NYC Art Tours

Public Art Walking Tour in Lower Manhattan

Lower Manhattan is like an open-air art gallery with works from American grand masters.

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Tour Length

2 hours

Lower Manhattan is like an open-air art gallery with works from American grandmasters like Daniel Chester French (as in the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC), modern pieces from artists like Isamu Noguchi and many memorial works. Most New Yorkers are busy going about their daily lives, so busy that they pay little attention to the myriad works of art on display for all to enjoy. When we do notice a piece, like Arturo DiModica’s Charging Bull the impulse is to take a selfie, at either end of the bull, and proclaim “I was there” but not to understand where the work came from or what it means. On this New York art tour, we’ll slow down and take time to explore beautiful and historically important works around the neighborhood.


Alan Cohen is passionate about New York City. Diverse neighborhoods, the food, public art, architecture, and cultural institutions are sources of endless delight and fascination for this native of Brooklyn and Manhattan resident. Alan, a retired psychologist and college professor, has been exploring those layers most of his adult life. He became a tour guide for the Central Park Conservancy and a licensed New York City sightseeing guide because he loves to share New York’s beauty and its stories. Alan is enjoying this time of his life by being a docent at the Museum of the City of New York, giving tours in Central Park, taking history courses at NYU and trying to learn Spanish. He also runs Untapped Cities’ 400 Years of History in 1 Mile Walking Tour.



  • Discover art from some of the most famous artists from the 19th and 20th centuries: Keith Haring, Jean Dubuffet, Isamu Noguchi, Daniel Chester French, Seward Johnson, Mark diSuvero, Louise Nevelson, Karl Bitter, Arturo diModica, Wopo Holup, Luis Sanguino, Fritz Koening, and Marisol Escobar.
  • Walk down Broadway and then meander through Battery Park as you discover tens of art installations along the way.
  • Deconstruct the image of each piece of art, discuss what is known about it and share your reactions.
  • Sample art not only from different eras but also art that has different purposes: propaganda, place-making, reflection, honoring an ideal or group, whimsy, and more.
  • Excellent tour guide and well researched tour.

    Elisa K.

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Please wear comfortable shoes.

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This tour is handicap accessible.
This tour is outdoors.

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