Art and Architecture of the Second Avenue Subway

Photo: Flickr/MTA

Join Dana Schulz, senior editor at the blog 6sqft, for a tour of the new Second Avenue Subway. The tour will cover its nearly 100-year history, the architecture and engineering behind the project, and the future of the subway in New York City. It will also explore the impressive $4.5 million public tiled art collection at the four stations, featuring artwork by Chuck Close, Sarah Sze, Vik Muniz, and Jean Shin.

Saturday, October 28th
2:00 p.m.

Meeting location provided upon registration. Please note that a MetroCard will be required.

$10 members, $20 non-members

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Upstairs/Downstairs: The Upper East Side

Photo: Trix Rosen Photography

Led by veteran tour guide and architectural historian, Matthew Postal, this walking tour examines the Upper East Side in all its architectural and social variety, from the finest tree-lined blocks adjoining Central Park to First Avenue. After visiting a select group of Beaux Arts mansions and elite clubs, we head east, inspecting somewhat humbler carriage houses once occupied by horses and chauffeurs, modest brownstones built for middle-class residents in the Treadwell Farm Historic District, and ending with the First Avenue Estate, an innovative early 20th century affordable housing complex. En route, we’ll discuss the impact public transit had on specific blocks, as well as recent changes.

Saturday, November 4th
2:00 p.m.

Meeting location provided upon registration

$10 members, $20 non-members

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Havana Living Today: Cuban Home Style Now – A Book Talk

Hermes Mallea, esteemed architect and FRIENDS Board Member, joins us at the Americas Society for a look at his latest book, Havana Living Today: Cuban Home Style Now. While many Cuban images depict vintage cars and dilapidated buildings, Mallea brings an insider’s view and challenges these preconceived notions, showing us the vibrant, creative, and eclectic domestic interiors that are re-shaping Cuban living. Havana Living Today presents an authentic Cuban style developed in spite of scarcities and isolation, asserting the homeowners’ personality, reflecting recent reforms that legalize real estate transactions and allow new entrepreneurial activities that are making an impact of Havana’s appearance and economy. Heldat its beautiful building on Park Avenue – the former Percy R. Pyne House designed by McKim, Mead & White – the Americas Society is an organization dedicated to education, debate, and dialogue in the Americas, and seeks to foster an understanding of the contemporary issues and diverse heritage of Latin America, the Caribbean, and Canada.

Thursday, December 7th
6:30 p.m.

The Americas Society
608 Park Avenue

Free to the public
Reception is for FRIENDS and Americas Society* members only.

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*If you are an Americas Society member, please call  212-249-8950 about registration.


An Inside Look: Gracie Studio

Founded in 1898 by Charles R. Gracie, Gracie specializes in fine interior decoration, including antique furniture and exquisite, handpainted wall paper. Having established a partnership with a Beijing studio in the 1920s, Gracie’s high end wallpapers are painted by hand and produced both in China and by local artisans at their Long Island City studio which specializes in painting murals, producing custom lacquer furniture, and providing museum quality restoration. Gracie’s refined designs have been installed in the White House, several American embassies, and five star hotels worldwide. Join FRIENDS and fourth generation owner Mike Gracie for a peek inside this specialized world in this behind the scenes tour.

Tuesday, December 12th
5:00 p.m.

Gracie at the D&D Building
979 Third Avenue, Suite 1411

Free, FRIENDS members only

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