war and social justice speech with a warning about militarism. 1:30pm - 3:00pm (estimated). Optional group lunch at a nearby restaurant. Your organizer, Hank[masked] [masked]

Celebrating the Lunar New Year in Flushing, Queens!

Queens Library at Flushing

Let's celebrate the start of the Chinese New Year and Lunar New Year in Flushing, one of NYC's most unique neighborhoods which has the city's largest pan-Asian community. RSVP's begin Saturday, January 11th at 10:00am. Space is set aside for new members, first and second timers. This tour is free with a voluntary donation to your organizer. Note: Flushing Town Hall has a suggested/voluntary admission so do bring cash - also if you are planning to eat out after the events. Meeting place is outside the Flushing Library (restrooms inside if you need one). See below for the schedule of the day's activities. January 25th is actually the first day of the New Year's celebration, which lasts several weeks. Lunar New Year, also known as the Chinese New Year, is a time for families and friends to get together. For many people who moved away from their hometown, it can also be a time to contemplate their relations with their roots. The time of the holiday also marks a turning point where the season returns from the bleakest and harshest winter days to a new period where lives are gradually brought back. 2020 is the Year of The Rat, the first of all zodiac animals. According to the Chinese zodiac story, in the competition held by the Jade Emperor to decide the zodiac animals, the quick-witted rat asked the diligent ox to take him on a ride to cross the river and jumped down before the ox crossed the finish line, so the rat won the race and became the first of the zodiac animals. In Chinese culture, unlike Western culture, the rat is viewed quite positively as a symbol. They are recognized for their intelligence, and are exceptionally fertile — potentially having thousands of offspring during their lifespan. Both of these attributes were admired in ancient China. In addition, rats are considered adaptable, resouceful and quick-witted with a strong will to survive. The 12 zodiac animals are, in order: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. A Rat year occurs every 12 years. There are 4 parts to our day: 1) We'll start out by witnessing the annual parade, quite a festive one with dancers, music, floats and costumes. 2) If time permits we'll visit Flushing Town Hall to view “A Good Beginning, Here” a cross-cultural exhibition that illuminates 8 diaspora artists who can trace their roots back in China, Korea, Japan, and Taiwan. Their works embody unique life stories and ideas rooted in the East and evolved in the West. 3) We'll head over to the Botanical Gardens afterwards for a more intimate experience. There will be performances, crafts and other activities - also child and family friendly. https://queensbotanical.org/lunarnewyear/ 4) Optional meal at a local restaurant afterwards. Cheers from Hank[masked] [masked]

The Corona Queens Experience! The Louis Armstrong House to the Queens Museum

RSVP's begin Saturday January 11th at 5:00pm. Space is set aside for new members, first and 2nd timers. IF YOU HAVE BEEN TO THE ARMSTRONG HOUSE BEFORE PLEASE GIVE OTHERS A CHANCE. Scroll down to see the day's schedule. Note - Please bring $10.00 cash to cover the Museum Tour, Queens Museum admission and a contribution to me as your organizer. Note the Armstrong House admission is $7.00. The Queens Museum is pay what you wish. Optional group lunch beforehand starting at 11am at a local authentic mom and pop Chilean restuarant, La Roja de Todos. Space is limited so respond ASAP. Address is[masked] Northern Blvd. We can meet at the 7 train at the 111th Street stop and walk over - it is about a 15 minute walk from there. We'll have a grand experience in Corona, Queens as we'll first enjoy a guided tour of Louis Armstrong's House-Museum, truly a one-of-a-kind place to experience the home of our greatest musicians who was also a fascinating person, along with learning about his wife Lucille. After our one hour tour we'll traverse the Corona neighborhood and learn about its unique history from 17th century farms to urbanization and waves of immigrants from Italy and Latin American and the Caribbean. Corona has been home to many famous jazz musicians and Louis Comfort Tiffany's glass factory and studio. We'll head toward the Queens Museum, situated in Flushing Meadow Park, site of the New York World's Fair in 1939 and 1964. There's a lot to see at the Queens Museum, including the current exhibits plus their permanent collection which includes the famous "Panorama of NYC" ( a scale model of our entire city) and their extensive Tiffany glass collection. It is advised to have an early lunch/late breakfast and there are options in the area - mostly Mexican, Dominican, Columbian, Chilean, Italian and Chinese. Grabbing a quick bite en route to the Queens Museum after the tour might be possible, but we would be sacrificing time at the Queens Museum. Franco's Italian Deli, the Tortilleria Nixtamal, King of Empanadas are potentials options for an afternoon bite. DIRECTIONS: By Subway: Take the 7 train to 103 St-Corona Plaza. Choose the exit on the north side of Roosevelt Avenue, and then take the stairs on your left. Make a right (north) onto 103rd Street. Walk two blocks and make a right onto 37th Avenue. Walk 4 short blocks and make a left onto 107th Street. The Museum is on the left side, 1/2 block north of 37th Avenue. Schedule: 11:00am - 12:10pm: Optional meal at La Roja de Todos (Chilean). 12:30pm - 1:45pm: Guided Armstrong House Tour 1:45pm - 3:30pm: Walking Tour of Corona Queens 3:30pm - 4:30pm (estimated). Optional visit to the Queens Museum Driving directions and other info about the museum and the area here: https://www.louisarmstronghouse.org Queens Museum: http://www.queensmuseum.org Featured exhibit: Looks quite interesting. https://queensmuseum.org/2019/06/nicolas-moufarrege Thank you for your cooperation. Hank[masked] [masked]

