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Midtown Manhattan Art and Architecture Walking Tour

This tour is a mash up of two tours that were developed independently, but whose overlap has resulted in this fun, quirky excursion through midtown Manhattan. Calling attention to all of the different forms of art along the way, this tour explores the connections of all of the private and public spaces, including POPS (Privately Owned Public Spaces) that interlace Midtown revealing the extensive network of underground public and private passages, atriums and other indoor and sheltered spaces that connect Hells Kitchen to Tiffany's.

A complimentary oversized color-coded map accompanies the tour showing your route and the works-of-art along the way.

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90 to 120 minutes


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  • What's included :
    • Professional guide
    What's excluded :
    • Gratuities
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: The Food Emporium, 810 8th Ave, New York, NY 10019, USA

    The tour begins on 8th Avenue, the boundary between Times Square and Hell's Kitchen. Here we'll lay the groundwork for the tour, including the art, architecture and history we'll see on this unique walk through Midtown.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: World Wide Plaza Residence, 350 W 50th St, New York, NY 10019, USA

    We cross 8th Avenue and begin the tour with a dip into Hell's Kitchen, an old tough and dangerous neighborhood. The skyscraper, the first tall building to cross over the avenue, in 1989, will serve as an example for a short discussion on zoning.

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: citizenM New York Times Square Hotel, 218 W 50th St, New York, NY 10019, USA

    We briefly duck into the Citizen M Hotel. Here we'll learn the history of New York City in very condensed form.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Pass By: Times Square, Broadway, New York City, NY 10036

    We will cross over the top of Times Square and see an incredible juxtaposition of the history with the Garment District just beyond.

    Pass By: BNP Paribas, AXA Equitable Building, 787 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019, USA

    Our entry into the Midtown business district really begins here, a private space with an adjoining POPS. Magnificent works of art begin here with two pieces, including a Roy Lichtenstein.

    Pass By: Avenue of the Americas, 1211 6th Ave, New York, NY 10036, USA

    The interesting angle of avoiding sidewalks on this tour is in full effect here, we walk through underground corridors along Sixth Avenue below five skyscrapers with some iconic views along the way.

    Stop At: Rockefeller Center, 45 Rockefeller Plaza Rockefeller Centre, New York City, NY 10111-0100

    We explore below the entirety of this NYC institution that is brimming art, architecture, culture and history.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: St. Patrick's Cathedral, 50th Street & 5th Avenue Wheelchair accessibility located off the corner of 51st Street and 5th Avenue, New York City, NY 10022-6863

    We pass through recently restored Gothic cathedral and learn how it fits in with the greater history of the part of Fifth Avenue, that is, the beginning of the high end flagship retail shopping district.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Pass By: Fifth Avenue, 5th Ave, New York City, NY 10118-4810

    While we walk the Fifth Avenue blocks, we will utilize the passageways only the locals know.

    Pass By: Olympic Tower public atrium, 645 5th Ave, New York, NY 10022, USA

    A newly and smartly renovated POPS

    Pass By: La Grenouille, 3 E 52nd St, New York, NY 10022, USA

    A charming village home in Midtown. And fancy French restaurant.

    Pass By: Austrian Cultural Forum New York, 11 E 52nd St, New York, NY 10022, USA

    A noteworthy facade.

    Pass By: Paley Park, 3 E 53rd St, New York City, NY 10022-4200

    One of the vest pocket parks that are Midtown's oases.

    Pass By: LIM College - The Townhouse, 12 E 53rd St, New York, NY 10022, USA

    An old upper class home now serves a college.

    Pass By: Papillon Bistro & Bar, 22 E 54th St, New York, NY 10022, USA

    A rare success of a holdout. The restaurant is in an old home whose walls continue stand within the skyscraper today.

    Pass By: Plaza Public Arcade, 21 E 55th St, New York, NY 10022, USA

    Philip Johnson's acknowledgement of the post modern movement is on full display in this ironic stoneclad broken pediment.

    Pass By: Trump Tower, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York City, NY 10022-2519

    We pass through Trump Tower, personal residence of the President.

    Pass By: Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, 7 W 55th St, New York City, NY 10019-4902

    We go by this still viable vestige of a former suburban history in 1875.

    Pass By: 432 Park Avenue Condominiums, 432 Park Ave, New York, NY 10022, USA

    We pass beneath the tallest residential building in the hemisphere, a bold modernist stack up close.

    Pass By: Billionaires Row, 244 5th Ave, New York, NY 33139, USA

    Fifty-seven street will eventually have the four tallest residential buildings in the western hemisphere. $238 for a penthouse has eclipsed all former residential sales in history.

    Stop At: Knave at the Parker New York, 119 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019, USA

    A privately owned public space (POPS) that "management" isn't thrilled to admit to.

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Pass By: 6 1/2 Avenue, Pedestrian Arcade W51st to W54th St between 6th and 7th Aves, New York City, NY 10019

    The last leg of the tour are the 6 blocks of 6 1/2 Avenue, a series of Privately-Owned-Public-Spaces that together create one of Midtown's most inviting features for humans, who can often get lost in the scale of the city.

    Pass By: Manhattan Unlocked Historical and Architectural Walking Tours, Times square New York, New York, New York City, NY 10036

    Manhattan Unlocked Tours lets the built environment, that is, the architectural makeup of the streetscapes, tell the history of New York City.

  • Departure Point :
    810 8th Ave, New York, NY 10019, USA
    Return Detail :
    787 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019, USA
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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Organised by Manhattan Unlocked Historical and Architectural Walking Tours

Activity ID: V-44899P3

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