Stuyvesant & Gramercy Parks Historic Districts Walking Tour
Architecture -- History -- Interesting Pictures and Stories

A Walking Tour of the Past and the Present

The walking tour focuses on the history and architecture of a neighborhood known as Gramercy Park that includes the Gramercy Park Historic District
plus the Stuyvesant Park Historic District along with a adjacent area called Stuyvesant Town
interesting pictures and stories will help to join us with the three separate neighborhoods past.
Each participant is given an itinerary with 37 stops including 12 New York City landmarks and 6 national landmarks. All stops are fully discussed

This Walking Tour Of Manhattan's Past and Present Features:
A walk through Stuyvesant Town
A walk through the Stuyvesant Park Historic District
A walk through the Gramercy Park Historic District.
An optional walk to Teddy Roosevelt's childhood home (museum>

Highlights Of The Tour Are :

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About four & a half or five hours long.

MEET AT: the Northeast corner of East 14 Street and 1 Avenue
#4, #5, #6, N, R, Train to Union Square or E and F or # 1 #2 #3 trains to W. 14 St. and transfer to L train to 1 Ave.

The walking tour & the slideshow are given by Alfred Pommer a college graduate, an author, an informative native New Yorker & a licensed
New York City Guide, who has spent over 25 years researching, creating and leading walking tours in Manhattan's many diverse neighborhoods.
And he has written 3 Manhattan guide books published by The History Press & Arcadia Publishing
"Exploring Gramercy Park and Union Square"; "Exploring Manhattan's Murray Hill"  "Exploring New York's SoHo"
"Exploring the Original West Village"     This is a link to Alfred Pommer's author page at amazon.com

Interested in a Private Walking Tour"?
Call: (212) 979-2388 for details www.nycwalk.com   www.nycslideshows.com  www.nycpublicwalk.com
Or :
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The Gramercy Park Historic District / Neighborhood Walking Tour
Architecture -- History -- Interesting Pictures and Stories
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A Walking Tour or Sildeshow of Gramercy Park's Past and Present

Both the walking tour and the slideshow focuses on the history and architecture of a neighborhood known as Gramercy Park that includes the Gramercy Park Historic District and part of the adjacent neighborhood - interesting pictures and stories will help to join us with the neighborhood's past. Each participant is given an itinerary with 25 stops including 9 New York City landmarks and 3 national landmarks. All stops are fully discussed

Both the Walking Tour and the Slideshow of The Past and Present Features:
A journey through the Gramercy Park Historic District and part of the adjacent neighborhood
Along with information about Teddy Roosevelt's childhood home (museum)

Highlights Of The Tour Are :

  • Scheffel Hall from 1895 modeled after a German castle (Friedrichsbau)in Heidelberg, Germany
  • The National Arts Club, originally a Victorian Gothic mansion for Samuel Tilden
  • The Players Club, was a gift so actors could mingle with normal people
  • The site where O. Henry lived and wrote "The Gift of the Magi"
  • Originally: Friends (Quaker) Meeting House from 1859
  • George Bellows lived here with his family until he died
  • Fnd out about the "Block Beautiful"
  • 81 Irving Place, gargoyles
  • 120 E. 19 St., Ida Tarbell
  • The National Arts Club Studio Building, 1906
  • Robert Henri lived, worked and taught here
  • The Stuyvesant Fish Mansion from 1887
  • Theda Bara and Mrs Patrick Campbell lived here
  • The statue of Edwin Booth as "Hamlet"
  • John Garfield died here
  • Calvery Church (Eleanor Roosevelt - Alcoholic’s Anonymous)
  • Where William Rose Benet and Elinor Wylie lived and where she died
  • The house Elsie De Wolf owned/ lived in with Elizabeth Marbury before becoming Lady Mendi
  • Humphrey Bogart lived here and John F. Kennedy played here
  • The Gramercy Park Hotel & the site of Stanford White's mansion
  • See some great gargoyles that overlook Gramercy Park and John Barrymore Jr. lived here
  • The site of New York City's first apartment house and a picture of it (demolished 50 years ago)
    It was mentioned in the novel "Time and Again"
    Also from "Time and Again" the boarding house that Julia worked in and Sy lived in
  • The oldest surviving luxury apartment house in New York City
  • Optional walk to see Teddy Roosevelt's childhood home now a museum

Find Out About:
  • The development of Gramercy Park and "Manhattan's Four Squares"
  • David Graham Philips "The Literary Murder of the 20th Century" & the Princeton Club
  • The meanest man in New York City
  • Peter Cooper, his mansion, his college & him
  • America's greatest tragic actor, his infamous brother and his father: 'the mad tragedian'
  • The New York Governor who ran for president, won the popular vote and lost the election
  • Some more famous past residents of the Gramercy Park neighborhood such as: Lincoln Kirstein, Mrs.Patrick Campbell,
    Thomas Edison, James Harper, George Templeton Strong, Cyrus West Field, Hart Crane, Norman Thomas, John Steinbeck,
    Norman Thomas, Cyrus Field, Robert Winthrop Chanler, Carl Van Vechten, Calvert Vaux.
About two and a half to three hours long.

