Tour 2: Big Onion: The Upper West Side

Friday, January 2, 2015: 9:30 AM-12:30 PM
Americas Hall I (New York Hilton, Third Floor)

Tour leader: A graduate student, historian, guide from Big Onion Walking Tours

If the street plan south of 14th Street has you confused and looking for order amidst chaos, spend some time in the logical grid pattern of the Upper West Side. Unlike the haphazard, spontaneous construction of streets in Greenwich Village or the Lower East Side, Upper West Side planners and landowners imagined an orderly neighborhood of estates and mansions that would be connected to the city while retaining elements of a remote country paradise. See how far the results strayed from the original plan as we visit Lincoln Center, the Dakota, Dante Square, and sites associated with Florence Mills, Mae West, Leonard Bernstein, and the home of the Charleston.

Please note: There are no stairs on this tour. We will walk approximately 1.5 miles, at a moderate pace, during the two-hour tour.

Limit 25 people. $20 members, $25 nonmembers, $15 students

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