JOYCE GOLD HISTORY TOURS OF NEW YORK

PUBLIC WALKING TOURS SCHEDULE – SUMMER 2015

Just show up for a Joyce Gold scheduled tour and discover treasures in every NYC neighborhood.

*Summer 2015 Public Tour Schedule available for viewing and pdf download.*
 

Gramercy Park

May 9   SATURDAY   1 to 3 PM

THE GENIUS AND ELEGANCE OF GRAMERCY PARK

MEET: Gramercy Park, Lexington Ave. & 21st St.  

Discover a London Square that became home to creative minds, elegant salons, and the taste-setting Lady Mendl. Samuel Ruggles, lawyer, developer, and urban design visionary, purchased a piece of marshland in 1831 in order to create a park for local citizens. Over the next several decades, a private London square emerged, surrounded by substantial homes. This landmarked district became home to some of America's greatest inventors, architects, actors, doctors, diarists, publishers, writers, painters, and losing and winning presidential candidates.
 
Highlights include:       
•  Manhattan's only private park       
•  The National Arts Club       
•  The Players Club       
•  The Salon of Elizabeth Marbury and Elsie de Wolfe       
•  O. Henry's home and bar       
•  Homes of Peter Cooper, Edwin Booth, and Stanford White       

Washington Square Park

May 12    TUESDAY   11 AM to 1 PM

THE FLAMBOYANT AND THE BOHEMIAN — GREENWICH VILLAGE AND HOW IT BECAME FAMOUS

  

MEET: Washington Sq. Arch, Fifth Ave. 1 block south of 8th St.

Essentials of the Village—history, theater, culture, tragedy, architecture, and celebrated personalities. In its earliest years Greenwich Village was a refuge from the yellow fever epidemic downtown. By the early 20th century, the Village had become home to artists, writers, and playwrights looking for an unconventional environment and creative freedom. Protesters came here in their struggles for the vote for women, better working conditions, opposition to war, and gay and feminist rights.
 
Highlights include:
•  The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire and the labor movement
•  Literary figures — Henry James, Edna St Vincent Millay, Willa Cather, Eugene O'Neill
•  19th century residential architectural as a social document
•  Coffeehouses of the Beat Generation
•  The Minetta trout stream and street design
•  Landmarking and preservation controversies  

West Village

May 16   SATURDAY   1 to 3 PM

THE INTIMATE WEST VILLAGE AND ITS SPECTACULAR WATERFRONT PARK

MEET: Leroy St. & Seventh Ave. So. southwest corner. Take #1 subway to Houston St.; walk 2 blocks north on Seventh Ave. South.  

Essentials of the Village—history, theater, culture, tragedy, architecture, and celebrated personalities. In its earliest years Greenwich Village was a refuge from the yellow fever epidemic downtown. By the early 20th century, the Village had become home to artists, writers, and playwrights looking for an unconventional environment and creative freedom. Protesters came here in their struggles for the vote for women, better working conditions, opposition to war, and gay and feminist rights.
 
Highlights include:
•  The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire and the labor movement
•  Literary figures — Henry James, Edna St Vincent Millay, Willa Cather, Eugene O'Neill
•  19th century residential architectural as a social document
•  Coffeehouses of the Beat Generation
•  The Minetta trout stream and street design
•  Landmarking and preservation controversies  

5th Ave Mansions

May 20   WEDNESDAY   11 AM to 1 PM

FIFTH AVENUE GOLD COAST

MEET: The Frick Collection, 1 E. 70th St. between Fifth & Madison Aves.   

Tycoons, Central Park, and great mansions created the New York avenue “paved with gold.” The creation of Central Park in the 1870s destined Fifth Avenue — the park’s eastern border — to become one of New York’s most elegant addresses. Great historic mansions, including those of Henry Clay Frick and James B. Duke, began to line the avenue. Much of the wealth that created this Gold Coast was earned rather than inherited.
 
Highlights include:
•  The American Dream and its dark side
•  American tycoons with aristocratic yearnings
•  Grandiose homes and what happened to them
•  Landmarked district 1 mile long  

Washington Square Park

May 24   SUNDAY   1 to 3 PM

THE FLAMBOYANT AND THE BOHEMIAN— GREENWICH VILLAGE AND HOW IT BECAME FAMOUS

MEET: Washington Sq. Arch, Fifth Ave. 1 block south of 8th St.   

