What makes this tour special
Since its founding 400 years ago New York City has been in a constant state of construction, with the Big Apple’s iconic skyline evolving year-by-year. On your Private Architectural Tour, you will:
- Visit the former Nabisco factory, now legendary Chelsea Market
- Walk the High Line, NYC’s transformative community-run public space
- See America’s largest dazzling mega-project Hudson Yards
- Walk architecturally-rich 34th Street to see iconic landmarks
- Marvel at the Art Decor splendour of the Empire State Building
- Learn how visionary design of Grand Central Station reshaped NYC
A spectacular array of styles span distinct historical and cultural periods that include modern engineering masterpieces, Art Deco spires, and defining monuments to gleaming towers that earned NYC the nickname of “Skyscraper National Park.”Not all of New York City's 700,000 buildings touch the clouds, and on the fascinating Private Architectural Tour of NYC you will discover lesser-known structures too. Led by a knowledgeable guide, you will visit buildings and places that are transformative, or emblematic of an era or event in the city’s history. In each place, you will learn the backstories to the Big Apple’s pioneering architecture, the people, and the politics that made it happen.
Your first stop is Chelsea Market, formerly the National Biscuit Company (Nabisco) factory, built in the 1890s but left derelict and a magnet for prostitution and criminal activity. Redevelopment was the brainchild of Irwin Cohen who opened Chelsea Market to the public in 1997. Next, walk the High Line, New York’s innovative community-operated public park built on an old elevated rail track. During this garden stroll, see first-hand an ambitious transformation of the dilapidated railway line to public space. In sharp contrast, your next stop is Hudson Yards - America’s largest private real estate development, and a super-engineered city-within-a-city.
Finally, walk 34th Street, Manhattan’s stretch of notable buildings that include Macy's Herald Square, Javits Center, and the 102-story Art Deco Empire State Building, which was the world’s tallest building for nearly 40 years. From here we will head to 42nd Street and Park Avenue in Midtown to historic Grand Central Station, a building that provides a compelling insight into the formidable growth, and societal transformation, of one of the world’s most celebrated cities.