Join HDC and Francis Morrone for a comprehensive look at the immigrant history of the Upper East Side of Manhattan


Saturday, April 1 at 2:00PM

Saturday, May 6 at 2:00PM

Saturday, June 3 at 2:00PM


Join HDC and Francis Morrone for a comprehensive look at a curiously under-recognized swatch of New York’s rich historic fabric. In three tours we will focus on the fascinating immigrant history of this part of the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The first tour will have a bit of a focus on the Czechs, the second on the Hungarians, the third on the Germans, though all three groups, and several others, will be represented in all three tours. In addition, we will look at the broader demographic history (especially the century-long history of gentrification), and how that history is manifested in architecture, and at the histories of housing, religion, institutions, breweries, and much else. Each tour will begin outside one of the stations of the new Second Avenue Subway–72nd Street, 86th Street, and 96th Street, and will weave among the blocks between Third Avenue and the East River. Tour 1 will cover 72nd to 79th Streets, Tour 2 will cover 79th to 86th Streets, and Tour 3 will cover 86th to 96th Streets. This is a rare opportunity for an in-depth, many-faceted study on foot of a whole, remarkably diverse neighborhood.



This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Additional support is provided by New York City Council Member Ben Kallos.

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