2013 Six To Celebrate Walking Tours

Full list of walking and bike tours that will be held through out the spring/summer for the 2013 Six To Celebrate neighborhoods


53 Harrison Street

53 Harrison Street

Harrison Street, Staten Island

BUS/WALKING TOUR led by Barnett Shepherd, architectural historian

Saturday, May 11, 10:30AM

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Please join us for a very special tour of some of the historic highlights of Staten Island.  The tour will begin at the St. George Terminal of the Staten Island Ferry, with bus transportation to Stapleton Heights, a designated historic district of extravagant early-19th to early-20th century Victorian-era mansions.  The bus will then continue to nearby Harrison Street, a mid-to-late-19th century residential enclave of modest houses designed in Italianate, Greek Revival, Second Empire and other Victorian-era styles.  The tour will offer an in-depth look at the history and development of this unique corner of the city and the vigorous efforts to preserve it.  Time permitting, we will also visit Fort Wadsworth for iconic views of New York Harbor and the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, and stop at the Alice Austen House museum on our way back to the ferry terminal.


Bronx Parks System, The Bronxbronx river

BIKE TOUR (south Bronx loop) led by Elizabeth Hamby, artist/educator and organizer of the Boogie Down Rides festival

Saturday, September 14, 9:30AM

In 1888, more than four thousand acres was designated as parkland in The Bronx in anticipation of New York City’s northern growth.  This enormous public investment guided the development and planning of the borough to become a livable place for people of modest means.  Please join us for two bike tours of the magnificent parks that have shaped The Bronx since their conception 125 years ago.  The first will explore the parks of the northern Bronx, beginning with a visit to the Van Cortlandt Mansion at Van Cortlandt Park and meandering eastward to Pelham Bay Park with stops at the Valentine-Varian House, the Bronx River Forest and the Bartow Pell Mansion.  The second will explore the parks in the south, including Bronx Park, Crotona Park and St. Mary’s Park.  Bikes will not be provided.

BIKE TOUR (north Bronx loop) led by Richard Gans, Bronx bike advocate

View Pictures from the  June 15th Tour



East Village/Lower East Side Proposed Historic District (courtesy of Landmarks Preservation Commission)East Village/Lower East Side, Manhattan

WALKING TOUR (East Village) led by Elizabeth Finkelstein, preservationist/historian

Saturday, June 29, 11:00AM—SOLD OUT

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WALKING TOUR (Lower East Side) led by Eric Ferrara, Executive Director of the Lower East Side History Project

Sunday, October 6 at 11:00AM

Home to waves of immigrants, avant-garde artists and progressive political movements, the East Village and Lower East Side have always been colorful pieces of New York City’s history.  These walking tours will explore the architectural and cultural significance of these two vibrant neighborhoods, as well as the recent designation of two small historic districts and ongoing advocacy efforts to preserve their unique character.


Sunset Park, Brooklyn

Sunset Park Landmarks Committee, Sunset Park, Brooklyn

Sunset Park Landmarks Committee, Sunset Park, Brooklyn

WALKING TOUR led by Joe Svehlak, historian

Saturday, July 13, 10:30AM-SOLD OUT!

Elegantly-detailed rowhouses constructed for middle- and working-class families at the turn of the 20th century line the streets of Sunset Park, one of New York City’s largest National Register Historic Districts.  The neighborhood also boasts a number of impressive religious and institutional buildings.  Please join us as we explore and examine the neighborhood’s many layers of historical and architectural significance.

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Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Preservation Greenpoint, Greenpoint, Brooklyn,

Preservation Greenpoint, Greenpoint, Brooklyn,


WALKING TOUR led by Francis Morrone, November 17th-Sold Out

WALKING TOUR led by Andrew Scott Dolkart, professor and architectural historian

Thursday, July 18, 6:00PM–SOLD OUT 

Greenpoint’s historic factory buildings and modest workers’ housing are strong reminders of Brooklyn’s role as a powerful industrial center during the last half of the 19th century.  Join us as we tour this fascinating neighborhood and take in the industrial heritage displayed by its many extant historic structures.

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Tribeca, ManhattanTribeca

WALKING TOUR led by Matthew Postal, architectural historian

October 9, 2013-  6:00 p.m–SOLD OUT

Saturday, September 28, 11:00AM

One of New York City’s most notable neighborhoods, Tribeca’s spectacular collection of mercantile architecture found new life as a vibrant residential and commercial area thanks to preservation efforts in the 1980s.  This tour will explore the history of Tribeca from its residential origins in the last decades of the 18th century to the fashionable present day, viewing memorable examples of mercantile architecture and adaptive reuse.  We will examine the impact of urban renewal and how recent additions to the neighborhood are shaping the historic cityscape.


Six to Celebrate is generously supported by The New York Community Trust.

Additional support for the Six to Celebrate Tours is provided by New York City Councilmembers Inez Dickens, Daniel Garodnick, Stephen Levin and Rosie Mendez.


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