MEET: in front of, 2 Lexington Avenue (The Gramercy Park Hotel)
#4, #6, N, R, Train to 23rd Street and walk to 2 Lexington Avenue (Gramercy Park)

The walking tour & the slideshow are given by Alfred Pommer a college graduate, an author, an informative native New Yorker
and a Licensed New York City Guide, who has spent over 25 years researching, creating and leading walking tours in Manhattan's
many diverse neighborhoods. He has written 4 Manhattan guide books published by The History Press and Arcadia Publishing
"Exploring Gramercy Park and Union Square"   "Exploring Manhattan's Murray Hill"   "Exploring New York's SoHo"
&   "Exploring the Original West Village"   This is a link to Alfred Pommer's author page at amazon.com

Interested in a Private Walking Tour or Slideshow ?
Call: (212) 979-2388 for details www.nycwalk.com   www.nycslideshows.com  www.nycpublicwalk.com
Click Here for advance ticket sales


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Stuyvesant Park Historic District / Stuyvesant Town Walking Tour
Architecture -- History -- Interesting Pictures and Stories

A Walking Tour or Slideshow of Manhattan's Past and Present

The walking tour or the slideshow focuses on a part (Third Ave. to Ave. B & E. 14 St. to E. 18 St) of a slum neighborhood known as the Gashouse District.
Early on In the 1840's part of the areas was cut out and developed as a wealthy enclave called Stuyvesant Square, the area immediately surrounding Stuyvesant Park.
About a century later another part of the area, that was once known as the Gashouse District, developed into Stuyvesant Town.
I am focusing on the history and architecture of both these neighborhoods and with the help of interesting pictures and stories.
And I hope to aid in our understanding of what was here before and what survives from the past
Each participant is given an itinerary with 17 stops including 6 New York City landmarks and 4 national landmarks.
All stops are fully discussed. The slideshow is about 1½ hours.

This Walking Tour or Slideshow of the Stuyvesant Neighborhoods Past and Present Features:

A walk through Stuyvesant Town
A walk through the Stuyvesant Park Historic District

Highlights Include :

  • Imaculate Conception Church   -  Dumbell Tenements  -   The 2nd Ave. El on 1st Ave.
  • Typhoid Mary   -   Meyer London
  • Find out about the "Gashouse District" and Clubber Williams
  • Henry Hill Pierce House, early 1850’s, looks as if it may have come from a midival German town
  • The site of: The Woman's Medical College of NY, and The New York Infirmary - both founded by:
    Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, the 1s woman doctor in the U.S. and her sister Dr. Emilly Blackwell - see what they looked like
  • originally St. George’s Memorial House, 1888, home to St. George’s Club
  • A row of landmark Italianate brick houses from 1852
  • The Lying in Hospital now an apartment house, J.P. Morgan Sr., Dr. James Markoe
  • Saint George's Church & Chapel, where J.P. Morgan worshiped (Rev. William S. Rainsford)
  • The site of "Silent Charlie" Murphy's mansion
  • The Sidney Webster Mansion designed by, Richard Morris Hunt, the "where do I stand" letter
  • Elegant, Anglo-Italianate Townhouses from 1860's
  • The mansion where "The Girl on the Red Velvet Swing" lived at the turn of last century
  • The site of the Hamilton Fish Mansion
  • Friends Meeting House & Seminary
  • "Peter Stuyvesant" Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney
  • Saint George's Chapel
  • "Antonin Dvorak" his bust and the site where he lived, Harry T. Burleigh

Find Out About:
  • The development of Stuyvesant Square Park and "Manhattan's Four Squares"
  • The site of Dr. Kreizler's home in the novel: "The Alienist"
  • William Deans Howel lived her, William Merritt Chase lived in a brownstone on this site , Reginald Marsh lived here
The walking tour is about one & a half to two hours. The slideshow is about 1½ hours

MEET AT: the Northeast corner of East 14 Street and 1 Avenue
#4, #5, #6, N, R, Train to Union Square or E and F or # 1 #2 #3 trains to W. 14 St. and transfer to L train to 1 Ave. p>

The walking tour & the slideshow are given by Alfred Pommer a college graduate, an author, an informative native New Yorker
and a Licensed New York City Guide, who has spent over 25 years researching, creating and leading walking tours in Manhattan's
many diverse neighborhoods. He has written 4 Manhattan guide books published by The History Press and Arcadia Publishing
Exploring Gramercy Park and Union Square"   "Exploring Manhattan's Murray Hill"   "Exploring New York's SoHo"
"Exploring the Original West Village"     This is a link to Alfred Pommer's author page at amazon.com

Interested in a Private Walking Tour or Slide Show? ?
Call: (212) 979-2388 for details   http://nycwalk.com   http://nycslideshows.com
Or :
Click Here for advance ticket sales

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