The Best Virtual Summer Walks and Tours in NYC

Don’t let quarantine keep you from exploring the city you love. Check out these virtual tours and walks dedicated to New York City history and architecture, coming up for summer.

Deco Diversions. Enjoy diverse takes on everyone’s favorite architectural style. A century ago, NYC began its transformation from a city of walkups to a skyline expanse embodying the “Roaring Twenties.” Hear the backstory of rivalries and experience 3D lobby walkthroughs on a modernist afternoon dedicated to ‘Art Deco New York and the Race to the Clouds’ on Monday, July 13th. On Wednesday, July 15th, check out “one of the most incredible religious sanctuaries in all of New York, the United States, and perhaps the world” at the Deco palace Temple Emanu-El. For a look at a lesser-known bastion of Deco, tune in to the Art Deco Society of New York as they host a tour of Bay Ridge on Thursday, July 16th. (And to contrast NYC’s Deco scene, join the Art Deco Society for a Destination Deco visit to Mumbai on Sunday, July 26th.)

New York Adventure Club. NYAC brings together a series of city experts to hopscotch across intriguing neighborhoods and histories. Among your options: Five Points on Tuesday, July 14th; Tribeca or Brooklyn Heights on Thursday, July 16thCity Island on Wednesday, July 22nd; Inwood on Friday, July 24th; Fifth Avenue’s (lost) Gilded Age Mansions on Friday, July 10th and the midtown mansions hiding in plain sight on Friday, July 17th.

The Municipal Art Society of New York. MAS is back out and about, at least virtually, exploring NYC. Upcoming interactions with history include a celebration of the Long Island City Sesquicentennial (1870 – 2020), on Saturday, July 11th, Protecting the Heart of Brooklyn on Saturday, July 18th, Ghosts of the Five Points on Sunday, July 19th, Brooklyn Mansions on Thursday, July 23rd, and Historic Cobble Hill in Brooklyn on Saturday, July 25th.

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You can get architectural insight as well with events like Terra Cotta New York on Saturday, July 18th, The International Style in New York on Friday, July 24th, and New to NY: West 50s on Thursday, July 30th.

More New York History. If you didn’t realize the first U.S. highway to have bridges and overpasses ran through Queens you can get up to speed on Saturday, July 25th, as the Queens Historical Society talks the circa 1908 Motor Parkway.  Come Friday, July 10 you can celebrate the 164th birthday of Nikola Tesla, prophet of our modern technological world, with a virtual tour of his NYC.


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