Visiting the Museum of Illustration and a Guided Walk of Lenox Hill

RSVP's begin Saturday, January 18th at 5:00pm. Note there is no elevator in this museum and there are 3 long flights of stairs in the building separating the exhibit floors. This event includes a visit to a most unique museum and organization in a townhouse filled with art and illustration, even a restaurant and bar! Admission is $7.00 and you can pay at the door. Note that we are getting a group discount. We may have a guide for our visit, this is not finalized yet which would result in $2 more per person. Below is our schedule with along with a description of the Society of Illustrators and the historic building which it occupies. 11:00am - 12:30pm: Visiting the exhibits (note the museum opens at 11am), 12:30pm - 1:15pm: Lunch at the restaurant on the premises (I will be posting the menu and food can be ordered in advance). 1:15pm - 2:30pm: Free guided walking tour of the nearby Lenox Hill neighborhood of the Upper East Side, which runs from 60th-77th Streets, between Lexington and 5th Avenues. It has elegant townhouses and mansions, fashionable Madison Avenue and a number of cultural institutions including The Frick Collection, Asia Society, Park Avenue Armory and the Americas Society. There will four new exhibits to experience covering a wide range of artwork - drawings, cartoons, fashion, advertising and more! Link below for a description: https://www.societyillustrators.org/upcoming-exhibits ABOUT THE MUSEUM AND ITS HOST ORGANIZATION, THE SOCIETY OF ILLUSTRATORS: The Society of Illustrators’ mission is to promote the art of illustration, to appreciate its history and evolving nature through exhibitions, lectures and education, and to contribute the service of its members to the welfare of the community at large. Founded in 1901, the Society is the oldest nonprofit organization dedicated to the art of illustration in America. Notable Society members have been N.C. Wyeth, Rube Goldberg, and Norman Rockwell, among many others. The Museum of Illustration was established in 1981 and offers year-round themed exhibits, art education programs and annual juried competitions. Their Permanent Collection houses 2,500 pieces that are cataloged for scholarly use and displayed periodically. In 2012, the MoCCA Gallery was created with a focus on curated exhibits of comic and cartoon art. The Society of Illustrators is located at 128 East 63rd Street in a graceful, five-story townhouse on a quiet residential block on the Upper East Side. Originally a carriage house built in 1875 for William P. Read, a personal secretary for financier J.P. Morgan. Today, the building hosts not only many Society membership activities, but also lectures, drawing opportunities for professionals and students, art competitions, publications and gifts, beautiful and informative exhibitions, and more, all in service to the art of illustration as set out in 1901 by the first members of the Society of Illustrators in their Mission Statement. Cheers from Hank[masked]

Past events (381)

Hamilton's New York! A Birthday Celebration and Walking Tour

Castle Clinton National Monument

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