The Landmarks of 42nd Street Walking Tour
A Walking Tour or Slideshow of Manhattan's Past and Present
The walking tour is given by Alfred Pommer a college graduate, an author, an informative native New Yorker and a Licensed New York City Guide,
This walking tour focuses on history
and architecture of 42nd Street
interesting pictures and stories that
join us with 42nd street's past
Meet At Northwest Corner of E. 42 St. & 1st Ave
who has spent over
25 years researching, creating and leading walking tours in Manhattan's many diverse neighborhoods.
And has written four 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
start at 1 Ave. and 42 St. and walk through the Ralph Bunch Peace Park and the
Tudor City Historic District
42 St. into Grand Central Terminal (an optional half hour tour inside)
and then across on E. 42 St.
Bryant Park, Times Square &
and W. 42 St. to 9th Ave.
Plus an optional walk: past Theatre Row, the original The New York Actors Studio and The Film Center Bldg.
All stops are fully
About 2 hours or 2 ½ hours or 3 hours or 3 ½ hours or 4 hours long
Highlights of the 2 hour tour are:
Over 17 Stops that include 10 New York City landmarks and 7 national landmarks
Form” a memorial for Dag Hammarjkold
- “Peace Form One” dedicated to Ralph Bunch ‘The Great Peace Maker of the UN’
located in the only park in Manhattan dedicated to world peace
- Tudor City "a city within a city" and America's first private urban renewal project
- Covenant Memorial Chapel from 1871 now: United Presbyterian Church of the Covenant
- A Beaux Art Monumental Styled Bank
- Ford Foundation Bldg. & its 130 ft. high
- The first abstract sculpture on a New York sidewalk
- The (old) Daily News Bldg.
- The Chann Bldg.
- The Chrysler Bldg.
- the Pershing Square Building & its "War Angels"
- The Pershing Square Viaduct
- Grand Central Terminal (Pictures of the original Grand Central
- CorneliusVanderbilt’s statue from 1869 & the group sculpture "Transportation" from 1913
- The Philip Morris Bldg. & The Whitney Museum of American Art Annex
& an optional tour (about ½ hour extra) inside Grand Central Terminal includes:
"Mediterian Winter's Night" an illuminated constellation of the Zodiac
the whispering gallery, tennis courts inside Grand Central
a bronze eagle from the 1st Grand Central
the tour continues to 5th Ave.
- New York City Research Library
- The Knox Building from 1907 & Library Walk
Find Out About:
- The Winthrop Mansion, Dutch HIll, Corcoran's Roost
- America’s finest example of Lewis XVI Renaissance form of Beaux Arts architecture.
- A little known fact that you can see for your self about the Chrysler Bldg.
- The sites of: Temple Emanu-El, & Dr Tyngs Church at the turn of the 20th century
& the Orphan Asylum for Colored Children during the Draft Riots of 1863
Also Horn & Hardart and the Third Ave. EL Extension.
The 2½ hour tour includes:
- NewYork’s First Black Skyscraper
- Beaux Arts Studios (built by a artist for artist) -
- Bryant Park & its memorials
- The Bank of America Tower
- Times Square & The Times Square Tower
- The Bush Tower
- formerly the Knickerbocker Hotel (where Caruso sang from his balcony & George M. Cohan stayed)
Find Out About:
The Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church was Father Duffy's church
- The history of Bryant Park,
the Crystal Palace &
the Croton Reservoir
- 1 Times Square, 1904, & 1964
Optional (extra ½ hour in Times Square):
- A landmark facade from 1929, with statues of: “ Drama “ “ Comedy “ “ Film “ “ Opera “
- The Paramount Bldg. & site of The Paramount Theatre
- "Father Frances P. Duffy" statue, the hero priest portrayed in the movie "The Fighting 69th"
- "George M. Cohan" statue, the only person to get the Congressional Medal of Honor for a song
- site where Eugene O'Neil was born
The 3 hour tour includes:
- The oldest functioning Broadway theater
- The landmark New Amsterdam Theater
- The Old McGraw Hill Bldg. (The UnorthodoxMasterpiece)
The 3½ hour tour includes:
- Theater Row - off Broadway Theaters
The 4 hour tour includes:
- The New Dramatist Theater
- New York Actor's Studio Building
- Film Center Building
Two hour version ends at 5th Avenue (New Your Public Research Library)
Two and a half hour version ends at Times Square. the Paramount Building
Three hour version ends at 9th Avenue, Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church
Three and a half hour version includes Theater Row (off Broadway theaters)
Four hour version ends at the Film Center Building,
Interested in a Private Walking Tour" ?
Call: (212) 979-2388 for details www.nycwalk.com
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