CAPITAL OF THE WORLD TOUR
What is this place? What goes on here and why? Answering those questions on Wednesday, July 20th is my Capital of the World walking tour. It runs from 10 a.m. to noon; we meet at the southeast corner of Chambers Street and Broadway, alongside City Hall Park. The fee is $20 by cash or check.
FREE SUMMER AND FALL TOURS
Through October l'm giving a series of free tours, these being among the hundreds of events going on in New York this summer and fall to celebrate the work of urban planning expert Jane Jacobs. Except for the two that are baseball-related (for which registration is necessary), the following are open to all with no reservations required - just show up ten minutes early and you're set. Info and details appear on the calendar page of this website, which is updated regularly.
* Thursday, July 28th (10 a.m. - noon): History Through Lower Midtown Meeting Place: Front steps of the Main Post Office on 33rd St. and 8th Ave.
In future months: 8/20 - Upper 5th Avenue
8/27 - The Emerging City: the Rise of New York
9/10 - Baseball Creation and Evolution
9/17 - Gateway: the Immigrants
10/1 - Jackie Robinson's Brooklyn
10/17 - History Through Street Names
WEB VIDEOS NOW UP
This website features five videos offering essential background on New York. They run for up to four minutes and are found on the Home, Bio, New York and Baseball pages. People ask, "what is this place? What goes on here, and why? How does it matter?" These chats'll get you started.
OFFERING TOURS ANYWHERE IS A PLEASURE. IN THIS GREAT CITY IT IS AN HONOR.
The fun of any class, lecture or tour is in the discovery, in the why and the how. Why, for example, is wealth concentrated along Fifth Ave. while gas stations and factories are close to the water? How does Central Park make economic sense on an island where real estate is the world's most valuable? Why does the world trade in Manhattan more than anywhere else?
Our purpose is not to fill the bucket but to light the fire, not to load you with information but to get a few inches of air between your feet and the ground. Maybe that happens now and then.