Essentials of the Village—history, theater, culture, tragedy, architecture, and celebrated personalities. The creation of Central Park in the 1870s destined Fifth Avenue — the park’s eastern border — to become one of New York’s most elegant addresses. Great historic mansions, including those of Henry Clay Frick and James B. Duke, began to line the avenue. Much of the wealth that created this Gold Coast was earned rather than inherited.
 
Highlights include:
•  The American Dream and its dark side
•  American tycoons with aristocratic yearnings
•  Grandiose homes and what happened to them
•  Landmarked district 1 mile long  

Tribeca

May 28   THURSDAY   11 AM to 1 PM

TRIBECA—NEW DIVERSITY FROM AN INDUSTRIAL PAST

MEET: Duane Park, at Duane & Hudson Sts. Best subways: #1, #2, or #3 to Chambers St.; walk north on Hudson St. for 3 blocks.  

This once gritty industrial district gives way to residential loft conversions and hot spots of food, film, and design.  

Grassy park land on Governer's Island

May 30   SATURDAY   12:45 to 3 PM

GOVERNORS ISLAND

MEET: Gov. Island ferry building (light green), 10 South St. in Manhattan, next to the Staten Island Ferry. Look for yellow umbrella.Take #1 subway to South Ferry, or #4 or #5 to Bowling Green.

Early 19th century forts and residences, wide-open lawns, and competitors vying to control the island’s future, just a short ferry ride from Lower Manhattan. Governors Island is a prime piece of real estate with phenomenal views of the Lower Manhattan skyline. Until recently the island was federal land and closed to the public. Today government, private interests, and the public are all involved in defining the future of this unique section of New York.
 
In Dutch and British colonial times, the island was pasture, timberland, game preserve, and summer resort. For nearly two centuries after the American Revolution it served as guardian of the harbor and was in continuous military use.
 
A visit today includes areas designated as national monuments, temporary art installations, and activities from jazz concerts to children’s activities to biking in a car-free environment. It’s a visit to quiet, green, and open-spaces. The big question to consider is — what lies ahead.  

Gramercy Park

June 7  SUNDAY  1 to 3 PM

THE GENIUS AND ELEGANCE OF GRAMERCY PARK

MEET: Gramercy Park, Lexington Ave. & 21st St.

Discover a London Square that became home to creative minds, elegant salons, and the taste-setting Lady Mendl. Samuel Ruggles, lawyer, developer, and urban design visionary, purchased a piece of marshland in 1831 in order to create a park for local citizens. Over the next several decades, a private London square emerged, surrounded by substantial homes. This landmarked district became home to some of America's greatest inventors, architects, actors, doctors, diarists, publishers, writers, painters, and losing and winning presidential candidates.
 
Highlights include:       
•  Manhattan's only private park       
•  The National Arts Club       
•  The Players Club       
•  The Salon of Elizabeth Marbury and Elsie de Wolfe       
•  O. Henry's home and bar       
•  Homes of Peter Cooper, Edwin Booth, and Stanford White  

New Amsterdam, Jews Enter

June 14   SUNDAY   1 to 3 PM

JEWISH COLONIAL MANHATTAN

MEET: At foot of Broadway, between Museum of the American Indian and Bowling Green park. Best subway: #4 or #5 train to Bowling Green.

In 1654 23 Jewish immigrants arrived in Dutch New Amsterdam. Settling into their new life included adapting to restrictions imposed by the frontier town, and dealing with subsequent Jewish arrivals with traditions different from their own. The first Jewish immigrants to Manhattan arrived in 1654, during Dutch colonial times. The small group of 23 men, women, & children were allowed to stay, but with considerable restrictions. Their immediate concern was how to earn a living when many occupations were closed to them.
 
During the Dutch and British periods groups of Jews arrived from a variety of countries. The process of their making Manhattan a home involved creating a place to pray, providing kosher food, keeping their children within the faith, and balancing the interests of Sephardic and Ashkenazi residents.  

Civil War

** 150th Anniversary—End of the Civil War **

June 20   SATURDAY   1 to 2:30 PM

THE CIVIL WAR IN MANHATTAN

MEET: Outside the entrance to Cooper Union, the brown Foundation Building (7 E. 7th St., between 3rd & 4th Aves.)

During the Civil War, escalating ethnic and class tensions culminated in the draft riots, which tore the city apart. NYC played a crucial role in winning the war, which ended in April 1865. As the inevitability of the Civil War increased, New York faced conflicts within its varied population. Family connections with the South brought personal strife for some. Business interests dreaded the potential loss of Southern markets for finished goods. Ever present ethnic and class tensions increased.
 
