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NEW YORK CITY TOURS
½-Day and 1-Day Programs

  Architectural Wonders of New York    
 

View New York's architecture in a truly personal way with a talented architectural historian. Tour the city by motorcoach from upper to lower Manhattan -- Frank Lloyd Wright's Guggenheim Museum, mansions along Fifth Avenue, Trump Tower, Rockefeller Center, Empire State Building, Flatiron Building, Greenwich Village, SoHo, Chinatown, Little Italy, Wall Street, World Financial Center and Battery Park. Special emphasis will be placed on city landmarks and historical buildings. We will venture into the lobbies of renowned buildings and some private spaces inaccessible to the general public.

 

  Art in New York    
 

Listen to an outstanding art historian present an overview of Art in New York. This lecture will highlight major museums, their permanent collections as well as special exhibitions currently on view. Follow slide presentation will be a private Highlights Tour of the Metropolitan Museum. Tour both the American Wing and the 20th Century Art Wing, or other special areas of the Museum of interest to your group, such as the 19th Century European Paintings and Sculpture Galleries.

 

  Brooklyn    
 

Tour the historic, landmark designated Park Slope and Brooklyn Heights with our expert architectural historian. These areas, built for the elite of New York, boast high concentrations of Victorian architecture and fine brownstones developed after the Civil War for wealthy families seeking an alternative to Manhattan's Fifth Avenue. We will pay particular attention to the structures and details of the homes. Visit the Brooklyn Museum of Art, in a building designed by McKim, Mead and White. The museum is housed in a magnificent Classical Revival building reminiscent of the temples and government buildings of antiquity. This museum has a phenomenal permanent collections and thoughtful exhibitions without the crowds of the Metropolitan Museum. Make a studio visit to an artist working in DUMBO, (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass), the latest and hottest art mecca in New York.

 

  Exploring 7th Avenue & Fashion Shopping Tours    
 

With a prominent fashion insider as your guide, visit fashion showrooms of world-renowned and cutting edge designers. Include in your tour a visit with a jewelry designer who sells exclusively to better department stores such as Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and Berdorf Goodman's. Experience a private fashion show, (pending confirmation). Deep discounts sometimes available.

 

  Long Island City    
 

Venture across the Queensborough Bridge into Long Island City, Queens for the morning. Visit the Isamu Noguchi Museum. A former warehouse, this museum now displays over 300 of Noguchi's sculptural forms, created over the past five decades. Nearby is Socrates Sculpture Park, a 4 1/2 acre waterfront park that recently opened with large-scale outdoor sculptures by many New York artists including Mark di Suvero. Also visit P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, which recently merged with the Museum of Modern Art, and includes 5 floors and 125,000 square feet of exhibition space, one of the largest contemporary art exhibition spaces in the world. A special treat in Queens, enjoy a private tour of a bronze foundry and witness a pouring. The impressive clientele includes Jasper Johns, Francesco Clemente, Robert Indiana, Cy Twombly and Louise Nevelson.

 

  Public Art    
 

With an art historian and public art specialist, venture to Battery Park City, where we will tour public art commissions. Our guide will discuss outdoor installations - carefully sited along the esplanade and in urban gardens and plazas - by such artists as Siah Armajani, Richard Artschwager, Scott Burton, R.M. Fischer, Mary Miss, Ned Smyth, and Tom Otterness. Additional sites, such as a Louise Nevelson park, and sky lobbies featuring large-scale art commissions can be included. Learn more about the delicate process of placing public art works, and the organizations involved in making it a success..

 

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