Gargoyles in Manhattan Walking Tour
We don't see them but they see us
Gargoyles * * History * * Architecture * * Interesting Pictures & Stories
A Walking Tour of the Past and the Present
I will talk about gargoyles, their original function, types of gargoyles and legends / myths connected to gargoyles
along with New York City history, architecture and stories connected to the
2 neighborhoods we will walk through in the 2½ hour tour or the 4 neighborhoods in the 3½ to 4 hour tour.
For the 2½ hour tour each participant will get an itinerary with 29 stops with 13 New York City and 6 national landmarks
For the 3½ hour tour each participant will get an itinerary with 39 stops with 16 New York City and 6 national landmarks
Along with the many gargoyles we will see a precious few caryatids and atlante (atlas)
Caryatids are scarce ancient female ornamentations that are sometimes taken for gargoyles.
Atlante (atlas) are a less rare
male ornamentations that are sometimes mistaken for caryatids and / or gargoyles. I compare them.
I discuss each landmark building's architect, age and style. I also include interesting New York city stories such as:
the site and story of the infamous murder of Stanford White, a famous turn of the 20th century architect,
by a jealous millionaire husband (pleaded 'America dementia') of world's most beautiful woman and many more stories
This Walking Tour of Manhattan's Past and Present Includes:
A walk through The Flatiron District, and Gramercy Park Historic District
And many photographs of the far away gargoyles are shown
Stops Included on the 3½ Hour Walking Tour:
A walk through Madison Sq. Park / the Flatiron District, Gramercy Sq. Park Historic District, Union Sq. ending in Greenwich Village.
At the first stop over 70 great gargoyles greet us and 3½ hours later at our last stop we see several of the same gargoyles again! Did they fly over a mile just to say goodbye?
- The New York Life Insurance Co. Building
- The Metropolitan Life Tower
- The Gramercy from 1883
- The Gramercy Park Hotel and its gargoyles plus the some interesting information of its site before the hotel existed
- originally: The Scribner Building from 1894 featuring console brackets with lion head gargoyles
- Find out about the meanest man in New York City
- The Madison Square Building from 1912 with its neo Medieval style and atlantes
- The block & site where Edith Wharton was born and raised
The Western Union Office Building Annex, Henry J. Hardenbergh
- Find out about the Fifth Avenue Hotel, at one time New York City's most luxurious hotel, frequented by the elite
- Find out about "Seward's Folly"
- Sohmer Piano Co. building
- The Goelet Building
- The Players Club
- Calvery Church
- A loft building on Park Ave. South with several grotesque, winged, monster gargoyles
- Find out about Humphrey Bogart, Edwin Booth, and John Barrymore
- Find out about, David Graham Philips "The Literary Murder of the 20th Century" & the Princeton Club
- The Cross Chambers Bldg., from 1895, Belle Epoque and the site of Delmonico's
- Edwin Booth's statue and mansion
- Stuyvesant Fish Mansion
- A girls vocational school with some great gargoyles
- The site where Winston Churchill's mother was raised
- A Beaux Arts styled court house built in 1899 with 4 beautiful caryatids "Winter" "Autumn" "Summer" "Spring"
- Croisic Building built in 1912 has several large panther gargoyles overlooking the street
- The first Art Nouveau memorial in America
- Saint James Building has 5 lion head gargoyles and several other gargoyles
- The Flatiron Building has over a dozen gargoyles
- Impressive Gargoyles overlooking Gramercy Park and more outstanding gargoyles
on Irving Place
- The obelisk and grave site of Major General William J. Worth
- The birthplace and childhood home of Teddy Roosevelt, Theodate Pope Riddle and much more.
- The old cast iron Lord & Taylor Dept. Store building form turn of the last century’s Fashion Row
- The Warren Bldg.
- See some of the sites listed in the novel "Time and Again":
where Sy and Julia hid over night in Madison Square Park and the boarding house where Julia worked & Sy lived
- From the novel, "The Alienist" see the sites of:
967 Broadway, the address of the accounting firm where Sara and John (Moore) go while tracking down the serial killer.
And the site (and picture of) Delmonico's where Dr. Kreizler, John, Sara & the 2 detectives ate meals
the site of Madison Square Gardens (a picture of it) where John took Mary Palmer for tea
- Bank of Metropolis Building, built in 1903, has 12 lion head gargoyles
- The Margaret Louise Home, a lodging house in 1890 with 2 gargoyles and a
Romanesque Revival style
- Judge Building with a Roman Revival style by McKim Mead & White in 1888
has 42 gargoyles
- The Decker Building, more pianos
- The American Woolen Building, sheep head gargoyles
- The Church of the Ascension
- Lincoln Building built in 1890 with 1 huge gargoyle and Romanesque Revival style
- Find out about President John Tyler, Thomas Wolf and Dead Man's Curve
- Originally: The Lockwood de Forest Town House with a truly unique, intricately carved teakwood bay window
- Six beautiful caryatids
- From the novel, "The Alienist" see the site of:
Meet in front of 51 Madison Ave. between E. 26 St. & E. 27 St.
Dead Man's Curve where John meets Dr. Kreizler, Sara, Marcus & Lucius at Papa Brubacher's cafe
The tour is guided byAlfred Pommer a college graduate, a licensed New York City guide and a native New Yorker
who has spent over 23 years researching, creating and leading walking tours in Manhattan's many diverse neighborhoods.
Interested in a Private Walking Tour?
Call: (212) 979-2388 for details www.nycwalk.com
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About 2½ hours long or a 3½ hour version