What we're about

This group is for local history buffs - those who want to learn more about our City - either on foot or through slide show/lecture. There are many organizations that offer walks and talks led by docents and experts - some free, some for nominal cost ($20 or under).

Posted events are open to the public and run by public organizations and licensed tour guides. Some require pre-registration. Read the description of the event carefully. An RSVP on meetup does not mean you have registered for the event. You will sometimes need to registered beforehand on an organization website or pay in advance to guarantee a spot.

This meetup differs from other walking meetups in that we will only be attending curated events rather than wandering around exploring or being led by the Meetup organizer. We will be attending tours and lectures offered by tour guides, historical societies, preservation groups among others. Some events will be in a bar or cafe or other informal place, but some will be more formal classroom style. We will be meeting up either AT the event or AFTER the event but NOT BEFORE the event.

Some events have an organizer - the organizer will attend the event and bring a Meetup sign and look for other group members. Members can group together during the event (i.e., sit together at a lecture) or socialize afterwards. The organizer cannot always guarantee that you will have a spot at the event unless you pre-register or pay the sponsor of the event.

Some events will not have an organizer. Those events are posted to inform members of things that are happening in case anyone would like to attend on their own or with friends. Anyone can become a co-organizer by messaging the organizer, so if there is an event you would like to share, or you would like others to attend with you, please step up.

All posted events are run by organizations or licensed tour guides. If there is any payment for the event it is made directly to the organization or the tour guide giving the tour.

Have fun and enjoy the events!

Linda Fisher

Upcoming events (4)

Wednesday walks
Needs a date and time

Needs a location

I'm posting this link because some people have requested weekday walks. Because of my work schedule walks during the week don't always work for me, but I found a guy who does neighborhood tours every Wednesday. Tours are $5 and the first one is free. Check out his site:


Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden
Needs a date and time

Mt. Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden

Upstairs, Downstairs: A Social History Tour

Travel back to the 1820s and 30s when the Mount Vernon Hotel was visited by affluent guests and staffed by working-class New Yorkers. Learn about both the well-to-do ladies and gentlemen sipping turtle soup in the dining hall, as well as the African American and Irish employees who waited on them.

Price: $10, $9 seniors.

We must have 10 people for this private group tour and payment must be made in advance. We will talk about dates in the discussion area and select a date that can accommodate the most people.

See more: http://www.mvhm.org/

Bet you never heard of this place!

FYI - Archtober
Needs a date and time

NYC Multiple locations

The AIA is holding their annual "Archtober" slate of tours, talks and other events. See the entire schedule at: http://archtober.org/calendar/

Trotsky in New York (book talk)
Needs a date and time

The Cooper Union - The Frederick P. Rose Auditorium

Free and open to the public

Events & Exhibitions
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12, 2017, 6:30PM - 8:00PM

In a free, public talk, Kenneth Ackerman discusses his book, Trotsky in New York.

Lev Davidovich Trotsky burst onto the world stage in November 1917 as co-leader of a Marxist Revolution seizing power in Russia. It made him one of the most recognized personalities of the Twentieth Century, a global icon of radical change.

Yet just months earlier, this same Lev Trotsky was a nobody, a refugee expelled from Europe, writing obscure pamphlets and speeches, barely noticed outside a small circle of fellow travelers. Where had he come from to topple Russia and change the world? Where else? New York City.

Between January and March 1917, Trotsky found refuge in the United States. America had kept itself out of the European Great War, leaving New York the freest city on earth. During his time there—just over ten weeks—Trotsky immersed himself in the local scene.

He settled his family in the Bronx, edited a radical left wing tabloid in Greenwich Village, sampled the lifestyle, and plunged headlong into local politics. His clashes with leading New York socialists over the question of US entry into World War I, including headlining a meeting against the war in the Great Hall on February 15, 1917.

Kenneth D. Ackerman has made old New York a favorite subject in his writing, including his biography Boss Tweed: The Corrupt Pol Who Conceived the Soul of Modern New York. He now returns to New York in a different era, the exciting eve of American entry into World War I, for his first major new book in nine years. Beyond his writing, Ackerman has served a long legal career in Washington, D.C. both inside as out of government, including as counsel to two U.S. Senate committees, regulatory posts in both the Reagan and Clinton administrations, and as administrator of the Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency. He continues to practice private law in Washington.

Located in The Frederick P. Rose Auditorium, at 41 Cooper Square (on Third Avenue between 6th and 7th Streets)

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72nd street and Central Park West

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