Architecture Tour of New York

Take a stroll down one of the most famous main streets in America
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Tour Details
3 hours
Product Type
  • New York Public Library
  • Chrysler Building
  • Grand Central Terminal
  • Times Square
Photos & Highlights
  • Traverse 42nd Street from East to West
  • Led by an architecture or history expert
Tour Description
In this three-hour architecture tour of New York we'll join a local architect or historian for a stroll down 42nd Street and through 150 years of Manhattan's history. We'll gaze up at the Chrysler Building, step inside the Daily News Building, and explore Grand Central Station. At the end we'll come away with a better understanding of the way that architecture has shaped (and is still shaping) one of the greatest cities in the world.

Itinerary Details

Beginning at the East River in the hidden residential enclave Tudor City, we’ll consider how the development’s neo-gothic spires and brick facades created a mythology for up-and-coming New Yorkers in the 1920s. With the distinctive United Nations Building and spectacular views of the East River as a backdrop, we’ll delve into an overview of the architectural history of the city and the fantastic ways that the human and built environments collide. Heading east on 42nd Street, we’ll make stops at several significant landmarks. We’ll consider the Ford Foundation Building’s large, tree-filled atrium and investigate a trio of skyscrapers that epitomize Art Deco style: the Chanin Building, the Chrysler Building, and the Daily News Building. 

We’ll continue along to Grand Central Station, a magnificent Beaux-Arts structure and temple to transportation, where we’ll gaze up at the star-flecked sky of the Main Concourse and discuss the Terminal’s origins during the heyday of long-distance passenger rail service. Just two blocks away, we’ll visit New York Public Library, a building that offers sumptuous exterior decoration and interiors for a very different purpose. We’ll conclude our walk in Bryant Park, one of the signature examples of New York City’s revival in the 1990's, or perhaps head down to the New York Times Building. 

Interested in further exploring the urban architecture of New York? Consider our SoHo walking tour. To delve deeper into the ways the natural and the manmade coexist in New York, we recommend our Central Park Tour.


Where do we meet? Where does it end?
Generally speaking, the walk begins near Tudor City on 2nd Avenue. Your confirmation email will have the exact meeting point details along with a map. The walk typically ends near Bryant Park or Time Square.

Do we go inside the venues or just see them from the outside?
You will go inside the lobbies of several of the skyscrapers we discuss on the walk. Some of these include the Chrysler Building, Daily News Building, and Grand Central Terminal.

What if it’s raining?
Tours operate rain or shine, but in the case of inclement weather, your guide will modify the tour so more time is spent indoors. It never hurts to have an umbrella on hand.

Is this tour good for kids and teens?
Yes! We have some excellent family-friendly guides who can appeal to the learning styles of children. When booking, feel free to provide us with information about your children such as favorite school subjects, and hobbies. This way we can match you with the best possible guide.

Is this a walking intensive tour?
This walk covers about 1.25 miles overall. There are occasional opportunities to sit, use the bathroom, and get something to drink if needed.
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Christopher was great! Informative and very flexible. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour!
I was looking for something new to do with my parents who come to visit at least once a year for the past decade. Irina was fantastic! She was so enthusiastic about nyc and had an incredible depth of knowledge. I can’t recommend it highly enough!
I learned so much with Christopher. He was a wonderfull guide.