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Walking Tour of New York Art Deco Architecture

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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 series that will bring visitors past the stunning monuments of the 1920s and 30s—from the towering Empire State Building to the Gramercy House on 22nd street. 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.


Our 3-Part Art Deco Walking Tour Series include: 

  • JULY 18th (PART I):
    Murray Hill to Gramercy Park: This walk through the east side of Midtown South includes an unusual collection of buildings, each different from the next. We have a surprising modernist apartment building among the genteel town houses of Murray Hill; Ely Jacques Kahn’s most impressive office building (Two Park Avenue; and another Kahn building that’s no slouch); a work by Edgar Brandt, the great French iron master; the iconic Empire State Building; an incomplete attempt by Metropolitan Life to capture the Empire State Building’s “world’s tallest” title; and George and Edward Blum’s Gramercy House, with some of the most enjoyable Art Deco terra-cotta ornament in the city.
  • AUGUST 17th (PART II):
    Central Park West: Join us on a pleasant stroll along Central Park West for a closer look at the buildings that form Manhattan’s major residential skyline, including the great twin-towered skyscraper-apartment houses—the Century, the Majestic, and the Eldorado — that tower over Central Park, and other multicolored Jazz Age fantasies of high living. Click here for more information.
    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. Click here for more information.

Price: $35
What to know: The tour is approximately 2-hours long.
What to bring: Comfortable walking shoes as the tour requires walking a lengthy distance outdoors.


  • Admission ticket


  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Tour is in English
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • The tour is 2-hours long

Terms & Conditions

All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

Voucher Info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Local operator information

Complete Operator information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, are included on your Confirmation Voucher. Our Product Managers select only the most experienced and reliable operators in each destination, removing the guesswork for you, and ensuring your peace of mind.

Schedule & Info

Departure Point

July 18th (Murray Hill to Gramery Park): The tour meets on the northeast corner of 38th Street and Park Avenue.

August 17th (Central Park West): The tour meets at the southwest corner of Broadway and West 62nd Street.

September 28th (Beekman Place to Rockefeller Center): The tour meets at the southwest corner of First Avenue and East 49th Street.

Departure Time

2 hours


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