Historic Upper West Side Walk: From the Gilded Age to Today


Barnes & Noble - New York, NY
2289 Broadway

Sun, May 12, 2019 at 5:45 PM - 8:45 PM

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This Upper West Side walk is on a scenic route filled with interesting places. I will comment on architecture/history, but you will have plenty of time to socialize with others. Cost: The cost of this event is $4 per person, which is paid at the start of the walk. This is for the organizer's Meetup preparation costs and fees. (Please read the "About Us Section" for more information regarding the $4 per person fee for each event.) This walk is similar to a guided walking tour with a number of stops. If you don't like to stop at a number of points of interest, then this walk is not good for you. This walk is about 2 1/2 miles & moderate paced. Bring water, sun protection. If you are registered for this walk and can't attend, please change your RSVP online from "YES" to "NO". (PLEASE READ THE "ABOUT US SECTION" FOR THE GUIDELINES REGARDING THE NO SHOW POLICY.) THERE IS NO NEED TO POST WHY YOU CAN'T MAKE THE EVENT. No young children, service animals, or pets allowed on this walk w/o prior approval of organizer. No smoking, please. As what usually happens on every event, many people from the waiting list will end up on the going list. If you have a personal matter/questions, please contact John (Event Host), through his private Meetup account. The feature advertisement above was of the Ansonia Hotel. The new Ansonia had a maze of pneumatic tubing that snaked through the walls, delivering messages in capsules between the staff and tenants. In the summer, freezing brine was pumped through steel flues in the walls that, the owner claimed, kept the building at a uniform 70 degrees. The Ansonia even had its own curator, Joseph Gill-Martin, who collected 600 paintings for the hotel to display. (Source NY Magazine) Description The Upper West Side has many architecturally distinctive & magnificent apartment buildings, town houses, and mansions, built from about 1880 to 1935. We’ll see a building that had a long scandalous past. Another building that had a spiritual beginning. And another building that was built purposely to allow for illegal activities. We'll see old buildings that have been reused for something other than what they were originally designed for. Along the way, we'll discuss some of the people who have lived, worked, or played in these buildings. Article from The New York Times about the magnificent UWS Charles Schwab mansion, which was demolished in 1948. Article from Daytonian in Manhattan about the UWS Elizabeth Clark mansion, which was demolished in the early 1920s. Meeting Time: 1:45 PM. Meeting Place: Outside the entrance to Barnes & Noble at 2289 Broadway, between between 81st and 82nd Streets. Before the walk, restrooms are available in Barnes & Noble on the 2nd floor. Transportation: Take the No. 1 subway train to 79th Street/Broadway. According to the MTA website, the No. 1 subway train is running normally to 179th Street on . Finishing Time: 4:45 PM, Finishing PLace: About three blocks from the 72nd Street subway for the 1, 2, or 3 trains. Bad weather cancels the walk. Therefore, if it is bad weather, I will send an email cancellation notice sometime before 10:30 AM on Sunday morning. If I don't send an email cancellation notice, I plan to be at the meeting place.