Meatpacking District - Some Context
High Line Tour
Icon of Urban Renewal
We will also focus heavily on the conservation of the High Line, its redevelopment, and the thorny political and design issues that lined its path to redemption. We'll emerge with a strong appreciation for American industrial heritage and how old, rusty places like the High Line and Meatpacking District can find new life in the contemporary city.
Our tour concludes near Hudson Yards, a commercial space that was constructed above functional train yards. It is the largest plaza developed in Manhattan since Rockefeller Center.
Francesco was born in Sicily and grew up in New York. He graduated with a Master's degree in Architecture and worked professionally in that field for his entire career. When he retired, Frank started leading tours of his city as a way to share New York with visitors from all over the world. When leading tours of the history, architecture and food scene of NYC, Frank is introducing visitors, or new friends, to this intriguing city, revealing its hidden and sometimes forgotten past, in order to better understand its present. A true “Cicerone”, storytelling is at the center of Frank’s tours and he introduces visitors to the characters from New York’s rich history, from his Sicilian grandmother to Emily Roebling, a little know contributor to the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge. Frank’s passion for all things New York shines through on his tours all over Manhattan.
Suzanne Julig is a fine art professional with more than three decades in the field, and has created and delivered art tours throughout that time. Her programs are interesting and fun, while providing substantive art historical insights. Over the past several years Suzanne has expanded her art advisory business to include Career Consulting for the art world, and she most recently served as a member of the senior management teams at Christie's Education and Sotheby's Institute of Art. Prior to that, she was a Director at three major New York galleries, specializing in contemporary as well as American and European art of the 19th and 20th century. Suzanne has placed pieces with private, museum and corporate collections, in addition to organizing exhibitions, lecturing and writing on a variety of art-related topics, and serving as an artist representative for a West Coast sculptor. She holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in Art History with distinction. www.suzannejulig.com
Jonathan was born in New York City and has spent most of his life in and around the bustling metropolis he loves so deeply. He received his BFA from the City's most vibrant art school then left for a year to explore London and receive his MFA from that City's most dynamic art school. He returned to work in one of the most notable art galleries in town until his desire to tell stories and interact with those curious about New York's mysteries got the best of him. He has now been a local guide for nearly a decade and a half and would love to share some of his favorite tales with you.
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