What did Duke Ellington, Babe Ruth, J. Robert Oppenheimer, and the fictional character Midge Maisel all have in common? They lived on Manhattan’s Riverside Drive. On Untapped New York’s brand new walking tour, Secrets of Riverside Drive, you’ll explore this Upper West Side thoroughfare and get a taste of what apartment life was like for these famous figures while uncovering hidden gems of the neighborhood. If you are an Untapped New York Insider, you can be the first to experience this new limited-run tour on a discounted preview run this month!

Riverside Drive Monument

Secrets of Riverside Drive Preview

Riverside Drive building

This preview tour on September 17th is open to Untapped New York Insiders for just $5, a discount of $34 off the regular tour price! Not an Insider yet? Become a member today to gain access to exclusive members-only experiences, both in-person and online, as well as our archive of over 200+ on-demand webinars!

Riverside Drive is the 5th Avenue of Manhattan’s west side. Born in the Gilded Age, the parkway is lined with fascinating monuments (including the first in New York City to depict a female historical figure), gorgeous pre-war apartment buildings that sprang from a development boom in the early 1900s, and of course, the bucolic Riverside Park which runs along the Hudson River.

Secrets of Riverside Drive Tour

Riverside Church

On this tour, you’ll learn how Riverside Drive evolved over the past 100+ years from a scenic parkway designed by Fredrick Law Olmsted, the landscape architect of Central Park, to what it is today. You’ll uncover the stories behind some of the most famous monuments, like Grant’s Tomb (which used to be the terminus of Riverside Drive) and the Soldiers and Sailors Monument. Out of all of the stunning architecture, you’ll spot one of New York City’s narrowest buildings and the tallest structure on Riverside Drive. Your expert licensed tour guide will show you secrets that most Upper West Side residents are unaware of!

Public tours of Riverside Drive start in October and space is limited, so reserve your spot now! Untapped New York’s Secrets of Riverside Drive walking tours are one of our Rediscover Your City Tours. This series of limited-run tours is designed specifically for local New Yorkers. Join us as we uncover the untapped side of Central Park, explore the art of Grand Central Madison, and climb to the top of the historic High Bridge Water Tower!

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