April & May Tours and Talks

Sunday, April 2 1:00-3:00pm
Afternoon Amble Along Riverside-West End Avenue
Join Landmark West! and guide Gil Tauber for a history-filled amble along West End Avenue and upper Riverside Drive historic districts, with a swoop through the West 105th Street Historic District and a salute to several individual landmarks. What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than exploring the beauty and bounties of Upper West Side architecture?

Monday, April 24 12:30-3:30pm
Fundamentals of Fair Housing (Approved for 3.0 Continuing Education Credits for Brokers!)
Understand the need for fair housing laws and why they were adopted in the first place
Examples of practices that have historically hurt minorities and other vulnerable groups from full and equal access to housing opportunities
Differences between federal, New York State, and New York City fair housing laws and what they each prohibit
What is “steering”and how to avoid it? What to do when you think a party is not in compliance with the law
Navigating today’s top issues: Familial status discrimination; lawful source of income discrimination, and the use of criminal records by housing providers

Monday, April 24 3:30-6:30pm
The Development of Riverside Park and Riverside Drive’s Mansion District: A Talk and Walking Tour (3.0 credit hours)
Travel back in time to the early 1900s and the lives and homes of the wealthy denizens of Riverside Drive, now part of the West-End Collegiate Historic District. We’ll start “in class” with pictures and tales of the original Hudson Riverside country estates, the architects, developers, styles, and more. Then lace up for a 1.5 hour walking tour of the architectural beginnings of Riverside Drive from 72nd to 76th Street.

Tuesday, April 25 6:30-7:45pm
The Gargoyle Hunters: An evening with Author John Freeman Gill
Native New Yorker and longtime New York Times contributor John Freeman Gill brings us The Gargoyle Hunters, a brilliantly crafted tale ripped from the headlines…of 1974. Join us for this very special author’s evening with Mr. Gill, an Upper West Sider who has cast our beloved ‘hood in a leading role in his debut novel. Hilarious and poignant, The Gargoyle Hunters is a love letter to a vanishing city, and a deeply emotional story of fathers and sons.
“The Gargoyle Hunters is that rarest of all animals—a beautifully written literary novel that also just happens to be a rollicking, cinematic, ripsnortingly funny tale with action sequences as exciting as those of Hollywood’s best films. Ever wonder how a father and son could possibly steal an entire New York City building, cornice to curb? Here’s your chance to find out.” —Doug Liman, director of The Bourne Identity

Thursday, May 4 7:00-8:15pm
Justin Davidson’s Magnetic City
Join Landmark West! and Book Culture for an exploration of Magnetic City: A Walking Companion to New York by Justin Davidson, New York magazine’s Pulitzer Prize–winning architecture critic. Landmark West! President, Kate Wood, and Mr. Davidson will journey through his walking and reading guide to New York City—a historical, cultural, architectural, and personal approach to seven neighborhoods throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Bronx—that includes a special nostalgic chapter on the Upper West Side.  “Davidson does more than direct our feet to NY’s hidden monuments…he finds the meaning in every building and byway…If you already love the city, you will love it more after this book.” ~ Andrew Solomon, National Book Award-winning author.

Thursday, May 11 6:15-7:45pm
Gargoyles and Green Men Walking Tour
Who doesn’t enjoy spotting a face peeking out of the stonework as you walk the lovely streets of the Upper West Side? Join us for an evening stroll with architectural historian Nina Harkrader to check in with many of our favorite gargoyles and “green men” (face sculptures made of stone leaves) and learn how our neighborhood came to be the proud keepers of so much beautiful craftsmanship from a largely bygone era.

Monday, May 15 3:30-6:30pm
Green Building & Historic Preservation   3 hrs Continuing Education Credits for Brokers!
“Green” and “sustainable” have become major buzzwords in the real-estate industry. But what do they really mean when it comes to dealing with existing, especially historic, buildings? Quite a lot, actually. Owners of old buildings face countless decisions affecting the historic integrity, energy efficiency and value of their properties. An understanding of the inherent “green” qualities of old buildings is necessary to enable buyers and sellers to sift through the myths and realities and make the best decisions for the future of these properties. Designed for brokers who buy and sell properties in historic districts–with a Green twist!

Tuesday, May 16 6:15-7:30pm
79th Street Boat Basin and Riverside Park Walking Tour
Guide Leslie Day is a New York City naturalist and author (her Field Guide to the Natural World of New York City is a must-have for park wanderers) who raised a family aboard a houseboat docked at the 79th Street Boat Basin. Who better to lead this botanical history walk – a flora and fauna focused exploration of Riverside Park and the Boat Basin environs, including the geology and architectural pieces of the park. We’ll start at the 72nd Street promenade along the river and walk north aiming for sunset at the Boat Basin.

Tuesday, May 23 6:15-7:30pm
Francis Morrone Upper West Side Walking Tour
A perennial favorite (and named one of the 13 best tour guides in the world by Travel + Leisure magazine), architectural historian Francis Morrone leads us on a trek past some of the iconic landmarks that make the Upper West Side one of the most beautiful and vibrant neighborhoods on the planet.

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