Grand Acquisitors: A Walking Tour

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 registration.

Rain or Shine.

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

Click HERE to register 

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Roosevelt Island: Past Present and Future

Photo Credit: Iwan Baan and Cornell Tech

Curious about our neighbors across the East River-new and old? Join us on Thursday, June 14th for an evening exploring Roosevelt Island!  First, Kyle Johnson, AIA will lead a tour of the island’s Modern and Brutalist gems constructed during Roosevelt Island’s transition from an enclave of prisons and welfare services into a middle class residential community. This jaunt down Main Street will culminate in an exclusive tour of Cornell Tech, New York City’s first tech-centered university. Director of Design and Construction Diana Allegretti will lead this walking tour of the newly completed first phase of Cornell Tech’s Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and James Corner Field Operation designed masterplan, which includes buildings by acclaimed firms Morphosis, Weiss/Manfredi, and Handel Architects. Take this opportunity to explore these sustainably designed eco-friendly buildings on the lush green campus in the Upper East Side’s backyard.

Thursday, June 14th
5:00 p.m.
Meeting location will be provided upon registration.

Rain or shine.

$10 members, $20 non-members

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

Click HERE to register

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The Hunt: Yorkville/East Harlem

Yorkville and East Harlem’s history in the palm of your hand? You bet! FRIENDS has partnered with the Historic Districts Council and Urban Archive in creating “The Hunt,” a mobile app-based scavenger hunt. Create a team of 1-4 people and download the Urban Archive app on your phone, lace up your sneakers, and race around East Harlem and Yorkville to see who can identify the most traces of the past–hidden in plain sight. Prizes will be awarded to the top teams! Roughly two miles of walking.

Saturday, June 16th
2:00 p.m.
Starting Location: Church of the Holy Trinity
316 East 88th Street (Between First and Second Avenues)

Rain or Shine.

Free to the public, registration required.

Click HERE to register

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Tenement Chic on the Upper East Side: A Walking Tour

The architecture of the Upper East Side evokes mini mansions and extravagant townhouses along the “Fifth Avenue Gold Coast,” but it is the richly ornamented side street tenements that housed the working and middle class residents of the neighborhood. Join FRIENDS of the Upper East Side and the Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy for a closer look at Yorkville’s not-so-humble tenement architecture with urban historian Barry Feldman. Admire the beautiful botanicals, mythical beasts, garish grotesques and ornate cornices that richly adorn 19th century tenements. Learn more about the anonymous artisans that created these treasures, and what motivated the building developers to employ them. Trace the development of the typical tenement from the mid-19th century to more contemporary housing styles and explore a middle class area which pre-dates the Civil War, and learn how building ornamentation influenced residential architecture in this ever-evolving immigrant enclave.

Co-sponsored by Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts and The Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy.

Tuesday, June 26th
5:00 p.m.
Registrants will be informed of the starting point upon registration.

Rain or Shine.

$18 members and seniors, $22 non-members
There is an additional $2 charge for tickets purchased on the day of the tour.

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

Click HERE to register

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Along the Avenue: Fifth Avenue

This early evening walk celebrates sites that border Fifth Avenue, both within leafy Central Park and inside the Upper East Side Historic District. Led by architectural historian Matt Postal, we’ll amble east and west, discussing the history of our beloved park and the development of the stately blocks that border it. From Gothic Revival to mid-20th century Modern, we’ll view a varied selection of structures that illustrate and exemplify specific eras and styles, including such notable works as the Arsenal, the Ernesto & Edith Fabbri Mansion, Temple Emanu-el, and the recently-restored 72nd Street Playground. This walk, will follow East Meets West: CPWow!, an accompanying walk hosted by LANDMARK WEST!. At 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 12th, join Sean Khorsandi of LW! to take a stroll down Central Park West to learn about its parallel development on the West Side.

Thursday, July 19th
6:00 p.m.
Meeting point will be provided upon registration.

Rain or shine.

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

Click HERE to register for Along the Avenue: Fifth Avenue

Click HERE to register for East Meets West: CPWOW!

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These programs are 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.