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Walk the streets of the Great White Way? as we trace the history of New York’s Broadway theater district from Oscar Hammerstein in the 1890s to Walt Disney in the 1990s. With a century of history behind them, the 40 surviving Broadway theaters stand as stunning works of art in themselves, as well as monuments to the lively history of American theater. Many were built as lavish headquarters for Broadway’s great impresarios, who spared no expense in their decor. The Belasco Theater on 44th Street was designed to the specifications of the extravagant David Belasco, the self-styled “Bishop of Broadway”? who, among other eccentricities, wore a clerical collar. The Little Theater, built for aristocratic New England producer Winthrop Ames, originally sat a tiny audience of 300; its precious Georgian style facade looks less like a typical Broadway theater than a Colonial New England manor house. Producer John Cort’s theater was designed as a recreation of the Petit Trianon in Versailles. Today these jewels sparkle among all the brash new skyscrapers that have transformed the once dingy and dangerous Times Square. The tour includes it all: theaters, skyscrapers, and city planning at its most controversial.

Schedule : Weekly - Tue 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM; starting 5/29/2018, ending 5/29/2018

Tuition: $50.00

Location : T.B.D. Location : 
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Instructor : Anthony Robins 



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With some 75 buildings to his credit, Rosario Candela played a major role in shaping the architectural legacy of twentieth century New York — the distinctive luxury living, prewar streetscapes of Park and Fifth Avenues and Sutton Place in particular. Mansions in the Sky: The Architecture of Rosario Candela revisits the setback terraces and neo-Georgian and art deco ornament of Candela-designed high-rise apartments. His buildings established new standards of chic urban living for some of New York’s wealthiest citizens and still rank among the most prized in the city, almost a century after they were built.

Schedule : Weekly - Wed 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM; starting 5/30/2018, ending 5/30/2018

Tuition: $50.00

Location : Museum of the City of New York Location : 
  Museum of the City of New York.

Instructor : N.A. 



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The Costume Institute's spring 2018 exhibition will be Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, on view from May 10 through October 8, 2018. Fashions from the early twentieth century to the present will be shown in the Met's Medieval and Byzantine galleries, in the Anna Wintour Costume Center, and at the Cloisters, alongside religious artwork from the Met’s collection to provide an interpretative context for fashion's engagement with Catholicism. Papal robes and accessories on loan from the Vatican will further highlight the enduring influence of liturgical vestments on designers. Join us for a tour of the exhibit at the Cloisters.

Schedule : Weekly - Tue 10:45 AM - 12:30 PM; starting 6/5/2018, ending 6/5/2018

Tuition: $50.00

Location : T.B.D. Location : 
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Instructor : Danielle Oteri 



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The Lower East Side is now home to over 220 galleries, a number that has steadily climbed since 2007, when the New Museum opened on the Bowery.  Some early settlers who opened shops in the neighborhood well before the museum?s opening include Cuchifritos (2001), Canada (2002), and Reena Spaulings (2003).  Established galleries such as Salon 94 and Lehmann Maupin soon swooped in to open downtown outposts.  This tour will explore a number of exhibitions and talk about the neighborhood?s continued growth.

Schedule : Weekly - Thu 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM; starting 6/7/2018, ending 6/7/2018

Tuition: $50.00

Location : T.B.D. Location : 
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Instructor : Riva Blumenfeld 



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Look at recent additions to the campuses of Columbia University and Barnard College in Morningside Heights and then take a sneak peek at Columbia's expansion into Manhattanville.

Schedule : Weekly - Sun 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM; starting 6/10/2018, ending 6/10/2018

Tuition: $50.00

Location : T.B.D. Location : 
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Instructor : John Hill 



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New York's burgeoning art scene promises great variety, one of the hallmarks of contemporary art.  On this tour we will sample the work of artists whose multidisciplinary approaches — from paintings to prints and photography to video and new media — afford us the opportunity to experience the latest trends.  Galleries selected will all be in close proximity to each other and nearby lunch suggestions will be provided.  The new Whitney is just far away enough for those determined to exercise and extend the adventure after the tour ends.  The High Line, also within walking distance, is a perfect place for memento selfies of your day!  

Schedule : Weekly - Tue 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM; starting 6/12/2018, ending 6/12/2018

Tuition: $50.00

Location : T.B.D. Location : 
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Instructor : Margaret Mathews-Berenson 



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Opening May 19, 2018, the New York Botanical Gardens hosts a major exhibition exploring Georgia O’Keeffe’s immersion in the Hawaiian Islands in 1939, where her paintings were influenced by the bold colors and scale of the native plants.  Highlights include a stunning display of more than 15 O’Keeffe paintings and a lush flower show evoking the gardens and landscapes that inspired the artist.  The tour includes both the gallery and conservatory.    

Schedule : Weekly - Wed 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM; starting 6/13/2018, ending 6/13/2018

Tuition: $60.00

Location : New York Botanical Garden Location : 
  New York Botanical Garden.

Instructor : N.A. 



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Overlooking the Hudson River in Tarrytown is Lyndhurst, one of America’s finest Gothic Revival mansions. Designed in 1838 by Alexander Jackson Davis, its architectural brilliance is complemented by the park-like landscape of the estate and a comprehensive collection of original decorative arts. We will explore the evolution of American identity and taste through our guided tour of 19 elaborately decorated rooms in the mansion interior. We will then tour the exhibit space featuring Becoming Tiffany. On display will be the early works of Louis Comfort Tiffany, an American artist and designer who worked in the decorative arts and is best known for his work in stained glass.

Schedule : Weekly - Thu 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM; starting 6/14/2018, ending 6/14/2018

Tuition: $50.00

Instructor : N.A. 



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Walk along the waterfront from John Street in Dumbo to Atlantic Avenue near Brooklyn Heights to see new buildings and landscapes in and around Brooklyn Bridge Park.  

Schedule : Weekly - Sun 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM; starting 6/24/2018, ending 6/24/2018

Tuition: $50.00

Location : T.B.D. Location : 
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Instructor : John Hill 



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What would Manhattan be without its Roaring Twenties modernistic art deco skyscrapers? East 42nd Street, Midtown Manhattan’s major boulevard of art deco skyscrapers, is home to Raymond Hood’s red-and-white striped Daily News building (which starred as the Daily Planet in the Superman movies), and the one and only Chrysler Building, once the world’s tallest, whose architect, William Van Alen, was called the Ziegfeld of his profession. A few blocks to the north, the spectacularly geometric General Electric Building stands just a block away from the more sedate but still iconic Waldorf-Astoria. The walk concludes with a look at midtown’s miraculously urbane urban wonderland, Rockefeller Center.

Schedule : Weekly - Thu 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM; starting 7/12/2018, ending 7/12/2018

Tuition: $50.00

Location : T.B.D. Location : 
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Instructor : Anthony Robins 



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Founded in 2017 by Nancy Olnick and Giorgio Spanu with Vittorio Calabrese as Director, Magazzino Italian Art is a private warehouse art space located in Cold Spring, NY. Its mission is to widen public appreciation and education of Post-war and Contemporary Italian Art in the United States. Magazzino, meaning warehouse in Italian, will host select works from the Olnick Spanu Collection, most of which have never been exhibited in the United States. Through the permanent collection, as well as rotating temporary exhibitions, community events, and collaboration with neighboring institutions, Magazzino hopes to establish an educational center for Contemporary Italian art in the Hudson Valley.

Schedule : Weekly - Thu 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM; starting 7/19/2018, ending 7/19/2018

Tuition: $25.00

Instructor : N.A. 



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