The Best Spring Walks in NYC

By Alison Durkee

Spring has almost sprung in New York City, and as the weather begins to warm up, it’s time to shed your layers and hit the streets to enjoy all the city has to offer. Learn more about NYC’s history and cultural offerings with these upcoming walks and tours.

Image: Dana/FlickrArtistic AdventuresNew York City has plenty of art on display beyond its most high-profile museums, and those looking to discover the city’s thriving gallery scene can head out on upcoming gallery tours of Soho and Tribeca (March 23) and the Upper East Side (March 30). The Municipal Art Society of New York will offer a Midtown-centric gallery tour March 22, which will also focus on the neighborhood’s public art. New Yorkers wanting to create art for themselves can get a primer on the art of wildlife photography by joining Sierra Photo NYC on a walking tour March 27.

Woman-centric Wanderings: Finish out Women’s History Month by learning more about women who have made their mark on New York City. The Municipal Art Society will shine a light on the contributions made by female architects on a walking tour March 23, while Boroughs of the Dead will take a more spiritual look at women’s history March 31 with a tour that connects the Suffragettes to the American Spiritualist movement. After Women’s History Month comes to an end, continue your feminist explorations with a “Yiddishe Mamas” Mother’s Day brunch and walking tour (May 12-14), which centers on women’s history on the Lower East Side.

Noticing Neighborhoods: Discover Harlem’s fascinating and robust history April 13 on a walking tour that delves into the neighborhood’s past from the 1600s onward. Over in Brooklyn, a walking tour April 20 will put its focus on Industry City, an area along the Sunset Park waterfront that was initially built in the 19th century and is now enjoying a new life as a multipurpose manufacturing, light industrial, and arts campus. On Easter Sunday (April 21), skip the parade and head downtown to enjoy a walking tour of history and architecture on the Jewish Lower East Side.

Cultural Crossings: New York City and its residents have made a massive impact on the world’s arts and culture, and upcoming walking tours will explore the people and locations behind these major contributions. Head over to Broadway for the West Side studio Stories tour March 31, which explores musical moments that happened in the area between 1954-1979 with such legendary artists as Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles and Burt Bacharach. Further downtown, Greenwich Village’s Washington Square and its long-enduring art scene will be the focus of an April 27 tour with art historian Bruce Weber. Writers can get a taste of the city’s literary history on a tour of Brooklyn Heights April 28, which has been home to such icons as Truman Capote and Norman Mailer, or delve into the city’s more media-centric spots on a tour exploring the history of journalism in New York City (March 24).


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