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? MORE DETAILS AND TICKETS

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 the pages of 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. FREE-RSVP HERE

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 surrounded by or 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.

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. MORE DETAILS AND TICKETS

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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