River-to-River NYC, Tour 1: 42nd Street

(Thursdays, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM, with a 15min. restroom/coffee/water break at New York Public Library around 1:30 PM)

42nd Street is perhaps the most visited street in all of New York City and few streets can rival its unique history of embodying both the grittiness associated with NYC and also its glamor. This tour starts at the Hudson River bank with a retired US aircraft carrier in sight and ends at the shore of the East River where the United Nations enjoys extraterritoriality -- and so we literally walk from war to peace all on one street! Along the way we encounter riots, a world fair, and the birthplace of a few superheroes, as well as discussing such diverse architectural styles as Beaux-Arts, Art Deco, and Internationalism. Sites we visit include:

Hudson River Park – Hell’s Kitchen – Theater Row – Holy Cross Church – Port Authority Bus Terminal – Times Square – One Times Square – The Knickerbocker Hotel – Bryant Park – New York Public Library – Literary Walk – Grand Central Terminal – The Chanin Building – The Chrysler Building – The News Building – The Ford Foundation Building – Tudor City – The United Nations

Just some of the people and events we’ll discuss along the tour include:

·      Fighting Father Francis Duffy

·      V-J Day

·      William Cullen Bryant

·      Exhibition of the Industry of All Nations

·      Cornelius Vanderbilt

·      NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission

·      Clark Kent/Superman


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