HOW NEW YORKERS RE-INVENTED CHRISTMAS

  Yes, Christmas as we know it was largely started here, in the 19th Century. Find out how, where, and why.  See where Virginia’s letter was answered, and where Washington Irving introduced Americans to Santa Claus and mistletoe.  See where “Do not open till Christmas” was invented, and “23 shopping days till Christmas,” and meet Dickens’ Wandering Spirits. Where: Meet on the northeast corner of Broadway and Wall St. Two and 1/2 hours tour, starts at 11:00 Saturday and Sunday, December 16 and 17 —...

NEWSPAPER ROW

Circa 1900, Park Row was Newspaper Row. Hearst, Pulitzer, Poe, Dickens and the dreaded Five Points slum (as seen in the Martin Scorsese movie “Gangs of New York”). New York’s oldest surviving skyscrapers. Meet on the northeast corner of Broadway and Fulton St., downtown. ...

ELY JACQUES KAHN’S ART DECO NEW YORK

  Ely Jacques Kahn, more than any other single architect, gave New York the Art Deco skyscraper look we know and love today. Where: Meet on the southwest corner of 7th Avenue and 45th St., in the heart of Times Square. Three hours, with a break, starts at 11:00 AM Saturday, April 29 Saturday, September...

KENSICO CEMETERY

  See the graves of Ayn Rand, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Tommy Dorsey, Lou Gehrig, Danny Kaye and others on a beautiful autumn day. Go to Grand Central Terminal, get a round trip ticket to Valhalla, meet at info booth at 10:30 a.m. and take the 10:48 train with me. Four or five hours including...

VAUDEVILLE: BROADWA...

  Walking up Broadway to Times Square, you will see the 1890s theater district of Sarah Bernhardt, Oscar Wilde, Lillian Russell, Lily Langtry, Edwin Booth, Tin Pan Alley and Vaudeville. Where: Meet at Broadway and E. 23rd Street, southwest corner — Flatiron Building. 2 1/2 hours...

NEW YORK’S OLDEST, NARROWEST, CROOKEDEST STR...

          The name says it all. Where: Meet at Trinity Church, Broadway at Wall Street. Subway 4, 5, or 6 to Wall Street. When: Two and a half hour tour. Starts at 11 AM Saturday, June 3 Saturday and Sunday, September 16 and...