The Upper East Side (Yorkville) Tour
A Walking Tour of a Part of The Upper East Side's Past and Present
This walking tour
focuses on the history and architecture of a part of the Upper East Side that
was once known as Yorkville
and includes interesting pictures and stories that
help join us with the area's diverse past.
We will walk
through part of the area that used to be known as Yorkville and by exploring its
landmark buildings we will uncover different parts of its varied past.
Starting with a Georgian
inspired mansion that once belonged to a man whose brother almost prevented the stock
market crash of 1929,
was elected president of the New York Stock Exchange three
times and went to prison.
There is much more including Landmarked townhouses, row houses, model tenements
and some typical tenements.
Immigrants, middle income New Yorkers, well to do / wealthy New Yorkers
all share a part of Yorkville's rich history and we will get a little taste of each through our walk.
walk through John Finley Walk and Carl Schurz Park.
Each participant is given an itinerary with 18 stops that include
11 New York City Landmarks and 10 National Landmarks
Each stop is fully
Some of the Tours Highllights Are:
- The Lewis Spencer Morris Mansion, 1923
- The George and Martha Whitney Mansion, 1930
- The Clarence Dillon Mansion, 1930.
- The Vincent Astor Mansion, 1928
- The Vanderbilt Tenements and the Avenue A Estates, both known as "model tenements"
- Five landmark, modest townhouses from 1860
- Six row houses from 1865
- Landmark example of the Palladian style seen on London clubhouses
- Henderson Place Historic District
- Holy Trinity Church and
The Rhinelander family memorial
- John Finley Walk
- Gracie Square
- Carl Schurz Park
- Gracie Mansion (who was Archibald Gracie?)
- General Slocum disaster
Interesting Facts About:
- The man who almost prevented the stock market crash in 1929 and later went
- Harry Houdini (The boarding house where he lived as a child)
- Find out about the demolition of Cottages on Third Ave.
- The house where a teenage Jimmy Cagney lived when he was first married
- York Avenue, who is it named for?
- Carl Schurz - Robert Wagner - Irving Berlin - Gentleman Jimmy Walker and
About 2½ to 3 hours long
Meeting at: the Southeast corner of East 80 Street and Park Avenue
The Walking Tour is Guided by Alfred
Pommer, college graduate, an informative native New Yorker and a licensed New York City guide,
#6 Train to E. 78 St. & Lexington Ave. or #4 & 5 to E. 86 St. & Lexington Ave.
with over 25 years experience
researching, creating and leading walking tours in Manhattan's many diverse neighborhoods.
Alfred Pommer is the author of 4 Manhattan armchair guide books: "Exploring Gramercy Park and Union Square" 2015,
"Exploring Manhattan's Murray Hill" 2013, "Exploring New York's SoHo" 2012 &, "Exploring The Original West Village" 2011
All published by the History Press (http://historypress.net) and Arcadia Publications (www.arcadiapublishing.com)
And are available at local book stores, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, from The History Press, Arcadia Publications, & from Alfred Pommer.
This is a link to Alfred Pommer's author page at amazon.com