Curious about NYC architecture and how the Big Apple is shaped? Looking for a fun, alternative daytime activity to do during your visit? Using the city as our canvas, you will learn about urban design through the lens of unique, and some lesser-known curated sites in town! Each stop will explore a theme of the way NYC was and continues to be shaped through the field of urban planning and (really cool) architecture. Find out why and how each neighborhood is zoned the way it is, and learn about the unique processes it takes to build in New York City. You'll learn about the history and details of spaces that are overlooked in everyday life, and how buildings and public spaces inform each other throughout the 20th century until today. This isn't your average sightseeing tour! You'll be receiving the "locals-only treatment" that won't disappoint. Summer tours will start in Midtown and conclude in the West Village/ Meatpacking District (One Subway ride ) Winter tours start in Tribeca and end in Lower East Side. (no subway/more indoors) Each stop will be around 15-20 min each for about 2.5 hours total.
Hello there! My name is David. I hold a degree in urban design and planning from Parsons School of Design here in NYC. I love all things NYC architecture facts & trivia. During the week, I work at an architecture and design PR firm in Brooklyn. I grew in the NY area, and am passionate about showing guests my favorite buildings in the city and the lesser-known facts about them. I am also on a mission to find the best chocolate chip cookie in New York. I can't wait to meet you! Any questions, please feel free to ask!
Learn about the past, present, and future of NYC Architecture by exploring these themes: -Zoning & Air Rights -'Privately Owned Public Spaces' -The Starchitect Phenomenon -Linear Parks & Pocket Parks -Adaptive Reuse -The Grid System and more! Stops may include: -Paley Park -Seagram Building -The "Jenga" -Essex Crossing -NYC AIDS Memorial We'll stop along the way at a fun cafe to warm up and grab a drink or bite! Restrooms available on tours
Most of the tour will consist of walking. Please note: Summer tours start in Midtown and conclude in West Village/Meatpacking area (includes 1 subway ride) and winter tours start in Tribeca and conclude in the Lower East Side ( more indoors - no subway ride). For inclement weather, please stay tuned