Once war was declared, New York officially supported the Northern cause. But as the war dragged on, ethnic and class tensions escalated between the Irish and blacks, and the poor and the governing class. Groups actively engaged with the war included shipbuilders, manufacturers, newspaper publishers, humanitarian philanthropists, and soldiers returning from the Battle of Gettysburg.  

5th Ave Mansions

June 27   SATURDAY   1 to 3 PM

CRIMES OF THE FIFTH AVENUE GOLD COAST

MEET: The Frick Collection, 1 E. 70th St. between Fifth & Madison Aves.

Fraud, procuring, and murders most foul, all on the New York avenue of wealth and privilege. The American Dream and its dark side reside even on Fifth Avenue. The creation of Central Park in the 1870s destined Fifth Avenue, the park's eastern border, to become one of New York's most elegant addresses. But as the wealth moved in, so did chicanery and violence. Great historic mansions housed both perpetrators and victims, sometimes both living together.
 
Highlights include
•  American tycoons with aristocratic yearnings
•  Grandiose homes and what happened in them
•  Landmarked district one mile long
•  Private armies, criminal intent, financial skullduggery  

Brooklyn Bridge

July 4   SATURDAY   1 to 3 PM

BROOKLYN BRIDGE— “ROMANTIC PASSAGEWAY” THAT JOINS TWO ISLANDS

MEET: City Hall Park at the fountain, near Broadway & Park Place.

An icon of architectural grace and strength. Since its opening in 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge has been an icon of New York City. It still evokes amazement for its engineering, its beauty, and the views from its raised, wooden walkway. Poets, novelists, filmmakers, and painters have celebrated it, as “a living connection” of architectural grace and strength.
 
Tour highlights include:
•  The fascinating story of the site, design and construction of the bridge
•  Spectacular views of the Lower Manhattan skyline and the great harbor of New York
•  The first section of the new Brooklyn Bridge Park, eventually to encompass 1.2 miles along the Brooklyn waterfront  

Washington Square Park

July 12   SUNDAY   1 to 3 PM

THE FLAMBOYANT AND THE BOHEMIAN— GREENWICH VILLAGE AND HOW IT BECAME FAMOUS

MEET: Washington Sq. Arch, Fifth Ave. 1 block south of 8th St.

Essentials of the Village—history, theater, culture, tragedy, architecture, and celebrated personalities. In its earliest years Greenwich Village was a refuge from the yellow fever epidemic downtown. By the early 20th century, the Village had become home to artists, writers, and playwrights looking for an unconventional environment and creative freedom. Protesters came here in their struggles for the vote for women, better working conditions, opposition to war, and gay and feminist rights.
 
Highlights include:
•  The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire and the labor movement
•  Literary figures — Henry James, Edna St Vincent Millay, Willa Cather, Eugene O'Neill
•  19th century residential architectural as a social document
•  Coffeehouses of the Beat Generation
•  The Minetta trout stream and street design
•  Landmarking and preservation controversies  

Grassy park land on Governer's Island

July 16   THURSDAY   10:45 AM to 1 PM

GOVERNORS ISLAND

MEET: Gov. Island ferry building (light green), 10 South St. in Manhattan, next to the Staten Island Ferry. Look for yellow umbrella.Take #1 subway to South Ferry, or #4 or #5 to Bowling Green.

Early 19th century forts and residences, wide-open lawns, and competitors vying to control the island’s future, just a short ferry ride from Lower Manhattan. Governors Island is a prime piece of real estate with phenomenal views of the Lower Manhattan skyline. Until recently the island was federal land and closed to the public. Today government, private interests, and the public are all involved in defining the future of this unique section of New York.
 
In Dutch and British colonial times, the island was pasture, timberland, game preserve, and summer resort. For nearly two centuries after the American Revolution it served as guardian of the harbor and was in continuous military use.
 
A visit today includes areas designated as national monuments, temporary art installations, and activities from jazz concerts to children’s activities to biking in a car-free environment. It’s a visit to quiet, green, and open-spaces. The big question to consider is — what lies ahead.  

Harlem Cotton club

July 19   SUNDAY   1 to 3:30 PM

HARLEM HISTORY WALK

MEET: City College, 138th St. & Amsterdam Ave. Take #1 subway to 137th St.; go to 138th St. & walk 1 block up the 138th St. hill.

Sugar Hill, Strivers Row, the Schomberg Library, and Abyssinian Baptist Church— highlights of Harlem’s history and renaissance. In the 1880s, the new elevated railroad converted Harlem from a rural district into tracts of beautiful homes for wealthy New Yorkers. By the 1920s, downtown development and the new subway changed the neighborhood into one of the nation's most famous African-American communities.
 
