Itinerary A - For the Art and Architecture Enthusiast
>>Please specify Itinerary A at checkout and tick the box for Met tickets. We will pre-purchase these ahead of your tour.
Itinerary B - NYC History, Immigration, and Culture Crash Course
>>Please specify Itinerary B at checkout.
What happens if it's raining?
Our tours happen rain or shine. Our guides are great at adapting their route during changes of weather. Please bring an umbrella.
I would like to start at a different time. Is this possible?
We cannot start itinerary A earlier than 10am as this is when the Met opens. If you would like to start itinerary B earlier, just let us know in your client notes.
What is included? Will there be any costs to cover on the day?
Your entrance fees, public transport on the day and a local snack/refreshment is included. You will be expected to cover the cost of your lunch and any additional refreshments.
Where does the tour end?
This may depend on your guide, but we usually end both itineraries near Bryant Park and the New York Library.
Can I request a car service?
We find itinerary A best suited on foot due to the museum component. If you require a car service for mobility reasons, please let us know in your clients notes and we can arrange it for you. If you would like a car service for itinerary B, please let us know in your client notes.
A specialist in Renaissance and Baroque art, Irina Oryshkevich teaches art and architectural history at Columbia University where she also earned her PhD in 2003. She has published numerous articles in her field, worked for several New York Old Master galleries, and received fellowships for her academic work from the National Gallery in Washington, the Fulbright Foundation, the Getty, the Society of Fellows and the Italian Academy (both at Columbia) and the American Philosophical Society. In addition to teaching in her area of specialization, Irina, a native New Yorker with a deep interest in local history, has been offering a class on the architecture of New York City at Columbia for the past four years.
Louis Mazzari has taught American history, art, and literature for a dozen years in Istanbul, Turkey, at Bogazici University, the country’s most renowned university, and he now also teaches in the City University of New York system. He has published books and articles on the cultural and political history of the U.S. with the university presses of LSU, Yale, and South Carolina. His New York work has included a study of the documentary aesthetic of photographer Berenice Abbott. Mazzari previously served as managing editor of the anthropology journal Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, and he worked on the editorial staff of the Harvard Educational Review. His years in a variety of classrooms have focused on the intersection of the artwork and its cultural history, and he speaks to American art’s profusion and its diversity of intentions and effects. That mix of art and culture is at the center of his presentation of the abundance of the Met’s American Wing.
Mitch holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in History and Philosophy from the University of Paris, Sorbonne. His passion for urban history began during his 7 years in Paris, where he worked in his spare time as a city guide and teacher of history and philosophy. His scholarly work has focused on theories of truth as they express themselves in art, literature and theology. Since moving to New York City 12 years ago, he has authored four books on east coast cities, and actively pursues his side-passions for composing classical music (he recently premiered his second opera), and photography (his work has appeared in the New York Times, The New Yorker and Time, amongst other
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