The River House. Image via Flickr: Reading Tom
New York is defined by its Art Deco buildings, which has transformed the city into the thriving metropolis that stands today. In celebration of the city’s architectural legacy, Untapped Cities is partnering with Anthony W. Robins, New York’s best-known Art Deco guide, for a special walking tour that will bring visitors past the stunning monuments of the 1920s and 30s. We’re holding this event series in conjunction with the launch of Robins’ guidebook, New York Art Deco: A Guide to Gotham’s Jazz Age Architecture, which captures thirty years’ worth of Art Deco knowledge within its pages.
- On this tour, guests will have the opportunity to see the Art Deco buildings from Beekman Place to Rockefeller Center: Starting on the far east side of Midtown at posh Beekman Place, we visit a handful of modernistic residences ranging from the fabulously wealthy River House (6.3) to the more modestly middle-class Southgate apartments to the former Panhellenic Tower, a redoubt for young professional women taking on the big city in the 1920s. Pushing westward into the commercial heart of Midtown we visit the spectacular but lesser-known General Electric Building and continue with the Waldorf-Astoria, New York’s preeminent skyscraper hotel. We close with a brief look at Rockefeller Center, midtown Manhattan’s urbane urban wonderland.
What to know: The tour is 2-hours long
What to bring: Comfortable walking shoes
Walking Tour of New York Art Deco Architecture (Part III)
Below are some of the buildings we will see and discuss on Part III of our tour:
Image via Wikimedia: Hennem08
30 Rockefeller Plaza. Image via thousandwonders.net
General Electric Building (originally RCA Building). Image via Anthony W. Robins