Highlights of the tour include:
•  The birth of jazz and sites of the artistic and literary
•  Alexander Hamilton''s last home
•  Strivers Row, Sugar Hill, and Hamilton Heights
•  Abyssinian Baptist Church
•  One of world's greatest collections dedicated to the study of black culture  

Historic illustration of old new york

July 25   SATURDAY   1 to 3 PM

GANGS OF NEW YORK AND THE BLOODY FIVE POINTS

MEET: The Bowery & Bayard St. (1 block south of Canal St.) northwest corner at Bank of America.

The infamous 19th century immigrant neighborhood of poverty, violence, and gangs. Just east of today's City Hall and Municipal Building, this was once was a foul-smelling, disease-ridden district. Brought to life in the movie Gangs of New York, it was a place of violence, gang wars, poverty, and corruption. The district evokes such places of notoriety as Paradise Square, Cow Bay, Bottle Alley, and such gangs as the Roach Guards, Plug Uglies, Shirt Tails, Dead Rabbits.
 
Highlights include:
•  Five Points visitors — Davy Crockett, Charles
          Dickens, and Abraham Lincoln
•  A Five Points success story
          — Al Smith — Tammany
•  protege, state governor, presidential candidate
•  The oldest Jewish graveyard in North America
•  The Roman Catholic church with Anglican, Cuban, Irish, Italian, Chinese, and Buddhist history  

West Village

August 2   SUNDAY   1 to 3 PM

THE INTIMATE WEST VILLAGE AND ITS SPECTACULAR WATERFRONT PARK

MEET: Leroy St. & 7th Ave. So. southwest corner. Take #1 subway to Houston St.; walk 2 blocks north on 7th Ave. South.

The past is present in the West Village. Classic 19th century 3-story townhouses set the stage. This is a community neighborhood where on quirky angled streets we discover 1920's speakeasies, literary hang-outs, European-style coffeehouses, Off-Broadway theatres — the quintessential American Bohemia. It's sites inspired Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven, O. Henry's The Last Leaf, and television shows Friends and Sex and the City.
 
But one block west of its border, the neighborhood changes abruptly. Gone are the run-down remains of a long-disappeared waterfront commerce — transient hotels, cheap bars, and old factories. Now new glass-covered high-rise buildings rise with celebrity-filled condominiums and look out over a spectacular, transformed waterfront. Today the shoreline is alive again, this time with grassy playing fields, quiet lawns, children's playgrounds, and 800' long restored piers.  

5th Ave Mansions

August 5   WEDNESDAY   11 AM to 1 PM

FIFTH AVENUE GOLD COAST

MEET: The Frick Collection, 1 E. 70th St. between Fifth & Madison Aves.

Tycoons, Central Park, and great mansions created the New York avenue “paved with gold.” The creation of Central Park in the 1870s destined Fifth Avenue — the park’s eastern border — to become one of New York’s most elegant addresses. Great historic mansions, including those of Henry Clay Frick and James B. Duke, began to line the avenue. Much of the wealth that created this Gold Coast was earned rather than inherited.
 
Highlights include
•  The American Dream and its dark side
•  American tycoons with aristocratic yearnings
•  Grandiose homes and what happened to them
•  Landmarked district 1 mile long  

Grassy park land on Governer's Island

August 9   SUNDAY   12:45 to 3 PM

GOVERNORS ISLAND

MEET: Gov. Island ferry building (light green), 10 South St. in Manhattan, next to the Staten Island Ferry. Look for yellow umbrella.Take #1 subway to South Ferry, or #4 or #5 to Bowling Green.

Early 19th century forts and residences, wide-open lawns, and competitors vying to control the island’s future, just a short ferry ride from Lower Manhattan. Governors Island is a prime piece of real estate with phenomenal views of the Lower Manhattan skyline. Until recently the island was federal land and closed to the public. Today government, private interests, and the public are all involved in defining the future of this unique section of New York.
 
In Dutch and British colonial times, the island was pasture, timberland, game preserve, and summer resort. For nearly two centuries after the American Revolution it served as guardian of the harbor and was in continuous military use.
 
A visit today includes areas designated as national monuments, temporary art installations, and activities from jazz concerts to children’s activities to biking in a car-free environment. It’s a visit to quiet, green, and open-spaces. The big question to consider is — what lies ahead.  

Our public tours will resume in September.
Private tours are always available.