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The High Line - Tour
Date:Friday, May 5, 2017
Description:What do you do with a beat-up old rail line? In New York you turn it into a brilliantly-executed municipal park.

This imaginative response to a problem of long-standing is changing the city. Twenty-five feet above the ground, the High Line runs around and through old warehouses, factories, and slaughterhouses. A walk through any part of its 1.5 miles affords a distinctive experience of leisure and beauty overlooking an industrial past and an upscale present.

Since opening in 2009 the park has occasioned the re-creation of the entire district, with fine restaurants, hotels, and boutiques now dominating what had been a run-down and forsaken neighborhood. The Far West Side, formerly known as the Wild West, has blossomed into a destination of choice.

This is a private tour. To schedule one of your own, be in touch at info@newyorkdynamic.com or (862) 226-1244.

Grand Central Neighborhood - Tour
Date:Friday, May 5, 2017
Grand Central Terminal is a masterpiece of engineering and design as well as of architecture. It stands as one of the great buildings of the world.

A walk through Grand Central brings to view the spectacular transformation of its main room via its recent renovation, the discriminating use of color and shade to provoke emotional response, and the cues that encourage patrons to move (e.g. - slow down or speed up, gather here but not there) according to the intentions of the designers a century ago.

Then there is the genius behind the weather functions of the great windows, the Terminal's secondary function as a mall (per square foot, the most profitable in the nation), and the viaduct that speeds midtown traffic while allowing the Terminal to otherwise completely dominate (and block) the avenue.

Grand Central's sister project is Park Ave., which opened as America's attempt to build a European-style boulevard. It is also part of an enormous metal platform clapped over a vast trainyard - essential to the enterprise that made the name "Park Avenue" synonymous with elegance and distinction.

Together, Grand Central and Park Ave. transformed the area from a shabby district far from the city's core to the focus of a massive shift that created midtown Manhattan - the largest and most powerful business district in the world.

Cost: Free of charge, no registration required
Time:   12:30 to 2:15 p.m.
Place:  Inside of 120 Park Ave. - across 42nd Street from Grand Central's main entrance and to the right of the viaduct

Early New York - Tour
Date:Friday, May 5, 2017

What was New York when the Europeans arrived? Who came? What was here and what did they do with it?

Manhattan became a base of operations because of a combination of features found nowhere else: a vast harbor, an ice-free port, hills and valleys offering both protection from enemies and access to the interior.... In the 1660's a man wrote back to Europe, "It is as though God intends the trade of the world to locate here," and in the 1780's, when New York was home to a mere 25,000, George Washington said it was destined to become the great city of the world.

Remnants of these hills, streams and forests suggest the influence of pristine Manhattan on the city, the nation and the world.

And what of the founders? The Dutch left the area 350 years ago but their imprint remains an active influence, their worldview an indelible part of the city. Dutch use of the resources that made New York's rise a certainty affects and even determines our actions to the present day.

This free tour is among the events this weekend honoring the life of urban icon Jane Jacobs. Details go to those who register (required) at info@newyorkdynamic.com.

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