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LIFE AT THE TOP: NEW YORK’S MOST EXCEPTIONAL APARTMENT BUILDINGS

Authors Kirk Henckels and Anne Walker of Life at the Top: New York’s Most Exceptional Apartment Buildings will take us through the evolution of the luxury Manhattan residence from the Victorian and Beaux Arts townhouses of the late 19th century into the elaborate, service-laden apartment buildings of the 20th and 21st centuries. The rise of the luxury apartment building began at the end of the 19th century with the Dakota and Osborne and exploded in the 1920s with such buildings as 960 Fifth, 740 Park Avenue and River House on the Upper East Side.  Now, in the 21st century, we have seen a shift in the paradigm of luxury residential living to extremely tall modern towers with an abundance of services and sports facilities, especially in midtown and downtown locations. Join us as chronicle how these luxury apartments evolved over the last 130 years in terms of architecture, interior design, layout and location.

Wednesday, March 21st
6:30 p.m.
775 Park Avenue

FRIENDS members only, Space is limited, RSVP required
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This program is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


MAD FOR MODERN: AN UPPER EAST SIDE WALKING TOUR

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Amidst the Upper East Side’s celebrated array of Beaux Arts, Colonial Revival and other landmarks, can be found important examples of Modern architecture designed by some of America’s most prominent and influential architects of the twentieth century. Discover some of New York’s earliest remaining examples of Modernism designed by William Lescaze, unique townhouses by Edward Durell Stone and Paul Rudolph, an innovative apartment complex by Gordon Bunshaft of SOM, and institutional buildings by Philip Johnson, Edward Larrabee Barnes and Ulrich Franzen. Learn about Marcel Breuer’s icnonic Whitney Museum, now the Met Breuer, and its recent restoration. Guided by John Arbuckle, Assoc. AIA, President of the New York/Tri-State Chapter of DOCOMOMO, an international organization dedicated to preserving Modern architecture, this tour will visit Modern highlights in the East 60s and 70s, in and near the Upper East Side Historic District.

Co-sponsored by Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts and AIANY Center for Architecture.
Sunday, April 29th
1:00 p.m.

Registrants will be informed of the starting point in the week preceding the tour.
Rain or shine.

$10 members, $20 non-members
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To verify your current membership status, please call 212-535-2526 or email us at info@friends-ues.org.

This program is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


ZONING IN ACTION: BUILDING BLOCKS OF THE UPPER EAST SIDE

Floor area ratio, R8B, and POPS, oh my! Zoning is one of the fundamental factors that shapes the look and feel of our city, but NYC’s zoning resolution weighs in at nearly 4,000 pages – not exactly light reading. Led by urban planner George Janes and longtime advocate Ronda Wist, this walk will translate abstract land use concepts from the page to street, as they uncover zoning and preservation tools in action on the Upper East Side.

Presented as part of Jane’s Walk 2018, hosted by the Municipal Art Society.


Sunday, May 6th
1:00 p.m.

Registrants will be informed of the starting point in the week preceding the tour.
Rain or Shine.

Free to the Public, RSVP required.
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This program is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


ANOTHER SIDE OF THE UPPER EAST SIDE: A WALKING TOUR

This walking tour visits some of the Upper East Side’s less examined landmarks, including impressive structures associated with horses, health, and affordable housing. Led by architectural historian Matt Postal, we’ll head east from the area that was originally planned as Hamilton Square to John Jay Park, viewing works by such notable architects as C.P.H. Gilbert, Harde & Short, and Richard Morris Hunt. Buildings intended to serve the common good will be frequently emphasized, as we discuss “model” tenements and related civic institutions, such as public schools, a Carnegie branch library, and a free dispensary built by Mt. Sinai Hospital.

Saturday, May 12th
10:30am

Meeting location will be provided upon ticket purchase and registration.
Rain or Shine.

$10 members, $20 non-members
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To verify your current membership status, please call 212-535-2526 or email us at info@friends-ues.org

This program is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.



GRAND ACQUISITORS: A WALKING TOUR

Alexander Calder’s Terrazzo Sidewalk at 1014-1018 Madison Avenue. Installed in 1970 and restored in 2002. 

For more than a century, New York City’s most prominent art collectors have made the Upper East Side home. Architectural historian Matt Postal will lead a walking tour of some of the historic district’s finest and most memorable blocks, viewing distinguished early 20th century town houses and apartment buildings where many a masterpiece has hung. Artistic patronage and philanthropy associated with major museums will be discussed, as well as the history of leading commercial art galleries in the area. Highlights include sites related to George Blumenthal, Leo Castelli, Dorothy Norman, Louis Comfort Tiffany, and (possibly) Michelangelo.

Sunday, June 3rd
10:30 a.m.

Meeting location will be provided upon ticket purchase and registration.
Rain or Shine.

$10 members, $20 non-members
Click HERE to register

To verify your current membership status, please call 212-535-2526 or email us at info@friends-ues.org

This program is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.